Luis Castillo who played for a decade with the Marlins earned himself at #4 on our list of the “Top 10 Marlins All Time”. Castillo was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 1992.
He played his first year of baseball in 1994 where he also set a short season record in stolen bases where he finished with 31.
1997 World Series
During the Marlins’ World Series run in 1997 he was the Marlins’ primary second baseman before he went down with injury. His injury caused him to miss the whole month of May and caused him to be optioned to Triple-A for the rest of the season. He lost out on playing in the franchise’s first World Series in 1997 due to his injuries and optioning to the minors.
When he came back from injury with the major league club he picked up where he left off. He was with the Triple-A affiliate until August of 1998 before finally being called up yet again.
In 1999 when he was playing his first full season in the Majors since being called up he put up stud numbers. He finished fourth in the league in stolen bases, and was fourth among lead-off hitters in on-base percentage at .385.
Castillo was stoopid fast. During the 2000 season, he finished with 62 stolen bases which led the Majors at that time. During the 2001 season he finished 5th in the league in stolen bases but hit 10 triples.
The 2002 season was a different story. He was selected to his first All-Star game and he finished the campaign hitting .305 with 39 RBIs and 48 stolen bases. He led the league in stolen bases with 48 for the second time in his career.
Luis was a very important piece during the 2003 season. He was selected to his second career All-Star game and led the team in hitting. Also earned his first career Gold Glove award.
Castillo was the batter who hit the foul ball that Steve Bartman interfered with in Game 6 of the National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs. The Marlins ended up winning that game as well as Game 7.
They also defeated the Yankees in the World Series that year, so safe to say, thank you Mr. Bartman for your contributions to South Florida’s second World Series title.
During the 2004 season, Castillo .291 batting average with 47 RBIs, 2 home runs and 7 triples. He also set a new franchise record with 425 walks passing Sheffield’s 424 that year.
In his final season with the club, Luis won his third Gold Glove award in a row. He led the majors in batting versus left-handed pitchers with a .423 average and received a 2005 All-Star game selection. Castillo’s career stats with the Marlins is as followed: .293 average, 281 stolen bases, 271 RBIs, 20 homers, 42 triples and 533 walks drawn.