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Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro made it to the big leagues last year, but that doesn’t mean he’s done putting in his time. This winter, he’s being shipped off to the Dominican Winter League to continue working on his game. Don’t let anyone tell you that kids these days don’t understand hard work.

The 20-year-old shortstop has reported to the Leones de Escogido in the Dominican Winter Leagues and was expected to play his first game Saturday or Sunday. Former Cubs outfielder Moises Alou is Escogido’s general manager. Castro is playing without any restrictions from the Cubs.

“I came to work on my defense, primarily on my throw to first base,” Castro said. Muskat Ramblings.

As much as folks talk about young players’ offensive development, Castro’s development in the field should be watched at least as closely. He has the potential to be a very good hitter, but if his fielding improves commensurately with his offense, he could be an above-average shortstop with an outfield bat. You don’t need me to tell you how valuable that would be.

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