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Starlin Castro: Potential versus production

Updated: June 15, 2011, 1:37 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro delivered his first career walk-off hit to win Tuesday's extra-inning game. I smiled. I want this guy to be good, because he's young and exciting and brimming with potential. Certainly this is someone who will be a fantasy star someday … but I don't think that day will be in 2011.

Despite being 21 years old, Castro ranks as the No. 7 shortstop on the ESPN Player Rater, with a future bright for power and speed potential. As for the present, he's hit only one home run and stolen seven bases. Frankly, and this is generally viewed as a bad thing in fantasy, Castro has been a hollow batting average guy, and while I can't wait to see what he becomes, potential won't win you a championship this season.

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