Rangers Winterball Roundup – 10/11

The Americans came up short against Cuba in the Baseball World Cup on Tuesday, but it certainly wasn't the fault of Tom Mendonca, who had three hits and four runs batted in. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.

Arizona Fall League: Surprise 11 – (@) Salt River 4
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Middle infielder Leury Garcia is much better known (and rightfully so) for his defensive and speed tools than his pop, but he socked three doubles and five at-bats from the bottom of the Surprise order on Tuesday. The switch-hitter knocked in a pair of runs.

The Fall League is certainly a hitter-friendly circuit, but Garcia's first three games have been promising. After hitting .256/.306/.342 at Myrtle Beach this season, the 20-year-old is 5-for-12 (.417) with three doubles, two walks, and three strikeouts in his first three contests.

Garcia, who has played shortstop his entire career, worked at second base once again on Tuesday.

Third baseman Mike Olt batted cleanup and singled twice in six trips. He also struck out twice. The slugging UConn product is 8-for-21 (.381) with four homers, four walks, and six strikeouts through five games.

Fastball command is the number one aspect that has held back left-hander Miguel de los Santos. The 23-year-old has an upper-80s, low-90s fastball to go along with a plus-plus changeup. But he walked 46 batters (with 142 strikeouts) in 94.2 innings this season.

In his first Fall League outing, de los Santos issued four free passes in only one inning. Yet, on Tuesday, the reliever threw 12 of his 14 pitches for strikes and retired all four batters he faced, getting two punchouts.

De los Santos certainly has major league-caliber stuff, and he is already on the Rangers' 40-man roster. His inconsistent fastball command could warrant a full-time move to the bullpen to begin the 2012 season.



Baseball World Cup


After advancing to the second round with a victory over Panama on Monday, the United States dropped an 8-7 decision to Cuba on Tuesday evening. The club plays Venezuela, Australia, and South Korea later this week.

Slugging third baseman Tom Mendonca was the star of the contest against Cuba, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and four runs batted in. He also struck out once. Scuffling first baseman/designated hitter Chad Tracy did not appear in the game.



Mexican Pacific League


Utility player Luis Cruz, who appeared in 67 games for Triple-A Round Rock this season and posted a .273/.301/.443 slash line, manned left field for Culiacan in Tuesday's season opener. The 27-year-old had one single in four at-bats. Cruz will be a minor league free agent this offseason.

Outfielder Val Majewski, another minor league free agent-to-be who finished the season with Round Rock, went 0-for-3 in Hermosillo's opener against Mexicali.



Venezuelan Winter League


Begins October 12.



Dominican Winter League


Begins October 14.



Puerto Rican Winter League


Begins November 4.



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