Around the Farm: November 3, 2014
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.
Note, the Puerto Rico Winter League was off and no Indians appeared in the lone Venezuela Winter League game on Monday.
Arizona Fall League
Francisco Lindor (SS, Peoria Javelinas): 1-for-3, R, BB. Lindor has not had a multi-hit game since back onOctober 20th, but he did manage to reach base in two of his four plate appearances in this game which is the first time he has reached base two or more times in a game since his three hit effort on October 20th. A lot of people say that he should just be shut down for the offseason, but it is important to note that the playing time in the AFL is not grueling, and his AFL season ends in about 10 days anyway. Good showing statistically or not, the point all along was to go out to Arizona to gain valuable experience to sort of accelerate that transition to being Major League ready next season.
Grant Sides (RP, Peoria Javelinas): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Sides continued his impressive AFL showing with another scoreless outing. He has now pitched in eight games out in Arizona and has accumulated 9.1 scoreless innings and hasn’t even allowed an unearned run. He has allowed just three hits, walked four batters and piled up 11 strikeouts. Small sample size alert…..but against lefties he has allowed just one hit in 19 at bats (.053 BAA) and racked up eight strikeouts.
Dominican Winter League
Tyler Naquin (CF, Gigantes de Cibao): 1-for-4, BB. Naquin has bounced around in the batting order the past few games batting seventh and ninth for a game each before settling into the second spot in the order on Monday night. He did well in a tablesetting role reaching base twice in his five plate appearances, and has now reached base eight times in his last 16 plate appearances (.500 OBP) over his last four games.
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Curious, when does the 2015 schedule come out?
Also, as to Naquin, he's just viewed as the better ML center fielder by the organization defensively. Ramsey has the better bat, but is why if there are two openings in CF and RF that I see Naquin in CF and Ramsey in RF.
Do you see Walters figuring into the OF mix? I'm pretty sure you have him slated to 2B in Columbus to start the year, but it seems to me he might have more of an opportunity to break through if he's in LF or RF. In the event they trade Bourn, they could move Brantley to CF and put Walters in LF.
Agree on Bourn and can't imagine a young, cheaper option will be any poorer than MB was these past two years. He's had maybe a few week stretches in the two years where he's been as advertised.
As for Swish, you're right - he isn't going ANYWHERE. No one is taking that on. With some rehab/conditioning this winter, he should make a decent DH, and I'm fine with that.