Will Rusney Castillo Solve The Sox Offensive Struggles?

With Rusney Castillo on a tear in Pawtucket recently the Red Sox have been forced to consider making changes to their everyday lineup. With the offense not being able to score more than 3 runs in seemingly every game on the past road trip, the pitching carried the team to a 5-5 trip.

Castillo missed two games in Pawtucket, while back in Boston not with the big league club but with the birth of his first child. John Farrell said the expectation is Castillo will be up soon. Rusney CastilloSoon is something the Red Sox offense needs with almost every hitter in a slump. Mike Napoli has provided almost nothing this season, in a year the team expected him to break out after surgery to adjust his jaw and help him sleep. Pablo Sandoval cannot left handed pitching, something the Red Sox were expected to mash against with the addition of Hanley Ramirez.

A trip to the disabled list would not be a bad idea for Ramirez. Since he collided with the left field wall almost three weeks ago, he has not been driving the ball like he was in April, but still leads the team in homers, a testament to the offense not coming along. Ramirez has not driven in a run in May, resting his shoulder could be beneficial to the team and for him in a long haul. I believe he is the most important player when it comes to offense for this team, without him clicking the offense hasn’t been.

The Sox aren’t only leaving runners on base at a high rate, but no one player seems to be making a name for himself in terms of average. The Sox do not have a player hitting over .300 and Xander Bogaerts leads the team in average hitting .271. Obviously pitching gotten better in the majors in past years, but not many offenses don’t feature at least one hitter over .300.

Brock Holt has been forced to play everyday with the injuries to Shane Victorino and Pablo Sandoval. Holt, is a great story, being able to play multiple positions to help the team in a time of need, I just don’t think he is an everyday player. With the addition to Castillo to the roster, Farrell will have to make the decision to send down Jackie Bradley Jr., again or place Ramirez on the disabled list something, which I don’t expect.

Castillo was signed to $72 million contract so he should be playing everyday and not in Pawtucket past this weekend. Obviously he will go through some struggles but the whole offense is struggling and a message needs to be sent.

Farrell does not get fired up too much, but this team right now is too complacent thinking it’ll just solve itself with Mike Napoli hitting sixth everyday as his average continues to swoon under .180. A lineup shakeup would be something I feel would help the players realize if they don’t start hitting they might not be in the lineup everyday.

I’m not saying Rusney Castillo is going to be the next Mike Trout and come up and light the world on fire, but he should at least help the offense looks respectable, and not dormant against left handed pitching.

Rusney Castillo On The Fast Track To MLB

rusney castilloAn interesting story came out Wednesday night involving the Boston Red Sox. According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, Rusney Castillo will be making his MLB debut this year for sure. It was widely speculated at first, but now there is solid evidence the front office agrees with the fans.

Despite limited time in the Boston Red Sox organization, with limited results, Rusney Castillo is already a household name for fans everywhere. The Cuban defector earned the largest contract ever for his circumstances and hopes could not be higher for him.
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Hopes may be high for the nearly 27-year-old outfielder, but he lacks experience in professional baseball. He played in just two games for the GCL Red Sox before moving up to AA, which is a better fit for Castillo right now who looks to get his timing back against advanced pitching.

In three games he has gathered two hits in eight at-bats while drawing a walk and stealing a bag. More steals will come for Castillo in time as he looks to get his timing down on the base paths as well. He has the speed to swipe bags, but got picked off after a late attempt in one GCL game. Little things like that will take some adjusting, but the talent is there.
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Castillo will continue to compete in the Red Sox organization, climbing the organizational ladder one step at a time. Although he is a lock to get a September call-up, he will likely compete more in AA Portland and AAA Pawtucket before hand to help him get ready for big league action.

Although he has only played in three pro games in America, Castillo is already projected by many to start for the Boston Red Sox in center field next year. Projections are tough for a relatively unknown player, so it will be interesting to see what type of player he becomes.
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Plate discipline will be key to look out for. His walks to strikeouts ratio is key to his success because, unlike Yoenis Cespedes, he lacks the ability to pop 30 home runs a season. When a player lacks power, people tend to judge them more harshly because they have a harder time making game-changing plays.