A baseball player who left Cuba in 2022 is hired by the US St. Louis Cardinals

A baseball player who left Cuba in 2022 is hired by the US St. Louis Cardinals

Cuban baseball player Yadiel Batista has reached the Major Leagues less than six months after leaving the island. At 18 years old, the player reached an agreement with the St. Louis Cardinals of the United States. According to the journalist Francys Romero“this Friday he signed the contract” and “he received a bonus of 250,000 dollars”.

Since he settled in the Dominican Republic, last october, the athlete from Ciego de Ávila was observed by recruiters. With his 190 centimeters in height and 85.7 kilograms in weight, he possesses arm strength as his main quality and is capable of throwing the ball at a speed of between 88-91 miles.

Before leaving Cuba, on August 3, 2022, this left-handed pitcher achieved a match without hits no races. “This was the sixth no hitter –game without hits no careers– in National Under-23 Championships since the beginning of these tournaments in 2014. Batista got 7 innings4 strikeouts”, published Romero in FR Baseball!

The Cardinals, the same team that in 2016 hired Randy Arozarena“have been lately scouting Cuban talent, especially in the pitching area,” the same communicator commented.

The news about Batista came a few days after receiving the free agency, necessary for his hiring.

The news about Batista came a few days after receiving free agency, necessary for his hiring. After that he underwent physical examinations, which he passed without incident. In his process to join a Major League team, he was represented by Edgar Mercedes.

Francys Romero saw him a year ago as “a rotation pitcher” making an impact in the near future in the National Series. “He also has plenty of tools to pitch in professional baseball,” wrote the Cuban baseball specialist.

This Thursday, Cuban catcher Alfredo Fadragas was declared a free agent by the Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner’s Office. The 23-year-old man left the Island after he was banned for life of the sport after his frustrated escape attempt in Mexico.

“When it seemed that Fadragas’ successful career was fading into the darkness of a tunnel, the receiver was able to leave the country for the Dominican Republic,” he published. FR Baseball! Now Fadragas hopes that the interest of the Major League teams will materialize with a contract.

As part of his career, Fadragas was part of the Cuba team in almost all categories: U-15 World Cup (Mexico) and U-23 Pan American 2022.


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