Rusney Castillo is expected to make his Red Sox debut next week in Pittsburgh when the Pirates host the Red Sox on Tuesday-Thursday.
If he sticks in the big leagues, he can always say he ended his brief minor league career with a bang. In leading Pawtucket past Durham 4-1 in the finals of the Governors' Cup on Saturday night, the highly touted Cuban was 2-for-4 with two doubles.
He also had a walk, a stolen base and a run scored as the PawSox came out on top in the winner-take-all Game 5 to seize the Triple-A International League championship.
The 5-foot-9, 205-pound outfielder signed a seven-year, $72.5 million contract, the richest ever for a Cuban defector. Red Sox manager John Farrell has said once Castillo joins the Red Sox, he is definitely going into the lineup.