Yunesky Maya

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Maya and the second or maternal family name is Mendizula.
Yunesky Maya
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Maya with the Washington Nationals
Doosan Bears
Born: (1981-08-28) August 28, 1981 (age 33)
Pinar del Río, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 2010 for the Washington Nationals
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record 1–5
Earned run average 5.80
Strikeouts 27
Yunesky Maya
Medal record
Men's Baseball
Competitor for  Cuba
Pan American Games
Gold 2007 Rio de Janeiro Team
Baseball World Cup
Gold 2005 Rotterdam Team
Silver 2007 Taipei Team
Intercontinental Cup
Gold 2006 Taichung Team
Central American and Caribbean Games
Gold 2006 Cartagena Team

Yunesky Maya Mendizula (born August 28, 1981) is a right-handed pitcher in the Atlanta Braves organization, and formerly of the Cuban national baseball team and Pinar del Río of the Cuban National Series.[1] He was part of the Cuban team at the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic.


Cuban career[edit]

Maya led the Cuban National Series with a 1.61 earned run average (ERA) in 2004–05, and followed that up with a 7–9 record and a 3.79 ERA in 2005–06.[2]

In the 2008–2009 Cuban National Series Season Maya finished with a 13–4 record and seven complete games, and finished second amongst League Leaders in ERA with 2.22 ERA. He was also second in Strikeouts with 119, behind Aroldis Chapman who had 130 (after the season, Chapman defected and signed with the Cincinnati Reds). On this performance, Maya won Cuba's equivalent of the Cy Young Award.[3] During six Cuban National Series seasons, Maya accumulated a record of 48–29 and an ERA of 2.51.[4]

In Summer 2009, Maya was expelled from the Cuban national team; the official newspaper Granma referred to "grave problems of indiscipline",[5] presumably following a failed attempt to leave the country without permission. In September 2009, Maya successfully fled Cuba.[6] After living in the Dominican Republic for about nine months, the United States Department of Treasury authorized Maya to sign with a Major League Baseball team.[7]

American career[edit]

On July 31, 2010, Maya signed with the Washington Nationals.[8] Maya zoomed through the Nationals minor league system, making only five starts, before getting the call to the majors when rosters expanded in September. In the minors he started two games for the GCL Nationals; one game for the Potomac Nationals; and two games for the Syracuse Chiefs, combining for 21-1/3 innings pitched and an overall ERA of 3.38 ERA.[9] He pitched five inning in his first major league start was on September 7, 2010, against the New York Mets (which also saw the big league debut of Met Dillon Gee. After a rough start (allowing a three-run homer in the first inning to Ike Davis), he retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced.[3]

On May 29, 2011, Maya was recalled by the Washington Nationals to take the rotation spot of Tom Gorzelanny, who was placed on the disabled list. Collin Balester was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to make room.[10] He was designated for assignment on May 25, 2013. However, the Nationals got him back and sent him outright to the Syracuse Chiefs. He signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves in January 2014.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Yunieski Maya Mendizula" (in Spanish). Retrieved October 8, 2006. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Béisbol Pitcheo Clasificatoria" (in Spanish). Retrieved October 10, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b Wang, Gene (September 7, 2010). "Yuniesky Maya Mendizula debuts, but Nationals succumb to Mets, 4–1". Washington Post. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ "El Nuevo Herald" (in Spanish). Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Todo el mundo se prepara para la XXXVIII Copa" (in Spanish). Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Cuban Colada: Star pitcher Maya emigrates - illegally". Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  7. ^ Rojas, Enrique. "Source: Maya signs with Nationals". Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  8. ^ Rosenstein, Greg (2010-07-31). "Cuban hurler Maya signs contract with Nats". Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Yuneski Maya". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  10. ^ Kilgore, Adam (2011-05-29). "Yunesky Maya starts, and the Nationals lineup". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 

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