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Around the Farm: November 26, 2014

Ramirez’s solid all-around game highlights the night on the farm

Around the Farm: November 26, 2014
Jose Ramirez (Photo: Toros del Este)
November 27, 2014
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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 winter ball did yesterday:

Dominican Winter League

  • Jose Ramirez (Photo: MiLB)Jose Ramirez (SS, Toros del Este): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB. On the surface, Ramirez’s time in the Dominican has not gone all that well, with the infielder posting an uncharacteristically-low .245 batting average. Being a contact and speed guy, Ramirez not hitting well -- and thus not getting on base at a good rate -- would be a concern if the issue did not essentially boil down to bad BABIP luck. Ramirez’s .247 BABIP is well below his career mark (he does not have a full season below .290 and routinely posts marks above .300), meaning his poor showing through 22 games this offseason is probably just random variance, not anything meaningful and lasting.
  • Audy Ciriaco (3B, Estrellas de Oriente): 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 SO. Ciriaco has been getting a decent amount of playing time recently, and while the 27-year-old is not knocking the cover off the ball, he did push his OPS over .700 with his seventh-inning triple.
  • Gabriel Arias (RP, Tigres del Licey): W (2-1), 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP. Arias signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks recently, a move that should afford him a clearer shot at the major leagues. Arizona’s pitching prospects are not quite ready for primetime, which could give Arias an opportunity if he performs early on in 2015.

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-4, 1 SO. Playing for the first time in about a week following an injury scare, Aguilar was back on the field and put up a decent day at the plate in his return.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Aguilas del Zulia): 0-for-3. An uneventful night for Moncrief saw his on-base percentage and slugging percentage both fall to the same .333 mark.

Puerto Rican Winter League

  • Giovanni Soto (SP, Gigantes de Carolina): L (2-1), 1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 1 SO. Soto’s first start of the offseason last Friday went well (five scoreless innings), but things went off the rails here. The left-hander has not started games since 2012, but while his destiny seems to be developing into a major league LOOGY, there is probably no harm in Gigantes giving the 23-year-old another shot as a starter.

Mexican Winter League

  • Tim Fedroff (RF, Mayos de Navojoa): 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. Fedroff may have fallen off the major league radar over the last two years, but the 27-year-old is putting in some reps in Mexico this offseason as he attempts to regain the 2012 form that had him looking like a legitimate option in the outfield for Cleveland.

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User Comments

November 27, 2014 - 12:10 PM EST
Fedroff is one of those wonderful guys who to borrow an expression from Pirates of the Caribbean "keeps to the code" and follows his dream. Every once in a while as we saw w Travis Ishikawa in the World Series, the determination is handsomely rewarded. Odds are awfully long for Timmy to hit a walk off in the World Series but I do see him as a roving hitting instructor for a big league team that has culture and values perseverance, or maybe he becomes the manager of a highschool or college team in some town like Slippery Rock. It's all good. Happy Thanksgiving everybody, there is much to be grateful for.

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