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Around the Farm: November 28, 2012

Around the Farm: November 28, 2012
November 29, 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 Wednesday.

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Ezequiel Carrera (RF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 0-for-5, 1 K. Carrera saw his modest three-game hit streak get snapped with his 0-fer on Wednesday. Overall, Carrera has now gone 16-for-54 in 13 games this winter.
  • Luis Hernandez (SS, Tigres de Aragua): 0-for-1. Hernandez entered Wednesday’s contest in the midst of a six-game hit streak, but the streak was unfortunately snapped, even tough the switch-hitter only got one at-bat. A recent minor league signing of the Tribe, Hernandez has been impressive this winter and has gone 17-for-46 in 13 games.
  • Toru Murata (RP, Navegantes del Magallanes): 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 HR. This is one of those games that Murata would probably like to have back. Murata has not exactly had the best showings this winter, and with Wednesday’s performance, his ERA now sits at 6.06. Murata had exceeded expectations all of last year at Double-A Akron, but it seems as if his average stuff may have caught up to him.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-4, 3 K. Let’s start with the good here. For one, Aguilar seems to be getting into a groove where he’s playing almost every day. Also, it was nice to see him collect a hit to extend his hit streak to four games. However, plate discipline remains a concern. With three more strikeouts Wednesday, Aguilar has now struck out 24 times this winter and drawn only three walks in 18 games.

Dominican Winter League

  • Juan Diaz (SS, Estrellas de Oriente): 0-for-2. Diaz went hitless for the second straight game on Wednesday and is now stuck in a mini 0-for-6 slump. Overall, Diaz has gone 22-for-83 in 29 games this winter.
  • Jose Ramirez (2B, Toros del Este): 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K. Well, there’s a surprise; Jose Ramirez went hitless in a winter league game. Ramirez’s 0-for-2 performance snapped his three-game hit streak, but his average is still impressive at .342 in 24 games played. Considering he went hitless in this game, it’s probably fair to assume that he’ll hit for the cycle in the next game he plays.
  • Carlos Santana (DH, Leones del Escogido): 2-for-5, 1 K. Santana might not yet be hitting for a great average in winter ball, but he has recorded at least one hit in three of the four games he has played. Also, his 2-for-5 performance was his best so far of the winter season, so perhaps the switch-hitter is starting to settle in following a pretty decent break from baseball.

Puerto Rican Winter League

  • Rob Bryson (RP, Criollos de Caguas): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K. As has been the case all winter, Bryson was outstanding in Wednesday’s game. In seven games and 8 1/3 innings of work, Bryson has still yet to allow an earned run this winter.
  • Joseph Colon (SP, Cangrejeros de Santurce): (W, 1-2), 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. Colon was not exactly great on Wednesday, but he certainly was not terrible either. His five-inning performance was the longest that he has gone in any of his four outings this winter, and all three of the runs he allowed came on a three-run home run in the third inning.
  • Matt Langwell (RP, Gigantes de Carolina): 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K. Langwell has pitched 5 1/3 innings this winter, and he has still yet to allow an earned run. He was especially efficient on Wednesday as he struck out two batters and recorded the third out on a fly out.
  • Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 1-for-3. Perez snapped an 0-for-4 funk with his one hit on Wednesday. Overall, the right-handed hitting catcher has gone 6-for-26 this winter.

Steve can be reached via email at orbaneks@gmail.com.

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