The Orioles have sent reliever Alberto Castillo and his 12.79 ERA back to the minors, and called up Scott Moore to take his place on the roster. Castillo struck out 8 batters in 6.1 IP this year while walking only 2, but 12 hits – 4 of which were home runs – did him in. Now, he’s not an extreme flyball pitcher, so the homers are somewhat fluky. He allowed 9 flyballs and 4 of them found the outfield seats, which is pretty absurd. That’s why his xFIP^ is a much nicer 3.48. I’m not saying he shouldn’t have been sent down, but he doesn’t suck quite as much as it appeared.
Moore came over to the O’s a couple years ago in a trade from the Cubs, and has spent almost all of the time since then in Triple-A. The left-handed batter is hitting .276/.324/.463 this year, with not terribly dissimilar lines in previous years. The CHONE projection calls for something along those same lines, but I’d expect a little below average hitter without much batting average, a few walks, and homer here and there.
Defensively, Moore is a third-baseman by trade but has seen time at first-base, as well as occasionally at second, short, and left-field. He’s not exactly known for his glove-work, though then again, neither is Ty Wigginton.
Overall he’s probably a slightly above replacement level player, which means he might be able to take Garrett Atkins’ job but he’s not likely to wow anyone.