Mesa Brothers Sign Pro Contracts With the Marlins

Brothers Victor Mesa Jr. and Victor Victor Mesa (no, that’s not a misspelling) recently signed contracts with the Miami Marlins as international players from Cuba.  They are the sons of Cuban baseball legend Victor Mesa Sr.  22-year-old Victor Victor and 17-year-old Victor Jr. are both outfielders.

Their acquisition comes as the Marlins’ first major splash in signing new players since the new ownership took over in late 2017.

The Mesa brothers follow in the footsteps of another major signing of Cuban brothers in 2016, when Yulieski Gurriel signed with the Houston Astros and his Lourdes Gurriel Jr. inked with the Toronto Blue Jays.  Their father was also a legendary player and manager from Cuba.

For more information about the signing of the Mesa brothers, follow the links below from the Miami Herald:

https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/mlb/miami-marlins/article220373645.html

https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/mlb/miami-marlins/article219400930.html

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Gurriel Brothers Make History With Home Run Splurge

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. made his major-league debut in April with the Toronto Blue Jays, while his brother Yulieski is in his third major-league season with the Houston Astros.

As of September 22, they have similar slash lines, Yulieski’s .287/.321./.425 to Lourdes’ .287/.315/.455.  However, Yulieski has been a regular with the Astros the entire season, while Lourdes Jr. has appeared in 63 games so far this season.

They made history on September 21 when they both hit two home runs on the same day, the first time for MLB brothers to have multi-home outings on the same day.

The Cuban-born brothers will oppose each other for the first time on September 24, when the Astros and Blue Jays face off.  They are separated in age by almost nine years.

For more information about the Gurriel brothers, follow the links below from cbc.ca and the Toronto Sun:

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/mlb-toronto-blue-jays-houston-astros-gurriel-brothers-1.4835341

Blue Jays Gurriel living up to the family reputation

 

 

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Aims to Follow His Brother to the Majors

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is the younger brother of Houston Astros first baseman Yuliesky (Yuli) Gurriel, who helped the Astros capture their first-ever World Series ring.

He continues the baseball tradition set by brother and his father, Lourdes Sr., who was a prominent player and coach in Cuban professional baseball.

Lourdes Jr. signed a major-league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays in November 2016 in a deal worth $22M over seven years.  The 23-year-old split his first professional season with Class A Dunedin and Class AA New Hampshire in the Blue Jays system.

To read more about Lourdes Gurriel Jr. follow the link below from The Sporting News:

http://www.tsn.ca/gurriel-jr-rode-highs-lows-of-brother-s-world-series-chase-1.904896

 

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/