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Top Harold Castro News

  • Rockies' Harold Castro: Contract selected from Triple-A

    Castro had his contract selected from Triple-A Albuquerque by the Rockies on Saturday.

    Castro will be a part of the Opening Day roster after signing a minor-league contract in January with an invite to MLB spring training. The infielder will likely spell starters all around the infield, and he could see some playing time in the outfield as well. Castro will help the Rockies in 2023, but he is unlikely to help much in fantasy formats even if he gets regular playing time.

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  • Rockies' Harold Castro: Good first impression

    Castro went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and two RBI in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks.

    Castro started the Rockies' first spring training game at second base and led off. He doubled to begin the contest and added a two-run triple one frame later. Castro is with Colorado on a minor-league deal, though his defensive versatility could help him win a roster spot to begin the campaign.

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  • Rockies' Harold Castro: Joins Rockies on minors deal

    Castro signed with Colorado as a non-roster invitee Saturday, Daniel Alvarez-Montes of El Extrabase reports.

    Any hitter who has the opportunity to earn playing time at Coors Field is worth a second look, and that's true for Castro even with the caveat that he's yet to earn a roster spot, let alone regular at-bats. He doesn't hit for much power, homering 15 times in 351 career games, but his .284/.309/.377 lifetime slash line is fine for a utility infielder. A starting role in Colorado may not be on the table, but a good spring could earn him a bench spot, putting him one injury away from consistent playing time.

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  • Harold Castro: Heads to free agency

    The Tigers declined to tender Castro a contract for 2023.

    Detroit clearly didn't see a future with Castro in the organization -- not too hard to understand given he's had one season with an OPS above .690. Castro is unlikely to land a regular role in free agency, but his decent bat-to-ball skills and defensive versatility may land him in camp with a big-league squad as a non-roster invitee.

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  • Tigers' Harold Castro: Finishes season as bench player

    Castro is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mariners.

    After holding down a regular spot in the lineup for much of the second half of the season, Castro will end up sitting out for a second straight contest as Detroit wraps up the 2022 campaign. Even on a rebuilding squad like the Tigers, the 28-year-old is probably still ideally suited for a utility role. He provided a strong .271 batting average over his 443 plate appearances this season, but a low walk rate (3.9 percent) and lack of power (.110 ISO) or speed (no stolen bases) limited his usefulness.

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  • Tigers' Harold Castro: Walks it off Tuesday

    Castro went 3-for-5 with three RBI in a 4-3 extra-inning victory Tuesday over Kansas City.

    Castro was the hero Tuesday as he tied the game with a two-run single in the eighth and walked it off with an RBI single in the 10th. It was his third straight three-hit performance and he's 9-for-14 with a homer and six RBI in those contests. The 27-year-old has set career highs in nearly every offensive category this season while appearing at six different positions in the field.

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  • Tigers' Harold Castro: Back on bench

    Castro is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Royals.

    The lefty-hitting Castro will take a seat against Royals southpaw Daniel Lynch after going 9-for-14 with a home run, a double and six RBI while starting each of the past three games at three different positions. He appears to have recaptured a near-everyday role against right-handed pitching.

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  • Tigers' Harold Castro: Snaps slump with three hits

    Castro went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and an additional RBI in a 7-2 win over the White Sox on Saturday.

    Castro got Detroit off to a strong start, swatting a two-run homer to right field in the first inning. He added a run-scoring single in the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie and put the Tigers up for good. This was a much-needed positive performance for the utility man, as he entered Saturday having gone 1-for-24 over his previous seven contests.

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  • Tigers' Harold Castro: On bench Monday

    Castro isn't starting Monday's game against the Astros.

    The utility player has slashed .212/.257/.303 with five RBI in nine games to begin the month. With September call-up Spencer Torkelson having seemingly recaptured an everyday role at first base, Castro looks primed to serve as a utility player moving forward.

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  • Tigers' Harold Castro: Riding pine Friday

    Castro isn't in the lineup Friday against the Royals.

    Castro is getting a breather after he went 0-for-8 with two walks over the last two games. Spencer Torkelson will start at first base and bat fifth.

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  • Tigers' Harold Castro: Provides offense Sunday

    Castro went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Royals.

    Castro's home run in the fourth inning, his sixth of the season, provided all of the Detroit offense, and he and Javier Baez were the only Tigers with multiple hits. The six home runs are a new career best for Castro, who's been more of a steady contact hitter at the MLB level. He has some fantasy value while he's locked into a regular role, though he doesn't typically provide much in terms of counting stats.

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  • Tigers' Harold Castro: Steps out of lineup

    Castro is not in the lineup for Friday's game versus Kansas City.

    Castro started Detroit's last 10 games and will head to the bench after he posted a .603 OPS during that stretch. Spencer Torkelson will start at first base and bat seventh Friday.

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  • Tigers' Harold Castro: Drives in five Sunday

    Castro went 2-for-5 with a double and five RBI in Sunday's 9-8 win over the Rangers.

    Castro drove in two runs on a fourth inning single, then cleared the bases on a double in the sixth. The 28-year-old has been playing well and is seeing regular time at first base with Spencer Torkelson in Triple-A. Torkelson still figures prominently into the team's future plans, so it remains to be seen what Castro's role will be beyond this year. He should still be a decent fantasy asset for the remainder of 2022, however.

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  • Tigers' Harold Castro: Tallies three hits Saturday

    Castro went 3-for-5 with a run scored in Saturday's 11-2 win over the Rangers.

    All three hits were singles, which is par for the course for Castro. The infielder is batting a solid .284, though he's chipped in just five home runs and 18 doubles across 93 games. Castro also doesn't have any stolen bases this season, so his fantasy value is a bit capped as a contact hitter with limited power and speed. However, he should remain useful as long as he's playing most days and can stay hot at the plate.

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  • Tigers' Harold Castro: Good to go

    Castro (thumb) will bat fifth and play first base Saturday against the Angels.

    Castro hadn't played since leaving Wednesday's game against the Guardians with left thumb soreness. He's ready to play again following a two-day break and will look to build on his solid .298/.322/.421 slash line over his last 15 games.

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  • Tigers' Harold Castro: Not starting Friday

    Castro (thumb) isn't starting Friday against the Angels.

    Castro exited Wednesday's game against Cleveland due to left thumb soreness, and he'll be out of the lineup following the Tigers' scheduled day off Thursday. Jonathan Schoop will shift to first base while Willi Castro starts at the keystone.

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  • Tigers' Harold Castro: Managing thumb soreness

    Castro was removed from Wednesday's game at Cleveland due to left thumb soreness, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Castro went 0-for-2 before being replaced in the field during the fifth inning. The Tigers have a scheduled day off Thursday, so the 28-year-old will have a full day to recover ahead of Friday's series opener against the Angels.

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  • Tigers' Harold Castro: Tallies three hits Tuesday

    Castro went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Guardians.

    Castro batted cleanup and did his part, driving in half of the Tigers' four runs. All three of his hits came against Cleveland starter Zach Plesac. Castro is now batting a robust .282 for the season, and with Spencer Torkelson toiling in Triple-A, the former should continue to see regular playing time at first base for Detroit.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 195 lbs
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Age: 29
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: L, R