Around the Farm: January 20, 2013
Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland 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
- Delvi Cid: (PR, Aguilas Cibaenas): 0-for-0: Cid is just a runner in this league at this point, but does have a hit in his only playoff at bat. In 11 total games in the Dominican, he’s 2-for-6 with a stolen base and two runs. I’m a huge Cid fan based on his speed, but he is what he is at this point. I’d love to see him have a breakout season, but his days with the organization are likely numbered.
Venezuelan Winter League
- Paolo Espino (SP, Caribes de Anzoategui): 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR: Espino is an interesting watch during the 2013 season. No, he’s not a top prospect. No, he doesn’t have a plus pitch that has him on the radar. With all of that said, Espino is a performer. Espino’s playoff ERA is a solid 2.53, which has lowered his overall ERA under 4 to 3.96. Will that translate that into a true shot at the big league club in 2013? I doubt it, but you never know. Sometimes you play so well, folks have to take notice.
- Asdrubal Cabrera: (DH, Leones del Caracas): 0-for-5, 2 K: Cabrera is now 0-for-his-last-8, and his playoff average is down to .259. Overall, his average is down to .267. With his winter league season nearly over, he’ll get some time off before he needs to report to spring training and the WBC. Let’s hope this keeps him in shape for the upcoming season.
- Andrew Campbell: (CF, Brisbane Bandits): 0-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB: Campbell has now gone 0-for-10 in his last three games, and 2-for-19 in his last five. On Sunday, he managed to get on base twice via a walk, and scored both times, including a lead-off walk and eventual score in the first. Campbell’s overall slash-line is .277/.363/.401.
- Quincy Latimore: (CF, Adelaide Bite): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Latimore upped his hit streak to seven games, and is now 11-for-27 during the stretch. Latimore played a stretch of games for the Bite in 2010, hitting .313, with five homers and 25 RBI in 31 games, so he’s familiar with success in the Australian League. Adelaide finds themselves four games out of first and two games out of third with only four games remaining. The top three seeds get into the playoffs.
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