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Around the Farm: November 19, 2014

Ciriaco’s power outburst highlights the night on the farm

Around the Farm: November 19, 2014
Audy Ciriaco (Photo: Acento.com.do)
November 20, 2014
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Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. 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 yesterday’s game.

Here is the rundown of what Cleveland players in fall and winter ball did yesterday:

Dominican Winter League

  • Audy Ciriaco (Photo: MiLB)Audy Ciriaco (3B, Estrellas de Oriente): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SO. Ciriaco’s time in the Dominican had not gone well up to this point, but the recently-resigned 27-year-old got going in this game. Though Ciriaco is not a true major league option, his flexibility on defense and decent pop in his bat -- as evidenced Wednesday -- make him a valuable player to have stashed in Triple-A.
  • Gabriel Arias (RP, Tigres del Licey): 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. There has not been much playing time this offseason for Arias, but other than a rough first outing, the right-hander has thrown well when given the opportunity.
  • Jose Ramirez (SS, Toros del Este): 0-for-4, 1 R. Ramirez has hit much better lately, though Wednesday saw his three-game hit streak snapped and dropped his OPS back below .600.

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Ramon Rodriguez (RP, Caribes de Anzoategui): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. Another solid outing in relief for Rodriguez, who is finding a way to succeed this offseason despite more walks than strikeouts (1.84 ERA, 5:8 SO:BB in 14.2 innings). Such results are likely unsustainable, however, meaning Rodriguez will really need to cut down on those walks and increase his strikeouts in the future.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-5, 1 SO. This is not a performance that pops out or makes an impression, which makes it a decent metaphor for Aguilar’s offseason performance. After last year, a .770 OPS and .182 isolated power through 22 games feels disappointing, but overall, Aguilar is still hitting well and producing. Things could be much worse.

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