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Frank Castillo, Former MLB Pitcher, Drowns in Bartlett Lake

1992 Upper Deck Frank Castillo card.
1992 Upper Deck Frank Castillo card.
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Frank Castillo, a former Major League Baseball pitcher who spent much of his career with the Chicago Cubs, drowned in Bartlett Lake on Sunday.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Castillo, 44, was on a boat with his friends and got in the lake to go swimming.

Castillo went under at one point and never resurfaced. MCSO says a 911 caller said that Castillo was "not a good swimmer."

MCSO dive teams didn't find Castillo on Sunday evening, and due to poor lighting, had to continue searching Monday morning, around 8 a.m.

His body finally was discovered a few minutes before 2:30 p.m. Monday, almost exactly 24 hours after 911 was called.

Castillo may best be described as a serviceable MLB pitcher.

He lasted in the majors for 13 years, from 1991 to 2005 (he didn't play in 2003), which is a feat in itself. He posted a winning record in just three of those seasons, and his best season was with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2000, when he posted a 10-5 record with a 3.59 ERA.

Baseball-Reference.com estimates Castillo made more than $10 million over the course of his career.

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