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Nelson Castro pitched around plate over 6 pro seasons

Nelson Castro 1990 Gulf Coast League Dodgers card

Great Falls Dodger Nelson Castro was throwing pretty hard in this 1991 postseason at bat, opposing Salt Lake hitter Theron Todd told The Deseret News afterward.

Todd took he count full and watched as Castro pitched low, Todd told The News. Todd took advantage.

That, Todd told The News, "gave me an idea to look down, and he threw me one over the middle. It helps when a guy's around the plate."

Castro pitched in his second season as a pro that year. He went on to pitch in four more. He briefly made AAA, but he never made the majors.

Castro's career began in 1990, signed by the Dodgers as an amateur free agent out of his native Dominican Republic.

Castro started with the Dodgers in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He went 3-1 in 10 starts, with a 4.25 ERA. In September, he picked up the win in the league title game, coming in for the final 4.2 scoreless innings.

He moved to rookie Great Falls for 1991. He went 7-4 in 14 starts there, with a 5.26 ERA. He picked up his fifth win in an early August outing, going seven innings and giving up three hits.

Castro isn't credited as pitching in 1992, but he returned for 1993 and saw high-A Bakersfield and AA San Antonio. He went 6-8 over 25 starts on the year.

He then played between the same two squads in 1994 and went 10-7. He picked up a win in relief in an early September game, going three innings and giving up one earned.

Castro played 1995 largely at San Antonio, but he also got a two-game look at AAA Albuquerque. He went 2.1 innings there and didn't give up a run.

Castro saw his final time in 1996 at high-A San Bernardino. He went 2-4 over 12 relief outings, with a 6.30 ERA to end his career.
Nelson Castro 1990 Gulf Coast League Dodgers card
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,117
Made the Majors:1,138-36.5%
Never Made Majors:1,979-63.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 472
10+ Seasons in the Minors:282

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