Casilla inked a minor-league contract with Colorado on Thursday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. Casilla was recently released by the Athletics after making 26 appearances with the club in 2018. During those outings, he logged a 3.16 ERA and 1.21 WHIP while accumulating a subpar 22:20 K:BB across 31.1 innings of relief. The 37-year-old will provide extra depth within the Rockies' system at the Triple-A level.
Casilla was released by Oakland on Thursday, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic Bay Area reports. Casilla was designated for assignment Saturday, and he'll look to latch on elsewhere after being officially released. The 37-year-old right-hander had served as a reliever for the Athletics over the past two seasons.
Casilla was designated for assignment Saturday. On the surface, the move is something of a surprise, as Casilla had a solid 3.16 ERA in 31.1 innings so far this season. His underlying numbers were poor, however, with a 16.7 percent strikeout rate and a 15.2 percent walk rate, so his low ERA seems primarily attributable to a .209 BABIP. Joey Wendelken's contract was selected in a corresponding move.
Casilla, who fired a scoreless inning in which he recorded two strikeouts in an extra-innings win over the Angels on Sunday, has logged 3.2 scoreless frames across three outings since returning from the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Casilla has yet to issue a walk through that trio of appearances as well, always an encouraging sign for a pitcher with as many control issues as he typically exhibits. The 37-year-old has made significant improvements in both his ERA (2.84) and WHIP (1.07) over last season's respective 4.27 and 1.36 figures, but his fantasy utility remains limited in many formats due to his lack of hold and save opportunities.
Casilla (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list prior to Friday's game. Casilla didn't wind up missing too much time on the DL after going down with a shoulder strain near the end of May, though this has been a consistent issue for the right-hander since spring training, so it's worth keeping an eye on moving forward. Over 16 appearances this year, Casilla has logged a 3.32 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with a 14:14 K:BB over 21.1 innings of relief.
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