Robelquis Videaux

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Robelquis Videaux Martínez also listed as Roberquis or Roberqui

  • Bats Left, Throws Left

Robelquis Videaux (pronounced Vee-due) won a Cuban batting title and played for the Cuban national team.

Videaux hit .393 for Guantánamo to lead the 1997-1998 Serie Nacional to make the national team for the first time. He hit .444/.444/1.056 in the 1998 Haarlem Baseball Week with three homers in six games. He beat out Orestes Kindelan for the event's slugging lead, tied Johnny Balentina for 8th in average, was 3rd with 19 total bases and tied for second in home runs as Cuba took the title.

In the 1998 Central American and Caribbean Games, Robelquis went 12 for 25 to help Cuba win a Gold Medal. He was one hit behind leader Jose Solis. He batted .462/.500/.786 in the 1998 Baseball World Cup with 9 RBI and a whopping 20 runs in 10 games; he also had two assists in right field without making an error. He tied Jenrry Roa and Edgard Lopez for the most hits (19) in the Cup. He just missed the top 5 in average. He had six more runs than any other player in the tournament and outscored both the Russian national team and South African national team single-handedly. Hitting second in the Gold Medal game, he was 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts but had one assist from right in Cuba's 7-1 win over Taiwan. He made the All-Star outfield alongside Chin-Yuan Chen and Oscar Machado.

Videaux played in the 1999 Baltimore Orioles Cuban National Team Exhibition Series. He was 0 for 11 in the 1999 Pan American Games, though Cuba still won a Gold. In the 1999 Intercontinental Cup, he hit .316/.480/.579 to lead Cuba in OPS; he shared left field with Michel Perdomo and right with Isaac Martinez. He failed to make the All-Tournament team as Yobal Dueñas, Yuan-Chia Chen and Claudio Liverziani were picked as the outfielders. In the Gold Medal game, he hit 8th and went 1 for 4 in an upset loss to Australia. He failed to make Cuba's team for the 2000 Olympics.

Robelquis hit 23 home runs in 2000-2001 to tie Óscar Macías for the Serie Nacional lead. Back with the national team for the 2002 Intercontinental Cup, he was 1 for 7 with two walks as a defensive sub for Amaury Martí in right field. He sat out the Gold Medal game, which Cuba won.

Videaux remained with Cuba for the 2003 Olympic Qualifiers (helping them win a spot in the 2004 Olympics), 2003 Pan American Games (in which he did not get an at-bat while Cuba won Gold) and the 2003 Baseball World Cup. In the last of those events, he went just 1 for 16 with a homer as a backup to Carlos Tabares in center and Osmani Urrutia in right. He never made the national team again. In the Gold Medal game, he played the final inning in right, replacing Urrutia as Cuba beat South Korea 4-2 to take the title.

Through 2004, Robelquis had batted .317/.444/.502 in 12 seasons in Cuba.

Videaux hit .288/.416/.429 in 2007-2008, his final season in Cuba.