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Around the Farm: December 16, 2013

Around the Farm: December 16, 2013
December 17, 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.

Note: It was a very light schedule on Monday as the Dominican Winter League and Puerto Rico Winter League were off and the Venezuela Winter League had just two games scheduled.

Venezuelan Winter League

Elvis Araujo (Aguilas del Zulia, SP): 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR: Araujo's offseason has gone far better than his 2013 regular season; however, his K/BB ratio like his short regular season sits at about a 2-1 rate. Ultimately, these sorts of performances in winter league baseball are thoroughly forgettable. He has now made 11 appearances (4 starts) and has a 2.75 ERA, and in 22.2 innings has allowed 22 hits, 3 home runs, 8 walks and has 14 strikeouts.

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User Comments

December 17, 2013 - 1:05 PM EST
Think you meant, Araujo, not Aguilar.

Probably, that stupid auto correct, gets me all the time.
December 17, 2013 - 12:57 PM EST
If he is healthy, Aguilar will open at Carolina. They can easily just piggyback someone with him to limit and monitor his workload.
December 17, 2013 - 10:59 AM EST
Do you think he's a candidate for extended ST? Or does pitching winter ball make it more likely he starts with Carolina and gets shutdown early? I agree that it's a make or break year - he's yet to pitch much above Low-A let alone stay healthy.
December 17, 2013 - 9:06 AM EST
Yes, good to see this offseason from Araujo. Health has always been the big roadblock for him to overcome, and history suggests he will probably have some health issues in the future. Hopefully any future problems are minor so that he can put together a full season and gain some momentum. And yes, he is still going to be developed as a starting pitching prospect....still has some upside. But this year may be his make or break year as he is now 22 years old and turns 23 half way through the year.
December 17, 2013 - 9:01 AM EST
I'm not sure his future is in the rotation, largely because of the development time he's lost to injuries, but the talent and upside are there with Araujo. I think the Tribe should give him every opportunity to be a SP. But IF that doesn't work out, he might be interesting arm out of the pen. I suspect he might pick up a few mph on his FB in shorter stints. I'm cheering for him to become a MOR arm for the Tribe, but I could see him being a power LH out of the pen for the Tribe.
December 17, 2013 - 8:11 AM EST
It's pretty encouraging to see Araujo make up some innings after pitching in only two games last season and holding his own against decent competition.

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