Around the Farm: January 5, 2013
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
Jose Ramirez (2B, Toros de Este): 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB: Toros only mustered up five hits and five walks, so considering the fact that Ramirez had three of the ten says a lot. Ramirez is only hitting .265 for the playoffs, but is still hitting a very respectable .303 for the winter league season. He also has 12 stolen bases, and a solid .377 OBP.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Rob Bryson (RP, Criollos de Caguas): 2/3 IP, 1 BB, 2 K: Bryson has been dominant, pitching in 17 innings, over 17 games, while striking out 22 and walking eight. He’s yet to give up a run of any sort. It’s not hard to look at the kid’s numbers and ponder the prospect that the Indians dealt for way back when the Tribe acquired him in the CC Sabathia deal. He’s not the stud reliever that the Indians thought they were getting, but perhaps he can earn his way into a job, either with the Tribe, or another major league team.
Venezuela Winter League
Asdrubal Cabrera (SS, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-3: Cabrera is hitting a massive .417 during the VWL playoffs, and is currently hitting .305 overall. Cabrera clearly isn’t struggling with the batting eye over the winter, so the only hope is that he’ll keep his “eyes” away from the buffet. It’s clear that the Indians plan on keeping their all-star shortstop, so it’s good to see him performing up to standard.
Andrew Campbell (LF, Brisbane Bandits): 1-for-4: Campbell is 6-for-15 over his past four ballgames, with hit in three of the four contests. His average had dropped below .300, but is creeping back up to the .300 range. With one more solid performance, he should be back over. He had been mired in a sizable slump prior to his big four-game stretch.
Ryan Battaglia (C, Brisbane Bandits): 0-for-3, 1K: Battaglia has taken Tom Petty to heart, and is free fallin’. Over the past six games, the Catcher is only 2-for-19, with two runs, a double, a homer and three RBI.
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