Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rusney Castillo Making It Hard Not To Play Him

Castillo's Game-Saving Play
He did it again today. Rusney Castillo got another hit, scored two runs, and made a game-saving defensive play in Boston's 3-2 10th-inning win over Tampa. In the top of the 10th, with one out and a man on third, Castillo made an off-balance running catch in foul ground—gathered himself—and gunned the runner out at the plate on the fly. It was positively Yoenis Cespedes-like—except Castillo actually caught the ball first. Manager John Farrell said,  "I don’t know that you can make a better play than the one he made. A dynamic player when you consider the skill set that he has. If there was any question on whether he can play right field, I think he’s certainly answering those for us in camp here." The bottom line is that—since coming back from injury—Castillo is making it very tough for the Red Sox not to play him a lot in the 2015 outfield. Of course, that's a problem, given the continued log-jam out there. Look for a trade or two real soon.