This is the first time that Rodriguez, from the municipality of Baracoa, is part of the Cuban team and this was possible thanks to its effectiveness as closing pitcher in the Guantanamo Indians.
During the current National Baseball Series the right hander has the same number of won and saved games.
This is also the first time that a Guantanamo baseball player becomes part of a team to the World Baseball Classic.
The Cuban team also includes catchers Eriel Sanchez, Frank Camilo Morejon and Yulieski la Rosa
In the infield figure Lourdes Gourriel, José Dariel Abreu, José Miguel Fernández, Erisbel Arruebarruena, Andy Ibañez y Luis Felipe Rivera.
Also the outfilders Frederich Cepeda, Alfredo Despaigne, Guillermo Heredia, Alexei Bell, Yadiel Hernández y Rusney Castillo are included in a team managed by Coach Victor Mesa.
The pitchers staff is completed by Ismel Jiménez, Vladimir García, Odrisamen Despaigne, Vichyohandri Odelín, Danny Betancourt, Yander Guevara y Raicel Iglesias y los zurdos Norberto González, Wilber Pérez, Darien Nuñez y Yulieski González.
Along with Mesa will work the experienced Jorge Fuentes, while Primitivo Díaz y Ángel Castillo will be the coaches, and Pedro José Rodriguez as batting coach along with Ramon Riscart.
Cuba will play at the qualifying round in the city of Fukuoka, Japon where thy will debut on March 2, against the Brazilian team.
In this key also figure the Republic of China and Japan.