Detailed Analysis of Cuban WBC Roster Now Available

APestano-Ficha.jpgFor those of you who have been patiently waiting, our detailed (English-language) analysis of the projected TEAM CUBA World Baseball Classic roster is now available for reading and downloading on www.baseballdecuba.com. The English and Spanish articles available on our website predict the most likely 28-man roster we have now projected from the 45-ballpalyer “eligibles” list announced late last week by the Cuban Baseball Federation. There is also a discussion of seven potential outside “long-shot” selections we have tabbed as possiblities for last minute selection to the Cuban roster. Each individual player is analyzed and each author (Bjarkman in English and Ray Otero in Spanish) provide our own personal reasoning as to why these are the 28 players most likely to be selected for Team Cuba on February 13 (the date when the Cuban Federation reveals its final “offical” roster). My own analysis is now available on www.baseballdecuba.com at http://www.baseballdecuba.com/EngnewsContainer.asp?id=1105. Ray’s Spanish discussion should be posted during the day on Tuesday (January 13). Our likely Cuban roster contains the following selections (with returnees from WBC 2006 marked by an asterisk):

Catchers

Ariel Pestano* (Villa Clara); Yosvany Peraza (Pinar del Rio), Yenier Bello (Sancti Spiritus)

Infielders

Yulieski Gourriel* (Sancti Spiritus), Hector Olivera (Santiago de Cuba), Alex Malleta (Industriales), Michel Enriquez* (Isla de la Juventud), Yorelvis Charles (Ciego de Avila) and Luis Miguel Navas (Santiago de Cuba)

Outfielders

Alexei Bell (Santiago de Cuba) , Alfredo Despaigne (Granma), Frederich Cepeda* (Sancti Spiritus), Giorvis Duvergel (Guantanamo), Yoandry Urgelles (Industriales) and Yoelvis Fiss (Ciego de Avila)

ADespaigne-Ficha.jpgPitchers

Pedro Luis Lazo* (Pinar del Rio), Yunieski Maya* (Pinar del Rio), Jonder Martinez* (Habana Province), Aroldis Chapman (Holguin), Miguel Lahera (Habana Province), Maikel Folich* (Ciego de Avila), Norberto Gonzalez* (Cienfuegos), Vicyohandri Odelin* (Camaguey), Yulieski Gonzalez* (Habana Province), Norge Luis Vera* (Santiago de Cuba), Vladimir Garcia (Ciego de Avila), Luis Miguel Rodriguez (Holguin) and Yadier Pedroso* (Habana Province)

Outside Possibilities

Outfielders: Osmani Urrutia* (Las Tunas), Yoennis Cespedes (Granma) and Leslie Anderson* (Camaguey)

Catcher: Rolando Merino (Santiago de Cuba)

Infielder: Eduardo Paret* (Villa Clara)

Pitchers: Ismel Jimenez (Sancti Spiritus) and Reinier Roibal (Santiago de Cuba)

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