Around The Farm: November 22, 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 offseason winter ball leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.
Note: The Venezuela Winter League was in action on Friday, but no Indians players played in any of the games.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Jose Ramirez (Toros del Este, starting 3B): 2-for-2, 1 CS. J-Ram continued his good showing this winter in LIDOM with a perfect half-night at the plate before being pinch-hit for in the fifth inning. Hopefully, his removal from the game is not injury-related.
Erik Gonzalez (Leones del Escogido, SS): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K. Erik just continues to dominate LIDOM pitching, as Friday's outing brings his slash line on the winter season to .362/.380/.476. Pair that with 10 RBI in 28 games and that is a formidable statline. Plate disciplineis certainly a concern as his strikeout to walk ratio currently stands at 15:1, but the raw stuff is certainly there.
PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LBPRC)
Roberto Perez (Indios de Mayaguez - Game 1, C): 0-for-0, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP. While this was from a seven-inning doubleheader game, this line is still most unusual. While it was a good sign that he managed to get on base in both plate appearances tonight, it is getting to be a bit disconcerting that he is still hitless through seven LBPRC games this winter.
Carlos Moncrief (Gigantes de Carolina, RF): 2-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 K. Moncrief continues to improve his consistency at the plate with his third multi-hit game in his last ten. While the improvement has been slight his last 10 games slash (.250/.286/.375) is better on all three fronts than his season slash line (.240/.283/.340). His batting average inproved by 18 points on the night alone!
Brett Brach (Gigantes de Carolina, RP): 2 IP, 1 H. Brach's two solid innings of relief sealed the win for the Gigantes. He did not pick up the save as the Gigantes were ahead comfortably by the time he came in. That said, how often have we seen such seemingly safe leads collapse due to poor relief pitching? This outing now puts Brach in positive territory regarding his ratio of good to bad outings this winter (three good ones, two bad ones).
AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (ABL)
Ryan Battaglia (Brisbane Bandits, 1B): 0-for-4, 3 K. Battaglia has a rough night at the plate as he goes hitless and picks up the hat trick. It is hard to make any big-picture pronouncements regarding his Southern Hemisphere season (it's not technically "winter ball" as it is summer down there) as this was only his sixth game of the ABL season, but what we have seen going into the night is positive (.286/.524/1.000 slash with three home runs, seven RBI, and a 2:3 K:BB ratio).
Gonzalez bat seems to have really come alive, I hope he can maintain this jump in production. I think there was a real risk he'd be picked in the rule 5 draft. It's a tough spot for the Tribe, he's so raw, but has really started to flash potential.