Cuban outfielder Alfredo Despaigne (32) (Photo) highlighted the preliminary 50-players roster the Cuban Baseball Federation announced on Tuesday that will compete in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
The roster will be cut to 28 at the end of January 2017.
The provisional roster also includes veteran Industriales infielder Alexander Malleta (39) and RHP Freddy Asiel Alvarez from Villa Clara (27) and Vladimir García (28) from Ciego de Avila.
Yoenis Cespedes left the Mets looking for a contract that would give him a long-term baseball home but found that right back in Flushing with the team he walked away from. The Cuban slugger agreed to return on a record-breaking four-year, $110 million deal in principle Tuesday afternoon, multiple sources confirmed.
The full schedule for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, which begins on March 6, 2017, has been released by Major League Baseball (MLB)
Team Cuba will play in the Tokyo first-round pool (Pool B), and they'll be competing against Japan, China, and Australia.
Cuba's first game will be againt two-time champion Japan, on March 7 at 5 a.m. Eastern time, 7 p.m. local time, in the opening game for Pool B, which will be played at the Tokyo Dome
With the defection of a number of Cuban players to the major leagues an opportunity opens up for young Cuban players to earn a spot in the starting lineup or in the rotation. Below are some players in Cuba 24 years of age or younger who are excelling in the Nacional Series.
Myworld does not know a lot about these players but their numbers seem to show the ability to play this game. Camaguey seems to have the top talent when it comes to younger players.
The legacy of Jose Fernandez was further cemented on Wednesday after the Miami Marlins pitcher was posthumously named the National League Comeback Player of the Year at the MLB Players Choice Awards.
Fernandez was selected by his peers, who cast their votes before his untimely death in a boating accident off Miami Beach on Sept 25.
In the American League, Baltimore Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo was voted Comeback Player of the Year by the players.