Yadil Mujica

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Yadil Orestes Mujica Díaz

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 168 lb.
  • Born ~1985

Yadil Mujica was emerging as one of the top young infielders in Cuba before defecting.

Mujica debuted as a teenager with Matanzas in 2003-2004, hitting .217/.299/.237 while playing almost every game. In part-time action in 2004-2005, he batted .306/.363/.333. He hit .302/.362/.392 in 2005-2006. In 2006-2007, his batting line read .300/.344/.350.

Mujica made major strides in 2007-2008; after 4 home runs in his first four seasons, he went deep 9 times. He hit .358/.418/.514 with 60 runs in 83 games. He did not finish among the league's top 10 in any category but was close in a few. He made the league All-Star team at shortstop ahead of national team mainstay Eduardo Paret.

Mujica was on Cuba's preliminary roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic but did not make the final cut. In 2008-2009, he batted .358/.432/.440 and tied for 4th in the league with 22 errors. He defected following that season.