2018-2019 Cuban National League

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The 2018-2019 Cuban National League saw a new titlist as Las Tunas won their first championship, the third team this decade to join the rank of titlists (Ciego de Ávila and Granma had combined for five titles in the 2010s after having never won previously.

In the opener of the finals, January 12, Las Tunas won at home, beating Villa Clara in a 13-6 rout. LF Jorge Jhonson (4 H, 3 R, 3 RBI), DH Danel Castro (4 RBI) and 2B Jorge Alomá (4 RBI) all provided offensive fireworks to make a winner of Yudiel Rodríguez while Alaín Sánchez took the loss. The next day, Las Tunas again prevailed at home, 8-4, with Alomá going 3 for 3 with 2 runs and a RBI; in a losing cause, DH Carlos Benítez was also 3 for 3 and homered. Dariel Góngora got the win, saved by Rodríguez, and Misael Villa took the loss.

Villa Clara came home on January 15 and got a win, 9-4 behind the pitching of Freddy Asiel Álvarez (W) and Pablo Guillén (Sv); 1B William Saavedra drove in 3 and finished a triple shy of the cycle while Benítez again was 3 for 3, this time with 2 doubles, 2 runs and a RBI. Las Tunas was the first team to get a road win, on the 16th, by a 7-5 score. Yadián Martínez won it while Yoalkis Cruz notched the save. 1B Yasiel Santoya drove in 3. For Villa Clara, LF Yurién Vizcaino had 4 hits and 3 runs and Saavedra drove in 3 while Sánchez lost his second. The series ended on January 17 with another win for Las Tunas, 8-4. SS Alexander Ayala was 4 for 4 with a double, homer, 2 runs and 2 RBI and Jhonson had 3 hits and 4 RBI. Martínez won for the second straight day and again Cruz saved it for him. Yosvani Torres took the loss.


Team Classification Phase Secondary Phase Manager
Sancti Spíritus 24-21 25-20 José R. Delgado
Las Tunas 27-18 24-21 Pablo Alberto Civil
Industriales 26-19 23-22 Rey Vicente Anglada
Ciego de Ávila 28-17 23-22 Roger Machado
Villa Clara 27-18 22-23 Eduardo Paret
Holguín 28-17 18-27 Noelvis González
Santiago de Cuba 25-20 -- Eriberto Rosales
Mayabeque 24-21 -- Vannoy Arado
Isla de la Juventud 23-22 -- Jose Luis Rodríguez Pantoja
Pinar del Rio 27-18 -- Pedro Luis Lazo
Artemisa 20-23 -- Dany Valdespino
Camagüey 19-26 -- Orlando González
Granma 18-25 -- Carlos Martí
Guantánamo 17-28 -- Eduardo Pavó
Cienfuegos 16-28 -- Alaín Álvarez
Matanzas 14-30 -- Víctor Figueroa


  • Semi-finals
  • Villa Clara 4, Sancti Spíritus 1
  • Las Tunas 4, Ciego de Ávila 1
  • Championship Series
  • Las Tunas 4, Villa Clara 1


Bold indicates either wooden bat record or aluminum bat record (1976-1977 to 1998-1999), Italics indicate Serie Nacional record

Where two teams are listed, the player switched teams at the half


Stat Leader Team Number Notes
Batting Average Jorge Alomá Artemisa/Las Tunas .388
Runs Scored Yuniesky Larduet Las Tunas 88
Base Hits Orlando Acebey Sancti Spíritus 139
Doubles Dennis Laza
Stayler Hernández
Industriales/Villa Clara
Triples Dayron Blanco Artemisa 6
Home Runs Stayler Hernández Industriales/Villa Clara 19
Runs Batted In Yurién Vizcaino Villa Clara 88
Base-on-Balls Frederich Cepeda Sancti Spíritus 68
Intentional Base-on-Balls Alexander Ayala
Yordanis Samón
Norel González
Camagüey/Las Tunas
Villa Clara
Hit-by-Pitch Edain Román Mayabeque 16
Strikeouts Rafael Viñales Las Tunas 64
Sacrifice Hit Andy Zamora Villa Clara 16
Sacrifice Fly Yurién Vizcaino Villa Clara 10
Stolen Bases Yuniesky Larduet Las Tunas 30


Stat Leader Team Number Notes
Wins Dariel Góngora Camagüey/Las Tunas 12
Win-Loss Percentage Yadián Martínez Mayabeque/Las Tunas .769 10-3
Earned Run Average Frank Medina Pinar del Río/Industriales 2.76 130 2/3 IP
Innings Pitched Yadián Martínez Mayabeque/Las Tunas 135 1/3
Games Pitched Rafael Sánchez Holguín 43
Games Started Yoalkis Cruz
Yariel Rodríguez
Alberto Bicet
Las Tunas
Santiago de Cuba/Sancti Spíritus
Games Relieved Rafael Sánchez Holguín 43
Complete Games Dariel Góngora Camagüey/Las Tunas 6
Shutouts Yadián Martínez
Alberto Bicet
Mayabeque/Las Tunas
Santiago de Cuba/Sancti Spíritus
Hits Allowed Alberto Bicet Santiago de Cuba/Sancti Spíritus 166
Strikeouts Yariel Rodríguez ?? 118
Base-on-Balls Yariel Rodríguez ?? 66
Intentional Base-on-Balls José Angel García Artemisa/Sancti Spíritus 15
Hit Batters Carlos Santiesteban Holguín 17
Saves José Angel García Artemisa/Sancti Spíritus 12

All-Star Game[edit]

On October 21, 2018, the 2018-19 All-Star Game took place at Estadio José Ramón Cepero in Ciego de Ávila, Ciego de Ávila. The Occidentales beat the Orientales, 5-4. Geonel Gutiérrez got the win over Rubén Rodríguez while Frank Medina saved it. The Occidentales were aided by 4 early Orientales errors.


Jorge Alomá of Artemisa and Las Tunas won the Serie Nacional MVP after batting a league-leading .388 with a .493 OBP and .616 SLG. César Prieto (Villa Clara/Cienfuegos) was named Serie Nacional Rookie of the Year after hitting .356/?/.471 and scoring 73 runs in 89 games.

Offensive All-Stars were C Yosvany Alarcón (Las Tunas), 1B Yunier Mendoza (Sancti Spíritus), 2B Carlos Benítez (Granma), SS Jorge Alomá (Artemisa/Las Tunas), 3B Orlando Acebey (Sancti Spíritus), OF Ariel Sánchez (Matanzas), OF Stayler Hernández (Industriales/Villa Clara), OF Edilse Silva (Santiago de Cuba) and DH Yordanis Samón (Industriales). Alaín Sánchez (Villa Clara) was named the top right-handed pitcher and Dariel Góngora (Camagüey/Las Tunas) the top southpaw. Pablo Alberto Civil won Manager of the Year and Jorge Niebla Umpire of the Year.

Gold Glove winners were C Yulexis La Rosa (Villa Clara), 1B William Saavedra (Pinar del Río), 2B Carlos Benítez (Granma), SS Yorbis Borroto (Ciego de Ávila), 3B Michael González (Mayabeque), OF Andy Zamora (Villa Clara), OF Orlando Lavandera (Mayabeque) and Edilse Silva (Santiago de Cuba).

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