Lourdes Yunielki Gurriel Castillo Jr...Played for Sancti Spíritus and the Industriales of the Cuban National Series before defecting...Ranked as one of the top international prospects available following his defection...In February 2016, Gurriel and his brother Yulieski defected after competing in the Caribbean Series in the Dominican Republic... His eldest brother Yunieski played almost two decades in Cuba's Serie Nacional and also starred for Quebec in the Canadian-American Association...Their father, Lourdes Gurriel Sr., played for the national team for 15 years and won a gold medal, two batting titles and a Most Valuable Player Award in Cuba...He was also a national team manager...The brothers also had an uncle, great uncle and cousin who shined on the diamond in Cuba ... The brothers also had an uncle, great uncle and cousin who shined on the diamond in Cuba ... Ranked as the Blue Jays' 5th-best prospect by Baseball America entering 2018.
Assigned to the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays to start the season ... Spent time on the disabled list from April 6-18 (thumb and hamstring) ... Re-injured his leg in his minor league debut on April 19 (1-for-2, 2B, RBI) and returned to the DL from April 20-June 18 ... Promoted to Double-A New Hampshire on July 12 after 18 games with Dunedin (.197 AVG, 1-2B, 1-HR, 8-RBI) ... Slashed .241/.286/.371 over 46 games for the Fisher Cats, including 10-2B, 4-HR and 28-RBI with 10BB/30K and 2-SB ... Started 17 games at shortstop and 21 games at second base for New Hampshire ... Played for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League after the season where he hit .291 (23-for-79) in 21 games (7-2B, 3-HR, 11-RBI).
In August declared a free agent by Major League Baseball...Ranked as the sixth best international prospect available at that point...In September, he held a showcase of his skills at Rod Carew Stadium that was attended by 60 MLB scouts.... On November 12, signed a seven-year, Major League contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.