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Around the Farm: December 17, 2014

Valerio’s return, Soto’s start headline the night on the farm

Around the Farm: December 17, 2014
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December 18, 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.

Here is the rundown of what Cleveland players in winter ball did yesterday:

Puerto Rican Winter League

  • Giovanni Soto (Photo: MiLB)Giovanni Soto (SP, Gigantes de Carolina): ND, 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. Making his first appearance since going unselected in the Rule 5 draft last week, Soto struggled in this outing. It is only one start, however, and the left-hander still owns a 2.08 ERA and 31:10 SO:BB in 34.2 innings (and a 2.83 ERA and 20:6 SO:BB in 22.1 innings as a starter) on the offseason.

Dominican Winter League

  • Audy Ciriaco (3B, Estrellas de Oriente): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 SO. Ciriaco’s solid, if unspectacular, offseason continues here, with a productive single surrounded by three other outs.
  • Charlie Valerio (C, Leones del Escogido): 1-for-3, 1 E. Valerio made his first start of the offseason -- and his first appearance since October 23 -- Wednesday and showed some rust as he committed a throwing error in an otherwise decent game.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (PH-2B, Estrellas de Oriente): 0-for-1. With Estrellas up 10-0 late in the game, Rodriguez got an opportunity to pinch hit in the ninth inning, where he popped out to third in foul territory.

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Ramon Rodriguez (RP, Caribes de Anzoategui): H (3), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO. Rodriguez had not pitched in a week, but the right-hander got back on track after a few rough outings with a three-up, three-down outing where the ball never left the infield (ground out to third, ground out to second, pop out to first base in foul territory).

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