Another baseball player joins the exodus of players escaping communist Cuba

Luis Miguel Rives (Photo: Francys Romero/Twitter)

Promising young player Luis Miguel Rives arrived in the Dominican Republic this week.

Roughly translated from CubaNet:

Another Prospect of Cuba Baseball Arrives in the Dominican Republic

The young Cuban baseball player Luis Miguel Rives arrived in the Dominican Republic this week, sports reported the sport’s  journalist Francys Romero.

Rives, a native of Sancti Spiritus, batted an average of .310  in the current National Junior Championship, and was second in the position of stolen bases.

As Romero explained on his blog, in 12 games covering center field he had 99 innings without making errors.

In the National 15-16 of 2019 he was the leader in runs scored (43) and in hits (61). In said championship he was second among the batters, with .492, a home run, 14 doubles and a triple.

Romero, who considers him one of the 25 best U-18 prospects in Cuba in 2022, noted that “he stood out like few others in the lower categories.”

Rives will now try to become a free agent to be able to sign a contract with a team in the Major Leagues.

This new departure adds to the constant exodus of Cuban baseball prospects. Just last month, the leader of the U-15 national baseball team, Maykol Valdivia Brown, left Cuba and arrived in the Dominican Republic; prospect Yorelquis Hernández from Santiago and Danell Figueroa from Matanzas, who projected to be a talent as a catcher.

The  Cuban government continues to give athletes reasons to emigrate. This week the sanction imposed on baseball players who have left the island with independent contracts and have not appeared for the 61st National Baseball Series (SNB) became known, since only the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) is the one who can authorize international contracts for players. For not adhering to the strict control of the regime, these athletes will not be able to play in the current season or the next.

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