The Young Guns

Starlin Castro sat out for one game because of poor play from the night before.  was it a disciplinary thing by Mike Quade or was it frustration?  The thing is that Starlin Castro leads the League in hits and that’s a good thing.  The performances by the Cubs younger players like Castro, Darwin Barney, the amazing Tony Campana and Tyler Colvin have been nothing short of outstanding this year. 

It’s the play by the veterans that have been sub par(with the exception of Ramirez and Pena).  So, I don’t know if benching Castro for the game was the right idea.  He needs to play and even if it is lacklustre, he needs to be there, to get experience and to take his lumps like any seasoned veteran.  That’s the facts.  I’ve been watching the Cubs this year because of their young stars.  Campana’s amazing speed(He’s probably the fastest player in the majors) is exciting and Barney’s incredible intuition for the play and he’s without a doubt, one of the best all around players in the game.  Not flashy, but a gamebreaker.  I wouldn’t compare him to Reed Johnson, but maybe, ok, Darwin is a smart player.  Tyler Colvin has gone out and put to work his practice in triple A.  perhaps he’s a clutch player and he’s done the job he’s supposed to do.  Starlin Castro?  Future Hall of Famer.

Good years ahead

—Mark Gauthier


  1. This is a very simple game... · August 25, 2011

    Castro is amazing. One of the most naturally talented young players in the game, without question. But the laziness, the errors and the, for lack of a better term, ADD could really bite him in the ass in a year or two if he doesn’t learn to reign them in. Was benching him the right thing to do? Depends on how it was handled and the message he took from it. But if he gets the message that he needs to grow up a little and takes it to heart, imagine how amazing a player he will be when he can balance the raw talent with discipline.
    — Kristen


  2. WrigleyRegular · August 25, 2011

    I really like the future of Castro.

    Barney is having a nice season, but I’m not sold on him just yet.

    This has been a wasted season for Colvin, but I’m no where near ready to give up on him.

    Tony Campana is fast. The kid across the street from me is fast. If your not gonna hit with power, you better get on base at better than a .310 clip. He is still young, but I don’t ever see him being more than a 4th or 5th OFer.


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