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Around the Farm: December 23, 2012

Around the Farm: December 23, 2012
December 24, 2012
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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.

Mexican Winter League

Ben Broussard (LF, Mayos de Navojoa): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K: The former Indians first baseman/DH hasn’t played big league baseball in three years, but the 36-year-old is having a banner season in the Mexican League. He launched his fourth homer, and drove in his seventh RBI in only his 12th game.

Venezuela Winter League

Jose Lopez (3B, Cardenales de Lara): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB: Lopez spent less than a season with the Indians, and is still currently hunting for a 2013 job. He may or may not have one with the Astros, but he DOES have one in the Winter Leagues, and he’s done very well thusfar. He hit his 12th double in 44 games, is hitting .394 in his last ten ballgames, and is hitting .311 overall.

Luis Valbuena (2B, Cardenales de Lara): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K: Like Lopez, Valbuena is hitting well in the winter leagues. While he’s been struggling of late, he’s 4-for-8, with two runs, a double and two RBI over his last two games.

Gregorio Petit (SS, Leones del Caracas): 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 RBI: Petit is no longer with the Indians organization, and his numbers right now in Venezuela speaks for themselves. He’s only hitting .229.

Max Ramirez (DH, Bravos de Margarita): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI: The former Tribe catcher is hitting .308, and hit his second homer of the winter league season.

Australian League

Andrew Campbell (LF, Brisbane Bandits): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K: Campbell’s average dropped below .300 for the first time since nearly the start of the 2012 season. He’s been slumping of late, but Campbell isn’t exactly known as an offensive player.

Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at

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