Note: This page is for pitcher Angel Castro who made his major league debut in 2015; for the member of the Salón de la Fama with the same name, click here
Ángel M. Castro De Orbe
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 182 lb.
- School Western Oklahoma State Junior College
- Debut May 9, 2015
Ángel Castro pitched in the US, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Japan before making his major league debut at the age of 32.
Castro was picked by the Detroit Tigers in the 13th round of the 2006 amateur draft. He made his pro debut with the DSL Tigers that summer, going 4-1 with a 1.39 ERA and .75 WHIP, striking out 71 in 58 1/3 IP. He was 11th in the Dominican Summer League in ERA and third in WHIP (after Santos Arias and Omar Beltre). He split 2007 between the West Michigan Whitecaps (7-4, 3.01) and Lakeland Flying Tigers (4-2, 3.79). He tied Jonah Nickerson for 7th in the Tigers chain in wins. Moving to relief, he pitched for the 2008 Flying Tigers (2-1, 5 Sv, 2.80 in 21 G) and Erie SeaWolves (2-2, 2 Sv, 3.30 in 26 G).
Let go by Detroit despite three productive seasons, he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. He struggled with the Reading Phillies (2-1, Sv, 7.00, 2.11 WHIP in 14 G) and got released. He signed next with the Tampa Bay Rays and made a few appearances for the Charlotte Stone Crabs (15 R, 11 H, 7 BB in 6 IP, 0-2) and Montgomery Biscuits (4 H, 3 BB, 2 R in 2 2/3 IP). During 2010, he was with the independent Lincoln Salt Dogs (3-3, 3.16 in 6 G) and Dorados de Chihuahua (3-1, 4.70 in 5 G).
Castro pitched in 2011 for the Saraperos de Saltillo (4-4, 4 Sv, 5.45, 1.89 WHIP in 21 G). He then spent time with the Dominican national team. He made three appearances in the 2011 Baseball World Cup. Against Italy, he allowed only one hit (to Francesco Imperiali) and fanned seven in six shutout innings for the win. He gave up two runs in three innings in a no-decision start against the Australian national team. In his final outing, he relieved Juan Pena in the 10th with a 4-4 tie versus South Korea; with the IBAF Extra Innings Rule, Korea started with two men aboard. After a sacrifice hit, Castro struck out Chang-min Mo and intentionally walked Jae-hwan Kim. He walked Ji-young Lee to force in the losing run then struck out Hae-min Park. The Dominicans failed to score in the bottom of the 9th, giving Castro a 1-1 record for the Cup. He was not kept on the roster for the 2011 Pan American Games.
Signing with Japan's SoftBank Hawks, Castro pitched three games in the Pacific League in 2012 (5 H, 3 R, 2 ER in 3 IP). He spent the rest of the year in ni-gun, going 3-2 with five saves and a 2.06 ERA; his 38 appearances led Hawks farmhands. In the 2012-2013 Dominican League, he had a 4-1, 2.90 record for the Águilas Cibaeñas. He was 5th in the league in ERA (between Lorenzo Barcelo and Tim Corcoran) and tied for third in wins. For the 2013 Caribbean Series, he moved to the Leones del Escogido, going 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA, only 5 hits and 14 strikeouts in 14 2/3 IP. He led the Series in strikeouts, two ahead of Series MVP Luis Mendoza. He beat the Navegantes del Magallanes in the Series opener, allowing two runs in seven innings. He was then held until the finale, when he squared off with the Yaquis de Obregón and major league veteran Rodrigo López. Castro allowed just two hits in 7 2/3 IP, though he gave up two runs, one unearned thanks to a Jordany Valdespin error. He left with a 2-1 deficit and was the first of 10 Dominican hurlers in a 18-inning marathon, which Escogido lost, 4-3.