With baseball’s amateur draft starting on Thursday, Astros catcher Jason Castro remembers how excited he was to be drafted in the first round out of Stanford.
But he was surprised the Houston took him with the 10th pick of the 2008 draft.
“I didn’t have a whole lot of communication with the Astros prior to the draft,” said Castro. “I wasn’t aware I was high on their draft board until the day of the draft.
“I didn’t have any expectations. It came as a pleasant surprise when the Astros decided to take me when they did.”
Castro helped Stanford to the College World Series in 2008 after hitting a team-leading .376 with 14 home runs and 73 RBIs. On the day of the draft, Castro and his Stanford teammates were on their way to the Super Regionals.
“So I didn’t find out until after I landed that I had been drafted by the Astros,” said Castro. “It was a cool day. One of those times in your life that’s very unique.
“You have a pretty good sense that you know now is the time that you are going to start playing professional baseball. But you don’t know where? You don’t know for who? So it’s a good time.”
The day of the draft was a travel day for Stanford, which was headed to play Cal Fullerton.
“Luckily I had a day to accept everything that had been going on and then channel my focus back to the playoffs,” said Castro. “It was something I’ll never forget.”
After graduating from Castro Valley High School in California, Castro was originally selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 43rd round of the 2005 draft. He didn’t sign and opted for Stanford.