The White Sox officially made a trade with the Cincinnati Reds today and received infielder Jose Castro for cash. Castro was placed on the Knights active roster today, replacing infielder Kyle Shelton, who was placed on the disabled list.
Jose Castro, 25, made his professional debut in 2005 with Kingsport (Rookie affiliate of the New York Mets). He appeared in just eight games that season and hit .286.
It wasn’t until 2007 that Castro’s bat began to break out. Through 77 games that season with Single-A St. Lucie, Castro was hitting .318 with two home runs and 25 RBIs. Castro had a 10-game hitting streak from 5/3-5/12 (17-41, .415) that season and batted .471 in June (33-70, 18g). He was named as a Florida State League All-Star that season — and then was traded by the Mets.
On 8/20, the Puerto Rican native was traded along with OF Sean Henry to the Reds in exchange for 1B/OF Jeff Conine. He finished out the season with Double-A Chattanooga and hit .278 in 13 games. Later that year, Castro was named to the FSL Post-Season All-Star team. He hit a combined .312 over both stops that season.
Castro has spent the past four full seasons in the Reds organization and the past three seasons in Carolina. After appearing in 78 games with Carolina in 2011, he was promoted to Louisville and made his Triple-A debut on July 26. In 20 games with the Bats, Castro hit .267.
In seven career Minor League seasons, Castro is a .262 hitter with 5 home runs and 188 RBIs. Castro will look to help the Knights in 2012 and was in the the dugout for the team on Thursday in Norfolk.