Former big league pitcher Frank Castillo, 44, died Sunday, drowning at a lake near his Arizona home. Castillo pitched the final two seasons of his career in York. Drafted by the Cubs in 1987, he returned to the organization where he made his major league debut as a 22-year-old in 1991, when he became a pitching coach with Chicago’s rookie league team in Mesa (Ariz.) in 2011. He remained with Mesa until the Cubs dismissed him in Sept. 2012.
During a 13-year major league career, Castillo pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Detoit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, and Florida Marlins. He went 82-104 with a 4.56 career ERA in the big leagues.
Castillo came out of retirement to sign with the Revs during their inaugural season in 2007 and instantly became one of the Revolution’s best starters.
“He was one of the first guys I saw when I walked in the clubhouse,” fellow 2007 Revolution pitcher Pete Hartmann said. “He told me, ‘Harty weclome to the Revolution’ and gave me a hug.”
Hartmann, who also lives in the Phoenix area and coaches youth travel teams, had known Castillo for years and remained friends with him after they stopped playing. He found out about Castillo’s death when he received a text from another former major leaguer after he returned to town Monday.
“I was standing in Frank’s kitchen (just the other day), and we were planning to go to a Diamondbacks game when we were both in town,” Hartmann said. “Just a travesty.” Continue reading