Around the Farm: December 9, 2012
Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians prospects. 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 the game.
Here is the rundown of what Indians players in fall and winter ball did yesterday.
Dominican Winter League
- Ronny Rodriguez (PR-2B, Estrellas de Oriente): 0-0, 1 R, 1 SB: Rodriguez, who may very well be a top three prospect in the Indians system, made his Dominican League debut on Sunday night, stole a base, and scored a run. Yeah, he can make an impact even without an at bat…which is why he’s such a highly rated prospect.
- Mike McDade (1B, Toros del Este): 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K: Nothing really earth-shattering for the new acquisition for the Indians, but he does have a modest three-game hit streak, and he has hits in four of his last five. Of course, they are all one-hit games, and all singles, but you gotta be positive, right?
- Jose Ramirez (2B, Toros del Este): 0-for-5, 1 K: I almost don’t know what to say here, because Oh-Fers are such an irregularity for the up-and-coming prospect for the Tribe. It happens, even to the best.
- Carlos Santana (DH, Leones del Escogido): 0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K: Santana continues to struggle with consistency, as he follows up a three-hit night with an Oh-Fer. He’s 4-for-24 over his last seven baseball games.
- Nick Hagadone (RP, Aguilas Cibaenas): 2 IP, 2 BB, 2 K: The big lefty is slowly getting back into the swing of things, and is struggling with control. He’s given up five walks in six total innings, but in typical Hagadone fashion, has struck out eight.
Puerto Rican Winter League
- Joe Colon (RP, Equipo Metro): 1 IP: Colon has had his ups and downs over his five starts with Congrejeros de Santurce, but he’s still been dominant, striking out 20 over 18 innings, while walking only seven. It earned him this appearance in the PWL.
- Giovanni Soto (RP, Equipo Metro): 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K: Soto has been equally dominant, giving up only two earned runs over 10 1/3 innings, while striking out 13 and walking only six. He’s 1-0 overall, with a sparkling 1.74 ERA. It’ll be interesting to see what he can do if he stays healthy for an entire season.
Venezuelan Winter League
- Asdrubal Cabrera (DH, Leones del Caracas): 2-for-4, 1 RBI: Cabrera followed his two-hit debut with…well…another two hits. Cabrera can hit, and that’s what makes him such a valuable commodity this offseason. At the same time, with two years of control, if Cabrera could come into the season in shape and ready to play, you do have to wonder how solid a season he could put out.
- Eric Berger (SP, Bravos de Margarita): L (1-5), 7 IP, 4 H, 4 R/1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K: Berger had another outstanding start, but still took his fifth loss because of his propensity to give up unearned runs. He’s given up 24 runs in his 45 innings, but only 15 are earned. This was the first time Berger completed seven complete innings during the winter league, and he’s struck out 38, while walking only 11. Berger continues to impress as a starter, which I would have to imagine is the role he’ll play with Columbus next season.
Australian Baseball League
- Andrew Campbell (DH, Brisbane Bandits): 2-for-5, 1 K: Campbell continued his breakout Australian League campaign with two more hits, upping his hit streak to eight games, and raising his average to .348, which is third in the league.
- Ryan Battaglia (C, Brisbane Bandits): 1-for-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI: Battaglia hit his first triple of the season, driving in a run for Brisbane in their 5-1 victory on Sunday.
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