55 National Series

55 NS: Yoandy Cruz named NS's top rookie

Pinar del Río Vegueros right-hander pitcher Yoandy Cruz is the winner of the 2015-16 NS Rookie of the Year Award.

Cruz had amazing numbers with Pinar del Río during the first half of the 2015-16 season, leading all rookies with a 5-0 record and an extraordinary 1.95 ERA.

At the end of the 55 NS campaign Cruz had record of 8-2 (.800) after 17 games pitched – 13 starts - with an ERA of 3.42 in 73 2/3 innings. 

Cruz had 31 struck outs and 29 walks while the opponents hit .275 against him. He compiled a WHIP of 1.43.

55 NS: José Adolis García wins NS MVP after great year

Tiger’s outfielder José Adolis García had a phenomenal 2015-16 season, and he was rewarded for his hard work by winning the Cuban National Series Most Valuable Player Award.

José Adolis became the first player in franchise history to win the NS MVP Award. 

At 23 the Ciego’s outfielder was huge for his team, and his numbers consolidated his position as one of the youngest prospect in Cuban baseball. Despite not having great protection in the lineup, José Adolis hit .315 and led the NS in RBIs (71).

2015-16 Cuban Season's schedule revealed

The 2015-2016 Cuban baseball season gets underway on August 29th with an opening day game with last year’s champs Ciego de Avila hosting runner-up Isla de la Juventud.

The Cuban Baseball Federation on Thursday revealed the 2015-16 regular-season schedule, which will begin with the televised opener on August 29 and then, by the following day, if there are no postponements, all 16 teams will have participated in traditional Opening Day games.

The 55 National Series Opening Day games include the following 8 matchups:

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