Around the Farm: December 26, 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.
Note: The Dominican Winter League was off on Thursday and there were no Indians active in the Puerto Rico Winter League.
Venezuela Winter League
Toru Murata (SP, Caribes de Anzoategui): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. This was Murata’s first rough outing in five tries. Prior to this game he had pitched 17.2 innings and allowed just 2 earned runs, and he doubled that number in 5.0 innings in this game. He has a nice 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio (15 K, 3 BB) in 22.2 innings, and is right in line with his showing during the season as he had about a 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio (119 K, 29 BB) in 28 starts between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus this past season. He’s a solid depth starting option in the upper levels for the Indians and has kind of taken on the role the role that Paolo Espino had the previous two seasons.
The Dominican Winter League wrapped up regular season play and the playoffs should be starting up soon, though I have been unable to track down a start date and schedule of the games. I also am unsure whether Carlos Santana will continue to play into the playoffs, or if his two week stint at the tail end of the regular season was all he and the Indians planned to have him play.
The Puerto Rico Winter League wraps up their regular season play on December 30th, and the playoffs start on January 3rd.
The Venezuela Winter League wraps up their regular season play on December 30th, though word on when their playoffs would start is unknown at this time.
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