Castro trying to remove leg kick from swing

Castro trying to remove leg kick from swing

Castro trying to remove leg kick from swing
CHICAGO -- Starlin Castro posted back-to-back seasons with a .300 average and, last year, led the National League in hits. But Cubs manager Dale Sveum thinks the shortstop can do better.

Sveum is trying to convince Castro to get rid of a leg kick that he uses as part of his timing. Castro did just that on Friday against the Pirates' Jared Hughes, and the result was a three-run home run.

"It's one of those things, you'd like to see him quiet all of that down," Sveum said on Saturday. "Because of the hand-eye coordination he has, I think those things could happen more often without all the leg kick that he has and another little hand gesture in there that causes some inconsistencies.

"It's just a matter of trying to get to another level," Sveum said. "He's obviously at one level. We want to get a 22-year-old kid [to a whole different] level."

On Friday, Castro said he used the leg kick last season, which led to him being the youngest player ever to lead the NL in hits.

"We don't want to be hit chasers," Sveum said. "We want to be a complete, full, prolific hitter. Those three-run homers could happen more often. The OPS comes into play with adjusting to situations."