Position: Second Baseman
Date of Birth: 11/30/1993 (2014 Opening Day Age: 20)
Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, 2011
Ranking History: #28 (2012), #14 (2013), #12 (2014)
Background: Signed for less than $30,000 in 2011, Castro hit well in both the VSL and GCL his first two years, before stumbling in his full-season debut in 2013. After holding his own with a .274 average in 21 games with Lakeland, he moved down to West Michigan and posted a .231 average with nine extra-base hits in 41 games.
|2013 Stats - Hitting|
Body: Tall, thin, wiry frame; needs to add strength; has room for considerable strength; will likely always be lean; above-average to plus athlete.
Hit: Gifted; natural feel for contact; gets the barrel to the ball with ease; knows the strike zone but gets over-aggressive at times; shows ability to pull inside pitches and can go oppo when necessary as well; easy hitter that can do a bit of everything at the plate; OBP will be tied to batting average; needs to advance ability to stay on breaking pitches; potential for plus hit but will require multi-grade jump. Grade – Present 4/Future 6
Power: Line drive machine; power comes through more to pull side; projects for gap power and should add ability to drive to all fields as he gains strength; has streaks where he really trusts his hands and sprays hard line drives; will offer 8-10 home runs at peak and should add plenty of doubles; speed can generate some triples to add to extra-base pop; below-average power projection overall but won't be punchless. Grade – 3/4
Speed: Plus run down the line; gets out of the box well; gets up to speed quickly; doesn't always run hard; additional effort would be beneficial in applying speed to game situations; stolen base threat; instincts are improving but need to keep developing; potential to steal 15-20 bases at peak. Grade – 5+/6
Defense: Raw defender; good athlete with speed and both lend to potential for strong range; instincts lag; defense doesn't come naturally; athleticism can play well at position; has shown improvements; very good hands but has get in position to use them; average defensive profile but could take a while to develop. Grade – 4/5
Arm: Arm strength has improved throughout career; consistently shows average now; doesn't project to add more to raw strength; arm has developed enough that he can handle pivot and plays up the middle; plays at the position. Grade – 5/5
Other: Still learning nuances of game; instincts overall are rough; has to learn what effort is required; needs to learn that this is his profession; gets down on himself when he's not hitting and this can impact other elements of game; needs to mature overall.
Summary: Classic 2B profile; can hit and should hit as overall game/approach matures; power will come in form of gap-to-gap; has to add strength for power and overall game to develop; plus run that can impact game as instincts evolve; average defense and arm; raw player with a lot to learn and significant development remaining.
Risk: Extreme risk; 2B only profile but has tools for it to work at highest level; very raw and improved maturity needed; extreme risk might be underestimate.
Projection: At least 3-4 years from MLB radar; full year in Low-A is necessary for development; needs to play every day and learn what it takes to succeed long term; potential plus regular at 2B with high average and solid supporting attributes; significant flame-out potential.
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