Between Nelson Cruz in the Dominican Republic and Elvis Andrus in Venezuela, the Texas Rangers…
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The Saguaros didn't qualify for this year's Arizona Fall League Championship Game after finishing second place in the AFL's West Valley Division.
The following Rangers prospects saw action for Surprise this fall––RHP Ben Henry, LHP Jimmy Reyes, RHP Ryan Rodebaugh, RHP Ben Rowen, RHP Joe Van Meter, C Kellin Deglan, C/1B Brett Nicholas, INF Hanser Alberto, 1B Chris McGuiness, and INF Luis Sardinas.
Luis Martinez's Colombia team was knocked out of qualification for the 2013 World Baseball Classic after going 1-2 over the weekend. Martinez appeared in two of the three games and went 1-for-6 with three walks and three strikeouts.
Playing his first game in eight days, the Gigantes' Leury Garcia got the start at shortstop and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. The 21-year-old prospect, who was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster earlier this week, is now batting .274 in 21 winterball contests.
Licey right fielder Engel Beltre singled once in two at-bats, playing the game's first seven innings. He also stole his fifth base in six tries.
Centerfielder Leonys Martin (0/4) and shortstop Jurickson Profar (0/3, 2 BB) both went hitless, though Martin laid down a sacrifice bunt while Profar walked twice.
Profar got the start at shortstop and batted second on Wednesday while Hanley Ramirez played DH and batted third. Through eight winterball games, the Rangers' top prospect is 4-for-22 with a double and a home run. He's drawn four walks and struck out four times.
Lara's Guilder Rodriguez entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and grounded out in his only plate appearance. The defensive specialist is now 6-for-37 (.162) at the plate this season.
No Rangers appeared in Liga Paralela on Wednesday, but the league has posted box scores from Tuesday's action.
On Tuesday, Caracas starting pitcher Richard Alvarez (1.62 ERA/.200 BAA) improved to 6-0 on the season after he hurled six innings of four-hit, shutout ball. He struck out three and walked two while inducing 11 groundouts and just three flyouts.
In seven appearances (five starts), Alvarez has the following Liga Paralela stat-line––33.1 ip, 24 h, 6 er, 5 bb, 22 k.
Shortstop Edwin Garcia, also playing for Caracas, singled once in three at-bats.
Batting leadoff and playing in center field for their respective clubs, Teodoro Martinez and Diego Cedeno both went 1-for-5. Martinez added a run batted in while Cedeno committed an error.
The Navegantes' Eduard Pinto saw action as a pinch-hitter and walked in his lone trip.
Tiburones right fielder Jhonny Gomez singled once in five at-bats.
La Guaira righty Arlett Mavare earned the victory in long relief on Tuesday. The Venezuela native yielded two runs (one earned) in four innings, scattering seven hits while walking one, plunking one, and fanning three.
Algodoneros de Guasave catcher Jose Felix had another big game offensively on Wednesday, as he went 3-for-4 with three doubles and two RBI.
Although the 24-year-old Felix has been just a part-time backstop for Guasave during this winterball campaign, he's impressed with the bat when in the lineup. The Mexico native is 16-for-44 (.364) with six doubles in 15 games. He batted .260/.271/.377 in 82 regular-season contests at Double-A Frisco.
All three scheduled games in Puerto Rico were postponed.
As usual, the Australian Baseball League is quiet during the midweek before returning to action this weekend.
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