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Around the Farm: December 10, 2014

With the Rule 5 draft today, Soto gets one last shot to make an impression

Around the Farm: December 10, 2014
Giovanni Soto (Photo: Jim Piascik)
December 11, 2014
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Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. 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 yesterday’s game.

Here is the rundown of what Cleveland players in winter ball did yesterday:

Puerto Rican Winter League

  • Giovanni Soto (Photo: MiLB)Giovanni Soto (SP, Gigantes de Carolina): L (3-2), 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 9 SO. In four appearances out of Gigantes’ rotation (one was not technically a “start” because the game was rescheduled due to rain), Soto owns a 1.93 ERA with 13 hits allowed and a 17:4 SO:BB in 18.2 innings. Whether or not his recent run of success in the rotation will help him be seen as a starter going forward is unknown, but with the Rule 5 draft today, Soto’s ability to pitch effectively for more than one inning this offseason could help his chances of being selected.
  • Roberto Perez (PH, Indios de Mayaguez): 0-for-1. Down three runs with runners on first and third and two outs in the ninth inning, Indios called upon Perez as a pinch hitter to try to extend their rally. In was not to be, however, as Perez grounded out to the pitcher to end the game.

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Ramon Rodriguez (RP, Caribes de Anzoategui): L (2-1), 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO. Rodriguez’s issues keeping runners off base this offseason (19 hits, 12 walks in 20.1 innings) came back to bite him here, as the right-hander was unable to keep the opposition off the board in extra innings.

Mexican Winter League

  • Tim Fedroff (RF, Mayos de Navojoa): 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 SO. The hits keep coming for Fedroff, though it does not seem likely the typically contact-oriented 27-year-old will be able to keep them coming while sporting an unusually aggressive approach at the plate (17:2 SO:BB through 15 games).

Dominican Winter League

  • Audy Ciriaco (3B, Estrellas de Oriente): 1-for-3, 1 RBI. Ciriaco’s uneventful offseason continues here, with the 27-year-old putting up a decent night in the Dominican.

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User Comments

December 11, 2014 - 10:41 AM EST
I know that managing the 40 man roster is tough but I really thought leaving Soto available would almost guarantee he was picked up. He is pretty much the epitome of what kind of player gets selected in Rule 5. We'll see if we get lucky in a few hours but honestly, I don't think we will.
December 11, 2014 - 8:51 AM EST
I hate to see Soto making such a good impression in Winter ball....for selfish reasons of course. I'm a huge advocate for the tribe to draft, trade, sign, acquire more pitching. They have to protect it, maybe they don't think he will get picked or won't stick, but, I'm not so sure - we will find out this morning. Soto is quietly good prospect with upside and a few question marks that may be tied to why he is/was available. I think there's a very good chance he is selected. It seems teams are placing a higher emphasis on bullpens, teams are always looking for LH relief help, and Soto appears big league ready. What more could another team ask for than another team to develop a player/pitcher and then just give them away for little or no cost? I hope I'm wrong but I could see the Orioles, Nationals, Rangers, Jays, Dbax, Twins, and others taking a chance at him. If he's there, I won't be shocked to see the Orioles pluck another LHP from the Tribes farm system.

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