With all of the doom and gloom that the Cubs season has brought to us, there actually have been a few bright spots. One would be the emergence of Tyler Colvin into an everyday, productive player.
But perhaps the most promising discovery the Cubs have made would be the arrival of their 20 year old shortstop, Starlin Castro.
Castro was hyped before the season as the Cubs top prospect, but no one was sure how his first season in the Majors would go. Turns out, he’s pretty good.
Castro made his Major League Debut against the Reds on May 7th as a 19 year old kid. He homered in his first at bat and drove in 6 runs for the game. After starting his season red-hot, he went through a slump for a couple of weeks and was hitting a season low .255 on June 24th.
Since that time, he has turned it back on and is currently 6th in the National League with a .316 batting average, hitting .341 in the #2 spot in the lineup this year.
Starlin has not shown much power as of yet, hitting just three home runs in his 95 games. He does have 24 doubles and is 10th in the NL with 5 triples, so he has shown power to the gaps. His power numbers should increase as he gets older and develops a bit more.
Here are his complete numbers through Monday, August 23rd:
95 games, 40 Runs, 111 Hits, 24 Doubles, 5 Triples, 3 Home Runs, 37 RBI, 24 Walks, 52 Strikeouts, 6 SB, 6 CS, .316 AVG, .362 OBP, .439 SLG, .801 OPS.
Those are really solid numbers for a 20 year old rookie. He has made 19 errors so far this season, 2nd in the NL. That number should also improve as you can tell he has the raw talent to play shortstop in the Majors.
Depending on what the Cubs do in the offseason, Starlin may be a great candidate to hit leadoff in 2011. As he gets stronger, Castro seems to project being a middle of the lineup hitter.
Though the Cubs have had a horrible season, it is reassuring to see that they have finally produced some really good, young talent. It is likely that Colvin and Castro will be at the core of the Cubs lineup for years to come.