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Around the Farm: December 28, 2013

Around the Farm: December 28, 2013
December 29, 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.

Australian Baseball League

Marcus Bradley (LF, Brisbane Bandits): 3-for-5, R, RBI, BB, SB. Bradley is a former Indians prospect who was released last spring and who has resurfaced in Australia. He has not had a lot of playing time, but has made the most of it hitting .340 with 0 HR, 3 RBI and .860 OPS in 16 games. He also has 2 stolen bases and a nice 10:8 walk to strikeout ratio.

Casey Frawley (SS, Canberra Cavalry): 2-for-4, 3B, RBI. Frawley is another former Indians prospect released in the spring who is hanging onto his dream and try to make it back into affiliate ball. He’s had quite a good showing in Australia hitting .396 with 4 HR, 26 RBI and 1.140 OPS in 28 games, and has a solid 11:19 walk to strikeout ratio. While he is 26-years old now and the Australian league is below his competition level, he might interest a team enough to bring him in this spring.

Dominican Winter League

Carlos Santana (1B, Leones del Escogido): 1-for-5, R, K. Game two of the playoffs saw Santana start his first game at first base. He was moved from third base to first base in the middle of the first playoff game and it looks like his Dominican team is less inclined to continue the third base experiment in the playoffs when the games actually mean something – rather than the end of season games when he played third base and his Escogido team already pretty much had a playoff spot locked up. He is now 2-for-8 in two playoff games and has a hit in both games.

Puerto Rico Winter League

Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 1-for-2, K. Perez has not had a lot of opportunities to play as he has appeared in just 16 games and accrued 24 at bats this winter, but he has appeared in two straight games – something he has not done since December 5-6.  He is just 4-for-24 at the plate with no extra base hits and 9 strikeouts.

Venezuela Winter League

Jesus Aguilar (DH, Leones del Caracas): 2-for-3, R, 2 BB. I love to see the power, which is something Aguilar has shown this winter launching 17 homers and posting a .588 slugging percentage. But I also love the high batting average (.326) and on-base percentage (.403). It has been a well-rounded, complete winter campaign for Aguilar, and we can only hope this was the step forward we all were waiting for and that 2014 is the Year of the Aguilar in Cleveland.

Follow Tony and the Indians Baseball Insider on Twitter @TonyIBI. Also, his new book the 2014 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider which profiles the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is available for sale.

User Comments

December 29, 2013 - 2:35 PM EST
Man oh man... I really hope Jesus Aguilar pans out for us. It's been a while since we developed a legit power hitter through our system. Granted, I don't think he'll end up being a 30HR threat (though I'm hoping he can!), but I'm going to guess he'll be good for 20+HRs a year like Swisher has done in his career. And again, this is hoping that he actually pans out for us. C'mon Jesus, we need a Pedro Cerrano around hurr. Erm... but one who can hit a curve. :-p
December 29, 2013 - 10:24 AM EST
I don't see Santana playing 3B this year. He will play at C/DH/1B this year. I think Swisher and Santana will split most of the time between DH and 1B.
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December 29, 2013 - 2:17 AM EST
If Aguilar starts the year off in Columbus like he has playing in Venezuela.. Can't have a better problem then that.

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