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Category: ‘Shortstops’

The Killer B’s are Heating Up
July 1st, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Killer B’s nickname was made famous by the Houston Astros of the early 2000’s but it looks like it may be the Chicago Cubs who take on that nickname going forward.  Cubs’ top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant are both tearing up AAA and hope to be doing...

Javier Baez & Kris Bryant Selected to Play in Futures Game
June 25th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It was reported yesterday by Sahadev Sharma of ESPN Chicago that Chicago Cubs top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant have been selected to play in the Futures Game on Sunday July 13th, part of  the MLB all-star weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   Baez and Bryant are both with the Cubs AAA...

Starlin Castro is on a Roll
June 24th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs shortstop, Starlin Castro has put most of his critics to rest with his bounce-back performance this year.  In his last ten games Castro is hitting .375 (15-40) with three home runs, 11 RBI and even a stolen base.  We all hoped that Castro’s batting average would rebound this...

Why is Starlin Castro a Below-Average Defender?
June 21st, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Starlin Castro’s resurgence this year has people beginning to place him back in the category of young, elite shortstops, but one thing that continues to keep him on the outside looking in is his defense.  In order to be a “great shortstop” you need to be able to make plays...

The Enigma That is Starlin Castro
May 29th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Starlin Castro is somewhat of a puzzling ballplayer.  Here we are five years into his career and most of us are still not sure what to think.  When he first came up, back in 2010, many likened Castro to, then Marlins shortstop, Hanley Ramirez.  But Castro grew to emulate Ramirez’s...

Understanding the Cubs’ Impending Prospect Logjam
May 28th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Since the day Theo Epstein arrived in Chicago his number one goal has been to build up the Chicago Cubs farm system, and by all accounts he has been incredibly successful.  Going into this season the Cubs had the number two-ranked system in all of baseball, per baseball prospectus, and...

Potential Short Stop Debate Does not Concern Chicago Cubs GM Theo Epstein
February 6th, 2013 at 10:59 AM
When Keith Law of ESPN released his annual top-100 minor leaguers this week, he pencilled in Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez in the number 31 spot. While this seems like a wonderful thing, the team's cornerstone player, Starlin Castro, already occupies that position. Although it could be cause for some...

Chicago Cubs Should Offer Darwin Barney a Mulit-Year Contract
October 18th, 2012 at 4:40 PM
Now that the Cubs have locked up Starlin Castro with a $60 million deal, Chicago needs to give the same kind of treatment to Darwin Barney. Not the $60 million part of Castro's contract, but the five year length. By providing some kind of stability up the middle of the...

Chicago Cubs Should not Worry About Starlin Castro’s Decreased Production
October 7th, 2012 at 9:52 PM
Starlin Castro took a little bit of a step backwards this season, as he saw a 16 point drop from his average, finishing with a .283 average. The 2012 season was the first time the shortstop batted under .300 in his career, as he achieved the average in both of...