Around The Farm: December 4, 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.
Venezuela Winter League:
Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas 1B): 0-3. It was a rough night for Caracas as a whole, but after five hits in his last ten at-bats and four home runs in his last 10 games it had looked like Aguilar was getting hot again. Hopefully this game is just a bump in the road and he's able to keep the upswing going and finish off the winter strong.
Dominican Winter League:
Erik Gonzalez (Leones del Escogido 2B): 1-3, 1 RBI, 2 K's. It was more of the same for Gonzalez in this game. Playing second base, he had another hit but also two more strikeouts to add to his staggering total of 41 in 38 games. Still, Gonzalez is hitting .341 overall and continues to put up offensive numbers that show the upside that led the team to protecting him on the 40 man roster.
Paolo Espino (Caribes de Anzoategui SP): 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 K's. The long-time Indians farm hand was recently lost to the Chicago Cubs on a minor league deal. Espino provided decent depth at AA/AAA the past couple of years, but will likely get a chance at either a bullpen job with the Cubs or at least figure into their AAA rotation. This winter he's pitched to a 5.15 ERA in ten starts, so he's not doing all that much to prove he deserves more of a shot with the Cubs.
Ezequiel Carrera (Navegantes del Magallanes LF): 1-2, 1 BB. Currently unsigned, Carrera is having a strong winter season. His plate discipline has impressed (33:29 walk to strikeout ratio), and his OBP stands at over .400. If he could pair that type of plate discipline and OBP with his speed at the major league level, his future in the league would be much brighter. In reality, Carrera seems destined to be a AAAA player for another organization in 2014.
Jerry Gil (Estrellas de Oriente RP):1 IP. Gil pitched last season with Columbus and is another currently unsigned player looking for his next home. At 31 years of age, he doesn't have any sort of major league future, but he can provide another organization with serviceable relief help in AAA. He looks like he's pitched a little better than his numbers indicate with Estrellas (4.11 ERA), as his 14 strikeouts versus 3 walks in 15 innings of work is solid.