Castillo is a 27-year-old outfielder who has defected from his former country and has been cleared by Major League Baseball to sign with a team.
Some scouts have compared Castillo to other Cuban major leaguers such as Texas Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin and Chicago White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo—but without Viciedo's power.
Castillo is known to have very good speed on the bases and in the field with his small frame at 5-foot-9. In the batter's box, Castillo is said to be similar to Brett Gardner with more pop and he has a great line-drive stroke that has become highly touted.
Many scouts believe he is no more than a fourth outfielder, however there are others who think Castillo can be more. Aside from showing his stuff in center field, Castillo will also display his skills at shortstop.
Source: Cuban prospect Rusney Castillo to work out at SS & CF in Saturday's showcase. video:
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) July 25, 2014
Several other teams are expected to be joining the Yankees for Castillo's showcase, as has been confirmed by many reports. It seems if the Yanks are really interested in Castillo they will have plenty of competition.
Castillo has joined Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports and is figured to receive bids shortly after Saturday. That means he could sign sooner rather than later, thus adding yet another Cuban-born player to a growing major league population.
This won't be someone the Yanks heavily pursue with an already crowded outfield picture that may not change for a few seasons. The chance exists that Castillo really wows New York at shortstop and they consider him as a replacement to Derek Jeter, although I wouldn't bet on it.
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