Rangers Winterball Roundup – 12/27

Aguilas Cibaenas infielder Leury Garcia appeared off the bench during his club's Dominican Winter League playoff opener on Thursday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.

Dominican Winter League

On the first day of the Dominican Winter League's round-robin postseason, the Aguilas Cibaenas fell to the Leones del Escogido, 8-2. Aguilas speedster Leury Garcia saw action as a ninth-inning pinch hitter and walked in his only plate appearance.

Although the 21-year-old Garcia played with the Gigantes del Cibao during the regular season, he has joined the Aguilas for the postseason. Cibao failed to qualify for the playoffs.

During the regular season, Garcia appeared in 37 games and posted a .285/.335/.375 slash line with nine stolen bases in 11 attempts.

Venezuelan Winter League

Starting pitcher Joucer Martinez pitched well for the Tigres de Aragua on Thursday, though he struggled with command. Throwing 39 of his 76 pitches for a strike, Martinez allowed just an unearned run in 4.1 innings. He permitted three hits, walked two, and struck out one.

After being absent from affiliated ball for three full seasons, Martinez signed a minor league deal with the Rangers earlier this offseason. The 26-year-old righty has the following stat-line in winterball––14.0 ip, 14 h, 6 er, 5 bb, 8 k.

Martinez (and his intriguing story) was profiled in this recent story.

Aragua third baseman Yangervis Solarte had a rough night, going 0-for-2 with a walk at the plate and committing a pair of fielding errors defensively.

Elvis Andrus was 1-for-4 with an RBI sacrifice fly in Magallanes' 3-1 victory over Margarita. The Rangers' shortstop is now hitting .220/.309/.322 through 15 LVBP contests.

Lara's Guilder Rodriguez entered as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the ninth inning. He didn't get a plate appearance.

Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)

The Liga Paralela season concluded on Friday with Magallanes finishing off Tampa Bay in the best-of-three championship series.

Mexican Pacific League

Jose Felix split Thursday's game between first base and catcher. At the plate, the Mexico native had one single in four at-bats, and he even added a rare stolen base.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Ponce triumphed over Manati, 11-9, in a 15-inning marathon that took longer than five hours to complete.

Getting the start behind the plate, Zach Zaneski bumped his batting average to .326 with his third consecutive three-hit performance. On Thursday, Zaneski singled three times and walked once in seven trips. He also had an RBI.

Jared Hoying, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the 12th inning, flew out and laid down a sacrifice bunt in his two plate appearances. He also picked up an assist from right field, gunning down a runner at third base.

Kevin Torres finished the game behind the plate after entering in the bottom of the 14th.

Ponce also got nine combined innings out of relievers Alexander Claudio and Alex de la Cruz.

Claudio, a 20-year-old sidearmer, worked a season-high 5.1 innings, giving up three runs on four hits. He struck out three without walking a batter.

De la Cruz was stuck with a blown save but pitched well, hurling 3.2 innings of one-run ball. The Puerto Rico native yielded four hits, walked one, and fanned three.

Australian Baseball League

Brisbane topped Melbourne, 5-1, on Thursday evening in Australia. Centerfielder Hirotoshi Onaka (.286/.406/.345), batting ninth for the Bandits, contributed with two singles in three at-bats. He also stole his fifth base.

Adelaide utilityman Gabriel Suarez (.200/.243/.214) got the start in right field on Thursday, going 1-for-4 at the plate.

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