HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – The often maligned Astros received some much needed recognition Tuesday. Catcher Jason Castro was named American League Player of the Week for May 20-26. The 25-year old Castro hit .579 with three home runs, five RBI with a .636 on-base-percentage and a 1.105 slugging percentage for the week. Castro’s record-breaking performance led the AL in batting average, home runs, OBP, and SLG. He becomes the first Astros player to win Player of the Week since Hunter Pence won NL Player of the Week in 2010 and the first Astros catcher to do so since Craig Biggio won the NL award in April 1990.
Astros manager Bo Porter commended Castro for all his hard work leading up to his award-winning week.
“He had a great offseason. He got after it in spring training. He came into camp in great shape, ready to play everyday and now he’s reaping the benefits,” Porter said.
In recognition of his AL Player of the Week Award, Jason Castro will be awarded an engraved watch courtesy of Game Time.
“It’s a great honor. I’m humbled and really appreciative of receiving the award and it’s exciting. I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given here,” Castro said Tuesday. “Hopefully it will be the first of many Astros to win the award this year and years to come.”