Originally written on Razzball  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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Starlin Castro – In the crazy town of Chicago, this 22-year-old shortstop certainly has the gift of game. He has been approaching the level of top tier at his position, but this has as much to do with his upside as the general lack of talent among other shortstops in the league. Looking at his 2012 season, it could very well be interpreted as a disappointment due to his drop in batting average, on base percentage, and slugging. To contrast, he has already reached a career high in home runs and should do the same in stolen bases. On the surface, his strikeout rate and frequency of pitches outside of the strike zone that he is swinging at have both increased, a potential cause for concern. However, when combined with some of the other factors, I believe that he is trying to employ a more aggressive approach. The increased strikeouts could simply be a tradeoff for him increasing his home run to fly ball rate, which has led to an increase in home runs. This appears to be more of a conti...
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