The Pirates Acquire RHP Scott Randall in Exchange for Diego Castillo

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired 24-year-old right-handed pitcher Scott Randall from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for infielder/outfielder Diego Castillo. The Pirates designated Castillo for assignment on Tuesday when they signed catcher Austin Hedges.

Castillo debuted in the majors in 2022, and spent most of the season at the big league level. The 25-year-old hit .206/.251/.382 in 96 games, with 13 doubles, 11 homers, a 26.5% strikeouts rate and a 4.9% walk rate. He had a .342 average and a 1.001 OPS in 22 games this winter in Venezuela.

Randall was a seventh round draft pick in 2021 out of college by the Diamondbacks. He debuted in Low-A ball after signing, where he allowed one earned run in 19 innings, finishing with 23 strikeouts and an 0.63 WHIP.

He spent the entire 2022 season in the High-A Northwest League. Randall made 21 starts, putting up a 3.82 ERA in 108.1 innings, with a 104:25 SO/BB rate, and a 1.16 WHIP. His WHIP ranked tenth in the league, and he was ninth in strikeouts.

Randall came out of college as a control/command pitcher, with a low-90s fastball that touched 96 MPH. He added velocity in 2021, while continuing to pound the strike zone. His changeup is an above average pitch, and he has a slider that Baseball America called fringe average. He relies heavily on his fastball according to their report.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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john.benedict

Castillo and Sabol will out produce Joe and Choi
However, Joe and Choi will walk more and clutter
Mitchell’s third and probably final visit,
second looks (really first) for CSN & Swags
I’m hoping Option Joe like Choi is a chip
They do have 3 things in common

-Surgery after season’s end
-Put up Yoshie like numbers after break
-Headed for DFA’s,

Choi-DH, injured, benched and surgery
Joe-hideous mile high numbers
How do you trade for a 30 year old who still has options
after being traded 4 times, DFA 3 and elected free agency
Should of waited

How about this? Let Mitchell a high draft pick play every day and see if he has another level like the one you didn’t see coming this year.
Bae as well they didn’t mature into MLB players all by themselves
Yep, take some credit in the development department
and see it through, Mitchell looked like a different hitter in 2nd half
23K-4W before and 28K-14W after break

Nick Garcia will out pitch Scott Randall

Tyler Heineman > Austin Hedges
Will we see 5 bats with an (S) designation on same line up card this year

joesolo6181

At least that they got a player in return.

hoptown

Not a bad get for a guy who was DFA. He’s been highly productive and will be in AA this year.

bianco599

Made me think of Micheal Scott’s Great Scott Films. For that alone I am grateful.

Born4rf

Castillo is a high ceiling/low floor dude I will miss but he really came out of the freshmen MIDDLE INFIELD 101 class as option 5-6.

Anthony

Castillo is more low floor/ low ceiling; the dude had ONE good MiLB year. I guess you could call it his FAKEout year.

Last edited 1 month ago by Anthony
Born4rf

@ least Randall keeps the Holmes lineage alive. Prolly better than some of our AAA R5 losses

robertkasperski

Plus our return of Lobo for Park. A lottery ticket but a small Ray of hope.

john_fluharty

Sounds like a pretty good pickup for Castillo.

KirkV12

Sounds like a solid return. Castillo was a fun story for a bit, but we’re kind of logjammed with middling MI/Util options right now. Can never have too many milb pitching prospects.

Scam likely

Toronto is out on Reynolds, traded for varsho.

slider1971

I have to wonder if Pirate fans would be happy with the Varsho return for Reynolds? I think Reynolds is the better overall player , but Varsho has more team control and is a year younger. The returns would most likely be similar. Would you take the Moreno/Gourdiel return for Reynolds?

Born4rf

I would be happy with a return that included Varsho plus a Moreno valuation LH starter. Toronto might be lining up trade pieces

RaisetheJollyRancherGirl

No chance; Varsho is more valuable than Reynolds

RaisetheJollyRancherGirl

I think they’d have gotten just Moreno for Reynolds and no I don’t think Pirates fans would have liked that.

RaisetheJollyRancherGirl

There’s about 9 SP 55 or better FV prospects in the game. I’d want one of those preferably Eury Perez, Grayson Rodriguez, Andrew Painter, Daniel Espino or Kyle Harrison.

Zack

On paper, Cleveland does seem like an ideal match. They’ve struggled to find solid hitting outfielders. Espino would be fun…assuming he can get healthy.

RaisetheJollyRancherGirl

Given the Varsho trade, Espino straight up for Reynolds sounds about right, unfortunately.

NMR

good lord yes.

EDIT: what PirateRican said.

Last edited 1 month ago by NMR
leefieux

Varsho does nothing for me. I think Az got the best part of that deal.

PirateRican21

I would be thrill with that return, or those exact players, but a consensus top prospect and a productive big leaguer, yes.

sweetnich

Probably not. But the Pirates hopefully do not need a catcher (Rodriguez/Davis) so the match up is not a fit.

BonDrone

I agree but with Davis looks like a future 1st baseman and Rodriguez can and has played 2nd base and in the outfield so it could have worked.

Scam likely

The Scott Randall Era has now begun, God have mercy on the souls of the national league central.

sweetnich

Looking at the stats, he doesn’t seem to be anything but minor league depth, but you never know.

I’m not familiar with the easiness of hitting in the High A Northwest League.

Wilbur Miller

They lost a ton of pitching depth in R5, so they need guys for AA.

mpg43952

Mark my words, we’ll remember this . . . is that gingerbread?

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