Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

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Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 13
Second baseman / Shortstop
Born: (1993-10-10) October 10, 1993 (age 25)
Sancti Spíritus, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 20, 2018, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average .281
Hits 70
Home runs 11
Runs batted in 35
Teams

Lourdes Yunielki Gourriel Castillo Jr. (born October 10, 1993) is a Cuban professional baseball second baseman and shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for Sancti Spíritus and the Industriales of the Cuban National Series before defecting from Cuba. Gurriel was ranked as one of the top international prospects available following his defection.

Professional career[edit]

Cuban National Series[edit]

Gurriel debuted with Sancti Spíritus in 2010 as a 16-year-old and was used as a pinch hitter, hitting .200 in 15 at bats over 16 games.[1] The following season, Gurriel appeared in 55 games and batted .227 with three home runs and 16 runs batted in (RBI).[1] In his final season with Sancti Spíritus, Gurriel hit .253 with four home runs and 32 RBI in 67 games.[1]

In 2013 Gurriel joined the Industriales, playing 45 games and hitting .218 with one home run and 17 RBI.[1] Prior to the start of the 2014 season, Gurriel represented Cuba at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games, earning the gold medal. He appeared in 63 games in 2014 and greatly improved upon his 2013 campaign, batting .308 with eight home runs and 42 RBI.[1] With the Industriales in 2015, Gurriel hit .344 with 10 home runs and 53 RBI.[1] After the Cuban League season, Gurriel agreed to a contract with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), but did not appear in any games for the team and was placed on the restricted list.[2][3]

In February 2016, Gurriel and his brother Yulieski defected after competing in the Caribbean Series in the Dominican Republic.[4]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

In August 2016, Gurriel was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball (MLB), and ranked as the sixth best international prospect available.[5] In September, he held a showcase of his skills at Rod Carew Stadium that was attended by 60 MLB scouts.[6] On November 12, Gurriel signed a seven-year, $22 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.[7] Gurriel took part in spring training with the Blue Jays, and was assigned to the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Advanced-A Florida State League on March 17, 2017.[8][9] Gurriel began the season on the disabled list with a leg injury. He made his minor league debut on April 18, but left the game with a recurrence of the same injury.[10] On July 12, Gurriel was promoted to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Double-A Eastern League after appearing in 18 games for Dunedin.[11] In total, Gurriel played in 64 games in 2017 and hit .229 with five home runs and 36 RBI.[1] He played for the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League (AFL) during the offseason.[12]

Gurriel began the 2018 season with New Hampshire. He batted .347 in 12 games, and was promoted to the major leagues on April 20.[13] In his debut that night, Gurriel recorded two singles and three RBI.[14] On April 28, Gurriel hit his first career home run, against Bartolo Colón of the Texas Rangers.[15] On July 27, Gurriel recorded his first multi-home run game by hitting two home runs in a 10-5 win over the Chicago White Sox.[16] By collecting a pair of singles in Toronto's game against the White Sox the following night, Gurriel became the first rookie in baseball's modern era to have 10 consecutive multi-hit games. The last rookie to accomplish this feat was Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1911.[17] On July 29, Gurriel broke Jackson's rookie record with his 11th consecutive multi-hit game.

Jackson also set the overall AL record with an 11-game multi-hit streak in 1912. Simultaneous with breaking Jackson's 1911 rookie record, Gurriel also tied Jackson's all-time AL record. However, on his third hit of the game on July 29, Gurriel was injured, and was subsequently put on the disabled list.[18]. On September 25, Gurriel was shut down for the rest of the season with a sore left hamstring.[19]

Personal life[edit]

His brother, Yuli Gurriel also played in Cuba before defecting, and later signed with the Houston Astros. His mother and family live in Miami, Florida. Lourdes and his brother Yuli Gurriel made Major League Baseball history on September 21 when they both hit two home runs on the same day

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Register Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  2. ^ Garcia, Anne-Marie. "Cinco cubanos verán accion en la liga de Japón". MLB.com (in Spanish). Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  3. ^ Badler, Ben (June 5, 2015). "Something is up with the Gourriel brothers". baseballamerica.com. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  4. ^ Strauss, Ben. "Star Brothers Are Apparently the Latest to Defect From Cuba". The New York Times. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  5. ^ "2016 Prospect Watch". MLB.com. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  6. ^ Sanchez, Jesse (September 14, 2016). "Younger Gurriel brother, Lourdes, on display at showcase". MLB.com. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  7. ^ Sanchez, Jesse (November 12, 2016). "Cuba's Gurriel Jr. signs 7-year deal with Blue Jays". MLB.com. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  8. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (March 18, 2017). "Top prospect Alford, 3 others among spring cuts". MLB.com. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  9. ^ "Toronto Blue Jays Transactions in March 2017". MLB.com. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  10. ^ "Blue Jays' Lourdes Gurriel: Injured in first minor-league game". cbssports.com. April 20, 2017.
  11. ^ Campbell, Morgan (July 12, 2017). "Blue Jays promoting infield prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to Double-A". thestar.com. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  12. ^ Mitchell, Scott (August 29, 2017). "Gurriel Jr. headlines Jays' Fall League assignments". TSN.ca. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  13. ^ Davidi, Shi (April 20, 2018). "Blue Jays call up Gurriel Jr., option Mayza and Ngoepe". Sportsnet. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  14. ^ "Gurriel Jr. has 3 RBIs in MLB debut, Blue Jays top Yanks". Sportsnet. April 20, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  15. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (April 28, 2018). "Gurriel Jr. hammers first MLB homer". MLB.com. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  16. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (July 28, 2018). "Gurriel leads power display as Jays take opener". MLB.com. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  17. ^ "Gurriel Jr. sets Blue Jays record for consecutive multi-hit games". Sportsnet. July 28, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  18. ^ Baer, Bill (July 29, 2018). "Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. extends multi-hit game streak to 11, exits with injury". mlb.nbcsports.com. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  19. ^ Colley, Mark (September 25, 2018). Bluebirdbanter.com Gurriel Jr., out for season with hamstring strain https://www.bluebirdbanter.com/2018/9/25/17902888/toronto-blue-jays-lourdes-gurriel-jr-out-for-season-with-hamstring-strain/title=Lourdes Gurriel Jr., out for season with hamstring strain Check |url= value (help). Retrieved September 25, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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