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Around The Farm: November 8, 2013

Around The Farm:  November 8, 2013
November 9, 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 (AFL)

Tyler Naquin (Surprise Saguaros, CF) - 2-4, 1 K - Naquin continues to hit well in the AFL with this effort as he raises his batting average to .357 (35-for-98).  He also has 17 RBI in 22 games played.

Tony Wolters (Surprise Saguaros, C) - 1-4 - Wolters is just 8-for-40 (.200) on the fall season.  He has split his time between shortstop and catcher, mostly to get at bats. Reports out of Arizona say scouts are impressed with his catching.

Shawn Armstrong (Surprise Saguaros, RP) - 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K - Armstrong continues to pitch well in the AFL as he has held the opposition scoreless in eight of his nine outings.  This is a good way to finish off a subpar year and hopefully is a sneak peak of what we may see out of him next spring and summer in the regular season.

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)

Bryan Price (Bravos de Margarita, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, - Price pitched a perfect seventh to secure a win for the Bravos in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader (game 2 was eventually called off).  Price is another pitcher who has generally performed well in offseasom competiton, holding the oppsing batters scoreless in nine of his eleven outings.

Ezequiel Carrera (Navegantes del Magallanes, CF) - 0-1, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 SB, 1 HBP - Carrera posts an unusual line as he picks up three runs and two stolen bases while posting a .800 single-game OBP while going hitless.  Tonight's game raised his LVBP OBP to .404, his walk total to 19, and his hit by pitch total to three in 109 plate appearances.

Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas, 3B) - 1-6, 1 2B, 2 K  - Aguilar had an off night in the Caracas' 14-inning loss, but that still doesn't take away from the incredible winter season he is having in the LVBP.  He is batting 350 with 8 HR amd 25 RBI in 25 Venezuelan League games this winter.  In other words, the RBI Machine is still the RBI Machine.

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)

Erik Gonzalez (Leones del Escogido, SS) - 1-2, 1 R, 1 Sac Bunt - Gonzalez has a productive night at the plate as he continues his strong LIDOM form (batting .344 in 17 games thus far this winter).  This winter season has been enjoyable to watch in regards to Erik.

Jose Ramirez (Toros del Este, SS) - 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K - J-Ram only manages one hit on the night, but makes it count with an RBI.  Hopefully, he can continue those type of at-bats on a more consistent basis.

Colt Hynes (Estrellas Orientales, RP) - L (0-1), 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (1 earned), 1 BB (intentional), 1 K - Hynes' streak of seven scoreless outings to start the LIDOM season ends at the worst possible time as he gives up the game winning runs in the 15th inning.  While the defense did not exactly help either, this was by far Hynes' worst outing of the winter season thus far.

User Comments

Tony
November 9, 2013 - 7:26 PM EST
As for Crockett, I expect him to get an invite to ML camp this spring. The Indians will have others they will consider first, but I could see him being an option in late June or early July a la Cody Allen was in 2012.

Guilmet actually now averages 89-91 and gets it up to 93.....but he is certainly a guy that relies on command and deception to get outs and some swing and miss rather than on pure stuff.
Tony
November 9, 2013 - 7:24 PM EST
Armstrong was not on the same fast track as Allen. Armstrong moved quickly last year, but never got an invite to major league spring training and his command is a ton different from Allen. Allen moved quickly because of his ability to command his pitches AND he has the stuff. Armstrong has the stuff BUT there are question marks with the command. Had Armstrong put forth a very good season, there is the possibility he could have been up late in the year.....right now he reminds me some of Stowell. Stowell saw the same rise in 2010 and then plateaued. Hopefully Armstrong is able to avoid injuries and can be more consistent with the delivery/command to avoid the same trap Stowell fell into.
Willie
November 9, 2013 - 3:16 PM EST
Crockett could be up mid-summer, IMO. Hynes could be a DFA candidate, Soto can't stay on the mound and Hagadone has been ineffective.

Guilmet is a soft tosser 88-90 mph FB. He could add some value in a Joe Smith type.
Hiram
November 9, 2013 - 11:36 AM EST
Roger,

I think we will see Crockett some time but I think they have other guys in mind before him. I think Hynes, Soto are ahead along with Hagadone. I think Crockett starts in AA and moves up but he has risen fast and it will be soon that his talent is at a point where the Indians have no choice
Roger
November 9, 2013 - 11:28 AM EST
i got hunch that we will all see crocket somewhere between memorial day and independence day. He seems to be incredibly mature for having been on college diamond 5 months ago. Lefty reliefers are valuable commondities to have and he throw strikes and seem unflappable
Hiram
November 9, 2013 - 10:28 AM EST
Walter,

I heard the same thing about Armstrong in that he was close to Cody Allen too. Tony has told me on several occasions that it wasn't correct but, I am glad you heard the same thing.
Walter
November 9, 2013 - 10:25 AM EST
Before spring training last year many people thought that Armstrong was on same fast track as Allen was. Guess his injury was a big set back. With him being healthy, it looks like he could be on the Indians radar later in 2014.

Another pitcher that might be on the fast track is Crockett. I hope he could avoid the injury bug. With the lack LHP relievers another individual who could be an option in 14.
Hiram
November 9, 2013 - 9:51 AM EST
Tony,

how hard does Guilmet throw ??
Tony
November 9, 2013 - 9:21 AM EST
Yes, Armstrong, Adams, Price and such could be depth options next year.....sort of similar to Guilmet, Lee etc this year. Health, need and performance will determine their opportunities.
Hiram
November 9, 2013 - 9:14 AM EST
Tony,

I hope Armstrong is indeed rebounding because he could be another viable option along with Adams, Sturdevant and Price. As you know you can never have enough pitching.

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