Rusney Castillo. (Jillian Souza/Pawtucket Red Sox)

Source: Rusney Castillo likely to play in both Arizona, Puerto Rico

Rob Bradford
September 17, 2014 - 8:11 am
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PITTSBURGH -- It's going to be a busy offseason for Rusney Castillo. According to a source familiar with the situation, Castillo is on the verge of committing to playing in both the Arizona Fall League and the Puerto Rican Winter League this offseason. Castillo -- who is scheduled to make his major league debut Wednesday -- would be joining an AFL team (the Surprise Saguaros) that already includes Red Sox prospects Deven Marrero, Sean Coyle, Keith Couch, Aaron Kurcz and Madison Younginer. That season begins Oct. 7 and runs until Nov. 15. Castillo's commitment in Puerto Rico would be abbreviated, with the outfielder right now planning to play in the league for just one month. The last Red Sox player to execute such an offseason was Christian Vazquez, who played in both leagues following the 2012 season. "It was a lot," said Vazquez, who also plans on playing in Puerto Rico this coming offseason. "I saw a lot of baseball. I came out of it better. If you work, you play a lot, you're going to get better." "In Arizona, they throw harder than in Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico there are a lot of breaking balls, which is good because we need to see that. The Arizona Fall League is probably better talent, a lot of prospects. But in Puerto Rico you have veteran guys looking for jobs. It's chance to learn with the veterans there. I listened a lot." Castillo finished his minor league stint totaling nearly 50 at-bats, and will now rotate in with Jackie Bradley, Yoenis Cespedes, Daniel Nava and Allen Craig in the Red Sox' outfield. "He needs to play," Vazquez said. "For me, that winter helped me a lot."

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