Starlin Castro – Cubs Shortstop Star of the Future

Posted on 07 October 2010 by Lou

Starlin Castro’s performance during the 2010 MLB season certainly lived up to the hype.  In the 2nd to last game of the season, Starlin Castro went 2 for 3 to raise his batting average from .298 to .300 in the Cubs 8-3 win over the Houston Astros.  Manager Mike Quade opted to sit Castro in the Cubs final game of the season that Sunday so that Castro could finish the season with a .300 batting average.  Quade had this to say about his move — “I loved watching it and loved watching him perform.  I’d made up my mind that if he does it and gets to .300, and I don’t care if we play 15 innings, and he comes out of it at .300, I’ll stick to my original lineup and let Darwin Barney play shortstop today.  Castro earned his yesterday.”

Castro’s .300 batting average was good for 10th in the NL in hitting.  Castro also became the 1st Cubs rookie to hit at least .300 for the season since Bill Matlock hit .313 way back in 1974.  Castro had 139 hits in only 463 at-bats.  He also had a .347 on-base percentage.  He had 31 doubles and scored 53 runs while driving in 41.  He’ll have to work on his patience at the plate a little – he walked only 29 times while striking out 71 times, but other than that, you can’t really complain too much about how the 20-year old played during the course of the long, frustrating season on the north side…

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