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May 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (13) reacts after being called out during the ninth inning at U.S Cellular Field. The Chicago White Sox defeat the Chicago Cubs 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Cubs' Starlin Castro close to regaining old form

It goes without saying that Chicago Cubs’ shortstop Starlin Castro was one of the more disappointing fantasy baseball stars of the 2013 season.

May 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (13) during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

That disappointment impacted his draft value coming into this season, but owners of Castro may want to hold onto him for a while as it looks like the old Castro could be back.

Sure it is odd using the term “old Castro” when talking about a 24-year old player, but it applies in Castro’s case.

Castro’s fortunes changed dramatically this year for the good after posting a line of only .245/.284/.347 a year ago.

He’s now hitting cleanup, at least for Thursday, and Castro responded by going 3-for-4 with a home run off Michael Wacha, and two RBI  in a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Castro now is sitting at .291/.333/.475 on the season.

More importantly, he’s shown progress in a number of other areas.

Castro has improve his walk percentage (5.5% vs. 4.3% last year), EYE (0.39 vs. 0.23), and power (.184 ISO vs. .124 for his career), which are all good signs that he could be regaining the form he flashed from 2010-11.

On the down side he has just one stolen base, but hitting lower in the order, that is going to happen, but I would expect him to run a little more as the season progresses

At the end of the day Castro still has a long way to go to show that he is back to being one of the top fantasy shortstops in the game, but the signs are encouraging.

Castro’s getting there and you may want to look to try and scoop him up cheaply now.

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