Yuli Gurriel’s Baseball Lineage has Cuban Roots

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.

To read more about Yuli Gurriel’s career, follow the links below:

http://m.startribune.com/astros-gurriel-goes-from-cuban-star-to-world-series-hopeful/451787383/?section=sports

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/10/17/gurriel-brothers-keeping-in-touch-during-mlb-playoffs

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Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Aims to Join Brother in Major League Baseball

When you say the Gurriel name in Cuba, people automatically recall legendary Lourdes Gurriel Sr., who starred for 15 years for the Cuban National Team and went on to manage the storied Havana Industriales team.

Highly sought after for his international play for Cuba, Lourdes Sr.’s son, 32-year-old Yulieski, signed a $47.5 million contract with the Houston Astros and made his major-league debut with the them toward the end of last season and figures to be in the starting lineup in 2017.

Yuliesky and his younger brother Lourdes Jr.  defected from Cuba during the Caribbean World Series in February 2016 in order to pursue pro baseball careers in the United States.

Now, the 23-year-old  Lourdes  Jr. is attempting to make a name for himself in the United States, having signed as a free agent with the Toronto Blue Jays this off-season.

Gurriel Jr. may not be as talented as his brother, but is projected to be an above-average major leaguer.

Read more about Lourdes Jr. at the link below from the Mop-Up Duty website:

https://mopupduty.com/profiling-lourdes-gurriel-jr-022717/