He is batting .280 (7 for 25) with two home runs, three doubles and five RBI in 10 games. One of those home runs came off Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer on Friday.
“Very happy with some of the adjustments that I was trying to make this offseason,” Castro said, per the Houston Chronicle. “At this point I’ve done the things that I’ve kind of wanted to do coming into spring training. Just to kind of check those boxes before this season starts.
“I feel like I’m at the point now where I’m pretty quiet (with my mechanics). I get into position to where I basically read the pitch and then just react. And that’s something I couldn’t really do last year. I had to, in order for me to kind of compensate for some kind of inefficiencies and mechanics in my swing, I had to look for a certain pitch in order to get to it. So it kind of threw me off on other stuff. I’m pretty happy with that aspect of it: being able to just read pitches, not having to cheat, being able to lay off stuff that I don’t want to swing at.”
Astros manager A.J. Hinch has noticed the progress Castro has made following a down year in 2014.
"He’s swung the bat very well this spring," Hinch said, per the Houston Chronicle. "His timing is good, his rhythm is good, he’s been hitting the ball on the barrel."
"He's noticeably more connected with a lot of his actions behind home plate," Hinch said. "From his game calling to his receiving, he certainly took a step forward. He's a tall catcher, which generally those guys can get into some bad [habits] with getting themselves going during their throwing, where they stand up a little bit too tall just out of natural body length."
Castro bolstered his defensive ability last season and was more comfortable with pitchers.
"Pitchers have said they were comfortable throwing the ball in the dirt, and at the end of the day that's the ultimate goal, is getting them as comfortable as they can so they know they can throw whatever they want in any situation," Castro said.
After an All-Star campaign in 2013,
Even though Castro is coming off a down year offensively, the Astros still have high hopes for the 27-year-old catcher.
"He's a player that's an important player on our team, and he needs to be himself. He can have an impact on both sides of the ball," Hinch said Monday, per the Associated Press. "I really believe that he's settling into an important few years of his career. ... As he's getting older and more mature and more comfortable in the league, and getting into his rhythm and game plan on catching and hitting, he's in a great spot to have a great impact."
Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow echoes Hinch's sentiments.
"He's been a key part of the team ever since I got here," Luhnow said. "He had his All-Star year a couple years ago. Last year we saw some major strides defensively with his game, which were important, and the offense slipped a little bit, but I think that if you can somehow get the offense from 2013 and the defense from 2014, you've got one of the better catchers in the game."
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|9/28/2014 vs N.Y. Mets|
|vs N.Y. Mets||4||1||0||.250||.500||.250|
|vs Colon (Career)||9||6||1||1.000||.636||.667|
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|More Batting Stats|
|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2010||AAA-Round Rock Express||57||211||31||56||7||0||4||26||32||34||1||1||.365||.355||.265|
|2012||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||3||5||1||4||2||0||0||0||2||--||0||0||.857||1.200||.800|
|2012||AAA-Oklahoma City RedHaw||4||13||1||6||1||0||1||2||2||1||0||0||.533||.769||.462|
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