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Around the Farm: December 12, 2014

Around the Farm: December 12, 2014
Jesus Aguilar (Photo: Leones del Caracas)
December 13, 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.


Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas, 1B) - 2-5, 1 K - Aguilar remains hot and brings his last 10 slash line to .333/.378/.524 with 2 HR amd 8 RBI as well as a stolen base.  He is posting a 7:3 K:BB ratio, but that is to be expected from a power hitter like Jesus.

Anthony Gallas (Aguilas del Zulia, RF) - 1-3, 1 K - Gallas picks up his first hit in five days. He has had a rough start in winter ball but maybe this gets him going.


Ryan Battaglia (Brisbane Bandits, 1B) - 1-4, 1 K - Battaglia has been on a tear as of late, batting .333 (8-for-24) in his last 10 games.  This solid run of form has brought his Down Under season slash line to .229/.313/.614 in 17 games.  The one stat that remains disconcerting is his 15:4 K:BB ratio (7:3 in his last 10 games).


Audy Ciriaco (Estrellas Orientales, PH) - 0-1, 1 K - Ciriaco struck out in a pinch-hit appearance in the eighth in his only action of the night.


Tim Fedroff (Mayos de Navojoa, CF) - 0-4, 1 K - A rough night for the minor league free agent, including a strikeout swinging to end the game, a 2-1 loss to the Charros de Jalisco.

User Comments

December 14, 2014 - 10:34 AM EST

Aguilar's minor league slash line is 276/357/453/811. I don't see where his numbers suggest he has "major holes" in his swing. He has 294 BB(12%) compared to 558 SO(22%) in 2498 career minor leage AB's so that's not an issue. You can downplay his clutch hitting if you want, but if guys are on he gets them in....period & that is a skill. Thing is, he's only 24 and he has dominated AAA pitching for the last 2 years. The last 2 seasons in the DWL, against some of the finest talent the minors has to offer, he has made them look silly. He has good power, and it's not just at Huntington Park. He had good power while playing for Akron. He was ranked as the 10th best 1B prospect by MLB in 2014 and his numbers suggest he should be higher.

Moss isn't blocking Aguilar because he was signed to play RF. If Swisher can play the OF like has been mentioned, then it would actually be Bourn blocking the greatest portion of Aguilar's AB's. If Swisher could play a corner OF, and Brantley is moved to CF, then the DH becomes open a good portion of the time. Obviously Swisher isn't going to play the OF 150 games of the season. There could be some type of rotation between Swisher, Santana, and Aguilar in that scenario, with Aguilar usually DHing and spelling Santana at 1B.
December 14, 2014 - 7:35 AM EST
Let Aguilar start the season at Columbus and then see what happens as the LONG season plays out.
December 13, 2014 - 5:09 PM EST
As much as I'd like to think Aguilar could be an impact bat he just isn't. People ragging on Tito over Aguilar? Oh lord.
December 13, 2014 - 4:38 PM EST
Aguilar is a nice depth option to have around. The Indians don't really need to make room for him, but I do like him as depth in the event one of Santana/Swisher/Moss gets hurt next year. His opportunities are going to be limited based on injury to others next season, so when he gets a chance he has to produce. He's not a high end prospect like a Lindor who is going to have a very long leash. It is important to note that a lot of Francona and the Indians' hesitation with Aguilar is not necessarily about his bat, it is his defense.
December 13, 2014 - 3:54 PM EST
Yea, it's true that most prospects are fringy, and some develop into solid players, even with their flaws and limitations. i remember a few years back when most fans, and some scouting reports, thought that Brantley's ceiling was as a 4th outfielder. Sure, Aguilar is a bit of a long-shot to have a successful ML career, but I'd still like to see him get a shot...8--)
Jason Jackson
December 13, 2014 - 1:48 PM EST
I've seen Aguilar play all the way up the Indians farm system. The reason he isn't getting many ML ABs is because he isn't good enough. He is a Latin Matt LaPorta.
December 13, 2014 - 12:53 PM EST
I think oldtribefan has answered the question of Aguilar pretty well. Where is he going to play to get additional bats? Defense is not a strong point and one of the tribe's better hitters is already at 1B. It seems Aguilar is a DH and I cannot see him as a regular replacement for Swisher unless injury or decline decimates Swisher's performance. Posters may want Swisher gone but I cannot see that happening until mid-season, if then. Things have to happen to get Aguilar to Cleveland as a regular or even a platoon option. He has holes folks and that is why he is a depth option.
Canadian Joe
December 13, 2014 - 11:13 AM EST
It's good to see some power bats emerging in the system. Been a while. But if you don't give them the chance at the highest level, how do determine if they can contribute . Aguilar deserves more than a cup of coffee in Cleveland. Francona has to realize he can't depend on his "pals" to carry the team. Now that Giambi is done, another power threat would be welcome. He has earned the chance. Give it to him.
December 13, 2014 - 11:10 AM EST
I always have liked and rooted for Aguilar. But every objective--i.e., non-Tribe fan, blogger, etc.--scouting report I have read on him says he has major holes in his swing and is a fringy prospect, at best. His numbers seem to bear that out; except for RBI, which generally is considered a meaningless stat, there is nothing overwhelming about them. Couple that with the reality that he is strictly a 1B/DH type, with which Cleveland and the major leagues are glutted, it is hard to justify giving him meaningful ABs before every other option is exhausted. And if the scouting reports I've read are wrong, I expect Cleveland management would be finding ways to get him in the lineup asap without, say, acquiring an injured Brandon Moss. Sorry.
December 13, 2014 - 10:19 AM EST
I agree with you 100% Hiram. Aguilar has done everything you could expect a young player to do. I don't think that last year's major league numbers mean anything, and I really hope that he gets a chance at some point this year to get an extended look. If Swisher is still stinking the place up in June I think that Francona will need to make a change, and we're extremely fortunate to have someone like Jesus in the system (when I look around, it's surprising how many teams don't have those options).
December 13, 2014 - 9:31 AM EST
Indians need to make room for Aguilar to see what he can do. I'm not talking about a Tito special of giving him four AB's then not seeing him for a week.

If nothing else he can become a very nice platoon player who can hit 15-70 and I would take that. Wake up Indians

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