The Padres can certainly use some more talent. One of the ways they plan on doing that, is by investing more in the international market. They already went and got Odrisamer Despaigne and they, like everyone else in MLB, went and saw Despaigne’s countryman, Rusney Castillo work out in Miami today.
The #Padres will be among several teams at the showcase for Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on Saturday in Miami.
— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) July 25, 2014
Castillo worked out in the outfield and at shortstop. He’s been described as a similar player to New York Yankees’ outfielders Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury. Castillo has been described as someone who could even come up into the Major Leagues this year after being signed.
If Chris Denorfia does get traded, Castillo can help out in the outfield, especially with Cameron Maybin suspended. The nice thing about signing Castillo, is he’s like signing a regular free agent, not like the 16 and 17-year-olds they signed, and won’t count against the team’s bonus pool.
If the Pads can somehow land Castillo, it would be a boon to the franchise. He can be a piece to the puzzle of a rebuilding squad.