About a week or so ago, Jason Castro was told by the Houston Astros that he would be an All Star. While there are other players left off of these All Star roster that deserve it, no catcher in the AL, other than Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, deserves it more than Castro. You can do all the numbers crunching you want because I’ve already did it. For the most part, Castro is first, second, or third in all the main stats for catchers. But let me tell you, this All Star Game is just the beginning for the young catcher.
Castro was called up in 2010 and was expected to be the Astros catcher of the future. After a disappointing call up, the season was over.
Many thoughts were centered around Castro before the 2011 season. Many believed he would have his breakout year in 2011, but before anything could get started, Castro stepped on the base wrong and tore his ACL. This was really tough to take as an Astros fan. Castro was supposed to be the Astros catcher of the future, and now he just tore his ACL? There were doubts about Castro. Could he come back and be the catcher he was supposed to be with a surgically repaired knee? Should the Astros look to get another catcher coming through the system just in case?
In 2012, Castro was coming back from his knee surgery, but he was less than impressive. He didn’t have his legs under him so it was tough on him to not only catch, but also hit. He finished the year with a .254 batting average with six home runs and 29 RBI. He spent some time on the DL and also split playing time with Chris Snyder, but he just wasn’t truly healthy.
This season, at the All Star break, Castro is batting .270 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI. That is already a better year, at the All Star break, than what he had all year. This All Star selection is just the beginning for the 26-year-old catcher. While in the midst of his breakout season, I believe it is possible for Castro to have an even better second half than what he had in the first half. Castro started the year off slow, but he got going in the month of May and never looked back. Watch out, because he is only going to get better.