Around The Farm: November 24, 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.
Here is the rundown of what Cleveland players in fall and winter ball did yesterday:
Venezuelan Winter League
- Jesus Aguilar (1B): 3-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI. Aguilar was the star of the show last night, knocking three extra base hits, including one home run. He disappeared for a while (as Steve Orbanek wrote about Friday), but it looks like Aguilar may have found his stroke again. This is the power everyone wants to see out of him.
- Ezequiel Carrera (LF): 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, 1 CS. Carrera was not bad last night, but it is a little surprising his line is so light considering his team scored 16 runs. Still, Carrera has done basically everything that could have been asked from him (.302/.392/.419 line, 1 HR, 5 SB) in his first 10 games of winter ball.
- Luis Hernandez (SS): 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E. Hernandez may have been signed for depth, but he is tearing it up so far in Venezuela, posting a .390/.419/.512 line in 11 games. Now, quite a bit of that is unsustainable, but it is still nice to see.
- Hector Rondon (RP): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO. Another efficient outing for Rondon, who has not allowed a run in any of his last 11 outings. I cannot wait to see Rondon in either Akron or (more likely) Columbus this season to see if he has finally found his way back to being a major league option.
Dominican Winter League
- Jose Ramirez (2B): 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SAC, 2 SB. Last night's outing is just one more reason to love Ramirez. Despite a rough night at the plate, Ramirez still managed to steal two bases after walking in the first inning. His team could not bring him in, but Ramirez was still finding a way to make things happen on an off-night.
- Chad Huffman (DH): 1-for-2, 1 SO. Huffman has started well in the Dominican League, going 4-for-11 in his first three games. He will turn 28 in April, however, and does not figure to be a part of the Cleveland's long-term plans.
- Juan Diaz (SS): 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 SO. Another not-so-pretty night from Diaz, who has really had a tough time this offseason. What he does in Columbus this year is what we will really judge Diaz off of, but right now, he is not helping himself headed into possibly the biggest season of his life.
- Manny Ramirez (DH): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 3 SO. We may have started the Manny-Ramirez-is-back train a little too soon after his first game. He has not had any more extra base hits after he started his season with a home run and bottomed out last night with three strikeouts.
Puerto Rican Winter League
- Giovanni Soto (RP): BS (2), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 SO. An error, a few bad walks, and general bad luck sank Soto last night, as he was on the hook for the blown save despite his former Aeros teammate Matt Langwell leaving him a big mess to clean up earlier in the inning.
- Matt Langwell (RP): L (0-1), 0.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 0 SO. None of the runs Langwell or Soto gave up were earned, but that is no consolation when you are on the hook for the loss or blown save. It was not a good night for Cleveland pitchers on the Gigantes de Carolina roster.
- Rob Bryson (RP): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO. It was a good night for Bryson, as he simply went 1-2-3 in his inning with two strikeouts. Granted, the score was 10-1 at the time and the pressure was off, but any no-walk outing from Bryson is a step in the right direction. Plus, he has not allowed a run in his 6.1 innings this offseason.
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