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The Clean-Up Hitter

Photograph By AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Alfredo Despaigne

Team: Cuba
Position: OF
Bats: Right. Throws: Right

What Despaigne lacks in size (he's only 5-foot-8), he makes up in power, twice claiming the Serie Nacionale single-season home run record in Cuban baseball. In the 2008 Olympics, he hit .382 with three home runs and 12 RBIs, though he had a less impressive performance (.235 with two RBIs) in the 2009 WBC -- when Cuba failed to make the final four. Perhaps it's worth noting that Despaigne owns a home run against Stephen Strasburg, that coming in the 2008 Olympic semifinals, a 10-2 win for Cuba.