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Around the Farm: November 14, 2013

Around the Farm: November 14, 2013
November 15, 2013
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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 the Arizona Fall League and the Caribbean Leagues.  The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.

Note: The Dominican Winter League was off on Thursday as no games were scheduled.

Arizona Fall League

Tyler Naquin (CF, Surprise Saguaros): 0-for-4, 2 K. Naquin had an excellent showing in the AFL hitting .339 in 27 games and in 115 at bats, but his final two games left a bad taste in the mouth as he combined to go 0-for-9 and with 5 strikeouts. Nevertheless, he still made some strides with his approach and showed a much improved strikeout rate from the one during the regular season.

Joe Wendle (DH, Surprise Saguaros): 2-for-4, 1 K. Wendle finished up his AFL campaign playing back-to-back games just one time and in 16 games overall, but it didn’t affect his play as he finished hitting .311 with a .863 OPS. It was just another good showing at the plate for him after an excellent showing in Carolina this year. The offense is there, now it is going to be about making some big strides defensively and maybe even adding some versatility.

Tony Wolters (SS, Surprise Saguaros): 0-for-2, BB, K. Wolters ended up splitting time at catcher and shortstop in the AFL, something that was planned going in. He had an odd showing offensively though, as he hit just .178 in 14 games, but had a .345 on-base percentage thanks to 10 walks. He also had just one extra base hit.

Will Roberts (SP, Surprise Saguaros): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 7 K. This was nice to see as it was felt that Roberts made his last start in the AFL on Saturday when he allowed 8 runs in 3.0 innings, so he got a reprieve and delivered arguably his best start of his AFL campaign. He was tagged with the loss, but pitched well enough to win if he got better support from his defense and offense.

Puerto Rico Winter League

Carlos Moncrief (RF, Gigantes de Carolina): 2-for-5, R, 2 2B, RBI, K. Moncrief appears like he is starting to slowly put things together and be more Moncrief-like with his performance as he piled up 2 extra base hits on the night and stuffed the stat sheet. He is 4-for-10 in his last two games and in 8 games is now hitting a solid .286 with a .712 OPS.

Bryce Stowell (RP, Criollos de Caguas): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Stowell's line is a little deceiving as he came on in relief with two runners on and allowed one of them to score thanks to a wild pitch. He's off so an interesting start in Puerto Rico as he has not allowed a run in two appearances covering 1.1 innings, but has allowed 3 baserunners and been a little wild.

Venezuela Winter League

Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-2, 2 BB, K. Aguilar got off to an incredible start in Venezuela, but he has really cooled off of late hitting 7-for-35 (,200) with just one extra base hit in his last 8 games. Even still, he’s hitting an impressive .322 with 8 HR and 26 RBI in 29 games played. He was also back to the normal confines at first base after playing third base as an emergency fill in.

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User Comments

Walter
November 15, 2013 - 1:13 PM EST
My mistake. I now see you do have Lowery listed as backup in Columbus. I jumped the gun. Sorry!
Walter
November 15, 2013 - 12:41 PM EST
Why are we keeping Perez at AAA and not move Lowery to Columbus?
Tony
November 15, 2013 - 11:48 AM EST
As I noted in the depth chart today, it will be interesting how they sort out the catching role at Akron next year. They project to have all three of Lowery, Monsalve and Wolters there, so there could be a lot of sharing there and playing other positions. I think Wolters will get priority status, Monsalve after him and Lowery third. Wolters probably plays some games in the middle infield to get at bats, and Monsalve and Lowery games at first base and DH to get at bats as well. Maybe one is traded this offseason. We shall see.
Adam
November 15, 2013 - 11:10 AM EST
Tony--Do you think Wolters will be an everyday catcher in 2014 or will the Indians use him at 2nd or SS as well as catcher?
Tony
November 15, 2013 - 8:40 AM EST
Good catch on Stowell....I added him. Admittedly, I left him out simply because every other game was done and that one was in the 9th inning and Stowell was not yet listed in the box score. Actually forgot to go back and re-check before finalizing.
Steve
November 15, 2013 - 8:28 AM EST
Fun match up from last night. Carlos Moncrief's final plate appearance came against Bryce Stowell. Men were at 2nd and 3rd with 2-out after Stowell uncorked a wild pitch but he came back to strike Moncrief out.

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