Around the Farm: December 10, 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 the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.
Everyone was actually off last night as all leagues either did not have a game scheduled or they were postponed. With no games, I wanted to do a quick snap shot of how some guys are doing so far as winter league action gets set to wrap up for some over the next few weeks.
- Asdrubal Cabrera (DH, Leones del Caracas): Cabrera started up play over the weekend and is 4-for-8 in two games played, both as the designated hitter. He doesn’t look to be bothered by all the trade rumors so far, but he has certainly been keeping tabs on them. I believe the Indians have passed the point of no return this offseason and will eventually trade him and get the starting pitching they covet.
- Luis Hernandez (INF, Tigres de Aragua): The Indians signed Hernandez as a minor league free agent a month or so ago and he has impressed in a short time out in Venezuela. In 19 games he is hitting a blistering .403 with a .921 OPS. He is a versatile infielder and has been invited to big league camp and will probably fill a utility role at Triple-A Columbus to open the season.
- Mike McDade (1B, Toros del Este): The Indians claimed McDade off waivers a few weeks ago, and to date he has not done much in the Dominican Winter League hitting just .269 with 0 HR, 5 RBI and .677 OPS in 17 games. If you want a name that could be on the chopping block to make room for the recently signed Mark Reynolds, you would have to think McDade is one of the top candidates to be DFAed.
- Jose Ramirez (2B, Toros del Este): Ramirez has been a pleasant surprise this year with a big season at Low-A Lake County and he has followed it up with a good showing in winter ball in the Dominican Winter League hitting .336 with a .796 OPS in 31 games. I talked to a scout recently that loves his energy and the way he plays defense and the skills at the plate, though said he will always have to perform to get a legit shot.
- Eric Berger (LHP, Bravos de Margarita): Berger is racking up the starts and innings in Venezuela and has pitched well going 1-5 with a 3.00 ERA in nine starts (45.0 IP, 45 H, 2 HR, 11 BB, 38 K). He should be at Triple-A in a starting or relief role depending on what starters are in Columbus to start the season, but he is doing all the right things this offseason to improve his stock.
- Matt Langwell (RHP, Gigantes de Carolina): Langwell just continues to perform wherever he is at. Be it Single-A, Double-A, Triple-A or winter ball over the last three years, he has dominated statistically. He is a good depth arm and if he continues to pitch next season like he has the last three years and he also can get a quality secondary offering going, I think there is a decent chance he could get a Major League opportunity.
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