Friday, April 22, 2011

And Now Batting 3rd....Starlin Casto

Last week I posted that the Cubs 3-4-5 hitters had 1 HR in 160 AB, that is now 1HR in 191 AB for the season. I also posted that Starlin Castro could eventually end up as a middle of the order hitter down the road.  Maybe Mike Quade, the Cubs manager read my blog (hey I can think big) because he moved Castro to the 3 hole in the 2nd game of the Cubs Padres double header.  Though he only went 1-4 he is a good fit for the light hitting Cubs at this time. So far this year Castro has a LD% and FB% nearly equal at 23% leaving a GB% near 50%. He has only K’d  5X this year in 80ABs. So overall, the kid makes contact,  he places the ball all over the field and is still hitting at a .375 clip on the year. Sounds to me like the perfect fit for a CUBS team looking for a spark from the middle of the order. If he cements himself into that 3 hole his value for fantasy purposes get a big boost. He will start producing RBIs by the boat load. The power will come with age but for the moment enjoy the RBI boost. Finally this from Jim Hendry the Cubs General manager, "Castro is a good enough offensive player and he can hit anywhere down in the lineup". This move may just stick for the rest of the year and then for a decade to come.

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