Bjarkman’s “Official” Ballot for Cuban League Awards

Following a tradition I began at the end of last season (June 2009), I post here my official ballot recently submitted for this year’s Cuban League National Series post-season awards. My selection for this year’s league MVP is Yulieski Gourriel, by the slimmest of margins over Alfredo Despaigne (Home Run and BA champion); while Despaigne squeaked by Gourriel in the top two individual hitting categories, Gourriel nonetheless was a main cog in leading his team to its best won-lost mark ever and the league’s best overall regular-season campaign.

YulieSwings.jpgMy complete selections are as follows:

National Series All-Star Team

C: Ariel Pestano (Villa Clara)

1B: Jose Dariel Abreu (Cienfuegos)

2B: Yoilan Cerce (Guantanamo)

3B: Yulieski Gourriel (Sancti Spiritus)

SS: Luis Navas (Santiago)

OF: Alfredo Despaigne (Granma)

OF: Alexei Bell (Santiago)

OF: Henry Urrutia (Las Tunas)

DH: Isaac Martinez (Ciego de Avila)

Utility: Rolando Merino (Santiago)

RHP: Angel Pena (Sancti Spiritus)

LHP: Yulieski Gonzalez (Habana Province)

Reliever: Yohandri Portal (Industriales)

All-Defensive Team (Gold Glove)

C: Ariel Pestano (Villa Clara)

1B: Jose Dariel Abreu (Cienfuegos)

2B: Hector Olivera (Santiago)

3B: Yulieski Gourriel (Sancti Spiritus)

SS: Luis Navas (Santiago)

OF: Frederich Cepeda (Sancti Spiritus)

OF: Alexei Bell (Santiago)

OF: Leonys Martin (Villa Clara)

Pitcher: Yulieski Gonzalez (Habana Province)

Rookie of the Year

1st Place: Yusef Amador (Metros) 

2nd Place: Yasmani Hernandez Romero (LHP) (Villa Clara)

3rd Place: Dunier Hernandez (Metros)

Most Valuable Player

1st Place: Yulieski Gourriel (Sancti Spiritus)

2nd Place: Alfredo Despaigne (Granma)

3rd Place: Jose Dariel Abreu (Cienfuegos)

Playoffs MVP

Armando Rivero (RHP) (Industriales)

Playoffs Top Rookie

Yasmani Hernandez Romero (LHP) (Villa Clara)

Manager of the Year

Eduardo Martin (Villa Clara)

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