Around the Farm: November 23, 2014
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.
Venezuela Winter League
Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): DNP. Aguilar was not in action once again on Sunday as he has beenout nursing a sore right foot. There was some concern when he exited the game on Thursday that he may have broken a bone in his foot, but he is fine and is cleared to return to action soon. He is expected to return in two to three games.
Carlos Moncrief (RF, Aguilas del Zulia): 0-for-5, 2 K. Moncrief has had better games this offseason, that’s for sure. He’s in a bit of a funk right now as he has gone hitless in his last two games (0-for-8) and is hitting .156 with a .425 OPS in his last 10 games. His overall numbers are solid (.274/.713) but his .084 ISO and 29:12 strikeout to walk ratio in 95 at bats is now pretty.
Elvis Araujo (RP, Aguilas del Zulia): W (3-0), 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. I know he signed with the Phillies a week ago, but I’m still sad to see the big lefty go. I really think if he can have a healthy season in 2015 he is going to breakthrough and has a chance to be a guy who is up and down between Philadelphia and Triple-A and potentially settle in by the end of the season.
Dominican Winter League
Jose Ramirez (2B, Toros del Este): 1-for-5, 2 RBI. Ramirez has yet to get it going this offseason as he is hitting just .233 with a .625 OPS in 19 games, which is down from his past two winter ball performances in 2013 (.287/.707) and 2012 (.303/.765). Knowing how he has performed in a the past his current struggles really don’t mean a whole lot. He’s still the Indians opening day shortstop next year and should be a solid complementary starting player in the lineup or a good role player once Francisco Lindor arrives.
Puerto Rico Winter League
Joseph Colon (RHP): Colon is not pitching at the moment but has pitched in winter ball in previous seasons. He is on the Cangrejeros de Santurce roster though is on a reserve list and not available because of late season arm fatigue. His team wants him to pitch for them and has petitioned to the Indians to reconsider his availability and are hoping for a reply by December 1st.
Giovanni Soto (LHP): Soto was not in action on Sunday, but it looks like he has been moved to the starting rotation for his Gigantes de Carolina team. This is interesting and he responded well in his first start on Friday night going five shutout innings allowing three hits, one walk and racked up four strikeouts. This is only going to enhance his value as the Rule 5 Draft nears.
Australian Baseball League
Ryan Battaglia (C, Brisbane Bandits): 0-for-4, K. The Brisbane team is loaded with current and former Indians farmhands as Mitch Nilsson and Andrew Campbell are also on the team and get a good amount of playing time. Battaglia’s showing this offseason has been rather inconsistent as he’s shown little power, he’s struck out in 13 of his 39 at bats and he is hitting just .205 with a .561 OPS in 13 games.
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It seems like a 50/50 proposition that Gio Soto will be selected. Showing ability to start, might up that proposition. Again, I feel like the Indians could be on the verge of losing a ML caliber LH pitcher for nothing. Arajuo, IMHO may have been the better (power) arm, but Soto seems to have better stuff (cutter). I could see a team selecting Soto and hiding him as a situational LH.