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Maya strong in GCL debut

Aug 13, 2010, 9:53 PM EDT


Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Yunesky Maya tossed three hitless innings today in Florida.

Yunesky Maya, the Cuban right-hander signed by the Nationals two weeks ago who is expected to pitch in the majors this season, took a big first step in that direction this afternoon.

In his minor-league debut, Maya tossed three hitless innings for the Nationals’ rookie Gulf Coast League squad, allowing only one of 10 batters faced to reach base.

The 28-year-old starter hit the first Marlins batter who stepped in against him, then proceeded to record eight straight outs on groundballs before striking out the final batter he faced in the third.

Maya, who signed a four-year, $8 million contract on July 31 and already appears on the Nationals’ 40-man roster, is expected to advance to a higher minor-league level soon. Team officials believe he will pitch for Washington before season’s end.

  1. Anonymous - Aug 13, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    Go Yunieski, go!!! He learned to pitch inside in Cuba with 'mui fuoco' or so his announcers said. Wonder what Dibble will make of that? ~smiles~ He sounds kind of old school. So, an HBP right at the start makes sense. Hmmm wonder if he could possibly help Ballystar?

  2. Souldrummer - Aug 13, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    Los Tres Amigos de Cuba throwing for your Harrisburg Senators in their playoff push soon please! (El Duque, Hassan Pena, y Maya)

  3. markfd - Aug 15, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Mark,Any update on where/when Maya's next start will be?

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