Houston Astros’ Jason Castro Proving Why He Was First-Round Pick

Tim Heitman – USA TODAY Sports

Drafted 10th overall by the Houston Astros in the 2008 first-year players draft, Jason Castro has been plagued by shortened seasons. After his lackluster 2010 debut, missing the entire 2011 season with a torn ACL and missing about half of the 2012 season, Castro had something to prove in 2013, his first full season.

The Stanford product has done exactly what was expected of him, and then some.

Hitting .278 with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs, Castro was voted into his first All-Star game in his first full season. He’s third amongst American League catchers in home runs, third in doubles and sixth in RBI. But it’s what he’s done lately that is the most impressive.

The season is long and slumps are abundant, but Castro has turned on the burners going into the final two months of the season. In August, Castro is third among starting catchers in batting average at .348, second in home runs at four, first in walks at 14, third in RBI at 12 and first in both OBP and slugging at .457 and .621 respectively. Defensively, Castro has caught the third-most potential base-stealers.

The stats can speak for themselves, but his work ethic, which has been attested to by both his teammates and his manager, prove that he’s not content with where he currently is. He’s constantly pushing to get better.

Castro may have found a permanent home batting third in the lineup. He’s produced consistently, and his power numbers are enviable at such a premium position. At only 26-years of age, Castro has clearly passed beyond the ‘prospect’ level and has set up camp at the ‘All-Star’ level.

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