4-4, 0.5 GB
Right fielder Joey Butler was the only Rangers position player to participate in Wednesday's thrashing of the Peoria Saguaros.
The 24-year-old Mississippi native belted a run-scoring double in his first plate appearance. That would be his only knock of the day, as he finished by going 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
Butler had an up-and-down season with Double-A Frisco in 2010, batting .277 with 26 doubles and 10 homers. He drew 47 walks but struck out 120 times. The prospect finished the year on a better note, with a .309/.357/.430 slash line in 252 second-half plate appearances.
While doesn't have any particularly glaring below-average tools, he also isn't much above-average in any area, making him a solid minor league player and a fringe outfield prospect.
Hard-throwing reliever Fabio Castillo continues to impress with each time he takes the mound. The 21-year-old tossed yet another perfect inning on Wednesday, this time throwing just 10 pitches.
Castillo, who threw seven strikes, threw all fastballs and sat between 94-95 mph. He struck out Andy Parrino before inducing groundouts from Ben Revere and Eduardo Escobar. In 4.1 innings thus far, Castillo has yielded zero runs on one hit, walking none and fanning two.
Max Ramirez made his 2010 winterball debut as La Guaira's designated hitter on Wednesday night. The 26-year-old, who was the club's cleanup hitter, had one single and two strikeouts in four at-bats.
The Tiburones lost the game 1-0 and were limited to only three hits in the contest. Infielder Renny Osuna played both first base and third base. He went hitless in three trips, dropping his average to .091. David Paisano saw action as a pinch runner and picked up his first steal of the winter.
Southpaw specialist Joe Ortiz worked two-thirds of an inning without giving up a run. The 5-foot-7 reliever induced a groundout and a flyout around giving up a walk.
The circuit has begun its 2010 campaign, but there will be no Rangers players participating this season.
The Dominican Winter League will begin its season on October 22.
The season in Puerto Rico will also commence on October 22.
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