Jason Castro stabilized Minnesota's catching position last season as the Twins got exactly what they expected in the first year of his three-year, $24.5 million contract. He provided strong defense behind the plate, pitch framing skills that helped the staff, some power at the plate (.146 ISO) and decent on-base ability (.333 OBP). Castro draws walks at a good clip (11.1 percent) and has hit 10 or more home runs in five consecutive seasons. His .720 OPS ranked 23rd out of 33 big-league catchers with 300 or more plate appearances (11th out of 15 in the AL). That makes him relevant in AL-only leagues and two-catcher mixers, but he should be an afterthought in one-catcher mixed leagues. Mitch Garver, a catching prospect who turned 27 in January, may have slightly more offensive upside, but Castro has the clear edge on defense, so he should continue to get the bulk of playing time for the Twins behind the plate.
Castro (migraines) will catch and bat eighth in the Twins lineup during Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles. Castro has been limited to two appearances in spring training while battling migraines, with his most recent game action coming Feb. 28. After a week off to recuperate, Castro's presence behind the plate Tuesday suggests the migraines are no longer an issue. The Twins are unlikely to press Castro into extensive action this spring given the rigors of catching, but he should be ready to serve as the team's primary backstop once Opening Day arrives.
Castro (migraine) intends to play in back-to-back games this week, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Castro said Sunday that the migraine was a one-day thing, and despite being scratched, was in the cage playing catch. The tentative plan is for the backstop to play both Tuesday and Wednesday, which would prove any migraine issues are a thing of the past.
Castro (migraine) has been scratched from Friday's game against Toronto, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Castro is unlikely to be out for more than a few days and should have plenty of time to get up to speed by Opening Day. Willians Astudillo will start in his place.
Castro is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. With the Twins locked into their postseason spot, manager Paul Molitor is making sure his regulars are ready to go for the playoffs, so Castro will not start Friday for the second time in three games. Chris Gimenez will get the nod behind the plate in his place.
Castro is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Indians, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Coming off three consecutive starts, Castro will get the night off. Over his last three games Castro went 3-for-11 at the dish and scored two runs. Chris Gimenez will serve as Minnesota's backstop with Castro out Wednesday night.