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Around the Farm: October 27, 2013

Around the Farm: October 27, 2013
October 28, 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 Arizona Fall League is off on Sunday's.

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)

Bryan Price (Bravos de Margarita, RP) - H (2), 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K - Price continues to pitch well as he drops his ERA to just above 2.00 and picks up his second save of his LVBP camapign.  This has been a very encouraging winter so far for Bryan.

Elvis Araujo (Aguilas del Zulia, RP) - BS (1), 0 IP, 1 H - A pattern is developing here and it is not a positive one.  In two appearances, Araujo has pitched exactly 0.0 IP (facing two batters) and now has a blown save to show for his brief efforts.  Hopefully this rough first weekend of the winter season is an aberration for him, though the one silver lining in this stretch is that two batters represents the king of all small sample sizes.

Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K - Aguilar posts a monster day at the plate with multiple hits and RBI as well as a homer.  He is now batting .391 on the winter with six home runs and 19 RBI.  The 12:7 K:BB ratio is not ideal, but not unacceptable for someone with the aforementioned power numbers (not to mention batting almost .400). He's having an amazing winter ball showing right now.

Ezequiel Carrera (Navegantes del Magallanes, CF) - 1-3, 1 BB - Ezequiel gets on base twice in four plate appearances.  Nothing really stands out about his performance in and of itself, but with the walk he picked up he is now officially at a 2:3 K:BB ratio in Venezuela and a welcomed break from the 2:1 K:BB ratios he usually puts up.

Jose Flores (Navegantes del Magallanes, RP) - 0 IP, 3 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 HR allowed - Flores' run of four strong outings in the LVBP ended with a big blowup on Sunday as he failed to get anyone out in a four-batter effort.  There's not much more I can say about this outing other than that it is hopefully an outlier to an otherwise strong showing so far.

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)

Ronny Rodriguez (Estrellas Orientales, SS) - 0-3, 1 BB. Ronny-Rod struggled at the plate tonight in an effort unfortunately consistent with his limited playing time in LIDOM. He is now batting .083 in 12 at bats in four games in the current Dominican season.  If he wants to see more consistent playing time in winter ball, he is going to have to begin to produce.  Unlike summer minor league teams, which are built to develop players over achieving team results, the LIDOM teams are out there on the field for one reason:  to win.

Erik Gonzalez (Leones del Escogido, SS) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 SB - Erik Gonzalez only got one hit on the night, but made the most of it on the basepaths by stealing a base and eventually scoring.  Even with the one-hit ouing, he is still batting .310 in seven games thus far in this LIDOM season.

Jose Ramirez (Toros del Este, 2B) - 0-4, 1 K - J-Ram had a rough go of it failing to get on base, striking out once and hitting into a double play.  Jose has been uneven at best this winter, but hopefully will turn it around and start looking more like himself at the plate soon.  Currently, Ramirez is batting .185 with a 4:1 K:BB ratio in seven games in LIDOM this season.

User Comments

Tony
October 29, 2013 - 12:19 AM EDT
Indians really don't have any control how a pitcher is used in winter ball as far as their role goes. They can set parameters on usage and such, but role is up to the winter ball team. Araujo is still a starter.
Andy
October 28, 2013 - 11:39 PM EDT
Is this the start of Araujo's transition to the bullpen?
Tony
October 28, 2013 - 11:36 AM EDT
I wouldn't say he is turning heads. The Indians know he's capable of being a good major league player. That said, what he is doing is adding to the very good season he had and solidifying his status as an option at some point in 2014. Sort of similar to Jose Ramirez last season and then in winter ball.
Hiram
October 28, 2013 - 3:48 AM EDT
Tony,

is Aguilar turning some heads in the Indians' FO with his performance in Winter ball?

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