Monday, May 31, 2021

NPB Players On The Americas Qualifier Rosters

One of the last two qualifying tournaments for the baseball competition for the delayed but not yet cancelled 2020 Tokyo Olympics started today in Florida.  The Americas Qualifier pits the National squads for Canada, Columbia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, the United States and Venezuela against each other for either a spot in Tokyo (for the tournament winner) or a spot in the final qualifier later this month in Mexico (for the second and third place teams).  Well, the National squads of players who aren't on any MLB team's 40 man rosters right now.

There's a handful of current and former NPB players on the team rosters - I've found 16 players on the Canadian, Cuban, Dominican and American teams.  Actually to be completely honest, I may have found 17 players.  The Cuban roster lists a player named Yadir Drake.  There was a Yadir Drake who played for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in 2016 but I'm not sure they're the same guy.  The Drake who played for the Fighters defected from Cuba in 2011 and spent a couple years in the Dodgers organization.  I was not aware of any defectors being allowed to play for the Cuban National Team but maybe things have changed.  In any event, I don't have any cards of Drake with the Fighters (the only one I'm aware of is a Home Run Sausage card) so I can't show any cards of him here anyway.

UPDATE 6/1/21 - Missed Cuban pitcher Yariel Rodriquez who's a member of the Chunichi Dragons, although I don't have any cards of him either.

It would not surprise me if I missed someone.   Here are the 16 players I found and have cards for:

Canada

Andrew Albers - Buffaloes 2018-20

2019 Epoch NPB #114

Chris Leroux - Swallows 2013

2013 Bandai Owners League 04 #055

Scott Mathieson - Giants 2012-19

2015 BBM 2nd Version #484

Dustin Molleken - Fighters 2012-13

2012 BBM Nippon Series #S46

Cuba

Fredrich Cepeda - Giants 2014-15

2014 BBM Giants #G057

Alfredo Despaigne - Marines 2014-16, Hawks 2017-present

2017 Calbee #084

Raidel Martinez - Dragons 2018-present

2018 BBM Dragons #D32

Livan Moinelo - Hawks 2017-present

2018 Hawks 80th Anniversary Celebration #03

Roel Santos - Marines 2017

2017 BBM Genesis #027

Dominican Republic

Juan Francisco - Giants 2015

2015 BBM Giants #G47

Radhames Liz - Eagles 2016

2016 BBM Eagles #E23

Roman Mendez - Tigers 2017

2017 Epoch Tigers #06 (Variant 1)

Enny Romero - Dragons 2019

2019 BBM Dragons #D31

Raul Valdes - Dragons 2015-17

2017 BBM 1st Version #305

United States

Brandon Dickson - Buffaloes 2013-2020

2013 BBM 1st Version #306

DJ Johnson - 2020 Carp, 2020 Eagles

2020 Epoch Carp Rookies & Stars #12

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