Monday, October 19, 2009

Could we see SS Starlin Castro on the 2010 Roster...

Carrie Muskat writes a good article:

Starlin Castro who is 19 years old and is currently playing for Ryne Sandberg's the Tennessee Smokies. Castro was signed on October 6th in 2007 and was playing for Daytona Cubs.

Starlin Castro stats:

Starting in 2009 Castro played with Daytona Cubs and batted .302 with 3 HR, 34 RBI and 22 SB in 96 games and 358 at-bats.

Later in the season he was called up to Tennessee Smokies and batted .288 with 0 HR, 14 RBI, and 6 SB in 31 games and 111 at-bats.

As of right now Castro is playing for the Mesa Solar Sox and started on fire batting .500 with 0 HR, 3 RBI and 1 SB in 4 games and 14 at-bats.

I think Castro will get a spring invite to show what he has and will eventually need more time in the minors to mature and play better defense and also better plate discipline. The Cubs could move Theriot to 2B and put Castro at SS. Here is a look at the Cubs roster if no moves happen but there will be moves via trade and free agency and I will also have if I think they will be on the 2010 roster.

C Geovany Soto (2010)
C Koyie Hill (minors)
1B Derrek Lee (2010)

1B/OF Micah Hoffpauir (2010)
2B Mike Fontenot (traded)
utility Jeff Baker (2010)
SS Ryan Theriot (2010)
3B Aramis Ramirez (2010)
3B/OF Jake Fox (traded)
OF Alfonso Soriano (2010)
OF Kosuke Fukudome (2010)
OF Milton Bradley (traded)
OF Reed Johnson (free agency)
utility Aaron Miles (release-DFA)
SP Carlos Zambrano (2010)
SP Ted Lilly (2010)
SP Ryan Dempster (2010)
SP Randy Wells (2010)
SP Rich Harden (free agency)
Closer Carlos Marmol (2010)
RP John Grabow (2010)
RP Aaron Heilman (traded)
RP Kevin Gregg (free agency)
RP Sean Marshall (traded)
RP Tom Gorzelanny (2010)
RP Angel Guzman (2010)

On my list there are 26 players with 1 player in the minors in 2010, 5 players will get traded, 3 players leave due to free agency and 1 player gets release-DFA, so to my count that in 9 players that was on the 2009 team that will not be on the 2010 team in my opinion. That does not count trades or pickups Jim Hendry makes in the offseason. After all that and there are roster spots open, Casto could make the team if he has a good spring training and good winter ball.

As always I will keep you posted on everything Cubs.

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