October 23, 1979 |
Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|June 21, 2004 for the Oakland Athletics|
(through 2008 season)
|Runs batted in||3|
|Competitor for Venezuela|
Ramón Alfredo Castro Muñoz (born October 23, 1979 in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball infielder and plays for the York Revolution of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
Castro was originally signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves in 1996. After six years in their minor league system, he was granted free agency, and signed with the Oakland Athletics in 2003. He was called up from the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats and made his MLB debut on June 22, 2004. He played in his final game for the Athletics a month later on July 26, 2004. He played in nine games for the Athletics.
With Sacramento, Castro batted .233 (27-for-116) with one home run, 15 RBI, 15 runs, eight doubles, two triples and one stolen base. With the Athletics, he hit .133 (2-for-15) with three RBI, one run, and one double in nine games. In 2005, Castro played in the Washington Nationals organization, but was suspended 105 games in July and fined an undisclosed amount for violating the steroids policy.
He previously played for the Newark Bears since 2007 and was named the MVP of the 2008 Atlantic League All-Star Game after hitting two home runs. In 2008, he hit .352 with 23 home runs and 84 RBI. On June 26, 2009 Castro signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants. He played in five games with the Guerreros de Oaxaca in 2010.
Castro set Revolution records in the 2010 season with a .339 batting average, a .437 on-base percentage and 37 doubles, ranking second in the league in all three categories. His performance earned him First Team Atlantic League All-Star honors for the third time in his career.
The Valencia, Venezuela also had a 68-game errorless streak from May 15, 2010 through July 29, 2010.
Castro went on to bat .375 in the postseason in 2010. His final highlight was driving in the championship-clinching run on a tenth inning sac fly during Game 3 of the Atlantic League Championship Series at Bridgeport Bluefish.
The 31-year-old is a career .345 hitter in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
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