Bryan chi, the right-handed pitcher of the Cuba U-23 team that participates in the World Cup in Mexico, this Saturday became the ninth player to leave the national team, in what constitutes an unprecedented flight of players in the history of Cuban baseball.
“Cuban pitcher Bryan Chi (22) left the Cuban team at the U-23 World Cup hours before the bronze match against Colombia. He becomes the 9th dropout at this # U23WorldCup. Chi was in the US in May with the Pre-Olympic team, ”sports journalist Francys Romero reported on his social networks.
Chi, who opened this Wednesday in the tournament against Venezuela, was relieved in the opening inning, after the rojillo team scored five earned runs and was relieved by Kelbis Rodríguez, who allowed six scores in 3.2 episodes, in a game in which the Cuban team fell by knockout, with a score of 11 x 0.
“The payroll is at 15 now. Eight days of unprecedented exodus in the history of Cuban baseball emigration, ”Romero highlighted in his publication. With this ninth retirement, the squad led by Eriel Sánchez from Spiritus enters history not precisely because of its performance on the field, but because of the flight of the players, of whom the coach affirmed that “patriotism” had been taken into account to be elected.
Bryan Chi Montoya is considered one of the most promising right-handed pitchers among the young Cuban ball pitchers. According to experts, his great virtue is his speed (which is around 90 miles) and the dominance of the hitters.
Born in Havana City, he is around 6 feet tall and weighs around 180 pounds. An industrialist for four seasons of the National Series, Chi refers to experienced Cuban players Germán Mesa, Padilla, Rey Vicente Anglada, Lázaro Vargas, Pedro Luis Lazo, and Lázaro Valle as idols.
Before arriving in Ciudad Obregón, in the State of Sonora (where the competition is held), Chi had won 4 and lost 3 in the last National Series. In the eleven games he started, his opposing hitters averaged 237. His ERA was 3.60 per nine innings, and in the 156 innings he played, Chi struck out a total of 82.
In the last pre-Olympic tournament, the ex-industrialist achieved Cuba’s only victory against Colombia. In that event he had two opportunities: the first as a reliever against Venezuela and the second, a five-round opening against the Colombian team, in a game that allowed four hits, they made him a run and struck out 3.
The portal swingcompleto.com it ranked Chi as one of the five Cuban prospects who would defend the colors at the U-23 World Cup. The 22-year-old right-hander excellently combines speed with corners and sliders, according to the specialized site.
At his young age, Chi led the pitching corps of Industriales, pitching for a 2.94 ERA in 52.0 innings of the last National Series Qualifier, with 35 strikeouts and 20 walks.
With a single home run against and an average of 237 of the batters that faced him in the last season played as an industrialist, Chi accumulated a total of 13 wins and 12 losses as he passed through the first level baseball on the island.
Chi joins the list of players who have left the national team during the tournament, composed of catcher Loidel Rodríguez, designated hitter Miguel Antonio González, outfielders Reinaldo Lazaga and Dismany Palacios, and pitchers Dariel Fernández, Luis Dany Morales, Ubert Mejías and Yeiniel Zayas.
“Tremendous kid, we are going to miss him in Industriales, I wish him the greatest success in his life,” commented an Internet user in Romero’s publication. “He lost a great Industrial launcher,” lamented another blue fan on the social network.