Yunior Tur was considered the island’s best closer when he left Cuba in 2021, but upon signing with the Oakland Athletics the team decided to convert the flame throwing righty into a starter. Armed with a 96 Mph heater and a few good off-speed pitches that conversion might just bear fruits.
The right-hander from Santiago de Cuba had a brief run through Rookie ball before the team decided to promote him to Class Stockton. In two games with the AZL Athletics the Cuban posted a 1.59 ERA and struck out six in five innings.
Tur (23 years old) had a 3-1 record, with a 2.11 ERA, in 38.1 innings with Santiago de Cuba in the Serie Nacional during the 2021 season, he also fanned 45 batters and saved 14 games that year as the team’s closer. In 2020 he did not allow a run in 22 innings pitched and saved nine games.
El derecho santiaguero Yunior Tur ha sido promovido a los @stocktonports el equipo de A media de @Athletics . Tur posteó efectividad de 1.59 en el equipo Rookie del conjunto californiano. #pelotacubana #Athletics pic.twitter.com/6ZUpgGWVwz
— Yusseff305 🇨🇺🇺🇲 (@yusseff305) June 16, 2023
Tur said this to me when I spoke to Jim earlier this year about the game in the US as opposed to Cuba,”It’s different in almost everything, in Cuba you practice to play, here you practice to develop. Here they develop you a lot as a pitcher and the training regiment is way different.”
He had this to say about his goals stateside,”The first objective when one leaves Cuba is to sign with a big league organization. Thank God I was able to accomplish that feat. I feel indebted to the organization for that. My goal here is to climb the organizational pyramid until I reach the majors.”
The hurler has the makeup and repertoire to climb his way to the big leagues and might just be the bargain the team was hoping for when they signed him last year for 100 K.
— Yusseff305 🇨🇺🇺🇲 (@yusseff305) November 10, 2022