Las Tunas, Cuba.- Alarcón has been the main Cuban catcher in recent years and returns with the desire to compensate for his grey performances in the last two tournaments: the Central American and Caribbean Games of Barranquilla and the Caribbean Series of Panama City.
On the other hand, Larduet tries to consolidate himself within a group in which it has been a key player since his participation with Las Tunas in the Caribbean tournament at the beginning of February. The philosophy of game that Rey Vicente Anglada intends to establish to replace the absence of sluggers in the team, a speed-based game, supported by the best possible defense, opens up a wide range of possibilities to the central outfielder from Las Tunas.
Larduet comes from leading the department of stolen bases in the two most recent seasons of Cuban baseball, in addition to leading the scored runs in the 58th National Series, which concluded with the historic triumph of Las Tunas Leñadores.
Another is the case of Yudiel Rodríguez, a left-handed pitcher who, despite his extensive domestic experience, takes his first steps with the main Cuban team. Turned into a reliable starter, with control above than the average left-handed pitching on the Island, Rodríguez can be a good option for the bullpen, as he already demonstrated with his brief work in the Caribbean Series.
The squad that will participate in the Can-Am League is basically made up of young players, although experienced men such as Alarcón, Fréderich Cepeda and Freddy Asiel Álvarez were included.
The selection directed by Anglada traveled to Canada on Wednesday, after an extensive process of dialogue to resolve problems with the visa, and will finally play the competition between June 14 and 30.
The corresponding visas were received on Monday afternoon as a result of the dialogue and bilateral efforts and everything is ready to take on the event, key in the preparatory route ahead the 18th Pan American Games in Lima, Yovani Aragón, Cuban national baseball director, told JIT sports publication.
Aragon also confirmed that the presence on Canadian soil will allow starting visa getting procedures with a view to the traditional Cuba-USA friendly match, scheduled for North Carolina from next July 2-6.
Cuban Team Roster
Catchers: Frank Camilo Morejón, Yosvany Alarcón, Yunior Ibarra, Alfredo Fadraga.
Infielders: Yordanis Samón, Carlos Benítez, Raúl González, Jorge Alomá, César Prieto, Orlando Acebey and Andrés Hernández.
Outfielders: Yoelkis Guibert, Yuniesky Larduet, Yoelkis Céspedes, Frederich Cepeda.
Pitchers: Wilson Paredes, Frank Luis Medina, Pablo Luis Guillén, Pedro Álvarez, Yariel Rodríguez, Misael Villa, Yosimar Cousín, Lázaro Blanco, Freddy Asiel Álvarez, Rafael Sánchez, Norge Carlos Vera, Yudiel Rodríguez, Roberto Hernandez.
Director: Rey Vicente Anglada Ferrer.
Auxiliaries: Luis Jova Quey, Miguel Rojas Rodríguez, Juan de Dios Peña Maribrán, Javier Gálvez Córdova, Ricardo Eizmendiz Domínguez, Víctor Figueroa Figueroa and Guillermo Carmona Casanova.
Delegate: Juan Enrique Orosco Amaya.
Physician: Francisco Montesinos Flores.
Physiotherapist: Javier Pérez Peña.
Psychologist: Jorge Sile Figueroa.