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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.


Luis Robert (Photo: Chicago White Sox Twitter)

May 15, 2022


Grandal is not in Sunday's lineup against the Yankees.


He has yet to get going at the dish this season and is hitting .162 with a .354 OBP and zero home runs in 11 games this month. Reese McGuire will start at catcher and hit eighth.


Moncada is not in Sunday's lineup against the Yankees.


He has hit safely in all five games this season and has two home runs over his last three contests. Josh Harrison will start at third base and hit ninth.


Rockies' José Iglesias: Not starting Sunday.

Iglesias is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Iglesias started the past eight games and will receive a day off after posting a .355/.394/.452 slash line during that stretch. Garrett Hampson will take over at shortstop in Sunday's series finale.

May 14, 2022


Luis Robert delivered a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning on Saturday, propelling the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.


Robert opened the scoring in the ballgame with an RBI single that plated Tim Anderson in the opening inning. He then delivered the critical blow off of Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning with his one-out RBI single to score Tim Anderson. With the two-hit attack, the superstar outfielder is now slashing .296/.337/.449 with four homers, 11 RBI and six stolen bases on the year.

Yadiel Hernández homered and drove in four runs on Saturday night, powering the Nationals to a 13-6 victory over the visiting Astros.


Hernández opened the scoring in the contest with his run-scoring single off of Cristian Javier in the opening inning. He then broke things open with a 357-foot three-run shot off of Javier in the third inning that made it 4-0. Those were his only two hits in five at-bats on the night. The 34-year-old is off to a surprisingly nice start for the Nationals this season, slashing a robust .337/.375/.528 with three long balls and 19 RBI.

Yankees' Aroldis Chapman: Takes loss Saturday.

Chapman (0-1) was tagged with the loss Saturday against the White Sox, allowing one run on two hits and a walk over one-third of an inning. After the Yankees got to White Sox closer Liam Hendriks for a game-tying run in the top of the ninth inning, Chapman was summoned to try to send the game to extra frames. He retired the first batter he faced but then gave up a single, walk and another single as Chicago pulled out the win. Chapman didn't allow any earned runs over his first 12 appearances of the season but has now yielded a run in back-to-back outings. His 1.37 WHIP and 6.9 BB/9 are red flags, but the veteran closer is 8-for-8 in save chances on the campaign, so his job appears safe for now.


Randy Arozarena went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles Saturday in a loss to the Blue Jays.


Both of his hits were uneventful, but this performance broke a three-game hitless streak. With six stolen bases through 33 games, he should challenge 20 stolen bases this season. However, fantasy managers are still waiting for his power to show up, as he's hit just one home run over 128 at-bats.


Yoán Moncada clubbed a solo homer on Saturday night, helping to lead the White Sox to victory over the Yankees.


Moncada drilled his 424-foot blast off of Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery in the third inning to increase the White Sox advantage to 2-0. He also singled and drew a walk in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-4 officially. So far since returning from the injured list, he's slashing .286/.375/.571 with two homers and four RBI in his first five games.

Yandy Díaz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays.


Hitting leadoff in the bottom of the first, Díaz hit a 333-foot home run just over the right-field wall -- the Rays' only run of the game. He missed Friday's game due to an illness, but it looks like he's now healthy. He's slashing .265/.395/.388 over 119 plate appearances.

Jorge Soler went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and two walks in Saturday's win over the Brewers.


Following Jesus Aguilar's leadoff home run in the bottom of the fourth, Soler hit a 109.9 mph solo home run over the left-center field wall, giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. With a hit in five straight games, Soler might be heating up.

Angels' Raisel Iglesias: First blown save. Iglesias gave up a walkoff three-run home run in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the A's, suffering his first blown save of the season. He gave up two hits and a walk with zero strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning. Luis Barrera took Iglesias deep on a hanging breaking ball in a 1-1 count. He was pitching on back-to-back days and for the third time in four days. His season ERA is now up to 4.05, but he is secure in his role as the Angels' closer.

Astros' Pedro León: Power on full display.

León went 3-for-5 with two home runs and a career-high six RBI in Saturday's game for Triple-A Sugar Land. He is hitting .333/.444/.784 with five home runs, five steals, a 12.7 BB% and a 28.6 K% over his last 51 at-bats. Leon's power/speed upside is very apparent -- he hit one of his homers clear out of the ballpark to left Saturday -- but cutting down on the strikeouts will probably be a prerequisite for the Astros giving him the call this season.


Adolis García was not in the Rangers' starting lineup Saturday against the Red Sox.


García is hitting just .195 (8-for-41) with two doubles and one stolen base in 10 games since May 1. Eli White played center field on Saturday night against the Red Sox.