37. Yuli Gurriel
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: June 9, 1984 in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba
  • Weight: 215 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: August 21, 2016
  • Final Game: October 03, 2021
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Yuli Gurriel was one of the greatest baseball players on the last half of the first decade of the 2010s, though since he was from Cuba, nobody noticed.  The Cuban remained dominant, but it would not be until 2016 when he defected from Cuba and signed with the Houston Astros that anyone really noticed.

Playing at First Base, Gurriel was fourth in Rookie of the Year voting in 2017, whew he belted 18 Home Runs with a .299 Batting Average.  The Cuban helped the Astros win the Word Series, and he hit over .290 the next two years, and though he would be occasionally controversial, Gurriel was a large part of Houston’s success.

Gurriel is still with the Astros, and is coming off his best year in the Majors as the reigning Batting Champion (.319).  While he is closing in on 40, Gurriel is still potent, and could climb even higher on this list.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: First Base
  • Acquired: Signed as an Amateur Free Agent 7/16/16.
  • Departed: N/A.
  • Games Played: 655
  • Notable Statistics:

    347 Runs Scored
    734 Hits
    166 Doubles
    5 Triples                         
    186 Home Runs
    382 RBI
    15 Stolen Bases
    .293/.337/.467 Slash Line
    13.4 bWAR                     

    73 Playoff Games
    27 Runs Scored
    70 Hits
    13 Doubles
    1 Triple                         
    6 Home Runs
    35 RBI
    3 Stolen Bases
    .253/.315/.372 Slash Line

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (2017)
    Gold Glove (2021)
    Highest Batting Average (2021)
    Most Sacrifice Flies (2021)
    Most Assists by a First Baseman (2020 & 2021)
    Most Total Zone Runs by a First Baseman (2019, 2020 & 2021)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a First Baseman (2019 & 2020)

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