Rusney Castillo Pawtucket Red Sox  |  Outfield

     
 

Age: 31
Born: July 9, 1987
Ciego de Avila, Cuba

Height
: 5-9
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
How Acquired: International free agent (Aug. 2014)

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Physical Description: Short, strong, lean, athletic build. Maxed out physically. According to Baseball America, has put on 20 pounds of muscle since defecting from Cuba.

Hit: Plus bat speed. Hands are quick through the zone. Uses a short stride. Line drive-oriented swing with slight uphill plane. Length in swing. Solid bat control. Wants to hit; aggressive first-pitch swinger. Expands the zone, but knows what he can handle. Pull hitter. Potential solid-average hit tool.

Power: Max-effort swing. Strong for his size. His obvious strength generates his bat speed. Power most likely to manifest as line drive doubles to the gaps rather than home runs. Below-average power potential.

Arm: Plus arm strength when he lets it fly, but doesn't always show that type of arm strength.

Field: Average speed and athleticism should allow him to cover plenty of ground. Won a Gold Glove in Cuba.

Run: Light on his feet, accelerates quickly when he goes all out. Was timed at 4.1 seconds to first in Cuba according to Baseball America, but speed has regressed as he has gotten older. Average speed. Will steal a handful of bases, but not a major part of his game anymore.

Summation: Could be an excellent fourth outfielder, or maybe even a second-division starter, but contract situation creates a quandary for his career. Unlikely that any team will think his salary would be worth bringing him up the big leagues, particularly given change to recent CBA that no longer allows teams to remove salaries from CBT calculation via outright, so is likely stuck in Triple-A for the duration of his contract.
 
   
  Hitting Stats                                          
year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2008 Ciego de Avila CNS Cuba --- 20 28 43 12 15 3 1 0 8 20 4 10 0 2 0.349 0.417 0.465 0.882
  2009 Ciego de Avila CNS Cuba --- 21 44 99 11 30 2 1 2 10 40 2 19 2 4 0.303 0.333 0.404 0.737
  2010 Ciego de Avila CNS Cuba --- 22 88 364 75 118 22 4 18 79 202 17 42 29 6 0.324 0.373 0.555 0.928
  2011 Ciego de Avila CNS Cuba --- 23 95 376 80 125 28 2 16 66 205 32 42 22 7 0.332 0.395 0.545 0.940
  2012 Ciego de Avila CNS Cuba --- 24 68 234 41 64 6 2 6 29 92 31 29 15 9 0.274 0.377 0.393 0.770
  2013 DNP - Defected --- --- --- 25 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2014 Boston AL MLB Bos 26 10 36 6 12 1 0 2 6 19 3 6 3 0 0.333 0.400 0.528 0.928
  2014 Surprise AFL Fall Bos 26 8 36 10 10 3 0 0 1 13 3 6 1 1 0.278 0.333 0.361 0.694
  2014 Caguas LBPRC Wint --- 26 10 37 5 15 2 0 1 6 20 2 4 2 0 0.405 0.415 0.541 0.955
  2015 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 27 40 156 17 44 7 0 3 17 60 14 28 10 2 0.282 0.337 0.385 0.722
  2015 Boston AL MLB Bos 27 80 273 35 69 10 2 5 29 98 13 54 4 5 0.253 0.288 0.359 0.647
  2015 Caguas LBPRC Wint --- 27     Playoffs Only                        
  2016 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 28 103 395 55 104 20 5 2 34 140 24 68 9 3 0.263 0.312 0.354 0.666
  2016 Boston AL MLB Bos 28 9 8 4 2 1 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0.250 0.250 0.375 0.625
  2016 Caguas LBPRC Wint --- 28 14 51 6 20 3 0 0 7 23 5 7 3 2 0.392 0.431 0.451 0.882
  2017 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 29 87 347 52  109 22 0 15 43 176 11 51 14 2 0.314 0.350 0.507 0.857
  2017 Caguas LBPRC Wint --- 29 13 43 8 13 3 0 2 7 22 1 5 1 1 0.302 0.348  0.512 0.859
  2018 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 30 117 474 56 151 31 0 5 59 197 29 80 13 7 0.319 0.360 0.416 0.776
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: Roos-NAY
First Pro Contract:
August 23, 2014 (Boston)
Signing Bonus: $5,400,000
MiLB Debut: August 31, 2015 (GCL Red Sox)
MLFA Eligible: November 2020
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2018
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
September 17, 2014 (Boston)
MLB Service Time (through 2018):
143 days
Options Remaining
: 1 (2014, 2015, 2016) (4 option years)
Contract (2019): $11,000,000
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
International League All-Star (2017)
International League Season-End All-Star (2017)
International League Player of the Week (June 4-10, 2018)
International League Season-End All-Star (2018)
2018 Pawtucket Red Sox MVP
SoxProspects.com Awards
2017 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2018 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (June 4-10, 2018)
2018 SoxProspects.com All-Star

 

  

 
 

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