The Bay Stars held a press conference for Yulieski Gourriel at a hotel in Yokohama on Monday.
I am grateful to the Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars. I am very happy about being here right now. The new rules in Cuba allowed me to come and I am honored to be here as a player from Cuba.
Based on past games, I know the level of Japanese baseball is very high. I want to do what I can to help the team. It'll be great if we can make the Climax Series.
- The press conference started at 1:00pm in Yokohama. After it was over, he headed to Seibu Dome for Ichi-gun practices at 4:00pm. He was originally scheduled to take the train to the stadium, but arrangements were made for him to take a taxi because there were concerns about fatigue. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/2/2014
- Gourriel is slated to play in two Ni-gun games on Tuesday and Wednesday before he makes his Ichi-gun debut on Friday. Source: Daily Sports 6/2/2014
- Gourriel swung the bat forty-one times during batting practice and hit ten over the fence. He also took grounders at third and second. He will most likely make his Ichi-gun debut at third batting third. Source: Tokyo Sports 6/2/2014
- Gourriel will most likely get the start at third during Inter-league games at home (with designated hitter rule). On the road, he will probably get the start at second. Current second baseman Takehiro Ishikawa could join Sho Aranami, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Tatsuhiko Kinjo, Hitoshi Tamura, and Tatsuya Shimozono as candidates in left and center. Source: Sponichi 6/2/2014