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Around the Farm: December 14, 2014

Around the Farm: December 14, 2014
Ronny Rodriguez (Photo: Raul Calvo)
December 15, 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.

Note, no Indians players were active in the Puerto Rico Winter League on Sunday.

Dominican Winter League

Ronny Rodriguez (2B, Estrelles de Oriente): 2-for-5, R. Rodriguez made a rare winter ball appearance in thisone. Having not appeared in a game since October 22nd, let along not even getting a start and no official at bats in four game, he finally got a chance to play and shined. I don’t claim to be a winter ball expert but in following it over the years and talking to some players I believe there are “B” games that the teams have over there so that they can pull players up and down as needed in order to cover for injuries and contracts for certain players expiring. So, no, Rodriguez has not been hurt, he just has not gotten a chance to play. Maybe this showing will give him some additional opportunities in the final week of the Dominican Winter League season.

Enosil Tejeda (RP, Gigantes del Cibao): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Tejeda struck out four of the six hitters he faced in this one and once again flashed the ability to deceive batters and get swing and miss even though he lacks overpowering stuff. He has not had a chance to pitch much this winter as he has only appeared in four games, but he’s made the most of it (4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 7 K).

Venezuela Winter League

Anthony Gallas (RF, Aguilas del Zulia): 2-for-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, K. After a rough 4-for-28 start his first eight games, Gallas has turned it around with two straight multi-hit games and going 5-for-10 with 2 doubles in the process. He has recorded at least one strikeout in nine of his 10 games this offseason.

Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 2-for-4, K. Since returning from his foot injury last week Aguilar has been on some kind of tear having recorded a hit in all five games he has played and a multi-hit game in every one. While he is raking at an 11-for-24 clip over that span, of concern is the lack of power as just one of those 11 hits has been for extra bases (a double).

Mexican Winter League

Tim Fedroff (RF, Mayos de Navojoa): 2-for-4, R, 2B. Fedroff is starting to put things together at the plate as he racked up his third multi-hit game in his last four games. While he is hitting .316 over his last 10 games he also has a .316 on-base percentage as he has not drawn a walk during that span. In fact, he has an ugly 18:2 strikeout to walk ratio in 63 at bats this offseason. That’s not the usual Fedroff we have grown to know over the years, so it’s a sign that he is struggling some with the pitching and/or pressing as he looks to land a job in affiliated ball.

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User Comments

December 16, 2014 - 6:39 PM EST

I agree with you. Looking forward to watching him play everyday with the package. I think he will take advantage and then come back on the scene as a good prospect
December 15, 2014 - 7:17 PM EST
A byproduct of the Wendle trade not talked about is how his removal opens a spot for Ronny Rod in Akron to play everyday. Rodriguez was always the better prospect but his struggles the last two seasons and his versatility compared to Wendle's non-versatility worked against him. He gets what really amounts to a final shot to play everyday now if you ask me. Good opportunity for him.
December 15, 2014 - 7:08 PM EST

I agree. I think he should get the Everyday AB's and with his talent and being young I would bet that he will have a breakout year.
December 15, 2014 - 9:23 AM EST
It's easy to forget RRod is only 22, and will start next yr likely his third at AA as a 22yo. I would love to see RRod with a big breakout campaign. With Wendle gone RRod should get everyday at bats at 2b. The talent is there, he's still young for the level (will turn 23 in mid April), but he has to make some adjustments. It would be great to see this one time top 10 prospect rebound with a huge season. I think he may have been moved too quickly and I suspect it hurt his development and confidence. Of course, he's not the priority prospect he may have been (had he developed qkly) but it would be great for the MIF depth if RRod becomes the prospect he's shown (albeit) brief signs of becoming. Just saying, it would be great to see a nice rebound campaign next yr.

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