Jason Castro, Catcher, Minnesota Twins


Date of Birth: 6/18/1987
Birthplace: Castro Valley, California
College: Stanford University
Current Salary: $8,500,000

Jason Castro, catcher for the Minnesota Twins, was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2008. After two and a half years in the minor leagues, he was called up to the Astros in 2010 to play in 67 games with them.

Castro missed the entire 2011 season after a knee injury and surgery. The next year, he played in just 87 games with the Astros. In 2013, he batted .276 with 120 hits, 35 doubles, 18 home runs, and 56 RBIs in 120 games. He finished the 2014 season with 103 hits, 21 doubles, 14 home runs, 56 RBIs, and a .222 batting average.

In 2015, Castro batted .211 with 71 hits, 19 doubles, and 31 RBIs in 104 games. As a catcher, he made 62 assists, 777 putouts, and 1 error in 103 games. He caught players trying to steal 36.4% of the time and he had a .999 fielding percentage. He had 16 at-bats in 6 postseason games and he batted .063 with 1 hit, 2 RBIs, and 8 strikeouts.

Castro batted .210 in 113 games with the Astros in 2016. Defensively, as the Astros' catcher in 111 games, he made 53 assists, 865 putouts, and 4 errors. He had a .996 fielding percentage and he caught players trying to steal 23.7% of the time.

Castro signed a three-year, $24.5 million contract with the Twins on November 30, 2016.

Career batting statistics for Castro through 2016 include:

  • 617 games played
  • 469 hits
  • 114 doubles
  • 212 RBIs
  • 621 strikeouts to 215 walks
  • .232 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Castro as a catcher through 2016 include:

  • 572 games played
  • 288 assists
  • 4,013 putouts
  • 22 errors
  • .261 caught stealing percentage
  • .995 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Jason Castro
ESPN - Jason Castro