Cuba, who had not been able to use his strength in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), announced a preliminary entry and started preparations for the tournament. Yasiel Puig, who is on trial for perjury, was not aboard this entry.
The Cuban baseball team announced preliminary entries for the WBC, which will begin in March, ahead of a press conference on the 7th (Korean time). The deadline for announcing the final entry for the 30 members is February 7th. Cuba, which has released a preliminary list, is expected to announce its final entry after final consideration.
Although there are many players from Central America, such as Mexico, there are quite a few names on the list of players who play or have played in the American Major League or Japanese professional baseball. It is possible to evaluate that they made the best choice that can be summoned in their country. It is expected to possess formidable power.
We can see names such as Yoenis Cespedes, Yoan Moncada, Loenis Elias, and Louis Robert, who have played for quite a long time in the major leagues and are familiar to us. These experienced veterans are expected to serve as the backbone of the Cuban national team.
Cespedes debuted in the major leagues in 2012 and played 834 games for 8 years until 2020, batting average of 0.273, 165 home runs, 528 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.824. He was a two-time All-Star, and in his prime was highly regarded as an offensive and defensive outfielder.
Moncada played in the major leagues from 메이저놀이터 2016 to 2022, hitting 82 home runs in 643 games. Elias is a lefty with a 3.96 ERA in 133 major league appearances. Lewis Robert is an emerging center fielder who signed a six-year, $50 million contract with the Chicago White Sox in 2020.
Athletes playing in Japan are also not easy. Rather, it has the potential to become a powerful immediate force in the bullpen. Livan Moinero, who plays for Softbank, Reidel Martinez, Yariel Rodriguez, and Frank Abel (above Chunichi) were summoned.
In particular, the combination of Martinez and Moinero is noteworthy. Martinez is the guardian of Chunichi, the league’s best finisher with 39 saves in 56 games this year. Rich in Japanese stage experience. Moinero is also a top-notch fighting resource with an average ERA of 1.03 and 24 saves in 53 games this year. The fact that the bullpen is strong is likely to exert power in line with the characteristics of the WBC, which has a limit on the number of pitches.
Cuba belongs to Group A of the qualifiers and competes with Chinese Taipei and the Netherlands to advance to the second round. If they come up in the second round, they will meet Korea and Japan, who have a high possibility of passing through Group B. As only two of the four teams will go to Miami, where the final round will be held, there is a good chance that Korea and Cuba will meet.