Jason Castro Taken 10th Overall By The Houston Astros
June 5, 2008
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Stanford junior catcher Jason Castro has been selected on Thursday's first day of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Castro was taken by the Houston Astros in the first round (10th overall). This is the second time Castro has been selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, he was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 43rd round (1303rd pick overall) of the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft but did not sign a professional baseball contract.
The two-day 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft concludes on Friday, June 6. Stay tuned to gostanford.com for the latest updates on Stanford players selected in the draft. The results of the entire draft can be followed at mlb.com.
Castro, a native of Castro Valley, is enjoying a breakout year on The Farm in 2008, batting a team-high .372 with 12 home runs and 16 doubles. He is second on the squad with 63 RBI. The durable backstop is one of only three Cardinal players to have started all 61 games to date and also leads Stanford in at bats (253), hits (94), and is second in runs scored (62).
Castro has also been named as a finalist for the 2008 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award, which is awarded annually to the nation's top catcher. The other two finalists are Buster Posey (Florida State) and Dock Doyle (Coastal Carolina).
In 2008, Castro has also enjoyed a pair of lengthy hitting streaks. He hit safely in eight consecutive contests from March 1-21, then put together a career-best 13-game hitting streak from April 16-May 4 during which he batted .491 (28-for-57) with a pair of doubles, two home runs, 21 RBI, and 20 runs scored.
The Cardinal junior has also had a strong postseason, hitting .400 (8-20) with one home run and seven RBI in Stanford's five Regional games.