Did Yordan Alvarez Defect Cuba?

Yordan Alvarez .522 average set an ALCS record, surpassing Kevin Youkilis’.500 mark from 2007.



Alvarez was chosen ALCS Most Valuable Player (MVP), making him the fourth Cuban-born player to win the honor and the first designated hitter since Ortiz.

Alvarez’s success did not carry over to the World Series, as he went 2-for-20 in a six-game loss to the Atlanta Braves.



Yordan Alvarez
Yordan Alvarez

On May 13, 2022, Alvarez blasted his 11th home run in a 6–1 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, helping the Astros extend their winning streak to 11 games.

Because it was his 27th appearance of the season, the home run set a new career-high for fewest games to reach the mark, breaking his previous best of 11 home runs in 30 games set during his rookie season in 2019.

Alvarez signed a six-year, $115 million contract extension with the Astros on June 2, 2022, which bought out three remaining free-agent years and kept him with the organization through the 2028 season.

He batted .565/.630/1.217 in six games last week, with two walks, four home runs, eight RBI, and one strikeout. On June 6, he was selected AL Player of the Week for the first time.

Did Yordan Alvarez Defect Cuba?

Yes. Alvarez defected from Cuba and gained residency in Haiti in 2016, after which he continued his life there.