Mexico reveals roster for Premier12 global battle

Group A host team and world No. 6 Mexico announced the final roster for the II WBSC Premier12 2019, the biggest international baseball event of the year and qualifier for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Mexico skipper Juan Gabriel Castro included 14 pitchers (five of them left-handed), two catchers, eight infielders and four outfielders on the roster.

Castro’s goal is not only advance to the Super Round but also win the last game of the Premier12 on 17 November at Tokyo Dome. “Our mentality is to win the title in Japan, it must be everyone’s mentality”, Castro told reporters. “I can’t guess the final result; what we can do is to get ready and prepare the best way we possibly can”.

Two members of the 2019 Mexican National Team that finished fourth place in the first edition of the Premier12. Left-handed pitcher Brennan Bernardino made three appearances in 2015, saving 2 games (against Venezuela and Canada). In 5.2 innings of work, he didn’t give up a single run, with 4 hits, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts. In addition, Juan Perez played Mexico’s eight games, as a shortstop and center field. He led the Mexican offensive batting .348 with a homer, 3 RBI and 4 runs.

Mexico will begin the WBSC Premier12 on 2 November at Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco as host of Group A, alongside No. 2 USA, No. 8 Netherlands and No. 12 Dominican Republic.

“I think we have a good opportunity to advance to the next round with this team, managing our pieces”, added Castro. “We know that USA; the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic will come well prepared too, but our goal is not only Jalisco, our goals are also Japan and next year’s Olympic Games”.

On 26-27 October, Mexico will face No. 9 Venezuela to tune-up for Premier12, in the “Giants of Latin America” series. The two games will be held at the Hermanos Serdan Stadium in Puebla.

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Cuba announced official roster to the Premier 12 Baseball Tournament

The National Baseball Directorate announced the 28-man roster of the Cuba team to attend the 2019 WBSC Premier 12 Tournament, which will be held from November 2-17 in Mexico, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.

The squad managed by Miguel Borroto is made up by three catchers, seven infielders, five outfielders and 13 pitchers.

The catchers are: Ariel Martinez (Chunichi Dragons, JAP), Yunior Ibarra (Sancti Spiritus) and Yosvany Alarcon (Las Tunas).

IF: William Saavedra (Pinar del Rio), Yordanis Samon (Industriales), Raul Gonzalez (Ciego de Avila), Alexander Ayala (Camaguey), Cesar Prieto (Cienfuegos), Pavel Quesada (Cienfuegos) and Erisbel Arruebarruena (Matanzas).

OF: Roel Santos (Tabasco Olmecas, MEX), Oscar Luis Colas (SoftBank Hawks, JAP), Frederich Cepeda (Sancti Spiritus), Yurisbel Gracial (SoftBank Hawks, JAP) and Alfredo Despaigne (SoftBank Hawks, JAP).

P: Carlos Juan Viera (Las Tunas), Yosimar Cousin (Camaguey), Yariel Rodriguez (Camaguey), Livan Moinelo (L) (SoftBank Hawks, JAP), Vladimir Garcia (Ciego de Avila), Vladimir Baños (Industriales), Yoanni Yera (L) (Matanzas), Lazaro Blanco (Granma), Freddy Asiel Alvarez (Villa Clara), Frank Madan (Camaguey), Raidel Martinez (Chunichi Dragons, JAP), Andy Rodriguez (Industriales) and Yudiel Rodriguez (L) (Las Tunas).

The group must leave next October 24 towards Chinese Taipei to carry out some warm-up matches, prior to the debut of Cuba in group C, on November 6 against Canada.

Australia and South Korea will be Cuba´s other rivals in this Pool that grants two tickets to the Super Round, which will define the finalists who will earn berths to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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