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Rusney Castillo: Good Fit for Toronto Blue Jays


There has been a lot of trade talk on this site and just about every Jays site over the past couple weeks. I think the pitching staff will be fine and should allow the Jays to get into the playoffs. The Jays need some versatilely on the bench and in their starting line up….much like a guy that Keegan Matheson just wrote about (read here). I have stated a number of times that I thought Emilio Bonifacio broke my heart because I had such high hopes for him last year.

This is why I think that 26 year old Cuban Outfielder Rusney Castillo, who recently declared his free agency, would look  in a Blue Jays uniform. His primary position is the OF but he has seen time at second base and third.

He is stands only 5’9″ and weighs in at 185 Lbs, but don’t let that sway your judgement on his…this guy can play and could be a 5-tool player. He might not be an imposing figure like Yusiel Puig, but there is power in that bat. His size alone will drive down the price that teams are willing to spend.

Take a look at his stats with Cuba’s top professional league, Serie Nacional. In five seasons he hit .319/.383/.516 with 51 HR, 11 triples, 75 doubles, 226 RBI, and 76 stolen bases. The art of stealing only developed over the past 3 year, but it has surely developed. He hit 43 HR in his last two full seasons.

Jay-Z (Roc Nation) is representing Castillo and is expecting to showcase his client some time in the coming week….will Alex and the boys be attending this meeting….most likely. How hard will the Jays go after a guy that is considered to be ‘Major League Calibre’ and is consider to be a Free Agent; therefore his salary wouldn’t count against the MLB international cap.

As if the Jays need more reasons to go after Castillo hard, the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox as expected to target him. Like all the Cuban defectors recently, the Los Angels Dodgers are expected to go after Castillo as well. Other rumoured team in the hunt are the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, and the Philadelphia Phillies.

My biggest fear about this guy is his lack of plate discipline. He has walked 99 times in 1265 AB but he did walk 31 times in his last season which only saw him appear in 68 games and 234 AB, so there is hope that he can get on base and use his speed.

Come on Alex Anthopoulos don’t let this guy go to one of our division rivals but more importantly don’t let another talented internation free agent slip through our fingers like Leonys Martin, Yoenis Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman, and Yasiel Puig. Go after Castillo like you went after Adeiny Hechavarria.

Lastly, acquiring Castillo doesn’t cost the Jays any high ceiling prospects, it doesn’t negatively impact their ability to continue signing international free-agents, the Jays don’t have to fork out a huge bidding fee, and he will help the Jays in an area that I think their minor leagues are lacking prospects…the OF.

 

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  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    I’m sold… do it AA!

    • RyanMueller

      so am I

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com/ Keegan Matheson

    I went from “I should Google this name I don’t recognize” to “Yes please” in 2 minutes. Sounds like an exciting idea!

    • RyanMueller

      I went through the same process.

  • bob l.

    the two plays of his “arm” were bothersome. the first , he could have positioned his body better for the throw to third and in the second he is not very deep and the throw is way down the third baseline. just wonder if there are any better plays that could have been used. and his “defense” were all routine plays other than the leap at the fence.

    • RyanMueller

      Come on bob I. there isn’t alot out there on this guy….I did the best that I could do.

      • bob l.

        sorry ryan, but I wasn’t busting on you.i was just commenting that whomever put together the cespedesesque video could have put in better footage. i’m 45 and I think I would have gotten to all of those fly balls.

        • RyanMueller

          No worries bob I. I have thick skin and I was partly joking around. I don’t think that I would have been able to track down any of those, so I am very impressed with you athletic abilities…lol. Thanks for commenting.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      I’m drooling over the bat speed

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    Thanks Mueller. Now I’m pining for this. Hopefully AA read this. Sign him up.

    • RyanMueller

      Thought you would like this one Shaun

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        Love deals that only cost money. Rogers has LOTS. Outfield is not deep. Will only get more shallow in Nov. I don’t see them keeping Melky AND Colby. I throw up in my mouth imagining Gose and Pillar as 2/3 of the outfield.

        • RyanMueller

          I said it before…..the jays will keep one of Rasmus and Melky. I am not sure that having Gose as our starting CF would be a bad thing. He needs to be handed the keys and just let him drive, we have no idea what he could do over the course of a season. Maybe being moved from Buffalo to Toronto so many times is screwing with him. With that said I am not a Gose fan, I see him as a guy that lacks the IQ to be an everyday player and premier base stealer.

          • http://www.jaysjournal.com/ Keegan Matheson

            The back-and-forth drives me nuts with Gose. Either let him completely succeed, or completely fail, to the extent that the Jays can sit back and say “OK, we know what we have”. Having him as the starting CF would scare me, though, as that would be a move made with a strong “Let’s hope this works” factor.

            Would love someone like Castillo. Shouldn’t require a huge payday either, I think/hope. Hell, give me something to get excited about, AA.

          • RyanMueller

            The back and forth ruined Travis Snider….just saying

  • brad

    What is particularly good about signing a guy like this is the fact that it takes far less money than a regular free agent. Puig got 7/$42 and was by all accounts a far more hyped player. Probably would cost a lot less than other potential impact players. At the same time though, there are a lot of scouts saying they don’t know if castillo will even turn out to be an every day player in the MLB. It’d be a great “stocking the shelf” type of move for if/when the Jays need a starting OF next season but there is a lot of risk in signing a guy to major league money when he is not a major league calibre player yet….. could handcuff yourself a little for the offseason

  • Jack Kirchhoff

    Rogers says it’s ready to spend money. This might be one relatively low-risk way to spend it. I agree about the Jays’ pitching staff, which seems to be doing just fine. Let’s see what Jeff Samardzija and Brandon McCarthy do with their new teams; I’m not sure they’ll be better than Marcus Stroman and Drew Hutchison will be for the Jays. And if Brandon Morrow ever gets healthy and stays that way …