Rusney Castillo

#38 RF / Boston Red Sox / EXP: 3YRS / MINORS Height: 5-9 Weight: 196 lb Age: 28 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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      Red Sox's Rusney Castillo: Hitting curveballs, sliders the goal

      Castillo continues to work on hitting curveballs and sliders with Triple-A Pawtucket hitting coach Rich Gedman, the Providence Journal reports. Most of the problems experienced by Castillo, who lost his starting left field job during spring training when he hit .183 with a .200 slugging percentage, stems from an inability to hit offspeed stuff at the big-league level. "We've seen him aggressive against the fastball," PawSox manager Kevin Boles said. "We need to see a better pass, a better approach against the breaking ball. We've seen at times where, with two strikes, he's been able to take the ball to right field -- but sometimes there's some length there with the swing and there's some swing and miss on the breaking ball." The ability to recognize the breaking stuff and adjust is a major need for Castillo, who must also refrain from expanding the strike zone when behind in the count. If it's to happen, it will take some time, so we're not hopeful that Castillo will be up with Boston anytime soon.

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      Red Sox's Rusney Castillo: Return to majors is matter of his bat

      Boston general manager Dave Dombrowski said Castillo's return to the major leagues is a matter of "how he swings the bat," the Boston Globe reports. Castillo was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this week after playing in just one of Boston's first eight games. Castillo hasn't hit much since joining Boston in 2014 -- .265/.304/.383 with seven steals and seven homers in 333 plate appearances at the major league level with marginally better production in the minors. So, now he has to go back to the minors and put up an extended record of production before the Red Sox give him a spot on the 25-man roster. The Cuban outfielder started his course back to the majors Friday night when he went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI while hitting third for Pawtucket.

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      Red Sox's Rusney Castillo: Optioned to Triple-A

      Castillo was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following Wednesday's game, the Boston Herald reports. Castillo saw action in just one of the Red Sox's first eight games, so the team decided to option him to Pawtucket in an effort to get him more playing time. He will be back with the Red Sox at some point later this season, but currently sits fifth among the team's group of outfielders, so he will need to jump up the list in order to see regular at-bats with the big club.

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      Red Sox's Rusney Castillo: Two hits in Saturday's win

      Castillo made his first start of the season Saturday and went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in an 8-4 win over Toronto. Castillo, who started in place of Jackie Bradley in center field, swung the bat much better than we witnessed during spring training. He began a rally in the third and scored Boston's first run, then was in the middle of another in the fourth with a double. We presume Bradley will return Sunday, but manager John Farrell may find another spot for Castillo on Sunday.

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      Red Sox's Rusney Castillo: Starting in center field Saturday

      Castillo is starting in center field Saturday against the Blue Jays, Rob Bradford of reports. This will be Castillo's first appearance of any kind in 2016, coming against R.A. Dickey. Castillo is 0-for-5 in his career against the knuckle-baller.

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      Red Sox's Rusney Castillo: Minor league's an option

      Castillo could find himself optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to get regular playing time, according to the manager John Farrell, the Boston Globe reports. "I can't say that we've gotten to the point where we're looking to make a change. I won't rule out that, that might come up in conversation as we go forward. We aren't there yet," said Farrell. It's been a steep drop for Castillo, who was projected to be Boston's starting left fielder since the end of the 2015 season, but he showed little impact as a hitter during preseason, opening the door for Brock Holt to replace him. Through two games so far, Castillo has not played in the field nor been given a pinch-hit opportunity.

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      Red Sox's Rusney Castillo: Set for platoon role

      Castillo will platoon with Brock Holt in left field to start the season, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports. As the lesser half of a platoon, Castillo doesn't figure to see many at-bats early in the season, though injuries elsewhere could eventually force the versatile Holt to spend more time at another position. Castillo owns an ugly .227/.292/.250 slash line this spring, with just one extra-base hit (a double) in 44 at-bats.

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      Red Sox's Rusney Castillo: Competition for at-bats in LF

      Castillo will be sharing at-bats in left field, according to manager John Farrell, the Providence Journal reports. "How those at-bats in left field are divvied up, that remains to be seen. I'm not going to say it's a strict platoon, but there are going to be multiple guys getting at-bats out of that position," said Farrell. In the offseason, leading up to start training camp, it was presumed Castillo would be the starting left fielder, but he hasn't hit particularly well this spring (.554 OPS) and Farrell needs to find opportunities for Travis Shaw and Brock Holt. Castillo has also struggled against right-handed pitching (.566 OPS in 2015), so there might be a place for a left-handed hitting alternative, like Holt or Shaw.

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      Red Sox's Rusney Castillo: Will share left field

      Castillo is expected to be Boston's starting left fielder, but manager John Farrell said he won't be playing 150 games, the Boston Globe reports. The manager indicated that Chris Young, Brock Holt and Travis Shaw will get some time in left field, though it's unclear how much of a job share we're talking about here. Castillo, who still has to prove he's an everyday major leaguer despite the price tag on his contract, could see time in center-field, too, if Jackie Bradley Jr. struggles to hit. The bottom line is that there are some unknowns and moving parts when it comes to projecting Castillo's playing time.

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      Red Sox's Rusney Castillo: Shortening swing

      Castillo credits a shortened swing for his early positive results this spring, the Boston Globe reports. In 25 Grapefruit League plate appearances, he's hitting .348 with a .400 on-base percentage. In Cuba, Castillo rarely saw the kind of fastball velocities he's seeing in the major leagues. In 50 at-bats concluded against pitches of 93 mph or higher last season, he did not have one extra-base against pitches of that velocity, with just a .203 batting average. "So far, it's been showing a lot of good results. Mainly, I've been working on keeping my swing shorter, and it's been helping me out immensely," said Castillo via an interpreter. "I think this year will be a much better year in terms of hitting those upper-level velocities."