Around the Farm: October 31, 2012
November 1, 2012
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 (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.
Here is the rundown of what Indians players in fall and winter ball did yesterday. Also, just a quick note, congratulations to right-handed pitchers Trey Haley and Shawn Armstrong and catcher Alex Monsalve for being selected to the Rising Stars game in the AFL. The game will take place at Salt River Fields and air on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network and MLB.com.
Arizona Fall League
- Carlos Moncrief (RF, Scottsdale Scorpions): 0-for-4, 4 K. Yowsers. Moncrief is getting a chance to play more in the AFL and put up arguably his worst showing of the entire season getting the “Golden Sombrero” by striking out four times in a game. He is really working on his plate discipline issues, but so far has 8 strikeouts in 17 at bats this fall.
- T.J. House (SP, Scottsdale Scorpions): 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K. House is having an exceptional showing in the AFL so far, and may be pitching at his all-time best as an Indian. He needed 55 pitches to get through his 4.0 innings of work, but threw 38 of them for strikes (69.1%). He has now made four starts and pitched a total of 17.0 innings and allowed just 10 hits and 6 walks while punching out 18 batters. When I was out in Arizona a few weeks ago and saw his first outing his stuff looked crisp and he looked to be locked in, and it is showing as he is getting lots of swing and miss and really putting forth good quality outings.
Dominican Winter League
- Tim Fedroff (LF, Aguilas Cibaenas): 1-for-3, BB, 2 K. Fedroff reached base in two of his four plate appearances, but for the second straight night was once again pinch hit for late in the game. The interesting thing is that the previous night made some sense since there was a lefty on the mound, but last night there was a righty on the mound and the Cibaenas manager opted for a right-handed bat instead of Fedroff.
- Delvi Cid (PH-RF, Aguilas Cibaenas): 0-for-1, K. Cid made his winter ball debut this offseason with a late game pinch hit appearance in the 8th inning and stayed in the game in right field. Cid will be on the roster for pretty much the duration of the winter ball season, but is not expected to see a lot of playing time since he is still young and unproven.
- Juan Diaz (SS, Estrelles de Oriente): 0-for-3, 2 K. Diaz has now gone 0-for-7 with 3 strikeouts the last two nights and is just 2-for-16 in the early going this offseason. The glove is solid, but he has to show a lot more with the bat to be anything more than an occasional fill in player at the big league level.
- Danny Salazar (SP, Tigres del Licey): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K. A mixture of good and bad last night for Salazar as he piled up 5 strikeouts with just 1 walk and 2 hits in 3.0 innings of work, but he also hit a batter, had a wild pitch, and still allowed 2 runs. The stuff is there, it is just the consistency and experience that is lacking.
Venezuela Winter League
- Hector Rondon (RP, Leones del Caracas): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Things are slowly getting better for Rondon and he looks to be settling in. There is still a long way to go, but he threw 13 of 20 pitches for strikes and was able to get out of trouble unscathed. After allowing 5 runs over 1.1 innings in his first two appearances, he has since made 5 appearances and allowed 1 earned run in 4.1 innings.
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