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13 Starlin Castro SS
Height/Weight: 6-0/190 | Birthdate: 3/24/1990 | Birthplace: Monte Cristi, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $5,857,143 | Owned/Started%: 50/26 | Average Draft Position: 128.43
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Cubs' Starlin Castro plays at second base for first time in career


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2015) Cubs infielder Starlin Castro, who lost his starting shortstop job to rookie Addison Russell, played at second base for the final four innings of Tuesday's win against the Brewers. It was the first time in his six-year MLB career he played at second base.

"It doesn't matter where they put me," Castro said, per the Chicago Tribune. "I just want to play. I just want to be in the lineup. It doesn't matter if it's at second or short."

While Castro's agent -- Paul Kinzer -- lent support to his client, he also chose his words carefully.

"Sometimes a change of scenery is good for everybody," Kinzer said. "I think it would crush him to leave Chicago. He loves it here.

"Let's face it. If he's not playing, he's not being traded. There are a lot of people in baseball who know he can play shortstop at a high level."


Benching of Cubs SS Starlin Castro could be permanent


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was benched Friday. He might be forced to get used to it.

Joe Maddon did not term his absence from the lineup a day off and made no guarantees that the slumping Castro will start Saturday against San Francisco either. In fact, quite the opposite.

"I did not give him any promises on how he is going to be utilized, other than 'just stay ready off the bench,'" Maddon told the Chicago Tribune. "I didn't want to give him any kind of false promises whatsoever."

Castro owns a weak slash line of .236/.271/.304. He ranks last among major league shortstops with a -0.8 WAR. The last straw was Thursday, when he stranded six runners.


Maddon tellis Cubs SS Starlin Castro that he won't be traded


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2015) Joe Maddon has told Cubs struggling shortstop Starlin Castro to relax and that he's not going to be traded, the Chicago Tribune has reported.

Castro, who is not in the lineup Wednesday, has just one multi-hit game since July 2.

Trade rumors have been swirling around Castro, who has been reported to be a target of San Diego.


Report: Cubs seeking to trade SS Starlin Castro to Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2015) The Cubs and Padres have discussed a deal involving shortstop Starlin Castro with the former seeking starting pitching, sources have told Fox Sports.

The 25-year-old Castro has stagnated in recent years and is having arguably his worst season. He owns a .230/.268/.302 slash line and has been particularly ineffective recently. He has just seven hits in his last 69 at-bats.


Report: Cubs dangle top middle infielders in Cole Hamels talks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) The Cubs are offering standout prospect Javier Baez and established shortstop Starlin Castro in an attempt to land Phillies prized pitcher Cole Hamels, a team executive has told ESPN.com senior baseball writer Jayson Stark.

Stark added, however, that the Phillies are not enthralled with either player. But the Cubs remain determined in their efforts to trade for Hamels.

"I don't think they'll be in the rental market," the executive who has spoken to the Cubs told Stark. "So the value to them, with Hamels, is the three years [left on his contract]. This isn't just about selling out to go for the wild card. It's about getting ahead of [the free-agent ace market] this winter."


Cubs SS Starlin Castro sits out Game 1 of DH vs. Reds


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/22/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro will be out of the lineup for the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Reds. Castro had started 14 straight games for the Cubs, but he has struggled to the tune of a .111 batting average and 15 strikeouts--to just two walks--over that time.

Addison Russell will slide over to handle shortstop, while Jonathan Herrera steps in to play second base in the opener of the twinbill. Castro could be back in the lineup for the nightcap.


Cubs SS Starlin Castro hoping to have strong second half


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has been a disappointment this season, but he is hoping to finish the year on a strong note, per ESPN. 

Castro hit .325 in April, but since then, he's been in a downward spiral due to some mechanical issues. Through the first four games out of the All-Star break, he's just 2-for-17.

"I know my talent," Castro said. "I know what I can do. I know I can do a lot. Have to forget about the first half."

Castro has a slash line of .241/.275/.311, all of which represent career-lows. 


Cubs SS Starlin Castro catching break Friday against Marlins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has had successive multi-hit games for the first time in two weeks, but a third one is quite unlikely. He is on the bench for the Friday afternoon game against visiting Miami.

Castro has started all but two games at shortstop this season, but he has been fairly unproductive after a bounce-back season in 2014. He owns a slash line of .263/.298/.341 with just 26 runs scored as midseason approaches.


Cubs move Starlin Castro to leadoff spot Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) For the first time this season, the Cubs will have shortstop Starlin Castro in the leadoff spot for Thursday's game at the New York Mets, reports MLB Lineups.

Castro will bat first instead of Dexter Fowler, who was given the day off. Over his last 12 games, Castro is hitting .239 with two doubles and four RBI.

The Cubs are the underdogs (+125) at New York on Thursday.


Cubs SS Starlin Castro gets two hits, RBI in win over Mets


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro went 2 for 5 with a RBI in Wednesday's win over the Mets. 

The multi-hit performance is Castro's fourth in his last 11 games. Over that stretch, he is hitting .256 with 11 hits and four RBI.


Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro scratched from lineup Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was scratched from the starting lineup Thursday against the Dodgers for personal reasons, as his wife is due to give birth to the couple's second child. Addison Russell moved over from second base to start in Castro's absence.

Starlin Castro gets three hits for Cubs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro went 3 for 4, with a run scored and an RBI in Sunday's win over Minnesota. 

Castro recorded his third multi-hit game and second three-hit game in the last seven. He hit a sacrifice fly for his 35th RBI of the year. 


Cubs SS Starlin Castro provides game-winning hit on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/20/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro came through with the biggest hit of the afternoon, as the Cubs topped the Twins 4-1 in 10 innings on Saturday. Castro, who had singled earlier in the game, came up with the bases loaded and one out in the 10th inning.

Castro proceeded to rip a single into center field, bringing in two runs to give the Cubs the 3-1 advantage. Castro managed to go from goat to hero in less than 24 hours.

On Friday, Castro committed a costly error in the first inning, allowing the Twins to score their first of seven runs in the 7-2 Twins victory. 

But he redeemed himself nicely with the game-winning hit on Saturday. After his 2 for 5 performance on Saturday, Castro is batting just .238 with one extra-base hit (a home run) over his last 10 games.

"Every day is a new day," Castro said, per MLB.com. "I try to keep it going, keep the head up, and try to help the team to win."


Cubs SS Starlin Castro hits game-winning single


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/15/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro singled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to propel his team past the Reds 2-1 on Sunday.

Castro went 3 for 5 with the game-winning RBI. He continued his late-game heroics from Saturday's game, when he singled in the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth inning.

"That ball was properly struck last night and tonight," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, per ESPN. "He's starting to really get his mojo back, which is really nice for us."

Castro is hitting .268 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 246 at-bats this season.


Cubs SS Starlin Castro collects walk-off RBI single on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/14/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had only one hit in Saturday's game against the Reds, but it was the biggest hit of the game. In the bottom of the ninth, Castro roped a single to center field, bringing Kris Bryant in with the winning run, as the Cubs completed the 4-3 walk-off win. 

Castro also had an RBI earlier in the game on a fielder's choice. Castro has hit safely in nine of 11 games so far this month.


SS Starlin Castro homers in Cubs defeat


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/12/2015) Shortstop Starlin Castro delivered a game-tying, two-run home run, but it wasn't enough as the Cubs fell 5-4 in extra innings Friday. 

Castro connected for his fifth homer of the year off Reds starter Johnny Cueto in the sixth inning, drawing Chicago even at 4-4. Castro now has 17 RBIs on the season and is hitting .262. 


Cubs move Russell to SS with Castro receiving first breather of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) After playing the first 53 games of the season, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro received his first day off this season against the Nationals on Saturday. As a result, Addison Russell will get his first career start at shortstop, per the team's official website.

Castro is hitting .220 (9 for 41) with a home run and an RBI over his last 11 games played. With Russell at shortstop, manager Joe Maddon moved Jonathan Herrera to second base. He will bat seventh, while Russell will bat last. Russell is hitting just .158 (3 for 19) with an RBI over his last six games.


Cubs SS Starlin Castro goes yard in win over Marlins


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro hit his fourth home run during the eighth inning of Monday's 5-1 win over the Marlins. 

Castro, who was dropped to the sixth spot of the lineup on Monday, hit a solo shot on a 1-1 pitch off Bryan Morris.

"I just wanted to get him to be comfortable out there and just go play like when you're a kid," manager Joe Maddon said of Castro, per MLB.com. "Don't worry about making mistakes or anything. Just go play, because his work is fabulous."

Castro also committed his 12th error of the season in the win.

"Even though he's been in the league many years, he still has a ways to grow defensively, and he's going to grow," Maddon said. "We're going to help him grow, and I'll stand by this guy. I think he's awesome. By the end of the season, you're going to see him making all those plays."

Castro finished the game 1 for 4 and is now slashing .265/.299/.345. 


Cubs' Maddon defends Starlin Castro following two-error game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro heard the boos from the home crowd during Wednesday's 3-0 loss against the Nationals as he committed two more errors, giving him 11 on the season.

Castro has had his defensive struggles throughout his career. However, first-year manager Joe Maddon came to Castro's defense following his two-error game.

"He’s done a lot of good things,” Maddon said, per CSNChicago.com. “I would say the problem mostly with him has been the routine play more than anything else. And I really believe that you can get a major-league caliber infielder to make the routine play. And he’s been doing that for awhile. He’s had a couple of mistakes -- I don’t disagree. But for the most part, I’ve been fine with him at shortstop."


Starlin Castro knocks two hits against Diamondbacks


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro recorded two hits in his team's 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Castro went 2 for 6 with a double and an RBI. He is hitting .274/.305/.351 for the season with three home runs and 24 RBI in 168 at-bats.


Cubs SS Starlin Castro bumped to fourth in the lineup on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is slotted at fourth in the batting order on Wednesday against the Mets, the team announced.

It is the first time since April 10 Castro will hit at the top of the lineup. He is hitting .280 with 20 RBI in 132 at-bats this season. He is 2 for 3 in his career against Mets starter Matt Harvey. The Cubs are currently the favorites (-105) against New York.


Cubs' Starlin Castro struggling in May


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has hit just .220/.220/.275 with one home run and seven RBI in 40 at-bats to open May.

Castro enjoyed an offensive surge in April, ending the month with a .325/.349/.410 line as well as two home runs, 12 RBI and two stolen bases in 83 at-bats, but that same success hasn't carried over this month. He did drive in a run in six straight games last week before going 0 for 4 with two strikeouts Sunday. Castro will attempt to boost his numbers in this week's homestand against the Mets and Pirates.


Cubs' Starlin Castro drives in run Monday vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro went 1 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored in his team's 10-9 loss to the Cardinals Monday.

The RBI was the first in five games for Castro, who was hitless in seven at-bats in his previous two games. He's just 3 for 20 over the last seven days but has hit .303/.330/.374 with two home runs, 13 RBI and two stolen bases in 99 at-bats.


Starlin Castro's three-hit game leads Cubs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro went 3 for 5 in Tuesday's win over Cincinnati. 

Castro improved his average to .342, scored twice and drove in a run, his 12th on the season. Castro also stole his second base. 


Cubs' Epstein: Starlin Castro is 'playing really good baseball'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein praised shortstop Starlin Castro before Monday's 4-0 win over the Pirates, saying the shortstop is "playing really good baseball," MLB.com reports.

"I've always thought Starlin was a really, really good player,'' Epstein said. "His defense took a big step forward last year and he's carried it over into this year. He gets a little chance to hide in the lineup now. He doesn't have to be the focal point for the opposition. He's playing really good baseball on both sides. I'm proud of him.''

Manager Joe Maddon, who is Castro's fifth manager over the last six seasons, agrees.

"He's been really good,'' Maddon said. "I mean really good.''

Maddon added that Castro has taken a leadership role with Jorge Soler and the team's other young Latin players, helping them feel welcome at Wrigley Field and elsewhere.

"His interaction with them is really taking on the form of a veteran leadership kind of thing,'' Maddon said. "Right now, I can't say enough good things about the guy. I've been really impressed.''

Castro went 1 for 4 Monday and owns a .324/.351/.419 line with two home runs, 11 RBI and one stolen base in 74 at-bats.