Around the Farm: December 17, 2013
Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians prospects. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in offseason winter ball leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Carlos Santana (Leones del Escogido, 3B): 1-for-4, 2 K, 2 E. The only Indian to play in the Dominican Winter League on the night had a rough night both at the plate and in the field. The rust from Carolos' extended layoff is evident, though he is a solid 4-for-15 (.267) at the plate through four LIDOM games this offseason. The most disquieting thing about this effort, however, was that he had his roughest night in the field yet since the start of "The Great Carlos Santana Third Base Experiment." He had two fielding errors, his third and fourth of the winter season, on consecutive plate appearances in the fifth inning, resulting in an unearned run that proved to be the difference in a 2-1 Toros del Este win over the Leones.
PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LBPRC)
Tyler Sturdevant (Criollos de Caguas, RP): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 K, 1 WP. Tyler's rough outing actually got the Criollos out of a five-run fifth inning. Not that it really mattered as the horse was already out of the barn, stolen by a rustler, and sold for glue as the Criollos were already down 13-4 en route to a 16-6 loss to the Gigantes de Carolina. This was by far his worst outing of the Puerto Rican season as he had pitched 1.1 perfect innings in his prior two outings. While the sample size is too small to make any grand pronouncement on his offseason, it is fair to assume this was just a bump in the road for now, given his recent track record.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)
Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas - Game 1, 1B): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 K. While he didn't get an RBI, Aguilar had a solid opener in Tuesday's day-night doubleheader against the Cardenales de Lara. It looks like he will be finishing the Venezuelan Winter League regular season strong. The only thing that could possibly stop him is...
Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas - Game 2,1B): 1-for-4, 1 K. ...being overused. While his meh game in the nightcap might be evidence of a player who's played a long season playing a second game in a day when he shouldn't be, it is also instructive about the nature of winter ball. While the experience of playing for a team that is worried about winning rather than development can be a useful experience for a minor league player, the flip side of that is having him play on a team whose objectives may not necessrily align perfectly with those of the organization. This is a clear example of said objectives not algining in the least.
In my opinion, I don't think that the term "overuse" applies in the Jesus Aguilar situation. Aguilar has an outside chance of tying the home run record of 20 set by Bo Diaz some thirty-four years ago. Alex Cabrera just tied the record this year. If I were Aguilar, I would want to play in all of the remaining games including the second half of that double header. Aguilar's 17 homers is just 3 off the pace providing Cabrera doesn't break the record. With only a week and half remaining (6 games I think) in the season, Aguilar would need play in all of those games. I'm sure Hudgens feels the same way. It's rare that a chance like this offers itself up. Might as well take advantage of it. You have to remember that the winter leagues is not about development. It is all about winning. To the players and fans, this is their championship season just like the summer is ours.
We didn't get anything for him and traded a young man with our current outfielder getting older Surprise!!!!! We had Rez, Barnes and others.......WHY Not address 3rd base area??????