This Saturday, the roster of 40 players who will represent Pinar del Río in the upcoming National Series, which will begin on March 22, was published and which we recently approved. This area is one of those that has suffered more accidents from one season to the next and on the contrary, very few players with experience in our main baseball tournament return to their number. But there is a special case.
Among the 12 infielders who will be under the command of Alexandre Urquiola, Tailor Sánchez Díaz stands out, who will return to this tournament from the United States, coming to his country in June 2019 and where he is currently. The departure from Iceland occurred four years ago towards Mexico.
Sartor, who did not have to repatriate to take this step in his sports career, told Cubalite “baseball has always been my wherever I am. I contacted the managers of the team and told them my interest. Everything went well and they helped me to join the group. I am very happy to be here again. I was training in the United States, and I played at Miami Dade College while I was waiting to be signed.
His only match was in Series 58 (2018-2019) and the coaching staff led by Pedro Luis Lazo offered him very few chances. At the age of 19, in 11 games, he batted .167 (one hit in six at-bats), struck out one and made 26 defensive errors. Before, he represented the Vueltabajero squad that participated in the fifth U-23 National Championship of 2018.
Sánchez, a right-handed hitter who turned 21 on March 24, was part of the Cuban team that won the Under-15 World Cup, held in Mexico (August 31 to July 10, 2014). There he fired two hits in five chances (.400 average), with two runs scored, one hit, one hit at third base and one at shortstop and a save.
He started as a regular in the match against Hong Kong and was used as a substitute against Venezuela, Panama, Australia and Argentina. He was a partner in that fight with Lázaro Armenteros, Emesto Martínez Jr., Alfredo Fadraga, Jonathan Machado, Adrián Morejón, Miguel Antonio Vargas, among others.
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