Rangers Winterball Roundup – 12/19

Caracas catcher Yorvit Torrealba had a solid game on Monday, going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.

Venezuelan Winter League

Caracas catcher Yorvit Torrealba had perhaps his best game of the winter, going 2-for-3 with a double and a base on balls. The Rangers' major league catcher has played sparingly in winterball this offseason.

The versatile Yangervis Solarte got the starting nod in left field for Aragua on Monday and went without a hit in three trips. He gunned down Torrealba at home plate, picking up an outfield assist. Shortstop Luis Hernandez went 1-for-4 with a sacrifice bunt.

Dominican Winter League

Engel Beltre moved to third in the Licey order on Monday and went hitless in four at-bats, dropping his average to .282. Shortstop Andres James, who batted ninth, got his first start of the season and went 1-for-4 while also committing a fielding error.

The 24-year-old James played in 82 games at High-A Bakersfield in 2011, posting a .196/.219/.230 slash line. While he provides little with the bat, James has good range and a plus arm in the infield.

Mexican Pacific League

There were no games on Monday.

Puerto Rican Winter League

There were no games on Monday.

Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)

La Guaira took two-of-three games against Aragua to capture the 2011 Liga Paralela championship. Right-hander Arlett Mavare pitched in the first game for La Guaira, entering in relief and tossing four scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked two, and struck out six.

Following a good regular season with the rookie-level Arizona Rangers and short-season Spokane Indians, Mavare pitched extremely well in Venezuela this winter. He posted a 1.37 ERA in seven appearances. Over 26.1 innings, he yielded just 12 hits while walking 11 and striking out 23.

The 21-year-old hurler stands just 6-foot-0 and doesn't have overpowering velocity––sitting mostly between 88-90 mph––but he has excellent command and a mature curveball with a usable changeup.

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