Around the Farm: November 13, 2014
Perez’s power highlights the night on the farm
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.
Here is the rundown of what Cleveland players in fall and winter ball did yesterday:
Puerto Rican Winter League
- Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SO. A day after showing off the skill that has always made him an intriguing offensive player -- drawing four walks in one game -- Perez shows off his newfound power here. In time, we will find out how much of this power spike is fluky and a part of the ebbs and flows of baseball, but as of right now, it appears Cleveland has found yet another strong defensive catcher with real pop in his bat. The combination of Yan Gomes and Perez should lock down the catching position for Cleveland for years to come.
- J.C. Ramirez (RP, Gigantes de Carolina): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO. After a meltdown his last time out where he allowed four hits, two walks, and four runs without recording an out, Gigantes put Ramirez on the mound in a low-pressure situation, down 3-0. The right-hander was better, though there is still room for improvement.
Venezuelan Winter League
- Giovanny Urshela (3B, Aguilas del Zulia): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 SO. Though Urshela only had one hit in this game, he made it count, showing off his power and putting Aguilas ahead for good in the sixth inning.
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-3. A solid, middle-of-the-road game for Aguilar, who owns a .761 OPS, .176 isolated power, and 11:5 SO:BB through 17 games in the VWL.
- Carlos Moncrief (DH, Aguilas del Zulia): 0-for-2, 1 SO. Moncrief has been pretty good in Venezuela this offseason -- posting a .402 on-base percentage and .797 OPS through 21 games -- but he struggled on Thursday and was pinch-hit for in the sixth inning so Aguilas could get the platoon advantage.
Dominican Winter League
- Anderson Polanco (RP, Leones del Escogido): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO. Pitching for the first time since Halloween, Polanco was called upon in a LOOGY situation against Aneury Tavarez and delivered, striking out the Boston farmhand.
Australian Winter League
- Ryan Battaglia (PH-1B, Brisbane Bandits): 0-for-1, 1 SO. Brisbane called upon Battaglia down three runs with runners on first and second in the bottom of the eighth, but the 22-year-old could not come through and struck out swinging.
Arizona Fall League
There were no Cleveland prospects in action Thursday in the AFL, but there was some news of note, with Francisco Lindor leaving the team in order to play international ball over the winter.
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Some thoughts from the early posts. They will protect Wolters and he will eventually make the ML roster as a utility/catcher backup. Perez will be kept unless there is a great offer. Organizational catchers have little value but Laviskey might be the exception and I think Mejia is bitching! Wish I could get behind Aguilar but I cannot any longer. Pitch recognition, bat speed and defense are not up to ML level from what I see and he will become a AAAA but not likely in Cleveland. Don't expect the rookies to be great quickly. It will take a while for these guys to become true ML regulars just like it did Brantley and Gomes.
One last prediction. Scrabble will be traded.
I think Tony Wolters has good value, he's got the defense to play everyday as a C, has versatility to play SS / 2b. He could challenge Perez for the back up position by next yr. At that point, the Tribe should consider moving one or the other.
I think both have value to Tribe and other teams but the presence of Gomes (& others in the minors) would suggest dealing Roberto Perez while his value is high...
And rhen there's Haase and über prospect Mejia breathing down those guys' necks. Tribe has some great depth.
I would imagine that other teams have inquired about Perez's availability. The Indians are blessed to have such a capable backup and what he does for Gomes health over the course of a full season is extremely undervalued.