Jason Castro’s fourth-inning home run on Saturday off Chicago’s John Danks was the first in his career against a left-handed pitcher. Another first the Astros catcher would like to make a reality is to be chosen this year to the American League All-Star team.
There’s a good chance of that happening. Just check the numbers.
In his last 22 games, since May 18, Castro is hitting .313 (26-for-83) with six home runs, seven doubles, and 11 RBIs. In Saturday’s 4-3 win over the White Sox, Castro hit his ninth home run of the season.
The All-Star Game is July 16 at Citi Field in New York City with the Mets hosting the event.
“It would mean everything to me,” said Castro. “That’s what we all play for other than a team championship. We strive to be the best. Just to be mentioned in that talk is an incredible feeling and I’m humbled.
“I’m proud at the same time in that I’ve put in a lot of work to get to where I’m at. I’ve had to deal with a few injuries over the past few years.”
Castro is being noticed and recognized for his stellar play. He was named AL Player of the Week for the period ending May 26.
“He has definitely emerged as an All-Star caliber player in this league,” said Astros manager Bo Porter. “You look at not only the power numbers. You look at what our pitchers have been able to do over the last month and him being the everyday catcher.”