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Friday, March 15, 2019

Starlin Castro among few veterans on young Marlins

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Starlin Castro remains a veteran on a Miami Marlins’ team that has gone with youth.

“I don’t try to put it in my mind because that’s one thing I can’t control,” Castro said. “The thing that I can control is being here every day and doing my job.”

Acquired in the December 2017 trade that sent Giancarlo Stanton, Castro hit .278 with 12 homers and 54 RBIs last season.

Strange- given that he had one of the best years of his career last year, you’d think they would have traded him for some magic beans by now….

 

QLE Posted: March 15, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: marlins baseball – helping other teams get better since 1998, starlin castro

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   1. Brian C Posted: March 15, 2019 at 10:48 AM (#5822990)
Meanwhile, it seems like just yesterday that Castro made his MLB debut as the first player to be born in the 1990s. Goodness gracious, where has the time gone.

I guess we've got a shot at a player born in the 2000s making the majors this season, although a quick perusal of one top-20 prospect list doesn't reveal any obvious candidates. Looks like Juan Soto (10/25/1998) is the most recently-born MLBer so far, if I'm using the BRef tool correctly.
   2. Spahn Insane Posted: March 15, 2019 at 11:04 AM (#5822997)
Johnny Damon Watch:

Castro turns 29 later this month. He has 1,445 career hits. He's got an excellent health record, his last two seasons have been above average with the bat, and at least for the moment he's on a team where he seems assured of continuing to have plenty of playing time.

Seems like he's a longshot to reach 3,000 hits nonetheless, but it's not completely implausible, due to his early debut and ability to stay in the lineup with usually-adequate production. He'd probably have to be one of those guys who takes a belated leap forward in his 30s for it to happen, and he's probably no more than a couple years away from being forced out of the middle infield, so the odds are against him. Still, I wouldn't have thought he'd have a shot. (Honestly, since the Cubs traded him I've mostly forgotten he even existed.)
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 15, 2019 at 11:11 AM (#5822998)
Johnny Damon Watch:
This has been renamed the Harold Baines Watch. Please update your records.
   4. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: March 15, 2019 at 11:34 AM (#5823008)
Castro has a $16 million team option for 2020. I am pretty confident he's not going to finish the season as a Marlin. The good news is that a deadline deal (as opposed to an offseason deal) is more likely to land him with a contender.

The Cubs traded him immediately before they turned into real contenders and then the Yankees did the same thing. I don't think he has enough of a bat to play out the string as an outfielder so I'm hoping he gets into a better situation soon.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 15, 2019 at 11:55 AM (#5823011)
Do hits accumulated for the Marlins still count towards major league totals?
   6. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 15, 2019 at 11:58 AM (#5823012)
They play against MLB teams, so yes. The bigger question is, do hits accumulated against the Marlins count?
   7. Greg Pope Posted: March 15, 2019 at 12:10 PM (#5823018)
Seems like he's a longshot to reach 3,000 hits nonetheless, but it's not completely implausible

I hope he makes it, and then the HOF. But only because my son has an autographed Starlin Castro ball from... I want to say 2013. He won it in a raffle and at the time it looked like Castro might be a star.
   8. Master of the Horse Posted: March 15, 2019 at 12:33 PM (#5823026)
I hate using the word 'streak' when talking about player performance but does Castro concentrate more of his best output into a tight timeframe within a season more than most players? Seems like it. I only catch the Marlins when they play the Crew obviously but that guy is either smoking or pathetic. And when I cruise through his splits each season seems like he has a month where he is awesome and 4 or 5 where he's Yuni. Just wondering.
   9. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 15, 2019 at 12:56 PM (#5823036)
where he's Yuni.


Yuni?
   10. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: March 15, 2019 at 01:09 PM (#5823038)
yuni betancourt, i'm guessing?
   11. Master of the Horse Posted: March 15, 2019 at 01:11 PM (#5823039)
Yes
   12. Walt Davis Posted: March 15, 2019 at 04:43 PM (#5823081)
where he's Yuni

Angel Berroa breathes a sigh of relief but you may be getting a letter from Mario Mendoza's lawyers.

I'm surprised they didn't shift him at the last deadline but I can see this would have been a tough offseason to move a 2B with so many FAs out there. Unless Petunia rebounds, he'd look good on the Red Sox. Of course if Gregorius gets healthy, the Yanks have about 6 guys they need to trade.
   13. John Reynard Posted: March 16, 2019 at 03:10 AM (#5823113)
I guess we've got a shot at a player born in the 2000s making the majors this season, although a quick perusal of one top-20 prospect list doesn't reveal any obvious candidates. Looks like Juan Soto (10/25/1998) is the most recently-born MLBer so far, if I'm using the BRef tool correctly.

Elvis Luciano is a Rule V guy born in 2000. He obviously has a non-zero chance of being the first given that he might make Toronto's roster so they can keep him. Otherwise I suspect we'll wait a year or two or it'll be someone not even on our radar yet.
   14. Cowboy Popup Posted: March 16, 2019 at 05:41 PM (#5823206)
This has been renamed the Harold Baines Watch. Please update your records.

For Castro, we should consider dialing back time and calling it the "Renteria watch again.

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