Winterball Roundup - 10/19

As usual, Monday was a light day in the winterball front, but Mitch Moreland and Evan Reed showed flashes of excellence for the Surprise Rafters. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action.

Arizona Fall League: Surprise 3 - Scottsdale 7
4-2, 0.0 GU

Mitch Moreland got the start in right field for the Rafters on Monday evening. He went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a pair of strikeouts. Through three Fall League games, Moreland is 4-for-11 with one double, two walks, and four strikeouts.

Right-handed reliever Evan Reed worked the ninth inning, giving up one run [a solo homer] on two hits in one inning of work. He struck out the side, fanning Pedro Ciriaco, Jose Tabata, and Buster Posey–not a bad group.

In the 23-year-old's 20-pitch outing, he threw 13 fastballs (nine strikes) and seven sliders (five strikes). Throwing the slider for a strike (and getting swings and misses like he did on Monday) is something Reed must do to have success at the upper levels. Reed has one of the best fastballs in the system in terms of velocity and natural movement, but finding consistent offspeed stuff has been his biggest issue.

The Cal Poly product threw one 86 mph pitch that registered as a fastball on the pitch/FX data. In actuality, it was likely a splitter, which he began throwing late in the regular season.

Solely from the pitch/FX data on Gameday, Reed's outing appeared to be a success, despite the home run surrendered. If he can continue to throw strikes and miss bats with his slider, he'll have a chance to be successful.

Mexican Pacific League

No Rangers appeared on Monday.

Venezuelan Winter League

There was just one game in Venezuela on Monday, and no Rangers appeared in it.

Dominican Winter League

Toros first baseman Mauro Gomez was 0-for-3 with a run batted in.

Former Rangers speedster prospect Ramon Nivar saw action as a pinch runner for the Toros. In 45 games with Double-A Charleston this season, Nivar posted a .298/.333/.480 line with 14 stolen bases in 20 attempts. Nivar is now 29-years-old.

Puerto Rican Winter League
Begins November 12

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