By José Alejandro Rodríguez Zas
Last October 23, we publish on this website the updated preselection of the Elephants of Cienfuegos with a view to the 61st edition of the National Baseball Series.
In the list, the absence of the stellar waiter César Prieto, leader of the southern line up and spark plug of the Perla del Sur team in recent seasons, who left the Cuba team at the end of May happened, just when he arrived in Florida, United States. , to participate in the Pre-Olympic Tournament of the Americas, a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 summer event.
Likewise, the young first baseman Daniel Pérez Pérez did not repeat on the payroll with the Elephants, because requested the withdrawal of Cuban baseball in June, a similar situation to that of fellow prospect Luis Enrique González, who got off the plane hours before the Cuba team left for the U23 World Cup for unknown reasons and which, perhaps, influenced his decision.
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However, another name was absent from the Cienfuegos preselection for Series 61 and that is the case of the outfielder Félix Rodríguez, “who also asked to leave high-performance sports” in Cuba. as confirmed by Cubalite, thus increasing the list of casualties in the southern team, occupying the seventh place in the last Series 60, after falling in the quarterfinals against the Cocodrilos de Matanzas, ultimately national runners-up.
Felix, 23, was one of the 34 players considered talents by the Cuban Baseball Federation and who could be released to fulfill a contract with the Major Leagues in case of being chosen by a Major League Baseball franchise, as a result of the agreement that in at some point it was in force between both organizations.
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With experience in five National Series, Felix rodriguez He posted a .254 offensive average with 131 hits in 515 times at bat, including 13 doubles, 10 triples and seven home runs, as well as 67 RBIs and 86 runs scored.
In addition, he had 126 strikeouts with 57 walks, nine stolen bases in 18 attempts and his offensive line was at .332 / .365 / .697 (OBP / SLG / OPS). On defense, he committed 11 errors in 384 pitches for an average of .971, with 21 assists and 352 outs made, participating in two double plays.
Undoubtedly, with all those casualties, the Elephants of Cienfuegos, under the command of Alaín Álvarez, will have several unknowns to clear up in order to qualify for the Series 61 postseason and remain in the stellar planes of Cuban ball.
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