Starlin Castro, top prospect of the Cubs and throughout the majors, is making it a real rough decision for the Cubs. As he has looked very impressive in spring training so far, hitting .471, which is close to the highest on the team, while playing stellar defense. But as of now, the plan is to have Castro start in AAA, and then be called up shortly after that.
But to be honest, I think he is ready for the majors now. He has shown great range, and an even better arm at shortstop. While also showing the Cubs that he can hit with power, as he has had a lot of extra base hits this spring. But the only thing that appears to be holding him back is his age, 20.
But, if it were up to Aramis Ramirez, age shouldn’t factor in the decision, as he feels Castro is indeed ready, and feels that he is going to be really good.
"“He’s good and I think he’s going to be better,” Ramirez said. “I don’t think it’s too soon. If you’re ready, you’re ready. I don’t care how old you are. There is no age that tells you when you’re ready for the big leagues. If you’re ready at 20, you’re ready.” CHICAGO TRIBUNE"
But, despite the good reviews, the Cubs do not want to rush Castro onto the scene, and that appears to be the main reason why they are leaning towards having him start in AAA. Also, it gives the Cubs one more year of control over Castro when it comes to when he is eligible for arbitration.
There’s no other way to put this, except for saying that Castro is the real deal. He is not a Corey Patterson, or a Felix Pie, he is going to be a star in this league. And if you don’t believe me, just ask the multitude of scouts that are raving about his talent.
As far as where Castro is going to fit in, he is undoubtedly the better defensive shortstop over Ryan Theriot. So the plan is to have Castro be the starting shortstop, and Theriot to move over and be the starting second basemen, a position in which Theriot even admitted was his better position.