Astros History: Eddie Kasko Defensive Wiz

At the beginning of the 1964 32 year old Eddie Kasko was traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Houston Colt .45's for Jim Dickson and Wally Wolf. In that '64 season Kasko put together one of the top 20 defensive seasons in Houston franchise history, which is why he's being highlighted today prior to tonights 64th game on the season.

Offensively Kasko's numbers are an eye sore, .244/.300/.290 in 727 plate appearances with Houston over two years. He wasn't acquired for his bat however he was acquired for his defense at shortstop. Through-out Kasko's career, he posted negative defensive WAR numbers only once and that one time he did he posted a -0.1. So for his career he was average to above average defensively at a premium position.

He posted a 7.5 dWAR for his career, which I'm sure many will scoff at, but Kasko never played past 34 and had two of his younger years taken away due to Military Service. I don't know that I'd call him one of the greatest every, however, he was a fine defensive player in his own right.

With Houston he posted a 1.8 dWAR all coming in 1964, when he lead all shortstops in Fielding Percentage, Total Zone Runs and fourth in dWAR.

Before the 1966 season he was traded to the Boston Red Sox for Felix Mantilla, thus ending his Houston career.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join The Crawfish Boxes

You must be a member of The Crawfish Boxes to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Crawfish Boxes. You should read them.

Join The Crawfish Boxes

You must be a member of The Crawfish Boxes to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Crawfish Boxes. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker