Castro and Beardsley earn Frontier Leagueâ€™s weekly honors
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Frontier League has named Evansville Otters player Carlos Castro the Player of the Week and pitcher Tyler Beardsley Pitcher of the Week.
Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation, chooses the weekly award.
Carlos Castro earns the award a few days after being named to the 2019 All-Star Game to represent the Otters and the Frontier League against the Can-Am League.
This past week, Castro went 10-23 (.435) with two home runs.
“Carlos had a great week showing his power and plate discipline,” Otters manager Andy McCauley said.
“Last week, I had the mindset to be ready for anything and have a little more patience at the plate,” Castro said.
Castro also drove in four runs while scoring five times and picking up a pair of doubles.
“He is a very aggressive hitter that can cover the plate and hit to all fields,” McCauley said.
“I’m always looking for the fastball and reacting to hanging curveballs or sliders,” Castro said. “Both of my home runs were off fastballs.”
Castro ranks in the top-six in the league in batting average and tied for second in home runs.
Castro, a La Romana, Dominican Republic native, arrived in Evansville in 2018 after playing affiliated baseball in the Atlanta Braves organization from 2012-17.
Tyler Beardsley picked up his fourth win of the season last week when he went the distance, shutting out the Schaumburg Boomers in a 5-0 Otters win.
In the start, Beardsley struck out eight and allowed only five hits.
“Tyler has been great for us all year and certainly deserves this recognition,” McCauley said.
“My mindset going into that start was just to pound the strike zone, trust my stuff, and give the team a chance to win,” Beardsley said.
“I thought my off-speed was working well. I got into a couple jams early and was able to get out them using my secondary pitches.”
On the season, Beardsley is 4-2 with a 2.45 ERA and 48 strikeouts in nine starts and 58.2 innings pitched.
“He is another guy who has pitched in all roles for us but has excelled as a starter this year,” McCauley said.
“This season, I’ve learned to just have fun and not put too much pressure on myself,” Beardsley said. “I’m blessed to play the game I love every day.”
Beardsley is from Tehachapi, Calif. and returns to the Otters in 2019. In 2018, Beardsley went 5-8 with a 4.35 ERA in seven starts and 29 appearances.
The right-hander struck 50 and posted one save in 72.1 innings pitched. Beardsley was drafted by the Minnesota Twins organization in the 16th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur draft out of California State University Sacramento.
Castro and Beardsley earned the third and fourth league honor for Evansville this season, respectively.
Ryan Long earned Player of the Week on June 23 and former Otters pitcher Randy Wynne earned Pitcher of the Week on May 13 after Opening Weekend.
The Otters return to action Tuesday as they begin a six-game road trip to the St. Louis area, starting with a three-game set against the Gateway Grizzlies.
All six games can be heard on the radio on 91.5 WUEV-FM or evansvilleotters.com with David Nguyen on the call.
The Otters are celebrating their 25th anniversary season in 2019.
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The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.
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