12-9-2, 2.0 GB
The Arizona Fall League returned to action on Monday, but it certainly wasn't a busy day for the Rangers prospects on the Surprise club. Right fielder Joey Butler (.189/.268/.297) was the only Texas player to participate in the game. The 24-year-old was 0-for-3 with a walk and his second stolen base in nine contests.
If the Surprise pitching rotation holds, right-hander Eric Hurley is slated to make his fifth start of the Fall League campaign on Tuesday afternoon.
There were no games on Monday.
Alex Gonzalez, who played with the DSL Rangers in 2010, batted leadoff and played left field for the La Guaira club. He was hitless in four at-bats.
Licey centerfielder Engel Beltre is off to a fast start to his season in the Dominican Winter League. The 21-year-old prospect singled three times in four at-bats for the second consecutive day.
One of the primary factors behind Beltre's breakout campaign in 2010 was his increased ability to use his above-average speed to get on base. After lining a single to left field in his first plate appearance on Monday, Beltre went on to lay down a pair of bunt singles in the contest. Of course, the youngster was also picked off at second base in the third inning.
The Toros del Este got plenty of help from a pair of former Rangers hurlers. Right-hander Brandon McCarthy tossed seven shutout innings against Escogido, giving up four hits, walking zero, and striking out three. Doug Mathis made his winterball debut by yielding one run in two frames to finish off the 8-1 victory.
The two pitchers spent a combined 10 years in the Texas Rangers organization, but both became free agents late last week when the club outrighted them off the 40-man roster. The players were set free after refusing their respective minor league assignments.
No Rangers appeared in Monday's games.
The circuit has begun its 2010 campaign, but there will be no Rangers players participating this season.
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