Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro continues to impress while putting together an All-Star caliber year at the plate.
The Astros have been waiting for Castro to become a breakout performer, and this may be his year. While the Astros are in the middle of rebuilding, this season is all about finding players worth moving forward with, and Castros has become one of those players.
Before the season started, I thought this could be Castro’s breakout season and even implied that he could find himself playing in the All Star game if everything goes right. After a slow start, everything has gone right for the young backstop.
Last season was Castro’s first full year, and he still wasn’t healthy. He was coming off reconstructive knee surgery and didn’t completely have his legs under him last season. This year, it took a little time to gain some confidence, but Castro has heated up and really become an offensive threat for this young Astros ball club.
Catchers take a beating, but especially Castro, who is working with the worst pitching staff in all of baseball, statistically speaking. While the starting pitchers have gotten much better lately, there are still some slip-ups. When a catcher is working with such a bad staff, he is all over the place trying to block wild pitches and quite frankly, he take too much heat.
Even the Molina brothers would have trouble behind the plate with this pitching staff. While Castro has continually taken a beating behind the plate, he has also put a hurting on the baseball itself.
Castro was named the AL player of the week, and if he keeps doing what he was doing, he will find himself on the AL All-Star team in no time.