Rangers Winterball Roundup – 10/19

Olt socked a double and a home run

Tigres del Licey third baseman Mike Olt came up big in his first Dominican Winter League start on Friday, as he went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.

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Saguaros first baseman Chris McGuiness was the only Rangers farmhand in the starting lineup on Friday. The slugger went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a base on balls.

Through his first eight Fall League contests, the 24-year-old McGuiness is 9-for-32 (.281) with two doubles and three round-trippers. He has drawn four walks and whiffed six times.

Infield prospect Hanser Alberto appeared as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning but was stranded on first base as the potential go-ahead run.



Dominican Winter League


Friday's Tigres del Licey starting lineup featured three Rangers prospects––third baseman Mike Olt, centerfielder Leonys Martin, and left fielder Engel Beltre.

Making his first winterball start by playing at third base and batting fifth, Olt went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, and two RBI. Martin (hitting third) was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and a walk. The nine-hole hitting Beltre added a single and an RBI in five at-bats, striking out once.

Olt's excellent day at the plate helped power Licey's 12-run outburst in the victory.

Right-handed reliever Carlos Pimentel hurled two scoreless innings in his first appearance of the season for Escogido.

While the 22-year-old prospect has fringy command and control, he features intriguing stuff that plays up out of the bullpen. Pimentel attacks hitters with a heavy 90-94 mph fastball, a low-to-mid 80s slider, and a low-to-mid 80s changeup.

Pimentel became a key member of the Escogido bullpen last winter when he posted the following (and interesting) stat-line––18.2 ip, 4 h, 3 er (1.45 ERA), 18 bb, 27 k.

Oddly enough, the Dominican Republic native yielded a hit on Friday but didn't have a walk or a strikeout.

Cibao leadoff man Leury Garcia went 1-for-4. He also stole a base and committed his third fielding error in four games. Garcia has played his last two games at second base with Brewers prospect Jean Segura manning shortstop.

Lefty Ben Snyder, set to become a six-year minor league free agent, was tagged for six runs (four earned) in 2.1 innings. He suffered the loss for the Estrellas while veteran Bartolo Colon earned the ‘W' for the Aguilas.



Venezuelan Winter League


No Rangers appeared in the Venezuelan big league on Friday.



Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)


Caracas righty Richard Alvarez earned his second victory in as many Liga Paralela starts on Friday. The 20-year-old hurler limited La Guaira to two runs (one earned) on four hits in 5.2 innings, striking out two without issuing a walk.

Alvarez logged 51.1 innings between short-season Spokane and Single-A Hickory during the regular season––not counting the innings he threw at extended spring training prior to his Spokane assignment in June. It will be interesting to see how much the Rangers allow Alvarez to pitch this offseason.

Either way, the 6-foot-2 prospect is coming off his most successful State-side season and has pitched well in his first two winterball games––10.2 ip, 9 h, 2 er, 0 bb, 6 k.

Caracas' Santiago Chirino had two singles in four at-bats but also committed a pair of errors at third base. Shortstop Edwin Garcia was 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs batted in.

La Guaira DH Alex Gonzalez went hitless in four at-bats, striking out twice.

First baseman Jhonny Gomez reached base four times in five plate appearances for the Tiburones. He had two singles, a walk, and a hit-by pitch, making him 10-for-25 (.400) with three walks and two HBP in seven games.

DSL Rangers outfielder Diego Cedeno appeared as a pinch-runner and left fielder for the Caimanes but didn't get a plate appearance.



Mexican Pacific League


No Rangers appeared in Mexico on Friday.



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.



Puerto Rican Winter League


Begins November 8.



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