Robert Roilan Portuondo signs with Rivas of the LBPN.

Today in the Baseball Challenge League Robert Roilan Portuondo saw action in relief in the Shinano Grandserows 3-2 victory over the Nigata Albirex. The right-hander tossed a scoreless inning where did not allow a hit or an earned run and struck out one. The Cuban will be part of the Gigantes de Rivas pitching staff this winter in the LBPN.

The hurler saw his ERA fall to 3.10 on the season and has now fanned 61 batters. Equipped with a 95 mph fastball the Cuban flamethrower is an interesting prospect. Portuondo also sports a shiny 5-3 record on the campaign.

The 24 year old Portuondo has all the ability to make an impact in the Nicaraguan Winter League, all he has to do is exhibit his immense talent on the mound. If he does that everything else should fall into place. The young hurler is represented by Carlos Pérez of Leona Sports.

Cuban signings in the Winter Leagues:


Yunesky Maya RHP (Águilas)

Rangel Ravelo IF-OF (Águilas)

Yadiel Hernández OF (Águilas)

Dairon Blanco OF (Estrellas)

Yasiel Puig OF (Estrellas)

Julio Robaina LHP (Estrellas)

Raúl Valdés LHP (Toros)

Liga ARCO Mexicana del Pacífico:

Yuniesky Larduet OF (Los Mochis)

Yasmany Tomás 1B-DH (Los Mochis)

Pavel Hernández RHP (Navojoa)

Albert Lara IF-OF (Navojoa)

Carlos J. Viera RHP (Hermosillo)

Roel Santos OF (Hermosillo)

Dariel Álvarez OF (Culiacán)

Miguel Romero RHP (Culiacán)

Peter O’Brien OF-1B (Culiacán) *

Félix Pérez OF-1B (Jalisco)

Lázaro Blanco RHP (Mazatlán)

Yoelkis Guibert OF (Guasave)

Yadir Drake OF-1B (Guasave)

JC Escarra C,OF,1B (Guasave)* (**)

Yoanys Quiala RHP (Monterrey)

Odrisamer Despaigne RHP ( Ciudad Obregón)


Pedro Echemendia RHP (Ponce)

JC Escarra C,IF,OF (Ponce)*(**)

Lázaro Estrada RHP (Santurce)


Ronald Bolaños RHP (Caribes)


Lorenzo Quintana C (Tigres de Chinandega)

Robert Roilan Portuondo RHP (Gigantes de Rivas)


** Will play with Guasave until November, after November will join Ponce.

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