Winterball Roundup - 12/20

Thirteen different Texas Rangers players and prospects saw time in the various Caribbean winter leagues on Monday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action.

Venezuelan Winter League


Magallanes dropped an ugly 10-inning contest in which it scored just four runs on 17 hits, committed five errors, and blew a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth.

Leadoff hitter and shortstop Andres Blanco (.282/.341/.342) had two singles in six at-bats, but he also committed his seventh error in 30 games. Centerfielder Endy Chavez (.237/.308/.289) had one single and one walk in five trips.

Texas reportedly signed outfielder Erold Andrus––brother of Elvis––to a minor league contract on Monday afternoon. The 26-year-old plays for Magallanes and whiffed in his only at-bat on Monday. He has played in 40 games, batting .267 with two doubles, two homers, and 18 walks versus 11 strikeouts.

La Guaira DH Max Ramirez went 1-for-5 while striking out once. One day after La Guaira's Liga Paralela club was knocked out of the playoffs, outfielder David Paisano got called up and appeared as a late-inning defensive replacement.

First baseman Yorvit Torrealba was just 1-for-4, but the lone hit knocked home Margarita's only run of the evening.



Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)

La Guaira lost the deciding third game of its playoff series with the Bravos on Sunday morning. Despite the season-ending defeat, leadoff hitter and left fielder Renny Osuna remained hot, as he went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a stolen base.

Centerfielder David Paisano, who batted sixth, was 0-for-3 with a base on balls.

The Bravos faced Caracas in Monday morning's championship series opener. The Leones won 9-8, and shortstop Edwin Garcia was 0-for-1 with two walks. He was also caught stealing once.



Dominican Winter League

Licey centerfielder Engel Beltre (.341/.374/.447) continued to see his batting average in a steady climb after he singled twice in four at-bats for the second consecutive day.

Julio Borbon (.241/.310/.291) has been stuck in a rough slump since the beginning of December. On Monday, the leadoff hitter went 0-for-3 with a base on balls.

The 24-year-old Borbon is 6-for-45 (.133) this month, and he is without an extra-base hit in his last 14 contests.

Estrellas de Oriente cleanup hitter and DH Chris Davis (.265/.358/.566) was 2-for-3 with a double and a run batted in. He was also hit by a pitch. The slugger is on fire over his last four games, going 5-for-10 with a double, a triple, two home runs, and three walks.

After waiting 10 days between starts, catcher Taylor Teagarden saw action behind the plate on Monday. The native Texan was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout, making him 6-for-35 (.171) on the winter.

Toros left-hander Miguel de los Santos pitched in his first game since late November and hurled two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. He allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out four.



Puerto Rican Winter League

No Rangers appeared on Monday, as the Ponce game was postponed.



Mexican Pacific League


There were no games on Monday.



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