Rangers Winterball Roundup – 10/17

Surprise Saguaros third baseman and Texas Rangers prospect Mike Olt reached base two more times in Monday's victory over Peoria. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Rangers' system.

Arizona Fall League: Surprise 8 – Peoria 7
9-2, 3.5 GU

The Saguaros improved to a Fall League-best 9-2 on the young campaign with a close victory over Peoria.

Marlins prospect Matt Dominguez had the biggest game for Surprise, going 3-for-4 with a double, a grand slam, and six total runs batted in. Third baseman Mike Olt batted cleanup––one spot ahead of Dominguez––and logged a single and a walk in four trips. He also struck out once.

Olt now has a .353/.439/.735 slash line through eight games, including four homers, five walks, and 12 punchouts.

Reliever Ryan Kelly worked a scoreless eighth inning. The former Pirates prospect walked one batter while throwing seven of his 14 pitches for strikes. He featured a 91-94 mph fastball––his best velocity in the Fall League thus far––to go along with an 88 mph cutter and an 81-83 mph slurve.

When at full-strength, Kelly often throws his fastball between 92-96 mph. He added the cutter while working with Myrtle Beach pitching coach Brad Holman this season, looking for a pitch to disrupt the opposing hitters' timing and add some deception to his fastball, which doesn't have much life despite the plus velocity.

In part due to the adjustments, Kelly finished strong after an inconsistent first half. The 23-year-old had a 2.95 ERA in 21 appearances after the Carolina League All-Star break.

A blowout became a close game when sidearmer Johan Yan coughed up four runs in one inning. The righty gave up three hits and plunked two, throwing 16 of his 25 offerings for strikes.

Yan's rocky ninth inning went as follows––hit-by pitch, double, single, double, hit-by pitch, groundout, groundout, flyout. His fastball was clocked at 87-89 mph with a sweeping 73-76 mph slider.

Baseball World Cup

The bronze medal game between the U.S. and Canada was rained out on Saturday, meaning both teams finish in a tie for third place. The Netherlands took home its first-ever Baseball World Cup victory.

In 11 tournament games, third baseman Tom Mendonca went 10-for-42 (.238) with a double, three home runs, and seven runs batted in. Chad Tracy appeared in seven games, going 3-for-26 (.115) with a double and two RBI.

The club will fly back to the United States before traveling to Mexico for the Pan American Games between October 18 and 25.

Venezuelan Winter League

The Venezuelan Winter League was quiet on Monday.

Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)

No Rangers appeared in the circuit on Monday. After playing in two games for the Navegantes club, outfielder Eduard Pinto left to attend the Rangers' Dominican Instructional League.

Dominican Winter League

There was only one game in the Dominican Republic on Monday evening, and no Rangers appeared in it.

Mexican Pacific League

There were no games on Monday.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Begins November 4.

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