Starlin Castro
Starlin Castro
31-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Washington Nationals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Castro began the season as the Nationals' second baseman, playing in the club's first 16 games until he broke his right wrist diving for a ball. The fracture required season-ending surgery, though Castro has already been deemed 100% recovered. Pre-injury, Castro was posting numbers nearly identical to 2019 with the Marlins -- a bit below league average overall, but thanks to volume, useful for fantasy purposes. He enters 2021 with the inside track at the starting gig at either second or third base, with the slim chance both Luis Garcia and Carter Kieboom earn the jobs in the spring. Castro is slated to bat in the bottom half of the order, hindering his ability to compile counting stats. It really depends what you're looking for: BA stability or a riskier pick with more category sizzle. Keep in mind Castro starts with only second-base eligibility after also qualifying at third base in 2020. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#413
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$Signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Nationals in January of 2020.
Returns from restricted list
2BWashington Nationals
June 18, 2021
Castro (personal) was reinstated from the restricted list Friday, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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The 31-year-old was placed on the restricted list Wednesday while tending to a family matter, but he'll rejoin the team ahead of Friday's series opener versus the Mets, though he's absent from the starting lineup. Castro is hitting .239/.287/.312 through 254 plate appearances this season, so there's a chance the recently promoted Luis Garcia receives some opportunities for playing time.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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vs RHP
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2
19
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+34%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+28%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+129%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .866 261 26 9 31 0 .335 .364 .502
Since 2019vs Right .647 743 66 17 83 2 .237 .275 .373
2021vs Left .726 70 2 0 9 0 .323 .357 .369
2021vs Right .568 195 13 2 15 0 .212 .267 .302
2020vs Left 1.279 17 4 0 1 0 .500 .529 .750
2020vs Right .558 46 5 2 3 0 .182 .217 .341
2019vs Left .881 174 20 9 21 0 .323 .351 .530
2019vs Right .685 502 48 13 65 2 .252 .283 .403
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+31%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+103%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .717 514 47 13 66 2 .266 .296 .421
Since 2019Away .691 490 45 13 48 0 .260 .300 .391
2021Home .693 133 7 1 15 0 .270 .316 .377
2021Away .527 132 8 1 9 0 .213 .265 .262
2020Home .887 44 6 1 3 0 .333 .364 .524
2020Away .436 19 3 1 1 0 .111 .158 .278
2019Home .703 337 34 11 48 2 .255 .279 .425
2019Away .768 339 34 11 38 0 .286 .322 .447
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Stat Review
How does Starlin Castro compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.33
 
BB Rate
6.8%
 
K Rate
20.4%
 
BABIP
.298
 
ISO
.078
 
AVG
.242
 
OBP
.291
 
SLG
.320
 
OPS
.610
 
wOBA
.273
 
Exit Velocity
81.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.0%
 
Barrels/PA
4.1%
 
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Castro played in all 162 games for Miami and was rewarded by the Marlins declining his team option, making him a free agent this winter. He signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Nationals in January. His compiler skills were allowed to be on full display with the Marlins because they had nothing else, and while Washington may not allow him to play quite as often as Miami did, Castro remains a strong bet to clear 600 PA. His skills have been rather consistent in that Castro rarely walks, makes decent contact and has used that approach to put up a career .280 batting average. He has made nearly 6,200 trips to the plate in the majors, so he feels a lot older than 30. A lot will depend on where he slots into the Nats' lineup. What he did last year for a rebuilding club should be commended, but his low-OBP profile figures to push him to the bottom half of the order, limiting his counting stats.
Even though he was just 28 years old, Castro must have felt like a senior citizen in the Marlins' clubhouse after the club’s fire sale last offseason. He returns, another year older, but still toiling for a squad looking at an extended rebuild. Castro didn’t pout, topping 150 games for the third time in four seasons even with taking time off for paternity leave late in the season. His numbers suffered compared to previous seasons, in large part due to moving from Yankee Stadium, one of the most generous hitting venues, to Marlins Park, among the stingiest. Castro’s skills were in sync with career norms, though he did set a personal best with a still-low 7.4 BB%. After posting a 15.5% HR/FB in his two years in the Bronx, Castro’s mark predictably slipped to 8.8% his first season in South Beach. There’s no upside, but if you’re looking for roster stability, Castro offers a solid floor, boosted by volume derived from durability.
Castro was on his way to a career-best campaign, making the All-Star team with a .313 average, 12 homers, 45 RBI and 52 runs in the first half. However, hamstring issues not only forced to him to miss the Midsummer Classic, but also resulted in a pair of stints on the disabled list, costing Castro a total of just over seven weeks. Still, he finished with 16 homers, the second-highest total of his career, while batting .300 for the first time since his rookie season. With the Yankees, Castro's HR/FB doubled compared to his time with the Cubs, but a low 30 percent flyball rate caps his power to the low 20s. That said, a contact rate consistently hovering near 80 percent offers a solid batting average floor. Despite last season's injury woes, Castro is durable and should be the regular second baseman for the Marlins after coming over in the Giancarlo Stanton trade.
Already a three-time All-Star entering his age-26 season, Castro was shipped away from the Cubs following a disappointing 2015 season and the emergence of young middle infield depth that made him disposable. Playing full time at second base for the first time, he socked a career-best 21 home runs in his first year in the Bronx and hit .270, but it wasn't all good for Castro. He continued to walk at a very low clip and saw his contact rate slip below 80 percent for the first time. Further, the speed element of his game that led to at least 20 steals in two of his first three seasons has all but disappeared, as he only attempted four steals in 2016. Nevertheless, his first season with the Yankees marked an improvement overall and he ultimately raised his OPS over 60 points from the year before to .733.
Just when it looked like Castro might have turned the corner in 2014, he had another disappointing season and found himself giving up shortstop to Addison Russell in the second half. Castro had some big moments in 2015, and when Russell went down with an injury in the postseason, he was ready to step back in at short, but he hasn't shown a lot of growth in his six years in the league. Last year he had a career-low 21 walks and 36 extra-base hits. Empty singles hitters who can't draw walks or steal bases (he has just nine thefts in the last two years) probably shouldn't be starting, but he is fully expected to open 2016 in a starting role after the Yankees made a play to acquire him in the offseason. A bottom-third lineup spot seems likely, although he should qualify at shortstop and second base in most formats.
Castro bounced back from a disastrous 2013 with a career-high .777 OPS and 14 home runs, but he only stole four bases all year - after topping 20 in both 2011 and 2012 - and missed most of September with an ankle injury. In the meantime, the Cubs brought up Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara, and also traded for Addison Russell. Any of that talented trio could potentially usurp Castro at short in the next couple of years. Castro isn't exactly playing for his position this year - he's still just 25 - but if he doesn't improve on his batting eye (35:100 BB:K ratio) and the younger alternatives continue to develop, he could be the type of player who gets dealt for help on the mound as the Cubs complete their rebuilding process.
Castro led the National League with 666 at-bats last year, and the rest of his numbers were just as evil. Despite reaching base more than 200 times, he tallied only 59 runs and 44 RBI – abysmal totals relative to the high workload. The 30:129 BB:K ratio is unacceptable for any hitter, but it's even more egregious when you consider that Castro is supposed to be one of the offensive leaders of the team and that he only hit 10 home runs. He turns 24 right before the beginning of the season, so he is still young enough to turn it around – he certainly has the talent to do so – but if he doesn't make huge strides in 2014 it may be time to put the “bust” label on him for good and give his starting job to uber-prospect Javier Baez.
A 29-point BABIP drop was essentially the only difference between Castro's 2011 season and a slightly disappointing 2012. He still hit 14 homers, stole 25 bases and scored 78 runs on a bad offensive team while playing shortstop. Nonetheless, there wasn't a lot of growth from age 21 to 22, either. It's possible this is all he'll ever be - a guy who can hit .300 with some pop, but won't take a walk - and for a shortstop, he'd certainly make a nice living doing that. But it's also possible at age 23 that he takes another step. One area of concern is the low stolen-base success rate - in a sabermetrically-savvy organization like the Theo-Epstein Cubs, that won't fly forever.
The crown jewel of the Cubs organization, Castro led the National League in hits as a 21-year-old. He makes good contact, and has developing power (eight of his 10 homers were in the season's final 69 games). Castro doesn't walk much, but that just makes his batting average even more at-bat heavy. Castro also stole 22 bases, but is still a little raw in that department as he was caught nine times. The bottom line, this slick fielding (though occasionally unfocused) shortstop has batting-champ hitting skills, improving power and good raw speed (nine triples). He'll be a fixture in the top third of the team's lineup for the foreseeable future, and at 22, he should only get better.
The Cubs' top prospect heading into 2010, Castro did not disappoint. He hit .300 in 463 big league at-bats and slugged .408 as a 20-year-old rookie shortstop. Castro did commit 27 errors, giving him the second-worst fielding percentage among qualifying shortstops, but his excellent range and strong arm largely made up for it. Castro doesn't draw a lot of walks, and despite having good speed, he was caught stealing eight times in 18 attempts. He enters 2011 as the unquestioned starter and one of the key pieces around which the franchise plans to build. Castro reportedly put on 15 pounds of muscle since the summer, enhancing the likelihood that some of his 31 doubles and five triples clear the fence this year.
Castro's performance at High-A Daytona and Double-A last season was impressive for a player who won't turn 20 until March. Castro hit for average, made contact and stole 28 bases. While he could stand to draw more walks, he wasn't allergic to the base on balls, either, especially at Double-A where he drew 10 in 111 at-bats. Castro's glove is major-league ready right now, and he'll get a long look during spring training. Chances are he'll start the year at Double-A, but if he continues to progress, it wouldn't be a shock to see him with the big league club this summer.
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Placed on restricted list
2BWashington Nationals
Undisclosed
June 16, 2021
Castro was placed on the restricted list Wednesday so he can tend to a family matter, Maria Torres of The Athletic reports.
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Not starting Tuesday
2BWashington Nationals
June 15, 2021
Castro will sit Tuesday against the Pirates.
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Doubles in second straight
2BWashington Nationals
June 14, 2021
Castro went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Giants.
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Sitting Sunday
2BWashington Nationals
May 30, 2021
Castro is not in the starting lineup Sunday against the Brewers, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
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Breaks slump with homer
2BWashington Nationals
May 18, 2021
Castro went 1-for-5 with a solo home run during Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.
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