Currently, Yuli Gurriel is a First Baseman for the Houston Astros. He is a Cuban national and has earned a decent fortune from his career. His net worth is estimated to be around $1.5 million. He has a contract with the Astros which is a five-year deal that is worth $47.5 million. He has a signing bonus of $2 million. He also has a $47,500 guaranteed salary each year.
Before entering Major League Baseball, Gurriel was a professional baseball player in the Cuban League. He had a successful career in the country and has earned over fifteen medals in different competitions. He also led the national team to the 2009 World Classics Championship. He has also been on the All-World Baseball Classic Team. He has won several awards during his career, including the best player in the Cuban League in 2006.
Yuli Gurriel was born on June 9, 1984 in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. He is the son of Lourdes and Jennifer Alvarez. His father is a former pro baseball player. During his youth, Gurriel was inspired by his father and played in youth baseball programs in Cuba. He was drafted in the first round of the MLB draft. He spent his youth years playing for Industriales. He started his professional career as a rookie in 2004. His first year in the Cuban league, he led the league in batting average and runs batted in. He is also a member of the Cuban national team. He won an Olympic gold medal in 2006.
Despite a shaky start to his MLB career, he has become a fan favorite. In his first year, he led the Astros to the World Series, which is an achievement for a debuting player. He hit a three-run home run in Game 5 against Clayton Kershaw, and tipped his helmet before an at-bat in Game 7 against Yu Darvish. He was also named an All-Star for the second straight season.
After a brief stint with the Blue Jays in the spring training, he was promoted to the Double-A affiliate of the Blue Jays, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League. He made his minor league debut on April 18. After being assigned to the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League, he was recalled to the major league roster on August 21.
The Astros offered him a contract extension after his first season. The deal included a $10 million base salary for 2019, as well as an $8 million payout option for 2022. The Astros also said they would donate the money to charity. After an injury that he suffered in the first game of the season, Gurriel was placed on the disabled list. He was able to play in four games for the Lancaster JetHawks of the Class A-Advanced California League. He then was promoted to the Fresno Grizzlies of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.
He is currently the best-selling product in the Gurriel Store and was named the best first baseman in the MLB by the sports media in 2011. He was awarded the best player in the Cuban league in 2006 and he has been on the All-World Baseball Classic Team.