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Around the Farm: December 21, 2012

Around the Farm: December 21, 2012
December 22, 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. 

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Asdrubal Cabrera (DH, Leones del Caracas): 2-for-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K. It’s hard not to like the game here by Cabrera as he notched two hits, and they were both of the extra-base variety. So far, Cabrera has now gone 11-for-36 in eight games with two doubles, a home run and four RBI. Hopefully all this winter action is helping him and also a sign that he’ll be a sure bet to be in shape come spring training.
  • Ezequiel Carrera (LF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB. Carrera’s average has taken a pretty big hit because of some poor performances this week. Carrera has now gone 0-for-9 in his last three games played and his average is now .280 in 27 games this winter.

Dominican Winter League

  • Jose Ramirez (SS, Toros del Este): 1-for-4, 1 K. Ramirez may have only gotten one hit Friday, but it keeps his hit streak alive at four games now. With Toros del Este’s win, the team has now clinched a spot in the DWL playoffs, so Ramirez will likely have more opportunities to impress.
  • Mike McDade (1B, Toros del Este): 0-for-3, 1 BB. McDade has now gone 22-for-77 this winter, which is not too shabby. With Russ Canzler being claimed today by McDade’s former team, the Toronto Blue Jays, the road to Cleveland just got a bit easier for the switch-hitting first baseman.
  • Carlos Santana (DH, Leones del Escogido): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K. Santana has now gone 13-for-68 (.191) this winter. He has 13 walks, which is good, but he also has 18 strikeouts. Leones del Escogido will play tonight in a one-game playoff with Gigantes del Cibao for the final DWL playoff spot, so perhaps Santana will have an opportunity to redeem himself.
  • Delvi Cid (PH-CF, Aguilas Cibaenas): 0-for-2. Cid has rarely gotten playing time this winter, which is evidenced by the fact that his two at-bats Friday equals his previous total all winter long. Unfortunately, the right-handed hitting Cid has gone hitless in all four attempts.
  • Manny Ramirez (DH, Aguilas Cibaenas): 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K. A line like this was just too good to ignore. Manny hit his third and fourth home runs of the winter season Friday. Manny remains a free agent but perhaps some teams have noticed his strong winter showing (.293 average) and may give him a look. I’m all for nostalgia, but it’s probably best that that team is not Cleveland.

Puerto Rican Winter League

  • Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K. Perez built off a strong Thursday showing and recorded one hit Friday. The right-handed hitter has now gone 15-for-56 in 17 games this winter.
  • Rob Bryson (RP, Criollos de Caguas): 1.1 IP, 2 K. Bryson has been brilliant all winter, and that remained the case on Friday. He faced four batters and recorded two strikeouts along the way. Bryson has still yet to allow a run a 14 2/3 innings of work this winter.

Australian Baseball League

  • Andrew Campbell (LF, Brisbane Bandits): 3-for-5, 1 R. Campbell continues to rake in the ABL, and the left-handed hitter has now gone 22-for-70 in 20 games this winter.
  • Ryan Battaglia (C, Brisbane Bandits): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Battaglia continues to show impressive power this winter. Of his 12 hits, six have gone for extra bases. Before he’s considered a prospect, he’ll have to hit in the states, but his line of .286/.375/.548 is impressive.

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User Comments

December 22, 2012 - 11:59 AM EST
I would have no trouble w signing Manny to DH. He would instantly be the most dangerous hitter in the Indians lineup. What does that tell you about the other 8? Carlos Santana is now what 26 yrs old? He makes the same mistakes over and over and over. Is he uncoachable or what? Let's see Mark Shapiro- the fans are not going to turn out to see the Indians win, are you thinking they will turn out to see Carlos Santana walk and strike out? Maybe you can protect him in the lineup so he will get better pitches to hit. Reynolds before him and Stubbs after him. Yeah, that's the ticket.
December 22, 2012 - 9:27 AM EST
I've always liked Bryson. The unfortunate reality he is 25 as you say, and he is no longer a high priority guy. High priority guys are pushed through the system more, but he's basically spent the last three seasons topping out at Double-A and has yet to sniff Triple-A. Meanwhile several other players have jumped him to Triple-A. The Indians have so many right-handed relief options and there are more priority guys that other like Bryson, Guilmet, Landis, etc who all have good numbers are in more of a secondary level and not in that grouping of 6-8 guys that are priority. I'd be surprised if Bryson does anything at the big league level with the year is his last year before he is a free agent.....and I see him going the way of others like Jared Goedert and Jose Constanza where they sign a minor league deal eslewhere next offseason for a new opportunity.
December 22, 2012 - 8:32 AM EST
I'm starting to get cautiously optimistic about Bryson. Last year at AA he had 76 K's in 65 innings to go along with a 2.62 ERA. The only problem with him is the high walk rate. The stuff is definitely there, however, if he can find the strike zone.

He's 25 now, so it's time for him to make a move. I'd like to see the Tribe end up with something out of the Sabathia deal besides Brantley.

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