Cuban World Baseball Classic star pitcher receives release, could head to MLB

Yariel Rodriguez of Cuba pitches against Australia in a World Baseball Classic quarterfinal game at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo on March 15, 2023. (Photo by Kyodo News/Sipa USA)

Numerous players stood out at last spring’s World Baseball Classic, but few wowed quite like Yariel Rodriguez. Used as a starter by the Cuban squad, Rodriguez showcased an upper-90s fastball and a slider with extreme movement.


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