News: 5 days agoCastro took part in his first workouts of summer camp Thursday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
Spin: The veteran infielder was held back after flying in from his home in the Dominican Republic, but after clearing the league's protocols Castro got right to work. The delay doesn't appear to have slowed him down. "It was good to see Starlin," Nats manager Dave Martinez said. "It looks like he did a lot of stuff during the off time, and he's ready to go. He looked good today, so it's good to have him back." Castro is expected to man second base and hit in the heart of the team's order this season.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Castro upped his production in his second season with the Marlins, establishing career highs with 22 home runs, 86 RBIs and a .166 ISO. His peripherals fell in line with his career norms; Castro rarely walked (4.1 BB%), kept his strikeouts down (16.4 K%) and made good contact (82.5% contact rate). The veteran's steady floor is his most desirable asset from a fantasy perspective. During the past four seasons, his xBA fell between .262 and .271, and his xSLG remained in the .407-.432 range. Those numbers are pretty near league average, which is a fine term to describe Castro's game as a whole. After the Marlins declined his team option, the Nationals scooped him up, and he is likely to start at second base. The move away from Miami could boost his numbers slightly, but it's best to expect another season of average production and treat anything more as a bonus.