Around The Farm: January 24, 2013
By Jim Piascik
January 25, 2013
Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
Note that the Puerto Rican Winter League and Dominican Winter League were off last night. Here is the rundown of what Cleveland players in fall and winter ball did yesterday:
Venezuelan Winter League
- Ezequiel Carrera (LF): 1-for-3. Carrera's team dropped their playoff game last night, as Navegantes del Magallanes could not get a run across all game. A 1-for-3 night from Carrera is not bad, but it is symptomatic of the lack of power in his game (.084 ISO). Speed is Carrera's calling card, but being that deficient of pop in the Venezuelan League is still worrisome.
- Luis Valbuena (2B): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SO. Valbuena has spent the entire winter league season hitting home runs. Well, not every game, but he has nine (if I am reading the regular season/playoff stats right). And Valbuena has 17 home runs in 310 career major league games. Reason #435 that winter league stats cannot be taken at face value.
Australian Winter League
- Quincy Latimore (CF): 1-for-4, 1 R. Latimore cooled off a little bit last night, though his overall line through 13 games remains scorching. The outfielder's .294/.400/.510 line and seven extra base hits are very impressive, though the small sample and lower quality of competition caveats apply. It will be very interesting to see where Latimore fits in 2013, and with a strong Spring Training, he could force his way as high as Columbus.
- Andrew Campbell (CF): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 SO. Campbell continued his solid Australian campaign Thursday, moving his season line to .277/.360/.404 in 40 games. I am tired of writing phrases like "this is a good first step, but he needs to bring it stateside," so I am very glad that Spring Training is almost here and Campbell will get a chance to prove himself in Arizona before too much longer.
- Ryan Battaglia (DH): 0-for-3. You never want to read too much into winter league statistics, but Battaglia's .234/.326/.481 line certainly leaves something to be desired. The power has been there at times (10 extra base hits in 23 games), but it would have been nice to see more consistency out of Battaglia this winter.
- Chuck Lofgren (SP): L (4-3), 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO. Lofgren did not have his best stuff Thursday, but it was a rare blip in his winter league season. Last night's start was the first time in seven starts that Lofgren did not go at least 5.2 innings while allowing fewer than two earned runs. His 3.05 ERA and 59:24 SO:BB in 62.0 innings are quite impressive, though we all wish that the former fourth round pick and Baseball America Top 100 was doing it in the majors, not Australia.
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