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, little lefty Fabio Castro began his career in the 2002 DSL, going 10-2 with a 1.95 ERA for the DSL White Sox, allowing only 37 hits in 65 innings while striking out 89. He finished in a four-way tie for most wins and saved eight games. In the 2002 Intercontinental Cup, he walked 6 and struck out 8 in 5 1/3 innings, allowing an unearned run for the Dominican Republic, who won Bronze in a 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 strikeouts to 29 hits allowed in 47 innings) with a 6-2 record, two saves and a 1.72 ERA in 19 relief outings. He started twice for the Kannapolis Intimidators, striking out 16 in 11 innings, but lost both, posting a 3.27 ERA. In '04, he was 4-0 for Kannapolis with three saves and a 3.00 ERA in 37 games. He also pitched 8 games for the Winston-Salem Warthogs, going 1-1 while striking out 11 in 10 2/3 innings with 3 walks and 4 hits allowed. Now the big 2-0, he went 5-5 with six saves and a 2.28 ERA for Winston-Salem in '05, striking out 75 in 79 innings in a Carolina League-leading 53 games.
On December 8, 2005, Fabio was picked in the 2005 Rule V Draft by the Kansas City Royals with the first pick. He was swiftly traded to the Texas Rangers for Esteban German that day. He strained his left groin early in the year and made some rehabilitation appearances in the minors in June. Castro was traded again on June 29th to the Philadelphia Phillies for top prospect Daniel Haigwood, a pitcher from the Jim Thome trade who never reached the bigs. Castro pitched in 23 games for the 2006 club, 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 walks, 14 strikeouts, 8 runs allowed in 10 innings), the Reading Phillies (2-0, a save, 2.70 in 11 games) and the Ottawa Lynx (5-5, a save, 4.01 in 21 games). Fabio appeared in the 2008 Caribbean Series, going 0-1 with a 8.10 ERA for the Aguilas Cibaeñas, pitching poorly in both of his games against the Tigres del Licey. He did not, however, appear in the bigs again, spending time with five MLB organizations and three Mexican League teams before giving it up.
Sources include 2003-2006 Baseball Almanacs