By Conor Liguori
World Baseball Network
Federacion de Beisbol Aficionado de Puerto Rico has announced the official 24-man roster for the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games. The team originally had 27 players on the preselection roster.
The 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games will be held in San Salvador, El Salvador from June 24 to July 1. Puerto Rico is ranked No. 11 in the World Baseball Rankings, and will play their first game of the tournament on June 24 against No. 6 Venezuela at Parque de Pelota Saturnino Bengoa in San Salvador, El Salvador.
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 other seven nations competing in the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games are No. 32 Curacao, No. 3 Mexico, No. 17 Nicaragua, No. 10 Dominican Republic, No. 6 Venezuela, No. 7 Cuba, and the host nation, No. 59 El Salvador.
The Puerto Rico roster will feature two catchers, six infielders, four outfielders, and 12 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 24-man roster Puerto Rico will bring to the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Ruben Castro (Azucareros de Yabucoa)
Jan Vazquez (Samaritanos de San Lorenzo)
Kevin Luciano (Toritos de Cayey)
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)
Edwin Gomez (Azucareros de Yabucoa)
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)
Miguel Mejia (Leones de Patillas)
Andres Santiago (Cafeteros de Yauco)
Jan Figueroa (Cachorros de Ponce)
Freddie Cabrera (Toritos de Cayey)