(Translated, via SK dongA sports news.)
The KBO league team Hanwha Eagles just agreed to terms today with now former minor league San Diego Padres RH pitcher Fabio Castillo, 27 years of age. The contract was said to be on a one-year deal that is worth an estimated 290 million South Korean Won (250,000 USD).
Fabio Castillo was released back in June 17th of this year… by San Diego Padres minor league affiliate, Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas, for him to have an opportunity to play overseas. Via link, it was said that Castillo’s 158 kp/h fastball (though it lacks control) attracted the Hanwha Eagles’ attention in the KBO.
With Hanwha Eagles starting pitcher, Alessandro Maestri, released recently by the team, Fabio Castillo will replace Maestri as their new starter in the rotation this year.
Overall, during his tenure in the minor leagues, Fabio Castillo compiled an ERA of 4.50 in 684 innings pitched (335 games) playing for 4 different organizations (Rangers, Giants, Orioles, and Padres) in the lower levels. Castillo finished his 2016 minor league campaign compiling 3 wins and 7 losses (0 wins and 3 losses (4.66 ERA) with Triple-A El Paso, 3 wins and 4 losses (4.38 ERA) with Double-A San Antonio Missions), having an ERA of 4.52 in 77.2 innings pitched (14 games overall) in that span.