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Around the Farm: December 3, 2014

Soto’s start in Puerto Rico highlights the night on the farm

Around the Farm: December 3, 2014
Giovanni Soto (Photo:
December 4, 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, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO. Soto’s last start back on Black Friday went pretty terribly (five runs -- four earned -- in 1.2 innings), but considering his first start of the offseason went well (five shutout innings), Wednesday’s start could have gone either way. Clearly the 23-year-old answered the call, once again tossing five shutout innings, making his Black Friday start look more like a fluke. Who knows if this starting experiment lasts into the regular season or if Soto will make his way back to the bullpen come spring; either way, it is nice to see the left-hander trusted as a key contributor on a team only trying to win, not develop prospects.

Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 2-for-3, 1 2B. The hits have not come often for Perez this offseason, but the catcher has been a bit unlucky and should see a few more fall in going forward (as they did Wednesday). In the meantime, Perez’s patient approach at the plate (18:17 SO:BB in 23 games) should keep his on-base percentage high, and while the strikeouts are less than ideal, as long as the 25-year-old walks like this, he will be alright.

Dominican Winter League

Erik Gonzalez (SS, Leones del Escogido): 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 CS. After one hit and six strikeouts in his first three games this offseason, Gonzalez got things going in the right direction Wednesday night.

Venezuelan Winter League

Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas): DNP. We are still waiting to see if/when Aguilar returns to game action. He has not played in an actual game since November 26 (and missed almost a week before that), though the first baseman did participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday.

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User Comments

Head Check
December 4, 2014 - 4:37 PM EST
If Soto makes it through the Rule 5 I will be BEYOND shocked... In fact if he isn't taken within the first 5 picks I'd be fairly surprised. I mean he is only 23 years old - decent numbers; GOOD numbers for a LOOGY. He is gone.

Really can anyone point out another LHP that is as good a gamble as him in a "Rule 5" sense?
December 4, 2014 - 2:21 PM EST
I think you have hit the nail on the head Walter. I do not believe that Soto makes it thru Rule 5. Close to the perfect candidate even if he is not starting. I have no qualms about the Indians roster protection which they seemed to manage quite well but sometimes you cannot protect everyone especially when a starting pitcher is needed for backup.
December 4, 2014 - 10:04 AM EST
If Soto survives the Rule 5 draft, just maybe the Indians should reconsider him as a potential starter. If it does not work out than he still becomes a bullpen option for the Indians.

Would be nice to see the Peralta finally workout for the Indians.

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