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Rudith Reyes Erice
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 172 lb.
Rudy Reyes made his debut in the Cuban Serie Nacional in 1997-1998 for the Industriales. He had played for Cuba in the 1996 World Junior Championship, when they won Gold. He hit .242/.283/.338 in 2000-2001 for the Metropolitanos. In 2001-2002, Rudy batted .278/.330/.400 and went only 8-for-19 in steal attempts. During the 2002-2003 season, the Havana native hit .312/.358/.448 while moving from the Metropolitans to the Industriales. He batted .417 to lead the 2003 Super Liga. In 2003-2004, the infielder posted a batting line of .254/.302/.326 in an off-year. He bounced back to hit .295/.347/.389 in 2004-2005.
Reyes made his debut for the senior Cuban national team in the 2005 Baseball World Cup, batting .316/.325/.368 with 8 runs in 11 games; he fielded perfectly as Cuba's second baseman as they won the Gold Medal. In 2005-2006, the Industriales infielder hit .308/.362/.401 and stole 20 bases in 27 tries. Reyes was a defensive sub in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, going 0 for 1 in 4 games while backing up Alexei Ramirez at second base. In the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games, Reyes went 0 for 1 as a backup infielder. During the 2006 COPABE Olympic qualifiers, he went 3 for 8 with a double, homer and 4 runs for Cuba to help them earn a spot in the 2008 Olympics. He was 2 for 3 with 3 runs in the 2006 Intercontinental Cup, backing up Eduardo Paret at shortstop and Yulieski Gourriel at second base.
In the 2006-2007 Serie Nacional, Rudy batted .301/.367/.424 for the Industriales. He hit .357/.375/.571 in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, in which Cuba won Silver; he was forced into more frequent action at second base due to injuries to Héctor Olivera Jr., including one in the Gold Medal game. Reyes batted .290/.370/.391 in the 2007-2008 season. He was on Cuba's provisional roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic but did not make the final cut.
Reyes hit .318/.367/.489 in 2008-2009 and tied for 5th in the Serie Nacional with 26 doubles.