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Around the Farm: November 5, 2014

A busy night in the Arizona Fall League highlights the night on the farm

Around the Farm: November 5, 2014
Jesus Aguilar (Photo: AVS)
November 6, 2014
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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.

Here is the rundown of what Cleveland players in fall and winter ball did yesterday:

Arizona Fall League

Dylan Baker (Photo: MiLB)Dylan Baker (SP, Peoria Javelinas): ND, 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO. This was easily Baker’s longest outing of the AFL season as the right-hander recorded over half of Peoria’s outs. He is not striking out many batters in Arizona, but outside of one bad outing (three walks in 0.1 innings on October 24), Baker has not allowed any free passes.

Nick Maronde (RP, Peoria Javelinas): H (1), 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO. Though it took this outing to drop Maronde’s ERA to 9.00, that the left-hander can flash this kind of strikeout stuff is a nice sign coming out of a developmental league like the AFL.

Louis Head (RP, Peoria Javelinas): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 WP. Head escaped this outing with his own line unscathed, but the right-hander did allow the two inherited runners score that put Peoria down for good.

Jordan Smith (LF, Peoria Javelinas): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI. It could be a small sample size or the Arizona air, but Smith’s offense is up through 17 games and a little more power has come through (.083 isolated power in the regular season, .131 isolated power in the AFL).

Francisco Lindor (SS, Peoria Javelinas): 1-for-4, 1 BB, 1 CS. Lindor’s arrival in Cleveland is on the horizon, but one area where growth is needed for the 21-year-old is on the basepaths. After being caught 16 times in 44 attempts in the regular season, Lindor has been caught five times in seven attempts in the AFL.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Cleveland’s new backup catcher continued hitting well in Puerto Rico this offseason, maintaining his .500 on-base percentage with this 2-for-4 outing.

Alexis Pantoja (2B, Senadores de San Juan): 0-for-0. Pantoja made his offseason debut as a defensive replacement, something that is not much of a shock given the 18-year-old’s already strong reputation as a defender.

Venezuelan Winter League

Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 2-for-4, 1 SO. Aguilar is not tearing it up Venezuela like last offseason, but things are not all that bad for the first baseman. The 24-year-old owns a strong .279/.333/.465 line through 11 games and should contribute to the major league club in 2015.

Ramon Rodriguez (RP, Caribes de Anzoategui): 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR. Rodriguez’s five outings before Wednesday were scoreless, but the 20-year-old was hit hard here and allowed a solo home run in the top of the sixth.

Dominican Winter League

Jose Ramirez (SS, Toros del Este): 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB. Ramirez’s time in the DWL has not gone well, but one contributing factor to his struggles is his .100 BABIP. For someone like Ramirez, that BABIP will definitely rise in time and help his overall line.

Tyler Naquin (CF, Gigantes del Cibao): 0-for-4, 1 SO. There is not much to say about this outing other than it is great to see Naquin back on the field and making up for lost time. The 23-year-old is someone who could factor into the major league picture sooner rather than later, making these reps in the Dominican Republic critical.

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User Comments

November 12, 2014 - 6:36 PM EST
Perez might end up being a VERY valuable trade asset, and his value would be higher in a trade scenario than as a back-up catcher to the Indians.
November 6, 2014 - 7:08 PM EST
@Jim/Tony Baker's delivery looks much less violent now to me. Have they deliberately slowed him down? I used to think he had the strength to start even with the force but I am not as sure now.

@James/Shy No one has said anything about a decline in Lindor's defense. If you want an elite defensive team, you need elite defenders. Until we see what happens at 2B/3B I would not be in a rush to give up the other IFs, certainly not for an OF. After Lindor, Cleveland has it's next four prospects in the OF. They can all defend and have speed. Why do we need more? If you were to suggest a proven, affordable pitcher, I think that would be worth considering but our OF looks deep to me.
November 6, 2014 - 3:49 PM EST
I agree Shy. Sell high on prospects, who knows if they are going to actually be good. Although I would prefer to package with someone(s) and get a controllable MLB asset.
November 6, 2014 - 12:26 PM EST
I say listen to offers for the Lindor asset now. He's either not that fast or his stop/go instincts on the basepaths are not that great. It would be different if we didn't have 2 other young shortstops who can play. If Lindor comes up to the majors and has a Bogaerts type showing his stock goes way down. You sell the sizzle while it's still on the steak I say. If the Indians open the season w Nick Swisher, David Murphy, and Michael Bourn they have no chance to take the Central. Who knows what kind of OF prospect we might get for Lindor now.
November 6, 2014 - 10:31 AM EST
One name that has yet to show up in winter ball is Erik Gonzalez. I find that interesting given his impressive winter ball campaign last year and strong season this year that he would not be playing. I have not heard if he is expected to play later this winter, and I think he will show up at some point, but it interesting that the Indians are monitoring the amount of games some of these guys play this offseason compared to last year. In most cases they really can't limit these guys...they can only encourage them not to play. It will also be interesting to see if Carlos Santana gets some action in winter ball again. He started playing in December last year.

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