Normally I try very hard to not get my hopes up for players reaching the 3000 hit mark.  I especially shouldn’t be doing this for a 21 year old player.  Then again most 21 year olds don’t get over 200 hits in a season.  I had to go onto Baseball-Reference and look up other players who have done what he has done.  Hall of Famers Arky Vaughn, Travis Jackson, Bobby Doerr, and Roger Hornsby.  There are also players like Gary Templeton who had a brilliant beginning to his career and than faded as injuries took over the direction of his career.

This season Starlin Castro hit 0.307 with 207 hits, 10 homers 66 RBIs, 91 runs, and 22 stolen bases.  With those numbers Jeter would have been in the top 10 in MVP voting while Castro was 23rd.  At just 21 years old, he is got to be one of the best prospects for big things.  The question is, will he be like Rogers Hornsby or like Gary Templeton.  I have no idea but it will be fun to see how his career turns out.

As for his card’s values on eBay, most of his autographs sell between $20 – $40, and his game used are not far behind at $15 – $20.  Of course there are versions of his cards that run into the hundreds of dollars, but those are the very short numbered, high dollar products.  For now at that price he is a buy in my opinion.  The only thing I would be worried about is that he doesn’t have the power or the speed that would make him elite.  I think it’s worth a gamble though.


What do you think about Starlin, a buy or sell?

2 responses »

  1. Hackenbush says:

    I’m a little worried that Starlin will be someone who doesn’t work hard enough to stay at a high level over the long haul. We’ll see.

  2. Mike D says:

    Having been on the short end of things worth watching at Wrigley the past two seasons, Starlin is certainly a talent beyond his years. More than just work ethic will suit his success. What is put around him will, in my opinion, determine his fate. He has spent two seasons in a locker room with the likes of Latin (influences) Carlos Zambrano, Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Marmol – all of which have been maligned, all of which have complained about their contracts, and all of which have shown complete lacks of focus, effort, care and willingness to appreciate their gifts of talent and status as a supposed star for the Cubs.
    If Epstein can figure a way to clean out the clubhouse – notably Zambrano and Ramirez – there might be hope for the kid. But hitting third likely will put him in Hanley Ramirez company – both in numbers and likely ability to flame out…

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