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Starlin Castro Takes Batting Practice (Video)

In 2010, Starlin Castro finished 10th in the National League with a .300 batting average while playing in 125 games for the Chicago Cubs.  Yet, what made the feat even more impressive was the fact the rookie shortstop did it as a 20-year old.

Ranked by Baseball America as the 16th best prospect in baseball headed into the 2010 season, Castro was called up by the Cubs on May 7 after posting slashes of .376/.421/.569 in 26 games at Double-A Tennessee.  In his first Major League game, not only did Castro crack a three run, opposite field homer in his first at-bat, but he also ripped a bases clearing triple to notch six RBI in his MLB Debut.

Although Castro only hit two more home runs over the course of the season, the youngster displayed a knack for making hard contact, as evidenced by his .345 BAbip, 29 walks, and 71 strikeouts in 463 at-bats.  It will be interesting to see if Starlin’s contact rate — as well as his batting average in general — will taper off in 2011, or if he might just be that rare breed of successful, free-swinging hitter.

Here is a video of Castro taking batting practice before the Arizona Fall League’s “Rising Stars Game” in 2009:

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