Velazquez went deep on Wednesday
Outfielder Miguel Velazquez had his best game of the winter in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, going 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action.
Venezuelan Winter League
The last-place La Guaira club played a doubleheader versus Zuila on Wednesday evening. Max Ramirez manned first base in both games and had one single in six total at-bats. Third baseman Renny Osuna singled twice in six trips, raising his average to .214.
Lefty specialist Joe Ortiz worked one-third of an inning, giving up one hit, walking one, and striking out one. He didn’t permit a run.
With Magallanes now eliminated from playoff contention, a couple of the team’s starters only played part-time on Wednesday. Centerfielder Endy Chavez was 0-for-1 with a walk before he was lifted from the game.
Outfielder Erold Andrus (.294/.397/.392) is finishing on a hot streak––he went 2-for-4 with his fourth double of the winterball campaign.
Margarita first baseman Yorvit Torrealba singled once and walked once in four trips.
Dominican Winter League
Esteban German was the Toros del Este DH in the club’s 9-2 loss on Wednesday. German went 0-for-3 with a walk, dropping his postseason average to .143.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Ponce left fielder Miguel Velazquez took advantage of a rare start by going 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk. He struck out twice. Velazquez was playing in just his seventh game of the season, and he now has three hits in 18 official at-bats.
Right-hander Mark Hamburger made his winterball debut on Wednesday evening, becoming the latest Rangers prospect to appear on the Ponce pitching staff. Hamburger, who hadn’t pitched in an official game since September, yielded four runs on three hits and a walk in 1.1 innings.
Adalberto Flores came on to put out the fire but allowed two inherited runners––both Hamburger’s property––to cross the plate. The tall righty recorded two outs and didn’t permit a run of his own.
In addition to Hamburger and Flores, Alexander Claudio, Kasey Kiker, Zach Phillips, and Ben Snyder have all made appearances for the Leones this winter.
Mexican Pacific League
Catcher Jose Felix went 0-for-3 but knocked home a run with a sacrifice fly. He picked off a runner at second base from behind the plate.
Guasave closer Yhency Brazoban notched his second save by protecting a three-run lead with a perfect ninth inning. The veteran reliever induced three consecutive groundouts.
Mazatlan leadoff hitter and infielder Brian Barden was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. The two-bagger was his first in 11 contests.
Liga Paralela (Venezuela Minor League)
The Bravos took home the 2010 Liga Paralela title with a best-of-three series victory over Caracas. The season concluded on December 22.
That Caracas club featured 19-year-old shortstop Edwin Garcia, who appeared in 23 games and went 15-for-66 (.227) with four doubles and a home run. He had 13 walks against only nine strikeouts.
Guillermo Moscoso played most of the season with the big Caracas club but started his winterball campaign with two short Liga Paralela starts. The right-hander yielded four runs (two earned) in 2.1 innings.
Anzoategui hurler Jonathan Rojas shined over three starts, tossing 10 scoreless innings. The 22-year-old allowed three hits while walking two and striking out seven. Rojas doesn’t have any state-side experience above the rookie level, but his strong performance earned him two appearances with the LVBP Caribes team.
David Paisano and Renny Osuna turned in impressive performances with the big La Guaira club in ’09, but both were largely relegated to Liga Paralela this year after early season slumps.
Paisano played 25 games in Liga Paralela and hit .283 (30-for-106) with nine doubles, six walks, and five stolen bases in eight attempts.
The versatile Osuna played just about all over the diamond––appearing in 21 contests––and posted a .280/.314/.512 slash line with nine doubles, two triples, and two round-trippers in 87 plate appearances.
Lefty reliever Joe Ortiz pitched most of the campaign with the LVBP team but hurled three scoreless innings in three minor league relief appearances.
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