Around the Farm: November 6, 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 Arizona Fall League and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE (AFL)
Jake Lowery (Peoria Javelinas C): 1-2, 2 BB, 1 RBI. Taking on his teammate Tyler Naquin, Lowery was the one who looked the part of a top prospect reaching base in three of his four plate appearances. In 17 at-bats this fall Lowery is hitting .294 with 4 RBI’s and more walks than strikeouts (3:2). He also threw out one of three attempted base stealers.
Tyler Naquin (Surprise Saguaros CF): 0-5. Not much positive to report here. After three straight multi-hit games Naquin fell back to earth with a 0-5 performance. His numbers during the fall are still strong (.356 BA) and just as important he’s only tallied 11 strikeouts in 90 at-bats after struggling with K’s during his first season in the minor leagues.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)
Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas 3B): 1-4, 1 RBI. The big news here is that Aguilar played third base for the first time in this game. I don’t know exactly how well he fared, but he didn’t make an error. At the plate Aguilar added another hit and RBI to his impressive offseason total.
Ezequiel Carrera (Navegantes del Magallanes CF): 2-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 SB, 2 RBI. It was another big night for Carrera, who had his third strong game in a row. His two stolen bases in the game give him 10 on the fall. His slash line stands at .280/.385/.402.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Erik Gonzalez (Leones del Escogido SS): 1-3, 2 errors. Gonzalez managed a 1-3 night at the plate, but struggled in the field committing two more errors (giving him six on the season). He’s hitting .339 on the fall but his 16:1 strikeout to walk ratio and error total aren’t pretty.
Juan Diaz (Estrellas de Oriente SS): 0-1. Not much to report here either. Diaz hasn’t done much in his time with Estrellas this fall. He came into this game as a defensive substitution in the eighth inning and grounded out to Gonzalez in his only at-bat.
Personally would rather see Raburn get looks at 3B than Aguilar, but again can't hurt. Obviously didn't hurt his bat much going 1-4 with an RBI.
This adds pressure on Chisenhall. I wish he played some winter ball to get ready for spring training.
Also would add trade value to Aguilar if he can handle 3B.
Lowery is a fan favorite of our family. Always has a smile and a worker. He was very kind to my sons and those things are very important. Hope he keeps climbing! We became fans of him in Akron.
SB: Cecchini (3, 2nd base off Maurer/Lowery), Betts (8, 2nd base off Maurer/Lowery).
CS: Betts (1, 2nd base by O'Grady/Lowery).
Needless to say, 1-for-3 throwing out baserunners is still good. Overall in the AFL, Lowery is 3-for-11 throwing out runners. He's really done a nice job at the plate and behind it considering his circumstances as a taxi squad player.