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Rusney Castillo | Outfielder | #38

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/9/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 196
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2014 / UDFA / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Red Sox sent OF Rusney Castillo outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Castillo was placed on waivers by the Red Sox over the weekend and passed through unclaimed. The 28-year-old outfielder from Cuba has batted just .262/.301/.379 in 337 major league plate appearances since signing a $72.5 million contract with Boston in 2014. He'll begin playing in games at Pawtucket this week. Mon, Jun 20, 2016 02:07:00 PM

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox have placed Rusney Castillo on outright waivers.

Castillo will clear waivers, as there's no one interested in taking on what remains of his contract. The Cuban import has disappointed since Day 1 after inking a $72.5 million deal and will now be off the Red Sox' 40-man roster.
Sun, Jun 19, 2016 12:08:00 PM

Red Sox optioned OF Rusney Castillo to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo has had a hard time finding playing time in a crowded Red Sox outfield this season, seeing a total of just eight plate appearances with the big league club. He'll continue to play everyday and bide his time at Triple-A until he's needed again.
Sat, Jun 18, 2016 08:51:00 AM

Red Sox recalled OF Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo was up for a few days last week but didn't see any playing time. He could see a little time in left field this time around but can be ignored for fantasy purposes.
Sun, Jun 5, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Red Sox optioned OF Rusney Castillo to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo didn't see a plate appearance in his brief stint with the big club. He's no longer needed with Jackie Bradley back from paternity leave.
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 03:28:00 PM

Red Sox recalled OF Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo will hold down a roster spot for a couple of days while Jackie Bradley, Jr. is away on paternity leave. He has struggled at the Triple-A level this year and can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Tue, May 31, 2016 03:35:00 PM

Red Sox optioned OF Rusney Castillo to Triple-A Pawtucket.

On April 7, manager John Farrell said "we're not there yet" in terms of sending Castillo to Triple-A. We're there now. The 28-year-old outfielder hit a tough .183 during spring training, ultimately losing his starting job to Brock Holt. In 273 at-bats last season, the 28-year-old Cuban import slashed .253/.288/.359 with five homers, 29 RBI and four steals. He's still owed $60.4 million.
Wed, Apr 13, 2016 11:43:00 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said the team isn't considering sending Rusney Castillo to the minors right now but acknowledged it could happen later on.

"I won’t rule out that it might come up in conversation as we go forward," said Farrell. "But we’re not there yet." Castillo was expected to open the season as Boston's starting left fielder but hit only .183 during spring training and eventually lost the job to Brock Holt. The Red Sox are keeping him as a fifth outfielder right now but he'd probably be better off getting regular at-bats in Pawtucket. To this point, the 28-year-old from Cuba has been a major bust.
Thu, Apr 7, 2016 08:43:00 PM

Rusney Castillo went 0-for-3 with a strikeout on Thursday, leaving him at .179/.246/.196 in 56 at-bats this spring.

It's surprising that the Red Sox intend to carry Castillo as a fifth outfielder after his ugly spring; sending him down to Triple-A would make much more sense. Perhaps they could still go that route if the right outfielder becomes available this week, though they seemed to have a pretty good alternative in David Murphy before he was let go.
Thu, Mar 31, 2016 04:43:00 PM

Rob Bradford of reports that the Red Sox are not considering sending Rusney Castillo to Triple-A Pawtucket to start the season.

Castillo's status as the starting left fielder is being challenged by Brock Holt, but even if he loses the job it sounds like he's still going to be on the big club. The Cuban defector has been a disappointment essentially since Day 1 after signing a $72.5 million contract.
Sun, Mar 27, 2016 09:21:00 AM

Rusney Castillo went 0-for-4 as Boston's center fielder and leadoff hitter Friday.

Castillo hasn't seemed overmatched at all this spring, but he has a very modest .267/.333/.300 line through 30 at-bats. He probably doesn't need a big next two weeks to secure his job, but it'd still be nice. At the very least, the Red Sox figure to let him play regularly in April before making a judgment on him.
Fri, Mar 18, 2016 04:09:00 PM

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski doesn't believe Rusney Castillo is "an established Major League player" yet.

Castillo was thought to be the frontrunner for Boston's starting right field job and probably still is, but Dombrowski's skepticism suggests he could end up platooning with Chris Young. "[Castillo] has to go out and show he can earn the job," said Dombrowski. "Do we think he can do it? Yes. But he still has to perform and show us that he can." 2016 will be a make-or-break year for the 28-year-old.
Sat, Feb 27, 2016 06:57:00 PM

Rusney Castillo said Saturday that he has worked this offseason to shorten his swing in an effort to better handle major league velocity.

Castillo struggled to consistently catch up with the fastball during his 80 games with the Red Sox last year. He also struggled to get on base, slashing .253/.288/.359 with five homers, 29 RBI, four stolen bases and a 54/13 K/BB ratio in 289 plate appearances. The 28-year-old is slated to open the season as the club's starting right fielder.
Sat, Jan 23, 2016 11:06:00 AM

Rusney Castillo will join Criollos de Caguas for the Puerto Rican Winter League playoffs.

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in October that Castillo would not participate in winter ball because he "looked tired" at the end of the 2015 regular season, but the 28-year-old Cuban outfielder now has Dombrowski's blessing after two full months of rest. Castillo is expected to be available for 12 postseason games for Criollos de Caguas, played in a round-robin tournament. He'll open the 2016 season as Boston's starting right fielder.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 03:01:00 PM

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that there are no plans to have Rusney Castillo play winter ball.

Dombrowski said that Castillo "looked tired to me" down the stretch, so they just want him to get some rest in advance of spring training. The 28-year-old batted .253/.288/.359 with five home runs, 29 RBI, and three steals over 80 games this season. He's expected to be a regular in Boston's outfield in 2016.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 03:17:00 PM

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