Veteran pitching staff to lead Cuba in WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup

Veteran pitching staff to lead Cuba in WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup
The Caribbean nation announced their final roster for the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand.

Cuba’s National Softball Team head coach Leonardo Cardenas named a veteran pitching staff as part of their final roster to represent the country at the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup, the biggest international men's softball event in the world. 

Two veterans from the 2019 World Cup, 44-year old Alain Roman and 47-year old Gusbel Plutin, will be joined by Eduardo Gonzalez, who led Cuba’s National Championship in wins, in the three-man pitching staff for the World Cup. 

There are two catchers on the roster, Reinier Vera and Yurisander Ramos; and five infielders, including captain Yersander Rodríguez, Osvaldo Pérez, Yuri Rodríguez, Luis R. Domínguez and Wilfredo Sánchez.

Six outfielders complete the roster: Miguel Savigne, Aníbal Vaillant, Reynaldo Lamothe, Roger Rosete, Héctor Castillo and Yasmani Álvarez.

Having named a preliminary roster of 24 players last month, the final roster now numbers 16 players, including 12 who will repeat from the 2019 national team that finished 10th in the previous Men’s Softball World Cup. The team also includes 13 players from the side that won the bronze medal in the Pan American Championship, a qualifier for this year’s event.

World No. 12 Cuba will open the World Cup in Group A, along with No. 1 Argentina, No. 5 Czech Republic, No. 6 New Zealand, No. 7 USA and No. 21 Philippines. You can check the full schedule here.

It will be Cuba’s third appearance in a Men’s Softball World Cup. They made their debut with a fourth-place finish in the 1988 World Cup, and came back in 2019 finishing in 10th place.