Around the Farm: November 11, 2014
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.
NIPPON PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL 80TH ANNIVERSARY GAME
Carlos Santana (MLB All-Stars, DH) - 0-4, 1 BB, 3 K - Carlos shows some obvious rust in his first game in almosta month and a half in Tuesday's warmup for the MLB Japan All-Star Series. While some may be concerned about Carlos having such a rough night against non-MLB pitching, the caliber of pitching for the Japanese team (a combined JHanshin Tigers/Yomiuri Giants team) was quite impressive, especially starter Atsusi Nohmi, who struck out Santana, Yasiel Puig, andJustin Morneau in order in the second inning and made the first two look ridiculous doing so. Speaking of impressive pitching in this game, MLB starter Chris Capuano helped his case in free agency with four shutout innings.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE (AFL)
Francisco Lindor (SS) - 1-4, RBI, K, Sac Fly - A pretty typical night for Lindor in the Fall League. He is getting his work in and facing a higher level of talent than he is used to, and that's what really matters here.
Dylan Baker (SP) - 5 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 6 K - Dylan finishes his fall season with his best start (and only sutout) of the six he made in the Valley of the Pitch Clock. Unfortunately, he did not pick up the win as, for the third time this year, the Javelinas tied (maybe Valley of the Tie would be a more appropriate nickname for Phoenix during the Fall League).
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE (LBPRC)
Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez) - 0-3, 1 K, 1 Passed Ball - Roberto goes hitless for his third straight game. Hopefully, this slump is not a long one as he could use a strong winter as a confidence boost going into the 2015 season.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Jose Ramirez (Toros del Este, SS) - 0-5, 1 R, 1 K - J-Ram's three-game hitting streak comes to an end, but he still manages to score after reaching on a fielder's choice in the first inning.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)
Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas, 1B) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 HBP - Jesus has his second multi-hit outing of his last three and drives in a run. Hopefully, his form is starting to turn around, though expectations with him are surely through the roof as we have been spoiled with some great winter performances in the past.
It seems like there are four pretty high-upside RH pitchers who could move pretty fast through the system: Anderson, Plutko, Brown and Baker. We really need them to all make progress this year, and maybe a couple will establish themselves as options for some time in 2016. Brown is younger, so maybe he's a year behind that. If Baker starts next season in Lynchburg, it's reasonable to think that he could get a decent amount of innings at Akron by the end of the year.