Cubs Can’t Be Shortsighted With Castro

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Chicago CubsFriday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) When it comes to Starlin Castro’s fielding percentage, the good news is that it’s improved every season. But the bad news? Well, after four years of big league ball, it’s still never been better than .967.

And for those of you scoring at home, that’s not good.

Despite Castro’s high-profile struggles at the plate in 2013, I still believe that he’s is a natural-born hitter, and hopefully he shows that again this summer in Chicago. But on the flip side, based on his proclivity for errors – both physical and mental – while out in the field, I’ve never really believed that the guy is a natural-born shortstop.

Rather, he just plays one on TV.

So far, much of the talk this spring in Mesa has been if Castro, the Cubs’ 23-year-old entrenched shortstop, and Javier Baez, the Cubs’ 21-year-old phenom shortstop, can eventually co-exist on the same roster.

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