Arguably one of the Big 12 Conference’s best defensive shortstops, Osmar will be one of the team’s biggest weapons both in the field and at the plate... There is no doubt about his abilities in the field... He can be one of the best players at his position in the country if he plays to his capabilities... Plays his best baseball against the best... Not the protypical hitter in that he finds ways to get on base.
during fall drills
Saw action in four games with two starts at shortstop for the White Sox during the Fall Ball World Series... Posted a .333 batting average with three RBIs and two runs scored... Connected on a pair of doubles...
as a junior (2001)
Started 52 games at shortstop as a junior... Trailed just OF Pat Maloney in the number of games played and games started in 2001... Named to the Coaches’ All-Big 12 Conference team as an honorable mention selection... Ranked among the top-5 on the team in 11 categories... Led the team in at-bats (202), runs scored (48) and walks (32)... Also paced the team in at-bats (106), runs scored (19) and doubles (five) in Big 12-only games... Placed second in doubles (13), stolen bases (nine), stolen base attempts (11), while he was third in hits (60) and on-base percentage (.399) and fourth in batting average (.297)... Trailed just Maloney and C Josh Cavender with 18 extra-base hits... Collected eight multiple-RBI contests... Compiled a .956 fielding percentage at one of the toughest positions in baseball with 92 putouts, 125 assists and just 10 errors... Of the full-season starters in the Big 12 Conference in 2001, Castillo had the fewest errors and tied Texas Tech’s Gera Alvarez for the highest fielding percentage and Kansas’ John Nelson for the most putouts... Went errorless in 44 of the 52 games he started at shortstop... Recorded hits in 12 of his first 18 at-bats (.667), including three doubles, with seven runs scored and three RBIs... Went a season-best 4-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI in the season-opener against Doane on Feb. 4 with two stolen bases... Pounded out a 3-for-5 day against Southern Nazarene on Feb. 5 with a pair of doubles, runs scored and RBIs... Drove in a season-best three runs in the win over defending NCAA champion LSU on Feb. 10 to cap a 2-for-4 day... Followed that with a 3-for-4 performance in the second game of the doubleheader against the Tigers... Had a season-best three RBIs against UNLV on Feb. 17... Went a perfect 4-for-4 against Centenary on March 20 with two RBIs and one run scored... Slapped a pair of doubles on a 3-for-4 performance with two runs scored at Creighton on March 28... Scored a pair of runs and stole two bases in a 2-for-4 day against No. 22 Oklahoma State on April 7... Totaled a 4-for-9 (.444) series against ACC foe Maryland on April 9-10 with four RBIs and four runs scored... Connected on a two-out, bases-clearing double against UCLA on April 22 to help Kansas State rally from three runs down in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 13-12 win over the reigning Pac-10 champions... Added a 2-for-3 day with three runs in the third game against the Bruins with a RBI... Helped Kansas State sweep Missouri for the first time since 1974 with a 6-for-12 series with five RBIs and four runs scored... Walked a season-high three times with two runs scored at Wichita State on May 2... Tallied a pair of RBIs and runs scored against archrival Kansas on May 6.
at dodge city c.c. (1999-2000)
A two-year starter and letterwinner as a shortstop at Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kan. … Holds career school records in five categories, including batting average (.395), runs scored (103), walks (63), on-base percentage (.514) and assists (253)… One of four players on the Dodge City squad from Venezuela and one of six international players… Earned honorable mention All-West Jayhawk Conference honors as a sophomore in leading Dodge City to a 32-23 overall record, including a 17-15 mark in conference play… Posted a .411 batting average in 2000 with 37 RBIs and 62 runs scored on 69 hits… Turned in 12 doubles, six triples and three home runs in 168 at-bats with 32 walks and 21 stolen bases… Tallied .957 fielding percentage with a team-best 135 assists… Collected a .374 batting average as a true freshman in 123 at-bats with 27 RBIs and 41 runs scored on 46 hits… Accounted for 11 doubles, two triples and one home run in 1999 with 31 walks for a .506 on-base percentage… Coached in baseball by Mike Jones.
at miami beach high school
A member of the Venezuelan Junior National team before transferring to Miami Beach High School in Miami, Fla. before his junior year... Coached in baseball by Lou Sanchez and Domingo Ecalonu.
(Full name: Osmar Castillo) was born March 1, 1979, in Valencia, Venezuela… He is the son of Oscar Castillo and Carmen de Castillo … Is planning a major in social science.