Yuniesky Betancourt was born in on January 31, 1982, in Santa Clara, Cuba. He plays shortstop for the Seattle Mariners.
Cuban LeaguesYuniesky originally played in the Cuban leagues, including Villa Clara of the Serie Nacional.
He left Cuba on a raft in November 2003 and arrived in Mexico, where he played for a while while consolidating his position as a legal immigrant.
Minor LeaguesYuniesky signed with the Seattle Mariners and spent only one year - 2005 - in their minor league system: the San Antonio Missions in the Texas League, then the Tacoma Rainiers in the Pacific Coast League, in order to allow him to gain his feet in a new country.
Major LeaguesYunieskly signed with the Seattle Mariners and made his major league debut on July 28, 2005.
Yuniesky is known for his sparkling defensive work and his clutch hitting, for all that he bats ninth in the batting order.