Castro to the Majors, Singles Against Former Pac-10 Foe
June 22, 2010
HOUSTON, Texas-- Former Stanford All-American Jason Castro got the call to the Houston Astros on Tuesday, becoming Stanford's 86th Major Leaguer all-time and ninth in 2010.
Castro, a first round pick of Houston in 2008 following the team's last College World Series run, played in 215 minor league games, batting .287 with 47 career doubles and 16 home runs. The tenth overall selection in the draft played in the 2009 Futures Game.
It didn't take Castro long to play in a Major League game as he was penciled into the starting lineup hours after his call-up and catching Roy Oswalt against the Giants in Houston.
Castro singled in his first MLB at-bat against Tim Lincecum, scoring later in the third inning. The two also faced each other in college, with Lincecum pitching as a junior against the freshman, Castro. Castro singled in three at-bats against the Huskie righthander on May 12, 2006 in a 5-0 win in Seattle.
Castro hit .309 at Single-A Lancaster and .293 at Double-A Corpus Christi in his first full professional season in 2009, hitting 10 home runs and driving in 73 last season. This year he was batting .265 in 57 games for Triple-A Round Rock with 26 RBIs. Castro hit .313 this spring for the Astros.
Castro played three years for the Cardinal (2006-08), batting .309 over 162 collegiate games with 26 doubles, 18 homers and 106 RBIs. He hit .376 during his final season in 2008, earning third team All-America honors and was a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation's top collegiate catcher.
Castro joins fellow catchers John Hester (Diamondbacks) and Donny Lucy (White Sox), outfielders Jody Gerut (Brewers), Carlos Quentin (White Sox) and Chris Carter (Mets), first baseman Ryan Garko (Rangers) and reliever Drew Storen (Nationals) as members of the Cardinal fraternity on Big League rosters this season. He joins Storen, as the second Stanford player to make his MLB debut in 2010.