Rangers Winterball Roundup – 11/16

Leones de Ponce catcher Jorge Alfaro flashed his raw power on Friday, socking a pair of two-run home runs. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.

Arizona Fall League: Surprise – Season Over
17-14-1, 1.5 GB

The Saguaros didn't qualify for this year's Arizona Fall League Championship Game after finishing second place in the AFL's West Valley Division.

The following Rangers prospects saw action for Surprise this fall––RHP Ben Henry, LHP Jimmy Reyes, RHP Ryan Rodebaugh, RHP Ben Rowen, RHP Joe Van Meter, C Kellin Deglan, C/1B Brett Nicholas, INF Hanser Alberto, 1B Chris McGuiness, and INF Luis Sardinas.

World Baseball Classic Qualifiers

Rangers backup catcher Luis Martinez got the start at DH for Colombia, who defeated Nicaragua 8-1 on Friday. Martinez struck out twice and walked twice before exiting the game in the eighth inning.

Dominican Winter League

Licey centerfielder Leonys Martin (1/4, BB) and right fielder Mike Olt (1/4) each singled once in four official at-bats on Friday. Martin also drew a walk.

Engel Beltre entered as a defensive replacement in left field during the seventh inning. He grounded out in his only plate appearance.

Right-handed reliever Fabio Castillo, who is currently a minor league free agent, tossed two-thirds of an inning without yielding a run for the Toros. Through 10 winterball appearances, the 23-year-old Castillo has hurled seven innings and allowed only one unearned run.

The Rangers initially signed Castillo as a 16-year-old amateur prospect in 2005. He split his 2012 campaign between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock, posting a 3.54 ERA in 56 innings.

Venezuelan Winter League

Tiburones de La Guaira reliever Joe Ortiz allowed a run in his one inning. The diminutive hurler yielded two hits (including a double) and walked two (one intentional). He struck out one.

Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)

Navegantes centerfielder Eduard Pinto had a single, a triple, and a hit-by pitch in five trips. Through six Liga Paralela games, the prospect is 6-for-24 (.250) with two doubles and a triple.

Caracas shortstop Edwin Garcia (.239/.354/.343) entered the day with just one extra-base hit over his first 20 games. But on Friday, he went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, and three RBI. Second baseman Santiago Chirino (.259/.322/.333) doubled for his only hit in five trips.

Keeping with the theme of surprising power, Aragua leadoff man Teodoro Martinez doubled twice in four at-bats. He also drove home three runs.

The 20-year-old Martinez is now 14-for-31 (.452) with four doubles, five walks, and only two strikeouts in his first 11 Liga Paralela games. He hit .271/.316/.364 during the regular season at High-A Myrtle Beach.

Tiburones first baseman Jhonny Gomez (.396/.456/.574) had two doubles and a single in six at-bats.

Right-hander Arlett Mavare, who began the year with La Guaira's ‘big' club, made his first appearance since being sent back to Liga Paralela. The reliever worked three innings, giving up a run on three hits. He struck out four without issuing a walk.

With the La Guaira big team, Mavare allowed five runs in six innings out of the bullpen.

The Caimanes' Diego Cedeno entered as a pinch hitter and struck out in his only plate appearance.

Mexican Pacific League

Joey Butler's Venados de Mazatlan dropped to a league-worst 9-21 after their 8-1 loss to Mexicali on Friday.

The entire team is having a rough winterball campaign, and that includes the cleanup-hitting Butler, who was 0-for-4 on Friday. Butler's batting average dropped to .217.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Ponce catcher Jorge Alfaro had a big night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers––one pulled to left field and one to center. The young power-hitting prospect produced all of his club's runs on Friday.

Cleanup-hitting first baseman Mike Bianucci added a single and his fourth double in four trips.

Leones starting pitcher Alexander Claudio was knocked around for six runs (five earned) in just 2.1 innings. The sidearming lefty gave up seven hits while walking two and striking out two.

Australian Baseball League

Canberra and Brisbane attempted to play a doubleheader on Saturday (Friday in the U.S.), though the second game was suspended in the top of the fourth inning.

Still, Brisbane centerfielder Hirotoshi Onaka came through with yet another strong performance. The switch-hitting Japan native went 1-for-3 in the first game before starting his second contest with a single and a walk in two plate appearances.

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