The Mariners announced via their blog that they have signed Cuban left-hander Misael Siverio to a minor league contract. The organization said Siverio would not get an invite to Major League spring training, but he is going to participate in the minor league mini-camp in early February.
Siviero, 25, defected from Cuba in July of 2013. His manager of that Cuban national team didn’t have many nice things to say about him. But that isn’t surprising considering the situation at that time.
He played for Aguilas de Mexicali in the Mexican Pacific League last winter, going 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in six starts. He struck out 36 batters in 29 1/3 innings pitched.
“This is a proud moment for me, to be able to join the Seattle Mariners who have several Cubans in the organization that are my compatriots,” Siverio said in a statement. “I feel very happy because of the way that I have been treated here in Seattle and now the only thing left to do is to do my part, work hard and reach the Major Leagues.”
Prior to defecting, Siverio played six seasons for Villa Clara in the Cuban National Series from 2007 to 2012 where he posted a 3.24 ERA.
Here’s some video and a scouting report from his playing days in Cuba.