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Simón Alfonseca Castro (born April 9, 1988) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, and Oakland Athletics.

Simón Castro
Simon Castro Nashville 2017 no-hitter.jpg
Castro celebrating after pitching the final inning of a combined no-hitter with Nashville in 2017
Free agent
Pitcher
Born: (1988-04-09) April 9, 1988 (age 31)
San José de los Llanos, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 5, 2013, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record3–4
Earned run average4.50
Strikeouts50
Teams

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CareerEdit

San Diego PadresEdit

Castro was signed by the Padres as a free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2006. He was considered quite raw when signed, but the Padres liked his arm strength and projectability. After a poor pro debut in the Arizona Rookie League in '07, he was one of the better pitchers in the Northwest League in 2008, then broke out with a strong campaign in the Midwest League in '09.[1] Named by Baseball America the top pitching prospect and 2nd overall prospect in the Padres organization prior to the 2010 season, he spent most of the season with the San Antonio Missions of the Texas League before being promoted to Triple-A for his final 2 starts of the season. Following the 2010 season in which he went a combined 7-7 with a 3.28 ERA across 2 minor league stops, Castro was added to the Padres' 40 man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft [2][3]

Chicago White SoxEdit

After struggling most of the 2011 season, on December 31, 2011, Castro, along with Pedro Hernández, were traded to the Chicago White Sox for outfielder Carlos Quentin.[4]

On July 5, 2013, Castro made his Major League debut against the Tampa Bay Rays. He pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits, walked two and struck out four.

Castro was outrighted off the White Sox roster on November 1, 2013.

Colorado RockiesEdit

On April 25, 2014, Castro signed with the Colorado Rockies on a minor league deal.[5]

Oakland AthleticsEdit

On December 1, 2016, Castro signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics that included an invitation to spring training.[6] He was assigned to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds to begin the 2017 season. Castro pitched the ninth inning of a combined no-hitter against the Omaha Storm Chasers on June 7, 2017. Starter Chris Smith pitched the first six innings and was then followed by Sean Doolittle, Tucker Healy, and Castro who each pitched one inning.[7] He was outrighted to Triple-A on November 5, 2017, and then elected to become a free agent. He later signed a minor league contract with the A's for 2018.[8] He made 6 relief appearances with Triple-A Nashville, amassing a 7.56 ERA, before being released on May 3.[9]

Sugar Land SkeetersEdit

On June 16, 2018, Castro signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He was released on August 17, 2018.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://m.bbref.com/m?p=XXminorsXXplayer.cgiQQid=castro001sim&t=all_pitching
  2. ^ http://www.minorleagueball.com/2011/3/3/2026429/prospect-smackdown-simon-castro-vs-casey-kelly-of-the-san-diego-padres
  3. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101119&content_id=16160942&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb
  4. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20111231&content_id=26249644&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb
  5. ^ http://tireball.com/mlb/2014/04/25/rockies-sign-rafael-betancourt-and-simon-castro-to-minor-league-deals/
  6. ^ "New A's President Dave Kaval to host first open office hours Tuesday". CSN Bay Area. December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  7. ^ "Sounds No-Hit Storm Chasers". Minor League Baseball. June 7, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  8. ^ Slusser, Susan (December 7, 2017). "Yusmeiro Petit officially signs with A's, happy to be back in Bay Area". SF Gate. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "Simon Castro Stats, Highlights, Bio". MiLB.com. Retrieved May 3, 2018.

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