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Birth Date3-24-1990
Height6' 0"
Weight190 lbs
Age24 years, 4 months, 29 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2.12010
4.42011
3.92012
-0.02013
4.32014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 CHN 20 125 506 463 53 139 31 5 3 189 29 71 6 4 4 41 10 8 .300 .347 .408 .266 21.3 -1.7 2.1
2011 CHN 21 158 715 674 91 207 36 9 10 291 35 96 2 4 0 66 22 9 .307 .341 .432 .273 38.4 2.8 4.4
2012 CHN 22 162 691 646 78 183 29 12 14 278 36 100 4 5 0 78 25 13 .283 .323 .430 .269 37.8 -0.7 3.9
2013 CHN 23 161 705 666 59 163 34 2 10 231 30 129 7 1 1 44 9 6 .245 .284 .347 .228 4.0 -4.0 -0.0
2014 CHN 24 125 535 496 53 141 31 1 13 213 34 95 3 2 0 64 4 3 .284 .333 .429 .279 26.9 7.0 3.7
Career7313152294533483316129501202164491221652937039.283.324.408.262128.53.314.1

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2007 dcu Rk 60 253 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .325 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 CUB Rk 51 215 .296 .264 .352 .384 .266 .360 100 8.9 6.9 0.8 11.9 1.3 17.1 2.7 17.1 2.7
2009 DAY A+ 96 387 .272 .253 .327 .363 .254 .329 99 4.8 11.2 4.7 12.9 0.8 20.9 3.5 20.9 3.5
2009 TEN AA 31 122 .274 .254 .330 .380 .265 .320 93 2.3 4.5 2 1.9 -1.8 7.0 0.9 7.0 0.9
2010 CHN MLB 125 506 .266 .254 .318 .398 .263 .346 98 3.2 13.9 6.4 -1.7 0.6 21.3 2.1 21.3 2.1
2010 TEN AA 26 121 .334 .275 .352 .405 .275 .412 103 9.6 3.5 1.6 -0.2 -0.7 11.3 1.1 11.3 1.1
2011 CHN MLB 158 715 .273 .256 .318 .399 .261 .344 102 9.4 19.3 8.9 2.8 0.3 38.4 4.4 38.4 4.4
2012 CHN MLB 162 691 .269 .255 .316 .403 .260 .315 101 6.1 18.9 8.7 -0.7 1.1 37.8 3.9 37.8 3.9
2013 CHN MLB 161 705 .228 .250 .312 .385 .254 .290 104 -21.8 18.5 8.5 -4.0 0.1 4.0 -0.0 4.0 -0.0
2014 CHN MLB 125 535 .279 .252 .313 .387 .265 .328 93 9.7 13.8 6.4 7.0 -2.9 26.9 3.7 26.9 3.7

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 dcu Rk 253 47 66 6 2 2 31 23 24 13 2 .299 .372 .371 .072 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 CUB Rk 215 33 61 11 5 3 22 14 33 6 5 .311 .364 .464 .153 .296 17.1 11.9 2.7
2009 TEN AA 122 11 32 6 3 0 14 10 12 6 0 .288 .344 .396 .108 .274 7.0 1.9 0.9
2009 DAY A+ 387 45 108 17 3 3 35 19 41 22 11 .302 .338 .391 .089 .272 20.9 12.9 3.5
2010 TEN AA 121 20 41 8 5 1 20 9 11 4 5 .376 .429 .569 .193 .334 11.3 -0.2 1.1
2010 CHN MLB 506 53 139 31 5 3 41 29 71 10 8 .300 .347 .408 .108 .266 21.3 -1.7 2.1
2011 CHN MLB 715 91 207 36 9 10 66 35 96 22 9 .307 .341 .432 .125 .273 38.4 2.8 4.4
2012 CHN MLB 691 78 183 29 12 14 78 36 100 25 13 .283 .323 .430 .147 .269 37.8 -0.7 3.9
2013 CHN MLB 705 59 163 34 2 10 44 30 129 9 6 .245 .284 .347 .102 .228 4.0 -4.0 -0.0
2014 CHN MLB 535 53 141 31 1 13 64 34 95 4 3 .284 .333 .429 .145 .279 26.9 7.0 3.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2010 1808 0.5133 0.4765 0.8583 0.6153 0.3295 0.9212 0.7345 0.1370
2011 2618 0.5042 0.4866 0.8469 0.6379 0.3328 0.9335 0.6782 0.1531
2012 2373 0.4994 0.4960 0.8305 0.6498 0.3401 0.9247 0.6510 0.1695
2013 2712 0.4959 0.4740 0.8170 0.6208 0.3285 0.8898 0.6815 0.1830
2014 1993 0.4842 0.4651 0.8013 0.6425 0.2977 0.8887 0.6242 0.1987
Career115040.49920.48030.83040.63360.32670.91170.67290.1689

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-03 2014-03-29 Camp 26 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-02-28 2013-03-13 Camp 13 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-04-22 2012-04-22 DTD 0 0 Left Elbow Contusion HBP - -
2010-09-13 2010-09-15 DTD 2 2 Left Hip Soreness -
2010-06-04 2010-06-04 DTD 0 0 Right Forearm Laceration -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2020 CHN $1,000,000
2019 CHN $11,857,142
2018 CHN $10,857,143
2017 CHN $9,857,143
2016 CHN $7,857,143
2015 CHN $6,857,143
2014 CHN $5,857,143
2013 CHN $5,857,143
2012 CHN $567,000
2011 CHN $440,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$6,864,143
2011Current$5,857,143
4 yrPvs + Cur$12,721,286
6 yrFuture$48,285,714
10 yrTotal$61,007,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 150 dWasserman Media Group7 years/$60M (2013-19), 2020 option

Details
  • 7 years/$60M (2013-19), plus 2020 club option. Signed extension with Chicago Cubs 8/28/12. $6M signing bonus. 13:$5M, 14:$5M, 15:$6M, 16:$7M, 17:$9M, 18:$10M, 19:$11M, 20:$16M club option, $1M buyout. 2019 salary and 2020 option increase by $2M each with one MVP in 2013-19 or two top 5 finishes in MVP vote, 2013-19. Deal does not include no-trade protection.
  • 1 year/$0.567M (2012). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/5/12.
  • 1 year/$0.44M (2011). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Chicago Cubs 5/7/10.
  • Signed by Chicago Cubs 2006 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic. $50,000 signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .264 .316 .387 .247
11 vs R (Multi) .267 .302 .383 .242
18 Split (Multi) .003 -.014 -.005 -.005
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .226 .274 .345 .223
31 vs R (2013) .251 .288 .347 .227
38 Split (2013) .025 .014 .002 .003
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)If the mets make a trade with the cubs in the offseason, what would it take for the cubs to add wheeler and either degrom, gee, or niese? Would Castro and Vogelbach be enough? Thanks for the chat and keep up the hard work!
(Christophe Kristofferson from Chicago)
Two Zack Wheeler questions in a row; the trifecta is in play! Well I guess the Mets have a lot of pitching; I wouldn't flip one of them to get a good first baseman. Now if they look bleak at shortstop, then maybe they can peddle one of those starters for Starlin Castro to shore up the position for the next five years. (Matt Sussman)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Craig, thanks for doing this chat. I've got a fantasy trade question for you regarding a dynasty league. Would you trade Jorge Soler, Trevor Bauer, and a 2nd round pick for Starlin Castro? Honestly, I've got no clue what the 2nd round pick will end up being. It's a late 2nd rounder, and it all depends on who Yahoo adds. My team is in a complete rebuild, but SS doesn't look like it'll be filled until Carlos Correa comes up. My other prospects include Seager, but he could move to 3B, and Baez doesn't look like he'll retain SS eligibility. Chris Taylor is also there, not sure he's the answer though. What do you think? Accept or Decline?
(Fred from Vegas)
My pleasure, Fred. Thanks for coming!

I honestly think I might hold on to your side of the deal. I like Castro plenty and Shortstops are hard to come by but I think you can get by with a Chris Taylor, and Soler/Bauer still have plenty of room to grow. I think Soler contributes by early next season (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)I recently traded Wilin Rosario and Starlin Castro for Christian Yelich and a future draft pick. Good move? And in how many years does Ryan McMahon take over the catching duties in Colorado? P.S. Thank you for the chat.
(Drew from Rockford, IL)
I'm the president of the Starlin Castro fan club, but objectively I don't like this deal too much. I think Castro has more value than Yelich short and long term. Don't think McMahon catches in Colorado, really like his profile however. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)Would you trade Jose Fernandez and Maikel Franco for Starlin Castro and Miguel Sano in a dynasty? Which side is getting better value? Little afraid I'm selling Fernandez at a low here with his TJS. My SS is Rutledge, and I'm in a complete rebuild. Really appreciate any help as I have no clue what to do. Thanks in advance Mauricio.
(Christian from North Pole)
No, I think you can get better value for Jose Fernandez if you're intent on moving him. I'm the president of the Starlin Castro fanclub and all but he's not on that level, even given the injury discount. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)About two weeks I traded Starlin Castro straight up for Homer Bailey in a keeper league, r8
(Hugh Jass from Butte)
I think you lost that trade. Sorry Mr. Jass. (Ben Carsley)
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)10-team re-draft: GIVE Jose Reyes and Jason Heyward to GET Starlin Castro and Nelson Cruz?
(Mike from Newtown)
I PREFER Castro and Cruz in a redraft, as much as I loveeee Heyward. (Ben Carsley)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)Trying to make a deal for a SS in deep league as I'm currently rolling Cozart out there. Who would be your targets? (have the resources to reach all the way to top if needed, but also looking for the elusive upside value as well.)
(LoyalRoyal from LV, KS)
I'd try to see if the Starlin Castro owner in your league is looking to "sell high". (Bret Sayre)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)16 team dynasty league...I received a Sonny Gray for Starlin Castro deal(I'd be the one getting Gray). I already own Jean Segura. I gotta take this, right?
(Sick Rutcliffe from CA)
Yes, I was late to the Gray party but I prefer him to Castro, especially if you already own a better shortstop. (Ben Carsley)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)Also would like to thank you and the TINO guys as I grabbed Starlin Castro in my draft and hedged with Chris Owings in my supplemental draft due to your podcast I've got a nice backup for Starlin Castro-phe
(Dan from Pittsburgh)
I (and we) appreciate the kind words. If you (or anyone else - anyone? Bueller?) likes the pod, a rating and review on iTunes can go a long way. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather have for this year only, S. Castro or X Bogaerts?
(Walker from Ohio)
This year only I'll go with Starlin Castro (Sorry Ben).

Xander will be the better player when it's all said and done, though. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Given my questionable defense and Starlin Castro's presence, I'm going to end up at 2B or 3B (most likely). Which one do you see me at?
(Javier Baez from Fast Track to Wrigley)
I see third base more likely than second base. (Ronit Shah)
2014-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)IF you were Theo Epstien, would you see if you could use a Baez-led package to acquire Giancarlo Stanton and extend him? The Cubs have Starlin Castro locked up until 2020(he'll only be 30). And the Cubs also have to prospects/money for Stanton.
(NightmareRec0n from Boston)
Probably not—if only because I likely wouldn't be sold that Castro was my guy just yet and I'd like to see how he responds to Rick Renteria before I trade Baez for anyone. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Javier Baez makes his MLB debut on _____, playing ______.
(Paul from DC)
Do you mean on, as in when? Because I’m tempted to respond with “on a Harley playing the banjo” just for the mental picture. I wouldn’t be surprised to see in Chicago by the end of the season. They’re going to leave him at short for the time being, but if the Cubs want him in the majors this fall, they’ll have to make a mid-season decision on Starlin Castro. Maybe they’re hoping Castro gets off to a hot start and brings his value back up so they can trade him, I don’t know. I don’t see Baez as a SS, so even if he plays there some, I think he ends up elsewhere. Maybe the second blank is second base? (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Starlin Castro going forward? Further growth or is basically Erick Aybar?
(DS from LA)
I still think Castro can be a fine player and I hope he'll get back to what made him successful in the first place. Something went wrong last year, whether it was what he was trying to do or what the organization wanted him to do, but in the end, he has to be himself and play ball. He's incredibly gifted as a ball player. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Starlin Castro will rebound to his previous level as a hitter?
(Mike from Chicago)
If he's allowed to return to the type of player he is and not the type of player they seem to want him to be. He's an aggressive, reactionary hitter. That's who he is. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)thoughts on Starlin Castro having a rebound year? How's his outlook in dynasty formats?
(ZZB from Californ-i-a)
I think he does bounce back and hits around .300 in 2014. We may have to wait a little bit longer for the power to come in though. (Bret Sayre)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's wrong with Starlin Castro?
(JonKneeV from Indianapolis)
Thinking too much. He's a natural hitter. He just needs to return to the comfort and confidence he once had. (Jason Parks)
2013-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Matt, thanks for chatting. I love following along with these things while I pretend to work. Do you expect Starlin Castro to turn things around next year. I never would have expected him to fall off so badly this year. Between Castro and Rizzo it seems like some development is still needed.
(Nate from IND)
Glad to chat, Nate. Thanks for the question and WATCH OUT HERE COMES YOUR BOSS!

Phew...

I do expect Castro to get better, but how much better is really the key, right? He's really had a brutal season in all respects (well, he's been hit by more pitches, "so that's something" <- my phrase of the day, apparently). If he can repeat his 2012 season in perpetuity the Cubs will be thrilled and I think that's possible.

I do like Rizzo a lot. I was at a game in Boston when he was with the Padres and there was a long rain delay and he came out of the dugout (in the rain) and signed autographs and chatted with kids along the baseline for like 20 minutes. I also like his skills and though he's been dealt a billion times already, he's still quite young (only 23 this season), so there is potential for growth. I guess you could say I'm optimistic on both players, but I don't think either is a superstar. (Matthew Kory)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a points (basically R + H + TB + RBI + 2*SB - K) keeper league with salary appreciation. I've got Starlin Castro for a good price if he ever turns it back around, but I'm looking to compete this year. WW has Iglesias, Rutledge, Gregorius, Aybar, and Alcides Escobar. Should I try to trade for Reyes or Zobrist, pick up one of the WW guys (which one?), or just stick with Castro and find a different position to worry about?
(ravenight from Boston)
None of the waiver guys jump out as musts. If it's your weakest position, then I don't mind the idea of looking into trades, but don't get too narrowly focused on fixing SS and end up hurting other positions. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)How long until Starlin Castro gets real hot and bounces out of this slump?
(jharrison3 from Illinois)
The talent is certainly there, so I don't think it'll be too long. He's a big part of the Cubs' future, and I'd expect them to let him work his way out it, however long it takes. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)I've got five shortstops born over the course of six months, September 1989-March 1990. Take contract status out, but considering all else, how do you rank them for the short and the long term? Andrelton Simmons, Ruben Tejada, Didi Gregorius, Jean Segura, Starlin Castro.
(Matt Trueblood from Fridley, MN)
Short: Castro, Segura, Gregorius, Simmons, Tejada
Long: Castro, Segura, Simmons, Gregorius, Tejada (Sam Miller)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)What is Starlin Castro's ceiling? MVP candidate or solid regular? 20 HRs? or Elvis Andrus with less range?
(gary from Indiana)
Probably around MVP candidate. You look at the history of guys who were able to hit as well as he did at such a young age and many of them went on to Hall of Fame or otherwise great careers. I know last year felt like a step back and this year hasn't included a great leap, but he's still insanely talented and young. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)14 team dynasty league. Who wins long term? Wieters and Starlin Castro for Yadier Molina and Andrus?
(Carl from MD)
I'm not sure either side loses. Both sides get a lot of talent. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-03-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)5x5 10 team keeper league. Lineup is 14 Sticks, 9 Arms, have 4 Bench Spots, no DL. I am keeping Encarnacion at 1B, and have to decide between keeping of the 3: Starlin Castro, Eric Hosmer and Paul Goldschmidt. If I go all 1B, then my 1B, CI and Util are filled before the draft starts. So maybe the question is... Hosmer or Goldy?
(sergeantegnew from NYC)
The question should be Hos or Goldy, I agree. Goldy seems like more of 'sure thing' but I think you could argue Hosmer based on upside. I guess it will come down to the relative cost and if you need production now or in 2-3 years. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-03-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Harry... welcome to your inaugural chat! Who are three hitters and three pitchers you expect to breakout this year (or really build on last year's performance).
(Sexy Rexy from New York)
that's a tough question, I haven't prepped for my fantasy drafts yet....Samardzija and Matusz where my picks last year, and I was 1 for 2. I think both will progress again. Mike Leake is this year's new pick. I'm hearing good stuff about Max Scherzer FWIW. At the plate, wow, let's see. Starlin Castro although I may be biased is one. Cespedes could be a superstar this year. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Why the big love in the industry for Starlin Castro? He looks way overvalued on his ADP especially in comparison to Ian Desmond who's going way later.
(Mike from France)
He's 23 years old and has shown gradual improvement in his ISO the last three years. He's never going to be a 30 HR guy, but a 25/25 peak isn't out of the question. Desmond is solid, but his HR/FB% was really high and his AVG isn't supported by his BABIP. Desmond is OK but I expect some regression. FWIW, not EVERYONE in the industry hates Desmond; he went for $28 to Nando Di Fino of CBS Sports in yesterday's CBS Sports NL-only Analyst league auction...or the same price as Castro. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)I offered Starlin Castro, Ian Kennedy, Glen Perkins and Gary Brown for Adam Jones, Billy Hamilton, and Michael Pineda in 20-team dynasty. The leagues uses LF/CF/RF over OF, and has deep pitching requirements. The manager I proposed this to has McCutchen in CF, Jones is his DH. He has nobody at SS currently (my backup is Segura). He proposes back Robinson Cano, Starlin Castro, and Ian Kennedy for Adam Jones, Neil Walker, Jason Vargas, and Michael Pineda. I'm not off my game when I say this guy is one suit short of a full deck, am I?
(Louis from Glendale)
I'd trade one of my kids before I traded away Billy Hamilton in a league. For him to take Hamilton out of the deal and ask you to throw in Cano is rather entertaining. Who does he think you are, Jeff Loria? (Jason Collette)
2013-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Starlin Castro will outperform PECOTA's projections for him? The system can't see the changes he made at the plate with his discipline and I feel like that could lead to better numbers than what were projected.
(jharrison3 from Illinois)
Always makes sense to keep in mind factors that the system can't see, though there's a risk to that, too--some of them can be deceptive. If pressed to take the over or under on PECOTA's projected .268 TAv for Castro, I'd take the over. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I really need a SS and could use upgrades at SP. I own Andrew McCutchen in a league that uses LF/CF/RF. I have been offered Starlin Castro, Ian Kennedy, and Glen Perkins (closer for Min.) for Adam Jones, Billy Hamilton, and Michael Pineda. Should I take this deal?
(Donald from Chicago)
It sounds like you're going for 2013 and this deal really aids your 2013 run so I'm on board with it. Tough to give up that potential of Hamilton, but Castro is a blossoming stud in his own right and I've always like Kennedy. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Starlin Castro's numbers will be better than PECOTA projects them? Obviously the system can't take into account that he made a change in his approach at the plate last year and I wondered if it was reasonable to assume the numbers would be better? Thanks!
(Jacob from Work)
It's not unreasonable. He's still very young so we could still see some up & down spikes before he settles. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt, thanks for the chat! What do you expect from Starlin Castro this year? Does he have the potential to hit 20 bombs and steal 20 bases? And maybe eventually hit 25 in his prime?
(Brett from NY)
Hey Brett, thanks for the question. I love doing these chats. This is the best.

It's hard to believe Castro will be just 23 this season. It seems like he's been around longer. It's tough to say a guy who hit 14 homers last year at age 22 can't hit 20 in the majors at some point, so yeah, I'd say I'm sure he can at some point in the future. He's the real deal and the Cubs won't need to look for a shortstop likely through his option year in 2020. (Matthew Kory)
2013-01-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)Other than Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, is there really anything worth a look when it comes to the Cubs upcoming season? Do you believe "The Scrabble Ace" will continue to be dominant or should the Cubs look to sell-high on him soon?
(jlarsen from chicago)
Don't think anything about Samardzija's season screamed "fluke," so I don't see why he couldn't be that good again. The Cubs have a strong rotation, so that seems like something worth watching. Fujikawa could be fun. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-11-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Starlin Castro for Giancarlo Stanton straight up...who says no more emphatically?
(Nick from South Dakota)
The Marlins. Starlin Castro makes money. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-11-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)in fantasy dynasty league would you trade jose bautista for starlin castro, given the fact that i have stanton and probably belt also in right
(temple from madison wi)
If I had the chance to acquire Starlin Castro, even for someone like Joey Bats, then yes, I'd have to seriously consider that. Especially if I've got Stanton. (Ian Miller)
2012-08-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you expect Starlin Castro to switch positions any time soon? If so, when and to where?
(sitdancer from DC)
The Cubs are popular today.

I do believe Castro will change positions within the next three years. Ideally, you would slide Castro to center field and be done with it. The problem is he doesn’t seem to profile well out there. That leaves third base or second base as the most likely locations. You’d like to think at least one of Josh Vitters and Christian Villanueva will develop, so I would guess Castro winds up at second base. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-07-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking ahead, who are your Top 5 SS for next season? (And, if you feel like it, Top 5 CF as well)
(sitdancer from DC)
Right now, I'd rank the shortstops
1- Troy Tulowitzki
2- Jose Reyes
3- Starlin Castro
4- Elvis Andrus
5- Ian Desmond

I struggled to rank 3-5, and an argument could be made for shuffling them up in any order. Hanley Ramirez could throw a wrench into these rankings if he sees time at SS in Dee Gordon's absence. As for the CF position, I'm much less comfortable ranking them at the moment. Matt Kemp has missed time due to injury, as has Jacoby Ellsbury. Josh Hamilton has been streaky as hell, and I just want to see a bit more from others. As it stands, though, my top 3 would be Trout, Kemp, McCutchen in that order. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-06-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think that some of the Starlin Castro criticism has been overhyped? I think there remains significant upside to his game, particularly on offense.
(Matt from Chicago)
Absolutely. Again, this kid is 22 years old (and is in a foreign country!). He's doing plenty well, even with his occasional struggles. It's only massive scrutiny and expectations that make us disappointed. We need to look past that. (Larry Granillo)
2012-06-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Apologies in advance for the open-ended question, but what are your long-term impressions of Starlin Castro?
(KRS from Loop)
I hate when I click on a question and then realized I need to give it some thought.

I love Castro as a hitter, and I think he's going to grow into a real, real power threat. I don't mean this comp to be too literal, but I wouldn't put Alfonso Soriano's 20s beyond him. I'd like to see him playing on a good team. With no insight into his mind or personality or anything of the sort, I do wonder whether it's boring for a 22-year-old to be a regular shortstop on a bad team three years in a row. (Sam Miller)
2012-06-05 16:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin, good to chat with The King again, been awhile. Thanks for all your good work. Having spent time with The Fielding Bible(s) this past year, I wonder how do teams factor in defense in the draft. For example you have someone like Starlin Castro who has a terrific bat but you have to wonder will he ever be good enough a defender to start an allstar game? In this draft, who fell because most teams could not see a guy playing a difficult position?
(gejerz from Chicago)
Probably Richie Shaffer, who is the best college hitter, but might not be able to play anywhere but 1B. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Keep five 5x5 roto league where keepers can be kept indefinitely and appreciate at two rounds per year: Hosmer (12), Shields (23), Starlin Castro (19), A. Cabrera (19), Napoli (14), Trout (12), Ike Davis (19), Hanson (12). I'll let Stanton, McCutchen, and Longoria go and get them back in the draft, as no one else has a top three pick. Leaning Hosmer, Castro, Cabrera, and Shields. What do you think, and who for the fifth?
(Ian from SC)
Great options there. Shields and Castro are musts. I think I also go Asdrubal (and trade him right away - or better yet, trade him before keeper selections are due if possible). Even if you can't trade him, still probably worth it there. Then I go Napoli and Davis. I like Hosmer, but not as much as the other guys at that price. (Derek Carty)
2011-08-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason, not a .9er but I don't think there's a podcast out there I enjoy more. But you need to get Jorge on again to either defend himself or just take those licks live. Starlin Castro has put a few doubles over the fence the last week; sign of things to come? What would you project the power to? Thanks for everything.
(WisconsinRob from Madison)
Jorge will no doubt ride the podcast horse again. Castro will develop more power as he matures, but I don't expect crazy production in that department. I love his swing. He has one of the best hit tools in the game. (Jason Parks)
2011-04-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ok, this Cub team isn't all that exciting to watch. Coming out of the gates and displaying their mediocrity in mediocre fashion. But when can I get incredibly excited about Starlin Castro's start? Now? Am I late already? Should I wait a month? I need something to overhype and he seems to be all I got.
(HypedUp Cub Fan from Chicago)
Especially since they're displaying their mediocrity in mediocre fashion against some pretty lousy teams. Hype up Castro all you want -- he's all we've got. Seriously, can you get excited over Marlon Byrd? Darwin Barney? Marcos Mateo? Castro just hits and hits and hits, and he's risen to every challenge he's been given. I've grown to love the kid, and it's a shameless, probably eventually self-defeating love, but I've thrown myself into it. Feel free to join me. (Ken Funck)
2011-04-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Starlin Castro gets ___ hits this season.
(Guancous from Silver Spring, MD)
327. It's a love that lasts forever, it's a love that has no past. Don't let me down, Starlin! (Ken Funck)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can the cubs move up to 4th place this year? Outside shot at third and a .500 record?
(Cynic from Wrigleyville)
Sure they can, PECOTA has them at 80 wins, a game back of the Reds. Pena and Garza should add a few wins. Starlin Castro will continue to progress. More playing time for Soto. Plus Carlos Silva! (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Expectations for Freddie Freeman this year? For beyond this year?
(OklahomaBrave from Baton Rouge)
Freeman is a big guy but not a big power hitter so I could see something in the .285, 16-18 HR range this year, eventually turning into a .900 OPS guy based on a high average, a lot of doubles, and 20-22 or so homers. Stats-wise I don't see a superstar, but like with Starlin Castro, let's not forget he's only 21 years old so there' still plenty of time for growth. (Cory Schwartz)
2011-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Professor - I know the minor league SS ranks are a bit thin, but what about the guys who have already been promoted? Who out of this group do you like to have the best MLB career - Starlin Castro, Elvis Andrus, Alcides Escobar or Reid Brignac?
(bretsayre from nj)
Best career: Overall, I'll say Andrus. I don't think Castro stays at SS or he would be my choice. (Jason Parks)
2011-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason Heyward, Mike Stanton and Starlin Castro all played last year at age 20. Has there ever been a year when that many 20-year-olds did as well in the majors as those three? Of the players who've done that in the past, have most ended up in Cooperstown?
(Rex Little from Big Bear, CA)
Restricting our inquiry to hitters who had at least 200 PAs, last year had four: the ones you mention plus Ruben Tejada. Years with four 20 year-old hitters aren't so rare (e.g. 1976, 1970), but the only year in recent memory with MORE 20 year-old hitters is 1964. That year, Ed Kranepool, Rusty Staub, Tony Conigliaro, Derrell Griffith, Ed Kirkpatrick, and Terry Jones all played their age-20 seasons. As best I can tell, that (6) is the record. (Tommy Bennett)
2011-02-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)What type of peak-year production can we expect out of Starlin Castro?
(Matt from Chicago)
Peak? Solid (if unspectactular) defense at short, and maybe .320/.370/.430. (Ken Funck)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite players to watch this season? Who ya rootin' for?
(Goo Goo the Cat from Prowlin' Around, PA)
Rooting for? Well, I suppose I'm no supposed to root for players, but c'mon, how can you help it? I'm hoping to see John Danks bust out and get the sort of attention he deserves, and for Gordon Beckham to put everything together and be the star we thought he'd be. I want to see Wandy Rodriguez deliver that back half over a full season. I'm looking forward to seeing Carlos Zambrano get back to being in the news for his pitching. I'm wondering if Andy LaRoche puts up more WARP than any other NRI in anybody's camp if he can win the A's job at third base. I want to see Jim Thome's 600th career home run in person. I want to enjoy a full season of Starlin Castro at shortstop, having had to spend too much time away from Chicago last summer. I want to see what Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison do for the Fish, since that's about as entertaining a tandem of hitting prospects of similar vintage on any team anywhere. That's a few, but there are more. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is a peak yr triple slash line for Starlin Castro?
(Matt from Chicago)
What am I, Zoltar from "Big"? +1 for timely topical references! The dude has played one year. I've always said peak Renteria would be a good comp, if that helps. (Eric Seidman)
2010-11-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Starlin Castro (2010) = Edgar Renteria (1996). You buying that comp?
(Scrapper from Chicago)
No. Hate it, actually. I don't think Castro stays at SS long-term, first of all. Plus Castro will turn into more of an offensive player with some power. Bad, bad comp. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What type of ceiling do you see for Starlin Castro?
(Matt from Chicago)
In a few years he’ll be able to afford whatever type of ceiling he wants – tin, mahogany, mother-of-pearl, his choice. He’s not going to develop Hanley-esque power, won’t steal plenty of bases, and isn’t a superlative shortstop. However, the kid can flat-out hit, and should maintain enough of an average to keep his OBP acceptable. In this day and age, when Cesar Izturis still has a job and Ryan Theriot is viewed as a SS upgrade by a contender, he’s got a well-rounded skill-set that will soon be worth millions. Peak of Edgar Renteria, maybe? (Ken Funck)
2010-11-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)What type of peak year production do you see out of Starlin Castro? Does he stick at SS?
(Matt from Chicago)
His bat might not stick too well anywhere else. I'm not sure he hits .300 again given his very high BABIP in 2010. Seems like he should stick around at SS to me, though. He's probably more likely to get better than worse, and he was good enough this year even with some BABIP luck. (Matt Swartz)
2010-11-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What type of offensive performer do you see Starlin Castro evolving into and how soon?
(Matt from Chicago)
Maybe a Furcal-type, starting as soon as next season. I really like Castro. (Eric Seidman)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have Starlin Castro($3) and Elvis Andrus($9) in a keeper league and can only keep one, would you keep one over the other or neither?
(Mike from Chicago)
Starlin Castro every day, Mike. I have a giant fantasy crush on Castro, and was psyched when someone dealt him to me on a team I am rebuilding. He's 20 years old and has shown a ton of ability at the plate--I expect some more growth out of him. Rob McQuown and I have had this conversation a lot, but he reminds us of Rafael Furcal in a lot of ways (except Castro is at this point actually as young as he says he is) (Marc Normandin)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jay, I may be too late to respond, but YES I was talking only in the NL. It seems they have a ton this season with: Heyward, Posey, Logan Morrison, Stanton, Starlin Castro, Pedro Alvarez, Tabata, Strasburg, Chapman, Mike Minor, Leake, Ike Davis... all in the National League.
(Bobby from New York)
Ah, got it. That's a tough question for another day - there's a lot to like there, but we've already got less reason to be excited about Ike Davis, for one. What really matters is how these guys develop beyond year one, anyway. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-08-20 15:30:00 (link to chat)Have Starlin Castro 's first 350 MLB pa changed your opinion of his ceiling at all? He's obviously playing over his head some, but how much?
(henry from NYC)
Not much at all. I've seen him a lot and man, he can really hit. I'm a believer, and I think there's going to be a little bit of power there as well. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-08-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)As fan, what do you is Starlin Castro's future? His ceiling? Is that higher or lower than you would project as an analyst?
(Stu from Here)
It's been a lot of fun as a Cubs fan to watch Castro. To be honest, I've been really surprised with how well he's hit. His minor league numbers were impressive, but hardly this impressive. Long term, the question is how long he can stick at SS (the aging curve for defense isn't so much a curve as a slope) and how his power develops. (Colin Wyers)
2010-06-23 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Colin! Is Starlin Castro going to be the first homegrown legitimate star position player for the Cubs since Appetite for Destruction was topping the charts?
(David Geiser from State College, PA)
He has a real chance at being the first one that isn't for some baffling reason stuck being the short side of a platoon with Koyie Hill. (Colin Wyers)
2010-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)I know it's a small sample, but as a Cub fan I don't understand what to do when Starlin Castro comes up and outperforms the hype for even a little while. Cub prospects are supposed to fail, doesn't he know this?
(Mike from Chicago)
Maybe the memo doesn't get published in Spanish? I figure it's just fun to watch. Yes, he's raw in some of the same ways that Dunston was at the beginning, but we'll see how much more comes of his initial campaign. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What have you been hearing from scouts about Starlin Castro?
(Matt from Chicago)
Like a lot of young kids without much experience in the high minors, he is learning to adjust to the speed of the game at the major-league level. However, all agree he is very talented and that, in time, he'll be an above-average big-leaguer. (John Perrotto)


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