Dario Agrazal Named International League Pitcher of the Week; Rodolfo Castro Wins SAL Award

Two Pittsburgh Pirates were recognized for their big week in the minors from April 29-May 5. Right-handed pitcher Dario Agrazal was named the International League Pitcher of the Week, while infielder Rodolfo Castro was named as the South Atlantic League Player of the Week.

Agrazal was promoted to Indianapolis last weekend, then went out and made two starts, giving up two earned runs over 13.2 innings, with 13 strikeouts. With Altoona, he had a 3.60 ERA in four starts, though he allowed nine runs over his first 12 innings, then just one run in his last 13 frames. Agrazal has walked two batters in 38.2 innings this season. He has pitched at least six innings in all six starts this year.

Castro hit .409/.458/1.182 in 22 at-bats, with five homers, 11 RBIs and six runs scored last week. He hit his tenth home run of the season earlier today. He’s hitting .294/.340/.741 through 24 games. The 19-year-old Castro ranks second in the SAL in both slugging percentage and OPS.

We covered both players here this morning in our top performers article. Castro was our over Player of the Week, while we mentioned that Agrazal was the top pitcher for the week.