Feb 14, 2016

Former Met of the Day: Alberto Castillo (1995-1998)

Alberto Terrero Castillo was Born on February 10, 1970 in the Dominican Republic. The tall six foot catcher was signed out of high school by the New York Mets as an amatuer free agent in 1987.

Catillo would spend eleven years in the Mets minor leagues, making brief appearances in the big leagues with New York four different seasons. 

He debuted in the big leagues on May 28th, 1995 catching Dave Mlicki at Shea Stadium going 0-3 against the Giants. He hit just .103 in 13 games with the Mets that season but showed good abilities behind the plate, even throwing out 4 of 5 base stealers. He saw action in six MLB games the next year & 35 games in 1997.

In 1998 he was with the club out of Spring Training & had his shining Mets moment on Opening Day. In the bottom of the 14th inning with the bases loaded he singled home the walk off winning run to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0. That season he hit his first career HR in San Francisco & another in Boston in early June. By the end of the month he was sent back down after batting just .205 at the big league level.

He signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies after the 1998 season. He soon got traded to the St. Louis Cardinals where he played as a back up to Eli Marerro. Castillo had career highs that season in games (93) hits (67) HRs (4) RBIs (31) & batting average (.263). He led all NL catchers throwing out 51% of would be base stealers & posted a .991 fielding %.

He would become a journey man backup & third string catcher through the years playingwith the Toronto Blue Jays, A.l. New York team, San Francisco Giants, Kansas City Royals & Baltimore Orioles. In his 12 season career he threw out 41% of would be base stealers posting a .991 fielding % & batted .220 with 12 HRs & 101 RBIs.

Castillo was a catcher for the first Dominican team in the inaugural 2006 World Baseball Classic. In 2008 he played for the Newark Bears of the Independent League & eventually got traded to the Long Island Ducks.

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