Well, yesterday was a rough day, so I decided to shut it down and rest. It's done me a lot of good. I think if this were a boxing match, I'd have won rounds 1-3, the flu won 4,5, I came back in round 6, got a little too overconfident about my health and then the flu landed a roundhouse in round 7. But I'm back up and ready to go again...
Keith Law comes out with a fun list every year of the 25 best MLB players under 25. The players are those who have exhausted rookie of they year eligibility. Law describes these players as the players with whom he would start a franchise.
The Cubs have two players on this list. Coming in at #8 is SS Starlin Castro. Law seems to have a lot of the same feelings that we have here about Castro in that he thinks he'll eventually hit 20 HRs and while he doesn't walk much, he's not "clueless" up there. He thinks he'll add another 15-20 walks as he continues to learn the strike zone. What's also nice is Law thinks that if he doesn't improve at all, he's still a valuable player.
In that light, it's easy to see why the Cubs felt little risk in extending him this past summer.
The only other Cubs player on this list is Anthony Rizzo, who comes in at #18. Law calls Rizzo an excellent defensive 1B who should hit in the high .200s with around 25 HRs. One reason he's knocked down a bit is probably positional value (he is the top rated 1B), but Law also expressed concern for the way he lit LHP last year (.559 OPS). However, Law really likes his ability to make adjustments and likes his chances to improve on that.
The Braves had the most players on this list with 4, while Washington had 2 in the top 5. The Royals and Orioles also have 2 players on the list.