Making the jump from Double-A to the majors last May, shortstop Starlin Castro immediately made an impact for the Cubs and showed they made the right decision.

Second-year Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has a .307 career batting average through his first 129 career games in the majors. He has 32 doubles, seven triples and three homers. (AP)

As a 20-year old Castro put together a strong rookie season as he finished 10th in the National League in batting with a .300 batting average. According to ESPN, he is only the fourth player in MLB history to hit .300 at the age of 20. Castro, who played in 125 games for the Cubs in 2010, showed his potential offensively by finishing with 31 doubles, five triples, 42 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in his rookie season. While those numbers are impressive, he had most of his at-bats in the 2 spot for the Cubs as a rookie and hit .307 when batting there.

Castro’s strong rookie season has carried over into a strong start to his sophomore campaign. Castro, who just turned 21 a couple weeks ago, entered Tuesday’s game against the Diamondbacks with a .500 average (8 for 16 in four games), four runs scored, two triples and a double while mainly batting out of the 2 slot. He has been the prototypical top of the order hitter as he’s put the ball in play and taken pitches. He has two walks and one strikeout so far this season. Castro has yet to show much power at the major league level and that remains to be seen.

His current career totals- a .307 average with 32 doubles, seven triples, three homers, 10 stolen bases, 31 walks and 72 strikeouts in his first 129 games – are comparable to New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who likely will be in the Hall of Fame after his career is done. In his first 172 games (15 in 1995 and 157 in 1996) Jeter hit .309 (195 for 630) with 29 doubles, seven triples, 10 homers, 85 RBIs, 14 steals in 21 attempts, 51 walks and 113 strikeouts.

What is evident is that he should be a fixture in the Cubs lineup for years to come and already looks to be one of the team’s top players.

One of the few areas he has for improvement is defensively and that will likely come the more he plays. He committed 27 errors in 544 chances at shortstop last season and has one error in 19 chances through the first four games this year.

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