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September 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM

The Write-Up: Rusney Castillo

In this edition of The Write-Up, Chaz Fiorino gives his initial thoughts on new Red Sox signee Rusney Castillo.

Player: Rusney Castillo
Team: Pawtucket Red Sox
Bats/Throws: R/R
DOB: 09/07/1987 (Age 27)
Height: 5-9
Weight: 205

Scout: Chaz Fiorino
Dates Scouted: 9/9/14 – 9/10/14
Stat line: 2 for 8, 2K, 1 BB, 1CS, 0 XBH

Physical Description: Short, strong, lean, athletic build. Maxed out physically. According to Baseball America, he has put on 20 pounds of muscle since defecting from Cuba.

Hitting Mechanics: Square stance, stands upright, feet shoulder-width apart. Hands in good position to hit. Bat points straight up, perpendicular to the ground. He loads by lifting his front heel off the ground with his toes pointing down, generating power and torque in his lower half. Uses a short stride. Line-drive swing with slight uphill plane. Length in swing. Solid bat control.

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September 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Couch leads PawSox to Series win

9/14 Cup of Coffee: Behind a dominant Keith Couch the PawSox took home their second Governors' Cup in three years.


Pawtucket Red Sox 4, Durham Bulls (TB) 1
After splitting the first two games of the series in Pawtucket, the PawSox took two out of three from the Bulls in Durham.

Couch and Miguel Celestino combined for the three-hit masterpiece to take home the hardware. Couch fired 6 2/3 innings of one-hit baseball, walking two and striking out four. Celestino closed out the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on a solo shot in the top half of the ninth.
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September 12, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Cup of Coffee: Owens struggles, pushing PawSox to the brink

9/12 Cup of Coffee: The PawSox hit the road, and fell to a 4-3 decision for the second straight night. The loss puts the team in a 2-1 deficit in the best-of-five Governor's Cup.


After splitting two games at McCoy Stadium, the International League championship moved to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. It was the third straight one-run game of the series, with Pawtucket coming up on the wrong end of the last two and now finding itself on the brink of elimination. Left-hander Henry Owens got the start, his second of the postseason. Owens pitched around three walks in the first two innings, but the Bulls caught up to him in the third, using a pair of doubles to mount a three-run inning. Durham would not relinquish its advantage. Overall, Owens lasted four innings, allowing three runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out five.

Pawtucket actually struck for the first two runs of the contest. Ryan Lavarnway doubled in the second inning and came home on a Corey Brown base hit, giving the team a 1-0 lead. The PawSox tacked on a second run in the third as Deven Marrero and Justin Henry delivered back-to-back singles, with Marrero coming in from third when Ivan DeJesus grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
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September 11, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket drops game two in extras

9/11 Cup of Coffee: Leading the Governor's Cup 1-0, the PawSox sent Brian Johnson to the mound in hopes of taking a commanding 2-0 advantage. 


Johnson, making his Triple-A debut, was solid in a no decision. The left-hander hurled six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks, punching out seven. Miguel Celestino followed Johnson, tossing two scoreless innings of relief, striking out three. Heath Hembree was charged with a blown save, as he allowed the game's tying run in the ninth inning. John Ely took the loss and left the game with an injury, allowing an unearned run on three walks in his 1 1/3 innings of relief. 
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September 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Pawtucket takes game one of Governor's Cup

9/10 Cup of Coffee: As the last affiliate in action, Pawtucket kicked off the International League Finals on Tuesday night in front of their home crowd. 


Edwin Escobar continued to pitch well as he tossed seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five to pick up the victory in game one of the Governor's Cup. Heath Hembree pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, collecting the save despite allowing a walk and two hits. 
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at 6:42 AM

Rusney Castillo flashes exciting potential in Triple-A debut

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Highly-touted Cuban signee Rusney Castillo has been slowly working his way back into form while making his way up Boston’s minor league ranks, and Tuesday evening marked a significant step for the outfielder. Though the results were mixed, the player and his manager were both more focused on the process than the results and were happy with Castillo’s Triple-A debut in Game One the Pawtucket Red Sox's Governors' Cup Finals series against the Durham Bulls, which the PawSox won, 3-2.

Castillo finished the night 1 for 4, with the hit coming on a rocket to the third baseman's right that he was able to knock down, but had no play. In his other three at-bats, he struck out twice on fastballs, once looking and once swinging, and flied out to right in his final plate appearance of the evening.

"[Castillo has] plus hands speed through the zone. He expanded the zone a couple times, but had the well-hit ball to third base," Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles said. "That ball got down the line, it was on him really quick. But he's an athlete, you can tell. There's no doubt about it. He's a fast-twitch body. There's a lot to be interested about there."
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September 8, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Barnes promoted to Boston

The Red Sox announced earlier this afternoon that the team had called up right-hander Matt Barnes from Triple-A Pawtucket. To make room on the 40-man roster for Barnes, the team placed outfielder Shane Victorino on the 60-day disabled list. 

Barnes, who was scheduled to pitch game two of the International League Finals for Pawtucket against Durham on Wednesday, will pitch out of the bullpen for the Red Sox. The 24-year-old right-hander needed to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason, so the move is aimed at giving Barnes major league exposure this season. 
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at 3:00 PM

The Write-Up: Matt Barnes

In this edition of The Write-Up, Chaz Fiorino provides a detailed scouting look at SoxProspects #11 prospect Matt Barnes.
Pitcher: Matt Barnes
Team: Pawtucket (AAA)
Throws: R
DOB: 06/17/1990 (Age 24)
Height: 6-4
Weight: 205

Scout: Chaz Fiorino
Date Scouted: 08/30/14
Stat line: 7 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 102-73 Pitches-Strikes. 15/28 first-pitch strikes. 16 swing-and-misses.

Physical Description: Athletic, strong, durable frame. Long legs, high waist. Not much room for physical growth.

Arm/Delivery Mechanics: – Three-quarters arm slot. Worked from middle of the rubber. Hands set at the belt. Brought hands to chest with first move towards the plate. Long arm action in back with a slight wrist turn. Great balance over the rubber on back leg. High leg kick with average extension towards the plate. Stayed on line consistently and pitched downhill.

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at 12:00 PM

Weekly Notes: Playoff baseball begins for affiliates, Castillo continues ascent

Here are this week's minor league notes: 

  • Rusney Castillo continued his march towards Boston as he made an impact for the Portland Sea Dogs this week. Castillo has gone 4 for 11 with two RBI and three runs scored in three games in Double-A. Sea Dogs broadcaster Mike Antonellis gives his take so far on Castillo in this video with NESN.  
  • Castillo is expected to join Pawtucket in time for the start of the Governor's Cup Finals against Durham on Tuesday, according to Ian Browne of 
  • Browne also reports that left-hander Henry Owens, is not expected to see major league action this season. 

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at 8:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Portland's season comes to an end

A great season for the Sea Dogs came to an end yesterday, as they lost the decisive fifth game of the series. It was a season to remember for Portland, as they saw an enormous amount of talent come through Hadlock Field. From Mookie BettsBlake Swihart, and Rusney Castillo (pictured) to Henry Owens, Brian Johnson, and Eduardo Rodriguez, fans had the chance to watch a top prospect play almost every night. With the loss, Pawtucket is the only affiliate still alive in the playoffs.


A six-run fourth inning doomed the Sea Dogs, as the Mets advanced to the finals. Luis Diaz was not sharp, allowing seven runs on eight hits in only 3 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out two. He gave up five runs in the fourth inning, and he was relieved by Dayan Diaz who surrendered another run. Robby Scott did end his year on a high note, shutting down the Mets over 2 2/3 innings, allowing only one hit.  
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