Cuba cuts preliminary Olympic baseball qualifier roster to 32
The group of players includes those under contract with NPB organizations.
Three-time Olympic baseball gold medal winner Cuba is training at Victoria de Girón Stadium in Matanzas ahead of the upcoming WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier in Florida which is less 20 days days away.
Cuban National Team manager Armando Ferrer has cut the preliminary roster down to 32 players. Qualifier roster sizes are 26. The players considered by Ferrer and his staff include the stars of the top domestic league (Serie Nacional), including the core of the WBSC Premier12 2019 team and those under contract with Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) organizations.
PITCHERS (13) Lázaro Blanco, Carlos Juan Viera, Yoenni Yera, Yariel Rodríguez, Andy Rodríguez, Bryan Chi, Liván Moinelo, Raidel Martínez, Frank Abel Álvarez, Yudiel Rodríguez, Pablo Luis Guillén, Naikel Cruz and Renner Rivero
CATCHERS (5) Ariel Martínez, Yosvani Alarcón, Iván Prieto, Rafael Viñales and Andrys Pérez
INFIELDERS (9) Lisbán Correa, Yordanis Samon, Guillermo Avilés, César Prieto, Erisbel Arruebarrena, Yordan Manduley, Yurisbel Gracial, Yadil Mujica and Dayán García
OUTFIELDERS (5) Frederich Cepeda, Roel Santos, Alfredo Despaigne, Yadir Drake and Raico Santos
World No. 7 Cuba will start the qualifier in Florida in Group B, along with World no. 9 Venezuela, No. 13 Canada and No. 14 Colombia.
The WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier to the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 is scheduled in The Palm Beaches & St. Lucie County, Florida, from 31 May to 5 June.