Barrie Baycats first baseman Jordan Castaldo has been red-hot to start the 2019 Intercounty Baseball League season.
For his efforts, he was named the Rawlings Player of the Month for May.
The former playoff most valuable player was on a tear to begin the season, leading qualified hitters in average (.560), on-base percentage (.633), slugging percentage (1.004) and OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage, 1.637).
He also cracked out three home runs in the month of May to tie for the league lead.
Castaldo, who was dealt to Barrie from the Toronto Maple Leafs alongside Brett Lawson in exchange for Jon Waltenbury back in 2013, has been a part of all five consecutive Baycats championships between 2014-18.
He has had six multi-hit games in his first nine contests of the season as the Baycats have pulled out to a league-best 7-2 record to begin the 2019 campaign.
While putting up those impressive offensive numbers, Castaldo just struck out once in 35 plate appearances, continuing a decade-long trend wherein the former Arkansas State Red Wolves infielder has walked more times than struck out in every IBL season.
Photo courtesy of the IBL – Jordan Castaldo (right) celebrates with teammate Kyle DeGrace after hitting a home run.