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Around the Farm: December 16, 2012

Around the Farm: December 16, 2012
December 17, 2012
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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 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.

Dominican Winter League

  • Juan Diaz (SS, Estrellas de Oriente): 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 K: Diaz is a .260 hitter, so he’s doing exactly what he does. He’s the forgotten shortstop in the system, but there’s a reason for it: he has the least amount of upside. He likely could end up in Cleveland this year, but you have to believe that any time with the Indians is short-term, unless there are injuries or trades.
  • Mike McDade (1B, Toros del Este): 2-for-4, 1 K: McDade bounced back from his streak-breaker with two more hits, and has his winter league average back up to .290. It’s nothing special that has me thinking all-star game, but he’s certainly doing himself some justice as a guy with some potential.
  • Jose Ramirez (2B, Toros del Este): 4-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, SB (9): So, I mentioned the term slump yesterday with regards to Ramirez, and well, look what happened. Ramirez rolls out a four-hit, two run, one SB game. Ramirez is clearly someone that can hit the baseball at this level (which is varied). It’ll be fun to watch him go through the upper levels. Can he continue this rise through the system?
  • Carlos Santana (DH, Leones del Escogido): 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K: Santana managed to get on base twice, and score a run, which is what he can do when he’s not hitting. Of course, he also struck out twice. He has to fix this trend, but it’s only the winter league. Shouldn’t look too much into it, as some are.

Puerto Rican Winter League

  • Matt Langwell (RP, Gigantes de Carolina): 1 IP, 1 H: This, to me, is a typical Matt Langwell outing. He didn’t dominate, but he forced a ground out and a double play, and got in and out. It’s what he does, and he’s currently sitting at a 1.23 ERA.
  • Rob Bryson (RP, Criollos de Caguas): 1 IP: Bryson has been…dare I say it…dominant in his time in the winter leagues. In 13 1/3 innings, Bryson has struck out 16, and 11 in the last ten games, while only walking 7 (two in the last ten). He has yet to give up a run, and looks pretty solid. Langwell and Bryson are the Indians fallback. Not bad depth to have, that’s for sure.
  • Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 1-for-3: My favorite minor league Indian is Roberto Perez, and he’s hitting .286 so far in the winter leagues. Of course, this is more likely because of the league, and not the hitter.

Australian Baseball League

  • Ryan Battaglia (C, Team Australia): 0-for-1: Battaglia was the only member of the Tribe organization that made it to the Australian League All-Star game, and he didn’t get much of a chance to do anything. Still, it was a nice honor

Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at

User Comments

December 17, 2012 - 8:39 AM EST
@SHY - Carlos must have been hearing voices much of the first half of the year. By the AS break he was so messed up that he had changed his batting stance but only from one side of the plate! Between the two TB series around the AS break he must have told Fields/Acta TO LEAVE HIM THE HELL ALONE.

He went back to his normal float approach (front foot floats during delivery, doesn't toe-tap) and he took off.

From July 20th to the end of the year (after TB series where he went back to float both sides) he hit .283/.375/.504 with 36/36 BB/K

He also hit 12 HR, 14 2b, and 2 3b in 285 Plate Appearances.

It would appear to me that taking the earplug approach towards the voices in his head worked pretty well.
December 17, 2012 - 2:23 AM EST
Don't worry about Santana K's? Perhaps someone can look into it but I would guess his combined strikeout/walk total is the highest of any starting catcher in the big leagues. I've never cared for his approach at the plate. He seems to be always looking for a pitch he can hit into the bleachers - that's a pitch most major league pitchers will rarely throw. When he doesn't get what he's looking for he usually doesn't swing- thus the high walk/strikeot total. The good hitters stay loose, see the pitchl, and hit the pitch appropriately to the way it's thrown and are more mindful of the game situation. This is an inflection year for Santana. He's got to respond to coaching and get better.

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