2013: Jason Castro
For the Astros, 2013 was the team’s third consecutive 100-loss season. There’s not really much to talk about other than Jason Castro, who was one of the few bright spots.
After tearing his ACL during Spring Training of 2011 and missing the season, Castro did a near 50-50 split with Chris Snyder in 2012. 2013 was his first full season back and the Stanford Cardinal appeared in 98 games behind the dish and 19 as a DH, according to Baseball Reference.
His stats (from Baseball Reference):
- .276 BA/.350 OBP/.485 SLG/.835 OPS
- 120 hits
- 35 doubles
- 1 triple
- 18 HRs
- 56 RBI
- 2 stolen bases
- 50 walks
- 4.3 WAR
In 2013, Jason Castro earned his first All-Star appearance. His season also ranked him with the third best WAR all-time among Astros catchers. He also hit his first career grand slam on July 31 at Camden Yards, helping Brett Oberholtzer win his first Major League start.
Although he was unable to replicate similar numbers in 2014, we’re all hoping he returns to form in 2015.
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