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Ariel Prieto: Interpreter and mentor

Ariel Prieto's past makes him the perfect interpreter for Yoenis Cespedes' present

Updated: June 1, 2012, 2:27 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

When Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes spoke to reporters following his first spring training game with Oakland in March, his interpreter took a moment to say something. With equal parts astonishment and pride, Ariel Prieto said he was serving as an interpreter even though he hadn't been able to speak a word of English when he arrived from Cuba himself 17 years earlier.

Forget English. When Prieto reached the majors just weeks after Oakland picked him in the first round of the ...

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