Surgidero de Batabanó, Cuba, is the town where Cortés was born. When he was seven months old, his father won the visa lottery.

He was drafted by the Yankees in the 36th round of the 2013 MLB draft. Following his amateur debut that year with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast Yankees,

When Cortés pitched for Pulaski Yankees of the Appalachian League in 2015, he had a 2.26 earned run average in 12 appearances

t was during the 2021 season when Cortes’ trademark mustache, combined with his distinctive style of pitching and several effective outings, earned him the nickname “Nastiest Nestor.”

Following an attempted Cuban defect, Nestor Cortés Sr. was sentenced to a year in jail. The next year, Nestor Sr. met Yuslaidy, his wife.

New York Yankees re-signed Cortes to a minor-league deal on December 20, 2020.  On May 30, 2021, the Yankees promoted Cortes to the big leagues.

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