Houston Astros first baseman Yuliesky Gurriel is a 33-year-old rookie this year. The reason for his late start in the major leagues is that he defected from Cuba in early 2016, along with his brother Lourdes Jr.
Before coming to the United States, Yuli had a 15-year career in Cuba, where he played professionally and helped the national team win gold medals in the 2004 Olympics and the World Cup in 2003 and 2005.
He is the son of Lourdes Gurriel Sr., who was a long-time player and coach in Cuba. Yuli’s brother signed a professional contract with the Toronto Blue Jays last November and played in their farm system this season.
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