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  1. Couldn’t agree more. Thanks for adding some sanity to the hype and comparisons.

    Comment by Daver — February 24, 2010 @ 11:41 am

  2. Bravo!

    Comment by Norm — February 24, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

  3. thanks for the insight and comps…

    I do think a brief discussion on Castro’s defensive abilities and his comps would need to be part of the discussion. Castro’s defense at an important defensive position is much of the reason behind the hype.

    Comment by Rob G. — February 24, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

  4. Working on a follow-up for tomorrow that gets into this very thing.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — February 24, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

  5. looking forward to it.

    Comment by Rob G. — February 24, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

  6. Callis today in a chat on espn said Lee is more atletic and may push him to 2b. projectprospect likewise suspects he may move off ss. Callis also said he thinks 15-18 homers may be a reasonable peak, 20 a ceiling.

    I do think he has been a bit hyped, but if he can turn into a good fielding, high average, low walk, decent power 2b, I am getting a Placido Polanco comp, and that is pretty good. The development curve would be totally different.

    Comment by wobatus — February 24, 2010 @ 5:07 pm

  7. his MLE line is nothing impressive. Cubs have plenty of no-walk, no-power guys. Can’t understand the hype

    Comment by David MVP Eckstein — February 24, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

  8. Yes, thank you. This Castro stuff is way out of hand.

    .182/.280/.182, 2 BB, 5 K, 25 PA in DWL
    .341/.374/.423, 3 BB, 14 K, 106 PA in AFL
    .341/.374/.423, 5 BB, 19 K, 131 PA Overall with .394 BAbip

    Specifically we had this
    42 Hits, 5 Dbl, 1 Tpl, 1 HR in 123 AB with the 394 BAbip and a .26 BB/K

    That isn’t good!

    Expecting a more realistic .330 BAbip, you are looking at 35 Hits, not 42. Instantly his .341/.374/.423 line drops to .285/.321/.366/.686 with a .305 wOBA; and that’s assuming no doubles would be removed in the removed hits. Yet if he had posted THAT over the offseason, would anyone really care? Probably not considering its worse then the already pretty unimpressive lines he has posted in the minors to this point.

    So far he has proven nothing but an unrealistic BAbip can make bad numbers look good, that he hasn’t necessarily developed with regards to his eye like the second half of last year kind of indicated and that he doesn’t have any power. Yet somehow he is getting all the hype in the world based off nothing really shown and remarkable “tools”. You know, just like his predecessors, Josh Vitters and Tyler Colvin. Two or three years from now will we still be wondering if Castro will ever show anything tangible as well?

    Comment by JoeyO — February 24, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

  9. Sorry, see a line typo above. The AFL line he provided was .376/.396/.475/.871 not .341/.374/.223 which was the combined offseason performances.

    Comment by JoeyO — February 24, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

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