Around the Farm: January 28, 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 the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.
Here is the rundown of what Indians players in winter ball did yesterday…..which at this point boils down to one player: outfielder Ezequiel Carrera.
Venezuela Winter League
Ezequiel Carrera (LF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 1-for-5, R, K, SB. Carrera’s team lost the decisive Game 5 by a score of 3-2 in 11 innings, and they are now down three games to two in the championship series and face elimination on Tuesday night. Carrera grounded out to first in the third inning, hit a fly ball single to center in the sixth inning, reached on a fielder’s choice in the seventh inning and was balked to second and then stole third base, struck out in the ninth, and flew out to center in the 11th inning. Even with the subpar outing on Monday, he is hitting .268 with 2 HR, 9 RBI, .692 OPS and 23-27 walk to strikeout ratio this winter.
Almost all of the Indians players are officially done with their winter ball season since the Dominican Winter League and Puerto Rico Winter League have finished their playoffs and the Australia Baseball League and Venezuela Winter League are in their playoffs. But, there are still two Indians players that are active this offseason, Carrera in the Venezuela League playoffs and right-handed reliever Rob Bryson who is pitching for his Puerto Rico Winter League champions in the Caribbean World Series which gets underway later this week. Also, there is a report out that second baseman Jose Ramirez has been added to the Leones del Escogido roster and will play in the Caribbean World Series.
As a result, once the Venezuela Winter League concludes play on Tuesday or Wednesday night, Around the Farm will go on hiatus for a short time. The hiatus will be short as minor league spring training games start up in mid-March! Thanks for reading all winter long.
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