Yoenis Cespedes, slugging star of the New York Mets, defected from Cuba in order to be able to play in the Major Leagues. In February 2012, he signed with the Oakland A’s and during the past five seasons has been one of the game’s hitting stars. During his career he has compiled 137 home runs and 453 RBI, while hitting .272. Along the way, he has been selected an all-star twice and garnered Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards. Cespedes practically carried the Mets on his back to an NL East Division title in 2015 after they acquired him from Boston. In 57 games with them, he hit 17 HR and 44 RBI.
Yoenis’s younger brother, Yoeklis, has been playing playing professional baseball in Cuba since he was 16 years old. Currently 19, he recently played for Team Cuba in the World Baseball Classic.
With the easing of diplomatic relationships between the United States and Cuba, Yoelkis is waiting for the day when he can join his brother to play in the big leagues.
For more information about the Cespedes brothers, see the link below from ESPN.com: