Former Cuban national team star Hector Olivera made his Tulsa Drillers debut Thursday night against Midland.
The 30-year-old signed a six-year deal with the Dodgers last month, before making his professional debut in the states.
Olivera started third base for the Drillers, just hours after arriving in Tulsa and made quite an impression.
“For a guy that hasn't played in that long, his at-bats were really good,” Drillers manager Razor Shines told MiLB.com. “He had quality at-bats. He picked up his first base hit. He had a couple of balls defensively in the infield and he handled them well. He looked really good.”
Olivera is a ten-year veteran of Serie Nacional, where he played for Santiago de Cuba. In 642 career games, Olivera hit .323, tallying 96 homers.
As for how long he'll be in Tulsa is unknown. "He will play often while he's here," said Shines. "As far as his timetable, I'm not the one who can answer that."
Olivera is expected to play again with the Drillers Friday night against the Frisco Roughriders at 7:05 p.m.
After Friday night's game, the News On 6 Fireworks show will take place.