Yoelqui Céspedes homers and César Prieto debuts for the season (+Cuban MiLB Report)

This Friday in the minors César Prieto and Yoelqui Céspedes were the Cubans who stood out most on the evening, amongst others. Today Pelota Cubana on the English side of our page is commencing our daily minor league report to keep you up to date on how the islanders progress through the minors.

Prieto who is from Cienfuegos, Cuba and is the #17 prospect in the Orioles organization had a great day at the plate after going 0-for-5 with a strikeout on Opening Day. Prieto was a key bat in the 5×3 victory by his team, the Bowie Baysox over the Hartford Yard Goats, as he went 3-4, with a double, a walk, three RBIs and a stolen base to raise his batting average to .333 on the young season.

For Prieto it was his fourth game with at least three hits as a professional, last year he did it on July 31 against the Altoona Curve (Double A, Pittsburgh), on June 30 against the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Double A, Giants ) and against the Greensboro Grasshoppers (A+, Pittsburgh).

Yoelqui Céspedes in his own right hit his first home run of the season, but couldn’t prevent a Birmingham Barons’ loss to the Tennessee Smokies 6-2. Céspedes went 1-for-4, with two runs scored, a home run, two RBIs, stole a base on the evening.

In Advanced A Yiddi Cappe who hit fourth and played second base had a multihit game in his season debut, but his efforts could not prevent the Beloit Sky Carp’s 4-2 defeat against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. In four trips to the plate, he connected on two of the three hits his team could muster on the evening. One of his hits during the game was a run scoring double, which was half of his team’s scoring output on the night. The youngest of the Céspedes clan is hitting .333 on the young season.

In Class A highly touted prospect Yanquiel Fernández went one-for-four with an RBI and two runs scored to aid Fresno in their 9-5 victory over the San Jose Giants. The outfielder watched his average jump to .250 on the young season and swatted his first extra base knock of the season. With a good performance Fernández might earn a call up to A+ in the near future.

Cuban action on the night:


Yolbert Sánchez (Chicago) 3-1 K

Laz Rivera (Chicago) 2-0 BB/K

Alex de Goti (Miami) 3-1 HR/2CI/BB/K

Dairon Blanco (Kansas) 4-0 K

Andy Ibáñez (Detroit) 4-0 K

Eddy Álvarez (Milwaukee) 4-2 2B/CA

Rubén Cárdenas (Tampa Bay) 4-0 3K

Aramis García (Philadelphia) 4-0 2K

Malcom Núñez (Pittsburgh) 4-1 K

Armando Álvarez (San Francisco) 4-1 2B/CA

Norge Luis Ruiz (Oakland) 2.0 1H/ER/4K/0BB


Andy Pagés (LA Dodgers): 3-0, BB, K (.167)

César Prieto (Baltimore): 4-3, 2B, 3RBI, SB (.333)

Yoelqui Céspedes (White Sox): 4-1, 2R, HR, 2RBI, 2K, SB (.333)

Eddy Díaz (Colorado): 4-0, K (.000)

Bryan Lavastida (Cleveland): 2-0, 2K, 2BB (.000)*

Víctor Mesa Jr (Miami): 4-0, K (.000)

Adrián del Castillo (Arizona): 4-1, 2B, K (.375)*

Luis Avilés Jr (San Diego): 3-1, BB, K, 2SB (.167)

Jorge Oña (San Diego): 2-0, BB, 2K (.000)

Randy Labaut (Cleveland): 2.1 IP, 0ER, BB, 4K (0.00)


Roberto Campos (Detroit): 3-1, R, BB, K (.333)

Ernesto Martínez (Milwaukee): 4-1, BB, K (.250)

Lázaro Armenteros (Oakland): 3-0, BB, SB (.000)

Alexander Vargas (Yankees): 5-0, K (.000)

Yiddi Cappe (Miami): 4-2, 2B, RBI, K (.500)

Yordys Valdes (Cleveland) 3-1, R, 2B, RBI, K (.333)


Sandro Gastón (Houston) 2-0 BB, SO

Leosdani Molina (Houston 2-0

Rolando Espinosa (Houston) 2-1,R,2B,SB,SO

Carlos Pelegrín (Detroit) 3-2,R,RBI,2SB,SO

Yanquiel Fernández (Colorado) 4-1,2R,RBI,2BB,2SO

Michel Triana (Cincinnati) 3-0,R,2BB,2SB,SO

Andy Pérez (Colorado) 5-1,R, RBI, BB SO

Julio Rodríguez (San Francisco) 2.0IP,5H,2ER,2SO

Pedro Santos (Oakland) 0.2IP,2H,3ER,BB

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