Tag:Starlin Castro
Posted on: November 15, 2010 2:22 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:36 am
 

Feliz, Posey win Rookie honors

Buster Posey Rangers closer Neftali Feliz and Giants catcher Buster Posey are your Rookies of the Year. No surprise, really.

The only question about today's results was which deserving National League rookie would win. Buster Posey ended up winning, taking the award over Atlanta's Jason Heyward.

While I would have voted for Heyward, I have zero problem with Posey winning. Both were incredible. What strikes me as interesting is the voting results, as Posey won comfortably, getting 20 of the 32 first-place votes and finishing with a total of 129 points. Heyward got nine first-place votes and 107 total points. I honestly thought it would be closer.

Three voters didn't vote for either, one voter went with Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, while two voted for Gaby Sanchez.

The American League spread was about the same, as the National League. Feliz received 20 first-place votes and finished with 122 points. Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson finished second, with eight first-place votes and 98 total points. Twins third baseman Danny Valencia was third.

Pedro Feliz The difference, as discussed last week, was the caliber of candidates in both leagues. Feliz had a good year, but he's a closer, and that's a different role. Just for the record, let's look at the stats from the American League Rookie of the Year:

69 1/3 IP, 43 H, 21 R, 21 ER, 18 BB, 71 K, 2.73 ERA, .880 WHIP

Not bad numbers. Now let's look at a rookie in the National League who didn't garner a single vote.

68 IP, 56 H, 25 R, 22 ER, 17 BB, 92 K, 2.91 ERA, 1.074 WHIP

How about that? How did that guy not even get considered for the National League Rookie of the Year?

That's because he got hurt -- and he was a starter.

Stephen Strasburg made just 12 starts, but still pitched nearly as many innings as Feliz, who was the Rangers' closer. He didn't have 40 saves.

That said, Feliz definitely deserved the award.

The voting:
National League (points)
Buster Posey 129
Jason Heyward 107
Jaime Garcia 24
Gaby Sanchez 18
Neil Walker 3
Starlin Castro 3
Ike Davis 2
Jose Tabata 1
Jonny Venters 1

American League
Neftali Feliz 122
Austin Jackson 98
Danny Valencia 12
Wade Davis 11
John Jaso 3
Brandon Boesch 3
Brian Matusz 3

The National League Cy Young Award will be announced tomorrow.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 3:19 pm
 

Seriously, there's live baseball on tonight

Dustin Ackley
Don't tell the guys over at the college football blog I told you this, but you really don't have to watch college football today. There's actual live baseball on TV. Good baseball, even.

The Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game is on MLB Network at 9 p.m. Eastern. The Arizona Fall League is where organizations send their best prospects, and Rising Stars is essentially the AFL all-star game, so there are some serious players on the rosters. In 2010, 28 of the 50 players on last year's Rising Stars rosters played in the majors, including Stephen Strasburg, Buster Posey (sorry, World Champion Buster Posey), Mike Leake and Starlin Castro.

There are 19 former first-round picks on the rosters this year, including 2009 overall No. 2 Dustin Ackley (pictured) of the Mariners and former Top 5 picks Eric Hosmer (Royals), Josh Vitters (Cubs) and Tony Sanchez (Pirates).

The scheduled starting pitchers are the Royals' Mike Montgomery and the Yankees' Manny Banuelos. If you want to check out whether any of your team's prospects are playing, complete rosters can be found here.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 12:59 pm
 

Year of the Rookie in NL

Of all the postseason award races, the most stacked and most interesting is probably the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

Almost impressive as the names on this list are the names not on this list of front-runners, guys like Stephen Strasburg, Jonathon Niese, Tyler Colvin and Mike Stanton. You could add Ike Davis, Neil Walker and Jhoulys Chacin to that list, as well. And Mike Leake and Ian Desmond...

Starlin Castro SS Starlin Castro
Chicago Cubs
.317/.360/.438 3 HR 40 RBI -2.8 UZR/150 2.3 WAR

Castro had six RBI in his big-league debut on May 7 and has been nearly as impressive since.  In fact, he's been better since the All-Star break, hitting .363/.388/.493 in the second-half of the season. Castro has a good bat and good speed, but needs to refine his game. He has eight stolen bases, but has been caught stealing six times. His glove has been erratic, but he has the raw tools to be very good. In short, his future seems brighter than the present, and that's saying something.

Jaime Garcia SP Jaime Garcia
St. Louis Cardinals
13-6 153 1/3 IP 2.35 ERA 61 BB 124 K 3.5 WAR

Although he's behind Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright in the Cardinals' rotation, he has been just as good as either of those two. The left-hander, two years off of Tommy John, has been at his best even as his team has hit the skids. During the team's recent slide, losing 14 of 21 games, Garcia is 3-1 with a 0.67 ERA. In his lone loss during that run, his team let him down, allowing three unearned runs against the Brewers on Aug. 17. The only earned runs he's allowed in that time are the two he gave up in the series-opening 3-2 victory over the Reds on Friday.

Jason Heyward OF Jason Heyward
Atlanta Braves
.281/.389/.473 16 HR 65 RBI 3.1 UZR/150 3.7 WAR

In spring training, it was tough to find anyone who hadn't already awarded the Rookie of the Year to Heyward. It was easy to see why, he's big, strong, fast and has good plate discipline. In short, he's a can't-miss prospect. And he hasn't missed. Although, injuries have slowed him, he's still been nothing short of impressive.

Buster Posey C Buster Posey
San Francisco Giants
.328/.374/.506 11 HR 55 RBI -6.9 UZR/150 3.1 WAR

It took until May for the Giants to finally call Posey up to the big leagues and he quickly showed why people were calling for him to be on the roster since opening day. He took over the starting spot when the Giants traded Bengie Molina on July 1 and is expected to anchor the Giants' lineup for years to come. Since Molina was traded, Posey has hit .346/.400/.562. There are still questions whether he can be an elite defensive catcher, but his bat will carry him.

Gaby Sanchez 1B Gaby Sanchez
Florida Marlins
.284/.353/.467 16 HR 72 RBI -0.2 UZR/150 2.7 WAR

Not only can Sanchez swing the bat, he has a heck of a cross-check, taking out Nyjer Morgan in last week's brawl in Florida. While that may have been his most high-profile hit, Sanchez has plenty moret. He leads major league rookies in total bases (227), doubles (35) and RBI (72).

Jonny Venters RP Jonny Venters
Atlanta Braves
4-2 71 1/3 IP 1.77 ERA 32 BB 81 K 1.7 WAR

Venters won't get too many votes, but he's been fantastic for the Braves out of the bullpen this season. He leads all rookies with 65 appearances, 21 more than the next most-used rookie pitcher in the National League. With Billy Wagner retiring after this season, Venters could be the team's closer in 2011.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 12:12 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2010 12:14 pm
 

Cubs' Quade benches Castro

Mike Quade Mike Quade isn't guaranteed to manage past this season, but he's not managing like it.

Quade, who took over for Lou Piniella, is a candidate for the Cubs' managerial position, if a longshot. Still, he benched rookie shortstop Starlin Castro for Monday's game after Castro didn't run out a grounder that ended up being a double play ball in Sunday's 18-5 loss to the Mets.

Castro apparently forgot how many outs there were in the inning, slowing up on his grounder and getting doubled up.

"Do you want to scream and yell about it? No," Quade told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune . "I want the guy to take a step back and take a look at what goes on around here from a different perspective … Give himself a chance to clear his head and figure out exactly how he can compartmentalize all the different tasks that go with that position and playing at this level. I think a break will help him."

Castro is hitting .363/.388/.493 since the All-Star break and is one of the leading candidates for the National League Rookie of the Year (more on that later).

Darwin Barney is starting at short for the Cubs against the Astros on Monday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 3, 2010 5:01 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 5:02 pm
 

Macha wanted scoring change with 18-1 lead


Do you ever wonder what a manager is thinking about with a 17-run lead and one out left in the game?

Scoring decisions.

According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune , Brewers manager Ken Macha wanted a fielder's choice and error call on shortstop Starlin Castro overturned and a hit given to Casey McGehee.

With two outs, McGehee hit a grounder up the middle that Castro was able to field, but made a bad flip to Blake DeWitt at second to force Prince Fielder.

The Brewers called up to the press box and asked Rosenberg to review the tape and chance the call to a hit. No change has been made.

Had McGehee's grounder been ruled a hit, it would have been a record 27 hits allowed by Cubs pitchers in the game.

Now, it's easy to make fun of Macha. And really, not unjustified -- your team won, who cares about the rest? But that's one of the those things that could help endear Macha to his players. At that point, everyone probably wanted to pad their stats and McGehee is probably no different. It shouldn't be overturned, but McGehee likely appreciates Macha giving it a shot, even if he comes off like a d-bag to the rest of the world.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:02 pm
 

Heyward, Strasburg to finally meet


Jason Heyward If you hear the world explode tonight, it's because of the awesomeness that is the meeting of Stephen Strasburg and Jason Heyward.

The world was cheated out of this opportunity last month, but now the ultimate meeting should take place tonight in Washington, D.C.

Heyward missed the last meeting when kryptonite jammed his left thumb and sent him to the disabled list, meaning the Braves didn't have a chance on June 28 (well, despite the fact they won the game).

This time, though, it's awesome on awesome as Heyward will be in the lineup.

"It's always great to face good pitchers; it's always great to face the best," Heyward told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's Carroll Rogers . "That's what the major leagues are about."

In what is unthinkable, Rogers notes the two actually have competition for the National League Rookie of the Year. Sure, the safe money is on Strasburg finishing first and Heyward second, but there's also Florida's Gaby Sanchez, St. Louis' Jaime Garcia, San Francisco's Buster Posey, Chicago's Starlin Castro and Cincinnati's Mike Leake.

NL's top rookies
Stephen Strasburg 5-2 2.32 ERA 75 Ks, 15 BB
Jaime Garcia 9-4 2.21 ERA 90 Ks, 43 BB
Mike Leake 7-2 3.57 ERA 76 Ks, 43 BB
Jason Heyward .276/.387/.459 11 HR, 48 RBI
Gaby Sanchez .301/.364/.472 11 HR, 45 RBI
Buster Posey .368/.404/.571 8 HR, 33 RBI
Starlin Castro .309/.360/.449 3 HR, 31 RBI

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 12:20 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 1:51 pm
 

Roster move could cost Cubs player

Infielders Jeff Baker and Chad Tracy are in danger of being lost to the Cubs when Aramis Ramirez is activated from the disabled list prior to Friday's game, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Both players are out of minor-league options, manager Lou Piniella said he's keeping the pitching staff at 12, and the club has said previously that rookie shortstop Starlin Castro was staying with the big-league club. That leaves either 29-year-old Baker (.250/.299/.417) or 30-year-old Tracy (.250/.327/.295) as odd man out to make room for Ramirez.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Tracy was designated for assignment before Friday's game. The Cubs now have 10 days to trade, release or assign him to a minor league team (which would require him clearing irrevocable waivers).

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