Yurisbel Gracial

Yurisbel Gracial Garcia (born 14 October 1985) is a Cuban baseball player. He plays for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

Yurisbel Gracial
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Gracial with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – No. 27
Third baseman
Born: (1985-10-14) 14 October 1985 (age 34)
Guantánamo, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
NPB debut
April 19, 2018, for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
NPB statistics
(through 14 August 2019)
Batting average.316
Home runs30
Runs batted in80
Teams
Career highlights and awards

CareerEdit

Gracial served in the Cuban military before playing for Matanzas in the Cuban National Series.[1] In 2016, Gracial played for the Québec Capitales of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball.[2] He signed back with the club in 2017, and was released prior to the 2018 season. He played for the Cuban national baseball team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[3]

In 2018, Gracial signed with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball's Pacific League.[4] Gracial re-signed with the Hawks for the 2019 season.[5] He batted 6-for-16 (.375) with three home runs and six RBIs in the 2019 Japan Series and won the Japan Series Most Valuable Player Award.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ por Jorge Ebro jebro@elnuevoherald.com. "Cubano Yurisbel Gracial: de las fuerzas armadas a la pelota profesional". El Nuevo Herald. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  2. ^ Le trio cubain des Capitales enfin dévoilé | Carl Tardif | Capitales
  3. ^ "Puerto Rico wins clash with Dominicans at World Baseball Classic". Usatoday.com. March 15, 2017. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "Halcones de Softbank pagarán 511 mil dólares por un año a Yurisbel Gracial" (in Spanish). Martinoticias.com. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  5. ^ "Yurisbel Gracial y Ariel Martínez regresan a la liga profesional japonesa tras renovar contratos" (in Spanish). cubadebate.cu. January 18, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  6. ^ Coskrey, Jason. "Hawks sweep Giants to win third straight Japan Series". The Japan Times. Retrieved October 23, 2019.

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