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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%: 89/68 | Average Draft Position: 128.47
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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.


Cubs' Starlin Castro on late rally: We wouldn't win that game last year


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro came up big at the plate in a game that he told reporters his team wouldn't have won that game last season or the year before.

Down 8-6 in the ninth inning, the Cubs rallied with a two-run single to left field by Castro. The go-ahead run scored on a Welington Castillo ground out in the ninth. Chicago was 0-79 when trailing in the ninth inning in 2014.

"Talking with [Chris] Coghlan, [we said] we wouldn't win that game last year or the year before," Castro said, per MLB.com. "We quit [last year]. If we were losing after seven innings, we quit. Now, we never quit. If we get extra innings, we play hard, we never quit."

Castro also launched a solo home run in the sixth inning and finished 3 for 5, improving his batting average to .352 on the year.


Starlin Castro drives in four for Cubs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro drove in four runs in Tuesday's 9-8 win over Pittsburgh. 

Castro went 3 for 5 with a solo home run. He scored once and increased his average to .352. Castro recorded his second homer and tenth RBI of the year. 


Cubs' Castro says he's out to prove he is 'no joke' defensively


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has faced his fair share of criticism through the years for his defense. Well, the three-time All-Star is looking to put an end to that this season.

"I have good talent to be a good shortstop," Castro said, per MLB.com. "I don't want to be no joke anymore. I'm going to try to make every play aggressive. If it happens, it happens.

"[Manager Joe Maddon] says the most impressive thing for him is, 'Next year in front of home plate, they give you a Gold Glove [Award]. It's really important to me, too."

Thus far, the results have been positive for Castro. He has committed just one error in 12 games, resulting in a .983 fielding percentage. He has 21 putouts, 36 assists and has turned three double plays.

Castro's teammates and coaches are taking notice.

"I saw something out of him [Monday] that I hadn't seen in a while," starting pitcher Jake Arrieta said. "He seemed to have more of an aggressive nature about him. He was fluid. He was just tremendous at short. He stood out to me on the defensive side."

"I don't know if you've seen him play better shortstop," Maddon said.


Cubs giving Addison Russell work at second in minors


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Top Cubs prospect Addison Russell is being played at second base at Triple-A Iowa. With Starlin Castro entrenched at shortstop in Chicago, the move will give Russell a chance to advance to the Major Leagues sooner. 

Iowa manager Marty Pevey said, "He'll play second until I'm told for him not to play second," per the Des Moines Register.


Cubs' Starlin Castro has 13 game hit streak snapped


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro saw his 13-game hitting streak, dating back to the end of last season, snapped on Sunday.

Castro hit in the last nine games of 2014 and started this season hitting in his first four, including a three-hit game on Saturday featuring a home run. Castro is hitting .300 on the young season. 


Cubs batting Jorge Soler second, Jon Lester eighth Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Cubs announced the starting lineup for Sunday's season opener against the Cardinals, with right fielder Jorge Soler slotted into the second spot of the lineup.

Soler spent most of his brief action in 2014 batting fourth or fifth, but he'll slot in between center fielder Dexter Fowler and first baseman Anthony Rizzo Sunday.

The full Cubs lineup Sunday: CF Fowler, RF Soler, 1B Rizzo, SS Starlin Castro, LF Chris Coghlan, 3B Mike Olt, C David Ross, SP Jon Lester, 2B Tommy La Stella.

Ross draws the start at catcher with former Red Sox teammate Lester on the mound. Manager Joe Maddon will bat the pitcher eighth, Olt and La Stella join Rizzo and Castro in the infield for the team's first game, with Arismendy Alcantara set to come off the bench.


Cubs' Starlin Castro returns to lineup Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is back in the starting lineup Wednesday after missing five days of action due to right groin tightness. He feels "100 percent" after the time off, MLB.com reports.

Castro is aiming to play 162 games this season, though he hasn't informed manager Joe Maddon of his goal.

"Not yet, but I think they know," Castro said. "They know I want to play that, I want to be there every day. It doesn’t matter if today is a bad game, tomorrow’s a bad game, I don’t care. I’m here, trying to grow up every day and try to be a better player."

Castro is 6 for 26 with two doubles, one triple and two walks this spring.