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Player Profile: Victor Labrada

August 12, 2022 - Northwest League (NWL) - Everett AquaSox News Release

Victor Labrada was signed out of Havana, Cuba in 2019 by the Seattle Mariners. He was first discovered by MLB teams in 2018 while playing for the Cuban 18U team. He was not only known for his speed but also for the ability to play all three outfield positions. A year later, the Seattle Mariners inked him to a contract and the rest has been history.

For the last two years he has played for the Modesto Nuts (Low A) and our own Everett AquaSox (High A). In 2022, the 22-year old has hit a combined .246 average this season with 8 home runs and 34 RBIs while swiping 20 bases. Victor also has shown the knack for getting on base with 84 hits and scoring 55 runs (mostly from the leadoff spot in the lineup). With an on-base-percentage of .346 and an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of .732, Labrada has shown he has patience at the plate and can get on base via the walk (44 of them) or the hit (27 extra base hits). He continues to play an outstanding centerfield, establishing himself as a defensive genius. He truly has made Funko Field a special place to come every night for the fans.

Seattle Sports Union was fortunate to sit down with Victor Labrada after a recent baseball game and learn how he came to America and found out some other pretty special tidbits about Victor.

SSU: You were born in Havana, Cuba. Care to share what it was like growing up in Cuba?

VL: Cuba is a great country, it's kind of like a poor country, but I was blessed to have a great family who raised me to be who I am today. My father made sure I got a great education, showed me his values and how great life can be. He didn't have a whole lot growing up, but he made the best of it. He always was really happy and full of energy and enjoyed his life. My Father is the reason why I am who I am today, and I thank God for that.

SSU: When did you start playing baseball and who was your inspiration?

VL: In the first grade my friend played baseball and I was a swimmer. He was a great baseball player, and I was a great swimmer, but he kept trying to get me to play baseball. I started playing baseball while I still swam and eventually stuck with just baseball. My swimming coach told me to stop playing baseball because I wasn't going to go anywhere.

SSU: Tell us the story of how you came to America!

VL: I escaped from Cuba and went into Haiti. After a few days we crossed the border and went into the Dominican Republic. My friends and I went to a tryout one day, the Mariners watched me play, liked me, and signed me a few days later. April 4th, 2021, I touched American soil for the first time and the rest once again is history.

SSU: Where did you get your speed?

VL: In my country we have chickens and if we want to eat them, you have to be fast, you have to be able to catch the chickens and that is what I did. We had lots of chicken to eat lol.

SSU: What has it been like so far to play professional baseball?

VL: It has been truly great, each day I go out and improve on my game. I'm trying to develop my skills to become a better player. I'd like to think I have made some progress. It has also been nice because my family has been really happy for me and supportive. I hope I am making them proud.

SSU: Where did you get your power, because you have shown some pop in that bat of yours Victor?

VL: I just got to go out there and make contact and execute it. The power has just become a compliment to my game. I don't go try and swing for the fences but every once in a while I get a hold of one, plus the ball carries here at Funko Field.

SSU: What's the next step for you? What do you have to do to get to Arkansas, Tacoma and ultimately to the big leauges?

VL: I just got to keep on doing what I have been trained to do, play baseball. I have to be consistent day in and day out. Setting goals is important too and if I achieve them, that will help with my growth. If I follow and achieve what the Mariners want for me then I like my chances.

SSU: Where do you see yourself 20 or more years from now after you finish your playing career?

VL: First of all, I want to thank God for everything he has done for me and continues to do. In the future I hope to do something with young guys trying to learn baseball, to teach them the right things on and off the field. Perhaps I will be a coach, I don't know. I just hope to help others like those who helped me get here.

SSU: Who plays Victor Labrada in your very own Hollywood movie?

VL: To answer your last question, I hope they make a documentary about me and my life with Victor Labrada starring in the lead role.

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