The Cuban baseball season is underway, and Outfielder Alfredo Despaigne is off to a great start. Despaigne is hitting .390 with 12 HR’s and 36 RBI’s through the first 30 games of the season. Peter Bjarkman has written a column about Despaigne establishing himself as Cuban’s best player. On a sidenote, Peter Bjarkman is a pretty interesting guy. While its pretty amazing an American ended up becoming the Peter Gammons of Cuba, he does a great job discussing the Cuban league.
Even though my mediocre Spanish made this article difficult to read, it discusses the competition between Despaigne and Rangers prospect Justin Smoak at the 2009 Baseball World Cup. Both players were both unbelievable, combining for 20 home runs over the short tournament. Smoak’s performance made him slightly famous in Cuba, which should also happen here when he reaches the majors.