Cuban Dream Team

The Cuban Dream Team could be better if they were not limited to just players who have played in the major leagues. There are a number of Hall of Famers who dominated in international tournaments that probably could have been good major league ball players, but in the early days it was rare for players to defect. The Cuban arrival to major league baseball is still in its infancy when compared with the Dominicans arrival. So the team may not be quite as good but they have some stars. Again, to qualify for the Dream team the player has to be born in Cuba and played in the major leagues. Myworld used Baseball Reference as its focal point to identify the players.

Starting Lineup

Minie Minoso CF
Tony Oliva LF
Tony Perez 1B
Jose Canseco RF
Rafael Palmeiro DH
Yuli Gurriel 3B
Yoan Moncada 2B
Yasmani Grandal C
Bert Campaneris SS

Bench

Eli Marrero C, Jose Abreu 1B, Zoilo Versalles UTL, Leo Cardenas UTL, Yoenis Cespedes OF, Yordan Alvarez OF

Starting Pitching

Luis Tiant, Dolf Luque, Jose Fernandez, Mike Cuellar, Livan Hernandez

Bullpen

Aroldis Chapman, Raisel Iglesias, Diego Segui, Danys Baez, Pedro Ramos, Camilo Pascual

Luis Robert and Jorge Soler may put themselves on this team next year just as Yordan Alvarez put himself on this team based on his rookie performance. Gurriel had a breakout season last year, but was always one of the top players in the Cuban League with Jose Abreu and Yoenis Cespedes. Myworld was torn between Paul Casanova or Marrero as the back up catcher. The team probably has too many first base/DH types that are poor defensively and too many utility players that do not shine offensively when you think of a Dream team. The starting pitching is rock solid, even with the abbreviated opportunity Fernandez had to pitch. The bullpen was a little shy of arms so myworld was forced to add two long relievers in Pascual and Ramos who can both start and relieve. This team will compete.

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