MLB 100 has Mariners' Luis Castillo outside the top ten starting pitchers in 2024

MLB 100 ranked their top players, and they surprisingly have Mariners' Luis Castillo outside of the top ten starting pitchers in baseball heading into 2024
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We've done a couple of these so far. One of them seemed pretty spot on when they had Cal Raleigh ranked as the T-7th catcher in baseball. Then it was a massive joke, at least based on how last season went, ranking George Kirby as the 20th best starting pitcher in baseball. Now it's time to look at another one of the Mariners starting pitchers, in Luis Castillo.

I think this one falls more in line with Cal Raleigh. Sure, they might be off by a couple of spots, but they ended up ranking Luis Castillo just outside of the top 10 starting pitchers heading into 2024, slotting him in as T-11th.

Luis Castillo is a top-55 player and T-11th starting pitcher in the MLB 100

Now, they ended up doing something similar here that they did with Cal Raleigh and the catchers when they ranked them in little groups. For Luis Castillo he comes in at 54th, with Framber Valdez sitting 55th and then Pablo Lopez 56th.

Castillo was so close to ending up in the top-10 last season. We've been over it a bit before, but if he would've finished out strong in those final two starts (even though the 8 before were incredible) then he would've possibly gotten the Mariners into the playoffs, battles Gerrit Cole for the Cy Young, and easily been inside the top 50 overall and top 10 pitchers for 2024.

There's a big group ahead of him in the 40s, with Kevin Gaussman, Logan Webb, Max Fried, and Sonny Gray all beating him out. I firmly believe that Castillo is better than all of them, and will see him pass them by this upcoming season.

Luis Castillo is primed for a big 2024, and hopefully, he ends up making a big jump up the starting pitcher list for 2025.