Starlin Castro

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Starlin Castro
Starlin Castro Chicago Cub player 2014.jpg
Castro with the Cubs in 2014
Chicago Cubs – No. 13
Shortstop
Born: (1990-03-24) March 24, 1990 (age 24)
Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 7, 2010 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .284
Hits 846
Home runs 51
Runs batted in 294
Stolen bases 70
Runs 339
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Starlin DeJesus Castro (born March 24, 1990) is a Dominican professional baseball shortstop for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is a three-time Major League Baseball All-Star who holds the major league record for runs batted in in a Major League debut and the youngest player to lead the National League in hits. He is listed at 6 feet (1.83 meters) and 190 lb (86 kg).

Professional career[edit]

Minor Leagues[edit]

In 2009, Castro was named to the Florida State League All-Star team, and won MVP honors, going 4-for-4 with an inside-the-park home run in the game.[1] He was also named All-Star Futures Game for the World Team. After the season, Castro was named the best prospect in Chicago's organization by Baseball America.[2]

Majors[edit]

Chicago Cubs (2010–present)[edit]

2010[edit]
Castro with the Cubs in 2010

Castro was called up to the majors on May 7, 2010 from the Tennessee Smokies, the Cubs double A affiliate.[3] He became the first major league player born in the 1990s.[4]

In his first major league at bat he hit a three-run home run off of Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds. He became the sixth player in Cubs history and 106th player overall to do so. Later in the game he hit a triple with the bases loaded, setting the record for most runs batted in (RBIs) in a major league debut with six. He finished the game two for five in the Cubs 14 to 7 win.[5] Castro finished the season with a .300/.347/.408 line with three home runs and 41 RBIs in 463 at-bats over 125 games. Despite his significant offensive contribution, Castro led the team and was second in the National League in errors with 27.

On October 19, 2010 Castro was named the shortstop on Baseball America's 2010 All-Rookie Team.[6] He was also named the shortstop on the 2010 Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team.[7] He finished tied for fifth in Rookie of the Year voting.

2011[edit]

2011 was Castro's first full season as a MLB player, and also marked his first All-Star Game selection, being one of three shortstops selected to the National League All-Star team. Castro was the youngest Chicago Cub player to make an All-Star team.[8] The same day, Castro received Edward Jones Player of the Month Award honors. Castro was the National League Player of the Week twice during the 2011 season.[9]

On September 23, 2011, Castro got his 200th base hit of the season, at Busch Stadium against the rival St. Louis Cardinals, and was the youngest member of the Cubs to ever do so.

Castro was the youngest player to ever lead the National League in hits, achieving the feat with his 207th hit of the season on September 28, 2011. Castro's game jersey was sent to the Hall of Fame, in a similar manner to his MLB debut's game jersey. His line for the 2011 season was .307/.341/.432, and it was the first season in which he hit double digit home runs (10). Overall, Castro finished the 2011 season with a .307 batting average, 10 home runs and 66 RBI. His 207 base hits and 674 at-bats both led the National League.

On defense, he led all major league shortstops in errors, with 29. He also had the lowest fielding percentage (.961).[10]

2012[edit]
Castro in 2012

Castro was selected to the National League All-Star team along with teammate Bryan LaHair. Castro finished the 2012 season playing all 162 games with a .283 average, 14 homers, and 78 RBI. He was caught stealing 13 times which led the MLB. He also led the National League again with 646 at-bats.

2013[edit]

Castro had his worst year ending with a career low batting average of .245. He hit 10 home runs and had 44 RBI's, 9 steals (SB) and 2 triples while playing in 161 games.[11]

2014[edit]

Castro was selected to appear in his third All-Star game. Injured on September 2nd in an awkward slide at home plate, he did not return for the balance of the year and finished with a strong batting average of .292 with 14 home runs, 65 RBI's, 4 stolen bases, 33 doubles and 1 triple in 528 at bats.[12]

Castro was the top hitting shortstop (for average) in the National League ahead of the Dodgers' Hanley Ramírez.[13] On defense he had only 15 errors and a fielding percentage of .973.

Personal life[edit]

On December 9, 2014,[14] Castro was detained for questioning by the police regarding a shooting in one of the Dominican Republic's nightclubs. It was alleged that he and his brother got into an argument with a government official. According to Cubs's agent Paul Kinzer, he was cleared of any involment and was not arrested, though his home was searched and Castro was questioned.[15][16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Muskat, Carrie (December 4, 2009). "Top prospects may make impact soon". MLB.com. Archived from the original on November 7, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  2. ^ Callis, Jim (November 16, 2009). "Chicago Cubs top 10 prospects". Baseball America. Archived from the original on May 10, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ Muskat, Carrie (May 7, 2010). "Cubs call up top young shortstop Castro". MLB.com (Major League Baseball Advanced Media). Archived from the original on May 10, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ Boeck, Scott (May 8, 2010). "Jamie Moyer: 'Just doing my job'; Starlin Castro's stellar debut". USA Today. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Castro homers, drives in six to carry Cubs past Reds". ESPN.com. May 7, 2010. Archived from the original on May 10, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ Eddy, Matt (October 19, 2010). "Future Big League Stars Highlight All-Rookie Team". Baseball America. Archived from the original on October 25, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Valencia awarded with rookie honor". MLB.com. November 29, 2010. Archived from the original on December 8, 2010. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro named to National League All-Star team". July 3, 2011. Archived from the original on November 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ "MLB Players of the Week". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2014 Regular Season MLB Baseball ss Fielding Statistics". Major League Baseball/ESPN. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Starlin Castro Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on July 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Player Updates". MLB.com. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ Muskat, Carrie. "Injury makes for frustrating end to Castro's season". MLB.com. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Agent: Starlin Castro Cleared Of Involvement After A Nightclub Shooting". CBS. December 9, 2014. Archived from the original on January 3, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  15. ^ Paul Sullivan; Gregory Pratt (December 28, 2014). "Starlin Castro's agent says Cubs player not involved in shooting in Dominican Republic". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  16. ^ D.J. Short (December 27, 2014). "UPDATE: Starlin Castro free after being questioned about shooting in Dominican Republic". NBC Sports. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Fernando Martínez
Youngest Player in the
National League

2010
Succeeded by
Julio Teheran