Yadir Drake

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Yadir Drake
Sultanes de Monterrey – No. 52
Born: (1990-04-12) April 12, 1990 (age 29)
Matanzas, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Yadir Drake Dominguez (born April 12, 1990) is a Cuban professional baseball outfielder for the Sultanes de Monterrey of the Mexican Baseball League.


Amateur career[edit]

Drake played for the Matanzas team in the Cuban National Series.

He defected to Mexico in 2011. He then played with a couple of semi-professional minor league teams in Mexico before participating in a workout for Major League Baseball scouts in August 2014.

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

He was signed as an international free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers.[1] He hit .310 in seven games for the class-A Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League at the start of the 2015 season[2] and was promptly promoted to the Advanced-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League.[3] After another seven games for the Quakes (where hit .407)[2] he was again quickly promoted, this time to the AA Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League.[4] In 106 games for Tulsa, he hit .269.[2] After the season, he was selected to the roster for the Mexico national baseball team at the 2015 WBSC Premier12.[5]

He returned to Tulsa to start the 2016 season.[6] He hit only .109 in 19 games[2] and was released on May 27, 2016.[7]

Generales de Durango[edit]

Drake signed with the Generales de Durango of the Mexican League for the 2017 season and hit .385 in 71 games for them with 14 homers and 61 RBI.[2]

Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters[edit]

On June 29, 2017, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball announced that they had signed him for the remainder of the season.[8]

Return to Durango[edit]

Drake re-signed with the Generales de Durango for the 2018 season. [9]

Sultanes de Monterrey[edit]

On April 28, 2018, Drake was traded to the Sultanes de Monterrey of the Mexican Baseball League.


Drake became a naturalized Mexico citizen.[10]


  1. ^ Bernreuter, Hugh (April 11, 2015). "Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Yadir Drake remains Cuba's international man of mystery". mlive.com. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Yadir Drake minor league baseball statistics & history". Baseball Reference.
  3. ^ Bernreuter, Hugh (April 20, 2015). "Los Angeles Dodgers prospects Yadir Drake, Jeff Brigham promoted to Rancho Cucamonga". mlive.com. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  4. ^ Lennox, Brandon (May 2, 2015). "Yasier Drake homers in Double-A Tulsa debut". SB Nation. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "MEX Roster". World Baseball Softball Confederation: WBSC. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  6. ^ Lewis, Barry (April 4, 2016). "Drillers' roster set for season opener". Tulsaworld.com. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  7. ^ Minami, Craig (May 28, 2016). "Three extra-base hits by Johan Mieses pace Quakes 6-2 win". SB Nation. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  8. ^ "] Nippon Ham Fighters reach agreement with Yadir Drake". yakyudb.com. June 29, 2017.
  9. ^ "Generales, listo para el 2018". El Siglo de Durango (in Spanish). Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "日本ハム、プレミア12メキシコ代表の新助っ人を獲得! 「北海道の人々の温かさをたくさん聞いた」". ベースボールチャンネル (in Japanese). June 29, 2017. Retrieved January 14, 2018.

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