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Stats current through 6/29 games

With just a month remaining until the 2018 MLB trade deadline, teams are separating themselves into two distinct categories: buyers and sellers. With the Marlins sitting at a record of 33-50 and 14 12 games out of the division lead, they will clearly fall into the latter category. One of the names that will be shopped for the next month will be starting second baseman Starlin Castro.

Castro was acquired in the blockbuster trade this past winter that sent franchise star Giancarlo Stanton to The Evil Empire. The primary reason for including the 28-year-old second baseman in the deal was to offset some of the salary headed to the Bronx. According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, Castro was set to make approximately $11 million in both 2018 and 2019, with a $16 million club option in 2020 that features a $1 million buyout clause. In other words, he’s not exactly cheap, but the contract is movable if he was performing well.

Ely mentioned this in a piece just the other day, but if the season were to end today, Castro would have posted the third-worst slugging percentage in his career, a paltry .388. To date, the right hander is batting .276/.324/.388 on the year while hitting five home runs and batting in 31 runs.

The low slugging percentage begged the question for me: does Castro just not hit the ball as hard anymore? Thanks for FanGraphs, we can examine the numbers.

Starlin Castro Batted Balls Profile

Year Team Soft Hit % Medium Hit % Hard Hit % SLG %
Year Team Soft Hit % Medium Hit % Hard Hit % SLG %
2010 Cubs 18.8 53.5 27.8 0.408
2011 Cubs 24.9 52.1 23.0 0.432
2012 Cubs 16.9 56.3 26.9 0.430
2013 Cubs 14.1 54.5 31.4 0.347
2014 Cubs 16.0 54.9 29.1 0.438
2015 Cubs 23.4 52.9 23.6 0.375
2016 Yankees 16.1 52.7 31.2 0.433
2017 Yankees 21.8 49.0 29.2 0.454
2018 Marlins 15.1 47.1 37.8 0.388
Stats courtesy of Fangraphs

Source : https://www.fishstripes.com/2018/7/1/17520724/marlins-trade-deadline-starlin-castro-rumors-market-fit-cardinals-dodgers-indians-brewers

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