Next up in our "Random Retro Cubs" series, we take a look at former Cubs pitcher Frank Castillo...
Years Played: 1991-1998, 2000-2002, 2004-2005.
Teams Played For: Chicago Cubs(91-97), Colorado Rockies(97), Detroit Tigers(98), Toronto Blue Jays(2000), Boston Red Sox(01-02, 04), Florida Marlins(05).
Position: Pitcher(297 Games, 268 Games Started)
Career Line: 82-104, 4.56 ERA, 1.358 WHIP, 95 ERA+, 1101 K, 2 SV, 10 CG, 3 SHO, 1595.1 IP.
Best Cubs Season: 1995- 11-10, 3.21 ERA, 1.229 WHIP, 128 ERA+, 135 K, 8 SV, 2 CG, 2 SHO, 188 IP.
Awards/Leaderboard: 8th In NL In ERA 1995(3.21).
2nd In NL In Shutouts In 1995(2).
1st In NL In Losses In 1996(16).
Fun Facts: Frank Castillo came about as close as you could come to throwing a no-hitter on September 25, 1995 as a Cub. He took a no-hitter into the ninth inning with two outs, but allowed a triple on a line drive that was barely out of the reach of a diving Sammy Sosa.
In 2004, he pitched just one inning for the Boston Red Sox, but since he was indeed a member of the team that would end up winning the World Series that year, he received a World Series ring.
Castillo would go on to pitch in independent league baseball for the York Revolution in 2007 and 2008.
My Take: Frank Castillo went 47-62 in his seven Cubs seasons, but his record should have been a bit better than that. He had an ERA of 4.31 over that span, and was particularly good in 1992 and 1995.
In 1992, Castillo went 10-11, but had an ERA of 3.46, started 33 games, and threw 205.1 innings for the Cubs. In the '95 season, he had a record of 11-10, with a 3.21 ERA over 188 innings pitched.
His biggest moment as a Cub was certainly the aforementioned near no-hitter in September of 1995. Since the last Cubs no-hitter going into that game was from Milt Pappas all the way back in 1972, one more out in that game would've left Castillo as a much more memorable name to Cubs fans.
Link To Frank Castillo's Baseball-Reference Page
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