The Cuban Baseball Federation published on Friday a list of 45 players for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. President Higinio Vélez also said that they will announce a final roster, when the national championship will stop on February 8th. 18 of the 45 were already in the inaugural tournament three years ago, including infielder Yulieski Guerriel and pitcher Pedro Lazo. Cuba is in Pool B, which plays in Mexico City, with Australia, Mexico and South Africa. They are open the Classic on March 8th against the lone African participant.
Complete 45-Man Roster:
Pitchers: Pedro Luis Lazo, Jonder Martínez, Luis Miguel Rodríguez, Aroldis Chapman, Norge Luis Vera, Yunieski Maya, Yulieski González, Miguel Lahera, Norberto González, Vladimir García, Yadiel Pedroso, Ismel Jiménez, Maikel Folch, Reinier Roibal, Vicyohandri Odelín, Yaumier Sánchez, Yolexis Ulacia, Wilber Pérez
Catchers: Ariel Pestano, Rolando Meriño, Yosvani Peraza, Yenier Bello, Eriel Sánchez
Infielders: Alexander Mayeta, Héctor Olivera, Yulieski Gourriel, Michel Enríquez, Eduardo Paret, Yadil Mujica, Yoandy Garlobo, Luis Miguel Navas, Rudy Reyes, Yorelvis Charles, José Dariel Abreu, Donald Duarte
Outfielders: Alfredo Despaigne, Yoandry Urgellés, Frederich Cepeda, Alexei Bell, Leonys Martín, Giorvis Duvergel, Yoelvis Fiss, Leslie Anderson, Yohenis Céspedes, Osmani Urrutia