Astros select Stanford catcher in first-year draft

HOUSTON Castro, 20, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound college junior from Castro Valley, Cal., is batting .372 with 12 home runs and 63 RBI in 61 games played for Stanford this season. Castro has helped Stanford to a 37-22-2 record and a berth in the NCAA Super Regional to be held this weekend at Cal-State Fullerton. En route to the Super Regional, Castro was named as the catcher on the Stanford Regional All-Tournament Team. He was named to the All-Pac-10 team this season and ranks in the top 10 in multiple categories in the Pac-10 including batting average, runs scored, hits, RBI, and total bases.

Prior to his junior season, Castro played in the Cape Cod Summer League in 2007 and batted .341 (second-best in the League) with 24 RBI to earn an All-League selection and a spot in the CCBL All-Star Game.

Houston has not selected a catcher this high in the draft since selecting Robbie Wine with the eighth overall pick in 1983. Castro is the eighth catcher selected in the first round in franchise history.

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