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Around the Farm: December 29, 2012

Around the Farm: December 29, 2012
December 30, 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.

Dominican Winter League

Juan Diaz (SS, Estrellas de Oriente): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K: Diaz drove in one of the two runs for Estrellas in their loss, but struck out twice and lined into a game-ending double-play. He’s hitting .250 on the season, and really continues to be what he is, a middling-at-best prospect. He’ll get swamped by the youngsters in 2013, or 2014 at the latest, and that’s if he’s still with the Indians’ organization. I have a feeling that 2013 could be his swan song.

Jose Ramirez (SS, Toros de Este): 1-for-4, 1 K: His only hit was an infield single, and while he’s hitting .305 overall in the winter leagues, he’s only hitting .231 in the playoffs. You have to wonder if Ramirez isn’t feeling some stamina issues, being a youngster who hasn’t played this many games in one stretch over his career yet.

Carlos Santana (DH, Leones del Escogido): 1-for-4: Santana is hitting a whopping .455 during the Dominican playoffs, but saw that curtailed a bit with his one-hit performance on Saturday. Overall, Santana is hitting .232 in the winter leagues, with only one homer and ten RBI in 23 games. You still have to like his recent productions.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI: Perez is hitting a staunch .288 this winter, and I would love it if he carried this offensive production to the states in 2013. He won’t, but I’ve loved this kid for three years for what he brings to ball clubs. He’s 5-for-9 over his last four games, and this is including a game in which he had four walks. He has five walks and one K in that stretch, so he’s clearly seeing the ball well.

Venezuela Winter League

Asdrubal Cabrera (SS, Leones del Caracas): 0-3, 1 K: Cabrera is alternating two-hit games with oh-fers, having gone 4-for-17 over his past for games, but is only 2-for-11 in his past three. Hopefully Cabrera will utilize his winter league play into some sort of offseason workout regimen this year.

Ezequiel Carrera (LF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B: Carrera has a three-game hit streak, and added his first multi-hit game since December 17th. He also added his eight stolen base of the season, and is currently hitting a solid .286 in the Caribbean.

Luis Hernandez (SS, Tigres de Aragua): 3-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB: Hernandez continues to light up the VWL, and is 5-for-9 in his last two games, with a run, two doubles, two RBI and a walk. Overall, he’s hitting .386, and has a .901 OPS on the season. The new addition to the Tribe minor leagues seems to like his surroundings.

Australian League

Andrew Campbell (LF, Brisbane Bandits): 0-for-4: Campbell continues his batting average free-fall, and is now 1-for-12 in his last four ballgames. He’s hitting .279 on the season.

Ryan Battaglia (C, Brisbane Bandits): 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 K: Battaglia is 1-for-13 over his last four games, as he and Campbell seem to be paralleling each other in bad offensive play. He did manage to get a run across.

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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