Castro the Astro is what I call him. Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro could very well be an All Star this season. As you should know, Castro came into the league as a young catcher who had the ability to become one of the top catchers in baseball. The Astros drafted him thinking he could do just that.
Castro never really had it going during his rookie season. Coming into his second season, he never had the chance. He stepped on first base awkwardly and tore his ACL, missing the year with that injury. Last year was Castro’s first full season in the majors. For the most part, he was healthy. He split a few games at the back stop with veteran catcher Chris Snyder.
Though Castro was back last season, you can’t say he was 100 percent. ACL injuries are tough to come back from for anyone, but especially a catcher. That type of injury could have affected him for most of last season, if not all of the season. That is why I was cautious to criticize his defense behind the plate last season. It couldn’t have been easy to squat down for nine innings.
He gave up a ton of passed balls last season, but I believe he will be much improved this season. During the second half of last season, Castro was a much improved player all the way around. He was hitting the ball really well and seemed like he might have his legs under him again. For any hitter, if you don’t have your legs under you, you won’t be successful.
Barring an injury, Castro will be 100 percent this season. I don’t like to look into spring training stats, especially this early, but he is absolutely killing it and it isn’t just bloop singles or slow rollers barely making out of the infield. He is absolutely mashing the cover off of the baseball so far. In the two games he has played this spring, Castro has two home runs.
Astros manager Bo Porter said Castro is finally 100 percent and has his legs under him. Porter went on to say that Castro is looking like the catcher the Astros hoped he would be when they drafted him. If all this is true, he could really have a breakout season. The talent has always been there for him–that hasn’t been a question. The questions have always been about health, but that seems to be in place for the 25-year-old catcher this season. If he continues to be healthy, he could be the Astros representative at the All-Star Game this summer.