Joining over a dozen over players who have defected this year, three more young baseball prospects have escaped communist Cuba and a life of slavery under the Castro dictatorship.
Cuban baseball loses another three talented young players
Cuban baseball prospects Rafael Sanchez, Raico Quiñones, and Brayan San Juan left the country to the Dominican Republic on December 23.
“Another three young talented Cubans have left the island in the last hours,” reported baseball journalist Francys Romero on his website.
These are “high profile” players because of their national play, said Romero.
Rafael Sanchez, who hails from the province of Holguin, was part of the Sub-18 Cuban team at the 2017 World Cup played in Canada.
He ended that tournament with an “0.87 ERA in 101 innings, 11 strikeouts, and a .143 batting average for opponents.”
Raico Quiñones and Brayan San Juan are both 16 and from Matanzas and are looking to pay in the MLB.
Infielder Raico Quiñones, who was part of the Sub-15 Cuban team at the 2015 Pan American Games in Mexico “is a 6′ 4″ player and an exceptional athlete,” said Romero.
According to the reporter, “Quiñones was blocked from leaving Cuba about a year ago.” His parents requested his departure from the Sports School in Matanzas because the adolescent continued to have issues leaving through legal channels.
Bryayan San Juan, who has a nearly 90 MPH fastball, also played with Sub-15 team in the 2019 Pan American Games in Mexico.
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