I’m back from my trip to Colombia, without dysentery to boot!  Though, I’m not sure if ‘to boot’ is the right verb, if I have dysentery.  Though, Part II, The Return Of Thoughs, I also haven’t seen a solid stool in about a week.  “Hmm, that looks like bat signal.”  That’s you looking in my toilet, taking a Rorschach test.  Let’s start with what I said about Castillo when he was first called up, “Here’s what Prospect Mike said about Rusney Castillo previously, “The one tool that is not in question is (Rusney’s) speed.  A 30+ steal season from Castillo is a possibility as soon as 2015.  The power is still up in the air.  Some have tagged him more as an 8-12 homer type guy while others have said 15 or maybe even 20 homers could be in the cards.  With any player, we get lots of comps thrown around.  Two of the comps I’ve heard the most are Shane Victorino and Rajai Davis.  Honestly, the Davis comp makes the most sense to me.  The one that makes the least sense is Grey, he’s just a buffoon.”  Hey, what’s that all about?  To me, the Rajai comparison feels heavy on the speed; Victorino seems a better equivalent, but, honestly, there’s a ton of unknown here.  He could be anywhere from a 7 HR/20 SB fourth outfielder to a 20 HR/40 SB superstar.  Victorino feels about right — 12 homers, 30 steals.  The more I read that he only had 66 steals in 1097 plate appearances in Cuba, I wonder if the hype machine hasn’t taken Rusney and thrown him into the spin cycle, making him more than he is.  Shizzton of risk either way you slice the cake, and, brucely, I love cake, so I hope you’re sharing.”  And that’s me quoting me and quoting Mike!  In his brief cup of coffee (shot of espresso?), Castillo had two homers and three steals while batting .333 in 36 ABs.  Call Cooperstown, Castillo’s coming in to sit for his bust sculpting.  Or wrap him in plaster of Paris and put him outside of Fenway.  We’ve got ourselves an immortal!  Okay, but let’s just say for argument’s sake, he’s not an immortal, what can we expect from Rusney Castillo for 2015 fantasy baseball?

Guess the real question is what did we learn from the 36 ABs at the end of last year?  We learned that Cuban players come on like your horny teenaged self when they are first introduced to the major leagues.  Outside of that, don’t think there’s a whole lot to cull.  By the by, if I were a verb, I would be to cull.  I’m a culling impresario. Just cull my name and I’ll be there.  Castillo isn’t even at the top of the Red Sox prospect ranks for real baseball, but real baseball requires standing around all day and scratching yourself…Now that I think about it, fantasy baseball is closer to real baseball than I originally thought.  Castillo’s, uh, prospects are being lowered in real baseball scout circles due to what they expect to be average defense.  For our purposes — or porpoises if the dolphins take over the world — Castillo should play just fine as a 3rd outfielder with 2nd outfielder upside.  The difference between him and some other rookies is he’s already 27 years old, so you don’t have the age risk.  You do have the Cuban raftee risk, which means we don’t know exactly what to expect.  What I said a few months ago that is quoted above still holds.  He could an amazing 4th outfielder for the Red Sox and garbage for most mixed leagues or he could just be incredible without the caveats like he flosses after each meal.  Definitely worth the flyer in case we get Jose Abreu with 40-steal speed.  You just have to be wary about drafting him so high, in case he gets platooned with Betts, Victorino, Craig, Nava or whoever else the Red Sox have.  For 2015, I’ll give him the projections of 72/12/62/.278/28.  Honestly, that’s me pulling some numbers out of a hat.  If he went to the minors to start 2015, it wouldn’t surprise me.  Or if he went to the All-Star Game in July of next year, it wouldn’t surprise me either. If he ate a magic mushroom and starting singing, “Ain’t got no time for bird sex,” well, that would surprise me.

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Chris
Chris
7 years ago

Hey Grey, if I can trade a $9 Castillo for $17 Pence in Ottoneu points, would you do it? Part of me loves the cheaper Cuban mystery and part of me wants the safer bet.

Chris
Chris
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: If I’ve gotta throw in David Dahl, still do it?

Swfcdan
Swfcdan
7 years ago

Looking at their list of OFs going into next year im kinda worried about Betts who I have in a keeper. Think theres any chance he’s platooned or sent to AAA to start the year? Shouldnt be but theres gotta be one odd man out unless they make a deal or Hawaians hamstrings shatter, probably most likely its Rusney. Just keeping the hype machine in check yo (so I can grab him in my other keeper draft).

In a prospect draft would Rusney be in your top 3 picks now? Have first overall in one, im kinda tempted for the potential immediate production.

J-FOH
J-FOH
7 years ago

OK, I’m officially done with the voice for this season.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I hate when murica votes. And then the judges pick the most vanilla mass apeal singers instead of the good ones.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: adam let two of his best walk. and the jamaican chick sucks

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
7 years ago

Dear Grey!

Welcome back, man! My checklist for such missions to tropical locales is as follows.

1. Did you contract a venereal disease despite the fact that you had NO contact with any of the sex workers?

2. Did you get arrested in LAX for possession of narcotics that a. were not procured by you or b. were not given to you by your best friend?

3. Did you contract some other kind of seasonal / tropical disease like dengue fever or malaria?

If you answered NO to all of the above then it was a successful mission!

My boss has kind of mellowed out since we had our little discussion (J-FOH telling me to tell her to grow a pair was classic, did not have the cajones to do so, sry J-FOH). Our real boss comes back next Monday so things might go back to SNAFU, which is better than when she was the boss.

Take care,
Ante

J-FOH
J-FOH
7 years ago

Sky and I started chatting about Mystery Science Theatre 3000 last night on the Twitter. Are you a fan?

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
7 years ago

if anybody is bummed out about being in their city as it gets cold and dark at night with winter approaching (or otherwise with the clouds), come on over to STL. We’re about to get a lot warmer and brighter, esp at night. Make sure you bring your vests though.

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: it’s blowin in the wind out here.

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: weird, that was actually an unconscious reference both to dylan and street level insurrection.

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: not having seen that movie, i’m gonna assume we’re dealing with types of that here.

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  Montezuma's Revenge... right now
7 years ago

@Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: soon, we might have a market for trading a certain amount of pounds of marshmellows for gas masks.

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: i live next county over. But not far enough away that i’m not expecting stores out here to get hit somewhat this time around (they weren’t last time, but last time people didn’t have time to plan for it). A time when not planning getting your gun carrying license earlier (added to having my skin pigment insufficiency) could easily turn out to be very bad.

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  Montezuma's Revenge... right now
7 years ago

@Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: oh wait, i looked that up too, it nothing to do with that movie, it was a movement in the UK, wonder if Gareth’s relatives were around it.

Ender's Game
Ender's Game
7 years ago

Let’s all hope that Rusney doesn’t go the way of Mike Tyson and either start singing nonsense or bite off somebody’s ear. Or both. If I had to choose, though, I’d rather hear Rusney sing about bird sex.

On another note… In a keeper league, would you trade Freddie Freeman for any of these?
Michael Brantley
Brian Dozier
Corey Kluber

Ender's Game
Ender's Game
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Awesome, thanks!

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  Ender's Game
7 years ago

@Ender’s Game: i think if rusney could end up making a scooby-do parody that stars himself he’d be quite happy with his career trajectory.

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

Did you see up dog last night

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Ha you were supposed to say whats up dog

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
7 years ago

I’m guessing the Baseball Writers Association of America don’t read Razzball

J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: HAHAHA! That’s the best line ever.

Kid A
Kid A
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

*SPIT-TAKE*

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:
hehe

Ned Shakeshaft
Ned Shakeshaft
7 years ago

I’m going to have first “minors” pick overall in a deep dynasty league. 6×6 (OBP,R,2B+3B,HR,RBI,SB-CS, W,K,ERA,WHIP,SV,HD) H2H format.

Any 2014 Cuban signees or (signed) MLB draftees are eligible. Can control for up to 7 years, but they have to start contributing in 3 or four years to be worth it, and the sooner the better.

I’m down to Castillo, Tomas (if he signs) and Carlos Rodon. Thoughts?

Wake Up
7 years ago

Welcome back amico mio. I trust that your return trip via the USS Escobar, the semi-submersible that I left for you in the jungle, was satisfactory. Little Johnny and Mr. Stumps will be in contact shortly…

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I feel like you are borrowing the tagline from the 2010 AVN’s…

goodfold2
goodfold2
7 years ago

ok so in 30 team porn ass deep dynasty the comish changed our extention policy for this offseason, as he apparently wasn’t really cognizant of ramifications of previous policy. we now can drop our extentions or add more if we want, extentions cost an extra 6 million per year and can go for either 1 or 2 years. We also have 3 tags, 1 franchise (pay the guy his real life contract for 2015), 1 restricted (have right to match other teams’ bids or get pick compensation if we don’t want to pay it), and 3rd tag which can be either type. $100 million budget, start 1 C/ 2 CI/ 2 MI/ 3 OF/ 1 util in hitters, and 3 SP/3 RP/ 3 P with 7 active bench spots. our minor league guys go up to 25 this offseason (from previous 20). Contract till end of year listed in ().
C – D’Arnaud .4 Mil (rookie contract, 17)
CI – Beltre (clearly he’s the franchise tag), so 18 Mil for coming season
CI – Gillaspie (not signed)
MI -Segura 6.4 Mil (per year till end of 16)
MI -Alcides 3 Mil (15)
OF -Legares (not signed)
OF -A-Jax 6.4 Mil (16)
OF -Leonys 3.1 Mil (16)
Marwin G. MI/CI (not signed)
SP -Estrada 6.4 Mil (16)
SP -Erasmo 6.4 Mil (16)
SP -Sale 6.425 Mil (16)
SP -Ervin S (not signed)
SP -Liriano 11.5 Mil (16)
SP/RP -Hale .4 Mil (rookie contract till 17), he won’t be minor eligible next year.
SP -Kuroda (not signed, cost 10 mil last year)
SP -Quintana 6.4 Mil (16)
RP -Melancon 6.421 Mil (16)
RP – Fien .4 Mil (16)
RP -H.Rondon (not signed, cost 3.4 mil before)
RP -Machi (not signed)
RP -McGowan (not signed)
RP -O’Day (not signed)
do these sound about right?
1. get out of erasmo/estrada contracts
2. i have 1 either type of tag, and 1 restricted tag. use those on any of
h.rondon/gillaspie/o’day/kuroda/legares/e.santana/hellickson (i could get him for a low 3rd rounder)? Mike said use a restricted on Ervin and a franchise on Legares (with Gillaspie coming in 2nd for that last one). Really just checking on whether there’s consensus on Legares over all those other guys.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: only ugly thing about hellickson vs ervin is we have to tag these guys before christmas, and any player traded for before that time that doesn’t have a contract (and only ones that do right now are either extended already, or are under rookie deals, or are tagged), and if you trade for a player not already under contract, you have to tag that player. Obviously whatever Ervin does it won’t be before Christmas. The reason we do all this before then is almost all players (those not extended, tagged, or under rookie contracts) are dumped back into player pool, from which the craziest bidding period i’ll ever have seen will go on. Good thing is Ervin probably won’t get bid up to the 17 or so million he’ll make in real life (which is why i’m not just franchising him).

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: no, i just meant that decision of ervin or hellickson has to be made before ervin signs somewhere (since we have to tag everybody before christmas, and other owner is only trying to trade hellickson since he likely doesn’t want to tag him. same reason i’m trading kuroda for a 4th or 3rd rounder). i know he turned down the 15.3 mil for 1 year from ATL.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: i agree with kuroda worth nothing, i got a trade offer for a 4th round pick, so he’s gone while getting something. And i’m guessing ervin is still better than hellickson when he signs somewhere in the spring (and he might even get bid a lot less by opponents who are worried about his signing situation, making me save some money restricting him rather than franchising him). We are allowed to franchise a player who currently doesn’t have real life contract, and his price would be “pending”.

Hodgepadre
Hodgepadre
7 years ago

Grey, whom do you like better in a keeper league, Arrieta or Heyward?

Ender's Game
Ender's Game
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Ha! I think technically, yeah, since it’s a direct object in the sentence. But it sounds weird.

gareth
gareth
7 years ago

ME-OUT!

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  gareth
7 years ago

@gareth: this has become the new G4.

gareth
gareth
7 years ago

Welcome back Grey!

When I think of Columbia the first things that spring to mind are Sofia Vergara and that soccer player who was shot and killed for scoring an own goal at the 1994 world cup in the U.S.

Oh and coffee and cocaine of course.

Kid A
Kid A
Reply to  gareth
7 years ago

@gareth:

Oh-M-Gee I totes do that stereotype thing also!!!

Take the Welsh for example, when I cross paths with one of those british bastards the first things that spring to mind are: whiny, sore-loser, sheep-romancer, obnoxious-cat-constantly-trying-to-self-brand-with-lame-catchphrases.

Prejudice is THE greatest tool in an efficiency toolbox.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Kid A
7 years ago

@Kid A: KID!, I’ve missed you.

The Welsh are also a stumpy people…from what I hear

gareth
gareth
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: Every time I see your picture I think of Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean.

gareth
gareth
Reply to  Kid A
7 years ago

@Kid A: you fail to take your medication again?

gareth
gareth
Reply to  Kid A
7 years ago

@Kid A: Prejudice?

If anything my comments were stereotypes, both positive and negative.

You can stereotype America too.

The first thing I think of when I think of the United States is Baseball, Obesity, Guns and freedom of speech.

You’re obviously covered Wales, doing the exact thing you criticised me for.

Sheesh. People are WAY too PC and sensitive these days.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  gareth
7 years ago

@gareth: there’s positive and negative prejudices. stereotypes are in fact prejudices.

MattTruss223
MattTruss223
Reply to  Kid A
7 years ago

@Kid A: Ha, love when Kid-A comes out firing!

Wake Up
Reply to  Kid A
7 years ago

@Kid A: Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee’s baaaaaack…

slew
slew
Reply to  Kid A
7 years ago

@Kid A: And i quote, If I do the rcl again next year I think I’d rather it be in a league you are not in.

Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho
Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho
Reply to  slew
7 years ago

@slew: yeah, i’d guess you’re guys’ message boards are fun, like nails in your eyes, heart full of hate, and rapers for bedmates.

gareth
gareth
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: my bad. I think “Columbia” make winter coats.

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Too bad “those people” don’t wear shirts…

gareth
gareth
7 years ago

Yasmani Tomas – any good?

Word is he’s looking for a 100 million, 7 year contract.

gareth
gareth
7 years ago

I’m just waiting for one of these Cubans to bust. Puig and Abreu set the bar ridiculously high.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  gareth
7 years ago

@gareth:
Puig is over rated.

gareth
gareth
Reply to  FrankGrimes
7 years ago

@FrankGrimes: Grimey!

Lville Jim
Lville Jim
7 years ago

So he is basically the current Christian Yelich just five years older.

Corey
Corey
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Do we draft C-Yell over Castillo then, assuming an equal number of AB? What if we could draft both: I have Stanton as a $47 keeper, hope to acquire Springer ($12) in a trade, and figured I could fill in last two OF spots with Christian and Rusney on the cheap. Would this be redundant or does that sound like a good OF?

Corey
Corey
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Great. Thanks. Is it draft day yet? :(

Jim
Jim
7 years ago

Do you think Betts is a keeper at 22$?

ESPN 16 teams 5×5….

Tigres
Tigres
7 years ago

Thanks Grey, I liked Castillo more before I realized how many OFs the sawx have. 12-28 seems like a top 20 OF these days, tho of course more power would be nice. I’d take him just after Heyward, A Gordon “boring production” types, or maybe just ahead if you really like embracing risk.

Is it January yet? I’m already jonesing for rankings…

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
7 years ago

Welcome Back..hope your trip was profitable, and your banana hammock was snug.

JeF With 1 F
JeF With 1 F
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: ha ha