Two pitchers from Camagüey came over the border to the United States, including a great reliever—Swing Compledo.

By Yasal Porto

Among the thousands and thousands of Cubans who have crossed the Mexican border into the United States, the group of athletes continues to grow. In terms of both quantity and quality, Olympic javelin champion Osledis Menendez is one of the worst cases.

In recent days, two players from Camaguey joined the roster, one of whom has been a key piece of the Toros pitching staff for most of their seven seasons. In the latter case I refer to Carlos Alfredo Pérez Vergara.

Although he was absent in the last national series, due, among other things, to his immigration plans (he was also injured), he became a high reliever in Camague’s team. One of his most important moments came in a season of power-ups for the Los Dunas Lumberjacks, with a personal best of 11 saves in the series, 57.

That same year, 2017, he was included in the U23 national team that participated in the category’s pre-world championships based in Panama, coached by former catcher Ariel Pestano.

The 27-year-old right-hander made his debut in 2014-15 and since then his talent has earned him not only favorable metrics but also good results. After a while, he specialized in the closer role for Camagui, who made only 13 starts in 114 mound appearances.

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The other player was pitcher Adrien Pérez García, who was less prominent in Cuban baseball by participating in two national series. His debut took place at the 2019–2020 exhibition, in which Toros advanced to title contention against Matanzas.

After legally leaving Cuba, the journey of these two pitchers continued, as in many cases in Nicaragua, until they crossed the border between Mexico and the United States along the Rio Grande.

However, depending on his status in the United States and the required clearances, he will have to wait a few months to either pitch in a domestic independent league or move to another country.

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