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Cesar Castillo Goes 3-for-4 In Professional Debut With White Sox
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Release: 07/17/2002
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July 17, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Making his professional debut with the Arizona White Sox in the Arizona Rookie League, former Sun Devil catcher and Yuma native Cesar Castillo was 3-for-4 with a single, double and triple. Castillo also scored one run and tallied an RBI as he caught all nine innings of the White Sox 9-6 win over the Brewers.

Castillo signed as a free agent with the White Sox on July 10 and was making his first appearance after suiting up for nearly a week. Undrafted by any team after his senior season at ASU, Castillo was lauded by head coach Pat Murphy and was eventually signed when White Sox pitching coach and former ASU coach Chris Sinacori expressed interest in the senior catcher.

In what turned out to be one of the best stories of the year for the Sun Devils, Castillo worked his way from the fourth string all the way to the starting position midway through the season. Earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors and a member of the Mesa Regional All-Tournament team, Castillo finished the year hitting .287 (27x94) with 22 runs scored, eight doubles, one triple, one home run and 20 RBI.

#62 - Cesar Castillo, C (Yuma, Ariz.)
SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Solidified himself as the starting catcher Mar. 30 vs. Washington after starting the year as the fourth-string catcher... entered the season without a career start under his belt... first career start came at Florida State (2/17) in which he had a hit and RBI... started 26 of ASU's last 28 games... hit .287 (27x94) overall, but was a .306 hitter after taking over as the starting catcher... was 26-for-85 during that stretch with 19 of his 20 total RBI... finished with eight doubles, one triple and one home run... named to all-tournament team at NCAA Mesa Regional after hitting .385 (5x13) with six runs scored and three RBI... recorded seven multi-hit games in 2002... was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and hit first career home run in NCAA Tournament game vs. San Diego (5/31)... went 2-for-2 with two doubles and three RBI vs. Portland (5/14)... was 2-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored vs. UCLA (4/14)... had a six-game hitting streak from 4/14-5/10 in which he hit .400 (8x20) with five RBI... hit .353 in non-conference play and .250 in Pac-10 games... hit .306 (11x36) in the month of April... the Devils were 16-12 when he started behind the dish... was effective throwing runners out, with 14 caught stealing this year... wears No. 62 because he was a walk-on... scholar athlete in the classroom, pursuing a degree in secondary education... named to All-Pac-10 Academic second team.

Year       Avg   GP-GS     AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   BB   SO   SB-ATT
2001....  .286   17-0       7    1    2    0    0    0    4    1    0    0-0
2002....  .287   40-28     94   22   27    8    1    1   20   15   17    3-3
TOTAL...  .287   57-28    101   23   29    8    1    1   24   16   17    3-3

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                                   2002 Arizona Rookie League
                                  AZL Brewers at AZL White Sox
                       Jul 17, 2002 at Phoenix, Ariz. (Phoenix Municipal)
    

    AZL Brewers 6 AZL White Sox 9

    Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI --------------------------------------- --------------------------------------- Melo, M lf/cf.............. 5 1 1 2 Myers, M ss................ 4 0 1 0 Gomez, A ss................ 4 0 2 0 Luna, L 2b................. 6 2 2 1 Plasencia, F cf............ 4 0 1 1 Schnurstein dh............. 4 1 1 1 Bates, D pr/lf............ 1 0 0 0 Keefner, E 1b.............. 5 1 2 2 Patterson, D c............. 4 0 0 0 Collaro, T lf.............. 2 2 1 1 Hunt, S rf................. 4 1 1 0 Perez, M 3b................ 5 1 3 1 Serafini, M dh............. 4 0 0 0 Young, E cf................ 4 0 1 0 Franke, M 1b............... 2 2 1 0 Young, C ph/cf............ 1 0 0 0 McCormack, T 3b............ 3 2 1 1 Castillo, C c.............. 4 1 3 1 Rodriguez, G 2b............ 4 0 0 1 Ido, N rf.................. 4 1 2 1 Hawkins, A p............... 0 0 0 0 Haigwood, D p.............. 0 0 0 0 Pena, L p................. 0 0 0 0 Haeger, C p............... 0 0 0 0 Pierre, A p............... 0 0 0 0 Totals..................... 35 6 7 5 Totals..................... 39 9 16 8

    Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- AZL Brewers......... 000 030 300 - 6 7 3 AZL White Sox....... 321 003 00X - 9 16 4 -------------------------------------------

    E - McCormack, T 3; Myers, M 2; Perez, M; Haigwood, D. DP - White Sox 2. LOB - Brewers 6; White Sox 15. 2B - Franke, M; McCormack, T; Luna, L; Schnurstein; Keefner, E; Castillo, C; Ido, N. 3B - Perez, M; Castillo, C. HR - Collaro, T. HBP - Franke, M; Schnurstein; Collaro, T; Ido, N. SH - Myers, M. SB - Luna, L. CS - Young, E.

    AZL Brewers IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hawkins, A L.............. 2.0 5 5 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 11 13 2 2 Pena, L ................... 3.1 8 4 4 3 4 0 0 2 0 17 22 4 1 Pierre, A ................. 2.2 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 11 13 3 3

    AZL White Sox IP H R ER BB SO WP BK HP IBB AB BF FO GO ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Haigwood, D W............. 6.0 2 3 2 2 7 1 0 1 0 21 24 5 6 Haeger, C S............... 3.0 5 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 14 15 1 5

    WP - Haigwood, D. HB - Hawkins, A; Pena, L 2; Haigwood, D. PB - Patterson, D 2. Inherited runners/scored: Pierre, A 1/1.

    Strikeouts - Melo, M; Gomez, A; Hunt, S; Serafini, M 2; Franke, M; McCormack, T 2; Myers, M 2; Keefner, E 2; Collaro, T; Perez, M; Young, E. Walks - Gomez, A; Franke, M; McCormack, T; Myers, M; Schnurstein; Collaro, T 2; Castillo, C.

    Umpires - HP: Nick Monnoco 2B: Dixon Stureman Start: 10:00 AM Time: 2:59 Attendance: 19

    Game notes: Next Day's Pitchers: Brewers: Carlos Ramirez (RHP) White Sox: Ryan Rodriguez (LHP) Game: WSX7170


    Play-by-Play

                               2002 Arizona Rookie League
                      AZL Brewers at AZL White Sox - Play-by-Play
                   Jul 17, 2002 at Phoenix, Ariz. (Phoenix Municipal)
    

    Score by Innings R H E ------------------------------------------- AZL Brewers......... 000 030 300 - 6 7 3 AZL White Sox....... 321 003 00X - 9 16 4 -------------------------------------------

    AZL Brewers starters: 0/lf Melo, M; 0/ss Gomez, A; 0/cf Plasencia, F; 0/c Patterson, D; 0/rf Hunt, S; 0/dh Serafini, M; 0/1b Franke, M; 0/3b McCormack, T; 0/2b Rodriguez, G; 0/p Hawkins, A; AZL White Sox starters: 27/ss Myers, M; 14/2b Luna, L; 18/dh Schnurstein; 45/1b Keefner, E; 21/lf Collaro, T; 35/3b Perez, M; 23/cf Young, E; 34/c Castillo, C; 15/rf Ido, N; 31/p Haigwood, D;

    AZL Brewers 1st - Melo, M flied out to lf. Gomez, A struck out looking. Plasencia, F grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

    AZL White Sox 1st - Myers, M popped up to ss. Luna, L reached on an error by 3b. Schnurstein doubled, RBI; Luna, L scored, unearned. Schnurstein advanced to third on a passed ball. Keefner, E reached on an error by 3b, RBI; Schnurstein scored, unearned. Collaro, T hit by pitch; Keefner, E advanced to second. Perez, M singled to third base, advanced to second on a throwing error by 3b; Collaro, T advanced to third; Keefner, E scored, unearned. Young, E struck out swinging. Castillo, C grounded out to 2b. 3 runs, 2 hits, 3 errors, 2 LOB.

    AZL Brewers 2nd - Patterson, D grounded out to 3b. Hunt, S grounded out to 3b. Serafini, M struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

    AZL White Sox 2nd - Ido, N doubled. Myers, M grounded out to p, SAC, bunt; Ido, N advanced to third. Luna, L singled, RBI; Ido, N scored. Luna, L stole second. Luna, L advanced to third on a passed ball. Schnurstein flied out to cf. Keefner, E singled, RBI; Luna, L scored. Keefner, E out at second p to 1b to ss, picked off. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

    AZL Brewers 3rd - Franke, M struck out swinging. McCormack, T struck out swinging. Rodriguez, G popped up to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

    AZL White Sox 3rd - Pena, L to p for Hawkins, A. Collaro, T homered to left field, RBI. Perez, M flied out to cf. Young, E singled. Young, E out at second c to ss, caught stealing. Castillo, C walked. Ido, N hit by pitch; Castillo, C advanced to second. Myers, M struck out looking. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

    AZL Brewers 4th - Melo, M struck out looking. Gomez, A singled. Gomez, A advanced to second on a throwing error by p, failed pickoff attempt. Plasencia, F flied out to lf. Patterson, D grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

    AZL White Sox 4th - Luna, L doubled. Schnurstein hit by pitch. Keefner, E struck out swinging. Collaro, T struck out swinging. Perez, M singled; Schnurstein advanced to second; Luna, L advanced to third. Young, E grounded out to p. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

    AZL Brewers 5th - Hunt, S singled. Serafini, M struck out looking. Franke, M hit by pitch; Hunt, S advanced to second. McCormack, T walked; Franke, M advanced to second; Hunt, S advanced to third. Rodriguez, G reached on an error by 3b, RBI; McCormack, T advanced to second; Franke, M advanced to third; Hunt, S scored. Rodriguez, G advanced to second on a wild pitch; McCormack, T advanced to third on a wild pitch; Franke, M scored on a wild pitch. Melo, M grounded out to 2b, RBI; Rodriguez, G advanced to third; McCormack, T scored, unearned. Gomez, A walked. Plasencia, F flied out to cf. 3 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

    AZL White Sox 5th - Castillo, C singled. Ido, N flied out to cf. Myers, M singled; Castillo, C advanced to second. Luna, L flied out to cf. Schnurstein walked; Myers, M advanced to second; Castillo, C advanced to third. Keefner, E struck out swinging. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

    AZL Brewers 6th - Patterson, D flied out to cf. Hunt, S struck out swinging. Serafini, M grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

    AZL White Sox 6th - Collaro, T walked. Perez, M tripled to left center, RBI; Collaro, T scored. Young, E fouled out to c. Castillo, C tripled to center field, RBI; Perez, M scored. Pierre, A to p for Pena, L. Ido, N singled to left field, RBI; Castillo, C scored. Myers, M struck out swinging. Luna, L out at first p to ss to 1b. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

    AZL Brewers 7th - Haeger, C to p for Haigwood, D. Franke, M doubled to right field. McCormack, T doubled down the lf line, RBI; Franke, M scored. Rodriguez, G reached on a fielding error by ss; McCormack, T advanced to third. Melo, M reached on a fielder's choice to second base, RBI; Rodriguez, G out at second 2b to ss; McCormack, T scored. Gomez, A reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop, advanced to second; Melo, M advanced to second on a throwing error by ss, advanced to third. Plasencia, F singled to second base, RBI; Gomez, A advanced to third; Melo, M scored, unearned. Bates, D pinch ran for Plasencia, F. Patterson, D grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b; Bates, D out on the play. 3 runs, 3 hits, 2 errors, 1 LOB.

    AZL White Sox 7th - Melo, M to cf. Bates, D to lf. Schnurstein grounded out to 3b. Keefner, E doubled down the lf line. Collaro, T walked. Perez, M struck out looking. Young, C pinch hit for Young, E. Young, C fouled out to 3b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

    AZL Brewers 8th - Young, C to cf. Hunt, S grounded out to 1b unassisted. Serafini, M flied out to lf. Franke, M walked. McCormack, T struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

    AZL White Sox 8th - Castillo, C doubled down the lf line. Ido, N flied out to cf. Myers, M walked. Luna, L popped up to p. Schnurstein reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop; Myers, M out at second ss to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

    AZL Brewers 9th - Rodriguez, G grounded out to p. Melo, M singled to second base. Gomez, A singled to third base, bunt; Melo, M advanced to second. Bates, D grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b; Gomez, A out on the play. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.


    Line score

    AZL White Sox 9, AZL Brewers 6 (Jul 17, 2002 at Phoenix, Ariz.) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- AZL Brewers......... 000 030 300 - 6 7 3 AZL White Sox....... 321 003 00X - 9 16 4 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pitchers: AZL Brewers - Hawkins, A; Pena, L(3); Pierre, A(6). AZL White Sox - Haigwood, D; Haeger, C(7). Win-Haigwood, D Save-Haeger, C Loss-Hawkins, A T-2:59 A-19 HR WSX - Collaro, T. Game notes: Next Day's Pitchers: Brewers: Carlos Ramirez (RHP) White Sox: Ryan Rodriguez (LHP) Game: WSX7170

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