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Around the Farm: December 30, 2012

Around the Farm: December 30, 2012
December 31, 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.

Special shoutout goes to Arthur Kinney, our statistician extraordinaire. Thanks buddy, and keep up the great work. If the Indians had half as good a team as we have here at IBI, they’d be a dynasty.

Dominican Winter League

Juan Diaz (SS, Estrellas de Oriente): 0-for-5, 3 K: This is the Diaz that we see all too many times. He struck out in his last three at-bats, including the final out of the game, a 4-3 loss in 11 innings. Diaz had his overall average drop ten points to .240. He’s consistent, but it’s consistently below expectations. Well, unfortunately for Diaz, the expectations are starting to become a stark reality.

Jose Ramirez (SS, Toros de Este): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K: So much for my worries about Ramirez and his stamina. His three hits today raise his overall winter league average to .314, and lifts his playoff average from .231 to .333. Not too shabby for one day’s work. Just to showcase how this guy does what it takes to get on base, he rolled out a bunt single in the first, a single up the middle in the second, and a single to right in the ninth. He eventually would steal a base and score a run on that ninth inning single. TheToros won their game today against Escogido in a grand 6-1 fashion.

Carlos Santana (DH, Leones del Escogido): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K: Santana managed to score Escogido’s only run in a 6-1 loss, and did it off his walk in the third inning. Santana is hitting .429 for the DWL playoffs, and is hitting .235 overall in the DWL. No, it’s not special, but he did save his best offense for crunch-time, and there is something to be said for that.

Venezuela Winter League

Jesus Aguilar (PH-DH, Leones del Caracas): 0-1, 1 K: Aguilar hasn’t been playing much, so I suppose it isn’t a surprise that he’s not had consistent numbers over the winter league season. He is hitting .320 over his last ten games, but he hasn’t had a multi-hit game since November 24th, and he hasn’t had an extra-base hit since November 27th.

Luis Hernandez (2B, Tigres de Aragua): 0-for-3, 1 K: How do you know that your season has been going well? When you go 0-fer and your average is still sitting at .375. Hernandez is nothing more than minor league support at this point, but you do have to like his tenacity.

Australian League

Andrew Campbell (LF, Brisbane Bandits): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K: Campbell answered one of his worst games with one of his best, crushing his third home run in a three-hit performance. Even with the three hits, he’s only 4-for-16 in his last five ballgames.

Ryan Battaglia (C, Brisbane Bandits): 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K: Not to be outdone by his Indians’ teammate, Ryan Battagia would also hit his third home run on the season.

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 jpete@indiansprospectinsider.com.

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