Starlin Castro has been nothing but a bonafide All-Star for the New York Yankees but as an All-Star for the American League? He may fall short.
“Darlin’ Starlin” has the second most home runs on the team (7), has driven in the second most RBI (21), and has the second highest slugging percentage (.425).
Beyond the numbers, he has managed to make all Yankees’ fans angry about the departure of Robinson Cano, as they finally have a formidable second baseman.
However, competition in the AL at that position is way too large for Castro to emerge as the lead dog or even a reserve.
Cano, Jose Altuve, Ian Kinsler, Jason Kipnis, and more rank above him in batting average as well as most offensive catagories meaning there are more deserving second baseman in the AL.
The three-time All-Star ranks eighth in homers but sits 19th in batting average (.253), 23rd in OBP (.287), 22nd in WAR (.1), and ranks dead last in the AL in BsR which turns stolen bases, caught stealings, and other base running plays (taking extra bases, being thrown out on the bases, etc) into runs above and below average.
Sorry Yankee fans, Castro’s name will not be called during the pre-game ceremonies in San Diego. To revisit the Cano comment, his name will likely be called so neglecting his departure may not be so straightforward, yet.