Chirino was 3-for-4 with a home run
A number of Rangers prospects are currently playing in the minor leagues of Venezuelan winterball, including infielder Santiago Chirino, who went 3-for-4 with a home run on Tuesday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.
Arizona Fall League: Surprise – Season Over
17-14-1, 1.5 GB
The Saguaros didn’t qualify for this year’s Arizona Fall League Championship Game after finishing second place in the AFL’s West Valley Division.
The following Rangers prospects saw action for Surprise this fall––RHP Ben Henry, LHP Jimmy Reyes, RHP Ryan Rodebaugh, RHP Ben Rowen, RHP Joe Van Meter, C Kellin Deglan, C/1B Brett Nicholas, INF Hanser Alberto, 1B Chris McGuiness, and INF Luis Sardinas.
Dominican Winter League
Shortstop Leury Garcia, hitting leadoff for the Gigantes del Cibao, raised his winterball batting average to .311 with two singles (plus an RBI) in four at-bats. The speedy prospect also committed a fielding error, his sixth of the campaign.
Aguilas Cibaenas reliever Johan Yan earned his seventh hold of the season by tossing one-third of an inning without allowing a run. The sidearmer did give up a single while also inducing a groundout.
Although three Rangers prospects were in the Tigres del Licey starting lineup on Tuesday, centerfielder Leonys Martin was the only one with a hit. He singled once in three at-bats.
Second baseman Jurickson Profar struck out in all three of his plate appearances, dropping his average to .171. Right fielder Engel Beltre went 0-for-2 before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.
Martin also picked up an outfield assist by erasing a runner at second base.
Venezuelan Winter League
Cardenales de Lara super-utility man Guilder Rodriguez saw action at third base as a defensive replacement on Tuesday. The veteran Venezuela native singled and drove home a run in his only plate appearance, helping his club to a 15-6 victory.
Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)
The trio of Rangers prospects playing for Caracas in Liga Paralela all had big days on Tuesday. Nine-hole hitting second baseman Santiago Chirino led the way by going 3-for-4 with a home run and four runs batted in. First baseman Tomas Telis (1/4, 2B) doubled and knocked home a run while shortstop Edwin Garcia (1/4) singled and drove home a run.
Jhonny Gomez continued to produce for the Tiburones’ offense, as he logged a single, a double, and a walk in five plate appearances. Gomez, who also committed an error at first base, scored a run and drove home two.
Caimanes leadoff hitter and centerfielder Diego Cedeno filled up the box score on Tuesday. Cedeno went 1-for-4 with an RBI, a walk, a strikeout, two stolen bases, and an error.
Young prospect Eduard Pinto appeared as a pinch-hitter for the Navegantes and singled in his only at-bat.
Aragua’s Teodoro Martinez, who saw action at both corner outfield spots, was hitless in four trips, striking out once.
Magallanes third baseman Elio Castillo had a single and a strikeout in his three at-bats.
Mexican Pacific League
No Rangers appeared in Mexico on Tuesday.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Leones de Ponce sluggers Mike Bianucci (1/4) and Jorge Alfaro (1/4) both singled once in four at-bats. Bianucci, who drove home a run, played in right field while Alfaro got the start behind the plate.
Sidearming left-hander Alexander Claudio came out of the bullpen for Ponce and hurled 2.1 innings of one-hit shutout relief. He didn’t record a walk or a strikeout.
Australian Baseball League
As usual, the Australian Baseball League is taking the midweek off before returning to action on the weekend.
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