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Erisbel Arruebarruena Escalante
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 198 lb.
 Biographical Information
Erisbel Arruebarruena has one of the longest surnames in Cuban baseball history at 13 letters. He debuted in 2007-2008, going 21 for 100 for Cienfuegos. In 2008-2009, he hit .242/.287/.309 and stole 8 bases in 12 tries but led the Serie Nacional with 82 strikeouts. As Cienfuegos's regular shortstop, the 18-year-old fielded .969 and had 344 assists, third in Cuba.
In 2009-2010, he improved his fielding percentage to .977 and hit .257/.309/.395, showing some improvement at the plate as well. He had his best season in 2011-2012, when he hit .320 with an OPS of .887. On the fielding side of the ledger, he is known to have great range but Cuban baseball expert Peter Bjarkman stated: "He tries to make too many impossible plays and is dubbed Errorbarruena in Cuba as a result."
Arruebarruena was the starting shortstop for the Cuban national team at the 2013 World Baseball Classic, where he batted .375 in 6 games. In the fall of 2013, he defected and established residency in Haiti, then began working out in the Dominican Republic, after having petitioned Major League Baseball to be declared an international free agent. On February 12, 2014, it was announced that he had signed a preliminary contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, although details were awaiting a physical exam and outstanding legal and immigration issues. His was the third prominent signing of a Cuban player by the Dodgers in a short span, following those of Yasiel Puig and Alex Guerrero. The signing was confirmed on February 22nd, the contract being worth $25 million over five years.