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Around the Farm: November 15, 2014

Around the Farm: November 15, 2014
Louis Head (Photo: IBI)
November 16, 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.

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE (AFL) CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Louis Head (RP) - BS, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR allowed - Head allowed a sixth inning homerun to Rockies prospect Ryan Casteel and the Javelinas never saw the lead again and lost the title to the Salt River Rafters 14-7.  Hopefully, this trend of having his rare bad outings in the biggest games doesn't carry over to the regular season.

Tony Wolters (PH) - 0-1, 1 K- Wolters was one of three Javelinas to go down in order in the top of the ninth, with Wolters providing the 26th out by striking out looking.

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)

Alex Monsalve (Bravos de Margarita, backup C) - no plate appearances - Monsalve made no plate appearances and only played one half-inning behind the dish as a defensive replacement in the top of the ninth.

Giovanny Urshela (Aguilas del Zulia, starting 3B) - 1-2, 1 R, 1 3B - Even in limited playing time, Gio just keeps raking.  His winter has truly been an impressive one, with Saturday night's effort bringing his LVBP batting average very near .400 (.398).

Carlos Moncrief (Aguilas del Zulia, starting DH) - 1-3, 1 RBI - Another solid night from an Indian who didn't finish the game.  Moncrief is now over the .300 mark on the LVBP season (.303).

Elvis Araujo (Aguilas del Zulia, RP) - H (3), 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 3 K - The former Indians lefty who signed with the Phillies as a free agent a few days ago remains unscored upon in 8.1 IP this offseason. Now that he is officially no longer Indians property, updates on his winter campaign will be very infrequent going forward.

Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas, 1B) - 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Other than grounding into a double play, a solid night at the plate for the RBI Machine.  He really seems to be getting back into the groove he was in last winter.

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)

Jose Ramirez (Toros del Este, 2B) - 1-4, 1 K, Caught Stealing 1 time - Not J-Ram's best outing of the winter ball season, but it does make it five of his last six games with a hit, which is a positive for a guy who was hitless in the four games prior to that.

Audy Ciriaco (Estrellas Orientales, starting 3B) - 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K - Not a great night for the free agent infielder, who is below the Mendoza Line on the winter (.182).  Not exactly a great way to make your case to clubs trying to sign you.

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE (LBPRC)

Roberto Perez (Indios de Mayaguez, C) - 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB - A rare rough night for Roberto this winter season, but solid plate discipline salvages it.

MLB JAPAN ALL-STAR SERIES

Carlos Santana (MLB All-Stars, PH-backup 3B) - 0-2 - Santana entered the game as a pinch-hitter for starting 3BEvan Longoria in the top of the seventh after Evan had struck out in both plate appearances.  Carlos managed to at least not strike out.

User Comments

Avory
November 17, 2014 - 12:45 AM EST
Thanks, Tony, the Zulia manager was very discouraged as the Eagles have the best record in the league and Giovanny was their anchor. When I saw that Urshela didn't bounce back and play today, I knew something was up and unfortunately the news wasn't good. It's really depressing to those of us who are keen on the idea of the Tribe upgrading its defense and developing another right-handed bat, if not this year, soon thereafter.
But you hate the possibility that Gio might lose some important developmental time. Maybe we'll get lucky and it's only strained ligaments. Everyone cross your fingers.
Tony
November 16, 2014 - 10:47 PM EST
Shy, Urshela is a below average runner. Some decent athleticism, but not much speed at all. It's definitely his worst tool.

Interesting Avory, I am supposed to talk to the indians early this week and will try and follow up on that for sure. If true, wow, this changes some things.
Avory
November 16, 2014 - 7:40 PM EST
Lost in the reporting, unfortunately, is that Urshela left the game after the triple; Moncrief drove him in, but Urshela didn't return to the field. I researched Venezuelan papers today and it is feared that Urshela has a serious knee ligament injury and his winter season is done (not to mention his prospects for 2015). Very discouraging news. Could Tony or someone get right on this and find out what the MRI showed that Urshela was due to take today?
shy
November 16, 2014 - 12:29 PM EST
Urshela's third triple in a week! Still looking for an answer from someone who has seen him play. What kind of functional speed and baserunning instincts does he have? The best hope I have for Santana playing in Japan is that he picks up on the Japanese style of hitting- they take the middle out pitches to the opposite field just as well as they turn on the middle in's- and they are collectively the best situational hitters in the world. Hopefully that's why Francona took him- to learn something.

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