Rangers flood winterball rosters

Beltre is pitching in the Dominican

A number of Texas Rangers big league players and prospects have begun play in the various Caribbean offseason leagues over the past few days. Lone Star Dugout lists all of the Rangers currently playing winterball.

• In the Dominican Republic, catcher Taylor Teagarden has joined first baseman Chris Davis with the Estrellas Orientales. Teagarden has made two starts, going 1-for-7 with a double, one walk, and two strikeouts.

Outfielder Julio Borbon, who spent his entire 2010 campaign in the majors, got his first start of the winterball season on Sunday and launched a solo home run. Borbon's last regular-season homer with the Rangers came on July 4 against the Chicago White Sox.

The only Rangers player listed on a Dominican roster but yet to appear in a game thus far is right-handed reliever Alexi Ogando, who is under control of the Toros del Este.

The complete list of currently active Rangers in the Dominican Republic includes Borbon (Aguilas), Ovispo de los Santos (Aguilas), Chris Davis (Estrellas), Taylor Teagarden (Estrellas), Pedro Strop (Cibao), Engel Beltre (Licey), Andres James (Licey), Omar Beltre (Este), Miguel de los Santos (Este), and Esteban German (Este).

• While Rangers players are currently dominating the Dominican Winter League rosters, the club has maintained a strong representation in Venezuela, as usual.

Utility infielder Andres Blanco played in 68 games and batted .277 while providing strong defense for the Rangers this past season. The 26-year-old switch-hitter is the everyday shortstop for Magallanes but also provides help at second and third base. Blanco is playing on the same team as the Rangers' top prospect, left-hander Martin Perez.

The Texas players currently working in Venezuela are Blanco (Magallanes), Perez (Magallanes), Guilder Rodriguez (Lara), Jonathan Rojas (Anzoategui), Guillermo Moscoso (Caracas), Joe Ortiz (La Guaira), Max Ramirez (La Guaira), Renny Osuna (La Guaira), and David Paisano (La Guaira).

• A handful of players have also begun popping up in Puerto Rico. The Rangers have four representatives on the Ponce pitching staff, including left-hander Ben Snyder, who made his debut this weekend. The 25-year-old pitched the regular season at Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Tall reliever Adalberto Flores has also joined the winterball roster after logging 10.1 innings in the Arizona Fall League. Outfielder Doug Deeds has been playing winterball since mid-October, though Texas just recently signed him to a minor league deal.

Outfielder Miguel Velazquez (Ponce) and catcher Kevin Torres (Caguas) are technically under control of Puerto Rican Winter League teams, but they have not played in any games this season.

The currently active Rangers in Puerto Rico include Deeds (Mayaguez), Alexander Claudio (Ponce), Adalberto Flores (Ponce), Kasey Kiker (Ponce), Ben Snyder (Ponce), and Mike Ballard (Caguas).



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