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Around the Farm: November 25, 2013

Around the Farm: November 25, 2013
November 26, 2013
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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.

Puerto Rico Winter League

Carlos Moncrief (Gigantes de Carolina, RF): 1-for-4, R. In Moncrief’s case, anything he does in winter ball is gravy. Unfortunately, Moncrief has looked tired as his plate discipline seems to have regressed terribly compared to his regular season strides having posted a 3:18 BB/K ratio so far.

Joseph Colon (Cangrejeros de Santurce, SP): 6 IP, H, 3 BB, 2 K. An all-around good outing for Colon facing a lineup that included Billy Hamilton and Jonathan Singleton as the more well-known staples. Of course, Colon did not show any sort of whiff generating stuff but any start with this many zeros on the scoreboard is a very positive step.

Omir Santos (Gigantes del Cibao, C): 2-for-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, K. A strong outing for this depth option. Always positive to see success from an organizational depth type.

Editor's notes: Infielder Jose Ramirez left his last game over the weekend with a finger injury and is being re-evaluated. First baseman Jesus Aguilar has not played of late because of a hamstring injury. Also, Carlos Santanais working out at the Indians complex in the Dominican Republic and is expected to see some time at third base.

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User Comments

November 26, 2013 - 6:06 PM EST

I'm pretty sure he was
November 26, 2013 - 5:47 PM EST
Yes, Santana was a third baseman at one time in the minors. And not a very good one.
November 26, 2013 - 5:18 PM EST
Wasn't Santana a 3rd basemen before the Dodgers moved him to catcher?
November 26, 2013 - 9:29 AM EST
Omir Santos elected free agency way back on October 3.
November 26, 2013 - 9:08 AM EST
Good point Rick. The Indians can spend their entire draft on pitching....yet there is no guarantee any work out because - while the Indians have been somewhat snakebitten - they have not done a good enough job of developing starting pitchers. That is something that has to change, and perhaps might have already started with some strides made this year with guys because of some changes they made to their philosophy. I have a Q&A with minor league pitching coordinator Ruben Niebla posting tomorrow which explains that.
November 26, 2013 - 9:01 AM EST
Glad to hear that the Santana is working on the hot corner. Think that using him at DH is a waste of at least one of his best assets (strong arm). Third would also allow the Indians to spot Chiz.

The farm is starting to come around except for developing pitching. They've spent two high picks (Howard and Brown) and still only get a D+ on my grading scale at developing SP (Only Salazar keeps it from being an F). I think spending 3 picks on SP is wasting them. I would be good with 1 SP and could be convinced to go 2 but 3?
November 26, 2013 - 8:38 AM EST

I'll take that.
November 26, 2013 - 8:33 AM EST
Colon is a solid pitching prospect. If he is healthy he should have an opportunity to pitch at Akron all year. His chances of pitching in the big leagues next year are extremely remote and only happen if he shows significant strides AND the Indians have a litany of injuries.
November 26, 2013 - 8:32 AM EST
I'd much, much rather the Tribe take 3 position players if they feel they are best players at those spots than taking 2 pitchers just because they are pitchers...
November 26, 2013 - 8:31 AM EST

I agree 1000% of them being SP's with at least two picks but from my understanding you will be able to get quality arms throughout the entire draft so I'm excited about this. It appears the Indians farm system is really starting to come around and that's what's going to help sustain them. I am really excited about this teams possibilities in '14 and beyond if they continue to make smart decisions going forward
November 26, 2013 - 8:22 AM EST
Hiram.. with three picks in the first forty or so, it's a pretty good bet two of those three will be pitchers.. Hopefully, the plan will not include "signability" as a priority over future potential...
November 26, 2013 - 7:24 AM EST
I know Tony always tells me not to pay to much attention to the numbers but this Joseph Colon is pretty impressive in the fact that he seems to consistently get ppl out. I know the Indians need front line starting pitching but I hope he can help the Indians out in the season,

BTW, I expect the Indians to go long and hard after starting pitching in this draft because they have three first rounders(potentially) and this draft is supposedly loaded with starting pitching,
November 26, 2013 - 7:09 AM EST
Yo Mike...I think he was using that finger to point to the big leagues?

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