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Home: N/A Team:   MARLINS
Height: 6' 2" Bats:   R
Weight: 230 Throws:   R
DOB: 3/24/1990 Agent: Paul Kinzer
Birth City: Monte Cristi, D.R. Draft: 2006 - Cubs - Free agent
Uniform #: 13  
2007 DSL Dom. Lg. Cubs   60 221 47 66 6 2 2 31 13 2 23 24 .371 .371 .299
2008 AZL AZL-Cubs   51 196 33 61 11 5 3 22 6 5 14 33 .364 .464 .311
2009 SL TENNESSEE   31 111 11 32 6 3 0 14 6 0 10 12 .347 .396 .288
2009 FSL DAYTONA   96 358 45 107 17 3 3 35 22 11 19 41 .338 .388 .299
2010 SL TENNESSEE   26 109 20 40 8 5 1 20 4 5 9 11 .413 .560 .367
2010 NL CUBS   125 463 53 139 31 5 3 41 10 8 29 71 .347 .408 .300
2011 NL CUBS $440.00 158 674 91 207 36 9 10 66 22 9 35 96 .341 .432 .307
2012 NL CUBS $567.00 162 646 78 183 29 12 14 78 25 13 36 100 .323 .430 .283
2013 NL CUBS $5,857.00 161 666 59 163 34 2 10 44 9 6 30 129 .284 .347 .245
2014 NL CUBS $5,857.00 134 528 58 154 33 1 14 65 4 4 35 100 .339 .438 .292
2015 NL CUBS $6,857.00 151 547 52 145 23 2 11 69 5 5 21 91 .296 .375 .265
2016 AL YANKEES $7,860.00 151 577 63 156 29 1 21 70 4 0 24 118 .300 .433 .270
2017 AL YANKEES $9,857.00 112 443 66 133 18 1 16 63 2 0 23 93 .338 .454 .300
2017 IL SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE   6 24 4 8 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 4 .360 .458 .333
2017 EL TRENTON   2 7 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .286 .429 .286
2018 NL MARLINS   72 282 40 77 19 1 3 25 3 0 22 63 .321 .379 .273
  • Castro's name, "Starlin," is a tribute to fellow Dominican native Stan Javier, a former big league outfielder and favorite of Diogenes Castro, Starlin’s father. Javier now works for the Players Association.

  • Castro's baseball education began on the ragged neighborhood fields of Monte Cristi, a coastal fishing town of 25,000 situated on the northwest edge of the Dominican Republic. The oldest son of a fisherman and a housewife, Starlin-like so many others in his home country-started playing the game with a milk carton for a glove when he was seven.

    He remembers his father, Diogenes, waking up every morning at six to head for the boats docked off Monte Cristi. Asked what he'd be doing if he weren't in baseball, Starlin says, without a beat, "Fishing." Diogenes wanted his son to be a pitcher, but Starlin always knew he was destined to be a shortstop because, as a boy, he would "take ground balls all day, until the sun went down."

    In the fall of 2006, Starlin, then 16, showed up with his uncle Manuel for a tryout at the Cubs' academy in Santiago. A scout named Jose Serra watched as the boy took grounders at shortstop. "He was so weak, he had nothing coming out of his arm," recalls Serra, "but he had a good arm action, loose and quick, and that was something."

    Nothing the boy hit reached the warning track, but "he was the only one who made contact on everything they threw to him -- fastballs, changeups, sliders, everything," says Serra. "You don't see 16-year-olds who can do that."

    After the two-hour session, Serra approached Manuel and asked what it would take to sign the boy. "He said $60,000, and I said how about $35,000?" recalls Serra. "He said no, but we could talk after he had another tryout a few days later with the Indians."

    Driving from Santiago back home to San Pedro, Serra thought to himself, if the Indians see this kid, they're going to sign him. He called Manuel, and they agreed on a $45,000 signing bonus.

    When Starlin returned home that day, he told his father, "Now you can rest. No more fishing. I'll take care of the family now." (Albert Chen-Sports Illustrated-5/09/11)

  • As a budding shortstop, Starlin Castro was partial to Miguel Tejada, whose chattiness and non-stop energy resonated with him.

    “He’s kind of a crazy guy,” Castro said. “He has fun all the time. You see him smile, and you can tell how much he loves baseball.”

  • In 2009, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Starlin as 7th-best prospect in the Cubs' farm system.

    But in the winter before 2010 spring camps opened, Castro jumped all the way up to #1 prospect in the Cubs' organization.

  • Starlin is a good team player. And he has a great work ethic. And, for all his multi-tool talents, Castro remains humble, giving credit to his teammates.

    He is quiet, shy, and as of the 2011 season, speaks little English, using an interpreter, which is usually Cubs third base coach Ivan DeJesus.

  • His Latino coaches call him zancudo (mosquito).

  • Castro is an intelligent player and a caring teammate. He is a solid, positive presence in the clubhouse.

  • Starlin is a proud Dominican. He aspires to be as successful playing shortstop in the Majors as fellow countrymen Jose Reyes and Miguel Tejada. And his performance has drawn him comparisons with those two, and with Tony Fernandez and even Derek Jeter.

    "I hope to be like them," Castro said of his countrymen, Reyes and Tejada. "I know it will take hard work."

  • On May 7, 2010, Castro made his big league debut, becoming the first player born in the 1990s to play in The Show. Against Cincinnati starter Home Bailey, Castro, with two men on, launched a 2-2 pitch into the rightfield bleachers at Great American Ball Park in his first Major League at-bat. Later, Starlin added a three-run triple.

    With the performance, Castro became the first player in Major League Baseball history to drive in six runs in his big league debut. He also became the third youngest player to hit a home run in his first at-bat and the sixth Cubs player in team history to do so.

  • The earliest World Series he recalls watching as a boy was Marlins-Yankees in 2003, when he was 13.

  • In May 2011, Starlin got to sit down and chat with his favorite player, Miguel Tejada.

    "He asked me a lot of questions about the game, how he could be better," Tejada said. "I'd love to help him."

    It's not the first time a young shortstop has reached out to Tejada. Hanley Ramirez and Jose Iglesias also have asked for advice.

    "It makes me feel good and proud of myself when you see all those young guys who can be superstars of the future and they want to get information," Tejada said. "He asked me how to stay in the big leagues for a long time. He's a really smart kid. I was the same—when I was young, I asked a lot of questions. Because in this game, you never stop learning. That's probably why he's like that.

    "What I like about him is his energy," Tejada said. "He can play defense, he can hit—I think the best part about him is his hitting. I think he's going to be the guy of the future on that team."  (Carrie

  • Early in January 2012, Chicago police investigated an accusation that Castro sexually assaulted a woman in the fall of 2012, but no charges were filed and Castro's representatives deny the allegation.

  • WBBM Newsradio in Chicago reports that the unidentified woman, who is in her 20s, was at a River North nightclub Sept. 29, 2011, when she met Castro. After 3:00 a.m., she went with a friend to his apartment, where she alleges that the assault took place. The woman went to a hospital the next evening. Police became involved, while Castro left for his offseason in the Dominican Republic, according to the report.

    But on April 20, 2012, Cook County prosecutors said they would not even file charges against Starlin. He declined to get into specifics, but said he's learned a lot from the experience and says he now knows to be more careful.

  • March 28, 2013: Starlin left the team to be with his girlfriend for the birth of their child.

  • December 19, 2013: Castro filed a countersuit after reportedly having $3.6 million seized from his bank accounts after the Cubsshortstop refused to pay three percent of his earnings to a Dominican Republic baseball school.According to multiple media reports, Castro's father, Diogenis Castro, signed an agreement with Mi Futuro Biliguer (My Future Big Leaguer) and coach Manuel Nunez when Castro was 15, requiring him to pay a percentage of his career earnings if he made the Major Leagues.

    The source told Jesse Rogers of that the countersuit filed by Castro's attorney discredits that contract and that a father cannot sign away a son's future earnings.

    Castro paid Nunez an unspecified amount after signing his first big-league contract, but Nunez believes he is owed future earnings, and funds were seized from several banks, according to reports.

  • When Castro was called up to the Cubs in May 2010 at the age of 20, Alfonso Soriano, then in his 12th season in the big leagues, welcomed the infielder into his Chicago home. The invitation didn't come at the team's request or because both were from the Dominican Republic, but rather it came about because that's what some of the Yankees players did for Soriano when he first joined the team in 1999.

    Soriano and Castro didn't just live together, they were inseparable. They trained together, hit together, ate together. "He was kind of like my father," Castro said of his former teammate. "Not everybody can have people who, when you come to the big leagues the first time, take me to his home and let me live with him," Castro said. "I didn't pay a bill, I didn't pay for what I ate, I didn't pay nothing."

    Soriano would take all the Cubs' Latino players out to dinner every road trip and always picked up the tab. He never let anyone else pay. "He talked about good things, like things you can learn about the game," Castro said of the dinner conversations. "He's a smart guy. He talks about things that you have to listen to and learn. He's awesome. We miss him here."

    Cubs Catcher Welington Castillo added, "You want to have a guy like him close to you who can help you in everything—in life, in games," Castillo said. "He was real special for all the Latin players."

    "Soriano would smile if he was hitting four home runs in a game and making it look easy or making four outs a game," Anthony Rizzo said. "He was always having a good time."

  • Soriano is the godfather of Castro's son, Starling Jr.

  • December 26, 2014: According to a report from the Dominican Republic's El Caribe newspaper, six people were injured in a shooting in Castro's hometown of Monte Cristi after an altercation that involved Castro's bodyguards and brother.

    According to his agent, Paul Kinzer, Castro was walking through a parking lot while an "assassination attempt" was taking place on somebody. A second time, he was simply near gunfire during a concert. Both times Castro had conversations with the police. He admits it was scary.

    "In the wrong situation at the wrong time," he said. "It's tough because right now the problems follow me."

  • Starlin decided to move to Arizona in January 2015.

    "Too many problems over there," Castro said. "I have to move. I have to do something so I'm not involved in negative things. I'm not that kind of person."

    Before 2014 spring training, Castro got serious about his conditioning and subsequently made his third All-Star team after a down year in 2013. Before 2015 spring training, he was addressing his "environment."

    "It was a wake-up call of sorts for him," Cubs President Theo Epstein said. "I think it's going to end up being something good for him."

  • Castro still has his first baseball glove. He got it at 12 or 13 years old when an American vacationing in the Dominican Republic gave it to him. Castro slept with the glove next to him. He used it during his tryout with the Cubs a few years later. 

    "After that I didn't have a glove," Castro said. "Some people went on a vacation to the Dominican, an American guy, and they played with us in the league I was playing in, and he pitched that day and he gave me his glove. That's the glove I had when I had my tryout [with the Cubs]. I still have it. My mom and dad didn't have any money to buy me a glove. That guy coming there to give me that glove, I didn't sleep for three days. I was so excited. I kept touching my glove. It was a really good, professional baseball glove. It was so important."

    His father did what he could, and he bought Castro his first glove when he was 6 years old. But it was plastic. (C Muskat - - June 19, 2015)

  • Now, Castro's 2-year-old son, Starlin Jr., has his own glove, bat, shoes, batting gloves and uniform. But what Castro likes the most is watching his son learn the game at an early age.

    "He almost has the same mobility I had, the same everything," Castro said of his son. "I asked my mom, I asked my dad how I was at that age, and they tell me I did exactly the same."

    And Starlin Jr. has the benefit of being the son of a big league ballplayer.

    "It's different because now [my son] can have everything," Castro said. "He can have a bat, a glove. [When I was growing up], we didn't have anything. We were trying to figure out how life was going to be. It's really fun now, really fun to see him every day. He wakes me up every day in the morning. He'll say, 'Hey, Daddy, let's go play.' It's so much fun to see him."

  • Castro's father, Diogenes, was a fisherman in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic, and would be on the water early. But when Castro returned home from school, his father was waiting to hit grounders and work on hitting. Diogenes would pitch little rocks for Castro to hit or they made balls by bundling two socks and wrapping them with tape.

    "The person who taught me how to play baseball was my dad," Castro said. "I remember where I lived, there was an empty lot, and he would hit ground balls there every day—every day. I'd go to school in the morning, and then go to the field." (C Muskat - - June 19, 2015)

  • January 7, 2016: Castro's favorite "Welcome to New York" moment was a lengthy telephone conversation with Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, the new Yankees infielder said in a post on Derek Jeter's The Players' Tribune website. "That's the sort of call that you dream about as a kid … and it really was a dream come true," Castro said. "Reggie had so much advice and encouragement for me—and said that he was looking forward to working with me in Spring Training. I think I smiled for the rest of the day after we got off the phone." (B Hocn - - January 7, 2016)

  • Let the record show that the first reference to "Starsky and Dutch," an applause-worthy blend of Starlin's in-dugout nickname and Didi Gregorius' heritage, was spoken on the air by Yankees broadcaster Suzyn Waldman. It deserves to have staying power.

    It is never a cinch to jell with new teammates, but Castro and Gregorius have made it look easy.

    "Everybody's doing his job," Gregorius said. "That's the main part of the team. It's just helping each other out. We look like we're really good right now, so we try to stay on the same page."

    Plenty has been said and written about Castro's blistering start, owning a pair of homers and eight RBIs in the team's first five games, but Gregorius has been just as sturdy as he begins his second season in New York.  

    "I give them a lot of credit, because so far this season, there really has not been a weak link in the lineup," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "They've all contributed. That makes it much more difficult for teams to navigate through our lineup."  

    Castro has credited Gregorius for helping his transition; the two had adjacent lockers during Spring Training and spoke often, something that has carried over into the regular season. They'll talk about offense, defense, velociraptors -- pretty much what you'd expect in a baseball clubhouse.

    Wait, what? The crew at Yankees On Demand took note of the budding friendship this spring, having the players reenact a classic scene between Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in the motion picture "Step Brothers." (If you haven't seen it, you should.)

    "He's a really great guy," Gregorius said. "He's here to work, he wants to get better every day. We talk all the time and we're picking everybody's brain. That's why we try to keep it fun up the middle."

    Castro and Gregorius were inseparable for long stretches of the spring, even heading once to a golf driving range in the Tampa, Fla., area, but they were most often found on the back fields with infield coach Joe Espada, honing their baseball (and comedic) timing.

    "He made the transition last year to second base, but he looks like he's been playing there," Gregorius said. "He's comfortable, he's doing everything the right way. I like playing with him."  (Hoch - - 4/11/16)

  • For much of his early career with the Cubs, Castro was labeled as a great talent, but one who did not always focus.

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, "He loves to play the game. Those kinds of things you could sometimes see from afar, but there's a toughness there within Starlin that I've seen that really impresses me.

    "I just think it's his personality. He loves to play. He has fun He laughs. He smiles. He's very personable. And he plays had. I think that's probably the biggest reason. Those are all good reasons. He's still young. It seems like he's been playing forever, but he's still a young player."

  • Walk up song:  Starlin Castro's walk-up song at Wrigley became an entire chill-inducing experience with 42,000 people clapping and stomping along with the rhythm of "Ando En La Versace":


  • 2006: Castro signed with the Cubs for $45,000, via scout Jose Serra.

  • September 2012: The Cubs signed Castro to a seven-year, $60 million contract.

  • December 8, 2015:  The Cubs traded Castro to the Yankees for Adam Warren and INF Brendan Ryan.

  • December 9, 2017: The Yankees sent Starlin and two prospects to the Marlins, acquiring Giancarlo Stanton and all but $30 of his gargantuan $295 million contract.
  • Castro came up as a five-tool player. 

  • In 2009, Daytona Cubs (FSL) manager Buddy Bailey said, "The only other player I've ever put on a scouting report that, when he plays in the big leagues his team will be a contender to win a championship every year, is Derek Jeter. And (midway through the 2009 season) I put that report in on Castro.

    "He is going to play every day on the big league level and put (the Cubs) in position to win championships," Bailey said. "There are players who play in the big leagues, and then there are players you have who are special and you can win championships with."

  • Starlin hits a lot of balls that have a lot of backspin. His home run totals should improve every year. He may even get to 20 dingers per season.
  • Starlin has a good approach at the plate. He might remind people of a young Edgar Renteria.

    He has good power, especially for a little guy. That is due to very strong wrists and hands. He covers the plate well, can square up on balls and has enough strength in his wrists to hit more home runs every season.

  • Castro can hit the curveball. Pitching just does not intimidate him. He lets the ball come to him and almost always seems to have an intimidating at-bat. He has no trouble with breaking pitches, often taking the first one from a pitcher he hasn't seen before, sizing it up and attacking the next.
  • Starlin makes so much contact that he doesn't draw many walks, though he does work counts. He's still learning to look for pitches he can drive in certain situations.

    His plate coverage is comparable to Vladimir Guerrero.

  • In 2011, Castro became the youngest player ever to lead the National League in hits, finishing with 207. Before that, the youngest hits champion was the Cubs' Charlie Hollocher in 1918, who was 22 years and 83 days old. Castro, who finished 2011 with a .307 average, was 21 years and 188 days old.Castro's game jersey was sent to the Hall of Fame.
  • Castro's offensive drought in 2013 was startling.

    One NL advance scout said, "He has looked anxious at the plate. There's too much movement going on before his hands get going. I think his leg kick could be modified as well. When he's right, his swing and movement are more relaxed."

  • Castro led off the ninth inning with a single for his 900th career hit. He's the youngest Cubs player to reach the milestone.  (Frisaro - - 6/2/15)

  • April 9, 2016: At 26 years and 16 days, Castro is the fifth-youngest player to reach 1,000 hits in the past three decades.

    He follows Miguel Cabrera (25 years, 142 days), Roberto Alomar (25 years, 189 days), Ken Griffey Jr. (25 years, 268 days) and Alex Rodriguez (25 years, 282 days).

  • September 28, 2016: Some of the most recognizable names in Yankees history took their positions in the middle of the diamond, but for all of that talent, Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius have accomplished something that the likes of Derek Jeter, Willie Randolph, Tony Lazzeri and Phil Rizzuto never did.

    Gregorius hit his 20th home run of the season in the Yankees' 6-4 victory over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, joining Castro (21) as the first double-play combination in franchise history to each hit 20 or more home runs in a single season.

    "My mom actually told me that," Gregorius said. "Me and Castro, we talked in Spring Training about just trying to make something great. We said, 'Let's be the best we can.' We try to push each other and help each other out, on and off the field. It's great and it's fun.

    "To be the first middle infielders in Yankees history, we can say that we added something to all the history that's already here."

    Castro and Gregorius are just the third double-play combination in Major League history age 26 or younger to hit at least 20 homers, according to the YES Network. They joined the Astros' Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa (2016) and the Mariners' David Bell and Alex Rodriguez (1999).

    Both Castro and Gregorius have established new career highs in homers this year; Castro's previous high was 14, done twice with the Cubs, while Gregorius' previous high was the 9 he hit last season with the Yankees. (Bryan Hoch -

  • As of the start of the 2018 season, Castro's career Major League stats were: .282 batting average, 99 home runs with 496 RBI's in 4,544 at-bats.
  • Starlin has very good range to both sides and a strong, accurate arm. He can play any position on the infield.

    He is sound defensively at shortstop and second base.

  • Castro has steady hands and exhibits very good body control.
  • He displays fine instincts in all areas of the game. He anticipates well and moves quickly to both his left and his right. And he can make the play deep in the hole.

    And he has a strong, accurate arm to throw runners out from deep in the hole. His arm rates a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale—top of the line.

  • Starlin's natural ability shows around the bag at shortstop.

    "You can tell he loves to play the game," Cubs minor league coach Tom Beyers said in 2009. "He plays with a reckless abandon and isn't worried about what's in front of him."

  • In 2012, Castro became the first player in Chicago Cubs franchise history to play at shortstop in all 162 games in a season. Castro surpassed the single-season franchise mark of 160 set by Ivan DeJesus in 1978 and 1979. 

    It was Castro's 161st start at short, and he is the first to total that many. DeJesus ('78) and Don Kessinger ('68) both held the previous mark of 158 starts.

    Castro also is the first Cubs infielder to appear in all 162 games in a season since Hall of Famer Ron Santo did so in 1968.

    Only three players in the big leagues have played 162 games at shortstop during the last 10 seasons: Baltimore's Miguel Tejada ('03 and '04), Montreal's Orlando Cabrera ('03), and Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins ('07).

  • Starlin has above average speed. He has enough to steal some bases, and is learning how.

    He times out at 4.0 or 4.1 seconds from home plate to first base.

  • Generally, Castro does not have a good stolen base success rate.
  • In 2017, Castro stole only one base for the Yankees.
  • March 2, 2014: Castro suffered a hamstring injury missing over a week of spring training. The Cubs were careful with him. By mid-March, he was still only running at 40 percent.
  • September 3, 2014: Starlin missed the rest of the season with a high left ankle sprain. He injured himself sliding into home in the first inning of a 7-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers as his cleat got caught in the dirt around home plate. He limped off under his own power and X-rays showed no fractures. He underwent an MRI to rule out any ligament damage.
  • June 27-July 15, 2017: Castro was on the DL with right hamstring strain.

    July 22-Aug 25, 2017: Starlin reinjured his hammy and was back on the DL.

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