Around The Farm: January 17, 2014
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 18
Carlos Santana (Leones del Escogido, 3B) - 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E - Santana's Round Robin phase comes to a screeching halt with a hitless night and his fifth error of the playoffs on a throwing miscue. It will be interesting to see if he remains with the team through the Serie Final, which they qualified for with an 11-7 record to win the Round Robin phase.
Leones del Escogido will face the winner of a one game playoff to be played tomorrow between the Tigres del Licey and Gigantes del Cibao, who tied for second place with 9-9 records. The schedule of games for the Serie Final (best-of-9) is as follows:
Game 1 - Licey/Cibao @ Escogido - 1/19 4:00 PM EST (ESPN3)
Game 2 - Escogido @ Licey/Cibao - 1/20 4:00 PM EST (ESPN3)
Game 3 - Licey/Cibao @ Escogido - 1/21 6:30 PM EST (ESPN3)
Game 4 - Escogido @ Licey/Cibao - 1/22 6:30 PM EST (ESPN3)
Game 5 - Licey/Cibao @ Escogido - 1/23 6:30 PM EST (ESPN3)
Game 6 - Escogido @ Licey/Cibao - 1/24 (no time or broadcast info available) IF NECESSARY
Game 7 - Licey/Cibao @ Escogido - 1/25 6:30 PM EST (ESPN3) IF NECESSARY (listed as "Game 6" by WatchESPN)
Game 8 - Escogido @ Licey/Cibao - 1/26 4:00 PM EST (ESPN3) IF NECESSARY (listed as "Game 7" by WatchESPN)
Game 9 - Licey/Cibao @ Escogido - 1/27 4:00 PM EST (ESPN3) IF NECESSARY (listed as "Game 8" by WatcnESPN)
NOTE: WatchESPN has a "Game 9" listed as airing on 1/29 at 4:00 PM EST. I got the game dates I used from MLB.com's LIDOM scoreboard page.
Also, no word on whether ESPN3 will air tomorrow's one game playoff or not.
PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LBPRC) PLAYOFFS - DAY 12
Roberto Perez (Indios de Mayaguez, C): 1-4 - Perez picks up his second straight start at catcher for Mayaguez and improves slightly on last night as he picked up one hit. It is becoming painfully obvious why these starts are rare for him this winter. With the Indios returning to meaningful games in the Serie Final, look for regular backstop Martin Maldonado to resume starting duties.
Tyler Sturdevant (Criollos de Caguas, RP): 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Tyler's third outing of the playoffs is a welcome return to his regular season form after a couple of brutal outings to start the postseason. Hopefully, he can use this game as a springboard to finish his winter strong (assuming he isn't recalled to the States before the Serie Final).
Both Caguas and Mayaguez will be advancing to the LBPRC Serie Final. I refer you to my New Year's Eve Around The Farm article for the schedule (Games 1, 3, 5, and 7 will be in Caguas while Mayaguez will host games 2, 4, and 6)
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP) PLAYOFFS - DAY 16
Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas, starting 1B): 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB - Jesus returns to RBI Machine form with a monster night at the plate. He has been hitting much better as of late and seems to be out of his mini slump. Since Wednesday, Aguilar is 7-14 with 2 2B, 2 HR, and 4 RBI. He left the game in the ninth inning for a pinch runner.
Toru Murata (Caribes de Anzoategui, SP): 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R (all earned), 3 BB, 1 K - The only reason that Toru didn't take the loss in tonight's game is the fact that it more closely resembled beer league softball than winter league baseball, with the Caribes ultimately losing 14-13 to the Leones. This outing brings his playoff totals to 11 R (all earned) on 20 H in 16.2 IP. Hopefully, he pitches better come spring and summer.
Also, I am doing a Top 100 this year. In fact, the countdown will soon start on the site. Just not sure about the book....though might still do it but in a different form and come out later.
I think the Indians would like to shut down Santana but I have feeling he wants to play until his team is eliminated.