Erisbel Arruebarrena

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Arruebarrena and the second or maternal family name is Escalante.
Erisbel Arruebarrena

Arruebarrena with the Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers
Born: (1990-03-25) March 25, 1990
Cienfuegos, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 23, 2014, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average .195
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 4

Bárbaro Erisbel Arruebarrena Escalante (/ˈɛərɪzbɛl ˈʌrbɑːrnə/; born March 25, 1990) is a Cuban professional baseball shortstop in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Arruebarrena played for Cienfuegos in the Cuban National Series from 2008 through 2012, and played for the Cuban national baseball team in international competition, before defecting from Cuba in 2013 to pursue a Major League Baseball career. He played in MLB with the Dodgers in 2014.

Professional baseball career

Cuban career

Arruebarrena played for the Cienfuegos team in the Cuban National Series from 2008-2012 and was a member of the Cuban national baseball team in the 2011 Pan American Games,[1] 2012 Haarlem Baseball Week, the 2013 World Baseball Classic, and the 2013 World Port Tournament.[2]

In September 2013, Arruebarrena tried to defect from Cuba, and was barred from participating in the 53rd Cuban National Series as a result.[3][4] In November, he successfully defected from Cuba, established residency in Haiti and began working out in the Dominican Republic for Major League scouts.[5]

Los Angeles Dodgers

Arruebarrena batting in 2014

On February 12, 2014, it was reported that Arruebarrena had reached a preliminary agreement on a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.[6] On February 22, 2014, the Dodgers announced that they had signed him to a 5-year contract worth a reported $25 million, with a $7.5 million signing bonus.[7][8][9] He was assigned to the AA Chattanooga Lookouts to start his career and was called up to the Dodgers on May 21, 2014.[10] He made his MLB debut as the starting shortstop for the Dodgers on May 23, 2014.[11] He struck out three times in that game.[12] He recorded his first hit the next day, on a single to center field off of David Buchanan of the Philadelphia Phillies.[13]

On July 26, 2014, Arruebarrena started a massive brawl between the Albuquerque Isotopes and Reno Aces in an AAA game. The day before, he had spent a long time circling the bases after hitting a 3-run homer, and at his first at-bat, he was nearly hit by a pitch. After he struck out, the opposing catcher "brushed him" as he threw to third base, Arruebarrena "shoved" the catcher, and both benches cleared.[14] He was optioned to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes the next day.[15] He played in 68 games in the minors in 2014 between three different levels and hit .259. In 22 games with the Dodgers, he was primarily used as a defensive replacement but also had eight hits in 41 at-bats, for a .195 average.

Arruebarrena was designated for assignment on December 31, 2014.[16] He cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to the Dodgers new AAA team, the Oklahoma City Dodgers. He was also invited to attend major league spring training as a non-roster player.[17]

Arruebarrena was not assigned to any minor league teams and began 2015 in extended spring training in Arizona. On May 21, 2015, he was suspended indefinitely by the team, without pay, for disciplinary reasons.[18] After he appealed to the commissioner's office, the suspension was reduced to 30 days.[19] He spent the entire season in the minor leagues, first with three games for the Arizona League Dodgers, then 12 for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes before spending 38 games with the Tulsa Drillers. Overall he hit .299 in 53 games with 3 homers and 15 RBI.[20]

Arruebarrena returned to Tulsa to start the 2016 season.[21] In 17 games, he hit only .182. On May 4, 2016, the Dodgers announced that he would be suspended for the rest of the season for "repeated failure to comply with the terms of his contract."[22]

See also


  1. "US beats 10-time defending champ Cuba at Pan Ams". October 24, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  2. Badler, Ben (November 19, 2013). "Defensive Wizard Erisbel Arruebarruena Leaves Cuba". Baseball America. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  3. (October 23, 2013). "Arruebarruena fuera de la Serie Nacional" (in Spanish). Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  4. Romero, Adrian (October 23, 2013). "Cuba's Top Shortstop Booted from Team". Havana Times. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  5. "Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena defects to sign with MLB team | HardballTalk". Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  6. Gurnick, Ken (February 12, 2014). "Dodgers reach preliminary deal with Cuban shortstop". Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  7. Snyder, Matt (February 22, 2014). "Dodgers agree to sign Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena". CBS Sports. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  8. Townsend, Mark (February 22, 2014). "Dodgers reach five-year, $25 million agreement with Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  9. Saxon, Mark (February 22, 2014). "Dodgers sign Erisbel Arruebarrena". Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  10. Gurnick, Ken (May 21, 2014). "Dodgers place Uribe on DL, promote Arruebarrena". Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  11. Stephen, Eric (May 23, 2014). "Erisbel Arruebarrena makes first MLB start in opener against Phillies".
  12. "May 23, 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies play by play and box score". Baseball Reference.
  13. "May 24, 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies play by play and box score". Baseball Reference.
  14. Newell, Sean (July 27, 2014). "Dodgers And Diamondbacks AAA Teams In Sprawling, Benches-Clearing Brawl". Deadspin. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  15. Hoornstra, JP (July 27, 2014). "Erisbel Arruebarrena sent to Single-A following Triple-A brawl". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  16. Weisman, Jon (December 31, 2014). "Dodgers officially sign Brett Anderson, designate Erisbel Arruebarrena for assignment". Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  17. Stephen, Eric (January 9, 2015). "Erisbel Arruebarrena sent outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City". Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  18. Plunkett, Bill (May 21, 2015). "Dodgers place infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena on suspended list". Orange County Register. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  19. Calcaterra, Craig (June 19, 2015). "Dodgers year-long suspension of Erisbel Arruebarrena reduced to 30 days". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  20. "Erisbel Arruebarrena Register Statistics & History". Baseball Reference.
  21. Lewis, Barry (April 4, 2016). "Drillers' roster set for season opener". Tulsa World. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  22. Padilla, Doug (May 5, 2015). "Dodgers suspend SS Erisbel Arruebarrena for remainder of season". Retrieved May 5, 2016.

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