Found June 25, 2013 on Obstructed View:
It's no surprise to even the most casual Cubs fan that Starlin Castro is having a terrible year. By no measure is Castro even a replacement level player this season, and he's on pace for a blistering -2.4 WAR on the season. Just how bad is Castro this year? It's pretty conceivable that Javier Baez would be a better option at SS this year. That sounds insane – and 99% of the time, it really is. Unfortunately, this might be the 1%. Starlin Castro – 326 PA: .228/.264/.318, 3 HR, .257 wOBA Javier Baez* – 290 PA: .218/.267/.410, 11 HR, .311 wOBA *This is a minor league equivalency calculation, from this site. We can take one of two things from this. First, MLE says that Baez could put up a .677 OPS in the majors right now (and this seems more-or-less accurate, if a little optimistic). Second, holy **** is Starlin Castro terrible this year. One would think that Baez' defense would close the gap between the two, and maybe it would; however, Castro already has 16 errors this...
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