Starlin Castro has quickly become the face of the Chicago Cubs franchise. Castro got Cubs fans excited after his three run home run in his first major league at bat, and continues to give us diehard Cubs fans hope for the future with his consistent contact at the plate and flashy play at shortstop. Thankfully for Cubs fans, it doesn’t look like Castro will be dropping his production anytime soon.
Fan Graphs keeps a stat “wRc+”, which looks at how many runs a player produces based on the league average, which is 100. Out of shortstops with at least 500 at bats between the ages of 20-22, Castro ranks 4th at the league average of 100 wRC+. That’s very good, considering the only other shortstops that rank ahead of him are as follows: future hall of famer Alex Rodriguez with a mark of 144 wRC+, Cal Ripkin Jr., arguably the best shortstop ever with 107 wRC+, and a six time all star Jim Fregosi with 111 wRC+. Although the league average is 100 wRC+, the average for all shortshops is 88 wRC+, which makes Castro’s numbers look even better at just 21 years old.
I don’t want it to seem like I’m saying Castro is going to be a first ballot hall of famer, because he definitely has to sharpen other skills like his plate discipline and ability to make fundamental plays on defense instead of trying to make flashy plays that could lead to errors. But judging from stats such as the wRC+ I can’t help but smile at what us Cubs fans have to look forward to in the future.