Full name is Rusney Castillo...First name is pronounced "roos-NAY." Established residency in Haiti before signing with theRed Sox...His father, Julio Castillo Hernandez, and his grandfather, Orlando Castillo, both played baseball in Cuba's major league, Serie Nacional.
Spent the entire season with Triple-A Pawtucket...Earned International League mid- season and postseason All-Star honors... Of his 3 full U.S. seasons, 2017 marked career bests in HR (15), 2B (22), SB (tied, 14), AVG (.314), OBP (.350), and SLG (.507). Hit safely in 44 of his final 50 games (beginning 5/30), including in 16 straight from 6/4-18 and 14 straight from 7/8-8/4...Hit .342 (67-for-196) in those 50 games. Hit .395 with a 1.085 OPS vs. LHP (34-for-86, 5 2B, 6 HR)...Struck out in only 7 of 90 PA against lefties. Batted .377 with RISP (23-for-61), including .417 with 2 outs (10-for-24, 3 HR). Recorded 3+ hits and 1+ HR in a game 4 times. In 4 games from 5/17-20, went 8-for-21 (.381) with 3 HR and 3 2B...Batted .390 (30-for-77) in 21 games in June...Hit 2 HR on 6/15 at Syracuse. On the disabled list from 6/22-7/4 (right groin strain), 7/17-23 (left knee tendinitis), and 8/18 through the end of the season (left knee inflammation). Finished the season on an 8-game hitting streak. Following the season, helped Caguas win a 2nd straight Puerto Rican Winter League title by hitting .302 (13-for-43, 3 2B, 2 HR) in 13 playoff games...Also helped Puerto Rico win a 2nd consecutive Caribbean Series title, homering in the finals against the Dominican Republic.
Made his 1st Opening Day roster with the Red Sox, going 2-for-8 with 4 runs scored over 3 ML stints...Spent most of the season with Triple-A Pawtucket. Went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double in his season debut on 4/9 at TOR. Optioned to Pawtucket on 4/13 and played 37 games over his 1st stint with the PawSox (.241 AVG, 35-for-145). Recalled by BOS on 5/31 and pinch ran the following day at BAL...Returned to Triple-A on 6/3. Played 1 game for the PawSox before being recalled on 6/5 for his 3rd and final ML stint of the season...Made 4 pinch-running appearances from 6/5-11, scoring in 3 of those games. Optioned back to Pawtucket on 6/18 and outrighted on 6/20...Played 65 games the rest of the way with the PawSox...In his final 35 games (beginning 7/27), posted a .328/.369/.445 batting line (45-for-137, 6 2B, 5 3B). Led Pawtucket with 5 3B...Tripled in 3 consecutive games from 8/10-12. Batted .304 (31-for-102) against LHP with the PawSox. Following the season, helped Caguas win the Puerto Rican Winter League championship...Batted .392 (20-for- 51) in 14 regular season games...Started each of the club's 14 postseason games, hitting safely in 11 of them... Batted .283 (17-for-60, 2 HR, 3 2B, 9 R, 4 RBI) in the playoffs as Caguas defeated Mayaguez in the semifinals (4 games to 2) and Santurce in the finals (5 games to 3)...In his final 5 games, was 10-for-23 (.435) with 2 HR and 2 2B. Also helped Puerto Rico win its 1st Caribbean Series title since 2000, starting 5 of 6 games (4-for-23, HR, 4 RBI).
Spent time with BOS (80 G) and Triple-A Pawtucket (40 G) in 1st full pro season in the U.S. Hit .253 (69-for-273) with 10 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 29 RBI, 13 BB, and 4 SB in 80 games over 2 major league stints. Played 26 games and made 18 starts in 1st ML stint of the year from 5/22-6/22, batting .230 (17-for-74) with 2 XBH (2B, HR) in that stretch...Recalled again on 7/27 and played in 54 of Boston's remaining 63 games, batting .261 (52-for-199) with 15 extra-base hits (9 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR). Hit .515 with 2 outs and RISP (17-for-33, 2 HR, 2B, 3B, 18 RBI), the best mark in MLB since Shawon Dunston in 1999 (.593), and best by an AL player since at least 1974 (min. 25 PA). Had a .354 AVG with RISP (23-for-63), 2nd in the AL (min. 50 PA) to DET's Miguel Cabrera (.365)...Hit .410 (16-for-39) with RISP from August through the end of the season. Posted a .318/.351/.466 line against left-handed pitching, going 28-for-88 with 5 2B, 3B, and 2 HR. The Red Sox went 34-33 in his 67 starts between RF (39), LF (24), and CF (4), including 20-15 in his last 35 contests beginning 8/18...24 of his last 25 starts came in LF. Had 6 assists (4 from LF, 2 from RF)...Was 1 of 9 major leaguers with multiple assists from both LF and RF. Hit .338 (27-for-80) in August, his 1st full month in the majors...Had a 16-game on-base streak from 8/4-26 and a career-long 10-game hit streak from 8/11-26 (.410, 16-for-39). Hit all 5 of his HR from 7/30-8/24...Went deep in back-to-back games played, 8/14 and 8/16 vs. SEA. Drove in the only run in a 1-0 victory on 6/2 vs. MIN with a 2-out RBI single in the 7th inning for his 1st career game-winning RBI...Then made a HR-saving catch for the 1st out of the 8th inning. Recorded a pair of run-scoring hits in the bottom of the 8th inning on 6/7 vs. OAK...Led off the frame with his 1st HR of the season and came around again to hit an RBI single...According to Elias, was the 1st Red Sox player to record multiple RBI hits in a single inning since Adrian Gonzalez on 6/20/11 vs. SD. Drove in a career-high 5 runs in a 5-4 win on 8/24 at CWS, hitting a 3-run HR and a 2-run double...Became the 1st player to drive in all of at least 5 Red Sox runs in a win since David Ortiz had 5 RBI on 9/12/07 vs. TB. On 9/13 at TB, hit a game-winning 2-run single in the 13th inning to break a scoreless tie. Began the year with Pawtucket...In 40 games over 2 stints at Triple-A, batted .282 (44-for-156) with 7 2B, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 14 BB, and 10 SB. Landed on Pawtucket's 7-day DL from 4/12-28 with right shoulder inflammation...Was injured making a diving catch in RF on 4/11 at Lehigh Valley. Played in 8 postseason games for Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League, batting .250 (9-for-36, 2B, 3B).
Signed a 7-year major league contract with the Red Sox on 8/23/14...Played 11 minor league games and then 10 major league games in his 1st pro action in the U.S...Reached base safely via hit or walk in 9 of 10 games for BOS, all starts in CF, batting .333 (12-for-36) with 6 R, 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, and a HBP...Was successful in all 3 SB attempts...In 11 minor league games, all in playoff action, hit .293 (12-for-41) with 7 R, 4 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, and 2 SB...Helped the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox and Triple-A PawSox to their league titles...After signing with BOS, was optioned to the GCL and played 2 games (1-for-5, BB)...Made U.S. pro debut in Game 2 of the GCL Championship Series on 8/31 vs. the GCL Yankees1, going 1-for-2 as the DH...Transferred to Double-A Portland on 9/2 following the GCL season and played 4 postseason games to close out the Sea Dogs' campaign (.357, 5-for-14, 4 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SB)...Transferred to the PawSox on 9/8 and played in 5 more playoff games, winning the Governor's Cup and losing the Triple-A Championship Game (.273, 6-for-22, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, SB)...Hit a leadoff home run in final minor league contest, the Triple-A Championship Game on 9/16 against Omaha (KC), a 4-2 loss...Recalled on 9/17 and made ML debut that night at PIT, going 1-for-4...1st hit was an infield single off Francisco Liriano in the 4th inning. Drew a bases-loaded walk in the 6th inning on 9/24 vs. TB for 1st career RBI...Started the club's last 9 games...Had 3 straight multi-hit games from 9/25-27 (.700, 7-for-10, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI)...Drove in at least 1 run in 4 straight games from 9/24-27 (6 total RBI)...His 1st major league XBH was a 3-run HR on 9/25 vs. TB off Steve Geltz in the 3rd inning...Homered again the next night in the 7th inning vs. NYY's Shawn Kelley...Following the season, posted a combined .342/.375/.452/.827 line with 5 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 5 BB, and 3 SB between Surprise of the Arizona Fall League (8 G) and Caguas of the Puerto Rican League (10 G)...Was named to the AFL's Rising Stars Team.