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Rusney Castillo | Outfielder

Team: International Player
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/9/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Jesse Sanchez of hears from a source that Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo worked out for the Phillies on Tuesday.
28 out of 30 MLB teams were reportedly on hand for Castillo's showcase on Saturday and he's now scheduling private workouts for teams. According to Sanchez, he'll work out for the Red Sox on Friday and the Mariners on Sunday. Meanwhile, Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the Yankees have also scheduled a workout. Known for his plus-speed, Castillo could receive a contract in the range of Yasiel Puig's $42 million deal with the Dodgers. Jul 29 - 2:39 PM

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Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday that the club may schedule a private workout with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo.

"He's definitely an interesting player," Luhnow said. Castillo had a showcase for 28 teams on Saturday and has private workouts scheduled with the Phillies and Red Sox, with the Orioles and Yankees also expected to have a one-on-one workout. Baseball America's Ben Badler has listed, in addition to the aforementioned clubs, the White Sox, Mariners, Giants, Blue Jays, Cubs and Braves as potential suitors. There's speculation that Castillo could receive a contract similar to Yasiel Puig's $42 million deal.
Jul 28 - 8:48 PM

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies are going to hold a private workout with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on Tuesday.

Castillo's showcase on Saturday in Miami drew officials from 28 major league teams and the 27-year-old apparently put on a show, running a 60-yard dash in 6.4 seconds and showing impressive power to all fields during batting practice. Castillo is represented by Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports management group and is thought to be seeking a contract worth more than the $42 million that Yasiel Puig got from the Dodgers. The Red Sox and Yankees also have private workouts scheduled.
Jul 28 - 2:08 PM

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo has "sparked speculation" that he could match Yasiel Puig's $42 million contract.

Castillo was, by all accounts, highly impressive during his workout for teams Saturday, running a 60-yard dash in 6.4-6.45 seconds while showing off "prodigious power to all fields." The Cuban defector took grounders at shortstop during the workout, but the consensus is that he'll be a center fielder. The 27-year-old could possibly make an impact in the majors during the second half. Davidoff notes that the Yankees sent four representatives to watch Castillo, while the Red Sox sent five. All but two teams sent scouts to watch him, and it sounds like a bidding war could ensue.
Jul 27 - 9:22 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that 28 teams and up to 100 baseball officials attended the workout of Rusney Castillo in Miami on Saturday.

It's unclear which two teams decided not to attend, but there is obviously an overwhelming amount of interest in the 27-year-old Cuban defector. He's expected to play in the outfield at the major league level, and could reach the big leagues late this season if he lands in the right situation.
Jul 26 - 3:28 PM's Jesse Sanchez reports that Cuban prospect Rusney Castillo will work out at shortstop in addition to center field during his showcase Saturday.

Castillo is generally viewed as an outfielder, but he played some in the infield in Cuba and will apparently try to show teams Saturday that he's capable of being used there in the majors. The 27-year-old is generating plenty of buzz with his terrific speed and occasional pop. Sanchez lists the Cubs, White Sox, Braves and Giants among the teams that have expressed interest in Castillo, but every club is expected to be represented on Saturday.
Jul 25 - 1:34 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Rangers, Astros, Cubs, Braves, Giants, White Sox, Orioles and Marlins are among the teams that will be at Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo workout on Saturday.

Heyman says there is a "fair amount of excitement over the showcase" for a player he's been told is like "Brett Gardner with power." Castillo, 27, could conceivably be ready to play in the majors during the second half, though it will be a while before we know whether that's a realistic expectation.
Jul 24 - 9:15 PM

According to Jesse Sanchez of, the Cubs, White Sox, Braves and Giants are among the teams known to be interested in Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo.

The 27-year-old will have a showcase for all interested teams in Miami on July 26. The speedy outfielder could see time in the major leagues before the end of the season, though trying to stash him in redraft fantasy leagues at this point is unlikely to be worth it.
Jul 19 - 10:46 AM

Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will have a showcase for potentially interested teams on July 26 in Miami.

Castillo, who is represented by Roc Nation Sports, was officially declared a free agent by Major League Baseball in early June. The 27-year-old speedster profiles as a center fielder and potential leadoff man and could potentially be a key addition for a team in the second half.
Jul 16 - 10:18 AM

Baseball America's Ben Badler reports that Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo is expected to hold a showcase for major league teams next week.

Castillo, who turned 27 earlier this month, was officially declared a free agent by Major League Baseball in early June. Badler believes the speedy outfielder could potentially be a key second-half addition to a team. Castillo profiles as a center fielder and potential leadoff man.
Jun 30 - 7:47 PM

Cuban defector Rusney Castillo has acquired Haitian permanent resident papers and been cleared by U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and he has now been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball.

Perhaps the most interesting development is that the 26-year old outfielder will be represented by Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports. The 5'9" Castillo lacks the power of other recent Cuban defectors, but is a good defensive center fielder who profiles has a speedy top of the order type. He can be signed by any major league team, and should require a year in the minor leagues to get back into playing shape.
Jun 7 - 9:56 AM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles will scout Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo this weekend in the Dominican Republic.

Castillo, 26, still needs to be cleared by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control before he can sign with anyone, but teams are still allowed to watch him work out. The Dodgers are another club that's known to have scouted the outfielder. Castillo is a speedy center fielder that could blossom into a leadoff hitter.
Feb 3 - 1:56 PM

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti attended the private workout of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, reports Ben Badler of Baseball America.

The 26-year-old Castillo still isn't considered a free agent by MLB, so Colletti's attendance was strictly informational. He's expected to draw interest from more teams than the Dodgers when he is eligible to sign with a team. The Dodgers' history of paying international free agents suggests they could be players for the infielder in the future if they like what they see.
Jan 22 - 10:23 PM

Rusney Castillo, a 26-year-old center fielder, has defected from Cuba and will pursue a big league contract, reports Baseball America.

Castillo is exempt from the international signing bonus pools because he's played five seasons in Cuba's Serie Nacional. Don't expect the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder to sign immediately, however, because he needs to establish residency in another country before MLB will declare him a free agent and the U.S. government will clear him to sign. Castillo is one of the better base stealers in Cuba, according to Baseball America, and can also handle second and third base defensively. The high-energy player was suspended from Serie Nacional before he abandoned Cuba, likely because of previous plans to defect. Some scouts view him as a fourth outfielder, while others see an aggressive future spark plug in center.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 11:09:00 AM

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