Rangers Winterball Roundup – 1/13

Julio Borbon reached base three times for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League playoffs on Friday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.

Venezuelan Winter League

La Guaira's Renny Osuna got into the game as a pinch hitter in the top of the 13th inning, and he struck out in his only plate appearance. Though Osuna struck out, the Tiburones scored in the frame and won the game 7-6 in 13 innings.

Dominican Winter League

Centerfielder Julio Borbon returned to the top of the Escogido batting order on Friday and went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks. He's now batting .214 in the round robin postseason.

Cibao first baseman Brad Nelson singled once and struck out twice in four trips to the plate.

Engel Beltre appeared as a pinch runner in the seventh inning for Licey but didn't get a plate appearance.

Mexican Pacific League

There were no games on Wednesday, and Jose Felix's Guasave team was knocked out of the playoffs on Sunday. During the regular season, Felix appeared in 31 games and posted a .203/.222/.342 slash line with three home runs in 82 plate appearances. Used primarily for his defensive skills behind the plate, Felix gunned down 6-of-15 (.400) attempted base stealers.

The only other Rangers prospect to appear in Liga Mexicana del Pacifico this season was sidearming righty Cody Eppley, who pitched for Obregon from the beginning of the season until Thanksgiving. The 26-year-old reliever worked primarily as the team's closer, logging seven saves and posting a 3.10 ERA over 20 appearances. In 20.1 innings, he yielded 18 hits while walking seven and striking out 26. Eppley's heavy 88-91 mph sinker and deceptive delivery helped induce more than 3.4 groundouts per flyout while limiting fellow right-handers to a .238 batting average.

Puerto Rican Winter League

The Ponce club was eliminated from the postseason on Thursday, meaning Mayaguez will face Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League final best-of-nine series. Only two Rangers appeared in Puerto Rico this winter––both for Ponce.

Catcher Kevin Torres, 21, played in seven games for the Leones, going 2-for-7 with a walk and two strikeouts. Sidearming left-hander Alexander Claudio made three appearances––including one start––for Ponce and worked 5.2 scoreless innings, yielding five hits, walking four, and striking out four.

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