I was over at John Sickel's minorleagueball.com and there is a diary posted with an article that claims Cuba's stud second baseman from the World Baseball Classic has defected!
The kid is 21 years old. His WBC line was .273/.342/.515 in just 33 ABs.
Here is the link to the thread:
Here is the link to the article cited in the thread:
Discuss this potentially BIG NEWS! This guy would be an exciting player to watch!
Here is a link to a BA article about Gourriel from the WBC:
Also, Will Carrol talks about him a little bit here:
He quotes a scout as saying "He's the biggest Cuban ever." Which is pretty high praise, considering that Cuban Tony Perez is in the Hall of Fame.
UPDATE: False alarm. Cancel your Gourriel Mets jerseys. The rumor was not true.