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Complete list of known Cuban baseball Defectors

Players who have made it to the Major Leagues

Player

Defection

 

MLB Team

 

Cuban Team

Jose Abreu

Defected in 2013

 

White Sox 2014

 

Cienfuegos

Rene Arocha

Defected in 1991

 

St. Louis 1993-95 and Giants 1997

 

Industriales

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rolando Arrojo

Defected in 1996

 

Tampa Bay 1998, Rockies 2000 and Red Sox in 2000-02

 

Villa Clara

Danys Baez

Defected in 1999

 

Indians 2001-03, Tampa Bay 2004-05, Braves and Dodgers 2006, Orioles 2007 and 09 and Phillies 2010-11

 

Pinar del Rio

Yuniesky Betancourt

Defected in 2003

 

Mariners 2005-09, Royals 2009-10 and 2012, and Brewers 2011 and 2013.

 

Villa Clara

Francisley Bueno

Defected in 2004

 

Braves 2008 and Royals 2012-14

 

 

Barbaro Caņizares

Defected in 2004

 

Braves 2009

 

Industriales

Alberto Castillo

Defected in 1993

 

Orioles 2008-10 and Diamondbacks 2011

 

Junior National Team

Yoenis Cespedes

Defected in 2011

 

A’s 2012-14

 

Granma

Aroldis Chapman

Defected in 2009

 

Reds 2010-14

 

Holguin

Jose Ariel Contreras

Defected in 2002

 

Yankees 2003-04, White Sox in 2004-09, Rockies 2009, Phillies 2010-12, Pirates 2013

 

Pinar del Rio

Juan Carlos Diaz

Defected in 1999

 

Red Sox 2002

 

Habana

Roenis Elias

Defected in 2010

 

Mariners 2014

 

 

Yunel Escobar

Defected in 2004

 

Braves 2007-10, Blue Jays 2010-12, Rays 2013-14

 

Industriales

Jose Fernandez

Defected in 2008

 

Marlins 2013-14

 

 

Osvaldo Fernandez

Defected in 1995

 

Giants 1996-97 and Reds 2000-01

 

Habana

Barbaro Garbey

Defected in 1980

 

Tigers 1984-85 and Texas 1988

 

Industriales

Onelki Garcia

Defected in 2010

 

Dodgers 2013-14

 

Guantanamo

Alexander Guerrero

Defected in 2013

 

Dodgers 2014

 

Las Tunas

Adeiny Hechavarria

Defected in 2009

 

Blue Jays 2012 and Marlins 2013-14

 

Cuban Junior National Team

Adrian Hernandez

Defected in 2000

 

Yankees 2001-02 and Brewers 04

 

Industriales

Livan Hernandez

Defected in 1995

 

Marlins 1996-99, Giants 99-02, Expos 03-04, Nationals 05-06, Arizona 06-07, Twins 08, Rockies 08, Mets 09, Nationals 09-11, Braves and Brewers 2012.

 

Isla de la Juventud

Michel Hernandez

Defected in 1996

 

Yankees 2003 and Rays 08-09

 

Industriales

Orlando Hernandez

Defected in 1997

 

Yankees 1998-2002 and 2004. White Sox in 2005-06 and Mets 2006-07

 

Industriales

Yoslan Herrera

Defected in 2005

 

Pirates  2008

 

Pinar del Rio

Jose Iglesias

Defected in 2008

 

Red Sox 2011-13 and Tigers 2013-14

 

Cuban Junior National Team

Hansel Izquierdo

Defected in 1993

 

Marlins 2002

 

Cuban Junior National Team

Leonys Martin

Defected in 2010

 

Rangers 2011-14

 

Villa Clara

Yuniesky Maya

Defected in 2009

 

Nationals 2010-11 and 2013

 

Pinar del Rio

Juan Miranda

Defected in 2005

 

Yankees 2008-10 and Diamondbacks 2011

 

Pinar del Rio

Kendry Morales

Defected in 2004

 

Angels 2006-10 and 2012, Mariners 2013

 

Industriales

Vladimir Nuņez

Defected in 1995

 

Arizona 1998-99, Marlins 1999-2003, Colorado 2004 and Braves 2008-09

 

Industriales

Rey Ordoņez

Defected in 1993

 

Mets 1996-2002, Rays 03 and Cubs 04

 

Industriales

Edilberto Oropesa

Defected in 1993

 

Phillies 2001, Arizona 2002-03 and Padres 2004

 

Citriculotores

William Ortega

Defected in 1997

 

Cardinals 2001

 

Industriales

Brayan Peņa

Defected in 1999

 

Braves 2005-08, Royals 2009-12, Tigers 2013 and Reds 2014

 

Cuban Junior National Team

Ariel Prieto

Defected in 1994

 

A's 1995-2000 and Rays 2001

 

Isla de la Juventud

Yasiel Puig

Defected in 2012

 

Dodgers 2013-14

 

Cienfuegos

Alexei Ramirez

Defected in 2007

 

White Sox 2008-14

 

Pinar del Rio

Alex Sanchez

Defected in 1994

 

Brewers in 2001-03, Tigers 2003-04, Rays and Giants 2005.

 

 

Amauri Sanit

Defected in 2004

 

Yankees 2011

 

 

Alay (Alain) Soler

Defected in 2003

 

Mets 2006

 

Pinar del Rio

Michael Tejera

Defected in 1993

 

Marlins 1999 and 2002-2004 and 2004-05

 

Cuban Junior National Team

Jorge Luis Toca

Defected in 1998

 

Mets 1999-2001

 

Villa Clara

Henry Urrutia

Defected in 2011

 

Orioles 2013

 

Las Tunas

Raul Valdes

Defected in 2003

 

Mets 2010, Cardinals and Yankees 2011, and Phillies 2012-13

 

Habana

Dayan Viciedo

Defected in 2008

 

White Sox 2010-14

 

Villa Clara

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