Braves first-base prospect leads Class A Advanced Florida's 14-run outburst
By Oliver Macklin
Atlanta Braves first-base prospect Carlos Castro doubled up on his home run total for the 2017 season with his first career three-homer game in Class A Advanced Florida's 14-2 win over Daytona Wednesday afternoon.
Castro entered the game with three long balls on the year before crushing two-run dingers off Dayton starter Jesus Reyes in the second and third innings and then getting to Tortugas reliever Juan Martinez for a three-run bomb in the fifth.
"It was just one of those days where I didn't chase breaking balls early and they made mistakes," Castro told MiLB.com through an interpreter, Fire Frogs hitting coach Carlos Mendez. "The first guy hung a slider 0-2. The last one was a first-pitch changeup. I was just seeing the ball really clearly. I was lucky they made mistakes."
As if his trio of home runs wasn't enough, the 22-year-old singled in his other two at-bats on the day to finish a perfect 5-for-5 with three runs scored and a career-high eight RBIs. Castro is now hitting a robust .345 with six home runs and 27 RBIs in 30 games for the Fire Frogs after batting .266 with 17 homers and 57 RBIs in 84 games for Class A Rome in 2016.
"He's ready to attack pitchers and he hits mistake pitches really well," Mendez said. "They make a mistake and he's ready to hit them. That's part of the learning process -- he stays ready to hit every pitch."
"I was relaxed," Castro said. "I stayed with an approach up the middle and if they made a mistake, I made solid contact and it worked out well."
Riley, 20, went 2-for-4 with two walks and three runs scored while hitting his fourth double of the season. Jackson, 21, collected two doubles, a walk and two runs scored, bringing his season OPS to .955. Seymour, 21, went 3-for-6 with an RBI and run scored to raise his 2017 average to .400.
The Fire Frogs improved to .500 on the season thanks to an all-around monster effort at the plate.
Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.