Surprise Saguaros first baseman Chris McGuiness continued to flash a power bat on Tuesday, as his club posted 11 runs on 16 hits in a win at Scottsdale.
McGuiness put Surprise on top early with his three-run homer in the top of the first inning. Overall, he was 2-for-4 with that round-tripper––his third of the young campaign––and those three RBI. The former Red Sox prospect also drew a pair of walks.
Catcher Kellin Deglan, making his second AFL start, went 1-for-4 with an RBI, a walk, and a strikeout. Deglan played all nine innings behind the plate.
Submarining reliever Ben Rowen came on in the fourth inning and retired both batters he faced, inducing a strikeout and a groundout. The Virginia Tech product is coming off a strong regular season at High-A Myrtle Beach, where he posted a 1.57 earned-run average with 19 saves in 57.1 innings.
Batting third in the Tigres del Licey starting lineup on Tuesday, Rangers centerfielder Leonys Martin went 0-for-4 with a run batted in. With Licey trailing 10-0 in the sixth inning, Engel Beltre entered the game in right field. The speedy prospect had a run-scoring triple and a strikeout in his two plate appearances.
Coming off a rocky debut outing, La Guaira right-hander Arlett Mavare rebounded by working a scoreless eighth inning in his club's 7-2 loss at Margarita. The 22-year-old reliever yielded a hit and struck out one.
Second baseman Alex Gonzalez, who has spent the last three years with the Rangers' Dominican Summer League club, batted leadoff for La Guaira and went 4-for-5 (all singles) with an RBI.
Another DSL Rangers player, Magallanes third baseman Elio Castillo, had one single in four at-bats. He also drove home a run.
No Rangers appeared in Mexico on Tuesday.
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.
Begins November 8.
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