Around the Farm: November 20, 2014
Aguilar’s home run highlights the night on the farm
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 winter ball did yesterday:
Venezuelan Winter League
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Though he is not putting up MVP-type numbers in Venezuela this offseason, Aguilar’s .264/.327/.473 line in 23 games is still encouraging. The 24-year-old is showing some nice pop, posting a .209 isolated power, and should see his luck on balls in play falling for hits improve in time. Almost any performance in 2014 would feel like a letdown after Aguilar posted a 1.000 OPS in Venezuela last year, but what he is doing this year is still solid.
- Carlos Moncrief (RF, Aguilas del Zulia): 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 SO. Moncrief’s power has not come out much this offseason -- Thursday’s double pushed his isolated power up to .092 -- but the 26-year-old is still having a nice season in Venezuela (.299/.378/.391 line, .768 OPS in 26 games).
- Carlos Santana (1B, MLB All-Stars): 1-for-3, 2 BB, 1 SO. Even in Japan, Santana is steady as always. While Santana does not put up insane numbers, consistent nights like this are how the 28-year-old has routinely been well-above-average at the plate, put up great on-base percentages, and been an overall plus for Cleveland throughout his time on the roster.
Dominican Winter League
- Jose Ramirez (SS, Toros del Este): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB. Though nights like this have been few and far between for Ramirez, his Toros team continues to have faith in him, batting him either first or second every time he is in the lineup. That faith was rewarded here, as Ramirez had a strong night.
- Audy Ciriaco (3B, Estrellas de Oriente): 0-for-4, 1 RBI. After a big night on Wednesday (2-for-4 with a home run, a double, and a walk), Ciriaco came back to Earth on Thursday with this 0-for-4.
Puerto Rican Winter League
- Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 SO. Hits have been a little hard to come by for Perez this offseason (.200 batting average, .311 slugging percentage), but thanks to his 12 walks through 15 games, the 25-year-old owns a .373 on-base percentage and is adding value without making contact.
Australian Baseball League
- Ryan Battaglia (2B, Brisbane Bandits): 0-for-1, 1 BB, 1 SO. What teams do to pass time in blowouts can have limited predictive value -- like using position players as pitchers -- so what to make of Battaglia making his first career appearance at second base is up in the air. It is certainly weird to see the catcher/first baseman play at the keystone, but if the 22-year-old is able to bring that kind of flexibility to the table this upcoming season, it could help Battaglia fill holes and fit onto a roster in 2015.
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