Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pence: Castro is pretty much set

Hunter Pence was asked about Jason Castro today in Corpus Christi. What did he say?

“I think (Castro is) doing everything right. There’s really not much advice that he needs. He’s a very intelligent, smart, bright young kid.”

“I still need to put in my work and work hard. And really those other things, those off-the-field things, I try not to think about them too much, the pressure and things that come along with the situation. They’re things I try not to focus on. Really, I’m just sticking to what I’m doing and what’s gotten me here to this point. Hopefully that’ll lead to success...

...I’ve put in a lot of work. I’ve definitely improved my game from where I was about a year and a half ago. I feel a lot more comfortable being in this system and everything. Just being around the types of people we have in the organization has been a tremendous growing experience for me. I feel like I’m prepared and ready for the next step.”

Ricky Bennett:
“From our standpoint, his development this first year has been unbelievable. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. He caught well. He got better with the pitching staff in terms of calling the game and running the game. From an offensive standpoint, we feel like he made really huge strides. So from an all-around standpoint we feel happy where he is with his progress coming into the year. We’re going to give him every opportunity to make our Major League club. He’s matured enough to handle being in that environment. I think he’s only going to get better as time goes on."

So where do you put his chances?


tpack said...

I don't think some time in Triple A would hurt the kid, especially if Towles and Quintero can hold the spot down. I'm not against him coming up this year, but let's get him past that deadline where he would become a super two.

The Constable. said...


The Super Two is a great point. However, if Castro is hitting .300 at Round Rock, and Towles is hitting .220, let's go with Castro.

OremLK said...

You know, I'm fine with either extreme. For once, I'll just say I trust the team's judgment on this one. If Towles is tearing the cover off the ball, it might make sense to give Castro as much as another full year down at the farm. If J.R. is just doing okay, maybe waiting until the midpoint of the season would be best. If Castro comes into Spring Training and hits like mad and the coaches love what they see, no reason not to go with him.