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Around The Farm: November 17, 2013

Around The Farm:  November 17, 2013
November 18, 2013
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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 offseason winter ball leagues.  The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.


Ryan Battaglia (Brisbane Bandits, 1B) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Ryan only got one hit in Sunday's ABL contest, but it was a solo homer in the fourth inning.  Battaglia is showing some serious power in the ABL, hitting three home runs and driving in seven runs in only his first five games of the Australian season   Maybe he can show some of this when he gets back to the states in Arizona this spring.


Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas, 1B) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI - Aguilar continues to come out of his slump with this monster evening at the plate in which he picked up his 10th homer and 30th and 31st RBI of the LVBP season (in his 32nd game).  Hopefully he can keep this kind of baseball up and finish his lengthy season strong.


Jose Ramirez  (Toros del Este, 2B) - 3-4, Caught Stealing 1 time - Jose has a good day at the plate but not so much on the basepaths as he continues to hit well in LIDOM (.291 - 25-for-86 in 21 games).  The caught stealing was also fairly apropos of his offseason to date as it moves his stolen base numbers to one succeessful steal in four attempts in this Dominican Winter League campaign.

Erik Gonzalez (Leones del Escogido, SS) - 0-3, 1 K, 1 Sac Bunt - Erik's strong winter hits a speed bump with his first hitless game in at least two weeks.  Given his solid performance over a large sample size (.378/.400/.488 in 22 games entering today's action) in LIDOM this season, I won't get too concerened about this game unless it turns into something similar to Jesus Aguilar's recent prolonged slump.


Roberto Perez (Indios de Mayaguez, starting C) - 0-2 - Perez failed to get a hit in two plate appearances before being pich-hit for the seventh (not sure why he left the game, hopefully it's not an injury).  Perez remains hitless in four LBPRC games although he did score a run.  I really can't get too concerned right now, however, as this is an extremely small sample size.

Bryce Stowell (Criollos de Caguas, CP) - BS (1), 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (unearned), 3 K - Stowell's third outing doesn't quite measure up to the level of his first two.  However, the sample size is still very small, so it's hard to get too worked up over one outing, good or bad.

Carlos Moncrief (Gigantes de Carolina, RF) - 0-4, 2 K - The one bright spot in this rough outing was an outfield assist.  Moncrief's numbers are beginning to get worrisome as, unlike Perez and Stowell, he has played every day in the field and thus has a more signifcant sample size to examine.  After today's effort, he is posting a .220/.273/.341 slash line in LBPRC games.  The lone bright spot in his season stats thus far is that he has five RBI in those eleven games.

User Comments

November 18, 2013 - 4:59 PM EST
It's "Hey-soos"
November 18, 2013 - 4:50 PM EST
Stupid question. Is Jesus pronounced 'geez-us' or 'hey-zeus'? I've only ever read the name...
November 18, 2013 - 10:41 AM EST
Wendle is going to Akron. Maybe you are thinking about Ronny Rodriguez opening in Columbus along with Jose Ramirez and the two making up the keystone combo. I think it is 50-50 on Rodriguez going to Columbus, but if he does, I don't think Cord Phelps factors into much. Remember, Phelps is out of he would have to clear waivers to be in the minors (he likely will) and as a non-rostered player he would lose priority status and fill in at second base and other positions.
November 18, 2013 - 10:37 AM EST
For Jesus to open at Columbus would be great. He needs to show what he can do at that level against sophisticated pitching day in day out. My guess is you bring him up to Cleveland, he gets the bright lights big city adrenal pump, starts swinging and missing and then trying to compensate in successive at bats. Recipe for an unsuccessful debut. Where is Cord Phelps going to play if Wendle starts at Columbus? He may be in the first base mix as well. Or do they try to move him
November 18, 2013 - 9:38 AM EST
Sabathia is an exteeme case. A #1 prospect at a position of need. Aguilar is not a #1 guy and the Indians have two first basemen in Swisher and Santana, so unless someone gets hurt, he definitely opens in Columbus. They won't keep him up to be the DH.
November 18, 2013 - 9:34 AM EST
I remember when CC Sabathia had zero service time he had a great spring. Charlie fought for him and he made the opening day roster. I think Jesus is a long shot to make the roster, but you can never say never. Depends on the makeup of the rest of the roster at that time.
November 18, 2013 - 9:02 AM EST
Aguilar does not have a shot to make the team out of spring training. He is like other zero service time rookies in that they will go to spring training and look to make an impression on Francona and his staff for consideration to be called up later in the year. Their history with handling zero service time rookies is extremely consistent in that they open them in the minors for many reasons (to ease them into a role, to control their clock, etc). So guys like Aguilar, Moncrief, Price, etc really don't have a shot at all to open the season with the Indians unless a rash of injuries occur, and even in that case they still may not. But, they can set themselves up to be one of the first guys recalled when needed.
November 18, 2013 - 3:51 AM EST

If Aguiliar doe this in Spring Training will the Indians be forced to play him at the beginning of the regular season??

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