10/20 AFL update

Starlin Castro shifted over to second base Monday for the Mesa Solar Sox, and went 1-for-4 in a 8-1 loss to the Peoria Javelinas in Arizona Fall League play. Castro has played shortstop in the Cubs’ Minor League system. Maybe the Cubs are considering him for 2010 at second? Mesa third baseman Josh Vitters, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick in 2007, was 0-for-4.

— Carrie Muskat


I thought Andres Blanco showed enough in 09 to be given a shot as SS in 10 moving Theriot to second. Do you think the Cubs consider Blanco inferior to both Theriot and Castro at either SS or 2B? I think the best case scenario would be Theriot at 2B and an upgrade at SS so why not either Blanco or Castro at SS? I would think either would be better defensively than Theriot. I am a Theriot fan, just thinking about getting stronger up the middle.
I also read in today’s paper that Jaramillo is interviewing with the Cubs and 800,000.000 is being mentioned as his salary which would make him the highest paid coach in baseball…is that true? That would be right up Jim Hendry’s alley, paying the highest price for the “big free agent” that will solve ALL the Cubs’ problems. Soriano is 5 years older than when Jaramillo “helped” him in Texas and that much worse in the outfield, so how much would Jaramillo help HIM? Or Fukodome? Even Fukodome’s “personal” hitting instructor from Japan didn’t get him from spinning like a top in the batter’s box. Hendry is going after the wrong big fish AGAIN. No knock on Jaramillo just appears to be another typical Hendry move.

Blanco showed enough on defense; he has to show he can hit. I think Castro needs more time, but he’s real close. I like that he’s playing some 2B but would like to see him stick at SS.

As for Jaramillo, it’s interesting to read those salary figures when he hadn’t even interviewed. Hitting coaches usually have similar messages; it’s how they present it and communicate it that makes a difference. Gerald Perry and Von Joshua aren’t bad hitting coaches — the players didn’t apply what they suggested at the plate. Is Rudy the right guy? I don’t know. But DeRosa did give him a lot of credit for his turnaround in ’06. The Rangers have always had good hitters under him. Keep in mind, Joey, Rudy isn’t being hired to help Soriano in the outfield, just at the plate.

I do understand Jaramillo would (could) help Soriano at the plate, just had to get my zing in at Hendry for wasting money and time on an 8 year contract with a terrible outfeilder that should be a DH. The other thing we should keep in mind is that during his first two years with the Cubs Soriano seemed to do o.k. “at the plate” under Gerald Perry..hmmm….Maybe Hendry is better off going after the best free agent surgeons, trainers, healers etc to help soriano and his remaining FIVE YEARS IN LEFT FIELD…ARGHHHHHH!!!!!

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