Around the Farm: December 21, 2014
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.
Dominican Winter League
Anderson Polanco (RP, Leones del Escogido): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. One of my sleeper prospects for 2015, Polanco got a chance to showcase his stuff on the final day of the season. He did not get many opportunities as he pitched in four games (10/31, 11/13, 12/16 and 12/21), but hopefully the experience behind the scenes was beneficial for him and he can take that into spring training with him.
Audy Ciriaco (3B, Estrelles de Oriente): 2-for-4, 3 RBI, K. The versatile Ciriaco wrapped up his winter ball campaign in fine fashion with a multi-hit game. He finished with a five-game hitting streak and hits in eight of his last nine games.
Ronny Rodriguez (PH-2B, Estrelles de Oriente): 1-for-1. After sitting on the bench and watching for almost the entirety of the winter ball season (though he played in “B” games), Ronny Rod got an opportunity to play under the lights the final week of the season and shined going 5-for-16 at the plate. Hopefully this serves as a confidence boost to him as he prepares for the 2015 season – one where he has a chance to be the regular at second base at Double-A Akron.
Enosil Tejeda (RP, Gigantes del Cibao): (L, 0-2), 0.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 K. Tejeda never had much of a chance this offseason to get into a rhythm as his appearances were very scattered. This poor outing will erase what was largely a positive showing for him this offseason.
Erik Gonzalez (SS, Leones del Escogido): 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI. Not the showing that Gonzalez had last offseason or in the regular season as in 11 games in the Dominican he hit .200 (8-for-40) with a 13:2 strikeout to walk ratio.
Claudio Bautista (2B, Leones del Escogido): 0-for-2, RBI, BB, K. Bautista is another young player who got a chance to play a lot this past week in the Dominican as teams played out the string. He played in three games and ended up going hitless in 11 at bats with 4 strikeouts.
Wander Beras (RP, Tigres del Licey): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Beras is yet another example of a young player getting some opportunities down the stretch in winter ball. He bobbed and weaved in this one allowing three baserunners but no runs of his own.
Puerto Rico Winter League
Bryson Myles (LF, Gigantes de Carolina): 1-for-3, RBI, BB, K. Myles has showed up late in the Puerto Rico season as this was just his second game since debuting on December 19th. He is now 2-for-7 in the two games and could be with his team if they make it to the playoffs. The Puerto Rico season wraps up on December 30th so it will be interesting to see if Myles sticks with his team through then and if so how much he plays.
Venezuela Winter League
Anthony Gallas (RF, Aguilas de Zulia): 0-for-4. After a couple of big nights over the weekend Gallas slumped to an 0-for night at the plate on Sunday. While he is only hitting .259 in 15 games and it is a small sample size, what is intriguing is his solid 15:10 strikeout to walk ratio, nice .377 on-base percentage and .207 isolated power percentage. Those are numbers that impress me way more than a mediocre batting average and show signs of a player who really looks to have put things together in 2014.
Mexico Winter League
Tim Fedroff (RF-CF, Mayos de Navojoa): 2-for-3, R. Fedroff is hitting much better of late racking up a .353 average over his last 10 games, but that plate discipline is still a concern as he has no walks and 8 strikeouts over that span. Overall he has a 21:2 strikeout to walk ratio in Mexico.
Australian Baseball League
Andrew Campbell (RF, Brisbane Bandits): 4-for-5, R, HR, 2 RBI. I like to check in on some old friends from time to time, and when I saw this stat line from Campbell in the box score I had to mention him. Some may briefly remember him after his promising showing in rookie ball in 2011 and then his inconsistent showing in 2012 between Arizona and Mahoning Valley (.172 AVG in 116 at bats). The Indians cut him in the spring of 2013, but he’s made a nice career playing in Australia since then. In 24 games with Brisbane he is hitting .368 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 stolen bases and .864 OPS.
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