The lineup for next week’s home run derby at the Caribbean Series is going to be loaded—and not just with MLB stars.
The tournament announced today that the derby, which is Feb. 3 in the Dominican Republic, will include Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano and David Ortiz. It will also include former major league star Vladimir Guerrero, who last played in 2012, and Alfredo Despaigne, the premier slugger in Cuba.
Guerrero, 40, will be on the upcoming Hall of Fame ballot for the first time and already has a son, 16-year-old Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who is Toronto’s No. 3 prospect and the top overall international amateur prospect last year for July 2.
Despaigne, a 29-year-old corner outfielder, has a tremendous combination of bat speed and strength packed into his squatty 5-foot-9, 215-pound frame, producing top-of-the-scale raw power. After playing in Japan in 2015, Despaigne hasn’t been playing in Cuba’s Serie Nacional during the current 2015-16 season, but he will be in the Dominican Republic to play in the Caribbean Series and participate in the home run derby. Despaigne ranked as the No. 2 player still in Cuba in our rankings last year of the Top 20 players still in Cuba.