Cuba is known for its young talented players in Major League Baseball such as Cincinnati Reds pitcher Arlodis Chapman and Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, but those players won’t be helping their country this season.
Instead, young first baseman Jose Abreu is looking to become a Major League prospect, and will take Cuba as far as he can in the World Baseball Classic. Pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne will get his first chance to represent Cuba in the World Classic. He has established himself as big-time right handed pitcher in the Serie Nacional.
Cuba plays their first game tonight at 10:30 P.M. They have to be favorites to move on to the second round out of Pool A.
Though Cuba doesn’t have any big-name major leaguers on their roster, they have some nice young prospects on their 2013 roster. This tournament is all about bragging rights, and Cuba will play hard. I really think they’re a dark horse candidate in this year’s World Baseball Classic.
If Cuba is going to win this year’s WBC, they’re going to need some help.
At this point in time, I’ll put their odds at winning this tournament at 12/1. Like I said, Cuba isn’t the most talented team in this tournament, but they’re going to play you tough. In a tournament like this, that is really what matters.
Teams with a lot of Major League experience won’t be playing this game to win the tournament. They’ll be playing this game to get ready for the 162 game season that is approaching. That is why I think Cuba has to be a favorite to win this year’s World Baseball Classic.