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Around the Farm: November 27, 2012

Around the Farm: November 27, 2012
November 28, 2012
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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 the the Caribbean Leagues.  The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.

Here is the rundown of what Indians players in winter ball did yesterday. Note, the Australian Baseball League was off on Tuesday.

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Ezequiel Carrera (CF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 K. It’s hard to knock what Carrera has done as of late. Overall, the left-handed hitting outfielder has hit in three straight games and has collected eight hits in his last 22 at-bats. Plate discipline has been an area where Carrera has struggled during his big league career, but he’s holding his own in winter ball as he has drawn nine walks compared to just seven strikeouts.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K. Aguilar launched his third home run of the winter season on Tuesday. Since returning to Leones del Caracas after spending two weeks on the team’s parallel league squad, Aguilar has gone 5-for-12. His lack of production was concerning early in the winter season, but he seems to be settling in now at the plate. Aguilar himself admitted that he may have been trying too hard, so the recent production could be a result of a more relaxed approach.
  • Hector Rondon (RP, Leones del Caracas): 1 IP, 3 K. Fifteen pitches. Eleven strikes. Three strikeouts. You have to love that kind of production from the right-handed Rondon. Rondon has now not allowed an earned run since Oct. 19, and his ERA is down all the way to 3.77. This is a noticeable improvement for a guy who had an ERA of 108.00 after his first appearance in winter ball.

Dominican Winter League

  • Juan Diaz (SS, Estrellas de Oriente): 0-for-4, 2 K. After compiling back-to-back games where he collected three hits, Diaz settled for an 0-fer on Tuesday. Nonetheless, Diaz has really come on as of late, and his average still sits at .272.
  • Jose Ramirez (2B, Toros del Este): 2-for-4, 1 R. This likely comes as no surprise, but Ramirez remained hot at the plate and recorded two more hits on Tuesday. The switch-hitting infielder has now collected six hits in his last 12 at-bats. Overall, he has gone 27-for-77, and he continues to make a case that he could arguably be the top second base prospect in the Indians system.
  • Carlos Santana (DH, Leones del Escogido): 1-for-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K. Santana collected his second double in three winter league games on Tuesday, and he also displayed the great plate discipline that makes him such a valuable offensive player. Overall, the switch-hitting Santana has gone 2-for-11 with three walks in three games.

Puerto Rican Winter League

  • Rob Bryson (RP, Criollos de Caguas): (H, 1), 1 IP, 2 K. Bryson made his sixth appearance in winter ball on Tuesday, and he has still yet to yield an earned run. In 7 1/3 innings of work, he has struck out 10 batters and allowed only three hits.

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User Comments

November 28, 2012 - 4:20 PM EST
Joe, as Kyle said, Knapp was released in August. He wants a third shoulder surgery, the Indians were against it. So they mutually parted ways.
November 28, 2012 - 10:53 AM EST
Jason Knapp was released in August. I was excited to see what he could do eventhough I heard he had control issues and might be headed for the pen. Knapp, Miller, Rondon, Sowers, Huff....when will a pitcher work out!?!?! I really hope Jose Ramirez becomes more than just a utility guy.
November 28, 2012 - 10:36 AM EST
Good news on Hagadone. Hopefully he can get himself straightened out. Could be a big help. Would be nice if a couple of the injured arms come around. Would think there could be some sleepers there for the rotation in the next year or two. Speaking of the injured Tony, is Jason Knapp now an afterthought ?
November 28, 2012 - 9:41 AM EST
Yikes, my apologies on the Aguilar miscue. Had been out of town from last week until Monday and had not been following it as closely enough. Still, no idea why I missed that in the box score...
November 28, 2012 - 8:54 AM EST
Yeah, I'm not sure what Steve was looking at last night as it was Aguilar's third homer of the season and second in three games.;) But anyway, I like what Aguilar is doing so far this offseason and he seems to have rebounded some from a touch start. My biggest issue still remains a complete lack of plate discipline with 3 BB and 21 K in 48 ABs.

As far as Rondon goes, he simply is not a starting option anymore. To elbow surgeries have limited him to a 1-2 inning pitcher. He doesn't have the durability in his arm to give a team 150 or more innings a year as a starter. Really, it will be a big success if he even makes it as a reliever and avoids more injury setbacks down the road.

Bryson is kind of on the outside as a prospect now.....just continues to have problems throwing strikes and being consistent with his stuff. Good arm and stuff and gets Ks, but way too many walks and big misses. Now Ramirez, yes, he's fully entered prospect status. Big jump from where he was at start of spring training this year.
November 28, 2012 - 8:26 AM EST
I believe that was Aguilar's 3rd homer of the winter.
November 28, 2012 - 8:19 AM EST
i wish rondon could somehow return to the starting rotation althogh his star is starting to relight bigtime. With the rangers probably losing adams i wonder if they would be inticed to trade alexi oganso in exchange for joe smith even up. however i sure would like to see Hector Rondon and Trey Haley as starters to see if we have something there. who knows they may be open to that.
November 28, 2012 - 2:15 AM EST
Bryson, Rondon, & Ramirez should be re-appraised as prospects after their fall success.

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