Astros catcher Castro earns Stanford degree

Astros catcher Castro earns Stanford degree
January 19, 2014, 5:00 pm
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(Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro is proud of what he’s done this offseason.

In addition to his typical offseason workouts, the 26-year-old returned to Stanford to finish his coursework and earn his college degree in Sociology.

“Being back on campus and finishing my degree – that took a little bit of getting used to, but it was actually pretty fun and I’m glad to finally have it over with,” Castro said.

The 2013 All-Star is used to working hard on the baseball diamond, but he said it was hard getting back into work mode in the classroom that included a lot of reading books and writing papers.

“That was interesting but when you get the hang of it, it comes back pretty naturally, so it wasn’t too bad and it actually went pretty well,” Castro said.

The Astros selected Castro in the first round (10th overall) in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft after his junior year at Stanford. He was 25 units short of getting his degree. He completed 15 in 2010 leaving him with just 10 (two classes) to go, but rehab on a knee injury in 2011 pushed his plans of completing his degree on the backburner longer than he anticipated.

“It was really important to me to know that I was really close after I got drafted, so I went back in 2010 and took some classes, and to only have two classes left hanging over my head, it was nice to finally get that over with and not have to worry about that in the offseasons to come. It’s definitely something I’m proud of.”

Reporter in attached video: @JuliaMoralesCSN

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