Private workouts set for Rusney Castillo
Cuban outfield prospect Rusney Castillo put on a show during his tryout in front of Major League scouts and executives on Saturday in Miami and now teams want to see him one-on-one.
Castillo will participate in a private workout for the Phillies on Tuesday and the Red Sox on Friday, according to industry sources. The Yankees have also shown serious interest in the 27-year-old.
These tryouts come a few days after the 5-foot-9, 200-pound right-handed hitter ran the 60-yard dash, participated in live batting practice, threw from the outfield, and fielded grounders at shortstop in front of representatives from 28 of 30 teams at the University of Miami.
Here’s what we know about Castillo: He is known for his speed and considered a line-drive hitter with power. Scouts have also praised his athleticism. He’ll likely start the season in the Minor Leagues once he signs, but there’s a belief that he could be in the big leagues by the end of the season and compete for a starting job in Spring Training.
Castillo, who left Cuba six months ago, established residency in Haiti and was cleared by the U.S. government to sign with a team earlier this month. He is represented by Roc Nation Sports, a joint venture between Roc Nation and CAA Sports,