Matthew Tallarini, Chief Correspondent, World Baseball Network Dec. 13, 2022
NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The fourth Caribbean Cup was held at Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium last week. Puerto Rico won the title on Sunday night beating Cuba 9-3 Curacao took third place and earned a spot in the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games in El Salvador, beating host nation the Bahamas 4-2 on Sunday.
Here are the top 10 players at the 2022 Caribbean Cup World Baseball Network according to World Baseball Network’s Matt Tallarini.
- Starting pitcher Jose Burgos (Puerto Rico) went 1-0 during the Caribbean Cup and finished with a 0.87 earned run average, making two starts and throwing 10 1/3 innings with one earned run, five hits, five walks, and five strikeouts.
- Third Basemen Reynaldo Navarro (Puerto Rico) batted 3.64 and led the tournament with 10 hits in 25 at bats. He had four multi-hit games and batted .400 while clubbing four doubles and scoring seven runs.
- Catcher Ruben Castro (Puerto Rico) batted .400 for the tournament and caught 36 innings, while also getting some time at first base in two games. Castro had nine hits during the week, including a triple against the United States Virgin Islands. He scored seven runs and had seven RBI in 22 at bats.
- Starting pitcher Jordan Lucas (Curacao) got the most outs on balls in play during the tournament, with 42 combined ground ball and fly outs in 14 2/3 Innings pitched. He threw a complete game the first day of the event against Puerto Rico, allowing six hits, one earned run, one walk and striking out one. In his two starts, he had a 1.84 earned run average with 12 hits allowed, three earned runs, and three walks.
- Shortstop Darren Seferina (Curacao) batted .435 over 23 at-bats, leading the tournament in batting average. Sefarina 10 hits, eight runs, five RBI, and the highest on-base percentage in the tournament at .522.
- Right fielder Raysheandell Michel (Curacao) batted .364 with eight hits, four runs crossing, six RBI and hit the first home run at the new Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium against the Bahamas in the second game of pool play. He led the tournament in slugging percentage at .682 and on-base plus slugging (OPS) at 1.105.
- Yoelkis Guibert ( DH/CF – Cuba) arrived in the middle of tournament, but carried a .375 batting average with one home run, seven runs, six hits and three RBI in 16 at bats during the Caribbean Cup.
- Starting pitcher Nelmerson Angela (Curacao) pitched a complete game win against the Bahamas for the right to go to the 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games in the consolation game. He had an ERA of 1.38 in 13 innings pitched at the Caribbean Cup, with seven hits allowed, two earned runs, one home run allowed, five walks and 12 strikeouts.
- Relief Ppitcher Yeudi Reyes (Cuba) appeared in four games in the closer role for Cuba. His earned run average was 0.00, with five innings pitched, one save, three hits allowed, four walks, and six strikeouts.
- Center fielder Alexquemer Sanchez (Cuba) batted .350 in 20 at-bats with seven hits, one home run, seven RBI, and a slugging percentage of .600.
The 2022 Caribbean Cup All-Star Team
The World Baseball Softball Confederation named their top 10 players after the conclusion of Sunday’s games.
Starting Pitcher – Jose Burgos, Puerto Rico
Relief Pitcher – Yeudi Reyes, Cuba
Catcher – Ruben Castro, Puerto Rico
First Baseman – Dudley Lenora, Curacao
Second Baseman – Adari Grant, Bahamas
Shortstop – Darren Seferina, Curacao
Third Baseman – Reynaldo Navarro, Curacao
Right Fielder – Reysheandall Michel, Curacao
Center Fielder – Miguel Egea, Puerto Rico
Left Fielder – Rayshelon Carolina, Curacao
Designated Hitter – Yoelkis Guilbert, Cuba