Around the Farm: October 29, 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)
Tyler Naquin (Surprise Saguaros, CF) - 1-for-6, 1 2B, 1 K. Despite getting six turns at the plate, Naquin managed only a double to left in his first plate appearance. Even with this tough outing he is still batting .333 (21-for-63) with 11 RBI in 15 games this AFL season, and it was nice to see him rip an extra base hit - his second in the AFL.
Tony Wolters (Surprise Saguaros, SS) - 1-for-5, 1 R. Wolters continues to struggle at the plate, and it is not very often you see a batting average go up after a 1-for-5 night - which happened as he raised his batting average from .167 to .172. I'm sure bouncing between catcher and shortstop along with the inconsistent playing time has affected his performance.
Will Roberts (Surprise Saguaros, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R (all earned), 3 K, 2 HR allowed. Roberts continues to have his issues in the AFL and was not part a factor in the decision beacuse no one won or lost since the game was called a 5-5 tie after 11 innings. Roberts has now allowed 11 runs (10 earned) on 20 hits in 16.0 innings pitched for a 5.63 ERA in four games.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Juan Diaz (Estrellas Orientales, SS) - 0-for-3, 2 K. Diaz had a rough night at the plate that dropped him to a .238 batting average in eight games on the LIDOM season. The biggest concern, however, is his K:BB ratio which now stands at 9:2.
Ronny Rodriguez (Estrellas Orientales, 2B) - 0-for-2, 1 BB. Given Ronny's struggles in the semi-regular playing time he has received thus far this LIDOM season, him getting on base this winter season is something of a relief in itself. Unfortunately, his winter batting average continues to decline, as it now stands at .056 (1-for-18) through 6 LIDOM games.
Jerry Gil (Estrellas Orientales, RP) - 0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 HBP. Often times relief losses are a case of a pitcher being on the mound at the wrong time. This is not one of those cases. Gil had only allowed one unearned run in 3.1 innings in 3 LIDOM outings heading into the night.
Erik Gonzalez (Leones del Escogido, SS) - 3-for-5, 3 RBI, 2 K, 1 E. Erik Gonzalez is to LIDOM what Jesus Aguilar is to the LVBP. Okay, his numbers may not be RBI machine-level, but whose are? These are still highly impressive figures: .371/.371/.514 with 6 RBI in nine games. This is definitely a player making a massive impression in winter ball and piggybacking a nice breakout season in affiliate ball.
Jose Ramirez (Toros del Este, 2B) - 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K. J-Ram continues to be inconsistent on the winter season, but is still posting respectable numbers: .257/.297/.400 in 9 games. While it would be nice to see some more consistent production out of J-Ram, it is still good to see some flashes of brilliance out of him as it proves that the potential is still there.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)
Paolo Espino (Carines de Anzoategui, SP) - W (1-1), 5.2, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 6 K. Espino picks up his first win of the LVBP campaign with this gem of an outing. This outing also benefited Espino by getting his stats back into a more reasonable range (for example, his ERA dropped from 10.38 to 6.91) after a couple of rough games on the mound. Hopefully this is the beginning of a turnaround for Paolo.
Luis Hernandez (Tigres de Aragua, SS) - 0-for-3, 1 K. Luis now stands at only 7-for-24 on the winter season after Tuesday night's hitless night at the plate. Why does it seem like the story of the Cleveland Indians Caribbean winter ball in 2013-2014 is middle infielders having offensive difficulties?
Ezequiel Carrera (Navegantes del Magallanes, CF) - 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 K, Picked off 1 time. On the bright side, Carrera picked up two hits, including a double, and scored twice (once on the third inning double and again the next inning after reaching on a fielding error). On the negative side, the two times he failed to reach base were on strikeouts and he was picked off to end the sixth inning after reaching on a a single.
Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas, 1B) - 1-for-2, 1 2B, 2 BB. Aguilar continues to dominate the LVBP, plain and simple. Tuesday night's stellar outing raised his slash line in 17 Venezuelan League games to .394/.461/.712 with 6 home runs and 19 RBI. It is becoming evident that this run of form from Aguilar is not an early-season fluke. Anytime you're talking about a 1.173 OPS almost three weeks into the season, it is definitely an impressive statistic.
Alex Monsalve (Bravos de Margarita, DH) - 1-for-3. Not much of a night for Monsalve, but it does raise his batting average to .250 (3-for-12) in 5 games thus far this winter season. Alex's offseason play has been largely a story of small sample sizes, so it is difficult to comment any further on his performance right now.
Bryan Price (Bravos de Margarita, RP) - L (0-1), 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R (earned), 1 BB (intentional), 1 K. Price continues to be somewhat uneven in this winter season, but the good outings have outnumbered the bad ones so far, which is why I am giving him the benefit of the doubt at this time. This is a good learning experience for him and should help provide a little more intel into his major league future.