MLB Spring Training: More than 70 Cuban players have seen the field

Over the last number of years, the number of Cuban ballplayers has steadily increased. This MLB spring training, a record number of players have taken the field.

HIALEAH,FL– The amount of Cubans in the Majors grows every year, last year 30 Antilleans saw the big leagues tying the record for the greatest amount to see action in a season. This also happened in 2016 and 1967. Between Cubans and Cuban-Americans, more than 70 players have graced the field this MLB Spring Training.

The most talked-about name this Spring Training is that of Luis Robert of the Chicago Whitesox and the young man hasn’t disappointed. The native of Ciego de Ávila, Cuba is hitting .400 this camp and is favored by many to win the Rookie of the Year in the American League.

In total, the Whitesox and Astros are tied for the most players of Cuban heritage or birth with eight apiece.

One name that jumps at Astros camp is that of young lefty Cionel Pérez from Matanzas, Cuba. Pérez is battling for a spot in the bullpen and has posted an ERA of 3.00 in two outings.

Tampa Bay’s Randy Arozarena has also caught everyone’s eye in the uphill battle he’s facing for a spot in the Rays outfield.

Not only is Arozarena hitting .669 this Spring but he’s second of the team with 4 RBI’s and making it real for the team not to keep him around when they break camp.

In a season where the rosters will have 26 players per team, there is a great chance the more than 30 Cubans will see action.

I leave with a recount of all the Cubans and Cuban-Americans who have seen action during MLB Spring  Training so far.

American League (38):

National League (35):

*Denotes Cuban-Americans