Casey Coleman went seven innings, his longest outing as a starter, to outlast Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals as the Cubs won 7-3. Coleman gave up 3 runs while, allowing only 5 hits and striking out 4 for the victory.
Among four of the Cubs’ top rookies this season, Casey Coleman, Andrew Cashner, Tyler Colvin, and Starlin Castro have shown a great deal of promise for the future for the Cubs.
Casey Coleman is coming along in the starting rotation. He is 3-2 with a 4.68 era in 7 starts.
Andrew Cashner is 2-6 with a 5.22 era in 49 games. While the stats do not seem overly impressive, both rookie pitchers have demonstrated a great amount of poise and promise for years to come. Cashner could strengthen the Cubs’ bullpen with a little more experience.
Finally, other two C’s are Starlin Castro and Tyler Colvin. Both have had impressive rookie seasons and will receive due consideration for Rookie of the Year honors.
Starlin Castro has struggled at times defensively at shortstop, but has shown good range and has, at times, made some impressive defensive plays that have earned him spots on Baseball Tonight’s Web Gems.
Castro, in 438 at bats, currently is batting .306 with a .352 OBP. He has 9 stolen bases and 30 doubles in 119 games this year. Starlin is sure to rank among the top vote getters for Rookie of the Year.
Finally, Tyler Colvin, prior to getting struck by a broken bat to end his rookie season, batted .254 with 20 homeruns and an OBP of .316.
Colvin did an outstanding job this season. There has been discussion, depending on possible offseason trades or free agent signings, about Colvin possibly moving to first base, a position he hasn’t played since his college days at Clemson.
The 4 C’s of the Chicago Cubs have had a fine rookie season. Congratulations to each of them on their performances. They have proven that they have what it takes to be a Major League ballplayer. Cubs’ fans look forward to next year as the experience and insight gained this year will prepare the rookies for the Cubs’ quest for a world series championship. We hope the 4 C’s continue to work hard in the offseason and keep improving. Good job, guys!