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Jason Castro signs with Twins

Castro’s departure comes on the heals of the Brian McCann deal.

MLB: Houston Astros at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Castro was everything you could ask for out of a first round draft pick. The Houston Astros drafted Castro out of Stanford with the 10th overall pick in the 2008 draft. He made it to the majors in 2010 and was a full-time starter by 2012. But now Castro moves on to the next chapter of his career as he signed with the Minnesota Twins earlier this week.

Castro, 29, peaked offensively in 2013 as an All-Star when he batted .276 (120x435) with 23 extra-base hits, 29 RBIs, and 130 OPS+. But Castro never found that form again, batting a career-low .210 (69x329) in 2016.

Castro excelled in many ways defensively and framing. But it speaks volumes that a former Stanford catcher as a manager, A.J. Hinch, didn’t want the Stanford man back behind the plate.

The Astros had already replaced Castro earlier this month with a trade with the Yankees to acquire Brian McCann