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Alexander Mayeta Kerr (listed as Malleta in some Cuban sources)
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 207 lb.
Alexander Mayeta is a first baseman for the Cuban national team.
A late bloomer, Alex emerged as a star in the 2004-2005 Serie Nacional, hitting .330 with 14 homers and winning MVP honors despite not leading the league in anything. He debuted with the national team in 2006, playing in the COPABE Olympic qualifiers. He hit .333/.436/.727 with 4 homers, 9 runs and 13 RBI in 9 games. He led the competition in RBI, one ahead of more famed teammate Yulieski Gourriel. He also tied Gourriel, Mark Reynolds and four others for the home run lead. He helped Cuba lock up a spot in the 2008 Olympics with his performance.
During the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games, Mayeta led all players with 11 RBI. He hit .483/.452/.759 to lead Cuba to Gold.
In the 2006 Intercontinental Cup, the 29-year-old kept it up, hitting .487/.488/.590 with 7 runs and 7 RBI in nine games. He led in hits (19, two ahead of Yung-Chi Chen) and was second to Ben Risinger in average as Cuba won Gold. Sharnol Adriana was honored as the best first baseman ahead of Mayeta.
In the 2007 Pan American Games, Mayeta had two of Cuba's 3 RBI in their Gold Medal game win over Team USA after previously homering twice against Mexico, the Bronze Medal co-winner. He hit .278/.381/.667 in the event, leading in home runs (2) and placing second in RBI (6, two behind Pedro Alvarez). In the 2007 Baseball World Cup, Alex batted .295/.311/.364 as Cuba failed to win Gold for the first time in decades; they got Silver instead.
Through 2006-2007, Mayeta had hit .299/~.398/.490 in 10 seasons in the Cuban leagues. He has played primarily for the Industriales.
Mayeta batted .365/.477/.643 in the 2007-2008 season with 17 homers in 249 AB. He was 6th in the loop in average and slugging and just missed the top 10 in circuit clouts. In the 2008 Olympics, Alexander hit .167/.231/.333 and was replaced at first by Héctor Olivera Jr. as the Games went on. His 2-run homer off of Jonathan Lockwood helped Cuba beat Canada 7-6 and was his highlight of the Games.
Mayeta split first base duties in the 2009 World Baseball Classic with Leslie Anderson and Joan Carlos Pedroso; he was ineffective, going 1 for 9 with a walk and a run. His only hit came against Cuba's weakest opponent, South Africa; the pitcher was Barry Armitage.
Mayeta slumped to .286/.433/.493 in 2008-2009 and did not place among the top 10 in any key offensive department.