Around the Farm: December 29, 2014
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.
Puerto Rico Winter League
Bryson Myles (LF, Gigantes de Carolina): 0-for-4. The struggles for Myles in Puerto Rico continue with this 0-fer effort. He is now just 5-for-27 (.185) in seven games and is just 1-for-16 over his last four games. He is getting a good amount of playing time but is not taking advantage of it with just a few games left before the Puerto Rico Winter League playoffs begin January 2nd.
Alexis Pantoja (2B, Senadores de San Juan): 0-for-3, 2 K. Forget the fact that Pantoja is just 2-for-14 in eight games this offseason in Puerto Rico. He is a recently drafted 18-year old who is very new to pro baseball who played rookie ball in Arizona for the Indians this past season after being taken early in the June draft. He’s expected to struggle with the bat, but the fact he is getting a good amount of playing time shows how skilled his Puerto Rico team thinks he is with the glove. That’s a lot of trust to put into such a green player to even if the playing time has been minimal.
Venezuela Winter League
Toru Murata (SP, Caribes de Anzoategui): L (0-3), 3.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Murata has mostly just filled innings this offseason in Venezuela, similar to what he did this past season at Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. After a nice start with 10.0 shutout innings over his first two outings, he has been torched in the three outings since allowing 10 runs (9 earned) in 12.2 innings.
Anthony Gallas (RF, Aguilas del Zulia): 0-for-3, K. Gallas had a rough night but it doesn’t cloud what has been otherwise a bright showing in Venezuela this offseason. In 18 games he is only hitting .265 but he is more patient and walking more and hence has a very healthy .383 on-base percentage. Also, half of his 18 hits have gone for extra base hits and he has a nice .220 isolated power percentage. He’s doing all he can to show that his second half surge was for real.
Dominican Winter League
Audy Ciriaco (3B, Estrellas de Oriente): 1-for-3, K. Ciriaco had a solid regular season showing in the DWL hitting .256 with a .700 OPS over 31 games. How he got to that .700 OPS may not have been impressive as he had a 24:5 strikeout to walk ratio, but nonetheless he did it playing many positions and filling many roles. He’s off to a nice start in two playoff games and coming up big at the right time going 3-for-7 in those two games.
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