Jason Castro (baseball)
Castro in 2013
Houston Astros – No. 15
June 18, 1987 |
Castro Valley, California
|June 22, 2010 for the Houston Astros|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||149|
Career highlights and awards
|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.
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. He played in the Cape Cod League during the summer of 2007.
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 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.
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. He was ranked 53rd on Baseball America's list of "Top 100 Prospects" in 2009. 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.
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. 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.
On May 20, 2013, Castro was awarded the honor of being American League Player of the Week. 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.
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.
Before the 2014 season, Castro signed a one-year contract with the Astros worth $2.45 million.
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- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Stanford University player profile