Right-handed hitter, outfielder, and Cuban defector Rusney Castillo worked out for a collection of people representing 28 teams in Miami on Saturday. The 27-year-old is said to be pretty much major league ready, and the Phillies are going to bring him in for a workout in private. According to Jesse Sanchez:
“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.”
Sanchez continues, saying Castillo is “known for his speed and considered a line-drive hitter with power” who would “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.” Which means, in the Phillies’ system, he’d be the best player on the field his second day in town.
SB Nation also points out that “Castillo spent five years in Cuba as a professional, which means teams aren’t limited to the normal international spending limits on prospects,” and that is just about the most terrifying thing I can even imagine right now.