Yulieski Gurriel, Infield, Houston Astros, #10
Date of Birth: 6/9/1984
Birthplace: Sancti Spiritus, Cuba
Current Salary: $14,400,000
Yulieski Gurriel, infielder for the Houston Astros, began his professional baseball career in Cuba. From there, he went to play in Japan in 2014 and 2015. He defected from Cuba in February, 2016, and he signed with the Astros on July 16, 2016.
Gurriel played in 36 games with the Astros in 2016. He had a .262 batting average with 34 hits. Defensively, he played 5 games at first base, 21 games at third base, and 1 game in left field.
Gurriel's father was a professional baseball player in Cuba. His brother, Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., defected with Yulieski. He is currently in the Toronto Blue Jays' system.