Starlin Castro is on the fast track to the major leagues. At the ripe young age of 19, the Cubs want to take it slow with Castro. But Castro is playing so well in the minor leagues, he is making it very difficult for GM Jim Hendry and Manager Lou Pinella not to be too giddy about the prospects of Castro playing at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field very soon.
During the 2008 MLB season, Castro played at both Class A (.302 batting average) and Double A (2.88 batting average). The Cubs felt that he handled the progression so easily that he was ready for the Arizona Fall League. The AFL showcases some of the best prospects from just about every club, so for Castro to be there this soon, you have to be impressed. Castro is the youngest player in the AFL and he started off the 1st week of the season with a .500 batting average.
Cubs minor league infield coordinator Franklin Font had this to say about Castro – “He’s one of those special players in baseball.”
Cubs player development director Oneri Fleita heaped even more praise on Castro: “I haven’t had a player go through the system who has done what he’s done… I think we would have been happy if he hit .250 in Daytona. He’s certainly surpassed any expectations we’ve had. To finish at Double-A and get a chance to play in the [Southern League] playoffs – and he contributed to them winning.
Get ready Cubs fans – Castro could be pushing current shortstop Ryan Theriot to 2nd base if he continues to develop like he has so far…