Around the Farm: November 2, 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 the Arizona Fall League and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.
Arizona Fall League
Tyler Naquin (DH, AFL West All Stars): 1-for-4, R, 3B, BB, 2 K. Naquin was the only Indian who participated in the AFL’s Rising Stars game on Saturday night, and he had a nice showing. He reached base in two of his five plate appearances and ripped a ball that looked like a double but his hustle out of the box turned it into a triple.
Dominican Winter League
Erik Gonzalez (SS, Leones del Escogido): 3-for-4, R. Gonzalez is getting a chance to play regularly and is making the most of his hitting .340 in 13 games out in the DWL. He’s an interesting sleeper prospect in the system and has found his way into more of a priority status with the Indians; however, while he is playing well, that 0 walks to 12 strikeouts ratio so far in winter ball brings a lot of pause.
Jose Ramirez (3B, Toros del Este): 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, K. This is the second straight game that Ramirez has started at third base, and his second game overall at the position this offseason. Even though MLB teams can set parameters how a player is used, the winter ball teams can play players how they see fit so it should not be an indication that Ramirez is being looked at as a third base option in Cleveland next year. But it certainly is noteworthy and interesting to see how much more time he gets there and how he does.
Puerto Rico Winter League
Carlos Moncrief (RF, Gigantes de Carolina): 1-for-3, RBI, BB, CS, PO. Moncrief made his winter ball debut and had a nice showing reaching base in two of his four plate appearances. A good showing in winter ball could all but solidify his chances as a legit option to play in Cleveland at some point in 2014. He had a sensational showing at Double-A Akron this year with the strides he made with his plate discipline.
Brett Brach (RP, Gigantes de Carolina): 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Brach had a very nice winter ball debut with 2.2 shutout innings. This is an important offseason for him as he will get a chance to face some good competition and also put himself in front of scouts for other teams to maybe raise his interest level for other teams. The Indians control him for a few more years and he’s more of an organizational arm to fill in where needed, but sometimes other teams can have interest in a player they deem undervalued by their current organization.
Dan Cevette (SP, Gigantes de Carolina): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K. Cevette is not a current Indians minor leaguer, but those who are familiar with him know how he was one of the more interesting upside lefties in the system a half dozen years ago but injuries and inconsistency ruined his career. He just turned 30 years old but it is great to see him still living his dream of playing professional baseball even if he has not pitched much affiliate ball the past few years.
Venezuela Winter League
Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 2-for-5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI. Aguilar ripped a 2-run homer in the 9th inning, already his 7th of his winter ball campaign. I felt that after a questionable showing with the power at Double-A this season that he needed to have a good showing with his power in winter ball, and so far he’s done more than had a good showing – it’s been out of this world. If he is the real deal he could have a Yan Gomes-type impact to the lineup for the Indians next season.
Elvis Araujo (RP, Aguilas del Zulia): 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K. Araujo was finished let loose as he faced just one batter in each of his first three appearance, but this time out he nine batters. He needs a lot of work this offseason to help make up some lost innings this season because of injury.
Bryan Price (RP, Bravos de Margarita): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Price racked up his second save of his winter ball campaign and was dominant in his one inning of work. He’s pitched well so far this offseason appearing in 9 games already and in 11.2 innings has allowed 6 hits, 3 walks and has 12 strikeouts.
Australian Baseball League
Ryan Battaglia (C, Brisbane Bandits): 0-for-2, K, SAC. Battaglia is once again playing out in Australia for his hometown team in Brisbane. He only played in 39 combined games between short season Single-A Mahoning Valley and High-A Carolina and hit .212 with 3 HR, 13 RBI and .689 OPS, so he needs some additional at bats to help try and further his development.
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