Castro was listed as the Padres number three overall prospect by Baseball America, and could be ready for big league action toward the end of this season. He has a career ERA of 3.88 and 447 strikeouts in 443 innings coming into this season. Padres brass say he may need a little more time to develop.
And like most young Dominican prospects, he has had to work on his English too. According to Castro:
"The teacher here taught me some things, and I get it from the guys. Everybody always helps me with the language. Anything I ask they tell me and let me know what it means, and that's how I learn."Castro is from San Jose de los Llanos, DR, which is just outside the famed baseball town of San Pedro de Macoris.
|Castro with the Tuscon Padres, by Phil Snyder on Flickr|