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Around the Farm: December 14, 2013

Around the Farm: December 14, 2013
December 15, 2013
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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 offseason winter ball leagues.  The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.

Dominican Winter League

Carlos Santana (3B, Leones del Escogido): 2-for-4, BB, K, 2 E. A good night at the plate for Santana which was very Santana-like with the two hits, walk and strikeout and also getting on base in three of his five plate appearances. But the focus is on his defense and he had two errors in this one, one a throwing error and one a fielding error which both occurred on the same play in the first inning. He was never really much involved in any defensive play the rest of the way though he made a nice play on a groundball in the ninth inning and also caught a pop up earlier in the game.

Erik Gonzalez (SS, Leones del Escogido): 0-for-4, K. This may have been Gonzalez’s final game this offseason as he is expected to wrap up play on December 15th. Whether it means he plays on that date or he leaves, I am not sure, but he’s putting the finishing touches on an impressive showing hitting .325 in 43 games and over 160 at bats.

Puerto Rico Winter League

Carlos Moncrief (PH-RF, Gigantes de Carolina): 0-for-1, K. Moncrief was limited to a late pinch-hitting appearance, and you have to wonder if his struggles at the plate will see his playing time limited the rest of the way. He is 0-for-10 in his last three games and 1-for-20 in his last five games, and has 5 walks and 34 strikeouts in 100 at bats.

Venezuela Winter League

J.C. Ramirez (RP, Tiburones de la Guaira): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 K. This was Ramirez’s fourth outing so far in winter ball and easily his worst. He has now allowed a walk in every outing and in total has allowed 5 walks and 6 hits in 3.1 innings with just 2 strikeouts. When you allow 11 baserunners in 3.1 innings you are going to struggle, and that is why he has a 10.80 ERA in the early going.

Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-3, BB, 2 K. Aguilar had a solid game getting on base twice in four plate appearances. He did not homer and is still stuck on 17, and Alex Cabrera ripped #20 on Saturday night to tie the record (seriously, this guy is 40-something years old…someone take a urine sample already). On another interesting note, things are getting heated in Venezuela as his Caracas team is mad at the Indians as they want him to finish the season and playoffs with them. This is something that is going to be interesting to see play out, and maybe Aguilar now may stay with Caracas beyond December 28th.

Australian Baseball League

Ryan Battaglia (DH, Brisbane Bandits): 3-for-7, R, 2 2B, RBI, K. Battaglia played both games of a doubleheader on Saturday and had a good showing. Two of his three hits went for extra base hits, which is no surprise as while he is still hitting just .241 in Australia he has a .603 slugging percentage as an amazing 11 of his 14 hits have gone for extra bases.

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User Comments

December 15, 2013 - 2:38 PM EST
There is no drug testing for baseball players in Venezuela. I really don't care about Alex Cabrera being juiced- if I was his age having that much fun I'd probably be sharing needles w him. But you have to wonder about Jesus Aguilar, I seriously hope he is on the natch- the flagrant PED behavior won't fly anymore in MLB. I believe the Latin players are more tempted to do it- because they live outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. and the temptation of a life-changing pay day is so great.
December 15, 2013 - 10:06 AM EST
Hi Avory, I missed that play in the 9th thanks. Updated!
December 15, 2013 - 9:22 AM EST
The next 2 to 3 weeks watching him play 3b will be interesting to watch. I hope he does not put a lot pressure on himself regarding fielding the position. PLEASE stay healthy!!
December 15, 2013 - 2:39 AM EST
While I missed the first inning and didn't see the play where Carlos made two errors on the same play (helping the opposition to two runs) it is not factual that he had no other plays. There were two shots down the line that he couldn't get a glove on (can't fault him, although a Hanrahan-type might have made a play on one or the other) and in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game, Carlos dove to his left, made a nice play, then scrambled to make a somewhat awkward overhand throw to first, short-hopping the firstbaseman who made a nice pick-up. The walk to Carlos tonight was intentional. Both of his singles, one to right and one to center, were sharply hit.

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