Castro glad to see another young star

June, 26, 2012
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Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is one happy player knowing another 22-year-old star of the future is in the lineup.

[+] EnlargeAnthony Rizzo
David Banks/US PresswireAnthony Rizzo makes a play at first base in the first inning on Tuesday.
Anthony Rizzo's promotion to the major leagues will take some focus and pressure off of Castro.

“He is a part of the future for this team,” Castro said. “It is kind of like the same thing when everybody wanted me called up. It seems they even wanted him more than me because he is a good hitter and a power hitter and he is supposed to help the team in the future.”

Although Castro and Rizzo are the same age, the Cubs shortstop has over two years of big league experience to offer the new guy.

“I think I can help him with some pitchers and try to take a little pressure off of him,” Castro said. “There is always pressure in the big leagues, on and off the field.”

Still more talent appears to be on the way with a crop of prospects like Josh Vitters, Brett Jackson and Junior Lake making their way through the Cubs minor league system.

“That is good that other players are starting to get better,” Castro said. “I want it to be not just me and [Rizzo], it should be about all of us as teammates.”

Rizzo would have to have some debut to equal Castro’s first game. On May 7, 2010, Castro had a home run, a triple and a major league record six RBIs in his first game in Cinncinati.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.292 14 65 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 30
RBIA. Rizzo 71
RA. Rizzo 81
OPSA. Rizzo .889
WJ. Arrieta 8
ERAT. Wood 4.81
SOJ. Arrieta 139