With ESPN's Monday Night Baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals being dubbed "Global Games: Cuba," ESPN decided to name a position-by-position team comprised of current major league players from Cuba. Monday's game begins at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and WatchESPN.
C: Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers
It has been a breakout year for Grandal, who was traded from San Diego to the Dodgers in the offseason. The switch-hitting Grandal, 26, has matched his career high in home runs (15) and owns a career-best .891 OPS.
1B: Jose Abreu, White Sox
Abreu hasn't produced at the same level he did as a rookie in 2014, when he belted 36 home runs. But he still has the second-best OPS among American League first basemen (.860), trailing only Mark Teixeira.
2B: Adeiny Hechavarria, Marlins
OK, we know Hechavarria is the Marlins' every-day shortstop, but with no other Cuban second-base options, he's there because he has played eight career games at second, which is more than our next middle infielder ...
SS: Jose Iglesias, Tigers
Iglesias is an absolute magician with the glove. In addition to his great defense, he's hitting .309 -- the second-best batting average among major league shortstops -- mostly from the No. 9 spot in the batting order.
3B: Yunel Escobar, Nationals
A career shortstop, Escobar was moved to third base when he was traded to the Nationals in the offseason. He has provided below-average defense and little power at the plate, although his OPS is sixth among NL third basemen.
OF: Yoenis Cespedes, Mets
Since being traded from the Tigers to the Mets at the trade deadline, Cespedes has been moved from left field to center field and has gone 11-for-34 (.324) in eight games, six of them won by the Mets.
OF: Jorge Soler, Cubs
The 23-year-old rookie has struggled to generate any offense this season, striking out an average of once every three at-bats. But he's hitting .370 in August and has an eight-game hitting streak.
OF: Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
With Carl Crawford back in the outfield mix, Puig has been the odd man out, riding the bench mostly due to his poor performance. Still supremely talented at 24, he's hitting only .193 since July 1.
DH: Kendrys Morales, Royals
After an awful 2014, Morales has regained his stroke in Kansas City. The switch-hitter is having his best offensive season since 2010 and is performing even better in the second half (.863) than the first half (.796).
SP: Jose Fernandez, Marlins
Since returning from Tommy John surgery on July 7, Fernandez has been outstanding -- 4-0, 2.30 ERA, 53 K's and 10 walks in 43 innings. Yet now he's been diagnosed with a biceps strain that might land him on the DL.
CL: Aroldis Chapman, Reds
It was rumored he might be traded by the July 31 trade deadline, but he's still with the Reds and still striking out batters at an alarming rate. The lefty flamethrower has an amazing 86 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings.