Rangers Winterball Roundup – 10/10

Surprise Saguaros first baseman Chris McGuiness, who slugged 23 home runs at Double-A Frisco during the regular season, launched a double and a round-tripper in the Arizona Fall League 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 8 – Peoria 4
1-1, 0.0 GU

The Arizona Fall League kicked off on Tuesday, when Surprise suffered a 5-2 defeat at Peoria. Two Rangers prospects appeared in the game––first baseman Chris McGuiness (0/4, 2 K) and shortstop Hanser Alberto (0/3, BB, K).

On Wednesday, five Texas farmhands appeared in Surprise's 8-4 victory over the Peoria club.

Slugging first baseman Chris McGuiness, who batted cleanup for the Saguaros, led the way. Although all nine of Surprise's position players collected at least one hit, McGuiness was the only with multiple hits. He went 4-for-5 with a double, a home run, and three runs batted in.

Left-handed reliever Jimmy Reyes earned the victory with two scoreless innings. He worked around two hits and fanned one without issuing a walk.

Righty relievers Ryan Rodebaugh (1 IP) and Ben Rowen (1 IP) followed with one shutout frame apiece.

According to Surprise Stadium's pitch f/x information, Reyes featured an 88-92 mph fastball to go along with a low-80s curveball and changeup. Rodebaugh worked at 89-91 mph with an 86-87 mph cut-slider and a low-80s curveball. The submarining Rowen showed a low-80s sinking fastball with a low-70s breaker.

None of the velocities are particularly surprising––that's about where all three of those pitchers typically worked during the regular season.

DH Luis Sardinas, the youngest player in the Fall League this year, batted ninth and had one single in four at-bats.

World Baseball Classic Qualifiers

Qualification for the 2013 World Baseball Classic began on September 19, when two of the four qualifying round groups were played. Spain and Canada each won their respective group and earned a spot in next year's Classic.

The Spanish and Canadian squads each feature one Rangers prospect. For Spain, it's outfielder Engel Beltre, who was actually born in the Dominican Republic and lived in the United States for a period while growing up. Regardless, Beltre is eligible to play for the Spanish side. Playing as the club's leadoff hitter and centerfielder, the 22-year-old prospect went 6-for-16 (.375) with a triple in four games. He also drew four walks, was hit by a pitch, and stole three bases.

Rangers catching prospect Kellin Deglan is the youngest player on Team Canada's squad by two and a half years. Working as the club's backup catcher, Deglan appeared in one game as a defensive replacement but didn't get a plate appearance.

Left-handed pitcher Richard Bleier made two appearances for Israel, who finished as runners-up to Spain in Qualifier 1. Bleier tossed one hitless, scoreless inning between the two games, working around a pair of walks.

In other international baseball news involving Rangers prospects, infielder Nick Urbanus recently competed in the 2012 European Baseball Championship. Although Urbanus played well, his Dutch side fell to Italy in the title game. But over nine games, Urbanus was 11-for-28 (.393) at the plate with a double, two triples, three walks, and eight runs batted in. He saw time at second base, shortstop, and third base during the tournament.

Venezuelan Winter League

Begins October 11.

Mexican Pacific League

Begins October 13.

Dominican Winter League

Begins October 14.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Begins November 8.

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