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Jose Castro #74

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Full Name:
Jose Castro
Uniform #:
74

Facts and Information

Jose joins the Cubs as the Major League quality assurance coach ... he has spent the previous 25 years as a Minor League hitting coordinator or hitting coach in the Kansas City, Seattle, Florida, San Diego and Montreal organizations.

- Was Seattle's interim Major League hitting coach in 2008.
- Began his coaching career in 1990 with Montreal, handling hitting coach duties at Single-A Jamestown.
- Selected by Philadelphia in the 27th round of the 1977 June draft ... ascended as high as Triple-A during stints in the minors with the Phillies, White Sox, Blue Jays, Royals and Expos.
- Graduated from Jackson Senior High School in Miami, Fla., in 1977.

Managerial and Coaching Career

Jose has 25 years experience as a coach or coordinator following a 14-year playing career in the minors ... most recently served in Seattle's farm system as a hitting coach and coordinator at various levels.

- Began 2008 as the Mariners Minor League hitting coordinator before he was promoted to Major League hitting coach on June 19 following manager John McLaren's firing that led to a shuffling of the Major League staff ... returned to his Minor League hitting coordinator duties for the 2009 season.
- Spent five seasons from 2003-07 as a Minor League hitting coach in the Padres organization, including 2005-07 at Triple-A Portland.
- Served as a coach at the Triple-A level for Montreal in 2002-03.
- Spent 10 seasons (1992-2001) as a hitting instructor in the Marlins organization ... was hitting coach for Double-A Portland in 1998-2001 after stops at Single-A Brevard County (1995-97), Double-A Portland, Maine (1994), Single-A Kane County (1993) and Single-A Erie (1992).
- Retired as a player and began his coaching career in 1990 with Single-A Jamestown in the Expos system ... coached at Single-A Rockford in 1991.

Playing Career

Jose, a former infielder, batted .275 with 239 doubles, 37 triples, 102 home runs and 633 RBI in 1,416 career Minor League games from 1977-90 ... reached the Triple-A level in the Philadelphia, White Sox, Toronto, Kansas City and Montreal organizations.

- Had 20 or more doubles four times, including a career-high 32 doubles in 1984 with Triple-A Denver.
- Appeared in a career-high 134 games with Triple-A Buffalo in 1985 ... twice hit a career-best 12 home runs: in 1984 with Triple-A Denver and in 1986 with Triple-A Syracuse.
- Batted .310 with 59 RBI in 117 games with Double-A Reading in 1980.
- Selected by the Phillies in the 27th round of the 1977 draft.

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