Around The Farm: November 17, 2013
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.
AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (ABL)
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.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)
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.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)
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.
PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LBPRC)
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.
If Aguiliar doe this in Spring Training will the Indians be forced to play him at the beginning of the regular season??