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Around the Farm: November 14, 2012

Around the Farm: November 14, 2012
November 15, 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 was off on Wednesday.

Arizona Fall League

  • Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Scottsdale Scorpions): 2-for-5, 2 R, 3B, RBI, SB. Rodriguez has not had a whole lot of playing time in the final weeks of the AFL as he has played and had at bats in just five November contests. He brought his average up to .254 and the stolen base was his 6th this fall.
  • Alex Monsalve (C, Scottsdale Scorpions): 1-for-4. Monsalve has split the catching duties out in the AFL and has yet to play two days in a row, so with Thursday’s game the final game of the AFL schedule, this was probably his last appearance. If so, he finishes with a nice .340 average and .807 OPS, which is much more than what was expected of him this fall.

Dominican Winter League

  • Jose Ramirez (2B, Toros del Este): 2-for-5, 2 R, RBI. Ramirez has now had at least one hit in all but one game he has played this offseason, and this is already his 6th multi-hit game out of 13 games he has recorded an official at bat. Just 2 of his 18 hits have gone for extra bases.
  • Manny Ramirez (DH, Aguilas Cibaenas): 1-for-3, R, HR, RBI, BB. Yep, that’s exactly who you think it is. The “Baby Bull” made his winter ball debut and homered in his first at bat. His days in the big leagues may be over and his reputation tarnished with all the PED stuff, but I’d still love it if the Indians signed him to a minor league deal and if nothing else he simply retired as an Indian.

Puerto Rico Winter League

  • Rob Bryson (RP, Criollos de Caguas): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Bryson is off to an interesting start this winter. In 3 appearances he has yet to allow a run and has only allowed 1 hit and has 5 strikeouts in 3.1 innings; however, he has allowed 5 walks so he has certainly been pitching on the wild side. There is no doubt he has the talent and the stuff, but the lack of consistency and the walks continue to be a concern and his one major flaw.
  • Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 1-for-4, R, K. Perez is the regular catcher for his Mayaguez team, so he should get a considerable amount of playing time this offseason. Coming off a season in which he hit .212/.336/.293, he has a lot to really hone in on offensively this fall and the rest of his offseason going into spring training next year.
  • Giovanni Soto (RP, Gigantes de Carolina): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. This is one I am scratching my head on. The Indians shut Soto down the final three or four weeks of the season because he reached his innings threshold for the season, yet, he is pitching winter ball? I know he may log only 10-12 innings this fall, but I just don’t get it.
  • Matt Langwell (RP, Gigantes de Carolina): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Langwell is a personal favorite of mine as I feel he has largely gone unnoticed as a relief pitching prospect because he has been overshadowed by so many other high end arms with higher draft pedigree and/or better stuff, but he keeps outperforming almost everyone. He reminds me a little of Frank Herrmann as a guy that has to overcome the odds to get a big league chance, and I think if he keeps doing what he is doing he is going to get at least a cup of coffee this coming season in the big leagues, be it with the Indians or another team if he is traded or lost in the Rule 5 Draft.

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User Comments

November 15, 2012 - 6:25 PM EST
Langwell sets himself apart some from guys like Price, Landis, Bryson, Guilmet and Cool though. He has better fastball command and gets results. Landis is not really a prospect....Cook and Price are fringe prospects...and Guilmet and Bryson are on the periphery too. All of those guys have limited shots to pitch in the big leagues. The only guy you mentioned who is much of a prospect is Sturdevant, and I'd slide Langwell in right behind him.
November 15, 2012 - 10:35 AM EST
The Tribe seems to have a number of arms like Matt Langwell. Guys like...Bryan Price, Tyler Sturdevant, Kyle Landis, Rob Bryson, Preston Guilmet, Cole Cook come to mind and then there's CC Lee and Trey Haley too. I could see all of these guys getting a cup of coffee with the Indians or another club at some point.

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