FORT MYERS — The story, as told by Baseball America, goes that Rusney Castillo once mislaid a foe to Yoan Moncada in an All-Star skills foe in Cuba.
But that isn’t how Castillo remembers it.
“We were in a using competition, though we indeed ran home to initial and he ran a whole way, home to home,” a Red Sox core fielder pronounced yesterday, describing a foe as some-more of a send than a mano-a-mano sprint. “I remember that he could run.”
Pretty soon, Castillo could get another up-close look.
Moncada is approaching to pointer with a Red Sox this week, tentative a physical. A 19-year-old, switch-hitting infielder with a multiple of energy and speed that is singular for a teenager, he approaching will be regarded among a club’s tip prospects immediately on finalizing his contract, that reportedly includes a $31.5 million signing bonus.
Castillo, 27, didn’t play with Moncada on a Cuban inhabitant group and “barely overlapped” in a Serie Nacional, a country’s tip veteran league. They haven’t seen any other given their baserunning practice in 2013, and nonetheless Castillo conceded a Red Sox spoke to him informally about Moncada, he pronounced he wasn’t in approach hit with his countryman during a process.
“I don’t unequivocally know him all that much,” Castillo pronounced by translator Adrian Lorenzo. “I can’t consider of a (comparable player) off a tip of my head, though we know he’s a flattering finish player. Good person, from what I’ve heard.”
In courting Moncada, a Sox asked former All-Star pitcher Luis Tiant, who played for a same group in Cuba’s veteran joining (Cienfuegos), to offer as an envoy on interest of a organization. Castillo pronounced he’s had certain communication with Tiant before and given he sealed a seven-year, $72.5 million understanding with a Sox in August.
“He’s talked to me a lot, actually, about what it’s like to live in Boston and be a actor in Boston, privately a Cuban actor in Boston,” Castillo said. “He’s helped me a lot.”
Along those lines, Castillo pronounced he feels some-more gentle — manager John Farrell calls it “more of a looseness” — in his initial open training than he did during his two-week army in a majors during a finish of final season.
After going 12-for-36 (.333) with dual home runs, 6 RBI and 3 stolen bases in 10 games for a Sox, he spent partial of a offseason in a Arizona Fall League and played winter round in Puerto Rico to benefit additional at-bats that served as a baseline going into his initial full large joining season.
“It’s some-more a reps and a credentials than anything,” Castillo said. “Just to be means to hurl into a full deteriorate with a finish open is a large advantage in and of itself. But it’s not something I’m unequivocally focused on, carrying a large spring. I’m usually perplexing to ready myself, get my feet underneath me, and get as many reps as possible.”
Said Farrell: “You go by that duration where you’re operative out and perplexing out. Now that there’s games played, there’s some-more fluidity. You have some-more of an event to see him conflict to balls in a outfield. we consider he feels some-more during palliate and gentle behind with an classification and scheming to start a season.”
New season, same story for outfielder Daniel Nava, who enters stay carrying to say his reason on a register spot.
“I had that going into final year, though we didn’t do a really good pursuit of holding onto it for a small bit,” pronounced Nava, who was sent to Triple A early final deteriorate after removing off to a bad start. “But I’m in a same boat. we am used to things kind of like this. It’s not like this is a initial time I’ve been in this position.”
With a further of Hanley Ramirez to play left field, Nava is approaching to come off a dais as possibly an outfielder or initial baseman. A switch hitter, he typically is some-more prolific from a left side of a plate, an item in a Sox’ decidedly right-leaning lineup.
“Clearly, with a series of right-handed hitters that we’ve got during initial and a outfield, his maladroit bat is a good complement,” Farrell said. “I consider in a final dual years, he’s proven himself to be a really good vital joining hitter. we consider we’ll see a small bit some-more courtesy to a left side, quite in stay here.”
Let’s get physical
With position players set to take physicals today, designated hitter David Ortiz is approaching to make his attainment in camp, according to Farrell. Big Papi is a usually actor who has not nonetheless reported, nonetheless he wasn’t compulsory to until today. . . .
Right-hander Felipe Paulino, a non-roster invitee, has been hold out of workouts since of illness. Otherwise, a Sox have had ideal assemblage among their pitchers and catchers.