Cuba 2023 World Baseball Classic Roster

Image credit: Yoan Moncada (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Cuba announced its 30-man roster for the 2023 World Baseball Classic on Thursday. For the first time, major and minor leaguers who defected from Cuba are being allowed to play for the team in international competition.

White Sox teammates Luis Robert and Yoan Moncada lead the roster along with former all-star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Cubs lefthander Roenis Elias, Athletics righthander Luis Romero, Royals righthander Ronald Bolaños, Tigers third baseman Andy Ibañez and former Marlins minor league catcher Lorenzo Quintana are the other expatriates on the roster. (Former Dodgers shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena re-patriated and has represented Cuba in international competition for years).

The Cuban team also features three highly-regarded pitchers currently playing in Japan in Livan Moinelo, Raidel Martinez and Yariel Rodriguez.

The team’s manager will be Armando Johnson, who manages Isla de la Juventud in Serie Nacional.

Elián Leyva Hermosillo (Mexican League)
Chicago Cubs
Onelki García Mexicali (Mexican League)
Ronald Bolaños Kansas City Royals
Luis M. Romero Oakland Athletics
Liván Moinelo Fukuoka Softbank Hawks (NPB)
Chunichi Dragons (NPB)
Yariel Rodríguez Chunichi Dragons (NPB)
Frank Abel Álvarez Chunichi Dragons (NPB)
Yoennis Yera Jalisco (Mexican League)
José Ramón Rodríguez Camaguey
Naykel Y. Cruz Matanzas
Carlos J. Viera Monterrey (Mexican League)
Yeudis Reyes Guantanamo
Andrys Pérez Matanzas
Ariel Martinez Nippon Ham Fighters (NPB)
Obregon (Mexican League)
Yoán Moncada Chicago White Sox
Andy Ibáñez Detroit Tigers
Dayán García Artemisa
Luis V. Mateo Cienfuegos
Fukuoka Softbank Hawks (NPB)
Yoenis Céspedes N/A
Fukuoka Softbank Hawks (NPB)
Chicago White Sox
Hermosillo (Mexican League)
Santiago de Cuba

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