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Andrea Luca Castrì
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 210 lb.
Andrea Castrì played two seasons in the minor leagues and has spent the rest of his career in his native Italy.
Castrì debuted in Serie A1 in 1994, hitting .274/.339/.451 as a utility man for the Caserta baseball club. He had a 1-3, 7.77 record on the mound and his teams wisely chose to use him as a hitter in future seasons. In 1996, he batted .283/.356/.505 with 11 HR, 42 runs and 48 RBI in 56 games; the big negative was 63 K in 212 AB. The Caserta slugged hit .370/.407/.659 in 1997 with 48 runs and 48 RBI in 52 contests. He was just 1 for 14 with six strikeouts for Italy in the 1997 Intercontinental Cup. He hit .471 with 7 runs in the 1997 European Championship to help Italy win Gold.
Signed by the New York Yankees, Andrea had a solid 1998 with the Oneonta Yankees. He hit .290/~.329/.377 but struck out in 43 of 138 AB. He stole 11 bases in 11 tries and was used primarily at third base. In 1999, Castrì hit .239/~.304/.367 with 91 strikeouts and 6 homers in 264 AB while splitting first base duties for the Greensboro Bats.
In the 1999 European Championship, he was 7 for 15 with two doubles, a triple, a walk, 4 runs and 5 RBI in four round-robin games and made the tournament All-Star team at first base as Italy won a Silver Medal. He was far worse in the 1999 Intercontinental Cup, going 3 for 26 with a double and a homer as the Italian 1B.
Back in Italy in 2000, Castrì hit .335/.409/.555 for Caserta. During 2001, he hit .290/.362/.485 with 43 RBI in 52 games. He went 1 for 7 with two walks as a part-time LF for Italy in the 2001 Baseball World Cup, perhaps his last appearance for the national team.
Moving to the Nettuno clubs for 2002, Andrea produced at a .225/.382/.392 rate with 36 whiffs in 102 AB. In '03, he bounced back to a .289/.360/.447 line in a part-time role. In 2004, Castrì hit .213/.319/.316 with 52 whiffs in 155 AB for Telemarket Rimini. He did not even play in Serie A1 in 2005.
Castrì was back in A1 in 2006, batting .265/.327/.347 for Nettuno. In 2007, he hit .207/.275/.317 as Nettuno's backup 1B. In 2008, he eked out a .217/.318/.365 line, a poor performance for a starting first baseman. He was a star, though, in the 2008 European Cup Final Four, going 3 for 7 with a double, walk and 2 RBI to help Nettuno take the title.