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I actually like Lendy Castillo a fair bit. Lendy Castillo was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2006… as a shortstop. He actually showed considerable promise on the defensive side, but could not hit to save his life. 2007: 684 OPS 2008: 566 OPS 2009: 453 OPS After it was apparently there was no way he was going to hack it even as an all-glove shortstop, the Phillies ended up moving Lendy to the pitching staff (he was just 21 when they started – signed at 18). As a pitcher, he showed some promise in his first year, working up to A- (albeit barely). As a 22-year old, he threw 46 innings of 2.54 ball with 9 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9, adequate numbers for a player in just his second year of pitching.  The Phillies left Lendy unprotected in the Rule V that year, and the Cubs selected him. Chicago barely used him even for a Rule V guy, with 13 appearances and 16 innings in the majors. It wasn't very pretty, but it was an awful sample size and I'm not that worried about it. He did, how...
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