Starlin Castro with the Cubs in 2012
|Chicago Cubs – No. 13|
March 24, 1990 |
Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|May 7, 2010 for the Chicago Cubs|
(through April 18, 2014)
|Runs batted in||237|
|Career highlights and awards|
Starlin DeJesus Castro (born March 24, 1990) is a Major League Baseball shortstop for the Chicago Cubs. He is a two-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 6'0 190 Ib.
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. 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.
Chicago Cubs (2010-present)
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. 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. He was also named the shortstop on the 2010 Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team. He also finished tied for fifth in Rookie of the Year voting.
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 player to make the All-Star Game as a member of the Cubs. The same day, Castro received Edward Jones Player of the Month Award honors.
Castro was the youngest player to ever lead the National League in hits, finishing 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, as he also had the lowest fielding percentage (.961).
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.
Castro had an off year, ending with a career low .245 average, along with 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 161 games played.
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