The Pirates are making a move to improve their depth and talent in the infield.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey is reporting that the Pirates will be recalling Rodolfo Castro from AAA Indianapolis. No word yet on who Castro will replace but a potential option could be Cole Tucker, who continues to struggle at the plate. Tucker has a .175 average, .397 OPS and only two extra base hits this year.
In 92 at-bats with Indianapolis, the 22-year-old switch-hitting Castro is hitting .250 with 2 HR’s, 6 2B, 12 RBI’s, a .397. OBP, a .799 OPS and a .402 Slugging Pct. Last season with Altoona and Indianapolis, Castro hit .247 with 18 2B, 15 HR’s and 55 RBI.
This won’t be Castro’s first appearance in the majors as last season he played in 31 games with the Pirates, hitting .198 with two 2B’s, 5 HR’s and 8 RBI. In 86 at-bats, Castro struck out 27 times. During his short stint with the Pirates, Castro made MLB history becoming the first player in MLB history to have his first five major league hits be home runs.
The two biggest strengths to Castro’s game are his power and the versatility that he brings to a team, having the ability to play third, shortstop, second and the two corner outfield spots.
To start this season, MLB.com ranked Castro as the No. 26 prospect in the Pirates organization.
Castro signed with the Pirates as an international free agent back in 2015.