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Around the Farm: January 4, 2015

Around the Farm: January 4, 2015
Eric Berger (Photo: Columbus Clippers)
January 5, 2015
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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.

Dominican Winter League

Eric Berger (RP, Estrelles de Oriente): 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER. Berger has been out of the Indians organization since the early part of the 2013 season when he was traded to the Astros for catcher Chris Wallace. He had been pitching in Venezuela this offseason and was really good going 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts) and in 46.0 innings allowed 50 hits, 12 walks and had 32 strikeouts. That showing got him a gig in the Dominican for the playoffs and he did well his first time out. Congrats to him and it’s nice to see him continue to plug away.

Audy Ciriaco (3B, Estrelles de Oriente): 1-for-3, K. Ciriaco continues to put forward solid performances during his extended playing time in the round robin portion of his Dominican Winter League schedule. He recently was extended an invite in spring training to Indians Major League camp, something that is great for him and is well earned. He doesn’t have a chance to make the Major League roster, but he’s a nice depth option to have around as a potential Major League option later in the year if the Indians need an emergency utility option for their bench.

Puerto Rico Winter League

Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 0-for-3. Perez has continued to struggle with the bat this offseason as he hit just .217 in 29 games in the Puerto Rico regular season and is now hitting just .143 so far in the playoffs. His one saving grace is the walks as he had 20 of them in the regular season to carve out a nice .371 on-base percentage….but the walks have disappeared in the early going of the playoffs.

Venezuela Winter League

Anthony Gallas (DH, Aguilas del Zulia): 1-for-3, R, 2B, BB, 2 K. Gallas continues to rake out in Venezuela and is putting the finishing touches on what was a great 2014 season for him. Even though the 2014 “season” has overlapped into the start of 2015, he’s done enough in his time at Akron and now in Venezuela to get a lot more attention as a prospect. He’s older and doesn’t have the prospect pedigree to give him much leeway, so he is going to have to keep his foot on the gas pedal this coming spring and into next season in order to keep his momentum. He can’t afford any injury or poor showing the first month or two of the season.

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User Comments

January 5, 2015 - 12:48 PM EST
The banner as of tomorrow will be gone.;)
January 5, 2015 - 12:31 PM EST
When are we going to get Kluber to replace Masty on your banner up top, Mr. Lastoria?
January 5, 2015 - 10:53 AM EST
I remember Eric Berger w Akron v Madison Bumgarner w Richmond locked in a scoreless Double A lefty duel in 2009. Berger had been a standout at Roseville High and Arizona before surgery and threw harder than Bumgarner and struck out more batters but the RDucks lost that game in extras. No doubt Eric had mixed feelings watching Madison win the World Series for the Giants. I'd love to see him make it to the show even if it's in a crafty match up relief role

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