The Chicago Cubs hope that they can keep 22-year old righty swinging shortstop Starlin Castro focused and motivated in 2013, as he has the potential to be the best SS in all of baseball. Castro played in 162 games for the Cubs last year and he was 183 of 646 (.283 avg, .753 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 14 homers, 78 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. Castro played in 162 games (161 starts) at SS for the Cubs last year and he had 27 errors while showing really good range. Castro has now played in 445 games in his first three years with the Cubs and he is 529 of 1,783 (.297 avg, .761 OPS) with 222 runs scored, 27 homers, 185 RBIs and 57 stolen bases. 29-year old righty swinging Brent Lillibridge could get some P.T. at SS for the Cubs if he makes the team. He played in 21 games (15 starts) at SS last year and he had 6 errors there while showing pretty horrible range. 29-year old righty swinging Alberto Gonzalez will also have a shot to make the team this spring. He played in 24 games for the Rangers last year and he was 13 of 54 (.241 avg, .556 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs. He played in 9 games (5 starts) at SS for the Rangers last year and he had 2 errors while showing slightly below average range. Gonzalez has now played in 402 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 216 of 893 (.242 avg, .596 OPS) with 91 runs scored, 3 homers, 85 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SHORTSTOPS IN 2013: B+