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Around the Farm: November 6, 2013

Around the Farm: November 6, 2013
November 7, 2013
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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. 


Jake Lowery (Peoria Javelinas C): 1-2, 2 BB, 1 RBI. Taking on his teammate Tyler Naquin, Lowery was the one who looked the part of a top prospect reaching base in three of his four plate appearances. In 17 at-bats this fall Lowery is hitting .294 with 4 RBI’s and more walks than strikeouts (3:2). He also threw out one of three attempted base stealers.

Tyler Naquin (Surprise Saguaros CF): 0-5. Not much positive to report here. After three straight multi-hit games Naquin fell back to earth with a 0-5 performance. His numbers during the fall are still strong (.356 BA) and just as important he’s only tallied 11 strikeouts in 90 at-bats after struggling with K’s during his first season in the minor leagues.


Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas 3B): 1-4, 1 RBI. The big news here is that Aguilar played third base for the first time in this game. I don’t know exactly how well he fared, but he didn’t make an error. At the plate Aguilar added another hit and RBI to his impressive offseason total.

Ezequiel Carrera (Navegantes del Magallanes CF): 2-3, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 SB, 2 RBI. It was another big night for Carrera, who had his third strong game in a row. His two stolen bases in the game give him 10 on the fall. His slash line stands at .280/.385/.402.


Erik Gonzalez (Leones del Escogido SS): 1-3, 2 errors. Gonzalez managed a 1-3 night at the plate, but struggled in the field committing two more errors (giving him six on the season). He’s hitting .339 on the fall but his 16:1 strikeout to walk ratio and error total aren’t pretty.

Juan Diaz (Estrellas de Oriente SS): 0-1. Not much to report here either. Diaz hasn’t done much in his time with Estrellas this fall. He came into this game as a defensive substitution in the eighth inning and grounded out to Gonzalez in his only at-bat.

User Comments

November 7, 2013 - 12:56 PM EST
Nothing wrong with longshot positional changes/tests in winterball or spring training IMO. Could maybe argue greater risk for injury but outside of catcher not sure that really is an issue.

Personally would rather see Raburn get looks at 3B than Aguilar, but again can't hurt. Obviously didn't hurt his bat much going 1-4 with an RBI.
November 7, 2013 - 11:28 AM EST
Important to note that this is probably either a longshot experiment by the Indians, or the winter league team just put him there. MLB teams often have little control on how players are used (what position they play). Also, one high ranking scout I talked to today said he has "zero chance of being a major league 3B". So there is that.....something I am inclined to agree with as his body type probably doesn't fit the position well and there probably is not enough arm strength.
November 7, 2013 - 11:21 AM EST
Interesting move in moving Aguilar 3b during winter season. Might be the best way to reach the majors. Currently with Swisher and Santana handling first base the only way he would play 1b if there was a injury.

This adds pressure on Chisenhall. I wish he played some winter ball to get ready for spring training.

Also would add trade value to Aguilar if he can handle 3B.
November 7, 2013 - 10:21 AM EST
Yep, Lowery is a favorite of many here at the IBI, myself included. I am not sure how things will shake out for him next year, but there is no denying his commitment and he is such an outstanding person. A guy with the right attitude and work it just depends on what happens on the field.
November 7, 2013 - 9:50 AM EST
You were correct on the runners. My Mistake!
Lowery is a fan favorite of our family. Always has a smile and a worker. He was very kind to my sons and those things are very important. Hope he keeps climbing! We became fans of him in Akron.
November 7, 2013 - 9:24 AM EST
From what I understand, Francona called him this week and said the Indians have a "plan" for Aguilar. He is still kind of in limbo as he is not sure if 3B is something he will play a lot this offseason, but apparently the Indians are experimenting with him over there. I don't think this is to make him a full time option there, but to see if it is worth considering next spring to see if he can be a serviceable guy there and be a legit corner infield option for the Indians to fill in at 1B, 3B and maybe even some LF (he's played there before).
November 7, 2013 - 9:07 AM EST
Jesus Aguilar at 3rd base?. really? Was this an "everyone got sick so we had to put the only healthy body at 3B for this game" or does he have the hands and cat-like reactions to play the hot corner? He's never shown a propensity to play much defense.. so, this might be a growth move for him.. At any rate, this would be a very interesting change.. very interesting indeed...
November 7, 2013 - 7:37 AM EST
According to the box score from the game, there were two successful stolen bases and one caught stealing:

SB: Cecchini (3, 2nd base off Maurer/Lowery), Betts (8, 2nd base off Maurer/Lowery).
CS: Betts (1, 2nd base by O'Grady/Lowery).

Needless to say, 1-for-3 throwing out baserunners is still good. Overall in the AFL, Lowery is 3-for-11 throwing out runners. He's really done a nice job at the plate and behind it considering his circumstances as a taxi squad player.
November 7, 2013 - 7:02 AM EST
Lowery threw out 1 of 2 runners stealing. For a guy who plays maybe twice a week and has 4 to 7 days between ABs. Looks like he is doing a good job!

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