Alberto Castillo...attended Miami Dade Wolfson Community College in Florida...originally selected by the Giants in the third round of the 1994 First-Year Player Draft.
Tossed scoreless relief in 15 of 17 big league appearances with Arizona, going 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA in 11.2 innings...in 28 combined games at the minor league level, posted a 2-4 record with one save and a 1.91 ERA with Triple-A Reno (D-backs) and Norfolk (Orioles)...Limited opposing hitters to a .244 batting average with Arizona, including a .190 mark by right-handers (4-for-21)...Placed on the 15-day disabled list from July 30-Sept. 1 with left shoulder tendinitis...Opened the season with Triple-A Norfolk (Orioles) and posted a 1.89 ERA with a .216 opponents' batting average in 20 relief appearances...Released by Baltimore on June 14 and was signed to a minor league contract by Arizona on June 17...assigned to Triple-A Reno and allowed just one run and struck out nine over 6.0 innings (1.50 ERA) in five appearances to earn a promotion to Arizona on June 28.
Did not allow an earned run in 17 of his 20 appearances at the big league level in 2009, posting a career-best 2.25 ERA...Allowed just two runs in 9.2 innings over 16 appearances following his Sept. 1 recall in his second big league stint of 2009.
Signed by the Orioles in 2008 after seven years away from affiliated baseball and split the season between Baltimore and Triple-A Norfolk...appeared in a career-high 28 games with the Orioles in 2008 and made his Major League debut on July 8 at Toronto...allowed a hit and hit a batter in his debut without recording an out...recorded his first big league win against the White Sox in a game that was suspended on April 28 in Chicago while Castillo was with Triple-A Norfolk and finished Aug. 25 at Camden Yards...the suspended game makes it appear that Castillo's Major League debut occurred on April 28, when in fact it took place July 8, yet he is credited with a win for the game on April 28...worked a career-high 2.1 IP on August 6, 2008 against the Angels at Anaheim...fanned Boston's Kevin Cash on July 12, 2008 at Fenway Park for
his first big league strikeout.
Appeared in 11 games for the O's, all starts, after he was acquired from Boston on March 27 in exchange for minor league OF Cory Keylor...Contract was selected from AAA Norfolk on Opening Day and he made 8 starts for the Orioles before being designated for assignment, then outrighted to Norfolk on April 26 when Ramon Hernandez was activated from the DL...Made his Orioles debut on April 3 at Minnesota...Tossed out 2 would-be base stealers and picked off another at first base on April 10 vs. Detroit...Hit safely in back-to-back starts on April 14 vs. Kansas City & April 18 at Tampa Bay...Collected his only multi-hit game of the season in the April 14 game...Contract was again purchased from Norfolk on June 8 and he played in 3 games before being designated for assignment on June 22 and outrighted to the Tides on June 25...Homered off San Diego's David Wells on June 21, his first homer since April 19, 2005 off Cleveland's Arthur Rhodes as a member of the Kansas City Royals...The Orioles were 4-11 in games he started behind the plate...Caught 30.8% of attempted base stealers (4-13)...Batted .271 (55-203) in 64 games for the Tides.
Played in the Washington Nationals organization in 2006, batting .268 with 30 RBI in 88 games at Triple-A New Orleans...had almost as many walks (35) as strikeouts (42), contributing to his .356 on-base percentage...appeared in 79 games at catcher with 6 errors and 10 passed balls...batted .299 (20-for-67) with runners in scoring position, including 3-for-6 with the bases loaded...had his best offensive month in May, when he hit .371 (23-for-62) with 14 RBI and 13 runs scored in 19 games...batted in the No. 9 spot in the order 13 times, hitting .432 (16-for-37) in those contests...after the season, played for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League and for the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean World Series.
Signed by the A's to a Minor League contract on Aug. 24 after he was released by Kansas City on Aug. 6...was assigned to Triple-A Sacramento and went 1-for-13 (.077) in four games, all at catcher, before he was brought up to Oakland on September 1 when rosters expanded...appeared in just one game with the A's and went 0-for-1 with a strikeout...was on the Royals Opening Day Roster and hit .210 with a home run and 14 RBIs in 34 games...batted .208 with one home run and 14 RBIs in 35 games overall...his total appearances were his most at the Major League level since 2001, when he appeared in 66 games with Toronto...all 35 of his appearances came at catcher, including 32 starts, all with Kansas City...tossed out 6 of 12 (50.0%) attempted base-stealers...his batting average improved to .300 (9-for-30) with runners in scoring position...batted .246 (16-for-45) against right-handers, compared to just .139 (5-for-36) against left-handers...now has a .251 (165-for-657) career average against right-handers and .166 (56-for-338) against left-handers...batted eighth 17 times (13-for-58, .224) and ninth 16 times (7-for-39, .179)...hit a combined .178 (8-for-45) in April and May, but then batted .245 (13-for-53) in June and July before going 0-for-2 in August and 0-for-1 in September...tied a career high with three hits in the third game of the season on Apr. 19 against Cleveland...also hit his only home run in that game and stole the third base of his career...had a season-high four-game hitting streak from May 11-21 (4-for-12, .333)...tripled on May 15 against Tampa Bay, the second triple of his career...had a season-high three RBIs on June 16 against Los Angeles.
Appeared in 11 games for SF, including important stint in July when Benito Santiago was disabled...was one of many single-game heroes who emerged throughout season for Giants, belting 1st career grand slam to propel SF to 8-4 victory over Colorado July 20...snapped 1-1 tie with 4th-inning clout off Rockies' Denny Neagle...originally had contract purchased from triple-A Fresno prior to July 6 contest in San Diego, being added to roster to supplement catching corps after Santiago landed on DL...made SF debut July 9 in Colorado, doubling as PH (off Aaron Cook) in 7th inning and later scoring...went 3-for-16 (.188) overall at big league level, hitting safely in 2 of 3 starts (2-for-11)...came to Spring Training with SF as non-roster invitee, but was loaned to Mexican League where he played for both Mexico Diablo Rojos and Vaqeros Alguna...combined to hit .300 (91-for-303) with 51 runs, 13 2Bs, 15 HRs and 61 RBI in 83 games...played in 2 games for Fresno before initial recall and then again for 9-game Aug. rehabilitation stint, combining to go 8-for-34 (.235)...was placed on Disabled List July 29 (retro to July 28) with contusion on right wrist, injury suffered July 27 when struck by SD's Sean Burroughs on backswing...was reinstated prior to Aug. 27 contest and went hitless in final 5 at-bats (4 strikeouts).
Veteran catcher returns to Giants for 2nd season, adding depth at catching position...came to 2003 Spring Training as non-roster invitee...has also seen Major League action with New York Mets (1995-98), St. Louis (1999), Toronto (2000-01) and New York Yankees (2002)...is known for his proficiency behind plate, owning .990 career fielding pct. (20 errors, 1,921 total chances) in 334 big league games as catcher...was originally signed by Mets as non-drafted free agent April 15, 1987.
Opened season with Yankees after coming to Spring Training as non-roster invitee...appeared in 15 games for New York, hitting .135 with 2B, 3B and 4 RBI...made Yankees debut April 6 vs. Tampa Bay, going 0-for-2 with walk...was designated for assignment June 30 and assigned to triple-A Columbus...in 30 games for Clippers, hit .275 with 7 2Bs and 8 RBI...contract was purchased by New York Sept. 3...had 1 at-bat following return.
Hit .198 with 4 2Bs, HR and 4 RBI in 66 games with Toronto...made 44 starts at catcher...staff posted ERA of 3.63 when he caught, team ERA was 4.28...threw out 26.7% of would be base-stealers (12-of-45) and had 1 pick-off...hit only HR of year May 26 off Boston's Frank Castillo...his best month of season was June when he hit .367 (11-for-30) with 3 2Bs and 3 RBI...had season-high 7-game hitting streak June 3-15.
Was traded to Toronto from St. Louis during off-season...hit .211 with 7 2Bs, HR and 16 RBI over 66 games with Blue Jays, starting 57 contests...matched his career high with 3 hits, including solo HR off Paul Abbott, April 14 vs. Seattle...hit .233 with 4 2Bs and 9 RBI in June and saw action in 22 games when Darrin Fletcher was placed on Disabled List...was ejected by home plate umpire Jerry Layne June 6 at Atlanta for arguing balls and strikes as batter...threw out 39% of attempted base-stealers (16-of-41).
Logged 1st full season in majors, hitting .263 with 4 HRs and 31 RBI with St. Louis...was selected in Rule V draft prior to season by Cardinals from Philadelphia, with whom he had signed as free agent...played in 93 games and was Cardinals main starter in 2nd half of season...threw out 44% of base runners who attempted to steal (27-of-62)...hit .308 against right-handed pitching and .174 against left-handers...collected career-high 3 hits May 4 at Atlanta (also had 3 hits July 24 at Colorado)...hit in career-best 10 straight games Aug. 8-23, batting .382 (13-for-34)...established career-standard with 3 RBI Aug. 9 at Philadelphia.
Split season between Mets and triple-A Norfolk...hit .205 (17-for-83) in 38 games with Mets...hit first Major League home run May 16 at San Francisco off Kirk Rueter...his 2nd HR came off Pedro Martinez June 5 at Boston ...was designated for assignment July 11...cleared waivers and was outrighted to Norfolk...appeared in 21 games with Tides and hit .184 with 1 HR and 6 RBI.
Made Mets' Opening Day roster...appeared in 34 games (18 starts) before being optioned to Norfolk July 11...appeared in 34 games and hit .217 before being recalled Sept. 2...collected 1st Major League RBI Sept. 27 vs. Atlanta with game-winning 2B in bottom of 9th...played in Caribbean World Series with Aguilas of Dominican Winter League.
Opened season at Norfolk, batting .208 (71-for-341) with minor league career-high 11 HRs and 39 RBI in 34 games...threw out 44.8% of would be base-stealers (39-of-87)...was promoted to New York Sept. 8...appeared in 6 games for Mets and collected 1st Major League multi-hit game Sept. 11 vs. Florida.
Began season with Norfolk, batting .267 (58-for-217) with 4 HRs and 31 RBI in 69 games...was recalled to New York twice (May 28-June 4 and July 23 through end of season)...appeared in 13 games (9 starts) with Mets, batting .103 (3-for-29)...made Major League debut May 28 vs. San Francisco, going 0-for-3 with walk...collected 1st Major League hit May 30 vs. San Diego's Scott Sanders.
Spent season at double-A Binghamton, batting .248 (78-for-315) with 7 HRs and 42 RBI in 90 games...was selected to Double-A All-Star Game...threw out 40% of base runners attempting to steal...hit .294 in post season to help Binghamton to Eastern League Championship.
Logged season at single-A Port St. Lucie, batting .258 with 5 HRs and 42 RBI in 105 games...established St. Lucie club record for catchers with .983 fielding percentage...made 12 errors in 696 total chances...led Florida State League with 604 putouts.
Spent campaign with Port St. Lucie and batted .204 (33-for-162) with 3 HRs and 17 RBI in 60 games...missed half season after being placed on Disabled List from July 2 through end of season with knee injury.
Spent season with single-A Columbia, batting .277 with 3 HRs and 47 RBI in 90 games...his .277 batting average was 7th highest among all Mets minor league players.
Split campaign between 3 single-A teams; Kingsport, Pittsfield and St. Lucie, combining to hit .229 (69-for-301) with 6 HRs and 41 RBI in 91 games.
Split season between Kingsport and Pittsfield, combining for .244 mark (48-for-197) with 4 HRs and 25 RBI in 61 games.
Split season between Gulf Coast Mets and Kingsport of Appalachian League, batting .203 (40-for-197) with HR and 24 RBI in 46 games.
Spent 1st professional season at age 17 with Kingsport and hit .111 in 7 games.