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Around The Farm: December 13, 2012

Around The Farm: December 13, 2012
Ezequiel Carrera (Photo: El
December 14, 2012
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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 fall and winter ball did yesterday:

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Luis Hernandez (SS): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI. Hernandez only managed one hit last night, but it was enough to keep his average at .400. The shortstop continues to dominate the Venezuelan Winter League, with 15 hits during his eight-game hit streak. 
  • Ezequiel Carrera (LF): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 SO, 1 CS. He may not be an exciting option for the 2013 major league team, but Carrera is making sure we do not forget about him this offseason. With a .313/.411/.438 line and 14:14 SO:BB in 21 games, Carrera has done everything necessary to compete for a spot on the big league team. 
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (SS): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Cabrera is so excited about the Trevor Bauer trade and staying put that he had his third straight two-hit game. The feat is even more impressive as he has only played three games this offseason.
  • Hector Rondon (RP): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO. Rondon, on the other hand, has given up a run in all three of his appearances since being selected in the Rule 5 Draft. Do the right thing Theo Epstein! Send him back!

Dominican Winter League

  • Juan Diaz (SS): 1-for-3, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2 E. Thursday night was not kind to Diaz, as he had multiple strikeouts and errors. Diaz's stats have also slid as the winter has gone on, as his on-base percentage has fallen to .294 while his SO:BB has climbed to 23:5.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (PH): 1-for-1. Rodriguez pinch-hit Thursday night, an at-bat that yielded his first hit of the offseason. He owns a dominant 1.000/1.000/1.000 line, though it is only after one at-bat.
  • Jose Ramirez (2B): 1-for-7, 1 RBI, 2 SO. Ramirez got his customary hit out of the way early last night, getting a single in the first inning, though he wasted the rest of his at-bats in the 16-inning affair. Ramirez is still the star of the offseason, though, so we will let him off the hook.
  • Mike McDade (1B): 2-for-5,  1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB. McDade has not stood out since being acquired this offseason, but he has put together a few decent games like this. The Mark Reynolds signing and Chris McGuiness Rule 5 pick make it harder for McDade to make it to the majors, but he should get a chance to show what he can do in Columbus in 2013.
  • Carlos Santana (DH): 1-for-4, 1 SO. Raw stats tell us practically nothing about players, so Santana's .213/.315/.298 line in 13 games should not be cause for panic. Hopefully Santana is using his time in the Dominican Winter League to tweak something in his swing, which would account for his struggles to date.

Puerto Rican Winter League

  • Roberto Perez (C): 0-for-3, 1 SO. Perez has done a decent job getting hits (before last night), going 11-for-43 in 13 games, but he has struggled in the power department. He only has one extra base hit so far (a double), though that is not much of a surprise; power just is not part of Perez's game (.081 ISO).

Australian Winter League

  • Ryan Battaglia (1B): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Battaglia has a sub-.200 batting average in 36 stateside minor league games, but he has been much better in Australia. He hit his first home run last night, bringing his line up to a .250/.300/.500 mark in eight games this offseason.
  • Andrew Campbell (LF): 0-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 SF. Campbell has been red-hot this offseason, so he can be forgiven for a down night. He has only played in 21 games above rookie ball, leaving him a ways to go to be relevant, but an offseason like this can only help him.
  • Chuck Lofgren (SP): W (2-1), 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO. Thursday was a great night for the former farmhand, who has been strong this offseason in Australia (3.38 ERA, 26:7 SO:BB in 24.0 IP). Lofgren spent 2012 in an Independent League but he is still finding a way to pitch professionally.

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Jim Piascik
December 14, 2012 - 9:08 AM EST
Hoyer is the GM, but Epstein is still heavily involved. Similar to the way Shapiro's name is still invoked.

Plus, shouting things at Hoyer does not have nearly the effect as shouting things at Epstein. Haha
December 14, 2012 - 8:48 AM EST
Will Jed Hoyer ever be mentioned as pulling the strings for the Cubs? He is their GM?!?

Chuck to watch last year as he ptiched and played the OF in Indy ball. Good to see him continue to chase that dream.

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