Cuba’s Latest Mark on Major League Baseball

August 14, 2012 | Print Print |

Peter C. Bjarkman*

Adeinis Hechavarria is playing infield for the Toronto Blue Jays.

HAVANA TIMES — While Cuba’s vaunted national team was reestablishing some much-needed credibility last month at the Haarlem Baseball Week, ex-patriot Cuban players were also continuing to make considerable noise on more-celebrated major league diamonds.

Aroldis Chapman has finally begun to display that can’t-miss stardom many were touting a few years back, while Yoennis Céspedes has so far enjoyed a rather noteworthy if not eye-popping rookie campaign.

At the same time veteran Liván Hernández has been busy tracking down several long-standing pitching milestones earlier owned by some of his pre-revolution Cuban countrymen.

And most recently two largely unheralded newcomers (one a recent Cuban League “defector”) have now elevated to 169 the total number of athletes to reach the pinnacle of the major leagues from the baseball-loving island nation of Cuba.

In recent weeks there has been plenty of Cy Young conversation surrounding the work of Chapman in the Cincinnati bullpen. It looks like the on-field performance (with 28 bullpen saves out of 32 chances and 106 Ks in only 57 innings) is finally beginning to overshadow some of the embarrassing off-the-field theatrics (which this season have already included such escapades as an arrest for driving with a suspended license and a largely hushed-up theft of the thousands of dollars in jewelry from Chapman’s hotel room by a bad-risk female companion).

Céspedes (currently boasting 14 homers and a .306 BA) remains a solid presence in the Oakland lineup although he will certainly not post the hefty numbers some were dreaming of after his fast start back in April. In Chicago Dayan Viciedo (sitting on 17 round-trippers) has steadily been emerging as a more potent offensive star than fading teammate Alexei Ramírez (who still owns a hot glove despite his ice-cold lumber).

Kenny Morales has again rebounded from a couple of years of injuries; Morales entered the record books on July 31 when he became only the third man in big-league history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning (and the first to do so with a grand slam included).

José Contreras also continues to hang around with this year’s lackluster edition of the Phillies while Yunel Escobar (Toronto) and Branyan Peña (Kansas City) have also been quietly productive as role players. On the negative side Yunieski Betancourt (recently demoted by the Royals to AAA Omaha) and Yunieski Maya (now a struggling AAA starter in Syracuse) have both largely faded from the scene.

On Opening Day back in April Yoennis Céspedes has the only 2012 Cuban-born rookie, but nine more experienced countrymen also graced big league rosters. The list included Yonder Alonso (San Diego), Alexei Ramírez and Dayan Viciedo (Chicago White Sox), Kendry Morales (Los Angeles Angles), José Contreras (Philadelphia Phillies), Yunieski Betancourt and Brayan Peña (Kansas City), Yunel Escobar (Toronto), and Aroldis Chapman (Cincinnati).

Several more have since climbed back into “The Show” – most notably veteran hurler Liván Hernández (now with the Milwaukee Brewers) and talented young outfielder Leonys Martin (who debuted late last season with the World Series-bound Texas Rangers).

Two mid-season rookies – Havana-born catcher Yasmani Grandal and native Santiago infielder Adieny Hechavarria – have also recently upped the all-time Cuban big-league count by an additional pair.

Hechavarria is the latest in a string of talented “defectors” who have abandoned the island circuit in hopeful pursuit of greater financial rewards in the top-level professional circuit.

Grandal, by contrast, left his native homeland as a pre-teenaged youngster and thus learned his baseball on the sandlots of Miami, starring first at Miami Springs High School and later with the tradition-rich University of Miami baseball program. He was a highly publicized first round (twelfth overall) 2010 draft pick of the National League Cincinnati Reds but was later moved to the San Diego Padres in a December 2011 multi-player transaction.

Hechavarria (age 23) is the most recent “defector” with any actual Cuban League playing experience to reach the majors. The versatile infield prospect played briefly for the Cuban national junior team in 2008 before defecting in Mexico a year later.

Livan Hernandez has pitched in over 500 MLB games and has 177 victories to his credit.

He earlier logged three seasons with the Santiago de Cuba club in the National Series, posting an overall .248 batting average (569 ABs) in mostly part-time action with the Avispas ball club. Hechavarria (pronounced He-cha-var-EE-a) appears under the name ADEINIS in the Cuban League record books, but the Toronto media has taken to spelling it as it might be enunciated in Cuba – with the dropping of the usually “silent” final letter s.

His debut as a fill-in third baseman and shortstop with the Blue Jays last week (August 4) has come on the heels of a breakout summer campaign with the Jays AAA affiliate in Las Vegas, where he posted a .312 batting mark in 102 games.

Since the outset of the 2001 season, 29 Cuban ballplayers have so far reached the majors, the largest dozen-year total since the decade of the sixties. Of this number, 21 owned previous top-level playing experience on their native island.

Less than a dozen, however, have ever boasted considerable achievements in the domestic Cuban League and only eight (Céspedes, Leonys Martin, Maya, Chapman, Alexei Ramírez, Kendry Morales, Contreras, and Danys Baez) appeared with the top echelon Cuban national squad.

Approximately a dozen other notable Cuban Leaguers are now laboring in either the North American minors or in the AAA Mexican League and a handful still possess at least reasonable possibilities of eventually tasting big league action.

Among these Yasel Puig is the most notable recent signee (having inked a July $42 million long-term contract with the LA Dodgers and now auditioning in the Arizona Rookie League), although flashy Boston-owned shortstop José Iglesias (currently at the plate with AAA Pawtucket) may still claim the brightest future.

Two high-price-tag pitchers on the other hand seem to be largely overvalued busts – southpaws Noel Argüelles (Kansas City) and Geraldo Concepción (Chicago Cubs) – so far have been anything but impressive with their current stratospheric minor league ERA numbers. Perhaps the most overlooked story this year on the Cuban big league scene has been the continued remarkable productivity of seemingly ageless hurler Liván Hernández. Now with his tenth big league club (twice with Washington) and in his sixteenth season, the robust right-hander continues to post numbers that only enhance his stature among the greatest of all Cuban big-league aces – including those from either the pre-revolution or post-revolution eras.

Liván recently climbed above the 500-game mark in big league appearances, thus reaching eighth place on the all-time Cuban list. And his 177 victories (against an equal number of losses) trail only Luis Tiant, Mike Cuéllar and Adolfo Luque while at the same time outstripping such giants from Cuba’s glorious past as Camilo Pascual and Pedro Ramos.

Liván has pitched with mediocre big league clubs most of his career and his victory total might stand well above the 200 mark if that had not been the case; he owns a mere seven full seasons where he registered a .500-plus winning percentage. As it is, his total of 354 career major league decisions is now the third most ever recorded by a Cuban big leaguer.

Liván wrote headlines at the outset of his career with a rookie-season 1997 World Series MVP trophy and he has been slowly but steadily writing his name into the MLB record books ever since.

Cuba’s Top Workhorse Big League Hurlers (Games Pitched)

Diego Seguí (639 in 15 seasons)
Pete Ramos (582 in 15 seasons)
Luis Tiant Jr. (573 in 19 seasons)
Tony Fossas (567 in 12 seasons)
Adolfo Luque (550 in 20 seasons)
Danys Baez (533 in 10 seasons)
Camilo Pascual (529 in 18 seasons)
Liván Hernández (506 in 16 seasons)

Cuba’s Top Workhorse Big League Hurlers (Decisions Earned)

Luis Tiant Jr. (401 with 229-172 record)
Adolfo Luque (373 with 194-179 record)
Liván Hernández (354 with 177-177 record)
Camilo Pascual (344, with 174-170 record)
Miguel Cuéllar (315 with 185-130 record)
Pete Ramos (277 with 117-160 record)
Diego Seguí (203 with 92-111 record)

Cuban Major Leaguers List (169 Cuban Major Leaguers updated on Aug. 13)

Key: Players with names in red font played in Cuba’s post-revolution National Series (are “defectors”) and players with names in blue font never played in either Cuba’s pre-revolution professional Winter League or in the post-revolution National Series (are Cubans by birth but not by baseball training).

Cuban Ballplayers Debut Dates  Positions Debut Teams Debut Leagues Seasons (Games)
Pre-Twentieth Century 1800s        
Enrique Esteban Bellán (1) 1871 (5/9/1871)  Infield Troy Haymakers National Association 3 (60)
Pre-Revolution Period 1911-1960        
Armando Marsans (2) 1911 (7/4/1911)  Outfield Cincinnati Reds National League 8 (655)
Rafael Almeida (3) 1911 (7/4/1911)  Outfield Cincinnati Reds National League 3 (102)
Miguel (Mike) González (4) 1912 (9/28/1912)  Catcher Boston Braves National League 19 (1042)
Merito (Baldomero) Acosta (5) 1913 (6/15/1913)  Outfield Washington Senators National League 5 (180)
Jacinto (Jack) Calvo (6) 1913 (9/5/1913)  Outfield Washington Senators American League 2 (34)
Angel (Pete) Aragón (7) 1914 (8/20/1914)  Infield New York Yankees American League 3 (32)
Adolfo (Dolf) Luque (8) 1914 (5/20/1914)  RHP Boston Braves National League 20 (550)
Manolo (Manuel) Cueto (9) 1914 (6/25/1914)  Outfield Cincinnati Reds National League 3 (151)
Emilio (Pal) Palmero (10) 1915 (9/21/1915)  RHP New York Giants National League 4 (41)
Joseito Rodríguez (11) 1916 (10/5/1916)  Infield New York Giants National League 5 (58)
Oscar Tuero (12) 1918 (5/30/1918)  RHP St. Louis Cardinals National League 3 (58)
Eusebio González (13) 1918 (7/26/1918)  SS Boston Red Sox American League 1 (3)
Ricardo Torres (14) 1920 (5/18/1920)  Catcher Washington Senators American League 3 (22)
José Acosta (15) 1920 (7/28/1920)  RHP Washington Senators American League 3 (55)
Pedro Dibut (16) 1924 (5/1/1924)  RHP Cincinnati Reds National League 2 (8)
Ramón (Mike) Herrera (17) 1925 (9/22/1925)  Infield Boston Red Sox American League 2 (84)
Oscar Estrada (18) 1929 (4/21/1929)  LHP St. Louis Browns American League 1 (1)
Roberto (Tarzan) Estalella (19) 1935 (9/7/1935)  Outfield Washington Senators American League 8 (680)
Fermín (Mike) Guerra (20) 1937 (9/19/1937)  Catcher Washington Senators American League 9 (565)
René Monteagudo (21) 1938 (9/6/1938)  LHP Washington Senators American League 3 (46)
Gilberto Torres (22) 1940 (4/25/1940)  Infield Washington Senators American League 4 (44)
Jack (Angel) Aragón (23) 1941 (8/13/1941)  Pinch Runner New York Giants National League 1 (1)
Roberto (Bobby) Ortíz (24) 1941 (9/6/1941)  Outfield Washington Senators American League 6 (213)
Chico (Sal) Hernández (25) 1942 (4/16/1942)  Catcher Chicago Cubs National League 2 (90)
Napoleón (Nap) Reyes (26) 1943 (5/19/1943)  Infield New York Giants National League 4 (279)
Mosquito Ordeñana (27) 1943 (10/3/1943)  SS Pittsburgh Pirates National League 1 (1)
Tomás (Tommy) de la Cruz (28) 1944 (4/20/1944)  RHP Cincinnati Reds National League 1 (34)
Santiago (Carlos) Ullrich (29) 1944 (5/3/1944)  RHP Washington Senators American League 2 (31)
Rogelio (Roy) Valdés (30) 1944 (5/3/1944)  Pinch Hitter Washington Senators American League 1 (1)
Preston (Pedro) Gómez (31) 1944 (5/5/1944)  Infield Washington Senators American League 1 (8)
Luis Suarez (32) 1944 (5/28/1944)  Third Base Washington Senators American League 1 (1)
Baby (Oliverio) Ortíz (33) 1944 (9/23/1944)  RHP Washington Senators American League 1 (2)
José Zardón (34) 1945 (4/18/1945)  Outfield Washington Senators American League 1 (54)
Jorge Comellas (35) 1945 (4/19/1945)  RHP Chicago Cubs National League 1 (7)
Armando Roche (36) 1945 (5/10/1945)  RHP Washington Senators American League 1 (2)
Isidoro (Sid) Léon (37) 1945 (6/21/1945)  RHP Philadelphia Phillies National League 1 (14)
Adrian Zabala (38) 1945 (8/11/1945)  LHP New York Giants National League 2 (26)
Regino (Reggie) Otero (39) 1945 (9/2/1945)  First Base Chicago Cubs National League 1 (14)
Moín (Ramón) García (40) 1948 (4/19/1948)  RHP Washington Senators American League 1 (4)
Angel Fleitas (41) 1948 (7/5/1948)  SS Washington Senators American League 1 (15)
Julio (Enríque) González (42) 1949 (8/9/1949)  RHP Washington Senators American League 1 (13)
Orestes (Minnie) Miñoso (43) 1949 (4/9/1949)  Outfield Cleveland Indians American League 17 (1835)
Luis (Witto) Aloma (44) 1950 (4/19/1950)  RHP Washington Senators American League 4 (116)
Conrado (Connie) Marrero (45) 1950 (4/21/1950)  RHP Washington Senators American League 5 (118)
Sandalio (Sandy) Consuegra (46) 1950 (2/2/1950)  RHP Washington Senators American League 8 (248)
Rogelio (Limonar) Martínez (47) 1950 (2/2/1950)  RHP Washington Senators American League 1 (2)
Julio (Jiqui) Moreno (48) 1950 (2/2/1950)  RHP Washington Senators American League 4 (73)
Carlos Pascual (49) 1950 (2/2/1950)  RHP Washington Senators American League 1 (2)
Rafael (Ray) Noble (50) 1951 (2/2/1951)  Catcher New York Giants National League 3 (107)
Willy (Guillermo) Miranda (51) 1951 (5/6/1951)  SS Washington Senators American League 9 (824)
Francisco (Cisco) Campos (52) 1951 (9/11/1951)  Outfield Washington Senators American League 3 (71)
Héctor Rodríguez (53) 1952 (4/15/1952)  Third Base Chicago White Sox American League 1 (124)
Raúl Sánchez (54) 1952 (4/17/1952)  RHP Washington Senators American League 3 (49)
Edmundo (Sandy) Amorós (55) 1952 (8/22/1952)  Outfield Brooklyn Dodgers National League 7 (517)
Miguel (Mike) Fornieles (56) 1952 (9/2/1952)  RHP Washington Senators American League 12 (432)
Camilo Pascual (57) 1954 (4/15/1954)  RHP Washington Senators American League 18 (529)
Carlos Paula (58) 1954 (9/6/1954)  Outfield Washington Senators American League 3 (157)
Pedro (Pete) Ramos (59) 1955 (4/11/1955)  RHP Washington Senators American League 15 (582)
Roman Mejías (60) 1955 (4/13/1955)  Outfield Pittsburgh Pirates National League 9 (627)
Vince (Wenceslao) González (61) 1955 (4/13/1955)  LHP Washington Senators American League 1 (2)
Juan Delís (62) 1955 (4/16/1955)  Third Base Washington Senators American League 1 (54)
Vicente Amor (63) 1955 (4/16/1955)  RHP Chicago Cubs National League 2 (13)
Lino Donoso (64) 1955 (6/18/1955)  LHP Pittsburgh Pirates National League 2 (28)
José (Joe) Valdivielso (65) 1955 (6/21/1955)  SS Washington Senators American League 5 (401)
Julio Bécquer (66) 1955 (9/13/1955)  First Base Washington Senators American League 7 (488)
Lázaro (Cholly) Naranjo (67) 1956 (7/8/1956)  RHP Pittsburgh Pirates National League 1 (17)
Chico (Humberto) Fernández (68) 1956 (7/14/1956)  SS Brooklyn Dodgers National League 8 (856)
Evelio Hernández (69) 1956 (9/12/1956)  RHP Washington Senators American League 2 (18)
René Valdez (70) 1957 (4/21/1957)  RHP Brooklyn Dodgers National League 1 (5)
Tony (Antonio) Taylor (71) 1958 (4/15/1958)  Infield Chicago Cubs National League 19 (2195)
Panchón (Juan) Herrera (72) 1958 (4/15/1958)  First Base Philadelphia Phillies National League 3 (300)
Fernando (Freddie) Rodríguez (73) 1958 (4/18/1958)  RHP Chicago Cubs National League 2 (8)
Osvaldo (Ossie) Alvarez (74) 1958 (4/19/1958)  Infield Washington Senators American League 2 (95)
Daniel (Dan) Morejón (75) 1958 (7/11/1958)  Outfield Cincinnati Reds National League 1 (12)
Orlando Peña (76) 1958 (8/24/1958)  RHP Cincinnati Reds National League 18 (427)
Rodolfo (Rudy) Arias (77) 1959 (4/10/1959)  LHP Chicago White Sox American League 1 (34)
Miguel (Mike) Cuéllar (78) 1959 (4/18/1959)  LHP Cincinnati Reds National League 15 (453)
Zoilo (Zorro) Versalles (79) 1959 (8/1/1959)  SS Washington Senators American League 13 (1400)
Tony (Antonio) González (80) 1960 (4/12/1960)  Infield Cincinnati Reds National League 12 (1559)
Eduardo (Ed) Bauta (81) 1960 (7/6/1960)  RHP St. Louis Cardinals National League 5 (97)
Miguel (Mike) de la Hoz (82) 1960 (7/22/1960)  Infield Cleveland Indians American League 9 (494)
Leo (Leonardo) Cárdenas (83) 1960 (7/25/1960)  Infield Cincinnati Reds National League 16 (1941)
Joe (Joaquin) Azcue (84) 1960 (8/3/1960)  Infield Cincinnati Reds National League 11 (909)
Borrego (Rogelio) Alvarez (85) 1960 (9/18/1960)  First Base Cincinnati Reds National League 2 (17)
Leo (Leopoldo) Posada (86) 1960 (9/21/1960)  Outfield Kansas City Athletics American League 3 (155)
Héctor Maestri (87) 1960 (9/24/1960)  RHP Washington Senators American League 2 (2)
Post-Revolution Period 1961-2011        
Berto (Dagoberto) Cueto (88) 1961 (6/18/1961)  RHP Minnesota Twins American League 1 (7)
Manuel (Manny) Montejo (89) 1961 (7/25/1961)  RHP Detroit Tigers American League 1 (12)
Orlando McFarlane (90) 1962 (4/3/1962)  Catcher Pittsburgh Pirates National League 5 (124)
Octavio (Cookie) Rojas (91) 1962 (4/10/1962)  Infield Cincinnati Reds National League 16 (1822)
José Tartabull (92) 1962 (4/10/1962)  Outfield Kansas City Athletics American League 9 (749)
Diego Seguí (93) 1962 (4/12/1962)  RHP Kansas City Athletics American League 16 (639)
Marty (Orlando) Martínez (94) 1962 (5/2/1962)  Infield Minnesota Twins American League 7 (436)
Héctor (Rodolfo) Martínez (95) 1962 (9/3/1962)  Outfield Kansas City Athletics American League 2 (7)
Tony (Pedro) Oliva (96) 1962 (9/9/1962)  Outfield Minnesota Twins American League 18 (2017)
Tony (Gabriel) Martínez (97) 1963 (4/9/1963)  Infield Cleveland Indians American League 4 (73)
José Cardenal (98) 1963 (4/14/1963)  Infield San Francisco Giants National League 18 (2017)
Marcelino López (99) 1963 (4/14/1963)  LHP Philadelphia Phillies National League 8 (171)
Aurelio Monteagudo (100) 1963 (9/1/1963)  RHP Kansas City Athletics American League 7 (72)
Chico (Hiraldo) Ruiz (101) 1964 (4/13/1964)  Infield Cincinnati Reds National League 8 (565)
Luis Tiant Jr. (102) 1964 (7/19/1964)  RHP Cleveland Indians American League 19 (573)
Dagoberto Campaneris (103) 1964 (7/23/1964)  Infield Kansas City Athletics American League 20 (2328)
Tony (Atanasio) Pérez (104) 1964 (7/26/ 1964)  Infield Cincinnati Reds National League 23 (2777)
Sandy (Hilario) Valdespino (105) 1965 (4/12/1965)  Outfield Minnesota Twins American League 7 (382)
Tito (Rigoberto) Fuentes (106) 1965 (8/18/1965)  Outfield San Francisco Giants National League 13 (1499)
Jackie (Jacinto) Hernández (107) 1965 (9/14/1965)  SS California Angels American League 9 (618)
Paul (Paulino) Casanova (108) 1965 (9/18/1965)  Catcher Washington Senators American League 10 (859)
Minnie (Minervino) Rojas (109) 1966 (5/30/1966)  RHP California Angels American League 3 (157)
José Ramón López (110) 1966 (8/21/1966)  RHP California Angels American League 1 (4)
Hank (Enrique) Izquierdo (111) 1967 (8/9i/1967)  Catcher Minnesota Twins American League 1 (16)
George (Jorge) Lauzerique (112) 1967 (9/17/1967)  RHP Kansas City Athletics American League 4 (34)
José Arcia (113) 1968 (4/10/1968)  Infield Chicago Cubs National League 3 (293)
Chico (Lorenzo) Fernández (114) 1968 (4/20/1968)  Infield Baltimore Orioles American League 1 (24)
José Martínez (115) 1969 (6/18/1969)  Infield Pittsburgh Pirates National League 2 (96)
Minnie (Berto) Mendoza (116) 1970 (4/9/1970)  Infield Minnesota twins American League 1 (16)
Oscar Zamora (117) 1974 (6/18/1974)  RHP Chicago Cubs National League 4 (158)
Orlando González (118) 1976 (6/7/1976)  First Base Cleveland Indians American League 3 (79)
Bobby (Roberto) Ramos (119) 1978 (9/26/1978)  Catcher Montreal Expos National League 6 (103)
Leo (Leonardo) Sutherland (120) 1980 (8/11/1980)  Outfield Chicago White Sox American League 2 (45)
Bárbaro Garbéy (121) 1984 (4/3/1984)  Outfield Detroit Tigers American League 3 (226)
José Canseco (122) 1985 (9/2/1985)  Outfield Oakland Athletics American League 17 (1887)
Rafael Palmeiro (123) 1986 (9/8/1986)  First Base Chicago Cubs National League 20 (2831)
Orestes Destrade (124) 1987 (9/11/1987)  First Base New York Yankees American League 4 (237)
Nelson Santovenia (125) 1987 (9/16/1987)  Catcher Montreal Expos National League 7 (297)
Tony (Emilio) Fossas (126) 1988 (5/15/1988)  LHP Texas Rangers American League 12 (567)
Israel Sánchez (127) 1988 (7/7/1988)  LHP Kansas City Royals American League 2(30)
Ozzie Canseco (128) 1990 (7/18/1990)  Outfield Oakland Athletics American League 3 (24)
Tony Menéndez (129) 1992 (6/22/1992)  RHP Cincinnati Reds National League 3 (23)
René Arocha (130) 1993 (4/9/1993)  RHP St. Louis Cardinals National League 5 (124)
Ariel Prieto(131) 1995 (7/2/1995)  RHP Oakland Athletics American League 5 (67)
Rey Ordóñez (132) 1996 (4/1/1996)  SS New York Mets National League 9 (973)
Osvaldo Fernández (133) 1996 (4/5/1996)  RHP San Francisco Giants National League 7 (76)
Eisler (Liván) Hernández (134) 1996 (9/24/1996)  RHP Florida Marlins National League 16 (506)
Elieser (Eli) Marrero (135) 1997 (9/3/1997)  Catcher St. Louis Cardinals National League 10 (724)
Rolando Arrojo (136) 1998 (4/1/1998)  RHP Tampa Bay Rays American League 5 (158)
Orlando (Duque) Hernández (137) 1998 (6/3/1998)  RHP New York Yankees American League 9 (219)
Vladimir Núñez (138) 1998 (9/11/1998)  RHP Arizona Diamondbacks National League 9 (254)
Michael Tejera (139) 1999 (9/8/1999)  LHP Florida Marlins National League 5 (111)
Jorge Toca (140) 1999 (9/12/1999)  Infield New York Mets National League 3 (25)
Adrian Hernández (141) 2001 (4/21/2001)  RHP New York Yankees American League 3 (14)
Danys Báez (142) 2001 (5/13/2001)  RHP Cleveland Indians American League 10 (533)
Edilberto (Eddie) Oropeza (143) 2001 (4/2/2001)  LHP Philadelphia Phillies National League 4 (125)
Alex Sánchez (144) 2001 (6/15/2001)  Outfield Milwaukee Brewers National League 5 (427)
Bill Ortega (145) 2001 (9/7/2001)  Outfield St. Louis Cardinals National League 1 (5)
Hanzel Izquierdo (146) 2002 (4/21/2002)  RHP Florida Marlins National League 1 (20)
Juan Díaz (147) 2002 (6/12/2002)  First Base Boston Red Sox National League 1 (4)
José Ariel Contreras (148) 2003 (3/31/2003)  RHP New York Yankees American League 10 (292)
Michel Hernández (149) 2003 (9/6/2003)  Catcher New York Yankees American League 3 (45)
Branyan Peña (150) 2005 (5/23/2005)  Catcher Atlanta Braves National League 8 (318)
Yuniesky Betancourt (151) 2005 (7/8/2005)  SS Seattle Mariners American League 8 (1019)
Kendry Morales (152) 2006 (5/23/2006)  First Base Anaheim Angels American League 6 (424)
Yunel Escobar (153) 2007 (6/2/2007)  SS Atlanta Braves National League 6 (746)
Alexei Ramírez (154) 2008 (3/31/2008)  Infield Chicago White Sox American League 5 (708)
Alberto Castillo (155) 2008 (4/28/2008)  LHP Baltimore Orioles American League 4 (74)
Francisley Bueno (156) 2008 (8/13/2008)  RHP Atlanta Braves National League 2 (5)
Juan Miranda (157) 2008 (9/18/2008)  First Base New York Yankees American League 4 (111)
Bárbaro Cañizares (158) 2009 (6/11/2009)  Infield Atlanta Braves National League 1 (5)
Raúl Valdés (159) 2010 (4/11/2010)  LHP New York Mets National League 2 (45)
Dayan Viciedo (160) 2010 (6/20/2010)  Infield Chicago White Sox American League 3 (172)
Aroldis Chapman (161) 2010 (8/31/2010)  LHP Cincinnati Reds National League 3 (122)
Yonder Alonso (162) 2010 (9/1/2010)  Outfield Cincinnati Reds National League 3 (179)
Yunieski Maya (163) 2010 (9/7/2010)  RHP Washington Nationals National League 2 (15)
José Iglesias (164) 2011 (5/8/2011)  SS Boston Red Sox American League 1 (10)
Amaury Sanit (165) 2011 (5/12/2011)  RHP New York Yankees American League 1 (4)
Leonys Martin (166) 2011 (9/2/2011)  Outfield Texas Rangers American League 2 (23)
Yoennis Céspedes (167) 2012 (3/28/2012)  Outfield Oakland Athletics American League 1 (81)
Yasmani Grandal (168) 2012 (6/2/2012)  Catcher San Diego Padres National League 1 (24)
Adieny Hechavarria (169) 2012 (8/4/2012)  Infield Toronto Blue Jays American League 1 (7)

(*) Peter Bjarkman is author of A History of Cuban Baseball, 1864-2006 (McFarland, 2007) and is widely recognized as a leading authority on Cuban baseball, past and present. He has reported on Cuban League action and the Cuban national team as senior writer for www.BaseballdeCuba.com during the past five-plus years and is currently writing a book on the history of Cuba’s post-revolution national team.

 


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