Jason Castro (baseball)

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Jason Castro
Jason Castro (Houston Astro).JPG
Castro in 2013
Houston Astros – No. 15
Catcher
Born: (1987-06-18) June 18, 1987 (age 27)
Castro Valley, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 22, 2010 for the Houston Astros
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .243
Hits 329
Home runs 40
Runs batted in 149
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Jason Castro
Medal record
Men’s baseball
Competitor for  United States
Baseball World Cup
Gold 2009 Nettuno National team

Jason Michael Castro (born June 18, 1987) is an American professional baseball catcher with the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). Castro grew up in California and played college baseball at Stanford University. He was selected by the Astros in the first round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. He played in the minor leagues until the Astros called him up in 2010. He missed the 2011 season due to a knee injury.

Castro was a reserve catcher for the 2013 All-Star Game.

Early life[edit]

Castro was born in Castro Valley, California.[1] He played high school baseball at Castro Valley High School.[2]

He played college baseball at Stanford University where he was initiated into the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and was named the club's most valuable player his junior year.[3][4] He played in the Cape Cod League during the summer of 2007.

Castro was selected by the Astros in the first round (tenth overall) of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.[5]

Minor leagues[edit]

Castro started in Single-A for the Tri-City ValleyCats in 2008. He was promoted to play for the Class AA Corpus Christi Hooks on June 7, 2009[6] after playing in Advanced-A for the Lancaster JetHawks and played his first game for the team on June 10. He also played for the U.S. team in the Baseball World Cup in Nettuno, Italy.[7]

Castro was selected to play for the United States team in the 2009 All-Star Futures Game in St. Louis. In the game, he threw out a runner and hit a three-run home run.[8] He was ranked 53rd on Baseball America's list of "Top 100 Prospects" in 2009.[9] Shortly after the Futures Game, the Astros sent Castro home early from the Arizona Fall League so that he could rest for the 2010 season.[7]

MLB career[edit]

On June 20, 2010, it was announced that Castro was being called up to the Houston Astros from Class AAA Round Rock Express. Castro made his MLB debut on June 22, 2010 at Minute Maid Park against the San Francisco Giants. He singled off Tim Lincecum in his first career at-bat.[10] Castro hit his first major league home run on June 24, 2010 against Matt Cain.

On March 2, 2011, while playing in a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers, Castro suffered a knee injury while running to first base. Castro underwent surgery two days later on March 4 to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament and a damaged meniscus. As a result, he missed the entire 2011 season.

On June 13, 2012, while pinch-hitting for Xavier Cedeño, Castro grounded out to Joaquin Arias to record the last out for Matt Cain's perfect game. He played 87 games in the 2012 season, finishing the year with a .257 batting average, 6 home runs and 29 RBI.[1]

On May 20, 2013, Castro was awarded the honor of being American League Player of the Week.[11] He earned his first All-Star Game selection that season as a reserve catcher. He led the Astros with a .350 OBP. He set club catcher records with 63 runs, 18 home runs, and a .485 slugging percentage. In September, Castro had surgery to remove a cyst from his knee and missed the rest of the season. He played 120 games that year.[12]

Hitting a home run (2014)

After the 2013 season, Castro completed the degree that he had started at Stanford. When he was drafted, he was 25 credits shy of the degree. He had returned to Stanford in the 2010 offseason to begin taking the rest of the courses, but he was delayed somewhat by rehabilitation from his 2011 injury.[13]

Before the 2014 season, Castro signed a one-year contract with the Astros worth $2.45 million.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jason Castro Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Rusty Simmons (2005-03-30). "It's easy to see that catchers are rising stars / Six rated among nation's top 40". SFGate. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Scout.com: 2007-08 Honor Roll No. 1: Jason Castro". Stanford.scout.com. 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  5. ^ "Astros take Castro in first round of Draft | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  6. ^ "Minor League Notebook: Castro promoted to Class AA - Houston Chronicle". Chron.com. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  7. ^ a b "Catcher Jason Castro wraps up eventful season". Corpus Christi Hooks. November 8, 2009. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2009_07_12_wftmin_uftmin_1&mode=gameday
  9. ^ "Prospects: Rankings: Top 100 Prospects: Top 100 Prospects: No. 41-60". BaseballAmerica.com. 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  10. ^ "Jason Castro's FIRST MLB HIT and highlights of FIRST MLB GAME". YouTube. 2010-06-22. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  11. ^ "Players of the Week | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  12. ^ "Jason Castro has knee surgery". MLB.com. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  13. ^ Snyder, Matt. "All-Star catcher Jason Castro now a Stanford graduate". CBS Sports. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 

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