The report on Simon Castro: He has a good fastballslider combination but still needs work on his changeup. That's what David Reiffer of Baseball-Instinct says in his analysis of the new White Sox prospect, who ranked No. 3 in Baseball America's top 10 Sox prospects list.
Castro's changeup still needs work, though, drawing this analysis:
"The change needs work and, according to reports, needs refining due to a hesitation in his delivery that may tip-off more advanced hitting."
So there's point No. 1 Don Cooper will likely address with Castro this spring, and what Kirk Champion and Richard Dotson will work on with him in Charlotte come the regular season. If he can iron out his changeup and fix some control issues -- easier said than done -- Reiffer sees Castro as a guy who could crack the Sox rotation by the middle of 2012.
But if Castro doesn't, he's a guy who projects as a reliever -- that power fastballslider combo is textbook for a seventh, eighth or ninth-inning guy.
For moving images of Castro, check this video from Project Prospect:
A tip of the hat to The Wizard for first linking this.