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Who is Starlin Castro?

Updated on April 17, 2015
Starlin Castro, Shortstop for the Chicago Cubs Baseball Team
Starlin Castro, Shortstop for the Chicago Cubs Baseball Team | Source

Starlin Castro, Shortstop, Chicago Cubs Baseball Team

Starlin Castro is a Major League Baseball Player who plays the Shortstop position for the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Just 25 years old, he is the first MLB player born in the 1990s.

Castro had his major league debut on May 7, 2010 when he was just barely out of his teens. I was watching the Cubbies on TV the day Starlin came to the plate for the first time in the majors, having been called up from Double-A ball in Tennessee, and became an instant fan. I have been following his career ever since and now would like to share it with you.


Starlin Castro
Starlin Castro | Source

Starlin Castro Background...

Born Starlin DeJesus Castro on March 24, 1990 in Monte Cristy, Dominican Republic, Starlin bats and throws right-handed. Starlin was only 16 years old when he was signed by the Chicago Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2006. He played for Cubs' Dominican Summer League team in 2007 and the Rookie-League Mesa in 2008. In 2009, Castro batted a combined .299 with three homers and 49 RBIs in 127 games between Class A Advanced Daytona and Double-A Tennessee and was named to the 2009 All-Star Futures Game for the World Team, plus named the best prospect in Chicago's system by Baseball America heading into the 2010 campaign.

Starlin Castro began 2010 with Double-A Tennessee, but was promoted to the Chicago Cubs on May 7, 2010 and became their everyday shortstop, finishing tied for fifth in N.L. Rookie of the Year voting. What makes this rapid rise so interesting is that most young baseball prospects have to go through A-ball, double-A and Triple-A before even being considered as an occasional fill-in at the major league level. In other words, baseball players 'pay their dues' and have to prove themselves before making it to the Majors. Very rarely do you find a young player being brought up from Double-A level to the Majors in a starting position, particularly at such a young age.

Starlin Castro, batting
Starlin Castro, batting | Source

Early Stats on the Cubbies' Castro

In Starlin Castro's first at bat in his major league debut 5/7/2010 he hit a three-run homer. Castro went 2-for-5 that night in Cincinnati when he added a three-run triple on his way to a six-RBI game, the most RBIs ever recorded by a player in his first major league contest. It was a very exciting game to watch!

Starlin Castro Wears #13

Baseball players in general are a superstitious lot. And #13 is usually a number associated with 'bad luck' and mostly avoided if possible. The phenomenal early successes of Starlin Castro, while wearing #13, certainly puts that superstition to rest!

Chicago Cubs MLB Little Boys Starlin Castro # 13 Player Jersey - Blue
Chicago Cubs MLB Little Boys Starlin Castro # 13 Player Jersey - Blue

Starlin Castro is a very young player and will appeal to kids who love to cheer for their favorites. Let them show off their team spirit with this baseball jersey.

 
Starlin Castro, waiting to bat
Starlin Castro, waiting to bat | Source

More Stats on #13 Starlin Castro!

In his short career to date, just beginning his 5th Major League Baseball Season, Castro has already compiled an impressive list of statistics, awards & honors:

  • In addition to Castro's debut triple, he had 4 more in 2010 and 9 triples in 2011. He also hit 36 doubles in 2011.
  • Named 'Player of the Week' twice in 2011.
  • Three-Time All-Star (2011, 2012 & 2014).
  • In 2011, Castro had 22 stolen bases and 91 runs batted in.
  • Led the National League in hits with 207 last season. Since making his major-league debut on May 7, 2010, Castro has more hits than any player in the NL with 519.
  • By September 2012, Castro was batting .284 for the season with 13 homers and 76 RBIs.
  • Was second in the National League with triples (12) in 2012.
  • Castro finished the 2013 season as 17th in the NL in hits (163) and in 16th place for doubles with 34.

STATS UPDATE on Starlin:

On September 23, 2012, Castro collected his 200th hit of the season on St. Louis, recording a single off Chris Carpenter to lead off the game.

An Important Thing for Starlin Castro to Remember ---

The area Castro needs to improve on the most is on the defensive side. He commits excessive errors through inattention. It's been mentioned several times that part of this is due to his extreme youth and inexperience at the major league level. If Castro can fix this area of his game and be more patient at the plate, he could one day be the best shortstop in the sport.

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Starlin Castro, a Major League Baseball Shortstop for the Chicago Cubs!

Starlin Castro Playing Shortstop
Starlin Castro Playing Shortstop | Source

Starlin Castro will be a Chicago Cub for some years to come!

On Tuesday, August 28, 2012, the Chicago Cubs signed Starlin Castro to a Seven-year contract, with a club option for 2020. Castro will be with the Cubs for a long time to come and I'm looking forward to watching him become a Super Star!

Stats on Starlin Castro for 2012

Starlin Castro became the only Shortstop in the 2012 Season to play ALL 162 games!

Season Stats: 14 Home Runs, 78 RBIs, 25 Steals, 78 runs

Starlin's Stats for 2013

Starlin Castro fell short of expectations in 2013, ending the season with a .245 batting average, 10 homers, 44 RBIs, 59 runs and nine stolen bases.

2014 Stats for Starlin Castro

Starlin finished the 2014 season with 58 runs, 33 doubles and 14 home runs. He also had 154 hits and 65 RBIs.

© 2012 Wednesday-Elf

Starlin Castro is my New Favorite MLB Shortstop...Although I Still Love Jeter :-)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Your love of baseball really shines through. I enjoyed learning more about Starlin Castro. Hope you are having a great summer.

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      I like to watch a ball game from time to time. As a kid, we had the Expos in Montreal - but that is all in the past - I guess we need to rely on the Blue Jays now.

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      I'll have to keep on this young man.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      It appears that Starlin Castro is off to a great start. I don't follow baseball very closely, so I learned about him for the first time on your lens.

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I really can not comment as being English I do not even understand the game which to me is more boring than cricket! That said he seems like he will be a great baseball player so good on the Cubs and well done on such an informative lens.

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      Having lived in Chicago for 20 years, I am still a fan of the Cubbies, but lately it's the Cards that keep me happy! Wonderful article about this great player.

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