Rusney Castillo will either stay with Double-A Portland or move to Triple-A Pawtucket this week. (Getty Images)

Red Sox notes: Rusney Castillo moving up to Triple-A; Jackie Bradley Jr. and the Gold Glove question

September 07, 2014 - 8:26 am
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What's next for Rusney Castillo? After the Portland Sea Dogs' season game to an end Sunday thanks to an 8-5 loss to Binghamton, Castillo will now be moving on to Triple-A. The newly-signed outfielder is scheduled to make his debut with the Pawtucket Red Sox, Tuesday at McCoy Stadium. Castillo went 2-for-5 with a double, run scored and RBI in in his final game with the Sea Dogs. Thus far, in six minor-league games, he's hitting .357 (6-for-19) with four runs, three RBI and a stolen base. He has struck out twice and walked twice. "It's a matter of him getting his timing down," said Farrell. "The reports have been favorable, just with the overall explosiveness, the speed, the bat speed, but still, we're looking at roughly 14, 15 at-bats." Farrell said that he's simply been following reports on Castillo rather than spending time looking at video footage of the 27-year-old. "I don't want to make too much out of the number of at-bats that he's had already," said Farrell. "But, just talking to those who have been there in the ballpark during games played, he looks to be an exciting player." OTHER RED SOX NOTES -- Mookie Betts has shown improved comfort in center field in this callup as opposed to his previous ones, showing better jumps on the ball and more direct routes. He has looked better in center -- where he'd spent part of his amateur career and had most of his minor league experience this year -- than in right. Jackie Bradley Jr., on the other hand, has looked tremendous in every outfield position. That being the case, it was worth noting that Farrell elected to have Bradley enter Saturday night's game in the ninth inning in center, with Betts moving to right. On Sunday, with both in the lineup, Bradley is in center and Betts in right. "I still go by the higher number of balls are going to be in center field, and I think we'd be hard-pressed to find a better defender than Jackie Bradley in center field, whether it's in our uniform or in anyone else's uniform, in the major leagues," said Farrell. "I think he's the best center fielder in the game. That's a position that he's comfortable with. Mookie, while he has just a handful of games in right field, I feel like he's athletic enough to move over to right field for a short stint, or at least today." More goes into Gold Glove voting than defensive performance alone, of course. Reputation matters, and part of reputation derives from offense (with Bradley's line of .216/.288/.290 entering Sunday representing one of the worst lines in the big leagues). Bradley has also played in just 113 games, with 102 starts, and his recent two-week demotion to Triple-A, coupled with his uncertain role down the stretch, could impact his standing with voters. "As someone who votes on those, I don't know how others might look at the break in service time," said Farrell, who does have a vote but cannot vote for his own players for the Gold Glove. "He'd get my vote based on what we've seen." -- Both Mike Napoli and Brock Holt remain out of the lineup while dealing with flu-like symptoms. David Ortiz is out on Sunday both because he's been dealing with some pain management after fouling a ball off his foot a couple of weeks ago and because the Sox are amidst a stretch of 17 games in as many days.

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