Around the Farm: December 12, 2014
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.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)
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.
AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (ABL)
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).
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)
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.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)
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.
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.
If nothing else he can become a very nice platoon player who can hit 15-70 and I would take that. Wake up Indians