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Old 03-18-2013, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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If Filihok does not mind my completing the infield section...

1) Rockies
2) Rangers
3) Blue Jays
4) Cubs
5) Nationals



26) Astros
27) Mariners
28) Marlins
29) Twins
30) Cardinals

They had an interesting comment on #4, Starlin Castro and the Cubs:
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Castro seldom walks, he’s prone to lapses in the field, and he isn’t much of an effective stolen-base threat. It is beyond easy to focus on the things that Starlin Castro doesn’t do well. But he’s a contact hitter with increasing power who plays a fine shortstop and who’s days away from turning just 23 years old. Last season he played in every game, and the season before he very nearly did the same. Castro might be one of those guys who frustrates because he doesn’t perform at his perceived ceiling, but his actual performance level is great, even if he doesn’t improve. And there’s reason to believe he’s improving.
2013 Positional Power Rankings: Shortstop | FanGraphs Baseball

Its a good point. Watching Castro playing against the Giants last season, my attention was all drawn to what an erratic, flaky player he seemed to be and I didn't think much about the overall package.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:12 PM
 
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As a Cubs fan who has watched a lot of Castro, IMO is a player who does everything on raw talent, but because it has come so easy to him he has never developed a true appreciation or work ethic within the game.

He is an imensely talented player 5 tool player and he shows flashes of greatness. Yet, if he does have marginal work ethic, and concentration issues, he is never going to grow from the player he is now, other than maybe adding some additional power as he matures muscularly.

He could be great and at his age, he certainly is not a suspect by any means. "Will he be?" is the million dollar question.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:27 PM
 
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As a Cubs fan who has watched a lot of Castro, IMO is a player who does everything on raw talent, but because it has come so easy to him he has never developed a true appreciation or work ethic within the game.

He is an imensely talented player 5 tool player and he shows flashes of greatness. Yet, if he does have marginal work ethic, and concentration issues, he is never going to grow from the player he is now, other than maybe adding some additional power as he matures muscularly.

He could be great and at his age, he certainly is not a suspect by any means. "Will he be?" is the million dollar question.
I think that he might be missing whatever quality of ego that Barry Bonds and Rickey Henderson possessed. As with Castro, they were both players with such tremendous raw talent that the game came easily to them. Unlike Castro they both then worked tremendously hard to create the illusion that it was indeed easy for them, they wanted the fans to recognize that they were so superior that the things which others had to struggle to achieve, they could accomplish effortlessly. This egotistical drive was what led them both to have very good work ethics...and probably led Bonds to his decision to use PEDs. These were two men who absolutely, positively intolerant of the idea of their greatness going unrecognized.

It is a character trait which makes for terrific ballplayers, but not necessarily terrific human beings. It might be that what stands between Castro and greatness is his willingness to be as dedicated to his ego as were Barry and Rickey.
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