Around the farm: November 3, 2013
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 Arizona Fall League and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.
Note, the Arizona Fall League was off on Sunday.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)
Paolo Espino (Caribes de Anzoategui, SP) - L (1-2), 4.1 IP. 7 H, 5 R (all earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP - Espino continues to struggle in LVBP play. In five outings and 18.2 IP, he has allowed 16 earned runs on 27 hits. Hopefully, he can begin pitching more consistently soon.
Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas, 1B) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K - Aguilar continues to dominate the LVBP as he is now batting .357 with 8 HR and 24 RBI through 21 games. He is just having a monster offseason as he has arguably been the best hitter in Venezuela.
Ezequiel Carrera (Navegantes del Magallanes, CF) - 3-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI - Carrera has a big night, as does almost everyone in the Navegantes lineup in a 16-0 win over the Tigres de Aragua. He looks like he is starting to put things together and has been on a roll of late as he is hitting .350 with a .447 on-base percentage in his last 10 games.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Juan Diaz (Estrellas Orientales, SS) - 1-3, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 Sac Bunt - Diaz has a productive night at the plate with the double and sac bunt, but he racks up two strikeouts. That is now 12 strikeouts in 12 games.
Jerry Gil (Estrellas Orientales, RP) - H (3), 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Gil's inning of perfect relief earns him his third hold of the LIDOM season.
Jose Ramirez (Toros del Este, 3B) - 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B - Ramirez seems to be turning a corner as the calendar turns from October to November. He has hits in his last three games and is 6-for-15 during that span.
Erik Gonzalez (Leones del Escogido, SS) - 1-3, 1 BB, 1 SB - Gonzalez has a solid night at the plate, continuing a solid winter season. He continues to be one of the bigger surprises in 2013, and he also finally drew his first walk.
PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LBPRC)
Carlos Moncrief (Gigantes de Carolina, RF) - 0-4, 1 K, 1 E - Moncrief has a rough second outing of the LBPRC season, dropping to 1-for-7 on the season and picking up his first error of the winter season. Admittedly, it is hard to take anything away from just two games.
AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (ABL)
Ryan Battaglia (Brisbane Bandits, 1B) - 1-2, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K - Battaglia improves on his 0-fer ABL debut on Saturday with this big day. He's been in the ABL a few years now, so his comfort there will hopefully help him shine a little more than normal with the bat.
Interesting numbers Brian. I'm a bigger fan of Moncrief simply because of how he can impact a game with his glove, arm, and run tool in addition to his power. In fact, I think from a power perspective both Moncrief and Aguilar grade out pretty close....though Aguilar is a smidge better. Moncrief is a no-doubt Top-10 prospect going into 2014.
Aguilar - .224 (11/49) 13 K, 1 BB, 1 2B, 2 HR
Ramirez - .263 (10/38) 2 K, 1 BB, 2 2B
Moncrief - .413 (19/46) 10 K, 1 BB, 1 HP, 3 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR
RRod - .257 (9/35) 10 K, 3 BB, 2 2B
Like I said, take it for what its worth, but considering the sample size is actually pretty big, I think it is very interesting information. I'm not discouraged by Aguilar's numbers, but I think that really says something about Moncrief's ability to hit a ball.
Is Ryan Battaglia a legit prospect??