Alvarez and Holguín Stalwarts Pace Cuban All-Stars

Fresh off an early season no-hitter (the campaign’s only pitching masterpiece to date), Villa Clara ace right-hander Freddy Asiel Alvarez stands near the top of the polling among pitchers for this year’s league All-Star contest. The showcase game (number 27 in league annals) will be played this coming Sunday afternoon at Nueva Gerona’s Cristobal Labra Stadium (home to the Isla de la Juventud Pirates) and can be viewed worldwide via the internet feed from Cubavision International. The winning squad will be rewarded with an international tournament appearance later in the year, most likely at this summer’s Haarlem Honkbal Tournament in The Netherlands.

Alvarez picked up 12,659 fan ballots to trail only a pair of Holguín stalwarts (reliever Pablo M. Fernández, (14,879) and shortstop Yordan Manduley (14,249) in the overall internet and print press polling.  Other popular stars at the ballot box were veteran catcher Yulexis LaRosa (Villa Clara, 11,946), Pinar del Río righty Yosvani Torres (first half league leader with 7 victories, 10,151), and batting pacesetter Maikel Cáceres (Holguín, 10,586). Heavy fan voting in Holguín Province also pushed infielder Yunior Paumier (10,079) into the 10,000-plus leaders grouping. More than 20,000 fans cast ballots during the open selection process which is distinguished from MLB polling by its one fan/one ballot policy. In addition to the leading vote getters, league officials also named two invited “wild card” selections: Isla hurler Héctor Manuel Mendoza (Occidentales) and promising second-year Camagüey mound phenom Norge Luis Ruiz. The complete All-Star rosters announced yesterday (21 players on each team) are as follows:

OCCIDENTALES

Lorenzo Quinata, Catcher (Pinar del Río) 7,431

Luis A. Castro, Catcher (Isla de la Juventud) 4,003

William Saavedra, Infield/1B (Pinar del Río) 6,874

Alexander Mayeta, Infield/1B (Industriales) 6,086

José Miguel Fernández, Infield (Matanzas) 7,602

Dainer Moreira, Infield (Matanzas) 7,758

Yulieski Gourriel, Infield (Industriales) 6,376

Michel Enríquez, Infield (Isla de la Juventud) 6,301

Yasmani Tomás, Outfield (Industriales) 7,132

Reinier León, Outfield (Pinar del Río) 6,206

Yadiel Hernández, Outfield (Matanzas) 5,697

Frederich Cepeda, Outfield (Sancti Spíritus) 5,644

Yosvani Pereza, Designated Hitter (Pinar del Río) 8,288

Yosvani Torres, RHP (Pinar del Río) 10,151

Julio A. Martínez, LHP (Pinar del Río) 9,245

Ariel Miranda, LHP (Mayabeque), 8,467

Frank Montieth, RHP (Industriales) 7,768

Wilber Pérez, LHP (Isla de la Juventud) 6,719

José Angel García, RHP/Relief (Artemisa) 9,391

Leinier Rodríguez, RHP/Relief (Mayabeque) 5,746

Héctor Manuel Mendoza, RHP (Isla de la Juventud), Invited

Coaching Staff

Lázaro Vargas, Manager (Industriales)

Alexander Ramos, First Base Coach (Isla de la Juventud)

Primitivo Díaz, Third Base Coach (Matanzas)

Raciel Sánchez, Pitching Coach (Pinar del Río)

ORIENTALES

Yulexis LaRosa, Catcher (Villa Clara) 11,946

Franklin Aballe, Catcher (Holguín) 6,788

Ariel Borrero, Infield/1B (Villa Clara) 9,422

Lerys Aguilera, Infield (Holguín) 5,453

Yunior Paumier, Infield (Holguín) 10,079

Yordan Manduley, Infield/SS (Holguín) 14,249

Luis Y. La O, Infield (Santiago de Cuba) 4,901

Maikel Cáceres, Outfield (Holguín) 10,587

Andy Zamora, Outfield (Villa Clara) 8,631

Alfredo Despaigne, Outfield (Granma) 5,118

Reutilio Hurtado, Outfield (Santiago de Cuba) 4,627

Ramón Lunar, Designated Hitter (Villa Clara) 9,099

Freddy Asiel Alvarez, RHP (Villa Clara) 12,659

Danny Betancourt, RHP (Santiago de Cuba) 9,942

Oriolbis Cobas, RHP (Guantánamo) 6,002

Vicyohandri Odelín, RHP (Camagüey) 5,710

Vladimir García, RHP (Ciego de Avila) 5,695

Pablo M. Fernández, RHP/Relief (Holguín) 14,879

Carlos Viera, RHP/Relief (La Tunas) 8,563

Norge Luis Ruiz, RHP (Camagüey) Invited

Coaching Staff

Ramón More, Manager (Villa Clara)

Ernest Gainza , First Base Coach (Santiago de Cuba)

Leonardo Paris Jonhson, Third Base Coach (Holguín)

Roidel Enríquez, Pitching Coach (Villa Clara)

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