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Yasmani Tomás Bacallao
also listed as Yasmany
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 255 lb.
 Biographical Information
Yasmani Tomás has been an outfielder in the Cuban Serie Nacional.
Tomás hit .297 for the Industriales in 2008-2009 and was 5 for 26 with a triple and a homer in 2009-2010. After not playing for a year, he hit .301/.333/.580 with 16 homers in 69 games in 2011-2012 to establish himself as a power threat at DH. He played for Cuba in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Tomás defected from Cuba in June of 2014 and established residence in Haiti. On September 11 was unblocked by the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, allowing him to petition Major League Baseball to have him declared a free agent and sign with a major league team. In the meantime, he held workouts for interested scouts in the Dominican Republic. After a bidding war involving a number of major league teams, he signed a six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on November 26th for $68.5 million. There was speculation that he would go straight to the major leagues, as fellow Cuban stars Jose Abreu and Yoenis Cespedes had done, but the Diamondbacks decided to send him to the AAA Reno Aces begin the 2015 season. he had been given a chance to win the team's starting third base job in spring training, but had been outplayed by rookie Jake Lamb. His stay in AAA did not last long, though, as after only a handful of games for the Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks called him up on April 15th as they felt they needed an extra player on their bench for the time being, sending down pitcher A.J. Schugel to make room. The plan was only to keep him around for a short time, before he could head back to play regularly in AAA. He made his major league debut that same day, grounding out as a pinch-hitter against Brandon Morrow of the San Diego Padres. He hit his first career homer on May 16th, a solo homer off Ken Giles of the Philadelphia Phillies in a 7-5 loss. He played 118 games as a rookie, hitting .273 with 9 homers and 48 RBIs. However, his batting eye left a lot to be desired, as he struck out 110 times while drawing only 17 walks. As a result his OPS+ was only 88. He played mainly right field and third base, but also started games at three other positions.
He made the Diamondbacks' opening day roster in 2016, being entrenched as the team's regular left fielder after some off-seasons deals had opened a full-time spot for him. On April 17th, he had the first two-homer game of his career, with both long balls coming off Robbie Erlin of the San Diego Padres in a 7-3 win.
 Further Reading
- Jorge L. Ortiz: "Yasmany Tomas has arrived, but will he thrive?", USA Today Sports, April 16, 2015. 
- Jesse Sanchez: "Cuba's next big thing ready to impress scouts: Tomas, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound outfielder, will work out Sunday in the Dominican Republic", mlb.com, September 18, 2014