Jason Castro

#21 C / Minnesota Twins / EXP: 6YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 212 lb Age: 29 College: Stanford Bats/Throws L/R

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    Best known for his receiving skills, Jason Castro failed to hit above .225 or break 15 home runs for the third straight year, although he saw plenty of at-bats as Houston's primary catcher over that span. Castro has been a particular liability in leagues that penalize strikeouts, as he's whiffed at an increasing rate each of the past three years, topping out at a whopping 33 percent in 2016. Castro hit particularly poorly against left-handed pitching ( .149/.237/.241). A former top-10 pick, Castro was once a promising power hitter who hit 18 homers and slugged .485 in 2013 so he still has some upside. His offensive numbers have been on the decline ever since, but his defensive skills and pitch-framing ability are seen as elite. He'll be the primary catcher for the Twins after signing a three-year, $24 million contract.

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    • Twins' Jason Castro: Having strong spring
      By RotoWire Staff

      Castro went 1-for-2 in Friday's spring training tie with Baltimore. He's hitting .292 (7-for-24) with a home run this spring. Castro will begin the season as the starting catcher as he looks healthy and in regular season form this spring. The bigger question will be how much he sits against left-handed pitching with right-handed Chris Gimenez likely to be his backup. Castro has struggled against lefties in his career with just a .478 OPS against left-handed pitching last season.

    • Twins' Jason Castro: Agrees to deal with Minnesota
      By RotoWire Staff

      Castro agreed to a three-year contract with the Twins, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. Since putting up a .276 batting average in 2013, Castro's hitting has regressed for three consecutive seasons, having bottomed out at .210 in 2016. However, the Twins deemed Castro's defensive performance to be rather valued, especially his pitch-framing ability, as his contract is slated to be worth upward of $24 million.

    • Jason Castro: Not tendered qualifying offer
      By RotoWire Staff

      Castro became a free agent Monday after the Astros declined to extend a qualifying offer to him, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Castro hasn't batted above .222 since his breakout 2013 campaign, so the choice was clear for Houston. The 29-year-old's defense is top-notch, though, so he could pick up a major league job somewhere despite proving to be incompetent at the plate.

    • Astros' Jason Castro: Back in action Wednesday
      By RotoWire Staff

      Castro (knee) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the indians, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Castro had been held out of the previous three games with soreness in his knee, but the ailment has apparently subsided, and he'll return to his usual spot behind the plate, while Evan Gattis heads back to the bench. Castro will bat eighth in the order against Indians' right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

    • Astros' Jason Castro: Remains out Tuesday
      By RotoWire Staff

      Castro (knee) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Indians. Castro will miss his third straight game due to the soreness in his knee. As such, Evan Gattis will start his third straight game behind the plate for the Astros.

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