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Around The Farm: December 27, 2012

Around The Farm: December 27, 2012
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December 28, 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.

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

Dominican Winter League

  • Carlos Santana (DH): 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB. This is the sort of outing everyone wanted to see out of Santana this winter. If he is spending his time in the Dominican working on adjustments, hopefully this is a sign that it is working.
  • Jose Ramirez (N/A): 2-for-5. Two more hits for Ramirez, who continues to hit at an out-of-control rate. If Ramirez brings half of this into the season, he will continue to rise like helium through the system.
  • Juan Diaz (N/A): 0-for-2. Diaz did not have a great night before he was replaced last night midway through the game. He continues to have a mostly invisible offseason, similar to his regular season production. Diaz rarely stands out, but he consistently averages around a 1-for-4 day with a strikeout day-in and day-out.

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Jeanmar Gomez (SP): ND, 2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO. This marks back-to-back poor starts for Gomez, who has not had a good offseason. He could be working on a specific pitch -- making the results of these games useless -- but what is certain is that Gomez is not lighting it up in Venezuela.
  • Paolo Espino (SP): ND, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR. Espino outpitched his opponent -- Jeanmar Gomez -- last night, but he did not do exceptionally well. He ran into trouble in the fifth inning, something that has reared up semi-frequently this winter.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (SS): 0-for-5, 1 SO. Not a good night for Cabrera, though the results this offseason do not matter as much; what is important is finding a way for Cabrera to not fade down the stretch again in 2013.
  • Luis Hernandez (2B): 1-for-4, 1 2B. Hernandez is not hitting .400 anymore, but he is still showing a strong .370/.385/.467 line. The lack of walks is not ideal (three in 24 games), but the ability with the bat is nice to see.
  • Ezequiel Carrera (LF): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 SO. Carrera continues to show good form and great control this offseason (.279/.372/.394 line, 15:16 SO:BB), though the real test will come this spring. The hope is that he can become an established fourth outfielder in the major leagues, and if he hits like this, he will fill that role perfectly.

Puerto Rican Winter League

  • Roberto Perez (C): 0-for-0, 4 BB. What more is there to say about Perez's night? He walked all four times he went to the plate and was stranded each time. This is easily my favorite line of the whole offseason.
  • Joseph Colon (SP): L (2-4), 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO. Colon took the loss last night after he struggled to maintain control. That sort of high walk total is not good to see out of the starter, and he has now walked four batters in back-to-back games.

Australian Winter League

  • Ryan Battaglia (DH): 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO, 1 HBP. Battaglia continued his solid winter last night with a double, bringing him up to seven extra base hits in 14 games. That sort of pop will help Battaglia in the spring, provided he can bring it with him from Australia.
  • Andrew Campbell (LF): 0-for-3, 2 SO, 1 SAC. Last night was not kind to Campbell, who has put up pretty decent numbers this season in Australia. The soon-to-be 21-year-old outfielder is facing a put-up-or-shut-up spring but gotten off to a good start this winter.
  • Chuck Lofgren (SP): W (3-1), 8.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO. Lofgren did not play stateside last year, but he has been pretty dominant in Australia this winter (2.87 ERA, 36:11 SO:BB in 37.2 innings). His big league dreams are likely over, but it would be cool to see the former Cleveland farmhand make his way back.

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User Comments

Jim Piascik
December 29, 2012 - 9:41 AM EST
Luckily, I didn't have it on Christmas. I got it on Christmas from the children I was around. Germ incubators. Haha.
December 28, 2012 - 10:49 AM EST
Get better Jim..nothing worse than being ill over the holidays.
Jim Piascik
December 28, 2012 - 9:54 AM EST
Also, both Jose Ramirez and Juan Diaz played SS last night. Full box score finally went up.
Jim Piascik
December 28, 2012 - 9:49 AM EST
Dang it, meant to say he played independent ball. This is what I get for writing with the early onset of this flu-like crap that's got me down today. Haha.

Regardless, he is doing quite well in Australia. Very nice to see.
December 28, 2012 - 9:12 AM EST
Hey now! Lofgren played Indy Ball last year as a 1b and a pitcher.

Amarillo Sox of Pensacola, Florida!

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