Winterball Roundup - 11/16

Kiker had a solid start

Tuesday was a busy day for Texas Rangers farhmands in the Caribbean winter leagues. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action.

Arizona Fall League: Surprise 7 – Mesa 2
16-12-2, 3.0 GB


In an effort to limit the workload for pitchers as the Arizona Fall League campaign draws to a close, the circuit has instituted new rules that call for a pair of 7-inning contests during the final week. One of those games was on Tuesday, where the Rafters put the game away early by scoring six runs in the first two frames.

Catcher Jose Felix contributed by going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and his second stolen base. The 21-year-old isn't showing any signs of slowing down late in the year––he is batting .347 through 13 starts with Surprise.

Utility infielder Davis Stoneburner got another start at first base. He was 0-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored, and his third error.

Left-handed reliever Corey Young scuffled for the first time this offseason, yielding two runs on a pair of hits in one inning of work. The Seton Hall product threw only eight of his 18 pitches for strikes.



Venezuelan Winter League


Veteran righty Fernando Nieve and 19-year-old prospect Martin Perez continued their piggyback system on Tuesday evening. Perez (6.50 ERA/.324 BAA) entered in relief and suffered the loss, as he gave up two runs on five hits over three innings, walking one and striking out one.

The left-hander has logged 18 innings over seven appearances in his debut winterball campaign, giving up 23 hits, walking 11, and fanning 16.

Rangers utility infielder Andres Blanco had a big day for Magallanes, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run batted in. Blanco, who batted ninth and played shortstop, has four hits in 15 at-bats since joining the club on November 10.

Magallanes right fielder Endy Chavez played in his first game of the winter campaign and was hitless in four trips. The 32-year-old free agent was with the Texas organization in 2010 but appeared in only eight official minor league games due to injuries.

La Guaira five-hole hitter Max Ramirez (.282/.363/.410) picked up three singles in five trips. Lefty specialist Joe Ortiz induced a groundout to the only hitter he faced. The players helped carry the Tiburones to a 3-1 victory in 12 innings.



Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)

Caracas shortstop Edwin Garcia was 0-for-2 with a base on balls. He was pinch-hit for later in the contest by former Rangers farmhand Edward Ceballo, who played with the DSL Rangers between 2008 and 2010.



Dominican Winter League

Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com recently announced that infielder Esteban German is expected to return to the Rangers on a minor league contract. The 32-year-old veteran played second base for the Toros del Este on Tuesday, going hitless in four plate appearances.

Right-hander Omar Beltre started for the Toros and worked a shutout inning in his first action since suffering an ankle injury during a Triple-A outing on September 1. Beltre was placed on the 60-day disabled list after the injury and missed the remainder of the season.

The 29-year-old righty made two big leagues starts in 2010 but spend the majority of the season with Oklahoma City. Beltre posted a 2.65 ERA over 85 innings, giving up 69 hits, walking 38, and striking out 85.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre batted seventh for Licey and picked up two more singles in four at-bats, raising his average to .391 through 11 contests. Four of Beltre's first nine knocks in the D.R. have been infield or bunt singles.



Puerto Rican Winter League

Kasey Kiker (2.33 ERA/.186 BAA) continued to take steps in a positive direction this offseason, as he worked into the sixth inning on Tuesday evening. The southpaw yielded one run on two hits over 5.2 innings, walking three and striking out seven.

Though Kiker's control has not quite been perfect, it has improved since the regular season, when he walked 46 batters in 40 innings at Double-A Frisco. The 22-year-old has eight walks and 18 strikeouts in his first 19.1 innings in Puerto Rico.



Mexican Pacific League


The circuit has begun its 2010 campaign, but there will be no Rangers players participating this season.



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