Around the Farm: October 30, 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
Jake Lowery (C, Peoria Javelinas): 1-for-4, 3B, RBI, 2 PB. It is still odd to see Lowery playing for a different team in the AFL than the one his other Indians’ teammates are on. This is obviously a unique situation, one that I wonder how often it has happened in the past (if at all) in the AFL with players from an organization on more than one team. In any case solid day at the plate, but the two passed balls were obviously not good.
Tyler Naquin (CF, Surprise Saguaros): 2-for-4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, A. Naquin has responded to some constructive criticism earlier in the week about his lack of power by knocking out an extra base hit in each of his last two games – this time a big line drive two-run homer laser shot to right. This was overall one of his most complete games so far in the AFL as he got on base 3 times, scored 3 runs, was a run producer and also had an assist from the outfield.
Joe Wendle (DH, Surprise Saguaros): 1-for-4, R, 2 RBI, BB. Wendle got to hit second right behind Naquin, something he has not had much of a chance to do so far in the AFL and he made the most of it by getting on base 2 times and driving in a few runs. The playing time has been sporadic as he’s played in just 10 games and only played back to back days twice, but he has still managed to hit .306 with a .853 OPS.
Shawn Armstrong (RHP, Surprise Saguaros): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Armstrong needed 28 pitches (17 strikes) to get through his one inning of work, so he was not very efficient, but he has now racked up 6 strikeouts in his last two outings over 3.0 innings. The walks continue to be a concern as he has 8 of them in 8.0 innings.
Tyler Sturdevant (RHP, Surprise Saguaros): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. A quick, efficient inning for Sturdevant as he needed just 11 pitches (7 strikes) to breeze through three hitters. This was his offseason debut in the AFL – his season debut at that – and it looks like he is going to replace Trey Haley on the roster who has not pitched since October 11th. It’s great to see Tyler back out there competing on a mound again in meaningful games.
Dominican Winter League
Jose Ramirez (2B, Toros del Este): 0-for-4, 2 K. Baseball can be such a humbling game sometimes. After such an impressive showing in winter ball last year, Ramirez is off to a slow start hitting .231 in 10 games. That said, it is very early in the winter season and a small sample size – though the 9 strikeouts in 39 at bats is not customary for Jose.
Venezuela Winter League
Elvis Araujo (RP, Aguilas del Zulia): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Araujo faced just one batter and retired him on a groundout to the shortstop. His usage has been interesting this offseason as he’s made three appearances and faced just one batter in all three outings - this was the first time he retired a batter. Please note, this does not mean the Indians are making him a reliever as he is still a starting pitching prospect for them. They don’t have much control what role a pitcher pitches in except for some parameters they can set with pitch count limitations and avoiding over-use.
Ezequiel Carrera (CF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 0-for-3, E. Our days of keeping track of Carrera’s performance in winter ball may be soon coming to an end. With the World Series now over and the 2013-2014 offseason now officially started, he and other minor league free agents will be signing deals with teams over the next several weeks.
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I hope Naquin continues his successful AFL season. He needs to have superior year in order to be on the Indians radar for the 15.
2 years ago Sturdevant was in Columbus before his injury. Will start in Columbus in14 and what kind option is he for the Indians bullpen.
Naquin MIGHT be turning into a better player than most originally thought because he's knocking in runs, scoring runs, throwing out base runners. I'm not saying everyone is wrong or he's the greatest thing but I am liking what I'm seeing and hopes he keeps up the good work