Rangers Winterball Roundup – 11/6

The Puerto Rican Winter League got its season underway this weekend, and a pair of Texas Rangers' farmhands appeared for Ponce on Sunday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Rangers' system.

Arizona Fall League: Surprise – OFF
20-7, 8.0 GU

The league- and division-leading Surprise Saguaros took Sunday off. They'll return to action at home on Monday against Phoenix (9-19).

Venezuelan Winter League

La Guaira southpaw reliever Joe Ortiz gave up two earned runs in an inning, although he didn't permit a hit. After working a 1-2-3 seventh, he came back out for the eighth and walked the first batter and plunked the second. Both runs came around the score.

Ortiz pitched in the same game as Myrtle Beach teammate Wilfredo Boscan, who has been starting for Zuila but pitched the sixth inning in relief on Sunday. Boscan allowed an unearned run on two hits in the frame, striking out one.

Boscan has the following line in six appearances, four starts––20 ip, 22 h, 7 er (3.15 ERA), 6 bb, 14 k.

Dominican Winter League

Batting second and playing in left field, Julio Borbon went 0-for-2 with a strikeout, a walk, and a sacrifice fly on Sunday. His average dropped to .194 through 11 games.

Licey's Engel Beltre played in center field, getting his first start in nearly two weeks. He went 0-for-3 with a groundout to first base, a flyout to left field, and a fielder's choice groundout to second.

Beltre, who has appeared mostly as a late-inning defensive replacement thus far, is 3-for-20 (.150) in his first 11 games.

Mexican Pacific League

Cody Eppley (3.60 ERA/.255 BAA) finished off a four-hit shutout of Guasave for the Yaquis de Obregon on Sunday. The 26-year-old righty tossed a 1-2-3 inning on only six pitches––his third perfect frame in his last three outings––while getting a groundout, a flyout, and a strikeout.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Ponce catcher Kevin Torres saw action as a defensive replacement and struck out on his only plate appearance––his first at-bat of the season.

Sidearming lefty Alexander Claudio, who also plays for Ponce, walked one batter in an otherwise clean seventh inning.

The 19-year-old Claudio was an over-the-top hurler when he played winterball last season, but the Rangers dropped him down due to his mid-80s fastball. The result was more overall deception, sink on the fastball, and the development of a glacial screwball-like changeup.

Claudio posted the following line with the rookie-level Arizona Rangers during the regular season––25.1 ip, 20 h, 6 er (2.13 ERA), 9 bb, 29 k. He also finished the season with one outing in Spokane, working three innings of two-hit, shutout ball.

Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)

Right-hander Richard Alvarez made his second Liga Paralela appearance for Caracas, entering in the fifth inning. The Venezuela native worked two-thirds of an inning without allowing a run, although he yielded two hits and walked a batter. He also recorded a strikeout.

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