Phillies scouts to bear down on Cuban outfielder

Phillies scouts to bear down on Cuban outfielder
July 28, 2014, 3:45 pm
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Rusney Castillo, 27, could soon follow in the footsteps of recent Cuban defectors Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. (AP)

NEW YORK -- The Phillies, desperate to add outfield talent to their organization, will take a second look at Cuban defector Rusney Castillo in a private workout in Florida on Tuesday, according to sources.

The Phillies had more than one scout at Castillo’s workout at the University of Miami on Saturday. Twenty-eight clubs sent representatives to that workout. The total number of scouts and baseball executives at that workout was about 100, according to Baseball America.

Castillo is 27 years old. He is 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds. He is touted as a power/speed package who can play right field and center field.

Castillo became the latest top Cuban player to defect late last year. In previous years, outfielder Yasiel Puig, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and pitcher Aroldis Chapman defected from Cuba. All were in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game earlier this month.

The Phillies, of course, have some experience in the Cuban market. They signed pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a three-year, $12 million contract last summer and projected him to be in their big-league rotation this year. That has not happened. Gonzalez had trouble building arm strength over the winter and spring and was treated for a sore shoulder. Gonzalez has made strides in recent weeks and has pitched well out of the bullpen for Double A Reading.

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