Castro to Play in World Cup for Team USA

Aug. 28, 2009

DURHAM, N.C.-- Former Stanford catcher Jason Castro was named to Team USA's 24-man roster for the upcoming World Cup starting on September 10.

The former College World Series great is finishing up his second professional season, batting an even .300 with Double-A Corpus Crispi. Castro, the 10th overall selection in the 2008 first year player draft was the 53rd best prospect in the minors at the start of the season, and the Astros top prospect, according to Baseball America.

Earlier this summer Castro was selected to the All Star Futures Game, where he hit a three-run home run.

According to Baseball America in their annual player summaries, “Castro has all the tools to be a legitimate offensive catcher. He's got a loose swing from the left side, yet it has loft and scouts have rated his raw power at 55-60 on the 20-80 scouting scale. His success comes from staying inside the ball, and he should be able to hit for average. As a lefthanded hitter, most of his power is up the middle, and scouts expect that he'll become stronger and, thus, could develop power the other way.”

He began the 2009 season at Single-A Lancaster where he batted .309 over the first 56 games. He hit .275 in the New York-Penn League and Tri Cities in 2008.

Castro hit .309 over 162 games for Stanford from 2006 to 2008, batting an impressive .391 in 16 post-season games.

Team USA begins their World Cup play on September 10 against Venezuela in Regensburg, Germany. The gold medal game is scheduled for Sept. 27 in Rome, Italy. Team USA is the defending champion, having defeated Cuba 6-3 in the 2007 gold medal game in Taiwan.

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