Cuba Announces “Roster” for Haarlem Baseball Week

The Cuban Baseball Federation has recently announced a “pre-selection” 32-man roster for the national team that will compete in next month’s 25th edition of the Haarlem (Netherlands) Baseball Week tournament (July 9-18). Headed by “comeback player of the year” Alexei Bell (pictured) and a handful of veteran national team pitchers (including Maikel Folch, Freddy Asiel Alvarez and Norberto González) the Cuban club is much stronger then many island baseball watchers anticipated. Top stars like Freddie Cepeda, Yulieski Gourriel and Pedro Luis Lazo will have the summer off before likely competing on the top Cuban national team in the Pan American Qualifying Tournament scheduled for San Juan (early October). But the contingent heading to Haarlem should dominate a field which also includes the USA (represented by an NAIA college club), Japan (which will sent university players), Chinese Taipei, Venezuela and the host Netherlands. The Cuban squad in Haarlem will be led by Industriales manager Germán Mesa, assisted by Industriales coaches Omar Linares and Julio Romero. Mesa must trim his roster down to 22 before departing for Europe in early July. The complete pre-selection roster is as follows (with Cuban League teams given in parentheses):


BellGrandslams.jpgHaarlem Baseball Week Cuban Roster (Pre-Selection of 32 Players*)

*22 Players will be selected for the July tournament (Cuban League teams in parentheses)

Catchers (4): Rolando Meriño (Santiago de Cuba), Osvaldo Arias (Cienfuegos), Yulexis La Rosa (Villa Clara), Eriel Sánchez (Sancti Spíritus)

Infielders (10): Yunier Mendoza (Sancti Spíritus), Yoennis Southeran (Guantánamo), Joan Carlos Pedroso (Las Tunas), Mario Jorge Vega (Ciego de Avila), Danel Castro (Las Tunas), Vismay Santos (Guantánamo), Donald Duarte (Pinar del Río), Rudy Reyes (Industriales), Dainer Moreira (Guantánamo), Alexander Ayala (Camagüey)

Outfielders (6): Alexei Bell (Santiago de Cuba), Andy Zamora (Villa Clara), Ariel Sánchez (Matanzas), Reutilio Hurtado (Santiago de Cuba), Edilse Silva (Holguín), Serguey Pérez (Industriales)

Pitchers (12): Angel Peña (Sancti Spíritus), Luis Borroto (Ciego de Avila), Ciro Silvino Licea (Granma), Yoelkis Cruz (Las Tunas), Yoandry Portal (Industriales), Freddy Asiel Alvarez (Villa Clara), Maikel Folch (Ciego de Avila), Robelio Carrillo (Villa Clara), Raudel Lazo (Pinar del Río), Norberto Goinzález (Cienfuegos), Duniel Ibarra (Cienfuegos), Alberto Soto la O (Granma)

Manager: Germán Mesa (Industriales), with Coaches: Bárbaro Marín, Gerardo Simon, Julio Romero



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