The Mets will be among 11 teams flocking to Miami to watch 26-year-old Cuban OF Rusney Castillo hold a workout this weekend (CBS Sports, July 25). Castillo will also work out as a shortstop.
Castillo became a free agent last month and quickly joined Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports.
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).
“Scouts also like his athleticism,” writes reporter Jesse Sanchez (MLB.com, July 19). “He’ll have to start the season in the Minor Leagues, but there’s a belief that he could be in the big leagues by the end of the season. He’s expected to compete for a starting job in Spring Training.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
People in baseball talk about him being some place between Brett Garnder and Endy Chavez, maybe Jacoby Ellsbury, but not Jose Abreu or Yoenis Cespedes, i.e., more doubles, more stolen bases, fewer home runs. He’s a little guy, with a kind of a long, level swing, as you can see in the video below. I’m not sure how this type of player fits in with the Mets, who seem to want to acquire power more than speed. But, in this era of so few impact hitters, I think you take whatever you can get, regardless of how it happens…