Rangers Winterball Roundup – 12/30

Yangervis Solarte moved into the leadoff spot for his club in Venezuela on Friday and performed well in both games of a doubleheader. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.

Venezuelan Winter League

Aragua's Yangervis Solarte batted leadoff during both games of his club's doubleheader on Friday. In the first game, he singled once in three trips. The left fielder was 1-for-2 with a walk during the nightcap. A former Twins farmhand, Solarte signed with Texas earlier this offseason and is now batting .317 on the winterball campaign.

Shortstop Luis Hernandez combined to go 0-for-5 with a sacrifice bunt in the two games.

Guilder Rodriguez came in for Lara as a pinch runner in the ninth inning and scored a run, sending the game into extra innings. He then went to second base and grounded out in his only plate appearance.

Dominican Winter League

Licey centerfielder Engel Beltre batted ninth on Friday, and he singled once in four at-bats, striking out once.

Mexican Pacific League

Guasave catcher Jose Felix entered in mid-game and singled once in two trips, raising his average to .205.

Puerto Rican Winter League

No Rangers appeared in Friday's games.

Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)

Aragua second baseman and left fielder Yangervis Solarte has played most of his winter in the Venezuelan big league, but he also appeared in three Liga Paralela games, going 5-for-13 with a double and a home run.

Right-hander Richard Alvarez made seven relief appearances for Caracas, yielding three runs in 7.1 innings and allowing eight hits while walking four and striking out six.

Like Solarte, La Guaira utility man Renny Osuna has played most of this season in the big leagues but also played in seven minor league games. He was 6-for-22 with two doubles, six walks, and three strikeouts.

Arlett Mavare was one of La Guaira's most effective pitchers, going 1-0 with a 1.37 ERA in seven appearances, including three starts. He logged 26.1 frames and allowed 12 hits while walking 11 and fanning 23.

Magallanes outfielder Joey Butler was 3-for-10 with a double in an early-season tuneup before joining the big club.

Young outfielder Eduard Pinto had three singles in 12 trips, playing the first three games of the Liga Paralela season before leaving to participate in the Rangers' Dominican instructional league.

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