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Around the Farm: November 19, 2012

Around the Farm: November 19, 2012
November 20, 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 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 winter ball did yesterday. Note, the Australian Baseball League and Puerto Rico Winter League were off on Wednesday.

Dominican Winter League

  • Juan Diaz (SS, Estrelles de Oriente): 0-for-3, BB, K. Diaz is now just 1-for-11 with 4 strikeouts over his last 4 games, and has seen his batting average dip to .210 in 23 games this offseason. For a guy that the Indians hope to continue to use as a Major League depth option, you sure wish that he would show a little more offensively as in his brief showing this offseason and in his big league debut earlier in the year it has been non-existent.
  • Jose Ramirez (2B, Toros del Este): 1-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, SB. Ramirez has cooled off a little of late as he is just 2-for-12 in his last 3 games, and his average is down to .339 in 18 games. What has been most impressive is the walk-strikeout rate he has shown through those 18 games as he now has 11 walks and just 8 strikeouts. For a JUST turned 20-year old in a league he is facing much more advanced pitching for the first time, that is pretty noteworthy….small sample size be damned.

Venezuela Winter League

  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 0-for-3, R, RBI, BB, K. He lives! After disappearing for two weeks and not playing since November 3rd, Aguilar made an appearance and went hitless in his return.
  • Gregorio Petit (SS, Leones del Caracas): 2-for-4, R, SB, CS. Petit was so excited that he got his first stolen base of the offseason with a swipe of second base in the 9th inning that he tried to steal third base two batters later. That was not a good idea.
  • Ezequiel Carrera (LF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 0-for-5, K. After recording hits in each of his first four games this offseason, Carrera was held hitless for the first time on Monday night. He is a guy that is kind of on the Indians’ roster periphery for next season, so he needs to have a solid showing this offseason to carry some momentum into what is a big spring training for him since he is out of options (if he survives a roster cut this offseason).
  • Hector Rondon (RP, Leones del Caracas): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. It goes without saying that we have to update the impressive streak Rondon is on where he has now racked up 10 consecutive shutout appearances. During that span he has thrown 9.2 innings and allowed 3 hits, 1 walk, and has 5 strikeouts. His showing so far this fall is one of the more encouraging stories of the offseason for the Indians. He still has a LONG way to go to be relevant as a Major League option again, but he’s rebuilding his value and some momentum as a potential option at some point next season.

Panama WBC Qualifier

  • Yan Gomes (C, Brazil): 1-for-4, RBI. Gomez and his Brazil team won 1-0 over Panama in the Panama qualifier for the WBC, and punched their ticket to the 16-team tournament that gets underway in March. Gomes was at the center of all the action as his third inning one out single drove in the only run of the game, and behind the plate he called a wonderful game and managed a young, inexperienced pitching staff to throw a three-hit shutout.

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User Comments

November 20, 2012 - 2:37 PM EST
Thanks for the input Thiago....and congrats to Brazil. I'm a big fan of the WBC, and hope it comtinues to gain popularity in the United States and other countries. Also, it doesn't hurt when an Indians' player does well too.;)
Thiago Silva
November 20, 2012 - 11:47 AM EST
Besides the offensive contribution, it's really important, as you did, Tony, to notice how Gomes was a stabiling presence for a mostly young pitching staff, almost all of them never having pitched above A ball against some lineups stacked with major leaguers. They surrendered only 4 runs in 27 innings. Great day for brazilian baseball, the WBC may not mean much for traditional baseball nations, but for us it's already a historic feat!

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