A MLB rumor surfaced Thursday that the Chicago Cubs and SS Starlin Castro are negotiating a contract extension that would keep Castro in a Cubs uniform for a long time. This is not confirmed; it’s just a rumor.
Castro is only 22 years of age and is in his 3rd season at the major league level, but he has already played in two All-Star games. Castro became the youngest player in MLB history to lead the National League in hits in 2011 with 207. His numbers this season are down from a batting average and on-base percentage standpoints, but his power numbers are increasing. This season Castro is hitting .276 with 16 doubles, 8 triples, and 12 home runs. He also has 58 runs batted in and 19 stolen bases. He is on pace for his best season for triples, home runs, runs batted in, and stolen bases.
Castro’s batting numbers are great and are very likely to improve over the next few years as he develops, but what sets Castro apart is his defense. He is on pace for his best season defensively based off his double plays and his near 97% fielding rate.
I think the Cubs should lock this kid up as long as possible. It isn’t every day you can find a short stop who can field as well as Castro much less hit like him. I could see Castro having several years in his career where he hits around .300 with 20 home runs, 30 stolen bases, and several doubles and triples. His walk rate will increases a little every year as he develops, which will boost his on-base percentage.
He is a once-in-a-half-decade talent and needs to be treated like it. If the Cubs know what is best for them, they will make Castro the center piece of their team for a long time.
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