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Around the Farm: December 19, 2013

Around the Farm: December 19, 2013
December 20, 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.

Puerto Rico Winter League

Joseph Colon (SP, Cangrejeros de Santurce): 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K. About as dominant of an outing as you can have as Colon faced one over the minimum through five innings and did not allow a hit. He has been on quite a roll of late totaling 19.0 innings over his last four outings and allowing just 1 run on 7 hits (0.47 ERA) with 6 walks and 12 strikeouts. Overall, he has made 7 starts and is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA, and in 32.2 innings has allowed 22 hits, 8 walks and has 22 strikeouts. It has been mission accomplished and then some for the rising start this offseason as he needed to make up a lot of innings and pitch well.

Carlos Moncrief (Gigantes de Carolina): DNP. Moncrief has not played since December 14th, so it looks like his winter ball campaign is over and he has returned home. Most often times young players from the United States have a 5-6 week contract, and this was probably the case for him. He played in 26 games and hit .230 with 1 HR, 11 RBI and .554 IPS….a showing that he will hope to move on from.

Dominican Winter League

Carlos Santana (3B, Leones del Escogido): 2-for-5, 2B, K. This was Santana’s second straight multi-hit game and he is now hitting .360 in 6 games of play in the Dominican. He has reached base in all 6 games and owns a .409 on-base percentage. In the field he did not get a single ball hit his way that he made a play on, even in an 11-inning game.

Rafael Perez (RP, Gigantes de Cibao): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Perez has had a nice showing in the Dominican from an ERA perspective as he has allowed just 2 earned runs and 10 hits and 4 walks in 13.2 inning (1.32 ERA), though has just 4 strikeouts. I may be mistaken, but Perez is still a free agent and you would think someone signs him to a minor league deal. Being left-handed helps his cause, and while the Indians don’t look like a good match, I have a soft spot for him and hope the Indians could bring him into the mix as a depth option.

Venezuela Winter League

Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 0-for-2, R, BB, K. Kind of a meh showing from Aguilar, though he was still able to reach base via a walk. He’s down to about a week’s worth of games to make a run at the Venezuela home run record, though he is still stuck on 17 and needs three more just to tie the record.

J.C. Ramirez (RP, Tiburones de La Guaira): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Ramirez allowed two baserunners in his inning of work but escaped without any damage. He’s a minor league signing for the Indians who will probably will a depth role at Triple-A Columbus next year just filling in a variety of roles and being overused or underused without worry by the organization.

Toru Murata (SP, Caribes de Anzoategui): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 K. Murata put forth another good outing in Venezuela, and has had four very strong outings so far in his short time in Venezuela. He has a 1.02 ERA and in 17.2 innings has allowed 18 hits, 0 homers, 2 walks and has 12 strikeouts.

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User Comments

December 20, 2013 - 11:30 AM EST
Nice to see Jason Knapp going for it. When I first saw him, he reminded me of Verlander. When you get 18 yo's throwing 100 you have a lot of torque force on bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles that are not fully formed. And the shoulder is very complex compared to say the elbow or knee. That said the technology to rebuild shoulders has advanced dramatically past few years. There's a world champion hang glider out here and he is an Indian-a real Indian- his name is Eves Tall Chief. His shoulder was so tore up he couldn't dress himself and he had "total shoulder replacement" done at Sutter in Palo Alto. There is a video on it you can probably find on YouTube. If Knapp comes to Spring Training, I will make the drive to see him. What a story this would be!
December 20, 2013 - 10:06 AM EST
I'd think Knapp for sure in extended spring just so they can assess what they have in him. But Perez could be a it Cleveland or Columbus. I don't see him going to extended as he'd probably request for and get his release if that is the case.
December 20, 2013 - 10:04 AM EST
Have a soft spot for Rafael also. Like to see him back. Guess he and Knapp, if signed, would start in extended spring training?
December 20, 2013 - 9:13 AM EST
Also on Carlos, he should make considerable progress over the next month. From a catcher's mitt, to a first baseman's mitt to a infield glove.....they all get smaller.....i'm not concerned with his arm.......but adjustment to a smaller glove and improving instincts at the hot corner will be a work in progress especially for a few months.
December 20, 2013 - 9:00 AM EST
Important to note that most of the determination with Carlos at 3B will be made by watching his pre-game work. The games only provide a few chances, if that, so it is how he looks in pre-game work at the position which will have such a significant impact on any decision going forward with playing him there.

Colon is a guy that the organization likes and they always mention. Injuries have held him back over the last few years, otherwise he would be known a lot more.....but he is a sleeper starting pitching prospect for sure.
December 20, 2013 - 8:19 AM EST
Colon could make for some good unexpected SP prospect depth above A ball. Plutko could be another solid addition to the farm system if he's as advertised and returns to form quickly. The Indians haven't had this many legit SP prospects, even BOR types, in the high minors in a long time.
December 20, 2013 - 8:12 AM EST
Maybe it's because his range is so small it's hard to hit a ball he can get to.
December 20, 2013 - 8:11 AM EST
They are scared to hit it his way because they know he will then punish them when its his turn at the plate.
December 20, 2013 - 5:04 AM EST
Are guys already scared to hit the ball Santana's way? Seems like he's not getting a whole lot of action at third.

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