Around the Farm: November 5, 2014
A busy night in the Arizona Fall League highlights the night on the farm
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 (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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@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.