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Yulieski Gourriel | Third Baseman

Team: International Player
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/9/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Cuban third baseman Yuliesky Gourriel said Tuesday that he'd love to play in the majors someday.
The 29-year-old Gourriel, a top pro in Cuba for a decade now, has never attempted to defect and isn't doing so now. His hope is that another path to MLB is opened for Cuban players someday. In the meantime, he's seeking permission to play in Mexico, much like fellow Cuban star Alfredo Despaigne did last year. "I'm happy for all the Cubans in the Major Leagues and we follow them even though we don't have direct contact with them," Gourriel said. "In Cuba, we play a good level of baseball, but when they leave the country, they seem to elevate their game. Maybe we don't have best training conditions or equipment, but once they leave Cuba, they explode. Me, I'm just waiting on permission." Feb 4 - 4:26 PM
Source: MLB.com

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Cuba defeated Mexico 7-4 on Monday night to stay alive in the World Baseball Classic.

Mexico was eliminated, as Cuba's Norge Vera, who left with a leg problem, and Pedro Luis Laza combined for 11 strikeouts over nine innings. Frederich Cepeda went 3-for-4 with four RBI in the game, and Yuliesky Gourriel went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Tue, Mar 17, 2009 02:37:00 AM

Yuliesky Gourriel homered and drove in four runs as Cuba beat Mexico 16-4 in seven innings to end round one play in the WBC.

Frederich Cepeda hit his third homer for Cuba. This sets up a Japan-Cuba game to start Pool 1 play. Mexico will face Korea in Game 2.
Fri, Mar 13, 2009 12:57:00 AM

Yuliesky Gourriel, who was rumored to have defected, said he returned with the Cuban national team from a tournament in Colombia.

A report last week said Gourriel and shortstop Eduardo Paret had asked for asylum in Colombia. "I laughed when I saw those reports, because I was home as soon as we finished playing," Gourriel told ESPNdeportes.com. If the 22-year-old Gourriel were to defeat, he'd immediately become one of the game's most sought-after free agents. Gourriel, though, says he doesn't want to leave Cuba. "My commitment is to my family, which has guided me since I was little, and the revolution, which has guaranteed me everything I've needed to become a ballplayer," he said. "That's all I need as a person. ... I have definite convictions."
Wed, Aug 2, 2006 02:23:00 PM

According to Dominican newspaper El Nacional, Cuban players Yuliesky Gourriel and Eduardo Paret may have defected and asked for asylum in Columbia.

If Gourriel and Japanese right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka become available, it's going to be a very interesting offseason. Gourriel, who turned 22 in June, looked like Cuba's most talented player while hitting .273/.342/.515 in 33 at-bats in the WBC. Should he become a free agent, he'd likely be a regular at third or second for some team next year. The Yankees would surely be interested even though they're pretty well set at both positions. Paret, who was Cuba's shortstop in the tournament, would be less attractive to teams since he turns 34 in October.
Source: El Nacional
Fri, Jul 28, 2006 06:14:00 PM

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