Cuban baseball player Misael Siverio defects to United States

 

jebro@elnuevoherald.com

After only being in the United States for a few hours, Cuban baseball player Misael Siverio, 24, did not waste any time leaving the National Team, deciding to defect.

The Cuban team is in Iowa playing some exhibition games against U.S. colleges starting Thursday. The lefty with the help of some friends left the hotel where the team was staying Tuesday around 10 p.m.

"It is not easy leaving behind what is yours, but after a giving it a lot of thought I made this decision for my future and for my family," Silverio said. "My dream, of course, is to make the Major Leagues, and starting today I will start doing what I need to do to accomplish that."

This season, in the Cuban league, the lefty had a 1.90 ERA and batters were hitting .245 off of him.

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