Player Profile: Starlin Castro
First of all, my apologies for not posting the last few days. I was visiting friends in LA and was having way too much fun.
Starlin Castro is without question one of the brightest young stars in the game. As the first MLB player ever born in the 1990s, Castro hit a cool .300 in his rookie year—before he could legally drink a beer. In his first full season, 2011, he led the NL in hits with 207 while swiping 22 bags in his first All-Star campaign. What’s even more remarkable, is that Castro, at 21 years old, became the youngest player to ever lead the NL in hits.
Castro’s is the type of swing that wins batting titles, and in those lightning-quick hands is the Louisville Slugger M9 S318. That exact model is available, but the only one they do sell has Dustin Pedroia’s signature on it, not that it really matters.
Castro runs well in the Nike Huarache 2KFresh in royal/white. These ARE available in his colors, and also in several other colorways.
Starlin’s batting gloves are a little trickier and my research also raised some questions about Curtis Granderson‘s as well. The TPX Bionic batting gloves look identical to the TPX CB1 batting gloves, except that the Bionics have a pad on the palm under the pinky, presumably as a way to combat stinging. It doesn’t look like Castro has this pad, so the batting gloves that are most like his are the CB1 style. Castro wears a white/royal/red version at home, similar to his 2011 version that you see in the feature. Though you can’t buy gloves exactly like his, there is a pair of CB1′s which have the same colors, just in different parts of the glove. On the road, he wears a grey/red/royal version.
Here are the links:
Louisville Slugger M9 S318 (this goes to all S318′s but the only M9 version has Pedroia’s signature on it)
Nike 2KFresh (general search, even includes youth version)
TPX CB1 Batting Gloves (the white/royal/red version is the most similar to Castro’s exclusives)
Starlin Castro is not known for his defense (yet). In fact, people tend to be critical when talking about his play in the field. If I could speak to his critics, I would ask: were you a master of your profession at 22 years old? The exceptionally young Castro has improved his fielding over his short career just as you would expect. Here is a very quick article that demonstrates his range in an interesting way, as he leads the league in “infield knockdowns,” or keeping the ball in the infield on a play where a runner would otherwise advance. Not that that’s proof he’s a Gold Glover in the making, but it’s a very valuable stat.
Starlin Castro wears a Wilson A2000 1786-SS, and from what we saw, the version he uses is exactly like the black/light brown version you see in the feature.
- Starlin’s A2000 1786-SS. Screenshot from MLB.tv.
For those iconic Wrigley day games, you will catch Castro wearing Nike Show-x1 exclusive sunglasses. His colors are similar to the style in the feature, except that the lense is the “Grey with Orange Flash” color and the nose piece is white. Starlin’s are actually a mash-up of the versions already available online.
- Here’s a good look at Castro’s Show-x1 sunglasses. Screenshot from MLB.tv.
Castro also wears a Phiten sleeve most like the MLB Authentic Collection Power Sleeve pictured, except that the Phiten logo is lower down and grey instead of black. It is otherwise identical, and the version in the feature is available online.
Here are the links:
Wilson A2000 1786-SS Glove (Castro’s is the lighter brown version, not the darker brown version which seems to have better availability)
Nike Show-x1 Sunglasses (Again, Castro’s is an exclusive version that looks like the white/red and white/blue combined)
Going to get back to updating tomorrow. A-Rod first, since it looks like Tulo’s is pretty much the same (though I will double-check that.