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Top Cuban baseball players at home and in US

  • FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2011 file photo, Cuba's designated hitter Frederich Cepeda is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the third inning of their Baseball World Cup second round game against Canada in Panama City. One of the five top active players in Cuba's National Series, Cepeda is a switch-hitting terror who went .357 at the plate last season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2011 file photo, Cuba's designated hitter Frederich Cepeda is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the third inning of their Baseball World Cup second round game against Canada in Panama City. One of the five top active players in Cuba's National Series, Cepeda is a switch-hitting terror who went .357 at the plate last season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2011 file photo, Cuba's designated hitter Frederich Cepeda is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the third inning of their Baseball World Cup second round game against Canada in Panama City. One of the five top active players in Cuba's National Series, Cepeda is a switch-hitting terror who went .357 at the plate last season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2011 file photo, Cuba's designated hitter Frederich Cepeda is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the third inning of their Baseball World Cup second round game against Canada in Panama City. One of the five top active players in Cuba's National Series, Cepeda is a switch-hitting terror who went .357 at the plate last season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this March 3, 2013 file photo, Cuba's pitcher Ismel Jimenez throws a ball against Brazil during the first inning of their World Baseball Classic first round game in Fukuoka, Japan. Jimenez who is Cuba's reigning strike-out king after fanning 60, didn't lose a game all season, ending with a 9-0 record. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues.  (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

    FILE - In this March 3, 2013 file photo, Cuba's pitcher Ismel Jimenez throws a ball against Brazil during the first inning of their World Baseball Classic first round game in Fukuoka, Japan. Jimenez who is Cuba's reigning strike-out king after fanning 60, didn't lose a game all season, ending with a 9-0 record. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this March 3, 2013 file photo, Cuba's pitcher Ismel Jimenez throws a ball against Brazil during the first inning of their World Baseball Classic first round game in Fukuoka, Japan. Jimenez who is Cuba's reigning strike-out king after fanning 60, didn't lose a game all season, ending with a 9-0 record. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues.  (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

    FILE - In this March 3, 2013 file photo, Cuba's pitcher Ismel Jimenez throws a ball against Brazil during the first inning of their World Baseball Classic first round game in Fukuoka, Japan. Jimenez who is Cuba's reigning strike-out king after fanning 60, didn't lose a game all season, ending with a 9-0 record. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2008 file photo, Cuba's Alfredo Despaigne hits a fourth inning solo home run off the USA's Stephen Strasburg in their semifinal baseball game at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Considered one of the best players playing outside the U.S., Despaigne tops in home runs with 36 on the year, and hit .345. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2008 file photo, Cuba's Alfredo Despaigne hits a fourth inning solo home run off the USA's Stephen Strasburg in their semifinal baseball game at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Considered one of the best players playing outside the U.S., Despaigne tops in home runs with 36 on the year, and hit .345. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2008 file photo, Cuba's Alfredo Despaigne hits a fourth inning solo home run off the USA's Stephen Strasburg in their semifinal baseball game at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Considered one of the best players playing outside the U.S., Despaigne tops in home runs with 36 on the year, and hit .345. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2008 file photo, Cuba's Alfredo Despaigne hits a fourth inning solo home run off the USA's Stephen Strasburg in their semifinal baseball game at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Considered one of the best players playing outside the U.S., Despaigne tops in home runs with 36 on the year, and hit .345. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this July 19, 2013 file photo, Cuba second baseman Jose Miguel Fernandez warms up before the start of an exhibition baseball game against the United States in Papillion, Neb. One of the five top active players in Cuba's National Series, Fernandez led the league in hitting last season with a .393 batting average. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

    FILE - In this July 19, 2013 file photo, Cuba second baseman Jose Miguel Fernandez warms up before the start of an exhibition baseball game against the United States in Papillion, Neb. One of the five top active players in Cuba's National Series, Fernandez led the league in hitting last season with a .393 batting average. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this July 19, 2013 file photo, Cuba second baseman Jose Miguel Fernandez warms up before the start of an exhibition baseball game against the United States in Papillion, Neb. One of the five top active players in Cuba's National Series, Fernandez led the league in hitting last season with a .393 batting average. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

    FILE - In this July 19, 2013 file photo, Cuba second baseman Jose Miguel Fernandez warms up before the start of an exhibition baseball game against the United States in Papillion, Neb. One of the five top active players in Cuba's National Series, Fernandez led the league in hitting last season with a .393 batting average. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Cuba's right fielder Yasmani Tomas hits a solo shot off Japan's starter Kenji Otonari in the third inning of their World Baseball Classic first round game in Fukuoka, Japan. One of the top five active players in Cuba's National Series, Tomas posted a .345 batting average for his Havana powerhouse club. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

    FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Cuba's right fielder Yasmani Tomas hits a solo shot off Japan's starter Kenji Otonari in the third inning of their World Baseball Classic first round game in Fukuoka, Japan. One of the top five active players in Cuba's National Series, Tomas posted a .345 batting average for his Havana powerhouse club. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Cuba's right fielder Yasmani Tomas hits a solo shot off Japan's starter Kenji Otonari in the third inning of their World Baseball Classic first round game in Fukuoka, Japan. One of the top five active players in Cuba's National Series, Tomas posted a .345 batting average for his Havana powerhouse club. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

    FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Cuba's right fielder Yasmani Tomas hits a solo shot off Japan's starter Kenji Otonari in the third inning of their World Baseball Classic first round game in Fukuoka, Japan. One of the top five active players in Cuba's National Series, Tomas posted a .345 batting average for his Havana powerhouse club. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2010 file photo, Cuba’s Yulieski Gourriel runs to first base after hitting against Nicaragua during a Baseball World Cup qualifier game in Carolina, Puerto Rico. A top active player in Cuba's National Series, second and third baseman Gourriel hit .314 last season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2010 file photo, Cuba’s Yulieski Gourriel runs to first base after hitting against Nicaragua during a Baseball World Cup qualifier game in Carolina, Puerto Rico. A top active player in Cuba's National Series, second and third baseman Gourriel hit .314 last season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2010 file photo, Cuba’s Yulieski Gourriel runs to first base after hitting against Nicaragua during a Baseball World Cup qualifier game in Carolina, Puerto Rico. A top active player in Cuba's National Series, second and third baseman Gourriel hit .314 last season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2010 file photo, Cuba’s Yulieski Gourriel runs to first base after hitting against Nicaragua during a Baseball World Cup qualifier game in Carolina, Puerto Rico. A top active player in Cuba's National Series, second and third baseman Gourriel hit .314 last season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, Dodgers' Yasiel Puig in a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles. Puig, who defected from Cuba in 2012, helped spark Los Angeles to the NL West title, though there have been questions about his maturity. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, Dodgers' Yasiel Puig in a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles. Puig, who defected from Cuba in 2012, helped spark Los Angeles to the NL West title, though there have been questions about his maturity. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes bats against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Cespedes, who defected from Cuba in 2011, hammered 26 homers and 80 RBIs this season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes bats against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Cespedes, who defected from Cuba in 2011, hammered 26 homers and 80 RBIs this season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes bats against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Cespedes, who defected from Cuba in 2011, hammered 26 homers and 80 RBIs this season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes bats against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Cespedes, who defected from Cuba in 2011, hammered 26 homers and 80 RBIs this season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, in Milwaukee. The fireballer from Holguin, Cuba, who defected in 2009, threw the fastest pitch on record at 105 mph. and saved 38 games for Cincinnati this season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, in Milwaukee. The fireballer from Holguin, Cuba, who defected in 2009, threw the fastest pitch on record at 105 mph. and saved 38 games for Cincinnati this season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, in Milwaukee. The fireballer from Holguin, Cuba, who defected in 2009, threw the fastest pitch on record at 105 mph. and saved 38 games for Cincinnati this season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, in Milwaukee. The fireballer from Holguin, Cuba, who defected in 2009, threw the fastest pitch on record at 105 mph. and saved 38 games for Cincinnati this season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2013 file photo, Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, in Miami. Fernandez, who defected from Cuba in 2008 while still a high school student, posted a 12-6 record at Miami this year with a 2.19 ERA. Fernandez was mentioned in Rookie of the Year discussions. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2013 file photo, Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, in Miami. Fernandez, who defected from Cuba in 2008 while still a high school student, posted a 12-6 record at Miami this year with a 2.19 ERA. Fernandez was mentioned in Rookie of the Year discussions. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, Dodgers' Yasiel Puig in a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles. Puig, who defected from Cuba in 2012, helped spark Los Angeles to the NL West title, though there have been questions about his maturity. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, Dodgers' Yasiel Puig in a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles. Puig, who defected from Cuba in 2012, helped spark Los Angeles to the NL West title, though there have been questions about his maturity. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) Purchase photo reprints »

  • FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2011 file photo, Cuba's designated hitter Frederich Cepeda is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the third inning of their Baseball World Cup second round game against Canada in Panama City. One of the five top active players in Cuba's National Series, Cepeda is a switch-hitting terror who went .357 at the plate last season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2011 file photo, Cuba's designated hitter Frederich Cepeda is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the third inning of their Baseball World Cup second round game against Canada in Panama City. One of the five top active players in Cuba's National Series, Cepeda is a switch-hitting terror who went .357 at the plate last season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File)
  • FILE - In this March 3, 2013 file photo, Cuba's pitcher Ismel Jimenez throws a ball against Brazil during the first inning of their World Baseball Classic first round game in Fukuoka, Japan. Jimenez who is Cuba's reigning strike-out king after fanning 60, didn't lose a game all season, ending with a 9-0 record. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues.  (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
  • FILE - In this March 3, 2013 file photo, Cuba's pitcher Ismel Jimenez throws a ball against Brazil during the first inning of their World Baseball Classic first round game in Fukuoka, Japan. Jimenez who is Cuba's reigning strike-out king after fanning 60, didn't lose a game all season, ending with a 9-0 record. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues.  (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2008 file photo, Cuba's Alfredo Despaigne hits a fourth inning solo home run off the USA's Stephen Strasburg in their semifinal baseball game at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Considered one of the best players playing outside the U.S., Despaigne tops in home runs with 36 on the year, and hit .345. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2008 file photo, Cuba's Alfredo Despaigne hits a fourth inning solo home run off the USA's Stephen Strasburg in their semifinal baseball game at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Considered one of the best players playing outside the U.S., Despaigne tops in home runs with 36 on the year, and hit .345. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
  • FILE - In this July 19, 2013 file photo, Cuba second baseman Jose Miguel Fernandez warms up before the start of an exhibition baseball game against the United States in Papillion, Neb. One of the five top active players in Cuba's National Series, Fernandez led the league in hitting last season with a .393 batting average. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
  • FILE - In this July 19, 2013 file photo, Cuba second baseman Jose Miguel Fernandez warms up before the start of an exhibition baseball game against the United States in Papillion, Neb. One of the five top active players in Cuba's National Series, Fernandez led the league in hitting last season with a .393 batting average. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
  • FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Cuba's right fielder Yasmani Tomas hits a solo shot off Japan's starter Kenji Otonari in the third inning of their World Baseball Classic first round game in Fukuoka, Japan. One of the top five active players in Cuba's National Series, Tomas posted a .345 batting average for his Havana powerhouse club. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
  • FILE - In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Cuba's right fielder Yasmani Tomas hits a solo shot off Japan's starter Kenji Otonari in the third inning of their World Baseball Classic first round game in Fukuoka, Japan. One of the top five active players in Cuba's National Series, Tomas posted a .345 batting average for his Havana powerhouse club. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2010 file photo, Cuba’s Yulieski Gourriel runs to first base after hitting against Nicaragua during a Baseball World Cup qualifier game in Carolina, Puerto Rico. A top active player in Cuba's National Series, second and third baseman Gourriel hit .314 last season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2010 file photo, Cuba’s Yulieski Gourriel runs to first base after hitting against Nicaragua during a Baseball World Cup qualifier game in Carolina, Puerto Rico. A top active player in Cuba's National Series, second and third baseman Gourriel hit .314 last season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, Dodgers' Yasiel Puig in a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles. Puig, who defected from Cuba in 2012, helped spark Los Angeles to the NL West title, though there have been questions about his maturity. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes bats against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Cespedes, who defected from Cuba in 2011, hammered 26 homers and 80 RBIs this season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes bats against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Cespedes, who defected from Cuba in 2011, hammered 26 homers and 80 RBIs this season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, in Milwaukee. The fireballer from Holguin, Cuba, who defected in 2009, threw the fastest pitch on record at 105 mph. and saved 38 games for Cincinnati this season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, in Milwaukee. The fireballer from Holguin, Cuba, who defected in 2009, threw the fastest pitch on record at 105 mph. and saved 38 games for Cincinnati this season. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2013 file photo, Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, in Miami. Fernandez, who defected from Cuba in 2008 while still a high school student, posted a 12-6 record at Miami this year with a 2.19 ERA. Fernandez was mentioned in Rookie of the Year discussions. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
  • FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, Dodgers' Yasiel Puig in a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles. Puig, who defected from Cuba in 2012, helped spark Los Angeles to the NL West title, though there have been questions about his maturity. Cuba on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 announced that athletes from all sports will soon be able to ply their trade in foreign leagues. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

HAVANA (AP) — Baseball is as much a national pastime in Cuba as in the United States, and the source of much-coveted talent. Here’s a look at five who are thriving in Major League Baseball, and five others currently starring in the Caribbean nation’s domestic series.

MLB

e_STnSYasiel Puig, 22, Dodgers. Batting .324 with 19 home runs this year. Helped spark Los Angeles to the NL West title. Defected in 2012. Contract: seven years, $42 million.

e_STnSAroldis Chapman, 25, Reds. Fireballing reliever from Holguin, Cuba, has thrown the fastest pitch on record at 105 mph. Saved 38 games for Cincinnati this season. Defected in 2009. Contract: six years, $30.25 million.

e_STnSYoenis Cespedes, 27, Athletics. Outfielder hammered 26 homers and 80 RBIs this season, and wowed fans with towering drives to the upper deck in winning the 2013 Home Run Derby. Defected in 2011. Contract: four years, $36 million.

e_STnSJose Fernandez, 21, Marlins. Posted a 12-6 record as a starter for Miami this year, with a 2.19 ERA. A popular pick in Rookie of the Year discussions. Defected in 2008 while still in high school. Contract: one year, $490,000.

e_STnSJose Iglesias, 23, Tigers. Havana-born shortstop hitting .310 in Detroit this year, though he’s known more for his smooth fielding. Defected in 2008. Contract: four years, $14.24 million.

Cuban National Series

e_STnSJose Miguel Fernandez, 24, Matanzas. Second baseman led the league in hitting last season with an eye-popping .393 average.

e_STnSFrederich Cepeda, 31, Sancti Spiritus. Outfielder is a switch-hitting terror who went .357 at the plate last season.

e_STnSAlfredo Desapaigne, 24, Granma. Outfielder was tops in home runs with 36 on the year, and hit .345.

e_STnSYasmani Tomas, 22, Industriales. Also posted a .345 batting average as an outfielder for his Havana powerhouse club.

e_STnSIsmel Jimenez, 26, Sancti Spiritus. Starting pitcher who didn’t lose a game all season, ending with a 9-0 record. Cuba’s reigning strike-out king after fanning 60.

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