Who is Yuli Gurriel?
Yulieski Gourriel Castillo or Yuli Gurriel is a professional Cuban baseball player. He plays for the team Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). Furthermore, he plays the position of baseball. He was born on the 9th of June, 1984 in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, as the name Yulieski Gourriel Castillo. He is also a former member of Cuba’s national team. Gurriel played shortstop, second base, and third base in the national team. However, he plays the position of first base with the Astros.
|Celebrated Name||Yuli Gurriel|
|Birth Date||9th of June, 1984|
|Birth Place||Sancti Spiritus, Cuba|
|Full Name||Yulieski Gourriel Castillo|
|Parents||Father: Lourdes Gourriel
Mother: Olga Lida Castillo Fernandez
|Height||6 feet 0 inches|
|Net Worth||$15 million|
Yuli holds a Cuban nationality, and as per ethnicity, he belongs to Afro-American. Standing at a height of 6 feet 0 inches, he has been able to maintain his body fit and healthy. He was born to his parents Lourdes Gourriel and Olga Lida Castillo Fernandez, with the star sign Gemini.
Gurriel helped the national team win a gold medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Furthermore, he also helped the team win the World Cup of Baseball Championships in the years 2003 and 2005. Also, he led all batters with eight home runs in the World Cup of 2005.
In the 2006 World Baseball Classic, Gurriel played as the second base for the Cuban national baseball team. Again, Gurriel played for Cuba in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He played the position of the third baseman.
Later, Gurriel signed a year contract with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars on the 11th of May, 2014.
He signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract with the Houston Astros on the 16th of July, 2016. Furthermore, he made his American debut in July with the Gulf Coast Astros and played two games.
In the 2019 season, Gurriel became the first Astro with a run and RBI in seven consecutive games. Furthermore, he became the fifth to homer in five consecutive games on the 7th of July, 2019 against the Los Angeles Angels. Also, he won the AL Player of the Week Award for the week ending July 8. This was his second weekly honor, after homering in all five of the Astros games. Furthermore, he won the AL Player of the Month Award for July for the first time. Also, Gurriel homered and tied J. R. Towles with eight RBIs for the club record in one game in a 14–3 romp over the Colorado Rockies on the 7th of August.
Yuli Gurriel is the son of former Cuban Player Lourdes Gurriel. His family lives in Miami, Florida. He gave birth to his son on the 30th of June, 2018. Furthermore, Yuli was regarded as the best player in Cuba in the year 2006. His brother is also a professional baseball player. His brother, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also played in Cuba and later signed with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Yuli along with earning name and fame has been able to earn a decent amount of money. He has an estimated net worth of $15 million as of 2020.