(9/27/2008)The Sports Xchange notes that Kory Casto hit his second career homer Friday night, both of them in somewhat controversial fashion. On June 15 at Seattle, the rookie first baseman hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer that appeared to glance off the right-field foul pole and produced resounding boos from the Mariners' crowd. Then on Friday, Casto hit a solo homer at Philadelphia that was reviewed by umpires to see if a fan reached over the fence trying to catch the ball. The original call was upheld, giving Casto two homers this season.
Casto rips two-run single
(9/10/2008) Nationals OF Kory Casto ripped a two-run single with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game against the Mets. He finished 1-for-3 with one walk. Casto is 7-for-17 (.412) with three RBI in his last seven games.
Casto starts, picks up three hits
(9/5/2008) Nationals OF Kory Casto got a start at first base Friday at Atlanta and went 3-for-5 with a run scored. He's now batting .220 on the season.
Nationals call up five as expected
(9/1/2008) The Nationals recalled outfielder Roger Bernadina and first baseman/outfielder Kory Casto and purchased the contracts of three others from Triple-A Columbus on Monday: left-handed pitcher Mike Hinckley and right-handed pitchers Shairon Martis and Levale Speigner.
Nationals plan out Monday recalls
(8/31/2008) The Nationals will recall OF Roger Bernadina and 1B/OF Kory Casto from Triple-A Columbus on Monday when rosters expand. Washington also will activate SS Alberto Gonzalez left hamstring strain) from the 15-day disabled list and select the contracts of LHP Mike Hinckley and RHPs Shairon Martis and Levale Speigner from Columbus.
Nats' Casto sent back to minors
(8/20/2008) The Nationals optioned Kory Casto to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday.
Casto performs well Wednesday
(7/9/2008) Nationals OF Kory Casto had two hits, including his fourth double, and two RBI in three at-bats Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. He also had one run, one walk and one stolen base. Casto is 3-for-4 (.750) in two games since his recall.
Casto back up with Nationals
(7/8/2008) The Nationals called up outfielder/third baseman Kory Casto from the minors to take the place of outfielder Elijah Dukes, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a torn tendon in his right knee. He had surgery and is out 4-6 weeks at least.
Nats activate Kearns, option Casto
(7/3/2008) The Washington Nationals activated OF Austin Kearns on Thursday and optioned INF/OF Kory Casto to Triple-A.
Casto pops clutch first homer
(6/16/2008)Kory Casto's pinch-hit, three-run homer off the foul pole broke an eighth inning tie and led the Nationals to a 6-2 win over the Mariners on Sunday. "That's a pretty awesome thing the first one of my career on Father's Day and it was a go-ahead for the sweep home run," said Casto, who exchanged a quick hug with his father after the game. "That's a big deal. He (his father) told me it was a great present." Casto's first career homer came off a fastball by reliever Mark Lowe (1-3). Casto, who grew up in Salem, Ore., was 0-for-14 in his previous five games. Washington recalled him June 3 from Triple-A Columbus. "This is way bigger than I thought my first home run would ever be," said Casto, who grew up a Mariners fan. "It's a great feeling. The sweep's a bigger deal for us, playing well on the road and getting three from these guys."
Casto ignites for Washington
(6/5/2008) Washington OF/3B Kory Casto played for the second straight day since being called up from Triple-A for 3B Ryan Zimmerman. Casto, who went 1-for-3 in his debut, continued his hot start by going 3-for-4 with a double, walk and an RBI.
Casto will give some 3B time
(6/4/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: OF/3B Kory Casto was called up from Triple-A Columbus (Ohio) on Monday to take 3B Ryan Zimmerman's place, and he started Tuesday night in right field. Manager Manny Acta said Casto would see some time at third base in Zimmerman's absence, as well.
Zimmerman on DL; Casto called up
(6/3/2008) Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a shoulder injury. Zimmerman on Monday was diagnosed with a small tear in his left, non-throwing shoulder, which he injured during a headfirst slide into second base at Baltimore on May 18. He has missed the last seven games because of soreness in the shoulder, and the move to the DL is retroactive to May 26. The Nationals recalled 3B Kory Casto from Triple-A Columbus to take Zimmerman's spot on the roster. Casto played in 16 games with Washington last season.
Casto expected to miss 4-6 weeks
(4/12/2008) Washington INF Kory Casto, who's currently assigned to Triple-A Columbus, underwent surgery on a broken bone in his right hand on Saturday. He's expected to be out four to six weeks.
Casto out six weeks in minors
(4/10/2008) Nationals minor league OF Kory Casto (Triple-A Columbus) is expected to be out six weeks with a broken right wrist bone. He was injured Wednesday night.
Casto to open with Columbus
(3/15/2008) The Nationals optioned INF/OF Kory Casto to Triple-A Columbus Saturday. He hit .150 (3-for-20) with one double and zero RBI in 15 spring games.
(7/5/2007) Nationals prospect Kory Casto is hitting .257 with eight homers through 206 Triple-A at-bats.
Casto struggling back in minors
(5/29/2007) Kory Casto is just 6-for-40 (.150) since his demotion to Triple-A.
Nats to Casto: Get used to demotion
(5/16/2007) OF Kory Casto's latest demotion to Triple-A Columbus probably won't be his last. "We kind of told him expect it to happen at least a couple more times," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "It'll probably happen again before the year is over. He's ready for it, and he understands." Casto, who had two hits in his last 25 at-bats and hit just .130 in two stints with the Nats this season, was optioned to the minors when RHP Jerome Williams was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
(5/14/2007) The Washington Nationals optioned OF Kory Casto to Triple-A Columbus after Monday's game against the Braves. They'll activate RHP Jerome Williams from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
Casto starts in left Monday
(5/1/2007) Kory Casto, recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Columbus, started in left field and went 1-for-4 at San Diego Monday.
Nats bring LF/CI Casto back up
(4/30/2007) The Nationals recalled OF/INF Kory Casto from Triple-A Columbus on Monday and designated UTL D'Angelo Jimenez for assignment. Casto was hitting .324 with four homers, six RBI and nine runs in 10 games.
Hot Casto coming back up Monday
(4/29/2007) The Nationals plan to recall OF Kory Casto from Triple-A Columbus in time for Monday's game at San Diego. Casto was hitting .324 with four homers, six RBI and nine runs in 10 games.
Nats' Casto down, Restovich up
(4/18/2007) OF Kory Casto was optioned to Triple-A Columbus following Tuesday's game, and OF Michael Restovich was called up to take Casto's place on Washington's roster. "I don't know what my chances of staying were if I had hit .800," Casto said. "It was a good learning experience. I learned a lot up here in the couple weeks I was here."
Casto assigned to Triple-A
(4/18/2007) The Washington Nationals sent rookie outfielder Kory Casto to Triple-A Columbus after Tuesday night's 6-4 loss to Atlanta and planned to bring up outfielder Michael Restovich from that minor league affiliate.
Snelling plays for LF Casto
(4/11/2007) LF Chris Snelling made only his second start Tuesday night. Snelling played ahead of Kory Casto, who is hitting only .174 (4 for 23). "I don't think he's being overmatched," said manager Manny Acta of Casto. "It's going to take some time getting to know the league. I think he'll figure it out."
Nats will give Casto every chance
(4/10/2007) OF Kory Casto has looked overmatched at times in his first week in the major leagues, but the Nationals plan to continue to let him learn on the job. The rookie left fielder, who had never played above Double-A before getting promoted on the second day of the season, is hitting just .174 and has struck out seven times in his first six games.
Casto gets first RBI of career
(4/5/2007) Rookie LF Kory Casto got his first major-league RBI.
Casto gets first major league hit
(4/3/2007) Nationals OF Kory Casto, recalled earlier in the day after OF Nook Logan was placed on the 15-day DL, had his first major league hit during Tuesday's game against the Marlins. It was a single in the fourth off of Scott Olsen.
Prospect Casto back up with Nats
(4/3/2007) The Nationals put center fielder Nook Logan on the 15-day DL on Tuesday with a left foot injury and recalled Kory Casto from Triple-A Columbus. Logan is expected to miss two to three weeks with a strained left foot. Casto was the last position player cut at the end of spring training. His primary position is as an outfielder, although the Nationals have said they consider him available to play at first base or third base as a backup.
Casto doesn't survive chopping block
(4/1/2007) According to MLB.com, the Nationals optioned OF Kory Casto to Triple-A Columbus on Saturday. General manager Jim Bowden called the final cuts "devastating," because he felt Casto performed well enough to make the team. "Tough decisions -- both of those guys (RP Saul Rivera also sent to Triple-A) deserve to be on the team," Bowden said. "They won't let us carry 27 players. They have options, other guys didn't. They will both be back. We all know how many guys we carry. Those guys in particular will spend a lot of time up here this year. They deserve to be here."
Nats' Casto likely making team
(3/25/2007) Nook Logan's groin injury makes it pretty certain Kory Casto, who has never been above Double-A, will make the team. "We're leaning more toward finding out what Casto can really do up here," manager Manny Acta said. Casto would get time in the outfield, but GM Jim Bowden said he also could see time as a backup at first base, where Young and utility player Robert Fick are the only other options now.
Contract options could cost Casto
(3/24/2007) OF/3B Kory Casto probably won't make the Nationals' opening day roster because he's one of the few players competing for jobs who still has minor league options. But Casto, the organization's top offensive player the last two seasons, has helped his cause by showing some versatility in the field. Because the Nationals are already set at third base and left field, Casto has recently begun learning how to play first base. He made his in-game debut there March 22 and looked comfortable, and he may continue to get some time there before camp breaks.
Casto gets look at first base
(3/23/2007) The Washington Times reports that the Nationals tried OF prospect Kory Casto at first base on Thursday, and he did fine. Casto is hitting .308 this spring (8-for-26) with five runs scored and two RBI in 13 games.
Casto gets a hit on Monday
(3/19/2007) Nationals OF Kory Casto went 1-for-2 on Monday against the Dodgers. He is now 8-for-21 (.381) with four runs, one double, one triple and two RBI in 11 spring games.
Church has early edge on Casto
(1/31/2007) Manny Acta, the Nats' new manager, told the Washington Post: "If the season starts tomorrow, (Ryan) Church is the left fielder," he said. That lease rookie Kory Casto in Triple-A if he fails to beat out Church.
Nats might call on Casto to start
(1/25/2007) The Nationals are trying to overhaul their farm system for a good reason: It's not very deep in talent, particularly at the highest levels. One young player who could make an impression in the spring is OF Kory Casto. Though Casto hasn't played above Double-A, he could be an option to start in left field in 2007.
Nats tender contracts to prospects
(12/14/2006) The Nationals agreed to terms with OF Kory Casto, C Brandon Harper, RHP Chris Schroder, RHP Chris Booker and LHP Mike Hinckley.
Nats assign 2B Casto to minors
(3/9/2006) The Nationals optioned 1B Larry Broadway to New Orleans of the PCL and LHP Michael Hinckley to Potomac of the Carolina League and assigned RHP Andrew Good, RHP Francis Beltran, LHP Mike Bacsik, LHP Micah Bowie, LHP Jim Crowell, C Erick San Pedro, 2B Josh Labandeira, 2B Kory Casto, OF Frank Diaz, OF Ruben Mateo and OF Cristian Guerrero to their minor league camp.
Kory Casto moved to second base
(2/21/2006) According to MLB.com, the Nationals have decided to move Kory Casto to second base. They hope that that Casto and shortstop Ian Desmond will become a double-play combination in the future. Both are expected to start the season at Double-A Harrisburg. GM Jim Bowden is hoping that Casto will help Desmond develop quicker with the bat.
Nats give Casto one-year deal
(2/8/2006) The Nationals agreed to terms with 1B Larry Broadway, 3B Kory Casto, RHP Darrell Rasner, RHP Travis Hughes and LHP Mike Hinckley on one-year contracts.
Casto added to Nats' 40-man roster
(10/3/2005) Left-hander John Halama, right-hander Antonio Osuna and catcher Keith Osik were released Monday by the Nationals, who added three minor-league prospects to their 40-man roster, infielder Kory Casto, outfielder Frank Diaz and right-hander Armando Galarraga.
Nats' Casto, O'Connor honored
(9/21/2005) Kory Casto is the Nationals' minor-league player of the year, and Michael O'Connor is the club's minor-league pitcher of the year. Casto, a third baseman, hit .290 with 22 homers and 90 RBI at Class A Potomac. O'Connor, a left-hander who played at George Washington University, went 10-11 with a 3.54 ERA in 26 starts for Potomac.