Castro Heating Up for Maple Leafs

by Carlos Verde

TORONTO - After the Toronto Maple Leafs 20-4 beatdown over the Barrie Baycats on Wednesday, Carlos Verde from the Maple Leafs media team spoke to starting pitcher Angel Castro, who allowed only two runs in six innings of work in his best start yet as a Maple Leaf.

(Parts of this interview, conducted by Verde, has been translated from Spanish.)

Castro: I felt good out there, I felt good throwing for strikes. As somebody who played a lot of baseball as a professional, I'm somebody who is motivated to pitch well. I came in hungry to pitch against them, and thank God things turned out well.

CV: You've been in Canada a number of weeks now, this was your fourth start. What are your initial impressions of life in our country and the squad with the Leafs?

AC: We're still getting warmed up. It's a new country, a new league. You have to get used to the climate -- you don't know immediately how the air will change your pitches. That's starting to come, thankfully I'm beginning to control my stuff better. 

I'm going to continue to focus on throwing strikes and getting comfortable, and we're going to keep working as a team to try and bring home a championship.

CV: Lastly Angel, who is your favourite teammate here early on in your debut season with the Leafs?

AC: Dustin Richardson! He played with me in the Aguilas Cibaeñas, a long time ago in the Dominican Republic, that's my favourite player

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