Starlin Castro who is 19 years old is on a fast track to the majors. Castro is a SS is said to be an above defender with an above arm according to multiple scouts. A scout called him a younger version of Florida Marlins star SS Hanley Ramirez with less power. You will see more of him for the next month as he receive a non-roster invitation to spring training.
He was playing ball all winter in the Arizona Fall League and Domincan Winter League.
In the AFL he had a .376 batting average that led all players with 1hr (he hit that when the Cubs coaching staff came to watch him) and 10rbi in 101 at-bats. He also played in the rising star game.
In the DWL, he slowed down by only hitting .182 with 0hr and 2rbi in 22 at-bats.
In 2009 Castro started in High A Daytona and was moved up to Double A Tennessee for the Cubs and now has a chance to make the club out of spring training before even playing in Triple A Iowa.
Castro batted .302 with 3hr and 35 rbi in 358 at-bats for Daytona Cubs in2009.
Castro batted .288 with 0hr and 14rbi in 111 at-bats for Tennessee Cubs in 2009.
Where Castro lists in the Cubs top prospect list and in the whole major league:
John Sickels lists Starlin Castro has number 1 prospect in the Cubs system.
Baseball Prospectus Kevin Goldstein has Starlin Castro rank 2nd behind Josh Vitters in the Cubs system.
Keith Law of ESPN.com ranks Starlin Castro number 12 of every player in the minor leagues.
Scout.com has Starlin Castro number 22 of all position players in the minor league systems. Josh Vitters is rank number 11 who is another Cubs top prospect.
Baseball America has Starlin Castro rank number 1 in the Cubs system.
So as you can see, the Cubs pretty much have 2 top prospects according to reports. But Castro is the one that has a chance to make the team out of spring training.
Lou Pinella said that Castro will most likely make the team out of spring training unless starting SS Ryan Theriot gets injure. But on the other hand, Pinella has been really impress by how Castro has done so far in camp. According to multiple reports, they say Castro will hit the Cubs some time in the 2010 season. Most are predicting after the half way point (all-star game). Pinella also said id Theriot gets injure he will be the first person to take over his spot.
I just can't wait to see this kid play in about a week in spring training. I want this kid to make it out of spring training but that is unlikely. When Castro does in fact come up, Theriot will be move to 2nd while Castro takes over his spot at SS. That will be awesome news because Theriot does not have the range or arm to play SS while Castro does. I just can't wait for him to be on the big league club.
So when will we see him, out of spring training or at the half way point?