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MLB 2022 | Cuban Players News

Daily Major League Baseball (MLB) Cuban Players News for the 2022 season. A compendium from several MLB sources.



Aroldis Chapman (Photo: Rick Osentoski/USA Today)

Apr 19, 2022


Aroldis Chapman tossed a spotless frame to notch a save Tuesday in Detroit.


On to protect a two-run lead, Chapman needed only nine pitches to set the Tigers down in order, picking up a strikeout along the way. Chapman still hasn't been charged with a run this season, but with his velocity still down significantly and his occasionally fleeting control, he's skating on thin ice.



Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 0-for-4 in a 2-1 loss to Boston on Tuesday.


Gurriel Jr. struckout twice in the game and left four runners on bases, while his BA went down to .275 for the year. The Cuban outfielder is trying to beat his numbers from last year, when he was capable of adding 138 Hits, 21 HR and 84 RBI, the highest of his MLB career.


Yuli Gurriel recorded his 170th career double in a 7-2 loss to the Angels.


Yuli Gurriel went 1-for-3 with a walk on Tuesday night against the Angels, adding his fourth double of the year and #170 of his MLB career. The 2021 AL batting champion is still struggling with his bat, showing a slash line of .161/.188/.290 for the year.



Yordan Álvarez had a different night.


Monday night was great for the Cuban slugger who had two homers and 4 RBI against the Angels, but on Tuesday night Álvarez went hitless in a 7-2 loss to the Angels. Yordan went 0-for-3 with a walk and left two runners stranded, while batting cleanup and DHing in the Astros lineup.


José Iglesias had one hit in a 6-5 win against the Phillies.


Iglesias went 1-for-4 and one struck-out against the Phillies, leaving his BA to .286 for the year. The Cuban shortstop, playing for his sixth MLB team, is a .277 BA career player and is searching for his 1000 MLB career hit this season, sitting now at 931.


Arozarena went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and an RBI on Tuesday against the Cubs.


Arozarena broke open the game in Tampa Bay's favor in the seventh inning, doubling in Taylor Walls. He was then driven in on a single by Harold Ramirez, accounting for the majority of his production. Arozarena has now collected five hits in his last 16 at-bats, including three doubles to go along with three runs scored and two RBI.


Adolis Garcia went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in a 6-2 loss to Seattle on Tuesday.


Garcia reached on an infield single and subsequently stole second in the top of the first inning, though that would be the entirety of his damage. It's been a disappointing April after the 29-year-old experienced a breakout rookie campaign, but Garcia has registered a homer and stolen base in consecutive games and looks to build on that momentum.


Yoan Lopez will serve as the 29th man for the Mets in the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader versus the Giants.


He'll presumably head right back to Triple-A Syracuse once the game concludes. Lopez, claimed off waivers from the Marlins in late March, holds a 4.25 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 101 2/3 career MLB innings.


Jorge Soler got the day off Tuesday against the Cardinals.


Soler has started nine consecutive games as the Marlins' leadoff hitter this season. The 30-year-old slugger has just one round-tripper in 42 plate appearances so far. Jesús Sánchez was bumped up to the top spot in the lineup in his place.


Yadiel Hernández sat for the evening portion of Tuesday's twin bill against the Diamondbacks.


Early in the season, it looked as though Hernández would start in left field against most righties while Lane Thomas handled the lefties. Hernández has now sat against three straight righties, however, including both halves of Saturday's doubleheader, so it's possible he's slipping into a bench role. Thomas remained the starter for the nightcap.