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Around the Farm: November 17, 2012

Around the Farm: November 17, 2012
November 18, 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.

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Gregorio Petit (SS, Leones del Caracas): 0-for-4: Petit is the epitome of minor league fill. He’ll never be a regular for the Indians, and if he is, then the Indians are even worse than many thought. Why do I suddenly believe the Indians will sign him, and get him to the bigs? I joke…right?
  • Hector Rondon (RP, Leones del Caracas): 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K: Rondon’s ERA overall is 4.76, but it’s a bit misleading, as he hasn’t given up a run in nine ballgames over 8 2/3 innings, with five K’s and only one walk. No, he’s not the potential ace he once was, but perhaps there is something there that’s not only usable, but above average. You can never have too many pen arms.
  • Ezequiel Carrera (CF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 2-for-3, 2 BB: Carrera is 4-for-11 in his three games in the winter leagues, with a .364/.429/.364 slash line. Carrera is what he is at this point, and just needs to find his break to become a fourth outfielder for the Indians, or another team down the road. No, a projectable fourth outfielder isn’t perfect, but he’s better than some other minor league outfielders that the Indians have promoted over the years.

Dominican Winter League

  • Juan Diaz (SS, Estrellas de Oriente): 1-for-2, 12B, 2 RBI, 1 K: Diaz hit his fifth double of the Winter League campaign, but it has largely been a struggle for the Clippers’ starting shortstop. Struggle really is relative for Diaz though, as he tends to go through stretches in which his offense leaves something to be desired. He just hasn’t been able to put it all together with the stick to move him up the prospect ladder.
  • Jose Ramirez (2B, Toros del Este): 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 GB, 2 K: Ramirez didn’t record a hit, but he did manage to get on base, and did manage to score a run. He’s now hitting .345, which actually would be a slump compared to his numbers last season in the minors. There’s no slow-down in this kid.

Puerto Rican Winter League

  • Joe Colon (RP, Congrejeros de Santurce): 1 IP, 2 K: Colon made his second appearance in Puerto Rico, and was lights out. He faced three hitters and struck out two of them, forcing a ground out to his other batter. Colon is a guy to keep an eye on, as he does have some upside going forward. Stamina and consistency could make him a MOR prospect going forward.
  • Rob Bryson (RP, Criollos de Caguas): 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K: Bryson’s two innings is the most he’s pitched in his fourth appearance for Criollos. He also only managed to walk one batter, which is something of a miracle for the erratic righty. I’m not saying Bryson will never be a productive major leaguer (maybe I am), but he has to throw strikes, it really is that simple.
  • Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 1-for-4, 1 K: It’s no secret that Perez is one of my favorite minor leaguers in the Indians’ system. He’s better than people think, and just might be one of the best defensive players at any position in the Indians’ minors. He’s not a great offensive player, but he can come up with big hits. This kid will play in the majors. He’s currently riding a five-game hitting streak.

Australian Baseball League

  • Andrew Campbell (LF, Brisbane Bandits): Game 2 (Suspended): 2-for-2, 1 R: This game technically didn’t happen yet, as it was suspended in the third inning, but I had to mention it today because this kid is really taking off. Okay, I temper this with the fact that he’s stuck in the Australian Baseball League, but you really have to love the streak that he’s on right now. This is his third straight game, albeit unofficial, in which he’s had at least two hits, and is not batting .429 on the season.

World Baseball Classic Qualifiers

  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Colombia): 0-for-4, 1 K: Urshela followed up his big night with an oh-fer in a 7-1 loss against Brazil, and perhaps a future teammate in Yan Gomes. It will be interesting to see how he goes up against better pitching than he’s used to. He’s a quick learner, and this will be a giant learning experience, if Columbia can advance.
  • Yan Gomes (C, Brazil): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Gomes was struggling in the winter leagues, but is taking advantage of the WBC Qualifier with his third hit in two games. Gomes is currently hitting .375 in the early going.

Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at

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