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Around The Farm: January 10. 2014

Around The Farm:  January 10. 2014
January 11, 2014
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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.

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM) PLAYOFFS - DAY 12

Carlos Santana (Leones del Escogido, DH): 0-2, 2 BB - Nothing to report in regards to fielding numbers tonight as Santana was the Leones' DH, but it was another case of Santana showing good plate discipline but failing to record a hit.  Hopefully the poor hitting form he has displayed in the LIDOM playoffs (.227/.34/.455) does not carry over into spring training and the Indians' regular season.

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP) PLAYOFFS - DAY 9

Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas, starting DH): 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB - Aguilar is back to being Aguilar as he homers once again and picks up three more RBI.  The RBI Machine is now up to 20 HR and 57 RBI in 61 LVBP games between the regular season and playoffs.  I keep thinking that I can't be more excited to see what he can do in Goodyear and Columbus (and maybe even Cleveland) in 2014, but I keep getting more excited.

CARIBBEAN SERIES 2014

I have some info to report regarding this year's Caribbean series in Margarita, Venezuela.

First off is the format, as there will be five teams vying for the title of Caribbean Champion as Cuban Serie Nacional champions Naranajas de Villa Clara will be joining the four winter league champions.  This means a single round robin format with each team having one off day.  The round robin will run from February 1-5.  Following is the schedule of round robin games (all games will air on ESPN Deportes);

ALL TIMES EST

February 1
3:00 - Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic
7:00 - Naranjas de Villa Clara (Cuba) vs. Mexico
OFF:  Venezuela

February 2
3:00 - Mexico vs. Puerto Rico
7:00 - Naranjas de Villa Clara (Cuba) vs. Venezuela
OFF:  Dominican Republic

February 3
3:00 - Dominican Republic vs. Naranjas de Villa Clara (Cuba)
7:00 - Venezuela vs. Mexico
OFF:  Puerto Rico

February 4
3:00 - Puerto Rico vs. Naranjas de Villa Clara (Cuba)
7:00 - Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela
OFF:  Mexico

February 5
3:00 - Mexico vs. Dominican Republic
7:00 - Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico
OFF:  Naranjas de Villa Clara (Cuba)

The other change to the format is that the knockout stage will be two rounds instead of one. The schedule for the elimination stage is as follows (all three games will also be on ESPN Deportes).

ALL TIMES EST

February 6
7:30 - Semifinal

February 7
7:30 - Semifinal

February 8
7:30 - Championship

User Comments

shy
January 11, 2014 - 11:49 AM EST
It will be fun to see Jesus live in Spring Training, how he hits, how he plays first base, how the players and coaches respond to him. I am planning to drive East second week in March and take in a couple of games. I remember Yan Gomes making an indelibly good impression last year after foregoing playing w the Brazilian national team. But Tony and Walter are correct, he can set the Cactus League en fuego. I and he still starts in Columbus. Could be a pretty fun infield there this year
Tony
January 11, 2014 - 10:25 AM EST
Said it before, and I will say it again, Aguilar has no chance to make the club out of spring training. If one of Swisher, Santana or Gomes gets hurt in spring training, they will add a catcher in place of Santana/Gomes injury and just use Giambi and others more at DH. If Swisher gets hurt, they just use Santana at 1B more and again use Giambi and others more at DH. Aguilar can launch 20 homers this spring....it won't matter. He is a zero service time player and has no AAA experience....so the Indians wil ensure he gets both. Think back to Carlos Santana in 2010 how he probably should have opened in Cleveland, but the Indians had him play in Columbus for two and a half months for the exact same reason. Now, obviously they are in a contending mode so it changes things, but that would only mean instead of waiting until mid-June or July to call up Aguilar, that they maybe push up a call to sometime in May. There is no doubt that Aguilar has certainly put himself in consideration for a call later in the year, possibly by mid-May if a need arises and he is playing well in Columbus.
Walter
January 11, 2014 - 10:19 AM EST
If Aquilar out performs Adams or Cooper in SPT and there is injury at 1b not named Santana/gomes there still could be a chance he could make the club. I guess the question is what type opportunity Aquilar is going to get in SPT. Again Columbus is his most likely destination.
Matthew
January 11, 2014 - 10:12 AM EST
If it was an injury to Santana or Gomes, then they would add a catcher, not a 1B. If it was an injury to Swisher, they would likely give Cooper or Adams the spot to start the year. Aguilar will start in Columbus regardless.
Walter
January 11, 2014 - 9:54 AM EST
I think the Indians would want him to start in Columbus. However if there is an injury in SPT at 1b or DH and he has a strong spring than there is a chance he could be on Opening Day roster. I could see a call up around June if he does take advantage of the friendly hitting park in Columbus.
Matthew
January 11, 2014 - 9:06 AM EST
I am very encouraged by Jesus' performance this winter, especially the improved plate discipline. You have to remember, though, Hiram, the LVBP is a far cry from the MLB. Even in the most optimistic scenario possible, Aguilar will still spend a couple months in Columbus.
Hiram
January 11, 2014 - 8:16 AM EST
Aguilar might force his way onto the team. I know the position has yet to be determined but the Indians might have to make a spot for him if he keeps this up. He might even force his way into the cleanup spot. This guy is simply an RBI machine and this cannot be ignored any longer

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