By Jerry Diaz/ @Jerryto94
César Prieto is one of the great talents of recent years coming out of the Cuban National Series. The Cienfuegos was champion in the 2019-2020 season with the Matanzas Crocodiles and before that he played the Final in 2018-2019 with the Villa Clara Leopards led by Eduardo Paret.
Prieto escaped from the Cuban delegation during the Americas Qualifiers on May 26, 2021. Just before arriving at the hotel, upon getting off the team bus, the Cuban player walked towards a waiting car and did not participate in the tournament. .
ULTIMO MOMENTO: César Prieto aparentemente desapareció una vez que el Equipo #Cuba llegó al aeropuerto de los Estados Unidos, según nuestras fuentes se montó en un auto y se fue.@SwingCompletoBB se dará a la tarea de darle seguimiento a esta noticia pic.twitter.com/YcEI4Orifc— Daniel de Malas (@daniel_malas) May 26, 2021
A few days ago it became known that César would sign with the Baltimore Orioles in this period of international signings. Finally, the bonus received by the player amounted to 650 thousand dollars.
Thus, Cesar Prieto joins Yorkislandy Álvarez, Yusniel Díaz, Michael Mantecón, Kevin Infante and Cionel Pérez as Cubans in the Orioles organization.
The 22-year-old infielder won the Rookie of the Year Award in the Cuban National Series in the 2018-2019 campaign, in which he set the record for most hits for rookies with 134. In his last season on the island, he set a record for the most consecutive games dispatching undisputed with 45.