Around the Farm: January 25, 2014
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 offseason winter ball leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.
Note: There were games player in winter ball on Saturday night but no Indians were involved. I have included some interested news bits below on the continued progression of Carlos Santana. Also, I have included a quick listing of some updated stats for Indians players that are playing or have played in the postseason. These are cumulative stats for the regular season and playoffs in their winter league.
Santana's impressive third base play
Carlos Santana had an impressive game on Thursday night swatting a two-run homer and also fielding all six groundballs hit his way without incident racking up six assists. On one particular play, he had to come charging in toward the mound and then make an athletic throw on the run to get the runner at first.
This play, which is seen on video below around the 1:50 mark (his homer comes just after it) is further evidence to the claim that this experiment is in fact proving to be a success to this point. In fact, it may have been more of a success than orginally anticipated.
Check out the comments from his manager for Leones del Escogido after the game, courtesy of Hoy newspaper (this is a Spanish article translated to English):
The Lions of Escogido have seen today that the former catcher had setbacks early in the season, but after the great game that Carlos had at third base on Thursday, manager Audo Vicente had superlative praise for what the future holds for him.
"Carlos is going to be one the best third baseman in Major League Baseball. You will see it. People questioned whether or not he was playing there, but you'll see, "said Vicente to Hoy Newspaper before the fifth game of the final series of Dominican Baseball.
Santana made several impressive plays at third base and hit a homer to help the Lions win in the fourth game of the final.
Here is the video:
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We do have top of the dugout girls in the states....unfortunately...
Also, any chance that MLB may let Carlos wear #107 in Spring Training?
- Only saw the one play, the scoop and throw on the run- very nicely done by Carlos. Looked like a veteran on that one.
- Carlos has taken the chinstrap to new levels. I'm not even sure how you would classify it at this point.
- We need top of the dugout girls like that here in the states. Just another thing Latinos do better.