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Around the Farm: November 16, 2013

Around the Farm: November 16, 2013
November 17, 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.

Arizona Fall League

Tyler Naquin (CF, Surprise Saguaros): 0-for-3, BB, PO. The Saguaros win the title! The Saguaros win the title! It may not mean much a few days from now as no one ever remembers an Arizona Fall League championship, but for at least a day Naquin and the rest of his Saguaros teammates were able to enjoy the thrill of victory in a 2-0 win over Mesa to claim the 2013 AFL Championship. Congrats to Naquin and the rest of the crew on the win!

Joe Wendle (DH, Surprise Saguaros): 0-for-2, K. There was very little offense in this game. Both teams combined for 2 runs, 10 hits, 4 walks and 3 errors. Wendle and Naquin had little impact on this game, but both had very good showings in the AFL this fall and should be proud of their showing and accomplishments over the course of the 2013 season.

Australian Baseball League

Ryan Battaglia (C, Brisbane Bandits): 1-for-3, R, HR, RBI, 2 BB. This was a very good game for Battaglia, his third straight game with a hit and second straight game with a homer this fall. Because of a bye week his team was essentially off for almost two weeks, but they picked up the action again on Friday. In 4 games he is hitting .273 with 2 HR, 6 RBI and 1.439 OPS with 5 walks and 3 strikeouts.

Andrew Campbell (LF, Brisbane Bandits): 1-for-4, RBI, BB. Campbell is no longer with the Indians as he was released in spring training, but it is nice to check in on the former farmhand. Some will recall two years ago how Campbell caught some attention with a fantastic showing in the ABL, and he’s off to another good start hitting .409 with a .928 OPS in 6 games. After being released by the Indians he was never picked up by another MLB team.

Dominican Winter League

Erik Gonzalez (SS, Leones del Escogido): 2-for-3, R, 3B, RBI. Gonzalez may be the biggest surprise of the offseason with the way he has played, which is just a continuation from a strong 2013 and his assertion as an interesting middle infield prospect for the Indians. He has now played 23 games and piled up 85 at bats and is hitting .388, so the sample size is beginning to get significant. He hasn’t jumped into big time status, but he’s definitely become a prospect to monitor and is expected to start at shortstop next year at High-A Carolina.

Jose Ramirez (2B, Toros del Este): 1-for-4, R, 2B, 2 K. Ramirez has played 21 games so far this offseason and has played in 11 games at second base, 8 at third base and 6 at shortstop. This utility role but in an everyday role is something I envision the Indians using him in sometime in the near future. His best position is second base where he is a plus defender there, but obviously that position is taken by All Star Jason Kipnis for the next few years. He’s also a solid average defender at shortstop with some plus potential – a spot held by Asdrubal Cabrera and the incoming Francisco Lindor – and he is learning to play third base and doing a solid job there. He’s going to be a guy that has a chance to impact the Indians in a lot of ways next year, especially if Asdrubal Cabrera is traded and he moves into Mike Aviles utility spot on the bench (Aviles would be the regular at shortstop).

Puerto Rico Winter League

Carlos Moncrief (RF, Gigantes de Carolina): 1-for-5, R, HR, RBI, 3 K. Moncrief drilled his first homer of his winter ball campaign, but also struck out three times in the process. He’s off to a slow start hitting just .243 with 1 HR, 5 RBI and .678 OPS in 10 games, and has 3 walks and 12 strikeouts.

Brett Brach (RP, Gigantes de Carolina): 2.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Ouch. Brach took one for the team as he came in relief for the starter who lasted just 1.0 inning and allowed 6 runs in the first inning. Brach was unable to stop the bleeding as he was pounded for 7 runs himself, and the Gigantes pitching was poor overall on the day as they allowed 22 runs on 23 hits and 11 walks.

Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 0-for-1. Perez has played sparingly this offseason as this was only his third appearance, and in all three instances he came in late as a defensive replacement. Obviously, his Mayaguez manager has a lot of confidence in his defense, so hopefully at some point he gets a chance to get in a little more action.

Venezuela Winter League

Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, K. The homer was Aguilar’s first one in two weeks and just his second extra base hit over that span. Hopefully it gets him going again as he has been slumping, though even with the recent slump he is hitting .309 with 9 HR, 29 RBI, and .933 OPS in 31 games – which just shows how red hot he was to start his winter ball season.

Bryan Price (RP, Bravos de Margarita): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Price racked up his 6th save of the offseason in a 1-2-3 inning. He has now appeared in 15 games this offseason and has a 1.89 ERA and .133 batting average against. In 19.0 innings he has allowed 8 hits, 6 walks and has 19 strikeouts. If there was any question on whether he’d be added to the 40-man roster next week, he has all but solidified it.

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User Comments

Tony
November 18, 2013 - 9:10 AM EST
The cut off to add guys to the 40-man is Wednesday. So, we should get an official announcement at some point then on who is added....likely late in the day/evening.
Tony
November 18, 2013 - 9:09 AM EST
Aguilar is having a very productive season. I caution people though to not get caught up in the RBI numbers. Those are an opportunity based stat. He actually had a better season in 2012....just no one realizes it because his RBI total was 25-30 less in 2012. He is a good depth option for sure in 2014 and depending on need with any injuries to Swisher or Santana to open up first base, he could be more. He doesn't really have shot to open the season with the team, like Price, because of his zero service time status, clock control, and other options already established at his position and/or because of guys ahead of him on the totem pole.
Dennis
November 18, 2013 - 7:10 AM EST
Naquin played an excellent defensive CF... he showed excellent instincts on balls batted and got early jumps on alley liners.. Very good.. He handles the lumber the way a lead off hitter should.. He's making tremendous strides as a prospect..

Joey Wendle has shown he is over matched at the highest levels of competition..today's game included...
Walter
November 17, 2013 - 12:00 PM EST
Tony

When is the cut off date for the Indians need to add players to the 40 man roster to protect them from the rule 5 draft?
Jim
November 17, 2013 - 8:52 AM EST
Tony is Aguilar as good as his Venezuela numbers? And what about his defense? Is he a cheap DH candidate?
Tony
November 17, 2013 - 8:05 AM EST
Price looks to be pretty certain to be added to the 40-man, though can always be a surprise. He's definitely put himself in a good spot after his good season. Injuries and consistency going forward will truly determine his fate, as will be how the Indians make up their bullpen. He's for sure put himself into the conversation as a depth option for the Indians at some point this season....possibly the first arm recalled from Columbus although I would have to slot Guilmet at that guy right now. But having Guilmet and Price on standby once the inevitable injuries or poor performance in the pen crop up, or just to bring up a fresh arm.....that's some nice depth.
Jim
November 17, 2013 - 8:01 AM EST
Bryan Price will be acquired in the rule 5 draft if the indians don't protect him. And if he can continue his year he will be an asset to some club.
Roger
November 17, 2013 - 7:27 AM EST
aquilar may be just big and gets tired after 180 game season. the baseball season is a marathon and at at least 250 lbs jesus may be tired of the daily grind and maybe he needs some time off to reflect on a productive season of winter ball summer ball and before that spring training not so much physical but the combonation of physical and mental could be catching up to him.
Hiram
November 17, 2013 - 3:31 AM EST
Naquin got robbed of a hit in his first AB,

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