While the spotlight shined upon Washington Nationals’ rookie sensation, Stephen Strasburg, whose rookie season ended as quickly as it started, the Chicago Cubs’ Starlin Castro quietly emerged from the shadows to show that he is the real deal.
The Cubs’ shortstop has raised his batting average to .317 with a second half surge that has been unsurpassed. Since the all-star break, no one has as many hits and currently the youngster has strung together a series of multi-hit performances. Castro has been on fire! If Starlin continues to burn up the month of September, then he should be a shoe-in for the National League Rookie Of The Year.
Tyler Colvin is batting .255, with 19 homers and 50 rbi’s has also had a good season and deserves some votes as well.
His defense needs improvement, however, he may be a good candidate to replace Derek Lee at first base.
Note about Stephen Strasburg: It is a shame that Washington didn’t learn the harsh lesson that Kerry Wood and Mark Prior taught us. Maybe, just maybe, if a young pitcher throws as hard as these guys have, then perhaps it would be wise to save that 100 m.p.h. fast ball in certain situations instead of all the time. Perhaps the bullpen would be a better place than the starting rotation. The Cincinnati Reds understand. Aroldis Chapman will be a huge success as long as he remains a reliever. If the Reds add him to the starting rotation then he might as well plan on joining Strasburg on the DL like the rest of them.