Tigers Prospect Profile #28: Harold Castro

Harold Castro made his pro debut in 2011 in the Venezuelan Summer League, where at just 17 years old he hit over .300 and quick emerged as a strong infield prospect. What sort of skill-set does Castro have?

Harold Castro
Position: Second Baseman
Height: 6-0
Weight: 155
Born: 11/30/1993
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

Background
Signed last spring, Castro debuted in the Venezuelan Summer League at 17-years old. At that age, his debut season was absolutely outstanding.

In 63 games for the Tigers Castro notched 79 hits, including ten doubles and his first professional home run. He only walked eleven times but also limited his strikeouts to just 21 for the season.

Castro finished his first pro season with a .313/.352/.365 line while also stealing 23 bases against just seven times being caught.

Scouting Report
Castro is one of the more natural hitters in the entire Tigers system. He has exceptional hands that quietly get the bat into the hitting zone, and while he is rail thin he has the strength in his forearms and wrists to snap the bat through the zone.

He makes contact with ease and has above-average pitch recognition skills for his age. At times, contact comes so easily to Castro that he will swing at pitches he has little chance of driving, just because he can hit them. He will need to tighten his strike zone to continue hitting at higher levels.

Castro lacks the present strength to hit for power but his 6-foot frame leaves scouts projecting him to bulk up and have at least doubles power down the line.

A plus runner, Castro has good instincts on the bases. He runs aggressively and can take extra bases. He is still learning how to read pitchers when on first but as he develops that ability he could steal 20 bases annually at higher levels.

Castro is limited to second base defensively and he needs some work there. He is raw in the field with below-average instincts. He has solid range to both sides. Castro's hands work in the field and he shows some aptitude for turning the double play. He has enough arm to handle all the throws necessary.

Though a long way off and requiring a ton of projection to see a big league future, Castro has the potential to be an offensive minded second baseman that hits for a very high average in the two-hole.

Performance

Level

Team

AB

AVG

2B

HR

RBI

SO

BB

OBP%

SLG%

R

VSL Tigers

252

.313

10

1

32

21

11

.352

.365


Health Record
Castro has not had any injury issues in his brief career.

The Future
Castro is among the strongest candidates out of the DSL and VSL clubs to come Stateside in 2012. He has the hitting ability to handle the Gulf Coast League this summer and he may even be able to hold his own in the short-season New York-Penn League. He is probably at least three years from reaching the upper levels of the system and there could be some developmental speed bumps along the way.

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