Cuban Pitcher Siverio Deserts in US

The first photo of Misael Silverio after he abandoned Team Cuba in Des Moines, Iowa.  Foto: CafeFuerte
The first photo of Misael Silverio after he abandoned Team Cuba in Des Moines, Iowa. Foto: CafeFuerte

HAVANA TIMES — Cuba lost its second pitcher this summer when left-hander Misael Siverio abandoned his team on shortly after they arrived in the USA on Monday for a five game series.

Silveirio, 24, was a promising hurler for the recently crowned champion Villa Clara in the Cuban league. In fact it was the combined effort of Siveiro y Jonder Martinez that gave their team the win in the fifth and decisive game of the league championship, won by VC four games to one over Matanzas.

Siverio was the only left hander on the Cuban squad that traveled Monday to the Des Moines, Iowa for the first game of five game series against a US university team of young prospects.

His loss to Team Cuba follows that of right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne (Industriales) who abandoned his team in Rotterdam, Holland earlier this month before the World Port Tournament, won by Cuba.

Siverio told Café Fuerte that he hopes to play Major League Baseball and that his idol is New York Yankees pitcher CC  Sabathia.

Siverio pitching for his Cuban league team Villa Clara.  Photo: ACN
Siverio pitching for his Cuban league team Villa Clara. Photo: ACN

The lefty should be eligible to be a free agent under the new MLB rules, after he normalizes his status in the United States, which welcomes any Cuban who manages to touch its territory with a fast-track to permanent residency.

“It wasn’t easy, but it was a decision I spent a lot of time considering”, Siverio told the Miami Herald newspaper by telephone from Des Moines.

“Of course my dream is to play in the Majors and from now on I will take the first steps towards that becoming a reality,” he added.

Antonio Becali, the official in charge of the Cuban baseball delegation, refused to comment on the loss of Siverio.

The first game between Cuba and the US university squad takes place this evening in Des Moines.  Havana Times will bring you a report on the action thanks to Peter C. Bjarkman who is on hand for the series.

Here is the Cuban team that to play the five-game series in the USA from

# Player Position Age Bats/Throws Team in the Cuban league
Catchers (2)
3 Lazaro Herrera Catcher 29 R-R Matanzas
77 Lorenzo Quintana Catcher 23 R-R Pinar del Río
Infielders (8)
55 Edilse Silva First Base 31 L-L Santiago de Cuba
8 José Miguel Fernández* Second Base 25 L-R Matanzas
11 Erisbel Arruebarruena* Shortstop 23 R-R Cienfuegos
10 Yulieski Gourriel* Third Base 29 R-R Sancti Spíritus
30 Andy Sarduy Second Base 29 R-R Villa Clara
47 Yurisbel Gracial Third Base 27 R-R Matanzas
42 Yordan Manduley Torpedero 26 R-R Holguín
1 Yunior Paumier Tercera Base 28 R-R Holguín
Outfielders (5)
27 Yasmani Tomás* Outfielder 22 R-R Industriales
62 William Luis Campillo Outfielder 29 R-R Camagüey
31 Dayron Varona Outfielder 24 R-R Camagüey
53 Ariel Sánchez Outfielder 28 L-L Matanzas
22 Irait Chirino Outfielder 28 L-L Industriales
Pitchers (9)
23 Ismel Jiménez* Pitcher 27 R Sancti Spíritus
15 Freddy Asiel Alvarez* Pitcher 24 R Villa Clara
26 Raciel Iglesias* Pitcher 23 R Isla de la Juventud
34 Vladimir García* Pitcher 25 R Ciego de Avila
43 Diosdani Castillo* Pitcher 25 R Villa Clara
90 Noelvis Entenza Pitcher 27 R Cienfuegos
29 Norge Luis Ruíz Pitcher 18 R Camagüey
25 Joel Suárez Pitcher 27 R Matanzas
Manager and coaches
32 Victor Mesa Manager (Matanzas)
9 Lázaro Lopez Coach (Villa Clara)
64 Alexis Garro Coach (Matanzas)
16 José Ramón Riscart Pitching Coach (Matanzas)
28 Jesús Manso Trainer (Villa Clara)
5 Ramón Moré Technical director (Villa Clara)

5 thoughts on “Cuban Pitcher Siverio Deserts in US

  • Bienvenidos Cuban National Team…looking forward to seeing the team in Durham, NC Tuesday!! Always a pleasure to see great baseball!

  • MLB is a private, for-profit, multi-billion dollar corporation. Cuba is a failed and corrupt communist regime. Why in the world would any successful multinational corporation like MLB make a deal to receive talent that they already get for free today? By the way, ending the embargo is a great idea. No Castros, free elections, no political prisoners and a free press. Easy stuff…

  • Didn’t Siveiro hear Raul’s recent speech to the Cuban parliament? Things are getting better in Cuba every day. Raul’s reforms are changing lives. Why in the world would he defect now?

  • need to have an agreement between MLB and Cuba such as Cuba has with Mexico. The 50 plus year embargo should come to an end.

  • It is interesting to see the recent increase in the number of Cuban baseball players leaving in hopes of playing in the MLB.

    I look forward to Peter’s reports from Iowa. Will any of the games be televised on a North America sports channel?

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