Preliminary Team Cuba Roster Announced for the Can-Am Experience

The Cuban Baseball Federation announced in Havana today, the 43 players that have been selected for the 2016 national team trainings for the upcoming Cuba participation in the Can-Am Independent League during the month of June this year.

This preliminary squad will be reduced to 28 players before the Cuban team travels to Canada on June 4.

The Cuban National Team will be the first Cuban-based squad since the Havana Sugar Kings to play a professional team during the regular season game in a United States minor or independent league stadium. 

The Cuba Can-Am League tour will start with a visit to the Quebec Capitales on June 9, making the first of appearances at all six Can-Am League Ballparks. 

The tour will end at the Jackals’ Yogi Berra Field in New Jershey on June 30.

The players invited to the roster included eighteen (18) pitchers, five (5) catchers, thirteen (13) infielders, and seven (7) outfielders.

Last month Roger Machado was named the manager of Team Cuba for this year Can-Am League experience.

The roster announced appears below.

Pitchers (18): Freddy A. Alvarez (Villa Clara), Yosvany Torres (Pinar del Río), Yoanni Yera (LHP) (Matanzas), Vladimir García (Ciego de Avila), Miguel Lahera (Artemisa), Jonder Martínez (Matanzas), Erlis Casanova (Pinar del Río), Vladimir Baños (Pinar del Río), Lázaro Blanco (Granma), Dachel Duquesne (Ciego de Avila), Yaifredo Domínguez (Pinar del Río), Yoen Socarrás (Sancti Spíritus), Ulfrido García (LHP) (Santiago de Cuba), Yoandy Cruz (Pinar del Río), José A. García (Artemisa), Liván Moinelo (LHP) (Pinar del Río), Héctor Ponce (Industriales), and Frank L. Medina (Pinar del Río).

Catchers (5): Yosvani Alarcón (Las Tunas), Osvaldo Vázquez (Ciego de Avila), Osbel Peña (Pinar del Río), Franklin Aballé (Holguín), and Ariel Martínez (Matanzas).

Infielders (13): William Saavedra (Pinar del Río), Guillermo Avilés (L) (Granma), Michel Gorguet (Holguín), Yasiel Santoya (Matanzas), Dainier Gálvez (Isla de la Juventud), Juan C. Torriente (Industriales), Carlos Benítez (Granma), Raúl González (Ciego de Avila), Yeniet Pérez (Villa Clara), Yunior Paumier (Holguín), Jefferson Delgado (Matanzas), Yorbis Borroto (Ciego de Avila), and Yolbert Sánchez (Isla de la Juventud).

Outfielders (7): Lázaro Ramírez (L) (Villa Clara), Luis R. Moirán (Ciego de Avila), Julio P. Martínez (L) (Guantánamo), Dairon Blanco (Camagüey), Yohandry Urgellés (L) (Holguín), Jorge Jhonson (L) (Las Tunas), and Eduardo Blanco (Matanzas).

CUBA SCHEDULE FOR THE 2016 CAN-AM LEAGUE
DATE TIME (*) RIVALS STADIUM
June 9 7:05 pm Québec Le Stade Municipal
June 10 7:05 pm Québec Le Stade Municipal
June 11 6:05 pm Québec Le Stade Municipal
June 12 1:05 pm Québec Le Stade Municipal
June 13 DAY OFF
June 14 7:05 pm Trois-Rivières Stade Fernand-Bédard
June 15 7:05 pm Trois-Rivières Stade Fernand-Bédard
June 16 7:05 pm Trois-Rivières Stade Fernand-Bédard
June 17 7:05 pm Ottawa Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park
June 18 7:05 pm Ottawa Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park
June 19 2:05 pm Ottawa Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park
June 20 DAY OFF
June 21 7:05 pm Sussex Skylands Stadium
June 22 7:05 pm Sussex Skylands Stadium
June 23 7:05 pm Sussex Skylands Stadium
June 24 7:00 pm Rockland Palisades Credit Union Park
June 25 6:30 pm Rockland Palisades Credit Union Park
June 26 2:00 pm Rockland Palisades Credit Union Park
June 27 DAY OFF
June 28 7:05 pm New Jersey Yogi Berra Stadium
June 29 7:05 pm New Jersey Yogi Berra Stadium
June 30 7:05 pm New Jersey Yogi Berra Stadium

(*) All Times Eastern. Subject to change