For most of last season (and the year before) I wasn’t very bullish on Starlin Castro as a fantasy option. He didn’t seen to have enough pop or enough speed to be a major factor, and though I knew he’d hit around .300, I wasn’t sure he’d be able to score enough runs or tally enough RBI to make up for it. As it turns out Castro did just enough of everything to be a top 40 player, and he gives hope to Dustin Ackley owners everywhere that a player without elite power or speed can derive the majority of his value from a good batting average.
Best case scenario: A repeat of 2011 with a couple more homers
Similar players: Melky Cabrera (SF), Derek Jeter (NYY), Brandon Phillips (CIN)
Worst case scenario: Dustin Ackley (SEA)
BA (especially vs. LHP), balance. The .300-plus average carries even more weight since Castro closes in on 700 at-bats per season, and he batted .342 against lefties last season. Other than that, Castro’s splits were incredibly even.