With the emergence of top shortstop prospect Starlin Castro, rumors are swirling that Ryan Theriot could move to 2nd base to make room for Castro at shortstop. Theriot did play 2nd base at the major league during the 2007 MLB season. Theriot played 37 games at 2nd base that season.
I find it hard to believe that the 19-year old Castro is ready to make the jump to the big leagues already. Castro split time at Class-A and Double-A in 2009 and also played in the Arizona Fall League this October/November. Although he has risen through the Cubs minor league ranks very quickly, I think it would be a good idea to keep this guy in the minors for at least another season.
Jeff Baker and Mike Fontenot are both arbitration-eligible and hopefully GM Jim Hendry can figure out a way to keep both players on the roster in 2010. They can platoon, or one of them can be a consistent bench player, and then we can look to 2011 to bring up the Castro sensation.
On a positive note, at least Theriot seems willing to make the switch to 2nd base if the organization asks him to. He has already started working on 2nd base drills and seems ready to move over to 2nd base if the Cubs think that Castro is ready to make the jump to the bigs. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything further…