Is Harold Castro Good?

Harold Castro Stats

 

Game stats
Game
AB
R
H
RBI
BB
SO
HR
SB
Avg
20 Apr
vs
Yankees
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16 Apr
@
Royals
3
0
0
0
1
1
0
.188
16 Apr
@
Royals
3
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
.231
15 Apr
@
Royals
3
0
0
1
0
2
0
0
.300
13 Apr
vs
Red Sox
4
2
2
0
1
1
0
0
.429
11 Apr
vs
Red Sox
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
.333
10 Apr
vs
White Sox
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
.000
Regular Season
16
2
3
1
2
6
0
0
.188

 

Career stats
Year
Team
GP
AB
R
H
RBI
BB
SO
HR
Avg
2022
Tigers
6
16
2
3
1
2
6
0
.188
2021
Tigers
106
315
35
89
37
14
72
3
.283
2020
Tigers
22
49
6
17
3
5
11
0
.347
2019
Tigers
97
354
30
103
38
9
86
5
.291
2018
Tigers
6
10
2
3
0
0
2
0
.300
Career
237
744
75
215
79
30
177
8
.289

Is Harold Castro Good?

Over the last few years, Harold Castro has grown into a fascinating character. Players with his profile don’t usually last this long.

The ability to contribute platoon power, defense at important spots, or speed on the basepaths is why teams keep bench players.

Harold Castro
Castro Good

We like to think of them as guys who have good secondary tools but haven’t quite figured out how to hit consistently enough to crack the starting lineup. Castro, who is 28 years old, is a rare breed.



Castro isn’t a great fielder, but he’s still a solid second baseman with some versatility around the diamond. He also doesn’t fulfill the bare minimum requirements for speed or power.

He has only eight home runs and six stolen bases in 231 major league games. Instead, he’s a pure contact hitter, a profile that’s becoming increasingly rare these days.

Castro’s one-of-a-kind, vintage skillset has grown into a potent weapon in his own right as manager A.J. Hinch began to trust him over the course of the 2021 season, and he played a key role in stitching together a roster riddled with gaps.

As a result, the Tigers decided to keep him after the non-tender deadline passed, and he looks like he’ll get a big raise in his first year of arbitration.

That’s considerably more than anyone expected of him when he progressed through the Tigers’ farm system as a certain role 4 type prospect.

Castro had a 33.7 percent line drive percentage during 339 plate appearances, which was the highest of any qualified hitter in 2021.

Castro has had substantially above average hitting averages on balls in play throughout his minor league career (BABIP).

He’s carved out a decent little major league job thanks to his high line drive rate and ability to spray ground balls and flares into whatever hole the defense leaves him.