Blue Jays prospect Lourdes Gurriel leaves minors debut

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Toronto Blue Jays prospect Lourdes Gurriel left the first game of his minor league baseball career. He exited the game under his own power and headed straight into the clubhouse after running out a ground ball in his second at-bat.

Gurriel doubled in his first plate appearance.

The younger brother of current Houston Astros first baseman Yulieski Gurriel, Lourdes is just 23 years old and has already played six seasons as a professional in Cuba. He got his start as a 16-year-old in 2010, joining Sancti Spiritus for the first of what would be three seasons he spent with the team, playing primarily at second base.

Starting in 2013, the 19-year-old joined Industriales, posting his best season in his final year of 2015. He batted .344/.407/.560 with 10 home runs and 53 RBIs over 59 games.

Gurriel defected alongside his brother following the Caribbean Series in the Dominican Republic in February 2016. He wouldn’t be ruled an official free agent until August 2016, finally signing with the Blue Jays in November on a seven-year, $22 million deal.

His first game with the High-A Dunedin Blue Jays comes after appearing in spring training contests with Toronto and beginning the year on the seven-day disabled list.

His brother Yulieski made his MLB debut last season with the Houston Astros as a 32-year-old. The same year that Lourdes had his best season in Cuba, Yulieski hit .500 for the entire year over 49 games. He hit 15 home runs and 51 RBIs in what wound up being his final season before defecting as well. He has since taken over the everyday first base job for the Astros.

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