Around the Farm: January 7, 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.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP) PLAYOFFS - DAY 5
Toru Murata (Caribes de Anzoategui, SP): ND, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (all earned), 6 K, 1 HR allowed - This outing is a prime example of why KK:B ratio, while a highly useful tool in evaluating pitchers, is not the be-all, end-all, especially in small sample sizes. Toru fanned six on the night while allowing no walks, but the reason he didn't pick up the loss was that Navegantes del Magallanes starter Carlos Zambrano was even worse. To say that this outing was not exactly on the level of his LVBP regular season (2.38 ERA in five starts) would be an understatement.
Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas, DH): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K. Aguilar makes his 2014 LVBP playoff debut and continues his RBI Machine ways with 2 runs driven in on the night in the Leones' 12-2 win over the Tiburones de La Guaira. This effort brings his winter RBI total to 52 in 59 games. Don't be surprised if he's first in line for a call up to The Show among the batters on the Clippers' opening day roster.
Jesus Aguilar was expected to be done with winter ball as of last week when his Caracas team finished their regular season. He had petitioned with the Indians to allow him to stay and play, but he initially was not allowed to stay. In an article published on Tuesday morning in Venezuela, Aguilar shared the following on Monday after practice:
"My intention is, I'm waiting for a reply from them. They have not called me or said anything. I called asking for permission and they said they would study the case but there is nothing concrete and I hope to hear from them soon. I told them that I wanted to work in Venezuela and show them that what they want me to do that I can do it here and they agreed. We have a trainer here in Caracas who works with the organization of Cleveland and they agreed to the things we can do here and make the development program January 26 in Cleveland but I will be here until then. ... One of the things that motivated me is to keep close to my family. The organization wanted me out the first days of January and not return to Venezuela. I told them it was a little hard on me for everything that happened without seeing my family and the petition was a double sense to stay with my family and let me play again with the team and we are waiting. ... I know the minor league field coordinator (Ross Atkins) and he told me I had to speak to the manager (Terry Francona) for thought and I had to consult the situation with other team officials. To this day I'm not playing and when they call me to give me an answer I will let you know."
Later in the day on Tuesday afternoon Aguilar received the all clear from the Indians to continue playing. He had been with the team for the past week but not playing, and had been working out with the team, so he was easily inserted back into the lineup on Tuesday night. He is set to leave at the end of the month for the Winter Development Program in Cleveland.