Fabio Enrique Castro
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 7", Weight 175 lbs.
- Debut April 6, 2006
- Final Game September 17, 2007
- Born January 20, 1985 in Monte Cristi, Monte Cristi, D.R.
Signed by scout Denny Gonzalez for the Chicago White Sox in December 2001, Fabio Castro began his professional career in the 2002 Dominican Summer League and went 10-2 with a 1.95 ERA for the DSL White Sox, allowing only 37 hits in 65 innings while striking out 89. He was not anywhere close to the top 10 in ERA but was in a four-way tie for the league lead in wins and also saved eight games. In the 2002 Intercontinental Cup, Castro walked 6 and struck out 8 in 5 1/3 IP, allowing one run (unearned) for the Dominican Republic. They won Bronze in an Intercontinental Cup for the first time in 21 years. He also helped the Dominicans to a Bronze in the 2002 Central American and Caribbean Games.
Fabio came stateside in 2003 and was dazzling for the Bristol Sox (59 K, 29 H in 47 IP) with a 6-2 record, two saves and a 1.72 ERA in 19 relief appearances. He started two games for the Kannapolis Intimidators, striking out 16 in 11 innings but losing both; he had a 3.27 ERA there. In '04, Castro was 4-0 for Kannapolis with three saves and a 3.00 ERA in 37 games. He also pitched 8 for the Winston-Salem Warthogs and won one and lost one. He struck out 11 in 10 2/3 IP, with three walks and four hits allowed.
The 20-year-old left-hander went 5-5 with six saves and a 2.28 ERA for Winston-Salem in '05, striking out 75 in 79 innings over 53 games. He led the Carolina League in appearances. On December 8, 2005, he was picked in the 2005 Rule V Draft by the Kansas City Royals, the first pick that year. He was then traded to the Texas Rangers for Esteban German the same day. He strained his left groin early in the year and made some rehabilitation appearances in the minor leagues in June.
Castro was then traded on June 29th to the Philadelphia Phillies for top prospect Daniel Haigwood, one of the pitchers from the Jim Thome trade. Castro pitched in 23 games for the 2006 Phillies, posting a 1.54 ERA and allowing only 12 hits in 23 1/3 innings, though mostly in mop-up duty. He split 2007 between the Phillies (13 BB, 14 K, 8 R in 10 IP), the Reading Phillies (2-0, 1 Sv, 2.70 in 11 games) and the Ottawa Lynx (5-5, 1 Sv, 4.01).
Sources include 2003-2006 Baseball Almanacs