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Around the Farm: November 11

Around the Farm: November 11
November 12, 2011
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Paolo Espino
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 the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues.  The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.

Here is the rundown of what Indians players in fall and winter ball did yesterday.

Arizona Fall League
  • Carlos Moncrief (LF): 1-for-2, R, BB, K. Moncrief recorded just his second hit in 14 at bats in the AFL, but he also added another walk to his total as he has 5 walks in 5 games.
  • Tyler Sturdevant (RP): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Sturdevant was efficient with his work as he threw just 6 pitches (4 strikes) to the 3 batters he faced.
  • T.J. McFarland (RP): 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. McFarland threw 59 pitches (39 strikes) in his 4.0 innings of near perfect work. Aside from one big blow up on October 28th when he allowed 5 runs in 3.2 innings, he has had a very good showing in the AFL this fall.
Dominican Winter League
  • Jerad Head (RF, Tigres del Licey): 0-for-4, K. Head is still a free agent and has not signed with a team. He will likely end up signing with someone other than the Indians.
Venezuelan Winter League
  • Paolo Espino (SP, Tiburones de la Guaira): 2.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Espino made his winter league debut last night in Venezuela and it was an outing he would like to quickly forget. Of the 16 batters he faced 9 of them reached base and 6 of them scored.
  • Ezequiel Carrera (CF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 2-for-2, R, 2 3B, RBI, 2 BB. An outstanding game for Carrera who reached base in four of his five plate appearances (he bad a sacrifice in one plate appearance) and he also ripped two triples which is not an easy thing to do.
  • Luis Valbuena (2B, Cardenales de Lara): 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K. Valbuena continues his hitting woes but is still getting on base via the walk. He is hitting just .235 in 24 games, but he also has 14 walks as well.
Follow Tony and the Indians Prospect Insider on Twitter @TonyIPI. Also, his latest book the 2011 Cleveland Indians Top 100 Prospects & More is available for purchase for $20.95 to customers in the US (shipping and handling extra).

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