Mets among teams to check out Cuban SS/OF Rusney Castillo

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.


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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…





183 comments
baseballnblues
baseballnblues

Matt! This is EXACTLY the type of player the Mets need. If he hits line drives in the gaps and has plus speed, they should jump all over that. Power? That's nice and all but the Mets should really build a team like the Cardinals, considering the stadium they play in.

Joe DeRosa
Joe DeRosa

Mets are going because they are serving free food.

usedupfan
usedupfan

With our luck we will finally spend some money, sign this guy and he will be bad!!!

queva
queva

I like Eric Young JR much, because he's a good guy and works hard, but if we can get someone who can hit for a better average, with speed--I say go for it!


mr met
mr met

Buster Olney said Tulo and Cargo wont be traded because this season because it is too complicated.  (1) injury concerns, teams doing their due diligence.  (2) money.

port
port

This organization is so frickin clueless. With the size of Citifield we need to play a pitching, speed and defense game. This team needs to look like to 80's Cardinals built around speed and defense. Power is not the way to go but why should I expect anything different from clueless Sandy.

jenkins
jenkins

Love to have him-won't.

grundy
grundy

Sounds like the perfect player for citi field (If his D is up to par) and best of all, all you have to give up is $, no prospects.


Where is the downside? Oh wait...that's right $$$$...My bad

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

I know the Mets want power but I think this kids bat, if he turns out to be as advertised, would just as much benefit the Mets.  With Citi Field a line drive doubles machine can do some damage and the Mets need more speed in the lineup.  Not to mention if he can play a decent SS the Mets could still try and find some more power in LF.  I won't hold my breath but I'd really like the Mets to get this kid.  The Cuban players have been doing very well and I know it will cost them some money but there won't be anyone comparable in free agency and to obtain any other player you will have to give up prospects and eventually pay said player as well.

John Iaccarino
John Iaccarino

Matt Kemp can be the difference maker we are looking for. You have to take some risks to move forward! This can pay huge dividends. How to we get Sandy to look long and hard at this?

Steve Barbato
Steve Barbato

When was the last time a player that was entering his prime years was even available to any team? I swear some of you bitch just to have something to complain about

kevmvp
kevmvp

Awesome, another guy we'll hear about who the mets won't end up signing. It's almost not even worth posting these stories. No chance he ends up a Met.

rico
rico

If I was a young aspiring baseball player trying to get to the bigs right now,

I would make sure I turned Cuban, fast!



Ethan Greenberg
Ethan Greenberg

Matt Cerrone, what do you mean you don't know where he would fit? The mets have needed a leadoff hitter ever since Reyes left, he would be perfect


mets41
mets41

why they won't sign him cause he will coast to much to sign. Mets are a joke.

eric88
eric88

All the Cubans that have signed before are mashers. At 5'9 while he has some power not a big part of his game. He probably is not an OBP guy, so hopefully he is a high average guy. He he can play SS, they should be all over him. Cubans usually come right to the Majors but if I know the Mets they most likely sill put him in lLOW A> 

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

The fact that he's worked as a middle infielder drastically increases his value (and he and his agents are smart to add SS to the list of what he'll be showcasing). I'm curious how he will be there defensively. He has apparently added 20 pounds by training since defecting from Cuba (Baseball America). Hopefully that hasn't hurt his speed (we can assume it will help his bat).

mr met
mr met

At least they are going to go see him

Keith Colleluori
Keith Colleluori

Mets outfield isnt good because the mets and terry are idiots. Mets have put themselves on the fringes of contention by failing to play their best outfield. EY is an elite leadoff hitter, scoring as many or more runs as just about EVERYONE in the league per AB. I love my mets but every game he doesnt start they deserve to lose. Of course i dont know his day to day health but this is seemingly absurd. Last i checked the game was settled on runs, nothing else.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Quick question:  are there any players left on the Cuban National Team, or have they all defected?  Your borders are getting sloppy, Raoul.  Your brother, Fidel, won't be happy.  He's a baseball man.

Keith Colleluori
Keith Colleluori

EY scores more than just about anyone per at bat. Funny how people are blind to this because its not been spoon fed daily into their lemming brains. Here guys eat up

Keith Colleluori
Keith Colleluori

Guess this is why they bury their most important offensive player on the bench

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

@port  You and I should team up! I've been saying exactly what you just said since they built that ridiculous stadium.

mr met
mr met

@Chad Michael Everytime I see your screen name I think of Chad Michael Murray.  I hate that.

mr met
mr met

@John Iaccarino Start going to games, spending money.  Also get everyone you know to do the same.

jcain316
jcain316

@John Iaccarino unless LA pays 65% of his contract there is no way Sandy would look at him, nor should they.  At $10M a year he is a risk.  Guy hasn't done anything since 2012 and then got hurt

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

@Ethan Greenberg  You are right. They need players with speed that make consistent contact, not some power hitter who strikes out 150 times a year.

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

@Ethan Greenberg Yeah that confused me as well.  I don't know enough about the kid to say he would be a lead off hitter but he already has a head start on anyone else the Mets currently have since he has plus plus speed.  This is something the Mets seriously lack and would be a great addition to the Mets.  

nym68
nym68

@Tormented Mets Fan "Well Kev, the thing with Ruben is he needs at bats to see how his head is doing. Flores will be ready just in case Ruben's head explodes. But until then I just feel that Ruben is ready to have a breakout season and maybe getting beaned in the head is the wake up call that this kid needs"  - TC in today's pregame love fest/interview

eric88
eric88

@Tormented Mets Fan TERRY IS A MORON. Why in the world would he not start Flores for at least a few consecutive days. Flores got one of the Met hits in the game and played a nice SS.  I do not understand. MLB GM;S must be laughing their butts  off that Tejada is in the Lineup everyday over this kid. They will give Flores a start in about 8 days, and then say he can't hit.

rico
rico

@Tom Gallagher Cubans usually put on weight when they get here.  Livian Hernandez put on 90 lbs in the first year as a Marlin.  It's said he couldn't get enough of the drive-throughs.  I had a Cuban Girlfriend who when we went to a restaurant she would hand the menu back to the waiter and say "yes please and a coke".  

nym68
nym68

@Keith Colleluori Did you say "elite"? A guy who doesn't hit .250 is not "elite". Is he fast and can he steal bases, yep. But can he steal a base from the dugout? Not unless the rules are changed to provide him with "elite" status

Keith Colleluori
Keith Colleluori

Try and explain the runs per at bat. Go ahead. Just try! Seriously! Tell me he has a good lineup behind him. The game is based on runs and EY scores em. Go ahead explain it. Ill be waiting....

Keith Colleluori
Keith Colleluori

Only mets fans would treat a guy pacing 100 RBIs as a bad player and defend an idiot manager for putting him on the bench. Tell me how many games has batting average won? None? How many have been won by runs?

Still waiting