Never known as an offensive force, Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro has done nothing but mash to begin the 2017 season. In 88 plate appearances over 21 games, Castro is hitting a cool .361/.398/.578 with a 177 wRC+, easily the highest mark of his career to date. He already has been worth 0.8 fWAR, which is 72.7 percent of his total from 2016 (1.1).
This is quite a change from Castro’s past production. Before this spurt, Castro’s highest career wRC+ was 117, back in 2014. His highest fWAR total came way back in 2012, and he was only a league-average hitter that year (100 wRC+) but benefitted from excellent defense at the premier infield position.
Despite having been in the league since 2010, Castro is still young at 27, and he could be beginning to hit his offensive prime. And it isn’t even just Yankee Stadium’s doing; we know that because of his wRC+ — both park- and league-adjusted — showing that he’s almost 80% better than the league-average hitter at creating runs.
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