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Around the Farm: November 2, 2014

Around the Farm: November 2, 2014
Tyler Naquin (Photo:
November 3, 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.

Note, the Arizona Fall League was off on Sunday…

Dominican Winter League

Tyler Naquin (CF, Gigantes del Cibao): 2-for-3, K. Naquin was dropped from the leadoff spot to the nine-hole, andhe responded with his fist multi-hit game of the offseason in nine games. He has now recorded a hit in seven of his nine games, though has also recorded at least one strikeout in seven of nine games.

Jose Ramirez (SS, Toros del Este): 0-for-5. Ramirez is off to a very slow start out in the Dominican as he is just 4-for-28 (.143) in his first six games, though he continues to play shortstop and leadoff for his Toros team. He should continue to play regularly for them this offseason, though he is not expected to play anywhere near as many games there as he has the past few years.

Puerto Rico Winter League

Giovanni Soto (RP, Gigantes de Carolina): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Soto made his second appearance this winter in Puerto Rico, a league that just started up last Thursday. He pitched a 1-2-3 clean inning and now how 4 strikeouts and no runs allowed in 3.0 total innings.

J.C. Ramirez (RP, Gigantes de Carolina): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Ramirez also made his second appearance of the offseason and has now thrown 2.2 scoreless innings in the two outings. He is a minor league free agent who probably will sign with another team, but could be brought back to the Indians as a Triple-A depth option.

Roberto Perez (DH, Indios de Mayaguez): 0-for-3, R, RBI, 3 BB, K. Perez had an interesting stat line in this one as he was 0-for-3 but also had three walks so reached base in three of his six plate appearances. He’s off to a nice start in Puerto Rico going 4-for-12 (.333) at the plate with a 4-4 walk to strikeout ratio (.500 OBP).

Venezuela Winter League

Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-4, BB, 2 K. Aguilar has had an inconsistent showing so far in Venezuela. He had an incredible showing in back-to-back games last week as he was 7-for-8 with a home run and 4 RBI in those two games; however, in the other seven games he has played he is just 2-for-27 at the plate with 8 strikeouts.

Giovanny Urshela (3B, Aguilas del Zulia): 1-for-4, R, K. After a three game hitless streak where he went 0-for-9 at the plate, it looked like Urshela was in for a sharp decline after his impressive start to his winter ball campaign. But he rebounded going 8-for-17 over his last four games and is still hitting a red hot .393 with 2 HR, 18 RBI and .900 OPS in 20 games this offseason.

Carlos Moncrief (RF, Aguilas del Zulia): 0-for-2, K. Moncrief exited the game in the seventh inning, but this appeared to be more for matchup purposes than a possible injury. With the bases loaded and no outs and down 6-4, the opposition brought in a lefty Jose Jimenez to face Moncrief, but he was removed for a pinch hitterRoberto Hernandez who hits from the right side.

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User Comments

November 3, 2014 - 7:45 PM EST
Norm, if all three do what they are supposed to, I really think Ramsey might be the first to get a shot in Cleveland next year. He profiles more to me as a corner outfielder, but I think he can also handle center field. Naquin might be more of a replacement option in waiting for Bourn. And Moncrief is the wildcard.....if he shows more consistency next season then he is the prototypical right fielder with the power arm and bat.
November 3, 2014 - 5:57 PM EST
I have a question regarding Naquin as well Tony. The OF makeup looks almost as up in the air as the IF come mid-season if one of three Columbus prospects are ML ready by then. Assuming that your forecast of Columbus' OF is correct, then there are three possibilities ready as alternatives if Murphy is moved before the July 31 deadline as I guess might happen. Which of Naquin, Ramsey or Moncrief do you consider most likely to inherit the RF job? I would guess Ramsey would be most ready but would not be shocked if Naquin is more advanced. In fact, if Bourn is moved somehow then, Naquin does look he is a better defensive CF to me but since I don't see that well any more, that's not a great recommendation. If none of these three is ready, then you keep Murphy as the LH hitting platoon but I would not be too surprised if payroll dictates a change.
November 3, 2014 - 1:24 PM EST
Naquin at the moment projects better, more so because he is more established and because teams believe he can play there in the big leagues. Zimmer is more an uncertainty, though in time could also prove himself like Naquin has. I think in the long run, as Zimmer fills out that body, he ends up as a pretty good RFer.
November 3, 2014 - 12:47 PM EST
Does Naquin or Zimmer project as the better CF at the ML level?

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