Castillo’s MLB debut finally arrives
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The wait is over folks the latest savior for the Sox, Rusney Castillo, will join the Sox on Wednesday.
That’s right, the long-awaited $72.5 million outfielder will join the Sox on Tuesday as they kick off their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. After the Sox signed the 27-year-old Cuban sensation he spent time in AA Portland and AAA Pawtucket to acclimate his new environment. For a guy who spent 18 months out of the game, I’d say Castillo did just fine.
All the scouting reports have positive things to say; despite his height of 5’9″ Castillo has managed to pack on 205 pounds, giving him the rare combination of power and speed. Don’t believe us? Just look at his stats:
Over his minor league tenure Castillo hit .273 with two doubles, four RBI’s and a stolen base. I won’t expect Castillo to play every single game, but you can bet he’ll get plenty of playing time as the Sox assess his skills and set their expectations for next season.
Now that he will be joining the Sox for their final four series of the 2014 season, all of Red Sox Nation will get the chance to watch what could be their leadoff man for years to come. This especially is key for the Sox as they lost a great player in Jacoby Ellsbury who opted to join the dark side of the rivalry in New York; having a speedy player who has plus power out of the leadoff spot could redeem the Sox after losing their long-time center fielder last winter.
So tune in to NESN tomorrow Sox fans to watch Castillo’s debut, I expect him to be an exciting player to watch and wish him the best of luck in Boston!