Cuba Announces Caribbean Series Roster

Cuba has announced its roster for the Caribbean Series, which begins on Feb. 2 in the city of Jalisco in Mexico. 

The team is technically Granma, the Cuban National Series champion, but it is reinforced with players from other Cuban clubs. 

The roster includes two catchers, ten infielders, four outfielders, and 11 pitchers.

The best player of the team is outfielder Alfredo Despaigne. He has been playing in Japan for the last four seasons and last year, playing for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, led the Pacific League in homeruns with 35. 

Notably absents from the team are prospect Víctor Víctor Mesa and veteran catcher Yosvany Alarcón. Both suffered injuries during the past regular Cuban season and postseason, respectively. 

Yoelkis Céspedes, brother of Met’s outfielder Yoenis Céspedes, is in the team.

Granma Stallions Roster for the 2018 Caribbean Series
  Player Position Team/NS
1 Frank Camilo Morejón Reyes C IND
2 Yulexis La Rosa Aguila C VCL
3 Guillermo J. Avilés Difurno (L) IF GRA
4 Rafael R. Viñales Alvarez IF LTU
5 Carlos Benítez Pérez IF GRA
6 Raúl González Isidoria IF CAV
7 Lázaro Cedeño González IF GRA
8 Yurisbel Gracial García IF MTZ
9 Alexander Ayala García IF CMG
10 Yulián Milán Santos IF GRA
11 Juan Carlos Torriente Núñez IF IND
12 Yordan Manduley Escalona IF HOL
13 Alfredo Despaigne Rodríguez OF GRA
14 Roel Santos Martínez (L) OF GRA
15 Yoelkis Céspedes Maceo OF GRA
16 Jorge Antonio Yhonson Dixon (L) OF LTU
17 Frederich Cepeda Cruz (S) OF SSP
18 Lázaro Blanco Matos RHP GRA
19 Leandro Martínez Figueredo LHP GRA
20 Yanier González Rodríguez RHP GRA
21 Ulfrido García Andújar LHP SCU
22 Miguel Lahera Betancourt RHP ART
23 Alaín Sánchez Machado RHP VCL
24 Raidel Martínez Pérez RHP PRI
25 Yoannis Yera Montalvo LHP MTZ
26 Luis Angel Gómez Gómez LHP HOL
27 Vladimir Baños Chacón RHP PRI
28 Yoelkis Cruz Rondón RHP LTU
Coaches:
Manager: Carlos Martí Santos
Coaches: Ramón Rodríguez Rondón
Coaches: Leonardo Soto Agüero
Pitching coach: José Elósegui Sánchez
Pitching coach: Ciro Silvino Licea González
Trainer: Leonardo Goire Prada
Doctor: Francisco Montesinos Flores
Psychologists: Heriberto Suárez Milanés

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