#15 Hitter: Pedro Castellano, New Market

The Valley League, contrary to how it might feel in the middle of it, is actually a very short season. It can be difficult, if not impossible sometimes, to recover from a poor start.

Our 15th best hitter, though, not only recovered from a slow start, but ended up being one of the best hitters in the entire league by the end.

Pedro Castellano, a rising senior from Central Florida, went 1-29 in his first nine games in the Valley for New Market- a not-so-sterling .034/.176/.034 line. His manager stuck with him, though, and after breaking out with a 3-5 game in game number ten, Castellano proceeded to end his summer going 35-87 (.402), with 15 extra base hits, including eight home runs. He recovered for sure, and obviously excelled.

Here are his total stats:

VBL G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS Avg OBP SLG
2019 34 116 21 36 6 1 8 23 14 17 2 2 0.310 0.397 0.586
Play 2 6 2 1 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 1 0.167 0.444 0.167

He finished ninth in the league in OPS, ninth in slugging, and fourth in home runs. He was hitter of the day twice- July 14 and July 28. His best two games were on June 29, against Woodstock, and July 23, against Strasburg. Against the Bandits, he went 3-3, with two runs, a home run, RBI, and walk. Against the Express, he went 3-4, with two runs, two doubles, a home run, and RBI.

Castellano spent his first two years at South Florida State College (and was All-Conference both years) before transferring to Central Florida.

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS Avg OBP SLG
2017 46 167 24 48 11 3 4 27 8 25 2 2 0.287 0.322 0.461
2018 54 207 41 69 17 2 6 37 23 23 7 5 0.333 0.400 0.522
2019 21 41 3 4 1 0 0 6 3 13 1 0 0.098 0.196 0.122

Watch for an increased role in 2020 for our 15th best hitter!

Pedro Castellano New Market resized

One comment

  1. Indeed. Pedro’s steady improvement was fantastic to watch up close. On July 2nd he had a.224 BA, over the next 14 games through the end of the regular season, he had only one “0-for” game, had 7 multiple hit games, and improved to .310. Quite special.

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