Three Rangers players––two prospects and one established major leaguer––were in Cibao's starting lineup on Sunday for their 6-4 victory over the Toros.
DH Nelson Cruz, appearing in his second winterball game, batted cleanup and singled twice in two at-bats. Leury Garcia, who got the start in center field, went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt and his seventh stolen base. Three-hole hitting third baseman Hanser Alberto was 0-for-4 with a walk.
Because the Gigantes have a talented middle infield that includes Alexi Casilla and Jean Segura, the Rangers' Garcia and Alberto have had to move around the diamond to find playing time this winter.
But that's not necessarily a bad thing, either. The Rangers want to develop Garcia as something of a super-utility player, and the more time he sees at third base and center field, the better.
The 21-year-old Garcia is beginning to see more action in the outfield of late after spending lots of time at third base with Cibao. He's remained impressive at the plate in 34 games, posting a .291/.340/.388 slash line with seven steals in nine attempts.
Magallanes leadoff hitter and shortstop Elvis Andrus finally got in the hit column on Sunday, going 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, and two RBI.
Aragua second baseman Yangervis Solarte saw his batting average dip to .269 after he went hitless in four trips.
Tiburones de La Guaira lefty reliever Joe Ortiz earned his seventh hold of the campaign, working 1.2 perfect innings. He induced three groundouts and struck out one.
Submarining righty Ben Rowen, making his LVBP debut for Caracas, tossed a scoreless frame with one strikeout. He gave up one hit.
Guilder Rodriguez appeared as a late-inning defensive replacement in left field for Lara, and he singled in his only plate appearance.
As usual, Liga Paralela is not playing games during the weekend. They'll return to action on Monday afternoon.
No Rangers appeared in Mexico on Sunday.
Right-handed reliever Alex de la Cruz was the lone Rangers farmhand to appear in Sunday's Puerto Rican Winter League All-Star Game.
Playing for Equipo Isla, de la Cruz suffered the loss in his team's 11-4 defeat, as he allowed two runs in one inning. The Puerto Rico native yielded three hits while walking one and striking out two.
The Rangers signed the 21-year-old de la Cruz was a non-drafted free agent this past June. After posting a 1.93 ERA in 37.1 innings for the Dominican Summer League Rangers, he's given up just one run in 9.2 winterball frames while facing much more mature competition.
Although Brisbane played on Sunday, centerfielder Hirotoshi Onaka got the day off.
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