Should Starlin Castro lead off for the Cubs this year?

Should Starlin Castro lead off for the Cubs this year?
February 17, 2014, 9:00 pm
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Where should Starlin Castro be placed in the lineup?

It's one of the questions first-year manager Rick Renteria will have to answer. Castro struggled for the first time in his career last year, batting just .245, striking out 129 times and finishing with an on-base percentage below .300. That doesn't exactly scream leadoff hitter, but will Renteria have any other choice to break one of his most talented young players out of last year's funk?

"I don't hate the idea of him hitting leadoff, because you've got to figure out what you have in the guy before the prospects come up, said Patrick Finley. "And he's going to get the most at-bats on the team if he bats leadoff. Now that said, he can't get on base; he's not a leadoff hitter, but you might as well figure out what you've got if this is a lost season before it's even begun."

Peter Brown believes batting Castro leadoff, where he hit .268 last year in 40 games, would act as a motivator for the 23-year-old shortstop.

"The problem is they're trying to light the fire under Starlin Castro," Brown said. "So they're going to hit him leadoff, he gets announced first. Feel good about yourself, you're now the leadoff guy. They're trying anything they possibly can to make him feel good."

Watch the entire debate from SportsTalk Live in the video above.