Starlin Castro recorded a career-high four hits against Milwaukee on Wednesday raising his average to .318–highest among all rookies.
Since making his debut May 7, Castro has reached base 110 times, third-most of all rookies, and collected 88 hits, trailing only Marlins’ rookie Gaby Sanchez’s 89 hits.
Castro’s .432 average since July 10 ranks second in the majors, including 13 runs scored, 11 doubles, two triples, one homer, 10 RBI and 13 multi-hit games.
Although Castro is in the midst of a terrific run at the plate, his overall numbers lag behind the leaders for the NL’s Rookie of the Year Award.
The hardware aside, however, Starlin is showing the early hype surrounding his talent is legit. At long last, the Cubs seem to have found its franchise shortstop!
Ryan Dempster offered high praise for former teammate Ted Lilly following Wednesday’s 15-3 win against Milwaukee.
Mark it down as the Cubs’ first official sales pitch to re-sign Teddy this offseason!
“With Teddy, I always appreciated him every day for what a teammate he was, and what a competitor he was…probably more than anything.”
“I always thought I was the most competitive person out there; I never thought I would find someone more competitive than me. We pushed each other as individuals to do the best we can to help our team.”
“The 3 1/2 years I played with him were as good a time as I’ve had playing baseball. I learned as much from him as I am sure he learned from me. I probably learned more from him. It was truly an honor, not just as a baseball player, but as a human being to be around him every day. I know (the Dodgers) got someone pretty special over there,” said Dempster.