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Around the Farm: November 12, 2012

Around the Farm: November 12, 2012
November 13, 2012
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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. Note, the Australian Baseball League, Puerto Rico Winter League and Venezuela Winter League were all off on Monday.

Arizona Fall League

  • Alex Monsalve (C, Scottsdale Scorpions): 1-for-4, R, 2B. Monsalve had another solid game and has a modest 6-game hitting streak going. Barring a collapse in his final few games this fall, his .349/.370/.465 line has been great to see and something to build upon going into next season which could be a breakout year for him at Double-A Akron. His overall performance this fall has been encouraging and has solidified himself as one of the better young catching prospects in the game.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Scottsdale Scorpions): 0-for-2, 2 BB, K. Moncrief led off the 9th inning with a walk and was promptly removed for a pinch runner. He has struggled with the strikeouts this fall as he has struck out at least once in all 9 games he has played, and overall has 16 strikeouts in 35 at bats.
  • Ronny Rodriguez (PR, Scottsdale Scorpions): 0-for-0. With his Scorpions team down a run in the 9th inning with one out and Alex Monsalve at first, Rodriguez was brought into the game as a pinch-runner.
  • Matt Packer (RP, Scottsdale Scorpions): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K. Packer recovered well from a disastrous outing his last time out on November 6th (1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K), though it more a battle of will this time around and some luck was involved as he struggled with his command the entire outing. In 25 pitches he threw just 10 strikes, but was able to work his way out of it unscathed.

Dominican Winter League

  • Jose Ramirez (2B, Toros del Este): 1-for-2. Ramirez was removed from the game in the bottom of the 5thinning, though it is not known for certain yet if it was due to injury or if Toros simply cleared the bench since they were down 12-1 at the time (the latter seems very likely since a lot of regulars were removed at that point as well). Even though he only had two at bats, he recorded a single and now has hits in 11 of the 12 games he has played this offseason.
  • Juan Diaz (SS, Estrellas de Oriente): 1-for-4, R, K. Diaz is really getting a lot of playing time and gaining a lot of much needed experience this offseason. This is already his 19th game and he has racked up 51 at bats, and he is on pace to get somewhere right around 100 at bats. For a player with a questionable Major League future because of his bat, this can only help him.

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User Comments

November 13, 2012 - 8:22 AM EST
Like norm said, I think Paulino at some point could move to the outfield if needed. He has the athleticism and strong arm to maybe play anywhere out there. The others I see strictly as infielders.....most at second or shortstop. I don't foresee any of them playing third base on a regular basis (except maybe Paulino).
November 13, 2012 - 4:37 AM EST
Difficult to know if any of the real young guys has growth left but Paulino has all the tools to be an OF. Diaz has the size potential but little else. RRod might be a 3B but Wolters, Lindor and Ramirez look unlikely to have that much size left to make the jump.
November 13, 2012 - 2:48 AM EST
Indians have a boatload of good, young middle inf.
Diaz, R. Rod, Wolters, Lindor, Ramirez, Paulino, all look extremely promising.
Some might move to OF.
Kipnis could move back, but is solid at 2B.
Which ones are most likely to move to OF?
Paulino? Ramirez? Diaz?

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