Yuli Gurriel is a Cuban professional baseball first baseman for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for Sancti Spiritus in the Cuban National Series (CNS) and the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).
Former Cuban national team player Gurriel won an Olympic gold medal in 2004. He has also played shortstop, second base, and third base in the major leagues during the course of his career.
His father was former Cuban player Lourdes Gurriel, and his son Yulieski became one of that year’s most highly regarded athletes in his native Cuba.
In 2006, MLB scouts predicted that Gurriel would be drafted in the first round if he were eligible. In 2016, he defected from Cuba and made his MLB debut.
Gurriel helped lead the Astros to the 2017 World Series triumph in his first complete MLB season, making him the fifth athlete to win both an Olympic gold medal and a World Series trophy. He also had a role in the team’s two AL championships in 2019 and 2021.
Yuli Gurriel Parents: Meet Lourdes Gourriel and Olga Ledia Castillo Fernandez
Professional baseball first baseman Yuli Gurriel was born to his parents Lourdes Gourriel and Olga Ledia Castillo Fernandez. Miami, Florida, is where he and his family are from.
On September 21, 2018, Lourdes and his brother became the first brothers in baseball history to blast multiple home runs in the same game with two separate two-homer outings. It is the son of Lourdes Gourriel who is Lourdes Gourriel Jr.