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Yenier Bello | Catcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/12/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Yenier Bello has resolved his visa issues and will report to Braves minor league camp.
The Cuban catcher was signed to a minor league contract over the spring, but struggled to get all of his paperwork in order to come stateside. He oozes offensive potential, hitting .274 with 13 homers in Cuba's La Serie Nacional back in 2011, but his path to the big leagues is very clogged in Atlanta. Jul 12 - 3:03 PM

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Braves signed C Yenier Bello to a minor league contract.

The deal was reported a few weeks ago and has now been finalized. A Cuban defector, Bello hit .274 with 13 home runs in Cuba's La Serie Nacional in 2011. It's not clear where the Braves will start him in the minors, but with Evan Gattis in the majors and Christian Bethancourt at Triple-A, it's not really a great situation for him to develop fantasy value.
Mar 21 - 8:58 AM

A source tells MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez that the Braves are finalizing a minor league deal with Cuban catcher Yenier Bello.

The agreement will include a signing bonus and an invite to spring training, according to Sanchez. The 29-year-old hit .274 with 13 home runs in Cuba's La Serie Nacional in 2011. The catcher actually retired from baseball at one point after being suspended from baseball in Cuba, a result of being caught trying to escape in 2012. Barring an emergency, Bello will almost certainly begin the season in the minors.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Mar 1 - 10:11 PM

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the Padres, Braves and Mets have joined a growing list of teams to express interest in Cuban catcher Yenier Bello.

Sanchez reported Friday that Bello has been cleared to sign with any MLB team, and the Dodgers, Cubs and Blue Jays are already known to have interest. The 28-year-old backstop hit .274 with 13 homers in Cuba’s La Serie Nacional league in 2011.
Jan 25 - 12:20 PM

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that Cuban catcher Yenier Bello has been cleared by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control and is free to sign with a major league team.

Bello, 28, left Cuba for Ecuador early last year and later established residency in Mexico, but he wasn't eligible to sign with an MLB club until finally being cleared by the OFAC earlier this week. The right-handed hitter batted .274 with 13 homers in Cuba’s La Serie Nacional league in 2011 and belted 75 longballs and drove in 297 runs overall in his last five seasons in his native country. Sanchez says that the Dodgers, Cubs and Blue Jays are three clubs that have been linked to Bello.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Jan 24 - 11:33 AM

Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that Cuban catcher Yenier Bello will work out for teams on November 5 in Tijuana, Mexico.

Bello, 28, has been cleared by Major League Baseball but still needs to be unblocked by the United States’ Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) before signing a contract. He has a powerful right-handed bat and will likely draw plenty of interest from major league clubs.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 12:53:00 PM

Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that Cuban catcher Yenier Bello is in the process of being cleared to sign with an MLB team.

Bello was caught by authorities when he attempted to leave Cuba in 2012, but he has successfully defected. While he has been cleared by MLB, he still needs to be unblocked by the United States’ Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) before signing a contract. The 28-year-old boasts plenty of experience in Cuba and is known for his power.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 10:30:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Evan Gattis
2Gerald Laird
3Christian Bethancourt
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Tommy La Stella
2Phil Gosselin
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Ramiro Pena
LF1Justin Upton
2Ryan Doumit
CF1B.J. Upton
2Emilio Bonifacio
3Jose Constanza
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Ervin Santana
4Aaron Harang
5Alex Wood
6Brandon Beachy
7Kris Medlen
8Gavin Floyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Jordan Walden
4Shae Simmons
5Anthony Varvaro
6James Russell
7David Hale
8Luis Avilan
9Juan Jaime
10Chasen Shreve
11Gus Schlosser
12Cory Gearrin
13Jonny Venters