Red Sox Farm Report: Rusney Castillo is still hitting home runs

Nick Friar
April 10, 2019 - 7:34 am

With all the Red Sox struggles in the young 2019 season, it’s a bit surprising there haven’t been any Rusney Castillo calls to the postgame show yet. Not that it’ll make a difference. Castillo isn’t worth the risk with that gaudy contract.

(Castillo’s contract does not count against Boston’s MLB payroll, thus having no impact on the luxury tax. However, the second Castillo comes up he instantly impacts the luxury tax payroll and would continue to do so even if he was sent back to the minors.)

The 2018 International League All-Star hasn’t exactly picked up where he left off last season, hitting only .200 (3 for 15) with an RBI entering Tuesday’s game. He added to the RBI tally and hit his first extra-base hit of 2019: a three-run home run off of Buffalo Bisons starting pitcher Jacob Waguespack.

Castillo didn’t do much else outside of that, finishing 1 for 4. Not that it matters to him. He’s getting his $11 million either way.

 

—Sandy Leon hasn’t found himself at the plate with Pawtucket. He had two hits in the first game and has gone hitless since then. He’s now 2 for 15.

 

—Bobby Poyner made his second appearance of the season on Tuesday. He’s given up a run in both outings and struck out five over 2 1/3 innings.

 

—Nick Lovullo had his first hit of the season with Pawtucket in his first tour at Triple-A. He went 3 for 4 with an RBI, stolen base and two runs against Buffalo.