Raises Cuban Big Leaguers to 175 and Counting

Peter C. Bjarkman*

A GuerreroHAVANA TIMES — It was a most unlikely debut staged in a most unlikely venue, but with his brief appearance in the ninth inning of Saturday night’s big league season opener between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona D-Backs, former Las Tunas shortstop Alex Guerrero entered the record books as the 175th Cuban native to appear in a major league uniform.

The odd debut carried rather exotic overtones since the former Cuban Leaguer became only the second among his countrymen to first taste big league action during a game staged away from North American soil – this time on the Sidney (Australia) Cricket Grounds recently revamped to host a historic two-game set that introduced big league baseball to fans in the Land Down Under.

Yoenis Céspedes also enjoy his own big league debut two seasons back (March 28, 2012) on far-distant Asian soil during a similar “traveling” MLB season opener staged between the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners at Japan’s Tokyo Dome. Céspedes doubled and stuck out twice during his own history-making lid-lifter as Cuban big league number 167.

Abreu Chicago White SoxGuerrero’s own maiden appearance in a Dodger uniform was a rather unorthodox one for a second and more prominent reason since the Cuban managed to achieve “immortality” as an official big leaguer in a game where he never actually entered the field of play, while at the same time earning big league distinction by appearing in an official box score.

Having lost the tight battle for a starting second base slot to highly touted prospects Dee Gordon and Justin Turner (opening night starter at the position), Guerrero nonetheless was at least temporarily included in the club’s season-opening roster for the extended Australian road trip. He was called off the bench in the visitor’s ninth frame as an “announced” pinch hitter for LA reliever Brian Wilson, but when Arizona manager Kirk Gibson replaced lefty Oliver Perez with right-hander J.J. Putz, Guerrero was immediately recalled from the on-deck circle and replaced by lefty-swinging Mike Baxter, who promptly flied out to right field. Thus Guerrero’s current big league line shows one game appearance without any visits to the batter’s box, to the base paths, or to the defense infield alignment.

Alex Guerrero might well be headed toward a brief minor league apprenticeship when the Dodgers return stateside for their native-soil opening series with the San Diego Padres a week from this coming Tuesday. But it is almost certain that the Cuban roster of Major Leaguers will quickly expanding again in Chicago on March 31 with the much anticipated debut of slugger José Dariel Abreu, still currently penciled in as the White Sox opening day first baseman.

JIglesiasInjuryA burgeoning list of recent high profile “defectors” in big league spring training camps suggests that this coming season might witness the biggest Cuban influx of recent decades. Five Cuban natives debuted on the Major League scene in 2010, three in 2011, and four in each of the past two campaigns. This year’s cropped of touted prospects recently inked to eye-popping contracts and thus likely near-future big leaguers is topped by right-hander Miguel Alfredo González (Phillies), flashy shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena (Dodgers), infielder Aledmys Díaz (Cardinals) and hurler Dalier Hinojosa (Red Sox).

Also in big league spring training camps this year and still nursing at least slim hopes of big league promotion are outfielder Jorge Soler (Cubs), southpaw hurler Noel Aruelles (Royals), outfielder Adonis García (Yankees), and outfielder Rubi Silva (Cubs).

While the Cuban big league presence is likely to bloom extensively this summer, two recent headliners are now are least temporarily sidelined. It was announced early last week that multiple stress fractures in both legs will keep talented Detroit Tigers glove man José Iglesias out of action for the entire 2014 season. And a tragic accident Wednesday night in Surprise, Arizona, has now postponed 2014 action for Cincinnati flame-thrower Aroldis Chapman for at least several months.

Struck in the face by a line-drive off the bat of Kansas catcher Salvador Perez, Chapman received several facial fractures but fortunately escaped either life-threatening or career-ending injury. After successful surgery on Thursday which included insertion of a steel plate in the pitcher’s forehead, it was announced by the Reds that their ace closer might resume throwing from the mound in as little as six weeks but would not likely see season regularly action with the parent club until early or mid-June.

Cuban Major Leaguers List (175 Cuban Major Leaguers)

Compiled by Peter C. Bjarkman (List Updated March 22, 2014)

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 and (are Cubans by birth but not by baseball training).

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

1961-2013

 

 

 

 

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

17 (519)

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 (Willy) 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

11 (299)

Michel Hernández (149)

2003 (9/6/2003)

 Catcher

New York Yankees

American League

3 (45)

Brayan Peña (150)

2005 (5/23/2005)

 Catcher

Atlanta Braves

National League

9 (406)

Yuniesky Betancourt (151)

2005 (7/8/2005)

 SS

Seattle Mariners

American League

9 (1156)

Kendry Morales (152)

2006 (5/23/2006)

 First Base

Anaheim Angels

American League

7 (620)

Yunel Escobar (153)

2007 (6/2/2007)

 SS

Atlanta Braves

National League

7 (937)

Alexei Ramírez (154)

2008 (3/31/2008)

 Infield

Chicago White Sox

American League

6 (914)

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 (26)

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

4 (95)

Dayan Viciedo (160)

2010 (6/20/2010)

 Infield

Chicago White Sox

American League

4 (338)

Aroldis Chapman (161)

2010 (8/31/2010)

 LHP

Cincinnati Reds

National League

4 (205)

Yonder Alonso (162)

2010 (9/1/2010)

 Outfield

Cincinnati Reds

National League

4 (321)

Yunieski Maya (163)

2010 (9/7/2010)

 RHP

Washington Nationals

National League

3 (16)

José Iglesias (164)

2011 (5/8/2011)

 SS

Boston Red Sox

American League

2 (144)

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

3 (179)

Yoennis Céspedes (167)

2012 (3/28/2012)

 Outfield

Oakland Athletics

American League

2 (264)

Yasmani Grandal (168)

2012 (6/2/2012)

 Catcher

San Diego Padres

National League

2 (88)

Eddy Rodríguez (169)

2012 (8/2/2012)

 Catcher

San Diego Padres

National League

1 (2)

Adieny Hechavarria (170)

2012 (8/4/2012)

 Infield

Toronto Blue Jays

American League

2 (189)

José D. Fernández (171)

2013 (4/7/2013)

 RHP

Miami Marlins

National League

1 (28)

Yasiel Puig (172)

2013 (6/3/2013)

 Outfield

Los Angeles Dodgers

National League

2 (105)

Henry Urrutia (173)

2013 (7/20/2013)

 Outfield

Baltimore Orioles

American League

1 (24)

Onelkis García (174)

2013 (9/11/2014)

 LHP

Los Angeles Dodgers

National League

1 (3)

Alex Guerrero (175)

2014 (3/22/2014)

 Second Base

Los  Angeles Dodgers

National League

1 (1)

José Dariel Abreu (176)

2014 (TBA)

 First Base

Chicago White Sox

American League

1 (0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: 39 Cubans in MLB (out of 176) earlier played in the post-revolution Cuban National Series

(*) Read Cuban baseball historian Peter C. Bjarkman’s columns at Baseballdecuba.com.


One thought on “Cuba’s Alex Guerrero’s Odd Debut in MLB

  • Thank you, Peter, for the very nice summary of the new Cuban ball players in the MLB.

    Last Wednesday, I had the great pleasure to watch Jose Abreu slam a home run deep over the centre field fence in Phoenix Cactus League Spring Training game against the Angels. The White Socks eventually lost 14-10, but Abreu still managed to get 4 RBI’s. His performance that day supports the argument that he will be a worthy 1st baseman for Chicago.

    The best part was when before the game he signed a baseball for my son. The highly touted Cuban slugger was very generous with autographs for his new fans and even gracious enough to sign the small Cuban flag I handed to him. I wish him well in his rookie season in the MLB.

    Peter: the week before last, I attended a Spring training game between the Dodgers and the Texas Rangers. Yasiel Puig played, but he studiously avoided the autograph seekers by the dugout. Interestingly, I heard from a Dodgers fan in attendance that day that when Puig was excused from spring training camp a few days before then “for personal reasons”, that he in fact returned to Cuba to visit his new born daughter. Do you have any information with which to corroborate, or refute, this rumour? There’s nothing about it on the internet that I could find.

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