Havana, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) A combination of established figures and newcomers stands out on the list of the selection of Cuba to the Third World Baseball Classic, to be held from March 2 to 19 in several countries.
The Cuban Baseball Federation, chaired by Higinio Velez, the manager Victor Mesa and head coach combined, Jorge Fuentes, said the group of 28 players chosen can be considered the national team but there could be future changes.
The team chosen is subjected to be changed for various reasons or "injury or poor performance", and participant teams have until February 20 to make moves if necessary.
Cuban authorities announced roster of Cuba on Wednesday:
Catchers: Yulexis La Rosa, Frank Camilo Morejon and Eriel Sanchez.
Infielders: José Dariel Abreu, Luis Felipe Rivera, José Miguel Fernández, Andy Ibañez, Yulieski Gourriel and Barbaro Arrebarruena.
Outfielders: Frederich Cepeda, Alfredo Despaigne, Rusney Castillo, Alexei Bell, Guillermo Hernandez Heredia and Yadiel Hernandez.
Pitchers: Freddy Asiel Alvarez, Ismel Jimenez, Raciel Iglesias, Odrisamer Despaigne, Norberto Gonzalez, Darien Nuñez, Wilber Perez, Yulieski Gonzalez, Vladimir Garcia, Alexander Rodriguez, Danny Betancourt, Vichyoandri Odelín and Yander Guevara.
Manager: Victor Mesa
Head Coach: Jorge Fuentes
Technical Staff: Primitivo Diaz, Angel Castillo, Juan de Dios Peña, José Ramón Riscart, Pedro Jose Rodriguez and Victor Figueroa.
Cuba will meet Japan, Brazil and China in the qualifying group A in Fukuoka, Japan.