Around the Farm: November 4, 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 Venezuela Winter League and Australian Baseball League were off on Monday and no Indians players participated in the Puerto Rico Winter League.
Arizona Fall League
Tyler Naquin (Surprise Saguaros, CF): 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI. Another huge night for Naquin who is destroying the AFL. A few really positive signs over the past week have been his increased frequency of extra base hits and continued limitation of strikeouts. I would talk about overreacting to small samples but really ATF is all about discussing small samples. This start has not dispelled all or even most of the concerns surrounding Naquin but he is making important strides, especially in terms of plate discipline.
Will Roberts (Surprise Saguaros, SP): 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. The definition of a mediocre line. While this is one of his better outings in the AFL, Roberts has not been particularly impressive. The walk rate is acceptable but he is allowing a lot of good contact and not forcing any swings and misses.
Dominican Winter League
Jose Ramirez (Toros del Este, 3B): 2-3, 2 2B, R, BB. I admit that I must be somewhat brief in talking about Ramirez or else my gushing will become excessively obvious. This kid just rakes and his plate discipline and contact ability are incredibly impressive for a guy his age. Jose’s ascendency should not be underrated. What he offers defensively combined with his discipline and impact on the bases makes for a promising big league career.
Juan Diaz (Estrellas de Oriente, 3B): 0-4, K. Diaz put forth a line many Tribe fans are used to seeing from him with an 0-fer. Throw in the strikeout and you have a pretty common showing from Diaz during his time in the minors. I in no order wish to be unfair as Diaz always had a good glove and was an enjoyable guy to follow, but his destiny as minor league lifer seems to be all but inevitable at this point.
Erik Gonzalez (Leones del Escogido, SS): 1-3, R, K. Nothing compelling or disappointing this evening for Gonzalez. The only concern for me would be that his K/BB ratio in winter league is 15 to 1.
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However, in Arizona he is suddenly killing LHP, hitting .417/.500/.500 in 24 ABs. If this very small sample size reflects a new-found ability to hit LHP, then that is huge for his long-term prospects.