Around the Farm: December 14, 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 Arizona Fall League (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.
Here is the rundown of what Indians players in fall and winter ball did yesterday.
Venezuelan Winter League
- Asdrubal Cabrera (SS, Leones del Caracas): 0-for-5, 2 K. Cabrera had gotten off to a torrid start in the VWL as the switch-hitting shortstop recorded two hits in each of his first three contests. Unfortunately he went hitless in Friday’s affair, and overall he has gone 6-for-18 in four games.
- Luis Hernandez (SS, Tigres de Aragua): 1-for-4. Hernandez has been one of the best stories this winter, and while Friday’s performance was not one of his better ones, he still kept his hit streak alive at nine games. Overall, the switch-hitter has gone 33-for-84 (.393) this winter.
- Ezequiel Carrera (LF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 0-for-3. Even with a hitless performance, Carrera’s average remains over .300 for the winter. However, there are signs that the left-handed hitting Carrera could be starting to cool down as he has now gone hitless in four of his last six games.
- Jeanmar Gomez (SP, Tiburones de La Guaira): 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R/1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. This was Gomez’s third start so far this winter, and it was another good one as he allowed just one earned run. The right-hander now sports a 0.87 ERA in three starts and 10 1/3 innings this winter.
Dominican Winter League
- Delvi Cid (PR, Aguilas Cibaenas): Cid made an appearance as a pinch runner Friday in the DWL, which is primarily how he has been used this winter. He’s not much of a prospect, but it’s unfortunate that he has not been able to have any consistent at-bats this winter because he was really coming off a strong season at High-A Carolina (.281/.343/.431).
- Carlos Santana (DH, Leones del Escogido): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Now that’s a bit more like it. Santana has scuffled this winter, but he arguably had his best performance on Friday, which hopefully is a sign of more good things to come. Overall, the switch-hitter has gone 12-for-50 this winter.
- Jose Ramirez (2B, Toros del Este): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 2 K. Ramirez hit his fourth double of the winter season on Friday. Ramirez has been a tremendous player to follow this winter, but even though he still sports a .325 average, he could be cooling down at the plate as he just has two hits in his last 15 at-bats.
- Mike McDade (1B, Toros del Este): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI. McDade had a very strong night as he drove in all three of Toros del Este’s runs for the game. With all the recent first base acquisitions, it will likely be hard for McDade to have a chance to make Cleveland’s roster this season. Though he is still only 23 years old, and it might serve him well to get a full season at the Triple-A level under his belt. He’s been heating up in winter ball as of late, and he’s now hit in five straight games and has gone 18-for-61 overall.
Puerto Rican Winter League
- Rob Bryson (RP, Criollos de Caguas): 1 IP, 1 K. Bryson has been excellent this winter and notched a perfect inning on Friday while also recording one strikeout. So far, the right-hander has yet to allow a run this winter and has struck out 16 batters against seven walks in 12 1/3 innings of work.
- Giovanni Soto (RP, Gigantes de Carolina): 0.1 IP, 1 K. Soto entered the contest in the top of the eighth inning to face the right-handed hitting Randy Ruiz with two outs and the bases loaded. The lefty has been especially tough on right-handed hitters this winter as they own just a .094 average against Soto in 32 at-bats. The change to Soto paid off on as he got Ruiz to strikeout swinging to strand the bases loaded. Clearly, Soto showed Friday that he’s capable of pitching in high-pressure situations, which is a skill that will translate well to the Major Leagues.
- Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 0-for-4, 1 K. Perez was having a nice winter season, but he seems be entering a mini slump over these past four games as he’s gone 0-for-12 over that span.
Australian Baseball League
- Andrew Campbell (LF, Brisbane Bandits): Game 1: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K. Campbell just continues to hit, and he notched his second double of the winter season in Brisbane’s first game on Friday.
- Andrew Campbell (LF, Brisbane Bandits): Game 2: 1-for-4. Campbell recorded another hit in Brisbane’s second game. Overall, the left-handed hitting Campbell has gone 18-for-56 in 17 games this winter.
- Ryan Battaglia (C, Brisbane Bandits): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K. Battaglia has really started to heat up at the plate as of late. He’s now hit in three straight games, and he’s also driven in at least one run in each of those games. Overall, the right-handed hitter has gone 9-for-33 this winter in nine games.
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Not saying I prefer him as a guy in the pen this year but if between him, Huff and Hagadone, Francona can find 2 functional lefties to use out of his pen, it will eliminate one of the needs that the front office is looking to address and allow the resources they do have to be focused elsewhere.