Could Yoenis Cespedes soon have some Cuban company with the Red Sox?
Rusney Castillo, a 27-year-old Cuban outfielder, has already drawn interest from the Red Sox and 27 other major league teams, who reportedly sent scouts to his workout last week in Coral Gables, Fla. More than 100 scouts were said to have taken in that session.
According to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford, the Red Sox held a private workout for Castilo on Friday in Fort Myers, Fla. Castillo is 5-9, 205 pounds, with, Bradford writes:
"...the kind of speed built to cover ground in either center or right field at Fenway Park. Offensively, think the high-end potential of 20 home runs, 30 stolen bases."
Here's Cespedes' scouting report of Castillo, via WEEI.com:
“If he’s not a five-tool player, he’s a least a four-tool player,” Cespedes told WEEI.com. “He’s very comparable to [Dodgers outfielder Yasiel] Puig. Obviously a different height and size, but very similar qualities.”
“I wouldn’t go that far,” said Cespedes when asked if he would consider each other friends. “We played against each other, I knew he was good and we would talk. But as far as friends go, we didn’t know each other that well. I just know he is a very nice, humble kid and a good person.”