Position: Second Baseman
Date of Birth: 11/30/1993 (2014 Opening Day Age: 21)
Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, 2011
Ranking History: #28 (2012), #14 (2013), #12 (2014), #26 (2015)
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. In a return to West Michigan in 2014, Castro hit just .250 before heading back to extended spring training and then posting an impressive .299 average in 57 games with High-A Lakeland.
|2014 Stats - Hitting|
Body: Tall, thin, wiry frame; lacks strength; scouts beginning to question if strength will come at maturity; very good athlete.
Hit: Feel for the barrel; knows how to get the bat head into the zone, keep it there, and adjust to make contact; uses entire field; slappy approach without ability to drive ball consistently at present; aggressive swinger that could be exploited by more advanced pitchers with a plan; hit tool has raw potential to carry offensive profile; approach could stand to come along to allow hitting ability to manifest to highest level; potential above-average hitter. Grade – Present 4/Future 5+
Power: Works line drives line to line; has more strength and ability to rip the ball to pull side; everything to opposite field is soft and lacks punch; unlikely to develop much over the fence power at any point in career; could turn into doubles machine with strength; still easily below-average power profile. Grade – 3/3+
Speed: Plus run down the line; gets out of the box well; gets up to speed quickly; doesn't always run hard; stolen base threat; instincts are raw and need to keep developing; potential to steal 15-20 bases at peak. Grade – 5+/5+
Defense: Developing defender; has athleticism to be an asset in field; reads are rough off the bat; shows good range once he gets underway; can range equally well to both sides; actions aren’t always fluid, but are improving with repetition; hands are inconsistent but show flashes of being soft, above-average compliment to rest of defensive game; potential to be average keystone glove. Grade – 4/5
Arm: Solid arm; nothing flashy; can make all the throws required of his position; enough zip to make plays up the middle when off balance, as well as on the pivot; average overall. Grade – 5/5
Other: All parts of game are still a work in progress; doesn’t have natural feel for the game, but showing improved instincts as he gains reps; some questions surrounding level of effort; needs to display consistent effort on and off field; needs to get comfortable with baseball as his career and the requirement to be away from home/comfortable surroundings.
Summary: Hit-tool first second baseman; batting average will have to completely carry profile; power will not be significant part of game; speed can add some value when he gets on base; glove and arm should both be average; difficult profile to make work over the long haul; needs effort/makeup to catch up to raw potential if profile is to work at all.
Risk: Extreme risk; Limited room for error; offensive profile relies heavily on one tool; unlikely to have potential for defensive versatility.
Projection: Still three years from MLB radar; projects to return to High-A in 2015; needs to hit at high level again; power could stand to come forward; really needs to show progress in entire game to continue to remain on prospect radar; potential average big leaguer if the game completely comes together.
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