Red Sox fans have been disappointed by a lot in 2015. Rusney Castillo’s performance is near the top. The soon-to-be 28-year-old Cuban was signed to a $72.5 million, 7-year contract in August. It was much to be expected. He was injured early in 2015 and missed most of spring training.
The organization decided to place him with Pawtucket Red Sox. He was again hurt while diving for a ball in outfield. He was finally allowed to play in Boston on May 22. However, he struggled in 26 games and batting just.230 with very little production. He is now back in Pawtucket, and this is only one of many things that went wrong for Boston.
Don’t lose heart.
Castillo, unlike other Cubans Jose Abreu or Yaisel Puig took 18 months off to play baseball before signing with Boston. He was fleeing from Cuba. This kind of layoff in a sport such as baseball is difficult to overcome, especially when you have to deal with injuries. Kevin Boles, PawSox manager, is well aware of this fact.
Boles stated that “game experience plays a major role in his struggles.” You can only do so much with batting practice. Because he was unable to take off in the time before signing, and because he caught the injury bug earlier in the year, his experience with batting has been limited.”
Castillo’s future is not in doubt. Boles and his staff don’t seem to be worried, suggesting that Castillo’s struggles are temporary. Castillo and his club both know what Castillo needs and have more game experience. Boles is looking forward to getting Castillo back in the big leagues.
Boles stated that strike zone management and confidence are the keys to Boles’ success. He was able to find some weaknesses in the big leagues when he had his second chance at them. Some of it was self-induced by expanding the zone, and I believe he knows that. It’s not about the details when it comes to outfield play and base running. We are excited to get him back on track. He is the hardest worker that we have.
Castillo’s performance since his return from Boston has been excellent. He hit around.300 and showed extra speed and base power. Castillo’s talent is still evident. With Alejandro De Aza emerging as the Boston outfielder along with Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts, the organization will likely keep him at Pawtucket so he can get the consistent playing time that he requires.
Castillo is still learning American life and adapting to pro-ball. It is important to remember this. Castillo is still an integral part of Boston’s future, and should not be overlooked by the Red Sox Nation.