Rangers Winterball Roundup – 10/18

Miguel de los Santos flashed his plus-plus changeup during a strong start in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.

Arizona Fall League: Surprise 4 – (@) Peoria 3
10-2, 4.5 GU

Miguel de los Santos has pitched relatively well since issuing four walks in an inning during his first Arizona Fall League appearance. On Tuesday, the southpaw yielded one run in 3.2 innings, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out four. He threw 62 pitches (38 strikes).

According to the pitch f/x data, de los Santos threw his fastball between 88-92 mph. While he has a solid fastball, it's his plus-plus changeup that mostly leads to the consistently high strikeout totals.

De los Santos threw 16 of his 20 changeups for strikes on Tuesday––coming in at 79-81 mph––and he induced six swings and misses. His 74-76 mph curveball was a strike three of seven times, getting one swinging strikeout.

The 23-year-old's changeup is a legitimate plus-plus pitch with tons of deception and screwball-like action. While his curveball was once his best secondary offering, he lost the feel for it while focusing on the changeup in 2009. De los Santos was throwing his curveball a little harder than usual on Tuesday––which is a positive sign––but he must prove he can consistently throw it for strikes as well.

Third baseman Mike Olt had a rough day at the office, going 0-for-5 with three punchouts. As good as Olt's Fall League has been thus far, he has also punched out 15 times in nine games.

Second baseman Leury Garcia doubled for his only hit in four at-bats. He had Surprise's only extra-base knock.

Pan American Games

Team USA kicks off competition at the Pan American Games in Mexico on Thursday afternoon against the Dominican Republic. Corner infielders and Rangers farmhands Tom Mendonca and Chad Tracy will help represent the United States.

Venezuelan Winter League

In typical winterball fashion, plenty of pitching changes were made in the 11-inning game between Magallanes and La Guaira. The game featured 19 different pitchers, including two Rangers––one for each club.

Tanner Scheppers hurled 1.1 scoreless, hitless innings for Magallanes. He issued three walks (one intentional) while striking out one. La Guaira lefty specialist Joe Ortiz struck out the only hitter he faced to close out the fifth inning.

Scheppers through three appearances––3.1 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 5 bb, 3 k.

Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)

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

Dominican Winter League

No Rangers appeared in Tuesday's games.

Mexican Pacific League

Guasave backstop Jose Felix was 0-for-4 on Tuesday, dropping him to just 1-for-16 with a double through his first four winterball games this season.

Righty reliever Cody Eppley worked a pair of innings in Obregon's 17-inning marathon against Hermosillo. The game was played in 100-degree weather and took over six hours to complete in front of a reported 3,438 fans.

Eppley threw 19 of his 35 pitches for strikes in two scoreless innings, yielding one hit while walking three and striking out one. One of Eppley's walks was intentional.

The 26-year-old Eppley has made three appearances in Mexico thus far––4 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 3 bb, 3 k.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Begins November 4.

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