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Around the Farm: December 22, 2013

Around the Farm: December 22, 2013
December 23, 2013
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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.

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LBPRC)

Tyler Sturdevant (Crillos de Caguas, RP): H (1), 1 IP, perfect.  Sturdevant continues his solid offseason with a scoreless inning of relief and his first hold of the Puerto Rican season.  In eight games between the LBPRC and the Arizona Fall League, Tyler has allowed only one earned run in 7.0 innings of work.  His K:BB ratio is also quite impressive as he has fanned five batters without yet allowing a walk.  This offseason has been nothing but promising for a pitcher who needs such a fall/winter after missing the entirety of the 2013 season proper due to injury.

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (ABL)

Ryan Battaglia (Brisbane Bandits, DH): 0-for-4, 1 K.  Battaglia's rough Australian campaign continues.  He seems to be looking at a regular season of being 2014's version of Patric Tolentino and Matt Colantonio, assuming he even makes it out of spring training.

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)

While no Indians played in the only game on the final day of the LIDOM regular season, there is some info from the DR to report.  First off, barring being picked up by one of the playoff teams (for those new to winter ball, this is not only allowed, but a common practice in the Caribbean), the winter seasons of Ronny Rodriguez and Colt Hynes are over as their Estrellas Orientales squad failed to make the playoffs.  The only other team to miss the Dominican playoffs were the Toros del Este, whose lone Indian (Jose Ramirez) saw his winter season come to a premature end due to injury.

Also, MLB.Advanced Media does not track postseason statistics in the Caribbean Leagues and thus they do not appear on MLB.com  You won't miss anything, however, as I will be updating Caribbean playoff stats of Indians players nightly (though not sure of the posting schedule of such stats).

For anybody wondering, the Venezuelan season ends next Sunday and Puerto Rico wraps up their regular season the following day.  The Australian League uses a far shorter playoff format than any of the Caribbean leagues and thus can afford to run their regular season all the way to January 26th (thus known as Unconferenced Train Wreck, um, I mean Pro Bowl Sunday).  I will be posting an article with all the information regarding the Caribbean playoff formats and dates as soon as I have the info.

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