Rangers Winterball Roundup – 11/16

Double-A Frisco relievers Johan Yan and Fabio Castillo turned in clean work in their respective leagues on Wednesday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.

Arizona Fall League: Surprise 3 – Mesa 2
25-10, 9.0 GU

The AFL Championship Game-bound Surprise Saguaros closed out their home slate with a 3-2 win over Mesa. They'll finish the regular season at Mesa on Thursday before playing the championship against Salt River on Saturday.

Centerfielder Leonys Martin finished off his 2011 regular season with a single and a walk in four plate appearances. He also had an RBI and was caught stealing for the first time in five tries.

Third baseman Mike Olt was 1-for-4, striking out twice. Elio Sarmiento was hitless in three trips as the team's designated hitter.

Sidearming sinkerballer Johan Yan earned his second save with a perfect ninth inning on 14 pitches. Yan threw 10 strikes and induced three consecutive ground balls, throwing his fastball between 87-90 mph according to pitch f/x.

A former infielder, Yan is a strong candidate to be added to the Rangers' 40-man roster this offseason after he posted a 1.06 ERA and yielded only 51 hits in 68 innings between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco this year. His line in the Fall League––12.2 ip, 10 h, 5 r, 2 bb, 8 k.

Venezuelan Winter League

Magallanes right fielder Joey Butler was hitless in three at-bats, as his team was held to only two runs on three hits in the loss to La Guaira.

Infielder Guilder Rodriguez, who was recently re-signed to a minor league deal by Texas, played third base as a late-inning defensive replacement for the Cardenales de Lara. Rodriguez didn't get a plate appearance.

Rodriguez, 28, has played the last three seasons in the Rangers' organization, splitting his time between the Double- and Triple-A levels.

Dominican Winter League

Fabio Castillo earned the victory for the Toros del Este by hurling two scoreless innings, working the 10th and 11th frames for his club. Castillo fanned two without yielding a hit or a walk.

The 21-year-old 40-man roster member features a mid-90s fastball––touching higher at times––to go along with a solid-average upper-80s slider that flashes plus. However, inconsistent command led to a 6.36 ERA and only 37 strikeouts in 52.1 innings at Double-A Frisco this season.

Castillo played with the Rangers' Advanced Instructional League team after the regular season, and he's currently looking to right the ship in Dominican winterball.

Mexican Pacific League

No Rangers appeared on Wednesday.

Puerto Rican Winter League

No Rangers appeared on Wednesday.

Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)

Right-hander Arlett Mavare (or Arlet Mavarez on the Liga Paralela box score) appeared in his first game, working four innings of relief and yielding just an unearned run. He gave up two hits while striking out four and walking two.

The 21-year-old doesn't have overpowering velocity––he sits at 88-90 mph, touching 91 on occasion––but he locates his fastball while mixing in an advanced curveball and a usable changeup to dominate lower-level hitters. Between the rookie-level Arizona League and short-season Spokane in 2011, Mavare posted a 1.95 ERA and fanned 54 batters in 37 innings.

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