In his first major-league at-bat, the Cubs shortstop hit a three-run dinger, the sixth player in Cubs history to do so. Later in the same game, he tripled with the bases loaded, and with six runs batted in for the game, set a record for the most RBIs by a player in his major-league debut. Also, um, he’s the first major league baseball player to have been born in the 1990s. Think about that—this guy’s only a few years older than Justin Bieber. Castro finished the admittedly awful Cubs season with a glowing .300 batting average and forty-one RBIs altogether, strong production from a position that has been a bit lacking for the Cubs for, oh, about a hundred years. The Cubs could build a strong team around this infielder of the future (but they won’t, obviously, who are we kidding), as long as he tightens up his defensive play—Castro’s twenty-seven errors in 2010 led the team and was second in the National League.
Best of Chicago 2010