The Phillies have made a couple additions this off season already that could see time on the bench for the Major League club. In the next few weeks, I am going to be profiling those players to see how the Phillies and Charlie Manuel with use them. Also, I will try and predict their usage (ABs, games, hits, etc)
First up is Juan Castro. Castro has been brought in to take the place of the great bearded one, Eric Bruntlett. He is a 15 year veteran last playing for the Dodgers. Last year in 57 games he hit .277 in 112 ABs with a homer and 9 RBIs. When he did start it was mostly at shortstop but also started games and second and third base. He filled in occasionally in the outfield as well.
Castro was drafted in 1991 by the Dodgers as an 18 year old from Los Mochis, Mexico. He made is debut in 1995. After the Dodgers, Castro went to the Reds, the Rockies Triple-A system and then to the Orioles in 2008. In Baltimore he became a starter at shortstop. After the season he filled for free agency and signed with the Phillies.
What does he bring to Philadelphia? Castro swings the bat very well and has some speed. Manuel will have no problem putting him in the lineup if Rollins or Utley need a day off.
2009 season prediction: He should make the team out of spring training. 125 – 250 ABs, .264, 11 RBIs, 2 HRs, 15 – 20 GS