Rodolfo Castro...Signed by Pirates scouts Rene Gayo, Juan Mercado and Jose Ortiz.
Spent time at the alternate training site in Altoona...Was a member of the Pirates Taxi Squad for the final week of the regular season.
Appeared in a minor league career-high 118 games while splitting season between Greensboro and Bradenton... Also set career highs in home runs (19), RBI (73) and total bases (190)...Ranked fourth among Pirates minor league players in RBI...Began season with Greensboro and was selected to the South Atlantic League’s mid-season AllStar team...Also participated in the SAL Home Run derby... Homered twice on 4/30 vs. Rome...Homered in four straight games (five homers total) from 4/27 thru 5/1...Captured SAL Player-of-the-Week honors for the week of 4/29 to 5/5 after hitting .409 (9-for-22) with five home runs and 11 RBI in six games...Hit two home runs and had a season-high five RBI on 5/4 at West Virginia...Homered nine times over an 11-game span from 4/22 thru 5/6...Was promoted to Bradenton on 6/19...Recorded his third two-homer game of the season and matched season high with 10 total bases on 6/26 at Jupiter... Made 70 starts at second base, 33 at shortstop and 11 at third base between Greensboro and Bradenton.
Spent entire season with West Virginia, where he made 89 appearances (87 starts) at second base and 12 appearances (11 starts) at shortstop...Ranked second on the team in home runs behind Oneil Cruz (14)...Ranked third in RBI and total bases (152).
Spent entire season with the GCL Pirates...Led the Gulf Coast League in total bases (90)...Tied for first in extra-base hits (22) and ranked fourth in slugging percentage... Was named to the GCL post-season All-Star team...Made 19 appearances at shortstop, 17 at third base and 15 at second base...Had career-high four hits on 7/20 at the GCL Blue Jays...Was hitting .342 following the action on 7/24... Connected for his first two home runs of the season on 8/1 against the GCL Yankees...Hit .366 (15-for-41) against lefthanded pitchers.
Spent first professional season with the DSL Pirates, where he made 52 appearances (50 starts) at shortstop and one appearance (1.2 innings) at third base...Hit safely in each of his first eight games, going 15-for-29 (.517) with five multi-hit efforts...Was named to the Dominican Summer League mid-season All-Star team..Hit .328 (21-for-64) in June, .182 (12-for-66) in July and .306 (19-for-62) in August...Connected for his first pro home run on 6/30...Produced a .309 average against RHP and a .170 average against LHP.