Erisbel Arruebarrena

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Arruebarrena and the second or maternal family name is Escalante.
Erisbel Arruebarrena
Erisbel Arruebarrena.jpg
Arruebarrena with the Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers
Born: (1990-03-25) March 25, 1990 (age 24)
Cienfuegos, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 23, 2014 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .195
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 4

Bárbaro Erisbel Arruebarrena Escalante (/ˈɛərɪzbɛl ˈʌrbɑrnə/; born March 25, 1990) is a Cuban professional baseball shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Professional baseball career[edit]

Cuban career[edit]

Arruebarrena played for the Cienfuegos team in the Cuban National Series from 2008-2012 and was a member of the Cuban national baseball team in the 2011 Pan American Games,[1] 2012 Haarlem Baseball Week, the 2013 World Baseball Classic, and the 2013 World Port Tournament.[2]

In September 2013, Arruebarrena tried to defect from Cuba, and was barred from participating in the 53rd Cuban National Series as a result.[3][4] In November, he successfully defected from Cuba, established residency in Haiti and began working out in the Dominican Republic for Major League scouts.[5]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]


Arruebarrena batting in 2014

On February 12, 2014, it was reported that Arruebarrena had reached a preliminary agreement on a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.[6] On February 22, 2014, the Dodgers announced that they had signed him to a 5 year contract worth a reported $25 million, with a $7.5 million signing bonus.[7][8][9] He was assigned to the AA Chattanooga Lookouts to start his career and was called up to the Dodgers on May 21, 2014.[10] He made his MLB debut as the starting shortstop for the Dodgers on May 23, 2014.[11] He struck out three times in that game.[12] He recorded his first hit the next day, on a single to center field off of David Buchanan of the Philadelphia Phillies.[13]

On July 26, 2014, Arruebarrena started a massive brawl between the Albuquerque Isotopes and Reno Aces in an AAA game. He was optioned to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes the next day. He played in 68 games in the minors in 2014 between three different levels and hit .259. In 22 games with the Dodgers, he was primarily used as a defensive replacement but also had eight hits in 41 at-bats, for a .195 average.

Arruebarrena was designated for assignment on December 31, 2014.[14] He cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to the Dodgers new AAA team, the Oklahoma City Dodgers. He was also invited to attend major league spring training as a non-roster player.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "US beats 10-time defending champ Cuba at Pan Ams". October 24, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Badler, Ben (November 19, 2013). "Defensive Wizard Erisbel Arruebarruena Leaves Cuba". Baseball America. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ (October 23, 2013). "Arruebarruena fuera de la Serie Nacional" (in Spanish). Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Romero, Adrian (October 23, 2013). "Cuba’s Top Shortstop Booted from Team". Havana Times. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena defects to sign with MLB team | HardballTalk". Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Gurnick, Ken (February 12, 2014). "Dodgers reach preliminary deal with Cuban shortstop". Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ Snyder, Matt (February 22, 2014). "Dodgers agree to sign Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena". CBS Sports. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ Townsend, Mark (February 22, 2014). "Dodgers reach five-year, $25 million agreement with Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ Saxon, Mark (February 22, 2014). "Dodgers sign Erisbel Arruebarrena". Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ Gurnick, Ken (May 21, 2014). "Dodgers place Uribe on DL, promote Arruebarrena". Retrieved May 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ Stephen, Eric (May 23, 2014). "Erisbel Arruebarrena makes first MLB start in opener against Phillies". 
  12. ^ "May 23, 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies play by play and box score". Baseball Reference. 
  13. ^ "May 24, 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies play by play and box score". Baseball Reference. 
  14. ^ Weisman, Jon (December 31, 2014). "Dodgers officially sign Brett Anderson, designate Erisbel Arruebarrena for assignment". Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  15. ^ Stephen, Eric (January 9, 2015). "Erisbel Arruebarrena sent outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City". Retrieved January 9, 2015. 

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