The Mets were one of many teams in Miami to watch 26-year-old Cuban OF Rusney Castillo hold a workout. Castillo reportedly showed off “impressive power and speed,” according to reporter Ken Davidoff. Castillo became a free agent last month and quickly joined Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports.
“I think he could be impacting a team this summer,” Brodie Van Wagenen, head of the baseball division at Creative Artists Agency, which teams with Roc Nation for Roc Nation Sports, said (Post, July 26). “We’re coming up on the trade deadline. I think a lot of teams may view this player as a trade-deadline-type acquisition, and that he could be playing in a pennant race in September.”
He is 5’9″, 185 pounds, a right-handed hitter with a line-drive stroke and plus-plus speed, according to Ben Badler (Baseball America, July 20).
“I like him,” a scout who attended the workout said (Villa, July 26). “He’s a major league player.”
The Phillies, Red Sox and Yankees are expected to host Castillo for private workouts (Badler, July 28).