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Around the Farm: December 28, 2014

Soto’s continued dominance, Pantoja getting some playing time headline the night on the farm

Around the Farm: December 28, 2014
Giovanni Soto (Photo: Jim Piascik)
December 29, 2014
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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 winter ball did yesterday:

Puerto Rican Winter League

  • Giovanni Soto (Photo: MiLB)Giovanni Soto (SP, Gigantes de Carolina): ND, 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 6 SO. The rest of baseball may have opted against picking up Soto in the Rule 5 draft, but the left-hander continues to look good on the mound down in Puerto Rico (2.20 ERA, 9.0 SO/9, 3.0 BB/9 in 45.0 innings) and should get a major league chance at some point in the future.
  • Alexis Pantoja (2B, Senadores de San Juan): 2-for-4, 1 CS. Making only his second start of the offseason (and his first since November 16), Pantoja looked good at the plate. Pantoja was caught stealing in his start, but hopefully the 18-year-old will be allowed to get some more developmental time since the Senadores are well out of the race with a 12-26 record.
  • Bryson Myles (LF, Gigantes de Carolina): 1-for-5, 1 SO. Gigantes is also not playing particularly well as a roughly .500 team, allowing Myles to get some extended looks over the past two weeks. The results have not been great so far (.554 OPS through six games), but at this stage in his development, every rep is important for the 25-year-old.

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Anthony Gallas (DH, Aguilas del Zulia): 1-for-3, 1 BB. With another single and a walk, Gallas now owns an 11-game on-base streak and has seen his on-base percentage rise to .390 through 17 games. Gallas is not just slapping the ball, either, as his .508 slugging percentage and .231 isolated power are also quite good, with the 27-year-old showing both power and on-base skills down in Venezuela.
  • Ramon Rodriguez (RP, Caribes de Anzoategui): H (4), 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO. Called upon to get one out in the bottom of the seventh with runners on first and second, Rodriguez struck out Freddy Galvis swinging to earn a hold and keep Caribes up 4-2 (they eventually won 5-2).

Dominican Winter League

  • Audy Ciriaco (3B, Estrellas de Oriente): 1-for-3. Yet another solid night for Ciriaco in a solid offseason for the 27-year-old. The utility man has not torn the cover off of the ball, but Ciriaco is doing well enough for his Estrellas team.

Mexican Winter League

  • Russell Branyan (1B, Tomateros de Culiacan): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB. Checking in on an old friend, Branyan had a decent night down in Mexico. More notably, however, Branyan was on the right side of a combined no-hitter for Tomateros, with Francisco Campos, Salvador Valdez, and Oscar Villarreal holding Aguilas de Mexicali hitless.

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User Comments

December 29, 2014 - 11:01 PM EST
Thanks Roger, I'll check that out.
December 29, 2014 - 2:54 PM EST
even though has nothing to do with down on the farm bastian has great article on trevor bauer in the most recent a perspective i found informative
December 29, 2014 - 2:22 PM EST
Interesting situation with Soto. The Indians would've had to sign-off on his use as a starter, but it's not like he needed to make up for lost innings after being healthy for all of 2014. Soto didn't pitch on back to back days in 2014, which is something Tony has highlighted in the past as a milestone for relievers before a ML call-up. Maybe trade bait?
December 29, 2014 - 2:01 PM EST
Yes, really interested to see if the Indians will consider Soto for a starting role with the success he's had starting in the PR league.
My guess is probably not however as I think they probably lean towards having him as near term LHRP depth.
December 29, 2014 - 11:59 AM EST
Looks like Soto has found a good rhythm. Hopefully it's the real deal and he can continue to build on it. He's facing some good hitters down there, from both sides of the plate, getting them out consistently, building innings and hopefully strength.
December 29, 2014 - 10:24 AM EST
We just might end up with a little bit of upper level SP depth after all.

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