Minor-league pitcher accused of throwing ball into crowd pleads not guilty

DAYTON, Ohio -- A Peoria Chiefs minor-league pitcher accused of throwing a ball that hit a fan in the head during a bench-clearing brawl has pleaded not guilty.

An attorney for 21-year-old Julio Castillo submitted the written plea Thursday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court in Dayton, Ohio.

Castillo was indicted last month on two counts of felonious assault.

Castillo, who was pitching for the Chiefs against the Dayton Dragons, is accused of throwing a baseball into the stands during the brawl on July 24. The fan was treated at a hospital and released.

Prosecutors say Castillo was attempting to hit a Dayton player in the dugout, but instead struck the fan in the head, giving him a concussion.

Castillo did not appear in court, and he remains free on bond.