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The Top 20 Cubs Prospects - #11 Starlin Castro

 

#11 Starlin Castro

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Prospect #11 Starlin Castro

Don't worry.  If Starlin ever reaches the majors, I will have photoshop ready to put him in a green military uniform with a honkingly big cigar sticking out of his mouth, despite the fact that Mr. Castro is Dominican, on account of how I'm a hack.

Speaking of hacking - and great segues - Starlin Castro swings the bat well for a kid 3 years away from being able to legally buy beer.  In 51 games and 196 at bats last year, Castro batted .311, had an OBP of .364, and he even hit 11 doubles, 5 triples, and 3 homeruns.  Additionally, the youngster can play many positions - he played 20 at second base, 21 at shortstop, 5 at third, and he even spent a game in the outfield last year.

Cubs scouting director Tim Wilken feels that Castro will be an All Star someday.  He projects the intriguing* young shortstop as having above average power potential, baserunning abilities, and defense.

(*"intriguing" is a word used a lot by talent analyists.  It means "damn, he's young, he's done nothing to prove that he can do it against more talented players, but I sure as heck like what I saw from him last year!  Woooo doggy!")

Scouting Report

Maybe he`s all of those things.  Here`s what we project:

  • At 6' tall and only 150 pounds, and a an 18-year-old, Castro has room to grow in both directions.  Could be a guy with power and speed
  • Defensively versatile, but will likely wind up at short or send base
  • 14 walks in 196 at bats is not a bad start, but needs to work on discipline a little more

Summary

Wouldn't it be nice if he shocked us all and became an A-Rod type player?  What's more likely is that Castro has the potential to develop into an average batter who hits 15-20 homers, steals 15-20 bases, and gloves the ball with enthusiasm and grace.

Rating: B/B+
Odds of reaching the Majors =
The Cubs acquire the lefty hitter they've been looking to grab.  (AKA too early to tell)
Odds of becoming a successful player at the Major League Level = When I close my eyes tonight, I fall asleep within 5 minutes.  (Also too early to tell)

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