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Rey Isaac Vaillant
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 181 lb.
Rey Isaac was a productive outfielder in Cuba who won an Olympic Gold Medal.
Isaac's big year was in 1994-1995 when he had a 37-game hitting streak, breaking the Cuban record held by Lazaro Vargas. He then led the 1995 Selective Series with a .424 batting average. That earned him his debut on the Cuban national team. At age 22, he hit .448/.515/.793 as Cuba's starting right fielder in the 1995 Intercontinental Cup with 8 RBI and a team-high 10 runs in 9 games. He made the All-Tournament Outfield alongside Yasuyuki Saigo and Jose Estrada. Cuba won the Gold Medal.
Isaac was 9 for 14 with a double and a homer in the 1996 Olympics, splitting right field with the equally impressive Ermidelio Urrutia to give Cuba their most productive position in the Summer Games that year. He did not play in the Gold Medal game, which Cuba won.
In the 1997 World Port Tournament, Isaac was 10 for 21 with a walk, 3 doubles, a homer and 9 RBI in six games.
In the 1997 Intercontinental Cup, Isaac was 1 for 2 with a walk and a run, backing up Estrada in center and Luis Ulacia in right field. Cuba lost the Gold Medal game to Japan, the first tournament they failed to win in 15 years. It was Isaac's last time with the national team in a major event despite his relative youth. He had gone an amazing 23 for 45 in major international tourneys, hitting .511.
Isaac never led the Cuban leagues in any major category after 1995. He did lead with 10 sacrifice flies in 2003-2004, the only time he led in a minor department. He was 0 for 1 in the 2004 Haarlem Baseball Week. Overall, he hit .316/~.393/.442 in 16 seasons for Santiago de Cuba.