ALTOONA, Pa. - Righty reliever Christian Castorri (2005-06) continues to work his way through the minor league system for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and is now the highest active former Bobcat, playing with the Double-A Altoona Curve.
He started the season with Altoona and was sent down after some injuries cleared up at the levels above. At Class-A Lynchburg, he went 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 23.2 innings, earning the call-up June 28.
Since the recall, he's made six appearances, allowing runs in just two of them. Overall, he's 0-1 with a 6.20 ERA in his 20 1/3 total innings at Altoona, including a pair of saves. He most recently came in to get the final out of the seventh against Harrisburg July 5, preserving the 2-2 tie in a game the Curve won 3-2 in the 10th.
The Thomasville, Ga. native played two seasons at GCSU, going 9-4 over his career. He posted a 7-3 mark with a 2.97 ERA over 18 appearances in 2006, leading the team in complete games with three.
"I chose GCSU for the winning program and quality college life," Castorri said in an interview before the season. "The baseball and life lessons I learned from the coaching staff absolutely helped elevate me to the next level and prove to be valuable everyday. I came in not knowing anyone at GCSU and left with a new family."