The Boston Red Sox officially signed Rusney Castillo a little over a week ago. After his work visa was approved, Castillo immediately was sent to Fenway South to workout at the complex the team uses during spring training.
After a couple of days, Castillo got his first chance to play organized baseball in over a year. In a playoff game with the Gulf Coast Red Sox, against one of the two Gulf Coast Yankees teams in the second of a three-game series, he went 1-of-2 with a single in his first at-bat on Sunday.
In the final game for the Gulf Coast League championship, Castillo got the chance to play center for five innings and went 0-for-3 with a bases-loaded walk to drive in his first run as a Red Sox farmhand.
With several of the Red Sox minor league teams still playing due to playoffs, the 27-year-old should get plenty of at-bats depending on how far the teams get in their respective playoffs.
Castillo’s next stop will be Double-A with the Portland Sea Dogs on Wednesday as the team starts the Eastern League playoffs, according to multiple reports. The Sea Dogs will be taking on the Binghamton Mets in a five-game series.
Once he gets enough quality at-bats, he should find himself with the Pawtucket Red Sox sometime next week as long as the team advances past the Syracuse Chiefs in a best-of-five playoff series.
Whatever happens, Castillo should be able to come up by mid-September during a 10-game road trip through Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.