Lourdes Gourriel- Dunedin Blue Jays
The Cuban prospect Lourdes Gourriel came with a ton of hype after signing an international free agent 7 year/$22 million dollar contract with the Blue Jays this past offseason. Gourriel has not disappointed due to his performance but rather Gourriel has not been able to remain healthy.
The 23-year old suffered a hamstring injury as well as a jammed thumb during spring training exhibition contests that limited his availability during Grapefruit League action. The prospect began the season on the disabled only to return and reaggravate the injury in his first contest. In his 2 at-bats before the injury, he did double going 1 for 2 with Dunedin.
Gourriel had the ability to move through the system quickly and potentially even see time with the big club if he is able to remain on the field and produce consistently. The 23-year-old already has 304 games in the Cuban National Series and was ranked as the 73rd best prospect by Baseball America before even playing a game on North American soil.
Even though he is not disappointing on the performance side of the field, his injury woes are surely disappointing for everyone involved. Let’s hope Gourriel can return to health and prove why he was worth the money the Blue Jays invested in him.