Monday, June 15, 2009

Draft Day Update: Erik Castro

The Examiner did a Q&A with 10th round pick Erik Castro - something I'm working on getting with recent draftees/signees (Note: If you were just drafted by the Astros, send an e-mail to A few excerpts:

Q: Did you have an idea prior to the draft that Houston could be a possibility?

A: I definitely knew they were interested. I've known Doug since high school. He's always shown a strong interest in me, especially after playing catcher last season. He scouted several of the SDSU games this season. It was a pleasant surprise to find out the Astros drafted me.

Q: Do you believe you're ready to make the jump to professional baseball?

A: Absolutely. I would like to begin my professional career. We'll see what happens. If the signing bonus is right, I'll accept it and begin playing in the minors. If not, I'll return to SDSU for my senior year and try to improve my draft status next year.

Q: What is something unique you can offer to the Astros organization?

A: My versatility. I can play both third base and catcher. Also, I will probably learn to play first base at some point. I'm very coachable and eager to learn. I consider myself a patient hitter who hits for average, power and can reach the gaps. I'm a prototypical, middle-of-the-lineup hitter.

Q: What areas do you need further improvement?

A: There's always room for improvement. I don't possess great speed,. I'm not going to steal a ton of bases in my career, so I need to make sure I run the bases well.

Q: Discuss your short and long-term goals?

A: I want to sign and play professional baseball. I'm ready to play in the minors. I intend to learn, grow, climb the ladder and drive in runs. In the long-run, I want to be am impact player on the big league level. I would like nothing more than to be a productive player for the Houston Astros.

Read the whole thing. He's been able to get advice from not just Tony Gwynn, but Duke Snider, as well.

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