STANFORD, Calif. – Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro will become the seventh former Stanford baseball player to take part in the MLB All-Star Game when he takes the field at 8 p.m. (ET) at the New York Mets’ Citi Field. Castro, 26, was named as a reserve catcher by manager Jim Leyland on the American League All-Star team. The game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports.
This is a first for Castro and a first for the Astros, who will represent the American League in the All-Star Game for the first time in their 51-year history. Castro is the second Astros catcher ever to make an All-Star team, joining Craig Biggio, who was an All-Star at that position in 1989 and 1991.
Castro joins Jim Lonborg (1967), Bob Boone (1976, 1978-79, 1983), Ed Sprague (1991), Jack McDowell (1991-93), Mike Mussina (1992-94, 1997-98) and Carlos Quentin (2008, 2011) as former Stanford student-athletes to appear in the Midsummer Classic.
The .248 career hitter has posted a .269 clip this season with 12 home runs and 31 RBI. After missing all of the 2011 season with a knee injury, Castro is on pace to hit more home runs than any other catcher in club history. Castro is among the American League leaders in doubles and has ranked alongside the league’s top catchers in doubles, homers, slugging percentage and hits.
Chosen by the Houston Astros with the 10th overall pick of the 2008 MLB Draft, Castro finished his three-year Stanford career with a .309 average, 108 runs scored, 26 doubles, five triples, 18 home runs, 106 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 162 games (133 starts).
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