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September 3, 2014

Notes from the Field

Two Cubans Walk Onto A Field...

by Jeff Moore


There are innumerable adjustments players must make when defecting from Cuba in search of their major-league dream, but on Friday morning, on the back fields in the shadows of Roger Dean Stadium in south Florida, the weather was not one of them. The balmy heat and stifling humidity couldn’t have been much different from what Jozzen Cuesta and Misael Siverio were used to back in their native Cuba. The setting, however, was different, with more than 20 scouts in attendance who were eager to see the newest free agent talent but, after two hours, slightly disappointed by the pedestrian performances they saw.

Having each established citizenship in Mexico and residence in nearby Deerfield Beach, Cuesta and Siverio—both 25-year-old Cuban veterans—prepared for a workout that would dictate the next phase of their lives, as rookies in the American version of the game they know so well.

First up was Cuesta, a hulking behemoth who looks built to play first base in every sense, good and bad. Only 6-foot-2 (the only being by professional athlete standards) and listed at 220 lbs., Cuesta is chiseled and in prime physical condition. He struck an imposing presence on the field, clearly the one everyone was there to see. Even among others in their athletic primes, Cuesta stood out.

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