Around The Farm: November 22, 2012
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: As some of the games finished quite late, I will update as early in the morning as I can. Those games will be here shortly.
UPDATE: Carrera and Murata have been added. Everything's good to go now.
Here is the rundown of what Cleveland players in fall and winter ball did yesterday:
Venezuelan Winter League
- Jesus Aguilar (PH): 0-for-1. Aguilar was called upon with two outs in the ninth inning and his team trailing by seven runs. He flew out to center to end the game, ending another disappointing night of offseason ball. It has been a tough winter so far for Aguilar, as he also missed out on being placed on the 40-man roster this past week.
- Luis Hernandez (SS): 2-for-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI. Hernandez turned in a strong outing last night, slugging his fourth double in nine games. He will not be challenging Asdrubal Cabrera for the starting shortstop role, but it is nice to see Hernandez playing well this offseason.
- Ezequiel Carrera (LF): 4-for-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB. 1 SB. What a night for Carrera. The normally light-hitting outfielder fell a triple short of the cycle and added a walk and a stolen base for good measure. Carrera has been on a roll in his first eight games, though the two extra base hits Thursday were Carrera's first of the offseason.
- Toru Murata (SP): 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR. Murata has struggled quite a bit this offseason, allowing 11 runs in 14.2 innings. It is possible he has been unlucky, but it is also possible that Murata's lack of overpowering stuff is coming back to haunt him. Time will tell.
- Raul Padron (DH): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO. A former Akron Aero, Padron scored Caracas' only run of the night with a solo home run in the seventh inning. Padron has played sparingly, though he has succeed in limited time (.333/.391/.476 line in 21 at-bats).
- Franklin Gutierrez (CF): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 SO. Caracas has become a meeting ground for former Cleveland farmhands, as Gutierrez joined the team recently. The Mariners outfielder has only played in three games as he attempts to rebound from injury-shortened 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Australian Winter League
- Andrew Campbell (LF): 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB. Campbell had a rough 2012 campaign, only posting a .172/.248/.224 line between the AZL Indians and Mahoning Valley, but he has been much better in his native Australia. It is only five games, but if Campbell can keep getting on base and making things happen like he did Thursday night, he could still salvage his career, as he will only be 21-years old come Spring Training.
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