The Cuban Baseball Federation introduced Wednesday that infielder César Prieto had defected from the staff. According to a report by Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today, Prieto, 22, allegedly fled Cuba’s nationwide baseball staff shortly after their arrival in Florida to participate in a qualifying match for the Tokyo Olympics. The staff confirmed Prieto’s defection in a press release.
“His determination, which is opposite to the dedication he made with each his nation and staff, has generated repudiation amongst his colleagues and different members of the delegation, who’re keen to beat overseas pursuits to be trustworthy to our homeland and the mission with which we traveled to the match,” read a statement issued by the Federación Cubana de Béisbol.
Because of the ongoing tense relationship between the US and Cuba, it has develop into frequent for Cuban gamers searching for to play within the Main Leagues to defect from their residence nation. Notable Cuban gamers to defect over the previous decade embrace Yoenis Céspedes of the New York Mets, former Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star Yasiel Puig, and Chicago White Sox star José Abreu, whereas among the most well-known defectors embrace Orlando Hernández, Rolando Arrojo, and Danys Báez.
Along with being a member of the Nationwide Staff, Prieto additionally performed for the Elefantes de Cienfuegos of the Cuban Nationwide Collection. In his most up-to-date season, Prieto led the complete league with a .403 batting common, hitting seven residence runs and 51 RBI in 74 video games.