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Around the Farm: November 11, 2014

Around the Farm: November 11, 2014
Carlos Santana (Photo: AP)
November 12, 2014
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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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.

User Comments

November 13, 2014 - 12:48 AM EST
The Tribe don't have a tendency to rush pitchers thru High-A (ex. Morimando, Anderson, Merritt) as they see it as a crucial spot in development. Chances are Brown and Baker spend most if not all of the year there. Plukto and Anderson both have a good chance to finish in AAA next year if they're productive. If any of these guys see the big leagues next year tho, the tribe is probably in bad shape.
November 12, 2014 - 12:06 PM EST
I'm really interested to see where Plutko and Clayton Cook end their 2015 seasons as well as if Colon starts in EST after his late season injury. With Plutko being tagged as a fast mover I wonder if he'll see any action at AAA.
November 12, 2014 - 11:39 AM EST
Now that's what we want to see from Baker!

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.
November 12, 2014 - 11:23 AM EST
I think the general point is the AFL generally has better pitchers than what Lindor saw in Double-A and for the most part in Triple-A. These are generally the best pitching prospects in baseball with some good stuff.....though there are some exceptions for guys there to get work in and coming off injury, etc. This is the best pitching he has faced so far in his career.
November 12, 2014 - 10:52 AM EST
You've been consistently saying that the AFL is a higher level than Lindor is used to, but the pitchers seem to be all Double and Triple a pitchers. How is this a higher level?

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