The accolades keep on rolling in for Cubs minor league shortstop Starlin Castro. The 19-year old is ranked 22nd on MLB.com’s Top 50 Prospects list. WOW!
We knew this kid was good, but at 19, for him to be ranked as high as 22 is pretty damn impressive. Castro clearly has a very bright future with the Chicago Cubs organization.
Castro excelled in the Arizona Fall League this past October, playing with minor league players with a lot more experience than him. He finished 6th in the AFL with a .376 batting average. This after at shining at Class-A Daytona and then helping the Double-A Tennessee qualify for the playoffs during the 2nd half of the baseball season. Castro will likely be the Cubs starting shortstop for years to come once he is ready to make the big leap to the major leagues. How soon will that be? It’s a little hard to say, but development personnel within the Cubs organization think it could happen very soon. The director of player development Oneri Fleita had this to say about Castro’s quick development: “I haven’t had a player go through the system who has done what he’s done… He’s certainly surpassed any expectations we’ve had. To finish at Double-A and get a chance to play in the playoffs – — and he contributed to them winning… It seems like it takes some guys a year before we see any gains. We’re seeing gains in Castro weekly, monthly, if not daily. Who knows?” Gotta like that assessment of the youngster.
It’s finally nice to have a “can’t miss” prospect being grown within the Cubs organization. It seems like it’s been a while since that’s been the case. Let’s just hope he stays healthy and keeps maturing and progressing. Maybe we’ll see him at Wrigley Field in 2011?