Bernabel Castro (Bernie).
Played well and flashed tremendous speed during 2-plus month stint with the Nationals...hit .227 (25-for-110) with 18 runs
scored, a double, 3 triples, 10 RBI and 7 stolen bases in 42 games with the Nationals...collected first hit as a National on
August 12, 2006 vs. NYM...legged out infield single and then scored one batter later on Alfonso Soriano's 2-run homer...posted
the game-winning RBI in back-to-back victories, Aug. 15-16 vs. ATL...legged out 10 infield hits, including 4 bunt singles...went
6-for-19 (.316) with runners in scoring position and 2 outs...started 24 games at 2B...twice appeared defensively off the bench
in LF (July 28 at LAD and August 26 at ATL)...when in the starting lineup, Washington went 11-13 (.458).
Game-By-Game Highlights: Down 4-2, 7th-inning pinch hit single on Sept. 11 at ARI sparked 4-run inning and
eventual 7-6 win...legged out 2 triples and matched career-high with 2 RBI in an 8-5 win on Sept. 16 vs. MIL...became
the first franchise player to post 2 triples in a single game since Orlando Cabrera turned the trick on July 30, 1998
vs. SFG...took career-high 3 walks, September 24 at NYM...posted 2 hits and started at 2B in Frank Robinson's final game as Nationals manager on Oct. 1 vs. NYM.
In Minor Leagues: Batted .284 (76-for-288) with 22 stolen bases in 69 games with New Orleans of the Triple-A
Pacific Coast League...was successful on first 17 stolen-base attempts...in all, was successful on 92 percent of stolenbase
attempts, going 22 for 24...hit .333 (29-for-87) through the end of May...swiped 9 bags in June...hit .308 (20-for-65) with runners in scoring position, including .357 (10-for-28) with RISP and 2 outs.
Spent majority of season with BAL's top affiliate, Ottawa of the Triple-A International League, but earned first taste
of big leagues via September promotion...hit .288 with 6 stolen bases in 24 games for BAL this season in big league
debut...made that debut on September 1 at TOR and had 2 hits, including a triple, and a stolen base...first big league
hit was an infield single off Dustin McGowan in the 3rd inning...also drew a walk in first game to become the first player
in MLB in '05 to reach safely in his first 3 plate appearances of his major league debut...made 11 starts at 2B, 7 at
DH, one in LF (September 18 vs. TBR), entered as a pinch-hitter 3 times and pinch-ran twice...was in Sam Perlozzo's
starting lineup in 14 of the season's final 15 contests...was outrighted following the end of the season.
Game-By-Game Highlights: Posted a career-high 3 hits and matched a team-season high by scoring 4 runs on
September 27 vs. NYY.
In minor leagues: Batted .315, posted a .360 on-base percentage and stole 41 bases in 47 attempts with Ottawa of
the Triple-A International League to earn the promotion...set club record and ranked 2nd in the IL with 158 hits...ranked
3rd among IL leaders in batting and stolen bases...paced all BAL minor leaguers in hits and stolen bases...also ranked
3rd in the system in batting...hit a remarkable .340 through July 1...was named the Ottawa's Most Valuable Player...was selected to the International League Postseason All-Star team...played in the mid-season IL All-Star Game.
Did not play due to injury.
Hit .263 in 90 games at Triple-A Portland this season...scored 30 runs and stole 16 bases while posting a .310 on-base percentage with the Beavers.
Ranked 3rd in all of minor league baseball by combining to steal 75 bases in only 116 games for Single-A Greensboro and Single-A Staten Island...ranked behind only Chris Morris (111 for St. Louis' Single-A Peoria affiliate) and Jamal Strong (82 for Seattle's San Bernardino affiliate).
Led the South Atlantic League with a club-record tying 67 stolen bags, a mark shared in part by former big league-speedster Otis Nixon...started slowly with Greensboro of the South Atlantic League, but batted .324 in June...reached base 33 times in 19 June contests...stole 10 bases in April, 19 in May, 10 in June and 20 in July...batted .292 against left-handed pitching, .246 when facing southpaws...led off 24 innings with walks...posted 5 straight 2-hit games, July 9-14...swiped 9 bags in a 5-game stretch, May 25-June 2...stole 4 bases on July 2 at Macon (Braves).
WITH STATEN ISLAND:
Made his New York-Penn league debut on August 19 vs. Hudson Valley (Devil Rays)...hit safely in 4 of his first 5 NY-P League contests, going 10-for-22 (.455), including a 5-for-5 effort on August 23 at Jamestown (Braves)...closed the season on a 6-game hitting streak (9-for-23, .391).
In 36 games with the Augilas, led the Dominican Winter League with in batting (.349), stolen bases (20) and runs scored (37)...also ranked 3rd in on-base percentage at .447 thanks to 23 walks...teammates included Raul Mondesi, Miguel Tejada and Bartolo Colon.
NUMBERS TO DIE FOR:
Owns a career on-base percentage of .408 in 4 pro seasons...has stolen 197 bases in 241 games...stats do not include winter league play...has been successful on 197 of 246 career stolen base attempts (80%).
After hitting .348 in 55 Dominican Summer League games, debuted in America by hitting .441 in 9 games with the Yankees' Gulf Coast league entry...combined to swipe 59 bases in 64 games for the 2 clubs...legged out 4 Gulf Coast League doubles.
Did not play after having right-elbow surgery.
Stole an amazing 63 bases in only 61 games in his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League.