Tigers Scouting Report #12: Harold Castro

Much has been made this spring of the ability of Devon Travis. But when it comes to pecking order at second base in the organization, TigsTown has Harold Castro slightly ahead of the hyped Travis. Find out why inside!

Harold Castro

Vitals

Position: Second Baseman
Date of Birth: 11/30/1993 (2014 Opening Day Age: 20)
Height/Weight: 6-0/195
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
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.

Performance:

2013 Stats - Hitting
TEAMABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSBAOBPSLG
West Mich 14717347111124051.231.240.313
Lakeland 738202101152232.374.316.329


Scouting Report

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.

Final Word

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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