Jose Castro (minors04)

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Jose H. Castro

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Biographical Information[edit]

Infielder Jose Castro played minor league baseball from 1977 to 1990, the last ten seasons in AAA.

Castro was drafted in the 27th round of the 1977 amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He made his pro debut with the Auburn Phillies that year, hitting .246/.316/.314. In '78, he batted .280/.363/.402 for the Spartanburg Phillies; he fielded .909 at short, his main position, and .942 at second base. He placed fourth in the Western Carolinas League in average. In 1979, he split time between the Peninsula Pilots (.273/.331/.424 in 66 G) and Reading Phillies (.303/.338/.355 in 20 G). The next year, Jose spent all year at Reading, batting .310/.369/.411. Now a second baseman/third baseman, he was fourth in the Eastern League in average, just behind Ryne Sandberg. He failed to make the EL All-Star team as Steve Curry was picked at second and Nick Esasky at third.

Castro reached the AAA Oklahoma City 89ers in 1981 in the Phillies chain and hit .303/.371/.475 but didn't get called to The Show as Manny Trillo held down second in Philadelphia. Castro was then traded to the Chicago White Sox for two big leaguers, Dewey Robinson and Gary Holle. In 1982, he hit .263/.323/.402 for the Edmonton Trappers, with 30 doubles while being used as a 3B-OF.

In 1983, Jose fell to .250/.306/.375 even though Chicago moved their AAA farm team to Denver, CO, where offensive levels were higher. With the 1984 Denver Zephyrs, Castro hit .316/.396/.492 with 32 doubles. He played every infield position except shortstop as well as outfield. Castro was third in the 1984 American Association in average behind Tom Dunbar and Alan Knicely and was named the league's All-Star third baseman. He again was not called up, with Chicago using Vance Law at the hot corner. In his last year in the Chicago chain, Jose hit .240/~.335/.335 at age 27 with the Buffalo Bisons.

He bounced around his last five years, moving between the Toronto Blue Jays (1986-1987), Kansas City Royals (1988-1989), and finally Montreal Expos (1990) chains. In 1986, he hit .288/~.358/.436 for the Syracuse Chiefs. This time, Kelly Gruber was blocking his way to the bigs. With Syracuse in '87, Castro batted .277/~.351/.435, backing up Mike Sharperson at third. Moving on to the Royals chain, he had little chance of making it to the majors due to his age and the presence of Kevin Seitzer. He hit .270/.352/.408 for the 1988 Omaha Royals. Returning to Omaha in '89, he batted .248/~.303/.316. He wrapped up as a player early in 1990 with the Indianapolis Indians, batting .163/.281/.245 only in 19 games before moving to a coaching role.

After his playing career, Castro was a coach for the Jamestown Expos in 1990 and Rockford Expos in 1991. He then coached in the Florida Marlins system with the Erie Sailors (1992), Kane County Cougars (1993), Portland Sea Dogs (1994), Brevard County Manatees (1995-1997), and Portland again (1998-2001). Moving back to the Expos, Castro coached the Ottawa Lynx (2002) and Edmonton Trappers (2003). He then spent 2004-2007 in the San Diego Padres chain with the Mobile BayBears (2004) and Portland Beavers (2005-2007). Castro joined the Seattle Mariners organization in 2008 as the minor league hitting instructor. He was interim hitting coach for the big league club late in the year. He was the hitting coach for the Tacoma Rainiers in 2010 until August 9th when he was named interim manager, replacing Daren Brown who was promoted to replace Don Wakamatsu as manager of the big league Mariners. In 2011 he returned to the minor league hitting coordinator post.

In 2015, he was named assistant hitting coach of the Atlanta Braves.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
2010 Tacoma Rainiers Pacific Coast League 13-15 7th Seattle Mariners League Champs replaced Daren Brown on August 9