By José Alejandro Rodríguez Zas
As is already known, in the past III U23 Baseball World Cup held in the state of Sonora, Mexico, a total of 12 Cuban players escaped from the national team led by Eriel Sánchez from Spiritus, setting a record in dropouts for a Cuban delegation abroad.
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Of them, a total of six had already crossed the northern Mexican border in the direction of the United States, taking their first step in search of a professional signing through the amateur draft, while Loidel Chapellí Jr. and Yandy Yánez, the Bryan Chi from the capital city and Geisel Cepeda and Luis Danys Morales from Spiritus remained in Aztec lands, according to the latest information received.
Among those who have already stepped on US soil are Uber Luis Mejías from Santiago, Loidel Rodríguez and Diasmany Palacio from Spiritus, Yeiniel Zayas from Pinero, Miguel Antonio González from Granma and Reinaldo Lazaga from Pinar del Río.
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However, in the early hours of this Thursday, November 18, the seventh was added to the list. As reported by journalist Francys Romero on his Twitter profile, the 24-year-old left-handed pitcher from Pinar del Río, Dariel Fernandez, arrived in Miami “after being held for almost a month in an immigration jail in Texas.”
Cuban pitcher Dariel Fernández (24) arrives in Miami after being held for almost a month in an immigration jail in Texas, informed Pelota Cubana and me, his agent Carlos Pérez. He is the 7th player of the 12 who left the U-23 World Cup to reach the United States. pic.twitter.com/8XL46lIH3D
– Francys Romero (@ francysromero10) November 18, 2021
The player’s own agent, Carlos Pérez, very popular in 2021 as a representative of several Cuban players who have left national teams in different events, confirmed the news.
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The pitcher from Pinar del Río did not suffer the same fate as his companions who crossed the border and, instead of achieving his objective quickly, he was held for more than three weeks by the authorities.
However, when his case began to worry, he was released and fulfilled his first goal, which was to reach the United States. From now on, it is up to your talent, effort and dedication to advance in American professional baseball.
Dariel He participated in three National Series, mainly as a reliever, adding a 4-3 record in 54 games pitched, with an ERA of 3.64 and a WHIP of 1.51, in addition to 41 strikeouts and 43 walks. In the U23 World Cup, he only acted in 0.1 innings, faced three batters, allowed two hits and three runs, two of them earned.
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AFTER 1 MONTH ARRESTED, THE 7TH ESCAPE OF THE CUBA TEAM ENTERED THE UNITED STATES