Ricky Castro

Ricky Castro

As Ricky Castro enters his senior season pitching for Purdue University Baseball, he has high hopes for his performance on the mound and for his work within the Department of Health and Kinesiology.

Castro said his goal is to be selected for the 2022 or 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft while cultivating his skills for a future career as a physical therapist or athletic trainer.

The righthander from Naperville, Illinois, is fresh from playing summer ball and is looking forward to striking out the competition when the Purdue Baseball season starts in February. This fall, Castro and his teammates will hold public scrimmages and exhibition games at Alexander Field.

What made you choose Health and Kinesiology for your major?

I’ve just been involved in sports my entire life, always had a passion for them, and exercise and fitness came along with that. Looking at that more and studying it allows me to apply that to my passion for baseball.

What aspects of the Health and Kinesiology curriculum has interested you the most so far?

The sports medicine path or player development. Those two options could include job shadowing a physical therapist or someone who develops athletes in the gym.

How has your time on the baseball team been and how does this season look?

All of the new guys coming in got on the roll right away. All super great guys and they’re all just working hard, keeping their heads down and just taking one day at a time. I’m excited to see what unfolds in the spring.

What is your proudest Purdue accomplishment thus far?

I was Academic All-Big Ten the past two years. I just think that’s really important because you can’t be successful in one area (athletics) without the other (academics). Being able to balance those things out is pretty important to me. And hopefully 2022 Big Ten champs will be the next accomplishment.

What are your plans for after you graduate?

This June, there is the MLB Draft. Hopefully I’m selected in that. If that doesn’t turn out, I still have another year of eligibility for baseball due to COVID and that season (2020) being cancelled. I’m looking forward to hopefully playing another year here or wherever it may take me and get a head start on grad school.

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you and what do you think is important for people to know about it?

It’s important to recognize the Hispanic culture that’s been brought into the United States and everything it’s influenced, whether it’s food, holidays or music. I think it’s really important to appreciate all of it.

Written by: Tim Brouk, tbrouk@purdue.edu