Around the Farm: November 30, 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, no Indians were in action in the Venezuela Winter League.
Dominican Winter League
Erik Gonzalez (SS, Leones del Escogido): 0-for-4, K. Gonzalez makes his second appearance since making hiswinter ball debut this year on November 28th. This is a little later start than last season and he will play less games, but I am excited to see him get some more action this offseason. He is a fast rising prospect in the system and can definitely use the experience. This also conveniently allows for other teams to watch him as the Hot Stove season carries into December and the Winter Meetings get set to crank up next Sunday.
Audy Ciriaco (3B, Estrelles de Oriente): 0-for-3, 2 K, E. A forgettable night from Ciriaco who misplayed a ball in the field and struck out in two of his three at bats before being removed late in the game for a pinch hitter in the ninth inning.
Rafael Perez (SP, Gigantes del Cibao): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K. No, the Indians have not signed Perez. The reason he is mentioned here is he is someone interesting to keep tabs on who is pitching winter ball and might be someone worth taking a flier on as a non-roster spring training invitee on a minor league deal. He’s starting some games and pitching well this offseason (0-0, 2.89 ERA, .288 BAA, 18.2 IP, 4 BB, 11 K).
Mexican Winter League
Tim Fedroff (RF-CF, Mayos de Navojoa): 1-for-4. A relatively quiet night from Fedroff who has been relatively quiet overall in nine games this offseason in Mexico (.242 AVG, .649 OPS). He’s always been at his best when he works counts, gets on base and limits strikeouts, but so far has struggled as he has just 2 walks (.286 OBP) and 10 strikeouts in 33 at bats. He’s trying to improve his free agent stock and will need to do better to latch on with a team for next season.
Puerto Rico Winter League
Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 0-for-1. Perez was a late game substitution after the starting catcher was pinch hit for and then a catcher needed to be inserted into the game for defense. In 21 games he is hitting just .200 with 1 HR, 11 RBI and .696 OPS, but has a nice .380 on-base percentage thanks to a healthy 18:17 strikeout to walk ratio.
Follow Tony and the Indians Baseball Insider on Twitter @TonyIBI. Also, his new book the 2014 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider which profiles the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is available for sale.
Who needs a SS? Mets, Yanks, A's, Dodgers, Marlins, others...
Wouldn't mind seeing them get any of...Andrew Heaney, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero.