German's club is going to the championship series
Esteban German played just part-time over the last two days, as his Toros del Este club has wrapped up a spot in the Dominican Winter League's championship series. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at Friday and Saturday's winterball action.
Venezuelan Winter League
Centerfielder Endy Chavez helped carry the Carbies to a big 13-inning victory on Friday evening. The leadoff hitter had two singles and two RBI in seven at-bats. He’s now hitting .304 in the postseason.
With five games remaining in the round robin, the Caribes and Leones del Caracas are tied atop the standings.
Dominican Winter League
The Toros del Este took home a 3-2 victory on Friday, though second baseman Esteban German went hitless in three at-bats.
With just one round robin contest remaining, the Toros have locked up first place with a 12-5 record and a four-game lead. The club will face either the Estrellas or Gigantes in the best-of-nine national title series.
The Toros appear to be resting many of its starters, as Esteban German played just a partial game on Friday and was out of the lineup on Saturday.
Puerto Rican Winter League
No Rangers appeared on Friday or Saturday.
Mexican Pacific League
There were also no Rangers playing in Mexico on Friday and Saturday.
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.
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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