Holguin, Cuba Pitcher Yaisel Sierra Signs for $30+ Million with Dodgers

Yaisel Sierra when he pitched for Team Cuba.
Yaisel Sierra when he pitched for Team Cuba.

HAVANA TIMES — The latest Cuban multi-millionaire is the 24-year-old right-handed pitcher Yaisel Sierra who has just signed a US $30 million-plus 6-year contract with the L.A. Dodgers, reports MLB.com.

Sierra was one of the 150 Cuban baseball players reportedly leaving the island in 2015 in search of a professional contract. (See list below)

Yaisel Sierra pitching for his home town team, Holguin.
Yaisel Sierra pitching for his home town team, Holguin.

The Dodgers obviously see great potential in the hard throwing right-hander despite his control problems and relatively high ERA in five seasons in the Cuban baseball league.

Playing for Holguin, Sierra compiled a 4.35 ERA, allowing 266 hits in 285.1 innings, while striking out 212 and walking 158. Working principally as a reliever, he won 15 games and lost 21 over the last five seasons.

Meanwhile, the online publication OnCuba published yesterday a list of the record breaking 150 Cuban baseball players who left the island either legally or illegally in 2015. Here is the list, which included Yaisel Sierra.

1-Vladimir Gutiérrez (20) P

2-Lazaro Alonso (21) INF/OF

3-Yoel Rojas (22) C

4-Osniel Madera (30) OF/INF

5-Randy Arozarena (20) INF/OF

6-Yosviel Vilaú (22) P

7-Maikel Serrano (22) OF

8-Julio Alfredo Martínez (24) P

9-Lorenzo Quintana (26) C

10-Luis Alberto Valdés (26) INF

11-Barbaro Urquiola (25) INF

12-Jorge Oña (19) OF

13-Raidel Orta (19) P

14-Josuan Hernández (21) C

15-Jesus Balaguer (22) P

16-Alfredo Rodriguez (21) INF

17-Yusnier Diaz (19) OF

18-Ronald Bolaños (18) P

19-Yanio L Perez (20) OF/INF

20-Lázaro Hernández (22) INF

21-Alay Rafael Lago (25) INF

22-Jose Norbelis Betancourt (28) P

23-Navid Luis Cosme (21) P

24-Mario Luis Cosme (29) INF

25-Pavel Pino (24) P

26-Diosbel Arias (19) INF

27-Dayan González (21) OF

28-Misael Villa (22) P

29-Antonio Baró (23) P

30-Yadiel Hernández (28) OF

31-Omar Estevez (17) INF

32-Dainer Moreira (30) INF

33-Cionel Perez (19) P

34-Moises Esquerre (20) INF

35-Yordanis Linares (25) OF

36-Ramon Lunar (27) OF

37-Yuniel Flores (27) OF

38-Norge Luis Ruiz (21) P

39-Yordan Álvarez (18) INF/OF

40-Eddy Julio Martínez (20) OF

41-Carlos Viera (27) P

42-Yaisel Sierra (24) P

43-Maikel Cáceres (32) INF/OF

44-Alberto Diaz (24) C

45-Joaquin Carbonell (26) OF

46-Luis Y. La O (24) INF

47-Adriel Labrada (24) INF

48-Henry Pantoja (17) OF

49-Alain Tamayo (24) P

50-Yosibel Castillo (22) P

51-Maikel Taylor (24) P

52-Rogelio Quesada (22)

53-Raidel Chacón (21) P

54-Elian Leyva (26) P

55-Yoandri Portal (28) P

56-Henry Quintero (21) INF

57-Fidel Romero (26) P

58-Dary Bartolomé (31) INF

59-Damian Leyva (21) P

60-Alexander Gambe (21) Habana – OF

61-Yanciel Ajete (23) INF

62-Rafael Viñales (23) C

63-Yordan Batista (32) INF

64-Yosley Veitía (18) INF

65-Johan Oviedo (17) P

66-Raiko Olivares (29) INF

67-Lisban Correa (26) C

68-Julio Montesinos (25) P

69-Rafael Reyes (23) OF

70-Orlando Martínez (18) INF

71-Yunior Valiente (23) OF

72-Florencio Maleta (25) P

73-Rudeldis García (30) C

74-Daniel Aguilera (27) INF

75-Jorge Luis Bravo (26) P

76-Raicel Poll (27) P

77-Javier Norberto Castellanos (23) OF

78-Oscar Valdés (23) C

79-Noel Ortiz (22) P

80-Julio Cesar González (21) INF

81-Felix Fuentes (28) P

82-Pedro Durán (21) P

83-Ronny Valdés (21) P

84-Eduardo Ferrer (21) P

85-José Daudinot (20) OF

86-Irvin del Río (24) P

87-Yuniel Cabrera (27) INF

88-Osmeni Romero (23) P

89-Luis Estrada (19) P

90-Dariel Crespo (23) C

91-Robersy Ramos (26) OF

92-Miguel Angel Lastra (22) P

93-Franklin Quintana (20) P

94-Randy Terry (24) INF

95-Yandy García (21) P

96-Michel Báez (19) P

97-Yosuan Gil (19) C

98-Adrián Morejón (16) P

99-Sergio Luzardo (22) P

100-Urmaris Guerra (28) OF

101-Omar Hojas (21) OF

102-Yoel Yanqui (19) INF

103-Luis Guzmán (25) P

104-Andy Pacheco (20) INF

105-Lester Madden (16) INF

106-Rodry Yasmani Castelló (21) P

107-Onel Vega (24) C

108-Miguel Vargas (16) INF

108ª-Lázaro Vargas

109-Carlos Nubiola (19) P

110-Brayan Álvarez (21) P

111-Jeans Rodríguez (21) INF

112-Yadier Echevarría (20) P

113-Denis Peña (19) INF

114-Yasser Julio González (23) OF

115-Michel Martínez Pozo (29) P

116-Delvis Borges (25) P

117-Yusmel Velázquez Aguilar (24) P

118-Rangel Rodríguez (27) INF

119-Lester Jova (26) INF

120-Anibal Sierra (21) INF

121-Adrian Moreno (26) INF

122-Darién Pérez (18) P

123-Dani Monterrey (21) P

124-Andrés Hernández (19) OF/INF

125-Humberto Morales (24) INF

126-Luis Abel Castro (29) C

127-Darién Nuñez (22) P

128-Elier Sánchez (29) P

129-Oriel Martínez (23) P

130-Lázaro Armenteros (16) OF

131-Carlos Sierra (20) P

132-Yusniel Aguilar (18) OF

133-Yusniel Padrón (18) P

134-Jorge Castro (18) P

135-Luis Angel Ramos (18) P

136-Jonathan Machado (17) INF

137-Yunier Castillo (24) P

138-Javier Pedroso (23) P

139-Jander Santamaría (24) INF

140-Enrique Bicet (27) INF

141-Ruden Sánchez (30) OF

142-Yaciel Jiménez (27) OF

143-Luis Miguel Nava (33) INF

144-Guillermo Heredia (24) OF

145-Orlando Barroso (24) P

146-Yunieski García (22) P

147-Leonis Figueredo (22) OF

148-Sergio Rodriguez Chaviano (22) P

149-Lázaro Águila (23) P

150-Alejandro Rivero (18) OF