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15 Jason Castro C
Height/Weight: 6-3/216 | Birthdate: 6/18/1987 | Birthplace: Castro Valley, CA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Houston | College: Stanford | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $496,600 | Owned/Started%: 36/28 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Astros C Jason Castro powers up for fifth home run on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro put the proverbial icing on the cake in Tuesday's win over the A's. Castro launched his fifth home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning. The solo shot gave the Astros a 6-2 lead; they would go on to win 6-4. 

Castro went 2 for 4 on the evening, and is hitting .256 with three homers and three RBI in 13 games played this month.


Astros catcher Jason Castro showing strong development


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro has been able to turn the corner a bit this season for Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The catcher has dropped his strikeout rate from 29.5 percent to 20 percent and is walking at a higher clip than last year.

"I knew after last year I wanted to cut the strikeout rate down, and then, how you go about that obviously is kind of difficult," Castro said. "I've tried to be a little more selective this year and not try to kind of force at-bats, I guess."

He noted his difficulty staying balanced at the plate in 2014.

"The (mechanical) adjustment allowed me to get to more pitches," Castro said. "The biggest thing for me was, I was having a hard time last year getting to a pitch kind of more up in the zone.

"Last year I was… off balance when I was swinging. And it created kind of a loop in my swing, so I was not able to get to balls up in the zone, almost like swinging up through the zone. So I tried to kind of balance that out somewhat."


Hank Conger replaces Jason Castro in Astros' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight day. 

Hank Conger gets his tenth start of the season behind the plate, hitting eighth in the lineup. 

Shortstop Jonathan Villar also got his eighth start of the season, replacing Marwin Gonzalez


Astros C Jason Castro goes yard in loss to Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro was the only bright spot in his club's loss to San Francisco on Tuesday.

Castro took Chris Heston deep for a solo home run in the second inning. It was one of the two hits Heston permitted on the night. He finished 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI in an 8-1 defeat. He is hitting .224 (19 for 85) with three homers, six RBI and a .295 on-base percentage this season.


Astros DH Evan Gattis not in Sunday's lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis is not in Sunday's starting lineup against the Angels. 

For Gattis, it's most likely a day off. Against the Angels on Saturday, Gattis went 0 for 3 at the plate. He holds just a .185 batting average so far this season. Preston Tucker will serve as Houston's DH against the Angels. 

Robbie Grossman will play in left field and bat ninth. After taking Saturday off, catcher Jason Castro returns to the lineup and will bat sixth. Castro has recorded a hit in eight of his last 10 games. 


Astros C Jason Castro out of the lineup Monday vs. Rangers


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch held catcher Jason Castro out of the lineup on Monday against the Rangers. Castro has been struggling this year, hitting just .171 over his last 10 games for Houston, though he is currently riding a five-game hit streak.

Hank Conger got the start behind the plate against left-hander Ross Detwiler. The switch-hitting Castro has struggled to hit lefties, collecting just three hits in 19 at-bats against southpaws.


Astros catcher Jason Castro working on modest hit streak


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro carries a five-game hit streak into Monday's contest against the Rangers. However, it's not like Castro is on a torrid streak.

He has just one hit in each of his last five games and is batting .278 (5 for 18) in that span. He also has one home run, two doubles, two RBI, three runs and five strikeouts in his last five games.

Castro has just one multihit game in 2015. He is batting .215 through 19 games.

The Rangers are pitching left-hander Ross Detwiler on Monday. Castro is batting .190 (4 for 21) with one double and no RBI in seven games against lefty starters this season.


Astros' Jason Castro looking for first hit against lefty


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro has hit .320/.433/.480 against righties but is just 0 for 5 with one walk against left-handed pitchers this season.

Castro has hit just .197/.252/.301 with six home runs in 319 at-bats against southpaws in his career, and he has continued to struggles in the early part of this season. The Astros are slated to face three lefty starters in a four-game span, starting Wednesday against J.A. Happ.


Astros' Jason Castro has no HRs or RBI through first five games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro has hit safely in four straight games since going hitless in his first game of the season. However, he doesn't have a home run or RBI through his first five appearances.

After one week, Castro is batting .294 (5 for 17) with one double, three runs, four walks and four strikeouts. 

Castro is a career .247 hitter in March/April. He also has five home runs, 14 doubles and 23 RBI in 65 games in March/April.


Astros' Hinch: Jason Casto 'a well-rounded player'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Catcher Jason Castro is the longest-tenured member of the Astros and optimistic about the direction of the team, MLB.com reports.

"It's a great time for this organization," Castro said. "It's exciting to have been here and weathered the storm a little bit through the middle of that and see it through to the other side. It's exciting and hopefully we can play up to the type of baseball we're capable of playing. We have some guys in here who can do some pretty special things on the baseball field."

Manager A.J. Hinch is a fan of the different things Castro brings to the lineup and behind the plate.

"Jason's a well-rounded player," Hinch said. "There's a reason he's an All-Star, there's a reason he can contribute in every facet of the game. For us, being a left-handed bat, we have some right-handed bats that we're going to rely upon… and he'll offer us something different than those that hit in front of him. I like his balance, his composure, his steadiness of how he approaches the game. I look forward to his leadership. As he's entering these years of his career, he's got a track record under his belt to provide some steady leadership and have a good year for us."

Castro is 9 for 34 with two home runs this spring.


Astros' Jason Castro getting results following offseason changes


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch said over the weekend he was impressed with catcher Jason Castro, who has put together a strong spring at the plate coming off a down season in 2014. On Monday, it was Castro's turn to talk about his own performance and he seems just as pleased with his progress.

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' Hinch: Jason Castro has swung the bat very well this spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro was hitless in three at-bats Saturday against the Yankees, but despite the off day, he's had a pretty productive spring at the plate. He is batting .280 (7 for 25) with two home runs, three doubles and five RBI in 10 games.

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."


Astros catcher Jason Castro impressing club in all aspects


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro is turning heads this spring, including manager A.J. Hinch, reports MLB.com. Castro was able to throw out two runners trying to steal second Saturday.

"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.


Astros still believe in Jason Castro after down year offensively


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) After an All-Star campaign in 2013, Astros catcher Jason Castro suffered a bit of a drop-off, especially offensively, in 2014. He struggled to find an offensive rhythm last season, batting just .222 in a career-high 126 games.

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."


Astros avoid arbitration with Jason Castro


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Astros have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, worth $4 million with catcher Jason Castro, avoiding arbitration, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirms. Castro, 27, hit .222 with 14 homers and 56 RBI over 465 lasts eason.

Astros tender seven arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Astros have tendered contracts to all seven arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, reports the Houston Chronicle. Those players were: Catchers Jason Castro, Carlos Corporan and Hank Conger, outfielder Dexter Fowler, reliever Tony Sipp, designated hitter Chris Carter and shortstop Marwin Gonzalez.

Report: Tigers contact Astros about catcher trade, talks already over


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Tigers have had preliminary talks with the Astros about a potential trade involving a catcher, according to FOX Sports reporter Jon Morosi. Houston appears willing to trade Jason Castro, Carlos Corporan or Hank Conger.

However, it appears the talks between the two teams are over, as the Tigers have moved on, a source told MLB.com. The talks were believed to be centered around a deal involving Corporan.


Report: Astros might be willing to listen to trade offers for Jason Castro


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) With the recent acquisition of Hank Conger, the Astros could be willing to listen to trade offers for catcher Jason Castro, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe. The 27-year-old Castro hit .222 in 2014, but he did have 14 home runs, 21 doubles and 56 RBI in a career-high 126 games.

Jason Castro belts a grand slam Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Astros catcher Jason Castro belted a grand slam Thursday against the Rangers.

Castro struck in the bottom of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded, he sent a 96 mph fastball out to right for the grand slam. Castro also singled and walked earlier in the contest. He finished 2 for 3, with one run scored and four RBI.


Jason Castro connects for second August home run


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Astros catcher Jason Castro homered during a losing effort Saturday at Boston. He went 2 for 3 with two walks and one run in a 10-7 loss.

Castro connected for a solo home run off Red Sox closer Koji Uehara in the ninth inning. It was his 12th home run and second in August. 

Castro is batting .275 with a .450 slugging percentage, .783 OPS, two doubles, four home runs, nine RBI and 11 runs in his last 20 games.


Jason Castro absent from Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Bo Porter has given Astros catcher Jason Castro the Wednesday night game against Philadelphia off. He has hit safely in six of his last seven games.

Castro has 106 strikeouts in 339 at-bats this season, but has also driven in 43 runs.


Jason Castro parks 11th HR during 8-2 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Astros catcher Jason Castro connected for his 11th home run and third in seven games during an 8-2 win Saturday against the Blue Jays. He finished 3 for 4 with two RBI.

Castro connected for a two-run homer off Brett Cecil in the eighth inning after collecting singles in the first and fifth innings.

Since July 1, Castro is batting .295 with a .526 slugging percentage, .838 OPS, one triple, four doubles, four home runs, nine runs and 11 RBI in his last 19 games.


Jason Castro slugs ninth home run Saturday vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Astros catcher Jason Castro went 2 for 5 with a two-run home run in his team's 7-3 loss to the Marlins Saturday.

Castro gave his team a brief 2-1 lead in the first inning before the Marlins went back on top for good in the second. The catcher has managed to go 5 for 13 with a pair of extra-base hits over his last three games. He has hit .229/.298/.382 with nine home runs and 38 RBI in 306 at-bats.


Jason Castro shows some pop


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(7/13/2014) Astros catcher Jason Castro hit a two-run homer and tripled in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Red Sox. Castro has eight homers and 36 RBI in 277 at-bats. The homer was his first since June 27, and the triple was his second this year.

Jason Castro returns after three games


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Astros catcher Jason Castro returned from a three-game absence due to discomfort in his left arm for Friday's game against the Red Sox.

Castro is in the starting lineup behind the plate and batting second for the start of the weekend series before the All-Star break.