(born June 9, 1984) is a Cuban baseball
player. A member of Cuba's national team
and Sancti Spíritus
in the Cuban National Series
, Gourriel is primarily a third baseman
, though he has also played other positions, such as shortstop and 2nd base. The son of former Cuban player Lourdes Gourriel
, Yulieski is currently regarded as the best player in Cuba and, at the World Baseball Classic
in 2006, Major League Baseball
scouts projected that Gourriel would be a first-round draft pick if he were eligible for the draft.
Gourriel's contributions helped the national team win a gold medal
in the 2004 Summer Olympics
and World Cup of Baseball
championships in 2003 and 2005. During the 2005 World Cup, he led all batters with eight home runs.
He played second base
for Cuba in the inaugural 2006 World Baseball Classic
, making the final out for Cuba in their championship game loss to Japan. He batted
.273 in the tournament, with a .342 on base percentage
and a .515 slugging percentage
. Coincidentally, later in the finals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Tournament, he again made the final out by grounding out into double play against South Korea.
He played for Cuba again in the 2009 World Baseball Classic
this time in third base
and batted for .333 in the... Read More