Second Cuban pitcher in three days defects from the national team

Another Cuban pitcher has defected from the Cuban national team while in Mexico for a tournament. Ubert Mejias, 20, is the second player in three days to escape slavery under the communist Castro dictatorship.

Via CubaNet (my translation):

Another Cuban pitcher at the World Cup in Mexico escapes; the second defection in three days

Cuban pitcher Ubert Mejias (20) defected from the island’s national team, which is in Mexico competing at the Baseball World Cup (under-23 category). The news was confirmed by author and journalist Francys Romero.

The report says Mejias “escaped the hotel where the Cuban team was staying,” becoming the second defection for the Cuban team playing at the tournament.

Romero says Mejias “was throwing 90-92 MPH fastballs during the games leading up to the tournament.” In addition, he was “the only Cuban, along with Loidel Chapelli Jr., to play in the World Cup in the under-15, under-18, and under-23 categories.”

The Cuban team had already suffered a loss last Tuesday when pitcher Luis Danys Morales (18), one of the top prospects most sought out by MLB teams, defected.

Morales’ defection was confirmed that same day by the Cuban Baseball Federation.

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