He and his wife, Yamisleidy Sosa, reside in Tampa with their daughter, Karolin (6)...At the age of 12 was placed in a special school for athletes.2012Recorded career highs in hits, home runs and runs scored, and led the Bulls offense in several categories including home runs and RBI...named Durham's Most Valuable Player and an International League midseason and postseason All-Star ... finished 3rd in the IL and 3rd in the Rays organization with a .309 avg.2010The Cuban defector signed a four-year, $3.75
million contract with the Rays on April 13 and
spent his first season in the United States...
ascended from Class-A Charlotte to Double-A
Montgomery to Triple-A Durham...Combined to hit .302 (117-for-387) with 11 HR,
59 RBI, 19 doubles, a .359 OBP and .442 SLG
in 99 games at all three levels...Split even time between LF (43 games) and
1B (42)...also appeared in a game in RF with
Durham...Reported to extended spring training in Charlotte
County, Fla., before he was added to the
Stone Crabs roster on May 10...promoted to
Montgomery on June 6 and spent the most
time there, playing 28 games...called up to
Durham on Aug 5...his batting avg. rose with
each promotion, from .262 to .304 to .328...Had a pair of 10-game hitting streaks - one
beginning his stay in Montgomery (June 7-18)
and another one in Durham, Aug 22-Sep 1...Following the season played for the Peoria Saguaros
(Arizona Fall League) and Senadores
de San Juan (Puerto Rican Winter League)...
on Nov 7 in the AFL Rising Stars Game he hit
a walk-off solo homer in the 9th inning to give
the West Division a 3-2 win...played primarily
RF for Peoria and 1B for San Juan.2009Hit .381 (114-for-299) with 13 HR and 61 RBI
during the 2009 campaign, his final season in
the Cuban National League...finished 5th in the batting race...
also won a Gold Glove at first base...Was a
member of Cuba's World Baseball Classic
team, seeing limited action
at first base in the tournament.2006Was a member of Cuba's World Baseball Classic
teams in 2006, seeing limited action
at first base...Cuba lost to Japan in the finals.2005Competed in the 2005 Baseball World Cup
held in the Netherlands...Cuba defeated
South Korea in the finals, their ninth straight
tournament win.2002Helped Cuba win gold at the 2002 World University
Championship played in Italy, as Cuba
beat a U.S. squad starring Carlos Quentin,
Rickie Weeks, Conor Jackson and others...
was named to the All-Tournament Team in the
outfield.2001Recorded 28 doubles in his rookie season of
2001, tied for the league lead and a record for
rookies...was 18 years old at the time.