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New York Yankees to Scout Cuban Outfielder Rusney Castillo on Saturday

July 25th, 2014 at 7:48 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees will be one of many teams on hand to scout Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on Saturday in Miami, Florida.

George A. King III of the New York Post has the latest on the workout, which ironically enough will be held at Alex Rodriguez Stadium at the University of Miami:

The Yankees will be represented Saturday morning at Alex Rodriguez Stadium on the campus of University of Miami when Cuban defector Rusney Castillo will work out for a bevy of major league teams.

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 Viciedobut 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.

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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