Jason Castro: Well-Deserved Houston Astros MVP
Well, I may have called it wrong, but it was a well-deserved award for Jason Castro, who took home a unanimous team MVP for the Houston Astros, as voted on by the Houston chapter of baseball writers of America.
Despite finishing the season on the disabled list with a cyst in his knee, Castro put up an incredible season for the Astros, hitting .276 with 18 home runs and 56 RBIs. He finally put it all together in a year that demonstrated why he was a first-round pick in the first place.
It was a tremendous all-around season for Castro, who was elected to his first All-Star game despite not playing, and it was his first full season as each previous year had either been completely missed or cut short by injuries.
The only other player that could have given Castro a run for his money in this award was Jose Altuve, given his consistent play all year. However, the award was unanimous, so clearly Houston believed that Castro was the only person deserving of the award.
Other awards were presented to Jarred Cosart (rookie of the year) and Brett Oberholtzer (pitcher of the year).
Castro has to be one of the most exciting players the Astros have to build around going forward. He has shown tremendous pop in his bat and his defense has always been solid. The only problem that remains is whether or not his knee is going to hold up. It appears about time that Castro moves away from being the Astros’ backstop.