Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Shortstop Finally Locked Down on the North Side

Starlin Castro appears to be the shortstop that the Cubs have been searching for. The 21-year old second year pro, in his first full season, is still going through some growing pains defensively but has stayed consistent at the plate. Shortstop is a very important position for a good club. They Cubs have had a revolving door there as of late. Let us take a look at the Cubs shortstops of recent years and see how they fared compared to Castro's stats.

  • 2010-2011- Starlin Castro, .308 AVG

  • 2009- Ryan Theriot, .284 AVG

  • 2008- Theriot, .307 AVG

  • 2007- Theriot, .266 AVG

  • Backup/ sometimes starter '05-'08- Ronny Cedeno: .243 career hitter

  • 2006- Cesar Izturis, .246 AVG

  • 2005- Nomar Garciaparra, .283 AVG

  • 2004- Alex S. Gonzalez- .217 AVG

  • 2003- Alex S. Gonzalez- .228 AVG

The point being, Castro has a chance to be the best Cubs shortstop since Ernie Banks. The Cubs middle infield of Castro and Darwin Barney is something that you could build a team around. Potentially, here is what the Cubs lineup could look like in 2013.

  • 1. Tony Campana, CF

  • 2. Darwin Barney, 2B

  • 3. Starlin Castro, SS

  • 4. Brett Jackson, RF

  • 5. Geovany Soto, C

  • 6. Josh Vitters, 3B

  • 7. Alfonso Soriano, LF

  • 8. Free Agent Signing, 1B

The pitching staff-

1. Andrew Cashner

2. Chris Carpenter

3. Jay Jackson

4. Randy Wells

5. Matt Garza

Closer: Carlos Marmol

Can this team win? The Cubsh have shortstop and second base figured out long term, now they just need to develop pitching and more hitters!

1 comment:

  1. I agree with your opinion of Castro, spent two days at Wrigley against the Yanks and he was fun to watch. Great future within his grasp. I think a mentor on the cheap would be a smart move for the Cubs. Sign Chris Woodward to back him up and teach him the finer points of playing short in the bigs. Woodward can be had for the minimum freeing up dough to spend on Castro in the near future. Win-win.