LOURDES GURRIEL JR.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Left Fielder for Toronto Blue Jays
Record Books: First Rookie in MLB History with 11 Consecutive Multi-Hit Games
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Lourdes Gurriel Jr. joined the Toronto Blue Jays last season and made an immediate impact on his teammates recording two singles and three RBIs in his major league debut.
But it’s what he did in the summer of 2018 that landed him in the record books.
After collecting a pair of singles in Toronto's game against the White Sox on July 28, Gurriel became the first rookie in baseball's modern era to have 10 consecutive multi-hit games.
The last rookie to accomplish the feat was Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1911.
Then, on July 29, Gurriel broke Jackson's rookie record with his eleventh consecutive multi-hit game.
Baseball is also a family affair for the Gurriels.
Lourdes’ father is a beloved Cuban baseball legend – as a star in Cuba’s top league (Serie Nacional) who went on to manage the National Team, and coached Team Cuba at the World Baseball Classic.
And his older brother Yuli Gurriel is the first baseman for the Houston Astros, who won the World Series in 2017. Yuli and Lourdes share the distinction of being the only brothers in MLB history to hit two home runs on the same day.
Coming off an impressive rookie season with the Blue Jays with a .281 batting average, 11 home runs and 35 RBIs, Lourdes enters the 2019 season as the Blue Jays' starting second baseman and a rising star for the organization.