Rudy Reyes

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Rudith Orlando Reyes Erice (Yuyo)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 172 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Rudy Reyes made his debut in the Cuban Serie Nacional in 1997-1998 for the Industriales. He had played for Cuba in the 1996 World Junior Championship, when they won Gold. He hit .242/.283/.338 in 2000-2001 for the Metropolitanos. In 2001-2002, Rudy batted .278/.330/.400 and went only 8-for-19 in steal attempts. During the 2002-2003 season, the Havana native hit .312/.358/.448 while moving from the Metropolitans to the Industriales. He batted .417 to lead the 2003 Super Liga. In 2003-2004, the infielder posted a batting line of .254/.302/.326 in an off-year. He bounced back to hit .295/.347/.389 in 2004-2005.

Reyes made his debut for the senior Cuban national team in the 2005 Baseball World Cup, batting .316/.325/.368 with 8 runs in 11 games; he fielded perfectly as Cuba's second baseman as they won the Gold Medal. In 2005-2006, the Industriales infielder hit .308/.362/.401 and stole 20 bases in 27 tries. Reyes was a defensive sub in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, going 0 for 1 in 4 games while backing up Alexei Ramirez at second base. In the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games, Reyes went 0 for 1 as a backup infielder. During the 2006 COPABE Olympic qualifiers, he went 3 for 8 with a double, homer and 4 runs for Cuba to help them earn a spot in the 2008 Olympics. He was 2 for 3 with 3 runs in the 2006 Intercontinental Cup, backing up Eduardo Paret at shortstop and Yulieski Gourriel at second base.

In the 2006-2007 Serie Nacional, Rudy batted .301/.367/.424 for the Industriales. He hit .357/.375/.571 in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, in which Cuba won Silver; he was forced into more frequent action at second base due to injuries to Héctor Olivera Jr., including one in the Gold Medal game. Reyes batted .290/.370/.391 in the 2007-2008 season. He was on Cuba's provisional roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic but did not make the final cut.

Reyes hit .318/.367/.489 in 2008-2009 and tied for 5th in the Serie Nacional with 26 doubles. He batted .304/.360/.451 in 2009-2010. He was then a postseason star, hitting a grand slam off Ismel Jimenez of Sancti Spíritus, the regular season champions, the big hit in round one of the postseason as the Industriales pulled off an upset. He then had a couple homers in the finals off Villa Clara, the second-place regular season team, including one in game 7 (one of 3 Reyes hits that day) as the Industriales pulled off an upset title.

Rudy was only 2 for 22 with four walks and three runs in the 2010 Haarlem Baseball Week, fielding .917 with more errors (3) than hits. He tied for third in the event in errors, one behind Po-Ting Hsiao and Taed Moses. He was with Cuba in the 2010 Intercontinental Cup and got into two games, backing up Yorbis Borroto at short. He was 2 for 3 with two runs in a 20-0 rout of Hong Kong and 2 for 2 with a double, walk, run and RBI in a 5-3 win over Italy. His double off Tiago Da Silva started Cuba's comeback from a 3-0 deficit, scoring Yulexis La Rosa in the 5th with the first Cuban run.

The veteran hit .295/.368/.461 for the Industriales in 2010-2011. In the 2011 Baseball World Cup, he was 3 for 12 with two doubles, a run and a RBI, fielding .900, as a backup to Michel Enríquez at 3B and Erisbel Arruebarruena at SS. In the Gold Medal Game, he pinch-hit for Arruebarruena in the 8th with a 2-1 deficit. He doubled off Rob Cordemans for just Cuba's second hit of the day, but was stranded as Alexei Bell and Frederich Cepeda flew out. Cuba lost by that 2-1 margin. In the 2011 Pan American Games, he started at third for Cuba and put on a show, hitting .445/.474/.667 with 6 RBI in five games, though he fielded only .867. He was 3-for-4 with a homer in a 12-10 loss to Team USA and was 3 for 4 as well in the Bronze Medal Game win over host Mexico. He tied Arrabarruena for second on the team in average (behind José Dariel Abreu) and was 3rd in RBI, trailing Abreu and Alfredo Despaigne.

Yuyo hit .353/.439/.505 and fielded .938 in 2011-2012, playing SS and 3B. He was 4th in the league in average (after Abreu, Danel Castro and Yordanis Samón) but third in errors (23, behind Pavel Quesada and Lázaro Hernández). He again struggled at the Haarlem Baseball Week, going 1 for 14 with a HBP and an error in the 2012 Haarlem Baseball Week. He batted .290/.357/.394 in 2012-2013, his 21 doubles tying Dayán García and Alexander Malleta for 9th. His batting line read .282/.366/.429 in 2013-2014.

In 2014-2015, Reyes hit .331/.416/.464, missing the top 10 in average by .005. He did even better in the 2015 Pan American Games than he had done in the 2011 Games, hitting .533/.600/.567 with 8 runs and 5 RBI in 8 games, fielding .955 at third. He led the event in average (.055 over Pedro Feliz) and tied Tyson Gillies for 3rd in runs (behind Dickie Joe Thon and Jeffrey Dominguez). Cuba again won a Bronze. In the 2015 Premier 12, he was 1 for 10 and fielded .950 at 2B, losing his starting role to Lourdes Gourriel Jr. as the tourney progressed

His father Pedro Orlando Reyes was a world boxing champion in 1986.