I can’t say that I called it, but I kind of did. Back in Spring Training, I said Jason Castro could be an All-Star for the Houston Astros, and on Saturday, it was announced that Castro was indeed going to be the Astros representative at this year’s All-Star Game. While his breakout season is continuing, he is only getting better. He has a batting average of .271 with 12 home runs and 31 RBIs. He has the second-most home runs by an AL catcher this season.
As his breakout continues, Astro fans around Texas hope this isn’t a fluke.
He is finally healthy and it is showing. He is still having troubles defensively behind the plate, but that will come once the pitchers aren’t bouncing pitches every other pitch. He has his legs under him, and that is certainly showing up on the offensive side of the game.
While I thought Bud Norris would be the deserving candidate for the Astros, Castro certainly deserves it himself. He has played his tail off since Spring Training began, and it is showing. For Castro, this is his first All-Star selection, and he is hoping it won’t be his last. Astros manager Bo Porter told Castro of his selection and couldn’t be prouder of the 26-year-old catcher.
Castro will be a reserve for the American League squad, and is also the first Astro to be an American League All Star. When the time comes, I won’t be able to wait to see Castro perform on the big stage. As a person who called this breakout coming, I couldn’t be happier for the young catcher.