Havana, Cuba, Oct 8 - The National Baseball Directorate announced the 28-man roster of the Cuba team to attend the 2019 WBSC Premier 12 Tournament, which will be held from November 2-17 in Mexico, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.
The squad managed by Miguel Borroto is made up by three catchers, seven infielders, five outfielders and 13 pitchers.
The catchers are: Ariel Martinez (Chunichi Dragons, JAP), Yunior Ibarra (Sancti Spiritus) and Yosvany Alarcon (Las Tunas).
IF: William Saavedra (Pinar del Rio), Yordanis Samon (Industriales), Raul Gonzalez (Ciego de Avila), Alexander Ayala (Camaguey), Cesar Prieto (Cienfuegos), Pavel Quesada (Cienfuegos) and Erisbel Arruebarruena (Matanzas).
OF: Roel Santos (Tabasco Olmecas, MEX), Oscar Luis Colas (SoftBank Hawks, JAP), Frederich Cepeda (Sancti Spiritus), Yurisbel Gracial (SoftBank Hawks, JAP) and Alfredo Despaigne (SoftBank Hawks, JAP).
P: Carlos Juan Viera (Las Tunas), Yosimar Cousin (Camaguey), Yariel Rodriguez (Camaguey), Livan Moinelo (L) (SoftBank Hawks, JAP), Vladimir Garcia (Ciego de Avila), Vladimir Baños (Industriales), Yoanni Yera (L) (Matanzas), Lazaro Blanco (Granma), Freddy Asiel Alvarez (Villa Clara), Frank Madan (Camaguey), Raidel Martinez (Chunichi Dragons, JAP), Andy Rodriguez (Industriales) and Yudiel Rodriguez (L) (Las Tunas).
The group must leave next October 24 towards Chinese Taipei to carry out some warm-up matches, prior to the debut of Cuba in group C, on November 6 against Canada.
Australia and South Korea will be Cuba´s other rivals in this Pool that grants two tickets to the Super Round, which will define the finalists who will earn berths to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.(ACN)