Monday, February 5, 2007

Nationals #1 Prospect Kory Casto

Kory Casto Outfielder
TEAM: Washington Nationals
HEIGHT/WEIGHT:6'1' / 200
BATS/THROWS:Left / Right

Kory was drafted by the Nationals in 2003 after hitting
.338 with 14 homeruns and 57 RBI in college.

Although he had poor start to his pro career. The Nationals advanced him to A where he had a good season hitting. He had a 286 average showing his power hitting 16 homeruns and 88 rbi in 483 at bats. Corey has developed more power each year. In 2005 he hit 22 homeruns in AA and 2006 he hit 20 homeruns in AAA. Casto doesn't offer the upside a team wants from its top prospect but he's nearly ready now. He seems likely to have a career as a corner outfielder. He should possess enough range to be an average defender in time. Castro is expected to compete for a job in RF with Ryan Church, though it will take a big ST for him to get the job.
Hitting:Casto has all the skills to be a good hitting OF. He can average about 20-30 homeruns a season and drive in near 100 RBI's. His major problem is hitting left handed pitching. If he's going to get the starting job he'll need a platoon partner in the beginning as he hit 189 against lefties. With enough time he'll become an OK hitter against leftys.

Defense: Casto, originally a 3rd baseman, possess enough speed to play a corner outfield posistion. His glove should allow him to be a good enough OF.

Speed:Casto dosen't have much speed but he is a smart base runner. He has enough speed to help him in the OF.

The Future: A hitter who can hit for both power and average and a good enough defensive OF to try and help the Nationals in the near future.

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