H/W: 6-1, 195 lbs
Acquired: Signed as minor league free agent (7/11)
Current Salary: Minor league contract
Team Control: 3 seasons MiLB (through 2019) / 6 seasons MLB
Combined WAR: (no MLB debut)
The Outfield Fly Ruling
Prospect experts may not be overly impressed with Castro, but minor league hurlers have been. Castro might not be on the fast-track to the majors, but as long as he’s raking, he’s worth keeping an eye on. (-B. Blackwell, 4/17)
The OFR Scouting Report
Hit – 30 ↑↑↑↑
Projection systems are bearish on Castro, but it’s hard to ignore the following:
His OBP will always rely on his ability to get hits, so the hit tool really matters for his future, but as long as he’s raking, and he is, that future looks decent.
Power – 55
Castro reportedly tinkered with his swing a bit, and he hit 17 HR in 2016 after hitting 6 over his first 4 MiLB seasons. If the hit tool can carry him higher, the power should be decent.
Speed – 45
He changed positions because, despite his arm, he didn’t move well enough to be a catcher. That said, he swipes a few bags and hits triples, so there has to be some speed there.
Defense – 50
Castro has a hell of an arm, but at 1B, he doesn’t get many chances to show it off. He should be average at the cold corner.
20-80 scale, where 20 will prevent you from reaching the bigs, 30 is terrible, 40 is below average, 50 is MLB average, 60 is plus, 70 is plus-plus, and 80 is HOF-level. The OFR Scouting Report is based mostly on statistical forecasting models such as ZiPs, PECOTA, etc. Arrows indicate projected room for growth or decline, with each representing a 5 point movement on the 20-80 scale.
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