Winterball Roundup - 10/31

A pair of Triple-A pitchers had strong performances on Sunday in left-hander Mike Ballard and righty Brandon McCarthy. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action.

Arizona Fall League: Surprise – OFF

As usual, the Arizona Fall League took the day off on Sunday.

Venezuelan Winter League

Aragua defeated Caracas, 20-15, in a game that featured 16 ninth-inning runs between the two clubs. Unfortunately for right-hander Guillermo Moscoso, he was caught in the middle of the damage. Moscoso worked one inning of relief, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. He fanned one.

La Guaira backstop Max Ramirez saw his average drop slightly––to .353––after he singled once and walked once in five plate appearances. David Paisano entered as a pinch-runner for Ramirez and scored a run in the top of the ninth.

Dominican Winter League

Toros del Este right-hander Brandon McCarthy helped shut down the Estrellas lineup with six shutout innings. The 6-foot-7 righty scattered four hits while walking one and fanning five. He retired nine of the final 10 batters he faced.

McCarthy's position in the Rangers organization is presumably hanging in the balance. While still on the club's 40-man roster, McCarthy finished the year on the 60-day disabled list and didn't log an inning at the big league level in 2010. He logged 56.1 innings over 11 appearances at Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 4-2 with a 3.36 earned-run average.

Licey's Andres James entered late in the game for the second consecutive day––this time as a pinch runner and a shortstop. The 5-foot-9, 150-pound switch-hitting infielder has played a baserunning and defensive specialist role for the Tigers in each of the last two years.

James, 22, posted a career-high .280 batting average at High-A Bakersfield this past season in 106 games. He stole 16 bases in 20 attempts.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Left-hander Mike Ballard suffered the loss for Caguas despite pitching extremely well. The Virginia native yielded only two runs––one earned––on one hit over 5.1 innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Through his first two starts of the season, the 26-year-old Ballard has permitted two earned runs in 10.1 innings, walking two and striking out 11.

Mexican Pacific League

The circuit has begun its 2010 campaign, but there will be no Rangers players participating this season.

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