Around the Farm: December 8, 2013
The Aussie Edition
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 and Puerto Rico Winter League were off on Sunday. Also, the Venezuela Winter League action was rained out.
Australian Baseball League
Ryan Battaglia (Brisbane Bandits, DH): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP. Battaglia, the lone Indian to play on the day, had his first multi-hit outing with both hits going for extra bases. Despite this incredible night, his last ten slash line still stands at .212/.315/.485 with a 7:2 K:BB ratio. While this form is worrisome, he does have more time than most Indians farmhands to turn around his offseason performance as the Australian Baseball League regular season continues until January 26th, although the Bandits' ABL Postseason hopes look dim as they are mired at the bottom of the ABL ladder along with the Adelaide Bite.
Mickey Jannis (Brisbane Bandits, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K. The Crushers pitcher continues his stellar 2013-14 offseason form with his seventh scoreless outing out of eight (all one inning each). It will be interesting to see if this ABL campaign serves as a successful audition for him to get back into an MLB organization (or at least a higher-level independent circuit than the Frontier League).
Joshua Roberts (Brisbane Bandits, RF): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K. Onto the ex-Indians, then. Joshua's ABL season can best be described as consistently mediocre. He gets a hit in most of his games, but rarely picks up two or more. When combined with his occasional hitless days, it's little more than enough to keep him above the Mendoza Line (currently batting exactly .200 in 18 games thus far after Sunday's contest). This effort was pretty typical of this "consistent mediocrity".
Casey Frawley (Canberra Cavalry, LF): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB. The other ex-Indian to play in the Aussie League on Sunday had a solid day, getting on base three times and scoring twice. This is hardly unusual for him as he is posting a .421/.482/.737 slash line with 4 HR and 18 RBI in 19 ABL games thus far this season. Frawley was out of North American ball in the 2013 season. It will be interesting to see if this offseason performance is enough to get him noticed by a major league organization or independent team back here in the States.