The Hawks record so far in 2016 might not show it, but a good chunk of their offense is putting in work. Garrett Hampson, Jacob Bosiokovic and Bobby Stahel, to name a few, are seeing continuous success at the plate.
But let’s not forget first baseman Luis Castro and the numbers he has been racking up this season to date. Last Tuesday at home, Castro put up some serious numbers. He went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple, had four RBIs, and scored four runs. That has easily been his best game offensively this season, and might even be the best of his pro career thus far.
Castro has improved steadily from the time he began his pro career in 2013 in the Dominican Summer League. Since last season in Boise, he has already nearly surpassed runs scored, doubles, and has surpassed triples and homeruns. And he’s done so in only 15 games.
When speaking with him to find out his approach at the plate, he attributed most of his success to the shifts in his mental game. Castro said that he held a lack of trust for himself last year because he didn’t play every day, but by simply looking at his success at the plate this season that has quickly changed. “I believe in me right now because I feel very comfortable and a lot of confidence too, so I can help my teammates and my team,” Castro said and continued, “So I just believe in myself when I go to hit, that’s my approach.”
My best advice would entail a little chorus from Journey: “Doooon’t stop, belieeeeeving,” cause whatever it is you’re doing, it’s working.
Leading the Team Offensively
Luis Castro: 17 R, 17 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 12 RBI
Jacob Bosiokovic: 11 R, 19 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI
Garrett Hampson: 10 R, 20 H, 3 2B, 3 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI
Bobby Stahel: 12 R, 11 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI