Here is a quick recap of how the players in the Cleveland Indians' system did in fall/winter league action on Thursday December 23rd:
Luis Valbuena - 2B, Cardenales de Lara: 0-for-2, 4 R, 3 BB. Maybe it is a bit over-stated, but it is hard not to like what Valbuena is doing out in Venezuela from an on-base perspective. Yes, he is only hitting .222 in 51 games, but he also has a .355 on-base% thanks to a 34-25 walk to strikeout ratio. The high walk rate is nice to see, and if some of his hits start falling and finding holes, maybe he can still be a productive player next year for the Indians.
Jayson Nix - 3B, Senadores de San Juan: 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, K. After a very slow start, Nix is ending his time in Puerto Rico on a solid note as he is 5-for-15 in his last four games. In 12 games he is still only hitting .167/.239/.238.....ouch.
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS, Leones del Caracas: 2-for-9, 2B, 3 R, K. Cabrera and his team played a doubleheader after a rainout on Wednesday. He has struggled a little of late going 2-for-14 in his last four games and with three hitless games in his last four.
Note, the winter leagues do not have games scheduled on December 24th and December 25th in order to observe Christmas. The next Around the Farm update will come on Monday to recap the games from Sunday December 26th.
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