This might be a first for the Astros this season. The Astros are on the positive end of news. And the news was well deserved.
Jason Castro was named Player of the Week for the American League thanks to his performance last week. Castro has been settling in very well to the third spot in the batting order and is finding consistent success. This is exactly what we have been expecting from the former first round pick.
For the first time Castro is fully healthy, and it is showing. The key to success for Castro is that he is hitting line drives at a rate of 26.3%. Batting third appears to have agreed with him, as he is seeing good pitches to hit and he is making contact. With six home runs, the power is also a nice touch from Castro.
To bring home Player of the Week honors, Castro had a .579 batting average with 11 hits in 19 at bats. Included in those 11 hits, was a double and three home runs. Castro drove in five runs and also scored five runs in his six games.
Much about this season, if not all, has been about the current Astros players project into the future. For now, at least with Castro, let’s live in the present and enjoy his Player of the Week honor. He certainly deserved it, and he has had a very good start to this season. So instead of trying to figure out how this translates in the future, we should just be happy. Happy that it appears Castro might be starting to reach his potential and is finally healthy.
Let’s keep on looking for some positive signs from this season that we will remember in a few years as the Astros start making playoff contention a permanent thing. I am likely using some hyperbole here as it is just one week, albeit a very good week, for one player. But enjoy it nonetheless.