17-12-3, 2.5 GB
The Surprise Rafters concluded the Arizona Fall League season on Thursday afternoon.
Rangers utility infielder Andres Blanco is the starting shortstop for the Navegantes del Magallanes, but he generally flips over to third base late in each game. He did the same on Saturday and committed an error while going 1-for-4 at the plate.
La Guaira DH Max Ramirez (.294/.367/.435) had a big night, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. The two-baggers were his first extra-base hits in eight games––since November 7.
Lefty specialist Joe Ortiz faced only one batter but recorded two-thirds of an inning, as a runner was caught stealing before he struck out the hitter.
The versatile Renny Osuna batted leadoff and played shortstop for La Guaira on Friday. On Saturday, he hit third and split his time between left field and third base. Osuna was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs batted in, raising his Liga Paralela line to .333/.357/.593 in seven contests.
Toros second baseman Esteban German raised his average to .310 with a pair of singles in five at-bats. He was also caught stealing for the first time in seven attempts this winterball campaign.
One day after left-hander Miguel de los Santos was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster, he started and went up against veteran Bartolo Colon. The 22-year-old yielded one unearned run over three hitless innings, walking one and striking out two. The lone run scored on a wild pitch in the first inning.
Estrellas first baseman Chris Davis was just 1-for-4, but the lone knock of the night was his first home run in the Dominican Republic. Catcher Taylor Teagarden batted eighth and went 0-for-3 with a pair of punchouts. It was Teagarden's first game in the Dominican Republic.
Davis and Teagarden were going up against Engel Beltre's Tigres del Licey. Beltre batted ninth, played centerfield, and was 0-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt, dropping his average down to .395.
After making three solid relief appearances, left-hander Alexander Claudio earned the start for Ponce on Saturday evening. The 18-year-old was outstanding, as he hurled five shutout innings and yielded only three hits. Claudio walked one, struck out two, and induced 10 groundouts and three flyouts.
Claudio is performing well against winterball competition that is generally much more advanced. While he throws strikes, Claudio is currently a 6-foot-3, 160-pound lefty that has plenty of room for physical maturation.
Left-hander Ben Snyder also appeared for Ponce. The 25-year-old worked a 1-2-3 sixth inning in relief of Claudio. Snyder logged 103.2 innings between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma City during the regular season, posting a 4.34 ERA with 33 walks and 92 strikeouts.
The circuit has begun its 2010 campaign, but there will be no Rangers players participating this season.
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