Rusney Castillo starts fast in Puerto Rico


Rusney Castillo has shown no signs of rust after a six week absence from the field. On Thursday night, Castillo laced three singles to pace the red hot Criollos de Caguas to their seventh straight win. Though Castillo was held to a walk in four trips to the plate on Friday, he is four for 11 in his first three games for Caguas, posting a .364/.417/.364 batting line. He has also swiped a base.

Let’s take a look at the other Red Sox playing in Puerto Rico’s Liga de Beisbol Roberto Clemente.

Henry Ramos has not fared as well overall in Puerto Rico (.213/.275/.319) but the arrival of Castillo seems to have sparked his hitting. Ramos is four for his last 11 with four walks over his last four games. Ramos also plays outfield for Criollos de Caguas.

Dayan Diaz is a right handed pitcher for the Cangrejeros de Santurce. This season was an excellent one for Diaz, earning six saves at High-A Salem with a 1.34 ERA in 33.2 innings. Diaz continued his success with a 2.76 ERA at AA Portland while earning another save. Combined, he put up a 1.80 ERA in 50 innings this season, allowing only 37 hits, striking out 56. Diaz is Rule 5 eligible and is not on the 40-man roster. For Santurce, Diaz has posted a 3.60 ERA in 10 innings, allowing nine hits and seven walks, while striking out seven batters.

19 year old Joseph Monge had a solid season in the Rookie League and Short-Season A Lowell, posting a .280/.348/.411 batting line with two homers and nine steals in 189 plate appearances. Monge has seen only sporadic action for the Senadores de San Juan, batting six times, without a hit, striking out three times.

Puerto Rican native Christian Vazquez, the Red Sox starting catcher, also plays for the Senadores de San Juan. Vazquez caught 122 games between Pawtucket and Boston in 2014. In Puerto Rico, Vazquez has played 16 games, slashing .250/.292/.373 in 54 plate appearances.

Stay tuned to BoSoxInjection over the next few days for updates on the Red Sox playing this Winter in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.