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2023 World Baseball Classic: Cuba team roster | Cespedes, Despaigne, Moncada

Here’s how Team Cuba’s roster will look for the 2023 World Baseball Classic held from March 8 to March 21.

Here’s how Team Cuba’s roster will look for the 2023 World Baseball Classic held from March 8 to March 21.
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Team Cuba is filled to the brim with stars from the Show, and budding prospects in the process of rising to that level. Traditionally one of the strongest pitching nations in the world, Cuba will be expected to be tough to hit, while on the other side of the dish, they have sluggers like Céspedes and Moncada who can hit the ball a country mile.

Team Cuba 2023 World Baseball Classic roster

Coaching staff

  • Head coach: Armando Johnson
  • Bench coach: German Mesa
  • Pitching coach: Jose Elosegui
  • Pitching coach: Pedro Luis Lazo
  • Batting coach: Orestes Kindelan
  • First base coach: Armando Ferrer
  • Third base coach: Rafael Munoz
  • Coach: Umberto Guevara


  • Erisbel Arruebarrena
  • Dayan Garcia Ortega
  • Yurisbel Gracial Garcia
  • Andy Ibáñez (Tigers)
  • Luis Vicente Mateo Terry
  • Yoán Moncada (White Sox)
  • Yadil Orestes Mujica Diaz


  • Yoenis Céspedes
  • Alfredo Despaigne Rodriguez
  • Yadir Drake Dominguez
  • Yoelquis Guibert Steven
  • Luis Robert (White Sox)
  • Roel Santos Martinez


  • Ariel Martínez Marrero
  • Andrys Pérez Garcia
  • Lorenzo Quintana Fernández


  • Frank Abel Alvarez Diaz R/R
  • Ronald Bolaños (Royals) R/R
  • Naykel Yoel Cruz Saldivar L/L
  • Roenis Elías (Cubs) L/L
  • Onelki Garcia L/L
  • Elian Leyva Delgado R/R
  • Raidel Martinez Perez R/R
  • Livan Moinello Pita L/L
  • Yeudis Reyes Gamboa R/R
  • Jose Rodriguez Menendez R/R
  • Yariel Rodriguez Yordi R/R
  • Miguel Romero (A’s) R/R
  • Carlos Juan Viera Alvarez R/R
  • Yoennis Yera Montalvo L/L

While there are no holes in the Cuban game, their age might show through in the end of the competition. With a team full of veterans, they can be expected to make every move count, riding their experience and playing clever. But with other teams’ inexperience, they bring youthful vigor to the table, and Cuba will have to find an answer for that.


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