Sometimes it seems like everyone around the Cubs is getting a bridge year – except for Starlin Castro.

Theo Epstein is taking his time laying the foundation for sustained success – and the team president clearly believes the 22-year-old All-Star shortstop will be a building block.

Manager Dale Sveum isn't being graded on wins and losses (56-87), and gets high marks for teaching the game and fostering a professional work environment.

Young players from Anthony Rizzo to Brett Jackson to Welington Castillo – each one older than Castro – are allowed to develop at the big-league level.