Around the Farm: January 8, 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
Enosil Tejeda (Leones del Escogido, RP): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. This is a surprise. Tejeda made just two appearances all the way back in late October (1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K) but had not pitched in a game since. He popped back up in a game over two months later and in the playoffs to boot - though the 9-2 score in the 9th inning when he came in probably allowed for him to get some long overdue work with the game well in hand and a chance for Escogido to rest some of their top arms.
Carlos Santana (Leones del Escogido, 3B): 2-for-4, R, HR, RBI. Santana has turned things up a notch in the playoffs hitting three homers in 10 games. Overall, in 18 combined regular season and playoff games in the Dominican he is hitting .271 with 4 HR, 8 RBI and .813 OPS. He also has a nice 8:9 walk to strikeout ratio in 70 at bats. Also, the work he has done at third base appears to be enough right now where the Indians are going to continue the experiment this spring.
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This though is where I don't agree he should hit. Even if you don't hit him leadoff, doesn't make sense to bat him 3rd and Swisher 2nd unless you think Swisher is gonna have the higher OBP this year (possible).
I know lots like Brantley 5th...but Gomes actually had a higher batting average and a higher OBP than Brantley last year....was a better hitter, period. That said, less than 300 ABs for Gomes, remains to be seen if he can duplicate the season and do it for a full-season (I think he can)...