Since we’re light years away from opening day and no breaking news in sight, I decided to look at the all time best rookie seasons put up by a shortstop that had enough at bats to qualify for the batting title. Here are the results, sorted by OPS+ (adjusted OPS). Scanning the list, I can’t seem to find Jeter, Rodriguez or Garciaparra. Just sayin’. So the discussion for today is Do you believe in Starlin Castro, and what do you expect from him in 2011?

Player OPS+ Year Age Tm PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG
Charlie Hollocher 134 1918 22 CHC 586 72 161 23 6 2 38 47 30 26 0 .316 .379 .397
Johnny Pesky 119 1942 22 BOS 686 105 205 29 9 2 51 42 36 12 7 .331 .375 .416
Arky Vaughan 114 1932 20 PIT 555 71 158 15 10 4 61 39 26 10 0 .318 .375 .412
Dave Bancroft 104 1915 24 PHI 665 85 143 18 2 7 30 77 62 15 27 .254 .346 .330
Dave Altizer 102 1906 29 WSH 493 56 111 9 5 1 27 35 0 37 0 .256 .324 .307
Whitey Witt 100 1916 20 PHA 626 64 138 16 15 2 36 55 71 19 0 .245 .315 .337
Pat Listach 99 1992 24 MIL 649 93 168 19 6 1 47 55 124 54 18 .290 .352 .349
Dick Howser 98 1961 25 KCA 719 108 171 29 6 3 45 92 38 37 9 .280 .377 .362
Topper Rigney 98 1922 25 DET 642 68 161 17 7 2 63 68 44 17 8 .300 .380 .369
Joe Tinker 98 1902 21 CHC 545 55 132 19 5 2 55 26 0 27 0 .263 .300 .333
Starlin Castro 97 2010 20 CHC 506 53 139 31 5 3 41 29 71 10 8 .300 .347 .408
Rafael Furcal 97 2000 22 ATL 542 87 134 20 4 4 37 73 80 40 14 .295 .394 .382
Mickey Doolan 97 1905 25 PHI 524 53 125 27 11 1 48 24 0 17 0 .254 .292 .360
Phil Rizzuto 96 1941 23 NYY 548 65 158 20 9 3 46 27 36 14 5 .307 .343 .398
Joe Boley 96 1927 30 PHA 415 49 115 18 8 1 52 26 14 8 5 .311 .361 .411
Glenn Wright 96 1924 23 PIT 662 80 177 28 18 7 111 27 52 14 6 .287 .318 .425
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