|Batting average .195|
Role Baseball player
Date joined February 22, 2014
Name Erisbel Arruebarrena
Salary 3 million USD (2014)
|Runs batted in 4|
Weight 90 kg
Home runs 0
Height 1.83 m
|Similar People Alex Guerrero, Hector Olivera, Jose Abreu, Odrisamer Despaigne, Miguel Rojas|
Dodgers prospect erisbel arruebarrena
Bárbaro Erisbel Arruebarrena Escalante (; 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.
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, 2012 Haarlem Baseball Week, the 2013 World Baseball Classic, and the 2013 World Port Tournament.
In September 2013, Arruebarrena tried to defect from Cuba, and was barred from participating in the 53rd Cuban National Series as a result. In November, he successfully defected from Cuba, established residency in Haiti and began working out in the Dominican Republic for Major League scouts.
Los Angeles Dodgers
On February 12, 2014, it was reported that Arruebarrena had reached a preliminary agreement on a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. 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. He was assigned to the AA Chattanooga Lookouts to start his career and was called up to the Dodgers on May 21, 2014. He made his MLB debut as the starting shortstop for the Dodgers on May 23, 2014. He struck out three times in that game. He recorded his first hit the next day, on a single to center field off of David Buchanan of the Philadelphia Phillies.
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. He was optioned to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes the next day. 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. 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.
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. After he appealed to the commissioner's office, the suspension was reduced to 30 days. 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.
Arruebarrena returned to Tulsa to start the 2016 season. 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." In the 2017 season, he was not assigned to any minor league rosters until late in the year, and only appeared in eight games for the Arizona League Dodgers, where he hit .519 (14 hits in 27 at-bats).