By Conor Liguori
World Baseball Network
Puerto Rico has announced their preselection roster for the 24th Central American and Caribbean Games, which will be held from June 23 to July 8 in San Salvador, El Salvador. Panama City was supposed to be the original location of the Central American and Caribbean Games, but the government withdrew in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2018, Puerto Rico took home the gold medal the last time the Central American and Caribbean Games were held. They are ranked third all-time at the event in total medals with three gold, three silver, and three bronze. In front of them is the Dominican Republic with 11 total medals, and Cuba holds the record, with 18. Puerto Rico finished with a 5-2 record in 2018, and defeated Cuba in the finals at Edgar Renteria Baseball Stadium in Barranquilla, Colombia.
The Puerto Rico roster will feature two catchers, seven infielders, three outfielders, and 15 pitchers. All of the players come from Liga Superior Beisbol Doble A, which is an amateur baseball spring and summer league run by the Federación de Béisbol Aficionado de Puerto Rico.
Below is the full 27-man roster Puerto Rico will bring to Nicaragua on June 19 to prepare for the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games.
Ruben Castro (Azucareros de Yabucoa)
Jan Vazquez (Samaritanos de San Lorenzo)
Kevin Luciano (Toritos de Cayey)
Edwin Gomez (Azucareros de Yabucoa)
Jesmuel Valentín (Atenienses de Manatí)
Jeremy Rivera (Navegantes de Aguada)
Ozzie Martinez (Artesanos de Las Piedras)
Yadiel Rivera (Jueyeros de Maunabo)
Rey Navarro (Bravos de Cidra)
Jeffrey Dominguez (Bravos de Cidra)
Miguel Egea (Halcones de Gurabo)
Bryan Miranda (Atenienses de Manati)
Brian Marrero (Libertadores de Hormigueros)
Ivan Houellemont (Guerrilleros de Rio Grande)
Luis Leroy Cruz (Pescadores del Plata de Comerío)
Julio Torres (Guardianes de Dorado)
Ramesis Rosa (Artesanos de Las Piedras)
Christian Torres (Guerrilleros de Río Grande)
Josue Montanez (Bravos de Cidra)
Jose Carlos Burgos (Toritos de Cayey)
Sidney Duprey (Leones de Patillas)
Miguel Mejia (Leones de Patillas)
Andres Santiago (Cafeteros de Yauco)
Alexander Castro (Peces Voladores de Salinas)
Jan Figueroa (Cachorros de Ponce)
Jimmy Gonzalez (Grises de Humacao)
Freddie Cabrera (Toritos de Cayey)