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LIDOM: Blue Jays Prospect Yosver Zulueta Will Play For Leones del Escogido This Winter

 Matt Tallarini  |    Oct 10th, 2023 7:40pm EDT

Yosver Zulueta of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at T-Mobile Park on July 08, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Right-handed pitcher Yosver Zulueta, a top prospect according to MLBpipeleline.com in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, will play for the Leones del Escogido in the the 2023-24 Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana regular season, reporter Francys Romero of Beisbolfr.com stated on Sunday. 

https://twitter.com/francysromeroFR/status/1711036000292491345

Zulueta, 25, was born in Remedios, Cuba, and spent this past season with Triple-A Buffalo, posting a 4.08 ERA with a 4-4 record, starting seven games and making 45 appearances, throwing 64 innings and allowing 53 hits, 29 earned runs, one home run, 45 walks and striking out 73 batters with a 1.531 WHIP. 

In 2022, Zulueta spent his second professional season at four different levels: Low-A Dunedin, High-A Vancouver, Double-A New Hampshire, and Triple-A Buffalo. Zulueta went 2-5 with a 3.72 ERA, appearing in 21 games with 12 starts, throwing 55.2 innings and allowing 40 hits, 23 earned runs, two home runs, 32 walks, and 84 strikeouts with a 1.293 WHIP. 

During the 2021 season, Zulueta returned from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in 2019, and he missed 2020 when the COVID-19 Pandemic cancelled the minor league season. Zulueta only started in one game with Low-A Dunedin before the organization placed him on the 7-day injured list on May 6, 2021 which resulted in him being out for the rest of his first professional season. 

Zulueta signed with the Blue Jays on June 11, 2019 after he fled Cuba for Haiti after the 2018-19 Serie Nacional winter league season. He was assigned to the Dominican Summer League complex on the same day. 

Zulueta played three seasons in Serie Nacional with Naranjas de Villa Clara and Alazanes de Granma from 2016-19. In three seasons in Serie Nacional, Zulueta went 10-11 with a 3.14 ERA, starting in 25 games and making 41 appearances, throwing 152 innings while allowing 120 hits, 53 earned runs, seven home runs, 106 walks, and 139 strikeouts with a 1.487 WHIP. 

The 2023-24 LIDOM regular season will start on October 19, with three games slated for opening day. The Santo Domingo series between the Leones del Escogido and the Tigres del Licey will be at Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal at 7:15 p.m. EDT. The Gigantes del Cibao will travel to Santiago to play the Aguilas Cibaenas at 7:30 p.m. EDT at Estadio Cibao. The Toros del Este will play the Estrellas Orientales a 7:30 p.m. EDT at Estadio Tetelo Vargas.

All LIDOM regular season games will be streamed on MLB.tv until the final out of the best-of-seven championship series in January, shortly before the 2024 Caribbean Series in Miami at loanDepot Park from February 1-9.

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Matt Tallarini
Matthew (Matt) Tallarini is the Founder and Chief Correspondent for the World Baseball Network. Matt played semi-professional baseball with the Pelham Mets in Pelham, New York for four years, including the 2018 Semi Pro World Series. During the pandemic, Matt began engaging with international baseball, as a way to keep connected to the sport. Matt created the World Baseball Network and its signature website, WorldBaseball.com as a way to promote and inform similar likeminded fans about the players, teams and leagues innovating the sport of baseball and feeding into Major League Baseball (MLB). As a result of Matt’s efforts, World Baseball Network is now the benchmark standard for international baseball coverage, including MLB, MiLB, NCAA, Korea, Japan, Caribbean, Baseball United, WBC, WBSC and more. In a short time, Matt has interviewed a who’s who of global baseball legends and coaches. These include: Former Yankee closer Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera; Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman; former Yankee Luis Sojo veteran of four Yankee World series teams; Mickey Callaway former MLB manager; Paul Mainieri LSU National Championship coach; Eric Holtz manager Team Israel of the 2020 Olympics; Ian Kinsler former MLB player and now Israel national team player; Harold Ramirez of the Tampa Bay Rays formerly with the Indians and Cubs; Joey Meneses of the Washington Nationals; and Mike Cameron current USA Baseball advisor former-MLB outfielder. Matt Tallarini is 2015 graduate of Mitchell College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a 2022 graduate of Iona University with a Masters in Finance. Since its inception, Matt has been the Chief Correspondent for World Baseball Network. Matt has interviewed and interacted with many international players and coaches including former Yankee closer Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman, former Yankee Luis Sojo veteran of four Yankee World series teams, Mickey Callaway former MLB manager, Paul Mainieri LSU National Championship coach, Eric Holtz manager Team Israel of the 2020 Olympics, Ian Kinsler former MLB player and now Israel national team player, Harold Ramirez of the Tampa Bay Rays formerly with the Indians and Cubs, Joey Meneses of the Washington Nationals, Mike Cameron current USA Baseball advisor former-MLB outfielder. Matthew is 2015 graduate of Mitchell College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a 2022 graduate of Iona University with a Masters in Finance.