Cuba cuts pre-Olympic baseball training team short
Havana, (Prensa Latina) Cuba on Monday reduced to 32 the members its national baseball training team for the Olympic qualifying tournament of the Americas, with action starting on May 31 in Florida, United States.
According to JIT sports news website, the coaching staff is training five catchers, nine infielders, five outfielders and 13 pitchers, including those with contracts in the Japan Professional League.
In this regard, catcher Ariel Martínez (Chunichi Dragons) and outfielder and shortstop Yurisbel Gracial (Softbank Falcons) remain on the roster for all visa and registration processes while awaiting their recovery in Japan, with a view to possibly attending the world qualifying tournament in Chinese Taipei.
The players are taining at the Victoria de Girón stadium in Matanzas, prior to the final cut.
The Americas Olympic qualifying tournament will take place in West Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie
Cuba is in Group A rivaling Venezuela, Colombia and Canada, while the USA, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua make up Group B.
The first two qualified teams in each group will move on to the Super Round (Robin). The winner will get to ticket to Tokyo. Japan, Australia, Mexico and Israel are already qualified for the Olympic Games.
There will be a final qualifying tourney in Chinese Taipei.
CUBAN PRE-OLYMPIC TRAINING TEAM
Catchers: Ariel Martínez, Yosvani Alarcon, Ivan Prieto, Rafael Viñales and Andrys Perez.
Infielders: Lisban Correa, Yordanis Samon, Guillermo Aviles, Cesar Prieto, Erisbel Aruuebarrena, Yordan Manduley, Yurisbel Gracial, Yadil Mujica and Dayán García.
Outfielders: Frederich Cepeda, Roel Santos, Alfredo Despaigne, Yadir Drake and Raico Santos. Pitchers: Lazaro Blanco, Carlos Juan Viera, Yoenni Yera, Yariel Rodriguez, Andy Rodriguez, Bryan Chi, Livan Moinelo, Raidel Martinez, Frank Abel Alvarez, Yudiel Rodriguez, Pablo Luis Guillen, Naikel Cruz and Renner Rivero.
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