Astros catcher Jason Castro named AL Player of the Week

Astros catcher Jason Castro named AL Player of the Week

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CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 26: Jason Castro #15 of the Houston Astros hits a solo home run in the 2nd inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on August 26, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on August 26, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 27 at 1:59 PM

HOUSTON – Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro was named the American League’s Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.

This marks his second time Castro has earned the honor this season. He also took home the award for the week of May 20-26.

For the week, Castro hit .529 (9x17) with two doubles, a triple, three home runs and five RBI with a .619 on-base-pct., a 1.294 slugging pct., and a 1.913 OPS. The catcher also led the AL in batting average, extra-base hits, OBP, and SLG.

During the week, Castro reached 17 homers on the season, which ties the single-season franchise record for home runs by a player whose primary position is catcher. He matched John Bateman, who also hit 17 homers in 1966.

Castro has hit two homers as a DH this year and 15 while playing catcher, while Bateman hit 16 as a catcher and one as a pinch-hitter in his record-setting campaign.

Castro is the first Astros catcher to win the award twice in the same season in franchise history and the first player to do so since Lance Berkman in 2008.

On the year, Castro is hitting .278 (113x406) with 33 doubles, 17 homers, 51 RBI and a .352 on-base percentage. His 33 doubles are a franchise record for catchers and currently rank eighth in the American League.

Among AL catchers, he ranks first in slugging (.490), second in OPS (.842), and third in hits, doubles and home runs.

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