The Boston Red Sox have a lot of focus on the Major League Baseball trade deadline right now, but that’s not the only important player evaluation the club will partake in this week.
MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports the Sox will hold a private workout for Cuban prospect Rusney Castillo on Friday. According to multiple reports, there is plenty of interest in the Cuban defector, and the Red Sox are one of a handful of teams who will have private workouts with Castillo.
The 27-year-old held an open workout at the University of Miami over the weekend, and the outfielder did not disappoint. According to Baseball America, 28 of MLB’s 30 teams had scouts in attendance for the almost three-hour workout.
Castillo isn’t a big player at 5-foot-9 and 205 pounds, but he has a ton of speed and does have some power potential, too. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman likened the outfielder to “Brett Gardner (with) more power,” and Castillo likely won’t come cheap.
Some have speculated that Castillo’s eventual MLB deal would be in the neighborhood of the six-year, $42 million deal signed by Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig when he came to America.
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