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
- Ezequiel Carrera (LF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K: Carrera continues to shellack winter league pitching with his second straight two-hit ballgame, as he now has hits in all four games he has played thus far for Magallanes. As I mentioned yesterday, Carrera lacks the upside of a full-time major leaguer, but there’s no doubt he’ll be in play for the fourth outfielder slot, or as a fill-in at some point.
- Eric Berger (SP, Bravos de Margarita): (L, 0-4) 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R/1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K: Well, if ever you wanted to make a case that wins and losses didn’t mean a thing, this would be that case. Berger has been outstanding as a starter for Margarita. Berger has only given up eight earned runs in his 24 2/3 innings. Berger is a career minor leaguer that can start or relieve, but it’s good to see him pitching so well.
- Gregorio Petit (SS, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 K: Petit rebounded from his oh-fer on Saturday with a hit and a run. He’s hitting a respectable .273 over his last ten ballgames.
Puerto Rican Winter League
- Giovanni Soto (Gigantes de Carolina): (H, 1) 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K: Soto has misleading numbers so far this year, as he only has one appearance of his four in which he’s given up runs. Over his last two relief outings, Soto has only given up one hit in two innings of work, while striking out four. Soto is behind only Danny Salazar in the upper minors right now with regards to major league potential. The only question right now for the lefty is whether or not he can make it through a season healthy, and if his style can carry over to the bigs.
- Matt Langwell (Gigantes de Carolina): (S,1) 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB: Langwell has been an extremely productive minor league pitcher for the Indians, and that has carried over to the Winter Leagues, as the big righty hasn’t given up a run in his three appearances thusfar. Over 4 1/3 innings, Langwell has given up two hits and a walk, but only struck out one. He just gets the job done, and I have to believe he’ll see time in the big leagues this year.
World Baseball Classic Qualifiers
- Giovanny Urshela (3B, Colombia): 1-for-4, 2 BI, 1 2B, 1 K: Urshela hit a laser to left field that nearly got out of the stadium, with Columbia trailing 9-5, driving in two runs and keeping his team in the game as they fought to stave off elimination against the home town team, Panama. It wasn’t to be, but Urshela proved that he could play with some major league quality players. This is another step in his development.
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