8/18 Future bright for Castro
Starlin Castro made a nice defensive play to end the first inning Wednesday, but he also made his 18th error on Tuesday night.
“Castro is 20 years old and he’s learning on the job at the big league level, which is not the easiest thing in the world,” Lou Piniella said Wednesday. “You’ve got to like the things this kid has done. He’s handled it well, he’s worked at it, and he’s very approachable. The kid is going to be a really good ballplayer. Just have some patience with him.”
Castro has 326 at-bats this season with the Cubs. He began the year with 886 at-bats in the Minors, and never played at the Triple-A level.
“I came to the big leagues and I had six full seasons in the Minor Leagues and 3,000 at-bats,” Piniella said. “That’s not the case here. Shortstop is a demanding position to play, and it’s probably the toughest place on the field to play. I think he’s handled it well. Has he made some rookie mistakes? Yes. Will he continue to make rookie mistakes? Probably so. But at the same time, let’s look at the whole picture and the whole picture is a pretty one.”
– Carrie Muskat