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Pro-Side Scouting Report: Starlin Castro, SS, Cubs

December 6, 2009

Starlin Castro reminds me of Alfonso Soriano, back in the young days with the Yankees. That’s a good place to start for a guy who is going to find his way to Wrigley Field where he can play with the actual Soriano. By that time, the real Soriano might be thrilled if he can look anything like the player I am comparing him too.

Chicago Cubs
6-1, 190, B/T: R/ R
Games seen: 2, Innings: 15

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Tall and athletic, professional body already. Long limbs and high hips, strong and almost filled out, yet supple. Possesses long and loose, strong arms, big hands and forearms, strong hands; physically growing into first class shortstop frame.

STRENGTHS: Best tools now are power, arm and speed. Strong and fast hands, great athletic actions, won’t have to get-it-all to get a ball out. Very good now, still has physical projection.

WEAKNESSES: Doesn’t trust hands consistently enough against hard velocity yet. Just needs to learn to disciple to unlock full average and power abilities. Believe player will adjust to hard pitching. 

SUMMARY: Doesn’t project to have one skill that is below average. Believe power, speed and arm will be game-changing major league tools. Believe player will have ability to hit for average. Arm can stay at short, though needs to show enough range to stay. Player should become a cornerstone offensive player.

Grades: (Present/Future)
Hit           45/65
Power    45/70
Speed    55/60
Arm       60/70
Field      45/55

Overall Future Potential: 64

What the Grades Mean

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One Response to “Pro-Side Scouting Report: Starlin Castro, SS, Cubs”

  1. […] By now you are all aware, I am a huge fan and believer in Phillies OF prospect, Domonic Brown.  John Klima over at Baseball Beginnings made my Saturday when he posted a Pro-Sided Scouting Report on Brown.  The Royals need a true cornerstone outfielder and I think that Domonic should be their primary goal along those lines.  Unfortunately, the Phillies probably aren’t going to let him go and the Royals probably aren’t willing to put together a package that would get it done.  Yesterday Klima also posted a report on Cubs SS prospect, Starlin Castro. […]

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