Rangers Winterball Roundup – 11/2

The Surprise Saguaros' lineup on Wednesday evening consisted of five Texas Rangers prospects. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Rangers' system.

Arizona Fall League: Surprise 5 – (@) Scottsdale 4
19-6, 7.0 GB


With Wednesday's triumph in Scottsdale, the Saguaros improved to a league-best 19-6 and remained seven games on top of second-place Peoria in the West Valley Division.

The Surprise lineup consisted of five Rangers prospects, who combined to reach base 10 times in the contest.

Leading the charge was nine-hole hitting right fielder Ryan Strausborger. The 23-year-old raised his AFL average to .314 by going a perfect 4-for-4 with his fourth double in 14 contests. Strausborger's at-bats––ground ball single to left, ground ball single to left, popup single to second, line drive double to right.

Speedy second baseman and leadoff hitter Leury Garcia laced a triple to right field on the third pitch of the game. He came around to score when the next hitter singled. The prospect finished the day 1-for-5 with a strikeout.

Third baseman Mike Olt (1/3, BB) and DH Elio Sarmiento (2/4) also reached safely twice. Olt added a sacrifice fly while the switch-hitting Sarmiento drove in two runs.

Leonys Martin played in center field and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, a walk, and a run batted in. The Cuba native is 4-for-20 with a double and a homer in his first five contests.



Venezuelan Winter League


Wilfredo Boscan got the start for Zuila, and he allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits in 4.2 innings. The Venezuelan right-hander struck out five without issuing a walk.

Through five appearances (four starts) for the Aguilas, Boscan has the following stat-line––19.0 ip, 20 h, 7 er, 6 bb, 13 k.

It's a solid start for the 21-year-old, who is looking to turn around a disappointing season in which he posted a 5.04 ERA between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco.

La Guaira southpaw Joe Ortiz (1.59 ERA/.150 BAA) finished off the eighth inning by killing two birds with one stone––he induced an inning-ending double play against the only hitter he faced.



Dominican Winter League


Escogido right-hander Carlos Pimentel fanned all three batters he faced in a perfect fifth inning during Wednesday's loss to Aguilas Cibaenas. The 21-year-old is off to a strong start in his first winterball campaign. In 10 innings, he has yielded one run on one hit, walking four and striking out 12.

Julio Borbon came on as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and smacked a double to snap a five-game hitless streak.



Mexican Pacific League


Reliever Cody Eppley earned his fourth save for Obregon with a scoreless ninth inning. He threw eight of his 12 pitches for strikes while working around a hit and getting one strikeout.

Jose Felix caught the second game of Guasave's doubleheader, getting his first game action in a few days. The backstop batted sixth and went hitless in three at-bats. He is now 5-for-37 in 11 games.



Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)


No Rangers appeared in Wednesday's games.



Puerto Rican Winter League


Begins November 4.



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