Around the Farm: December 15, 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.
Note, the Dominican Winter League was off on Monday and the only game in the Puerto Rico Winter League was suspended due to weather.
Venezuela Winter League
Anthony Gallas (RF, Aguilas del Zulia): 0-for-3, 3 BB, K. This game is a prime example of how strictly going by batting average can be deceiving and is a limited stat from which to judge a player. If you went by batting average and saw the 0-for-3 (.000 AVG) you would say Gallas had a bad game; however, with the three walks he actually reached base in 3 of his 6 plate appearances which is a .500 on-base percentage and is a very good game. He did carry on his strikeout streak as he has now struck out in 10 of the 11 games he has played.
Elvis Araujo (RP, Aguilas del Zulia): 0.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K. Araujo is no longer an Indian as he signed with the Phillies a long time ago (with their rebuild he’s going to get a great opportunity to pitch with the Phillies next year), but it is still interesting to check in on him from time to time. He struggled in this one allowing three baserunners but no damage and actually earned his fifth hold. In 14 appearances this offseason he is now 4-0 with a 0.54 ERA, and in 16.2 innings has allowed 9 hits, 7 walks and has 15 strikeouts.
Mexico Winter League
Tim Fedroff (RF, Mayos de Navojoa): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI. Don’t look now but Fedroff is starting to heat up in Mexico. He has multi-hit games in four of his last five games and is 8-for-21 over that stretch raising his batting average to .284 in the process. I noted this a day earlier, but I am still surprised by his 18:2 strikeout to walk ratio as he’s a guy who generally limits strikeouts and draws a good amount of walks. I don’t know if the ratio is just a byproduct of facing some tough pitching or him pressing to try and impress teams since he is a free agent, but I more of the belief it is the latter.
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