Castro off to quick start behind plate
Rookie catcher Jason Castro started three consecutive games upon making his Major League debut before being out of the lineup Friday against the Rangers. Astros pitchers posted a 1.33 ERA in the three games Castro started behind the plate. Castro said having the ability to study video has been a help.
“I’ve done a lot and really for the first time in my career I have the resources and ability to scout the other team,” Castro said. “We put a lot of work with [pitching coach Brad Arnsberg] and have gone over some footage and talked about plans of attack with each hitter and things like that. It’s been extremely beneficial and really helped me so far. I continue to put that to work in and see similar results.”
Castro will see a familiar face on the mound Saturday. Right-hander Josh Banks will make his first start for the Astros after having his contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock, where he spent the first two months of the season with Castro.
Banks was 8-5 with a 2.97 ERA in 15 starts for the Express, 13 of which came with Castro behind the plate. Castro made his Major League debut Tuesday.
“He knows me pretty well as far as thinking-wise and gets a lot of different signs and that makes it a little bit easier,” Banks said. “Whoever’s catching, you still have to get on the same page and get as many outs as you can.”
Castro has been impressed with Banks.
“He works really well mixing pitches and spotting up with his fastball and pitching,” he said. “He knows what he’s doing out there and he can really pitch. Hopefully we can get together and get a good game plan going and he can execute with all his pitches. That’s why he’s been successful all this year.”
Banks took the rotation spot of Felipe Paulino, who went on the DL.
“I’ll try and go out there and do the best I can and keep the game in the game,” Banks said. “Whatever happens up there, it’s unfortunate the situation with Paulino going down. It is what it is. I was hoping to keep throwing the ball well and when they needed somebody get the call.”