Rusney Castillo
Rusney Castillo
31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Boston Red Sox
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The 30-year-old Castillo still has $35.5 million left on the deal that he signed in August of 2014, which amuses all Red Sox haters as much as it angers Red Sox fans. Castillo has amassed 337 plate appearances over a three-year period, most of which came in 2015 and none of which came last season. In 87 games with Triple-A Pawtucket, Castillo hit .314/.350/.507 and yet did not even get a September callup because his presence on the roster would have put Boston over the luxury tax threshold last year. The success in Triple-A last season provides a glimmer of hope and he could become the right-handed reserve outfielder off the bench much like Chris Young was in 2017. That said, Castillo can still be sent to the minors in 2018, so a roster spot is no guarantee. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox in August of 2014. Contract includes a $13.5 million player option for 2020.
Playing well at Triple-A
OFBoston Red Sox  AAA
June 11, 2018
Castillo was named the International League Player of the Week, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
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Castillo is hitting a solid .316/.345/.436 on the season for Triple-A Pawtucket, following a 2017 campaign in which he hit .314/.350/.507 at the same level. Ordinarily, those numbers would leave a player on the brink of a promotion, but for a 30-year-old who's owed $35.5 million through 2020, there's little reason for the Red Sox to bring him up and add him to their luxury tax bill. His strong performance means there's at least a chance that another team will take a chance on him, but there won't be a long line of organizations queuing up for a player who's made just eight major-league plate appearances since 2015.
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Since 2016
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2018
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2017
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2016
 
 
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OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Since 2016vs Right .714 7 4 0 0 0 .286 .286 .429
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2016vs Right .714 7 4 0 0 0 .286 .286 .429
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-100%
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OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .000 4 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Since 2016Away 1.250 4 3 0 0 0 .500 .500 .750
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home .000 4 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2016Away 1.250 4 3 0 0 0 .500 .500 .750
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2016
2015
After he signed in August 2014, Castillo, who hadn't played in a competitive situation since 2013, hinted at his potential in 120 plate appearances at various levels of the organization before a thumb injury cut short his winter offseason. Castillo didn't transition to baseball in the States as quickly as a seven-year, $72.5 million contract suggested it would. He had an oblique injury in spring training and didn't get enough at-bats, so it was off to Triple-A Pawtucket where he endured a few more minor injuries before getting a callup in May. Major league pitchers were able to exploit his aggressiveness at the plate and there were questions about his baseball IQ. He eventually got regular playing time and played well, but again not as much as his big contract would suggest. He's expected to open the season as a starter, probably in left field, but could lose out on at-bats against left-handed pitching to Chris Young.
Castillo is a bit of mystery. The Red Sox out-bid several other teams and signed him to a six-year, $72 million deal in late August. His initial assignment in Boston's minor-league system was his first competitive baseball in 18 months. After some time at Boston's various minor-league affiliates, Castillo made 40 plate appearances (10 games) for Boston late in September and began to flash his potential in the final week of the season, going 8-for-16 with six runs, three walks, two stolen bases, two homers and five RBI in his final five games. The plan called for him to get 200 plate appearances, including his work in the minors, majors, Arizona Fall League and Puerto Rican winter ball before shutting down. He suffered a bruised hand in the Fall League, but it was a minor injury, and he eventually reported to Puerto Rico to finish off his offseason program. Scouts say he's a five-tool player, and the team's investment in him points to a significant long-term role. An oblique injury during spring training and a crowded depth chart prompted the Red Sox to option Castillo to Triple-A to begin the year, while Mookie Betts is positioned as the team's starting center fielder for Opening Day. Castillo may only be a Shane Victorino injury away from getting a regular spot in Boston.
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Gets spring invite from Red Sox
OFBoston Red Sox  AAA
January 16, 2018
Castillo has been invited to the Red Sox's major-league camp this spring, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.
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Healthy again
OFBoston Red Sox  AAA
July 14, 2017
Castillo (groin) was activated off the 7-day disabled list last week and reinstated to Triple-A Pawtucket. He went 4-for-20 over five games since being activated.
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Bound for 7-day DL
OFBoston Red Sox  AAA
Groin
June 23, 2017
Castillo will be placed on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Pawtucket with a groin strain, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
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Leaves game with groin injury
OFBoston Red Sox  AAA
Groin
June 22, 2017
Castillo left Wednesday's Triple-A game with groin tightness, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports.
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Back in action at Triple-A
OFBoston Red Sox  AAA
June 1, 2017
Castillo (leg) is back in action at Triple-A Pawtucket. He is hitting .273/.299/.472 with seven home runs and seven stolen bases in 161 at-bats this season.
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