Dodgers scout Jairo Castillo died on Dec. 6 from complications due to COVID-19. Jorge Castillo at the Los Angeles Times on Monday profiled the 31-year-old crosschecker of Latin America, talking to several who worked with Castillo, including Dodgers vice president of international scouting Ismael Cruz.
From Jorge Castillo:
After three years with Toronto, Castillo was hired by the Milwaukee Brewers to work as an international scout covering several countries including Panama, Colombia and Mexico. Cruz joined the Dodgers in 2015 and kept tabs on Castillo. In 2018, he hired him as one of the Dodgers’ three international cross-checkers — the final scouting filter before Cruz.
“He always saw the top guys,” Cruz said. “When I was going to sign an expensive player, he had to see him, too, and give his opinion. He was responsible, I think, for the majority of our signings in his two years.”
Jairo Castillo was climbing the ranks in the scouting world. He was from the Dominican Republic but became a champion for Mexican ballplayers. He was always smiling.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) December 21, 2020
Earlier this month, he died from complications from COVID-19. He was 31. https://t.co/Wp81skeGhd
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