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Portrait of Ramon Castro

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
18 1603 .237 .310 .424 93 5.5
Birth Date3-1-1976
Height6' 3"
Weight240 lbs
Age43 years, 8 months, 11 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1999 FLO 23 24 78 12 4 0 2 10 14 0 0 0 .179 .282 .328 95 -0.1 0.3 -2.1 0.2
2000 FLO 24 50 157 33 4 0 2 16 36 1 0 0 .239 .318 .312 73 -4.9 -0.8 4.6 0.6
2001 FLO 25 7 12 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .182 .250 .182 85 -0.2 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2002 FLO 26 54 119 24 4 0 6 14 24 0 0 0 .238 .322 .455 108 1.7 -0.7 -0.1 0.6
2003 FLO 27 40 57 15 2 0 5 4 11 0 0 0 .283 .333 .604 121 1.7 0.2 -0.1 0.4
2004 FLO 28 32 108 13 3 0 3 11 30 1 0 0 .135 .231 .260 60 -5.3 -1.2 1.6 0.0
2005 NYN 29 99 240 51 16 0 8 25 58 0 1 0 .244 .321 .435 94 -1.7 -0.6 -1.4 0.8
2006 NYN 30 40 144 30 7 0 4 15 40 1 0 0 .238 .322 .389 79 -3.2 -2.4 2.8 0.4
2007 NYN 31 52 157 41 6 0 11 10 39 1 0 0 .285 .331 .556 114 3.5 -2.6 1.8 1.0
2008 NYN 32 52 157 35 7 0 7 13 34 1 0 0 .245 .312 .441 94 -0.7 -1.8 -3.1 0.1
2009 CHA 33 31 84 14 3 0 4 8 23 0 0 0 .184 .262 .382 94 -0.4 -0.7 -0.1 0.3
2009 NYN 33 26 87 20 5 0 3 8 16 0 0 0 .253 .322 .430 88 -1.1 0.0 -0.8 0.2
2010 CHA 34 37 128 32 2 0 8 9 26 0 1 0 .278 .328 .504 110 1.7 0.1 0.5 0.8
2011 CHA 35 23 75 16 3 0 4 7 23 0 0 0 .235 .307 .456 84 -1.2 -0.9 0.5 0.2
Career567160333866067151375520.237.310.42493-10.1-11.04.05.5

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1995 AUB A- NYP 63 254 .000 .000 .000 .309 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 KIS A+ FSL 36 128 .000 .000 .000 .253 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 QUD A MDW 96 350 .000 .000 .000 .289 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 KIS A+ FSL 0 465 .000 .000 .000 .325 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 JAC AA TXS 0 185 .000 .000 .000 .271 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 PME AA EAS 0 96 .000 .000 .000 .297 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 FLO MLB NL 24 78 .257 .332 .412 .192 97 -4.6 2.1 1.5 95 12 -2.1 0.3 -0.1 0.2
1999 CLG AAA PCL 0 375 .000 .000 .000 .278 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 FLO MLB NL 50 157 .268 .338 .432 .304 114 -8.6 4.9 3 73 11 4.6 -0.8 -4.9 0.6
2000 CLG AAA PCL 0 234 .000 .000 .000 .355 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 FLO MLB NL 7 12 .258 .334 .413 .200 95 -1.2 0.4 0.1 85 9 -0.1 0.0 -0.2 0.0
2001 CLG AAA PCL 108 433 .000 .000 .000 .360 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 FLO MLB NL 54 119 .253 .322 .398 .243 101 -0.1 3.4 1.5 108 10 -0.1 -0.7 1.7 0.6
2003 FLO MLB NL 40 57 .261 .338 .427 .270 98 3.3 1.5 0.4 121 14 -0.1 0.2 1.7 0.4
2004 FLO MLB NL 32 108 .263 .330 .427 .159 94 -8.8 3.2 1.9 60 16 1.6 -1.2 -5.3 0.0
2005 NYN MLB NL 99 240 .261 .325 .413 .295 96 -0.6 6.9 4.2 94 9 -1.4 -0.6 -1.7 0.8
2006 NYN MLB NL 40 144 .268 .340 .436 .313 91 0.6 4.3 2.6 79 15 2.8 -2.4 -3.2 0.4
2006 MTS Rk GCL 1 3 .191 .256 .228 .667 122 0.7 0.1 0.1 202 0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.1
2007 NYN MLB NL 52 157 .271 .339 .430 .313 101 4.9 4.7 2.8 114 18 1.8 -2.6 3.5 1.0
2008 NYN MLB NL 52 157 .272 .340 .429 .275 94 -0.1 4.5 2.6 94 11 -3.1 -1.8 -0.7 0.1
2008 SLU A+ FSL 7 24 .254 .326 .376 .313 104 2.6 0.7 0.4 146 0 0.2 -0.1 0.8 0.2
2009 CHA MLB AL 31 84 .262 .332 .414 .204 105 -3.2 2.4 1.4 94 14 -0.1 -0.7 -0.4 0.3
2009 NYN MLB NL 26 87 .256 .325 .406 .283 92 -1.7 2.5 1.5 88 14 -0.8 0.0 -1.1 0.2
2010 CHA MLB AL 37 128 .260 .326 .401 .293 111 2 3.5 2 110 11 0.5 0.1 1.7 0.8
2010 CHR AAA INT 4 16 .255 .321 .425 .143 114 -0.9 0.5 0.3 83 0 -0.5 0.0 -0.3 0.0
2011 CHA MLB AL 23 75 .256 .321 .392 .293 104 0.3 2.0 1.1 84 19 0.5 -0.9 -1.2 0.2
2012 CAG Wnt PWL 17 63 .000 .000 .000 .410 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1995 KIS A+ FSL 128 120 6 25 5 0 0 30 8 6 21 0 0 .208 .252 .250 .042 0 0
1995 AUB A- NYP 254 224 40 67 17 0 9 111 49 24 27 0 1 .299 .367 .496 .196 0 0
1996 QUD A MDW 350 314 38 78 15 0 7 114 43 31 61 2 0 .248 .320 .363 .115 0 0
1997 KIS A+ FSL 465 410 53 115 22 1 8 163 65 53 73 1 0 .280 .366 .398 .117 0 0
1998 JAC AA TXS 185 168 27 43 6 0 8 73 25 13 31 0 1 .256 .324 .435 .179 0 0
1998 PME AA EAS 96 88 9 22 3 0 3 34 11 8 21 0 0 .250 .313 .386 .136 0 0
1999 CLG AAA PCL 375 349 43 90 22 0 15 157 61 24 64 0 0 .258 .309 .450 .192 0 0
1999 FLO MLB NL 78 67 4 12 4 0 2 22 4 10 14 0 0 .179 .282 .328 .149 1 0
2000 FLO MLB NL 157 138 10 33 4 0 2 43 14 16 36 0 0 .239 .318 .312 .072 2 0
2000 CLG AAA PCL 234 218 44 73 22 0 14 137 45 16 38 0 0 .335 .380 .628 .294 0 0
2001 FLO MLB NL 12 11 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 .182 .250 .182 .000 0 0
2001 CLG AAA PCL 433 390 81 131 33 0 27 245 90 38 74 1 1 .336 .396 .628 .292 0 0
2002 FLO MLB NL 119 101 11 24 4 0 6 46 18 14 24 0 0 .238 .322 .455 .218 3 1
2003 FLO MLB NL 57 53 6 15 2 0 5 32 8 4 11 0 0 .283 .333 .604 .321 0 0
2004 FLO MLB NL 108 96 9 13 3 0 3 25 8 11 30 0 0 .135 .231 .260 .125 0 0
2005 NYN MLB NL 240 209 26 51 16 0 8 91 41 25 58 1 0 .244 .321 .435 .191 3 3
2006 MTS Rk GCL 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 .000 0 0
2006 NYN MLB NL 144 126 13 30 7 0 4 49 12 15 40 0 0 .238 .322 .389 .151 1 1
2007 NYN MLB NL 157 144 24 41 6 0 11 80 31 10 39 0 0 .285 .331 .556 .271 2 0
2008 SLU A+ FSL 24 20 6 7 1 0 2 14 5 3 2 0 0 .350 .435 .700 .350 0 0
2008 NYN MLB NL 157 143 15 35 7 0 7 63 24 13 34 0 0 .245 .312 .441 .196 0 0
2009 NYN MLB NL 87 79 5 20 5 0 3 34 13 8 16 0 0 .253 .322 .430 .177 0 0
2009 CHA MLB AL 84 76 8 14 3 0 4 29 12 8 23 0 0 .184 .262 .382 .197 0 0
2010 CHR AAA INT 16 13 1 2 0 0 1 5 2 3 5 0 0 .154 .313 .385 .231 0 0
2010 CHA MLB AL 128 115 18 32 2 0 8 58 21 9 26 1 0 .278 .328 .504 .226 1 3
2011 CHA MLB AL 75 68 6 16 3 0 4 31 10 7 23 0 0 .235 .307 .456 .221 0 0
2012 CAG Wnt PWL 63 59 9 21 4 0 5 40 17 3 15 0 0 .356 .387 .678 .322 0 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 601 0.4659 0.4526 0.7610 0.6179 0.3084 0.8266 0.6465 0.2390 0.0068
2009 651 0.4900 0.4593 0.7324 0.6364 0.2892 0.8079 0.5729 0.2676 0.0048
2010 489 0.5399 0.4233 0.7729 0.5909 0.2267 0.8718 0.4706 0.2271 0.0010
2011 303 0.5116 0.4092 0.7661 0.5806 0.2297 0.8333 0.5882 0.2339 0.0020
Career20440.49810.44130.75550.61180.27110.83250.57230.24450.0041

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-07-10 2011-09-29 15-DL 81 71 Right Hand Surgery Fracture 2011-07-14 -
2011-07-10 2011-07-10 On-Alr 0 0 Right Fingers Fracture Index Finger - -
2010-03-29 2010-05-03 15-DL 35 25 Right Foot Contusion Heel -
2009-05-09 2009-05-12 DTD 3 3 Left Thigh Tightness Quadriceps -
2008-08-27 2008-09-12 15-DL 16 12 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2008-03-21 2008-05-09 15-DL 49 32 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-08-13 2007-09-15 15-DL 33 29 Low Back Arthritis -
2006-08-23 2006-08-23 On-Alr 0 0 Left Knee Surgery Meniscus 2006-08-23 -
2006-07-27 2006-09-27 60-DL 62 56 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2005-05-15 2005-06-02 15-DL 18 16 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2004-06-02 2004-10-04 60-DL 124 110 Right Surgery Tendon Big Toe 2004-08-12
2002-05-17 2002-06-08 15-DL 22 19 Right Elbow Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 LAN $
2011 CHA $1,200,000
2010 CHA $800,000
2009 NYN $2,625,000
2008 NYN $1,850,000
2007 NYN $850,000
2006 NYN $800,000
2005 NYN $500,000
2004 FLO $400,000
2003 FLO $300,000
2002 FLO $216,000
2001 FLO $214,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$9,755,000
11 yrTotal$9,755,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 152 dJaime Torres1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/10/13 (minor-league contract). Released by LA Dodgers 3/18/13.
  • 1 year/$1M (2010), plus 2011 club option. Re-signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent. 10:$0.8M, 11:$1.2M club option, $0.2M buyout. White Sox exercised 2011 option 10/26/10.
  • 2 years/$4.6M (2008-09). Re-signed by NY Mets as a free agent 11/16/07. $0.25M signing bonus. 08:$1.85M, 09:$2.5M. Acquired by Chicago White Sox in trade from NY Mets 5/29/09.
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2007). Re-signed 1/07 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2006). Re-signed 1/06 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 60,70,80 games.
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2005). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 12/04 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased 4/05.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2004). Re-signed by Florida 12/03 (avoided arbitration). Refused assignment to Triple-A 10/04.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003). Re-signed 3/03.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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YearComment
2012 Castro’s season was cut short in July when his throwing hand got in the way of a Mark Buehrle fastball, proving yet again that the term “soft-tosser” is a relative one. The catching injury resulted in a broken finger that required four pins to heal. Despite that, Castro continues to demonstrate skills perfectly suited to the short side of a catching platoon: solid defense, an affable demeanor, and a talent for punishing left-handed pitching (.261/.336/.552 over the last three seasons). His absence allowed Tyler Flowers to plant his flag on the White Sox backup catcher job, meaning Castro will need to find a new set of teammates to paint an arrow and the words “Catch Ball Here” on his mitt.
2011 When you want to talk about practically perfect backup catchers, you can get hung up on certain features, like whether a guy walks, or bats lefty or switch, or is a particularly pleasant batterymate preferred by some high-strung hurler. Chucking all of that, Castro provides the no-nonsense basics: power that plays in any park, and an arm strong enough to keep the running game in check when he plays. You might figure that would make Castro a starter, given lower standards for what plays behind the plate, but concerns over his long stroke, his getting overpowered by some right-handers, and his bulk have combined to keep him pigeonholed as a high-end reserve. That won't change in 2011, as the Sox picked up his option and then re-signed Pierzynski.
2010 For a while, we had a brief "Free Player X" movement for Castro, but that was based on one crazy year in 2007; one would think that the statheads who started such a movement would know something about small sample sizes. Castro is what he is, a career .233 hitter with a touch of power by the standards of his position—in other words, a backup catcher, and he's injury-prone to boot. The only thing "free" attached to him is that he filed for free agency after the season, taking the first step on his journey to nomadic mid-30s backstopping.
2009 There's no denying that Castro can hit, but every year seemingly minor ailments shut him down for large stretches. He sat for the first 33 games of the year with a hamstring strain suffered in mid-March, and then missed more time later in the year with a sprained ankle and strained quad. When he's healthy, he should be getting a majority of starts: the defensive drop from Brian Schneider to Castro is smaller than what it is perceived to be, and doesn't cancel out the significant offensive upgrade.
2008 Castro had his best season with the bat in 2007. In his three seasons with the Mets, he's smacked 23 home runs in roughly a full season of play (479 at-bats). In this catching-deprived world, there are less productive backstops with starting jobs, and the Mets will keep Castro in an understudy roll to one of them: new acquisition Brian Schneider.
2007 Castro did a great job of subbing for Mike Piazza in 2005, but last year he careened from one disaster to another. Lo Duca being more durable than Piazza, Castro was already in for a reduction in playing time, but nature took him all the way to the limit. After a strained left quad put him on the DL, Castro tore up a knee while preparing for a rehab appearance. He underwent surgery, missing just over eight weeks. Castro is eligible for free agency after this season; some team may yet be tempted enough by his power to offer him a starting job.
2005 Sexual assault charges stemming from a 2003 incident followed Castro all year long until a plea agreement ended the issue in November. Whether it was the charges, an early-season slump or an injured toe that did it, 2004 was a lost year. The Mets have signed him to a minor league deal; he'd make a fine backup for Mike Piazza in New York, but he has to beat out Vance Wilson and Jason Phillips, or just one of them on a three-catcher roster.
2004 Though the Free Erubiel Durazo! Campaign has ended, the Free Ramon Castro! train rolls on. Too bad it's pitch black, the conductor's getting drowsy, and there's a possum on the tracks. Castro still has the bat to be an above-average starting major league catcher. But the winter's other professional athlete rape proceedings cast his future into doubt. If acquitted and allowed to play, he'll beat that projection.
2003 Castro sprained his elbow and hit the DL on May 19, and with Mike Redmond grabbing the top backup job in the meantime and Charles Johnson packing his bags, he may be several million dollars lighter for it. Left alone to start, Castro could easily hit 20 bombs in 2003, and with his relative youth that would net him a multiyear contract somewhere. For now, he’s behind Redmond on the depth chart.
2002 The Fish were able to sneak Castro through waivers in April, raising questions as to whether anybody in MLB actually watches the waiver wire. Whatever chance Castro had at a career with the Marlins died when Charles Johnson passed on exercising his out clause. Hopefully, Castro will be traded this spring and allowed to win the starting job for which he's been qualified for two years. He'd be worth two or three wins to a team like the Cardinals.
2001 Ramon Castro was handed a starting job in spring training but was overmatched offensively and sent to Calgary. There, Cannons’ hitting coach Sal Rende improved Castro's balance by opening up his stance. However, when he was recalled in late July, he reverted to lunging at pitches. Castro is a strong catch-and-throw receiver whose over-aggressiveness at bat won’t allow him to be as good as he could be. The Charles Johnson signing makes Castro trade bait.
2000 The nominal catcher of the future hasn’t shown as much offensive development as you’d like to see, but reached the majors last August anyway. Castro is a good defensive catcher who will hit enough to be a starter right now and is young enough to improve. He should be up to stay.
1999 The prize for trading Jay Powell to the Astros, Castro is a top-notch defensive catcher: he was gunning almost half of opposing thieves at Jackson, and his gamecalling has improved since he learned to “habla.” He’s got a Bo Diaz-sized case of the slows on the bases, which for a player this young is surprising. Only an elbow injury kept him from a September callup in ’98, but he’s expected to be 100% in camp. He should be the Marlins’ starting catcher by ’00.
1998 Since being the highest-selected Puerto Rican amateur, expectations have been high. They also aren’t unjustified, as 1997 was finally the kind of year the Astros were expecting. Castro is agile and has a cannon behind the plate. There’s talk that he could move up quickly if he hits at Double-A.
1997 Young catching prospect with a good mix of offensive skills. He’s still young enough that lots of bad things can happen to him, but there’s so much to like here it’s easy to envision him in the Dome, or Northern Virginia, in 1999.

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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
1999 mlb -.011 -2.5 978 .000 0.0 19 -.040 -.003 0.6 -2.0 -2.1
2000 mlb .007 3.6 1893 -.001 0.3 33 -.046 -.003 1.1 5.0 4.6
2001 mlb -.002 0.0 92 .000 0.0 1 .015 -.001 0.0 0.0 -0.1
2002 mlb -.002 -0.5 1098 .000 0.1 20 .002 .000 0.0 -0.5 -0.1
2003 mlb -.002 -0.2 321 .000 0.0 1 .005 -.001 0.0 -0.2 -0.1
2004 mlb .005 1.4 1113 .000 0.0 13 -.008 .000 0.1 1.9 1.6
2005 mlb .000 -0.3 2698 -.001 0.4 34 -.013 -.005 0.4 0.3 -1.4
2006 mlb .006 2.5 1577 -.001 0.3 25 -.009 -.001 0.2 3.1 2.8
2007 mlb .009 4.0 1729 .000 0.2 26 .086 -.001 -1.4 2.4 1.8
2008 mlb -.008 -2.8 1512 .001 -0.2 21 .015 -.003 -0.2 -3.5 -3.1
2008 afa .000 0.0 255 -.001 0.0 2 -.016 -.004 0.0 0.0 0.2
2009 mlb -.001 -0.4 1927 .000 -0.1 45 -.030 .008 0.8 0.3 -1.0
2010 mlb .001 0.2 1328 -.001 0.2 27 .007 .000 -0.1 0.2 0.5
2010 aaa -.010 -0.4 149 .000 0.0 1 .004 .000 0.0 -0.4 -0.5
2011 mlb .008 1.4 751 .001 -0.2 17 .000 -.001 0.0 1.5 0.5

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