Rangers Winterball Roundup – 1/10

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Middle infielders Luis Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte helped propel Aragua to a 2-1 victory in the Venezuelan Winter League playoffs on Tuesday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.

Venezuelan Winter League


Aragua second baseman Yangervis Solarte helped lead the way in the Tigres' 2-1 win at Zuila on Tuesday. Solarte singled twice in four at-bats and scored one of the team's two runs. Leadoff man Luis Hernandez, who played shortstop, went 1-for-5 with a run batted in.



Dominican Winter League


Licey's Engel Beltre batted ninth and played left field in his club's 14-4 thrashing of Escogido. Beltre went 1-for-6 with an RBI and his second stolen base in as many days. He's now batting .250 in the round robin postseason.

For Escogido, leadoff man and centerfielder Julio Borbon was 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a walk before being lifted from the game in the seventh inning.



Mexican Pacific League


There were no games on Monday, and Jose Felix's Guasave team was knocked out of the playoffs on Sunday. During the regular season, Felix appeared in 31 games and posted a .203/.222/.342 slash line with three home runs in 82 plate appearances. Used primarily for his defensive skills behind the plate, Felix gunned down 6-of-15 (.400) attempted base stealers.

The only other Rangers prospect to appear in Liga Mexicana del Pacifico this season was sidearming righty Cody Eppley, who pitched for Obregon from the beginning of the season until Thanksgiving. The 26-year-old reliever worked primarily as the team's closer, logging seven saves and posting a 3.10 ERA over 20 appearances. In 20.1 innings, he yielded 18 hits while walking seven and striking out 26. Eppley's heavy 88-91 mph sinker and deceptive delivery helped induce more than 3.4 groundouts per flyout while limiting fellow right-handers to a .238 batting average.



Puerto Rican Winter League


No Rangers appeared in Tuesday's game. Cuba native Jose Ruiz, who split his 2011 season between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock, socked a big three-run homer to help power his Mayaguez club to victory. Ruiz is currently a free agent.



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