01/12/2018 - 2018 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament
Castillo continues to impress. This catch and throw guy will control the running game with his quick transfer and strong throws (pop times now as low as 1.88). He sits in with quiet actions and flexion tracking pitches into a soft mitt. At the plate, this strong righty gets good hand separation with leverage. He engages his lower 1/2 and fires the barrel quickly to and through the zone and connecting with pop. He hits the ball where it's pitched and drives it from gap-to-gap. Stephen can make things happen both offensively and defensively.
06/06/2017 - 2017 Under Armour Showcase: Baseball Factory's National Texas
Stephen continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities and has a promising future on the diamond. At the plate, hitting/power potential have improved through an athletic setup, now showing outstanding abilities. He has a strong/centered balance with fluid rhythm to load. He shows a level swing path. The baseball jumps off the bat (85 mph exit velocity) when centered with power showing best to the pull side. At 3B, he has plus lateral range, working from the ground-up with smooth actions. He shows off his athletic abilities on the slow roller play. Transfer is quick as he fires strong throws zipping across the diamond.
02/19/2017 - National Tryout Plus - Sugar Land (Houston), TX
Stephen is a broad, strong prospect with the versatility to play multiple positions. He shows natural instincts in the box with feel for the barrel and impressive bat speed to hit the ball hard. He is athletic in his setup with a stacked load and rhythm in his swing. His lower half works well to generate pop and a fast bat through the zone on a level path to make consistent, line drive contact. At the hot corner, he shows the athleticism and soft hands to handle the tough plays on hard hit balls. He works to field the ball square and play through to make accurate throws across the diamond. He is a wall behind the plate, blocking laterally with ease to both sides and keeping everything in front. A smoother exchange to throw will result in low pop times and more runners thrown out at second. Stephen is an intriguing prospect with potential on the field.
10/23/2016 - College PREP - Conroe (Houston), TX
Stephen continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities with a promising future on the diamond. He displays proper footwork to throw, gaining ground and finishing to his target through a quick release. Pop times have improved as he threw his lowest time to date at 1.96. Receiving/blocking tools show as solid tools that will play well at the next level. At 3B, feet are active as he works to square balls up and looks ball in. Glove action is soft/clean as he presents well out front. He moves well laterally, flashing range. At the plate, he continues to shine through an athletic setup. Hands are quick (82 mph exit velocity) and work through an aggressive approach. He has strength in his swing with baseball jumping off the bat when centered. Barrel accuracy is a plus as he stays inside the baseball, displaying gap to gap pop.
05/01/2016 - National Tryout Plus - College Station, TX
Stephen continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date, now an above average runner at 7.25. He improved his pop times behind the dish as he threw his lowest time to date at 2.08. Hands / feet work well together through a quick / clean transfer exchange as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. He shows off his athletic abilities through his receiving / blocking skills through an athletic setup. At 3B, feet are aggressive as he attacks balls with his feet, displaying clean hands. He moves well side to side and tracks ball well. Presenting his glove more out in front will help to avoid getting the ‘in between' hop. He shows athletic actions on his feeds of the double play. At the plate, hands are quick and work inside the ball, utilizing all fields. He loads well, utilizes his lower half well, and shows a solid feel for the barrel.
11/15/2015 - National Tryout Plus - Houston, TX
Stephen continues to show solid play at both his positions with a promising future on the diamond. Behind the plate, pop times where in the low 2.20 range with accuracy on his throws. / blocking skills show as quality tools that will play well at the next level. At 3B, he displays good range to his glove side and works to square balls up, presenting clean hands well out front. He shows off his athletic abilities on his feeds of the double play as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. At the plate, he shows a squared / balanced setup. Hands are quick and work inside the ball, utilizing all fields. He has strength in his swing with baseball jumping off the bat when centered, through a solid line drive approach. Castillo has abilities with a lot of potential with time to continue to develop.
02/01/2015 - National Tryout - Houston, TX
Stephen displayed strong infield play at his most recent workout with Baseball Factory. At the hot corner, he saw the ball in after getting to a good fielding position on-time. He was sure with the glove and clean with his exchange to make plays. Speeding up his feet and cleaning up his backhand footwork are key to further growth in the infield. Behind the plate, he tracked the ball in, dropped to block quickly, and recovered quickly. More arm strength will help to increase pop times and make him all the more efficient. Offensively, he displayed pull pop with his direct barrel and front side extension. In all - Stephen continues to show promise for strong play throughout high school.
01/16/2015 - Baseball Factory All-America Pre-Season Rookie Tournament
This athletic backstop continues to work hard and progress on the diamond. With the bat, he gets good hand separation working back into a loaded position with leverage. Quick hands whip the barrel to and through the zone as he connects and hits line-drives. Behind the dish, he shows his athleticism as he is quick to block pitches in the dirt and get back onto his feet. Transfer/exchange is smooth as he puts the ball accurately on the bag at 2B. This 2018 grad has the tools that will continue to develop and will provide success on the diamond.
11/15/2014 - National Tryout - Houston, TX
Stephen is a hard worker who continues to develop. Behind the dish, he is quick laterally with athletic actions, getting around pitches in the dirt. A quick release with accurate throws put the ball on the bag. At the hot corner, he shows active footwork and moves well laterally. Backhand play is smooth as he gathers well and gains ground toward his target. Only a 2018 grad - this versatile player should find success on the diamond.
10/01/2014 - Arizona Freshman/Sophomore Fall Classic
Stephen showed as an infielder at the AZ Freshman / Sophomore Fall Classic with Baseball Factory. Defensively, he had good pre-pitch movement, read balls off the bat well and worked around the ball. He makes plays in the infield and is aggressive to come get slow rollers. More reps and game play over at the hot corner will help Stephen relax and become more productive. Offensively, he displayed good rhythm and loose actions to deliver the barrel to and through contact. He has good feel for the strike zone, but has a tendency to cast his hands around the ball. Becoming more direct and extending through contact with a connected lower half will increase strength to hit. All in all - Stephen is a quality kid that has good feel for the game and projects as he continues to strengthen throughout high school.
07/25/2014 - Baseball Factory National World Series at Pirate City
Stephen is a versatile catcher who can also play infield. He continues to improve and really impressed both behind the plate and in the box as a hitter during the event. Behind the plate, Stephen blocks very well and has very good agility. He also manages the game well. He can continue to improve his receiving and relax his wrist a bit and polish his framing. At 3B, Stephen his sure handed and his always ready to make a play but needs to stay down a bit longer to work through more effectively. Offensively, Stephen is a good contact hitter, is disciplined and uses his hips well through contact. Quieting down his load a bit could relax him more at the plate and allow him to be more direct to maximize his pop. Stephen is a super kid who works hard and sets a great example to teammates and should grow into a solid player at the next levels.
02/02/2014 - National Tryout - Houston, TX
Castillo continues to show a ton of improvements in his baseball abilities. At the plate is where he shows best displaying solid hitting abilities and slightly above average power grades through an athletic setup. Hands are quick, flashing bat speed through a short / direct / level swing path and create extension through the ball. He works to stay inside the ball, utilizing all fields and shows a feel for the barrel. Behind the plate, feet are active as he works in line through a clean transfer / exchange as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. Pop times have improved as he threw his best pop time to date at 2.38 with accuracy on his throws. Times will continue to drop as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program and works to get rid of the baseball quicker. Receiving / blocking skills show as playable tools as he continues to develop and improve. At 3B, he works to square balls and plays through a low approach. He moves well laterally, flashing range, especially glove side. Arm grade will continue to improve as he works to get rid of the baseball quicker.
07/26/2013 - Baseball Factory National World Series at Pirate City
Stephen is a good kid, very polite/respectful and he is a good teammate. Behind the plate he calls a good game and blocks the ball well but he needs to work on receiving and his footwork/release. At the plate Stephen has an athletic setup, decent load, centered balance, lower half works and swing path is on-plane with extension. He needs to avoid over rotating and keep hands a little higher at setup. Stephen worked very hard and was coachable the entire the event. If he continues to work hard at his deficiencies he can be a very good player in the future.
12/27/2012 - Baseball Factory Christmas Camp & Tournament at Vero Beach
Stephen is a young player who's shows the ability to play multiple positions in the field. Behind the plate, he does a good job keeping the ball in front of him when blocking. Stephen also showed a solid athletic setup. He will need to continue to focus on his receiving making sure he does not stab at the ball. Continue to watch where his throwing hand his, he has the tendency to expose it. In the infield, Stephen reaches a square fielding position with the ability to keep the ball in front of him. He can work on his overall approach to the ball making sure he is working from right to left. Focusing on improving his foot speed through agility drills (ladder, hurdles, and cones) will help with this. At the plate, Stephen shows a good balanced approach with a level bat path and good lower half. His load is smooth with a short stride and good barrel control. Focus on getting loaded a little earlier and making sure he doesn't stride towards the plate closing his body off. Overall, Stephen is a great kid who shows a hard work ethic and the ability to play anywhere on the field. He has a good feel for the game and should show improvements as he physically matures.