The Cuban Season is winding down with the Elite Eight playing 42 round robin games against each other. Each of the Elite Eight were able to draft five players from the teams that did not make the cut. Below is the progress of this round robin battle. The top four teams make the playoffs. A couple sites that myworld relies on for providing stats stopped after the first round. Must have been a programming issue.
Cienfuegos Elefantes (44-21) 14-6
The big bat continues to be Jose Abreu (.365,18,53) who has the homerun lead. He has clubbed five during the round robin playoffs.
Alberto Bicet (6-5, 2.84) was drafted from Santiago but has only gotten them one victory in the round robin. Yuniel Leyva (8-2, 2.84) has picked up three wins during the round robin. Jorge Hernandez (9-5, 3.06) has pitched well.
Sancti Spiritus Roosters (42-22) 12-8
They may have lost their lead, but they appear to have one of the final four positions locked up unless they collapse. Frederich Cepeda (.352, 9, 47) and Yulieski Gourriel (.329, 6, 41) make the Roosters offense crow. Cepeda has an excellent 70/35 walk to whiff ratio. Danger Guerrero was a big bat they drafted but he has not provided much offense to the cause, swatting only one double and seeing his average drop from .342 to .305.
Ismel Jimenez (12-1, 1.76) continues to shine from the mound. He finally took a loss in the round robin matches but he has also given them three wins. They were hoping to get some starts from Yadier Pedroso but he was killed in a traffic accident soon after his participation in the World Baseball Classic. They have gotten two wins from Norge Ruiz (5-4, 2.25) who they drafted from Camaguey.
Matanzas Crocodiles (37-27) 10-9
Jose Fernandez (.375, 7, 41) leads the Cuban League in batting average. Ariel Sanchez (.348, 0, 18) keeps on slashing the singles.
Joel Suarez (10-1, 1.98) has been a big surprise, going 4-0 during the round robin.
Industriales Leones (35-29) 8-11
Yasmani Tomas (.315, 12, 44) has slugged four homeruns during the playoff run. Stayler Hernandez (.306, 5, 36) has ripped eight doubles during round robin play and has an impressive 54/23 walk to whiff ratio.
Odrisamer Despaigne (8-4, 2.89) is the ace. They drafted five pitchers but only Ariel Miranda (6-4, 3.34) has a stat reading.
Ciego de Avila Tigres (35-29) 11-8
The defending champs don’t really have any big bats myworld can brag about. Their pitching though has two of the top four in ERA with Vladimir Garcia (6-5, 1.76) and Yander Guevara (10-3, 1.86). Both pitchers have won two games during the round robin matches. Danny Betancourt (8-1, 2.06) was a nice draft selection who has also given them two round robin wins.
Villa Clara Orangemen (34-29) 10-9
Villa Clara needed to play better than .500 to get a top four spot. Dairon Varona (.358, 6, 26) was drafted from Camaguay and is third in the league in hitting. He has seen his average drop 15 points in the round robin and has only hit two homeruns with four RBIs.
Diosdani Castillo (3-2, 1.23) comes out of the bullpen to eat innings. He has appeared in enough innings to qualify for the lead in ERA. Misael Siverio (6-7, 1.95) has been their most effective starter. Jonder Martinez (4-4, 3.16) was drafted from the pitching rich Artemisa team and has given the Orangemen two round robin wins.
Isla de la Juventud Pinecutters (32-33) 6-14
They had a nice first round run, but when playing quality teams they collapsed. Yordanis Samon (.335, 13, 47) was drafted from Granma and slugged six homeruns with 23 RBIs in the 20 round robin games, but that has not produced a lot of victories. Andy Ibanez (.320, 2, 25) is one of the better younger players for the Pinecutters. Alexei Bell dropped somewhere below .300.
Wilber Perez (11-4, 2.14) still had a heck of a year, putting himself on the WBC team but he is only 2-2 in the round robin. Raicel Iglesias (4-6, 2.73) will be back but he is 0-4 in the round robin.
Pinar del Rio Tobacco Growers (31-34) 7-13
With the very first pick in the draft they drafted Alfredo Despaigne (.316, 13, 38) but he has only hit two homeruns and driven in five runs in the round robin. He has drawn 17 walks. Yosvany Peraza (.307, 12, 52) has been their big bat with three homeruns and ten RBIs.