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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%: 20/12 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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C Jason Castro's heroics lifts Astros to victory


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Catcher Jason Castro saved his lone hit of the game for the right time, connecting on a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Astros a 3-0 victory and a sweep of the Angels.

Castro tagged his eighth homer of the season to right field to spark a raucous celebration for the Astros, who have now solidfied their hold on first place in the AL West after this huge series. 

It was Castro's first home run since June 12 and his first RBI since July 3. 


Astros' Jason Castro hits two-run homer in win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro capped an eight-run first inning with a two-run home run in Friday's win over Seattle. 

Castro went deep for the seventh time this week and second time in five games. 

Castro went 1 for 3 with a walk. He reached 15 RBI on the year. 


Astros C Jason Castro returns to lineup Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) After not playing in the last two games, Astros catcher Jason Castro was back in the lineup for Wednesday's game at the White Sox, reports The Houston Chronicle.

Castro will bat seventh and play catcher. He will face Jose Quintana, who he is 4 for 14 against in his career with three RBI. Over his last eight games, Castro is hitting .136 with one home run and one RBI.

The Astros are the underdogs (+115) at Chicago on Wednesday.


Jason Castro homers for Astros in loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro hit a solo home run in the ninth inning of Friday's loss to Toronto. 

Castro's homer was his sixth of the year and first since May 19. He drove in his 13th run of the season. 

Castro went 1 for 3 on the day. 


Astros catcher Jason Castro makes his return Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro was back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Orioles after sitting out Tuesday due to a right knee contusion.

"Woke up yesterday actually feeling better and then today even better than that," Castro said, per the Houston Chronicle. "So I’m pretty happy with kind of the way it’s going so far based on the way it could’ve been."

Castro is batting .265 with one home run, two doubles, five RBI, two runs, two walks and 12 strikeouts in his last 10 games.


Astros may start Hank Conger over Jason Castro for next two games


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch hinted that he may start Hank Conger over Jason Castro behind the plate for the remainder of Houston's series against Baltimore, per the Houston Chronicle. Castro suffered a right knee contusion when a fastball caught him on the outside of the knee on Monday. He was unable to start on Tuesday. 

Astros' Jason Castro not starting Tuesday, but available to play


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro was not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Orioles, a day after getting hit on his right knee by a pitch.

Castro was removed from Monday's game due to precautionary reasons. However, manager A.J. Hinch said Castro would be available Tuesday.

Hank Conger was in the starting lineup Tuesday in place of Castro, who is batting .247 with three home runs, five doubles and seven RBI in 22 games since May 1.


Astros C Jason Castro hit on knee during Monday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro was hit by a pitch on his right knee during Monday's game against the Orioles.

Despite being in pain, Castro initially remained in the game, but he had to leave with a right knee contusion, the team announced. He was hit by Ubaldo Jimenez in the fifth inning. 

"Obviously, initially it hurt," Castro said, per MLB.com. "When I started running it started to loosen up a little bit and actually squatting on it made it feel better somehow."

Hinch said he pulled Castro from the game for precautionary reasons and doesn't expect him to be sidelined for long.

"He was fine catching -- I think he felt fine squatting straight up and down," Hinch said. "I didn't want to take a risk with him torqueing that thing up to bat."


Astros' Jason Castro collects two hits Sunday vs. White Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro went 2 for 3 in his team's 6-0 loss to the White Sox on Sunday.

The Astros were able to rack up 11 hits against starter John Danks on Sunday but were still victims of a complete-game shutout. Castro's two-hit day was just his fourth multihit performance of the season. He has hit .229/.297/.397 with five home runs and 12 RBI in 131 at-bats.


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.