Leslie Anderson

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Leslie Anderson
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Anderson with the Durham Bulls
Toros de Camagüey
First baseman / Outfielder
Born: (1982-03-30) March 30, 1982 (age 40)
Guantánamo, Cuba
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
NPB debut
March 28, 2014, for the Yomiuri Giants
NPB statistics
(through 2016)
Batting average.288
Home runs22
Runs batted in82

Leslie Anderson Stephes (born March 30, 1982 in Guantánamo) is a first baseman/outfielder who is currently a free agent.


Anderson previously played for the Cuban national baseball team and Camagüey of the Cuban National Series.[1] He was part of Cuba's roster at the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.

Anderson, who is primarily a center fielder, hit .363 during the 2005-06 season.[2] Anderson defected from Cuba and signed a four-year contract worth $1.7 million with the Tampa Bay Rays prior to the 2010 season.[3][4] Released by the Rays after the 2013 season, Anderson signed with the Yomiuri Giants.[5] He finished the 2014 NPB season with a batting average of .319, along with 15 home runs and 50 RBIs.[6]

On 2 December 2016 it was confirmed that Anderson had been released by the Giants.[7]

On May 6, 2017, Anderson signed with the Bravos de León of the Mexican Baseball League. He was released on May 29, 2017.

In 2020, Anderson became the second Cuban player after Erisbel Arruebarrena to come back to the Serie Nacional after defecting and playing for a Major League organization when he signed for the Toros de Camagüey.

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  1. ^ "Leslie Anderson Stephes" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2006-10-10.
  2. ^ "Regular season batting statistics" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2006-01-06. Retrieved 2006-10-10.
  3. ^ Romano, John (April 26, 2010). "Cuban defector finds lifeline in Rays". Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on June 1, 2016. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  4. ^ Chastain, Bill (March 11, 2010). "Rays reach deal with Cuban Anderson". MLB.com. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  5. ^ Fernández, Daniel A. (December 18, 2013). "Cuban Leslie Anderson signs with the Yomiuri Giants". On Cuba. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  6. ^ Graczyk, Wayne (October 18, 2014). "Cuban players experienced mixed success this season". Japan Times. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "自由契約選手" [Free Contract Players]. Nippon Professional Baseball (in Japanese). 2 December 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2016.

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