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Around the Farm: November 6, 2014

Moncrief’s homer, Aguilar’s triple highlight the night on the farm

Around the Farm: November 6, 2014
Carlos Moncrief (Photo:
November 7, 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:

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Carlos Moncrief (Photo: MiLB)Carlos Moncrief (RF, Aguilas del Zulia): 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO. Power is one of the things that has been missing for Moncrief this offseason, but the right fielder had it here, improving his isolated power to .111 and his OPS to .760 in 15 games.
  • Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI. Triples are not usually Aguilar’s thing -- his last one was way back in 2012 -- but the first baseman hustled one out Thursday.
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Aguilas del Zulia): 1-for-3, 2 E. A solid night for someone who has hit so well that he makes solid nights look disappointing. Urshela did struggle a bit in the field with two errors, but it hardly mattered as his team won easily 12-1.
  • Alex Monsalve (PH-C, Bravos de Margarita): 1-for-2, 1 SO. Monsalve got some playing time on the wrong end of the 12-1 blowout, appearing in his first game since October 25.

Arizona Fall League

  • Francisco Lindor (DH, Peoria Javelinas): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO. Nights like this have been a little rare for Lindor in the AFL -- with at least some reports from Arizona (within the linked podcast) that the top prospect understandably looks a little bored on the field -- but the talent is certainly there for the shortstop and showed up well in this outing.
  • Tony Wolters (C, Peoria Javelinas): 0-for-2, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SF, 1 PB. Despite not getting a hit, Wolters still managed to drive in two runs thanks to a sacrifice fly and a bases-loaded walk. The defense behind the plate is coming along nicely for Wolters, though he was tagged with a passed ball Thursday.
  • Grant Sides (RP, Peoria Javelinas): 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO. All good things comes to an end. Before Thursday, Sides had eight scoreless appearances in the AFL. Now the right-hander has allowed a run, though his time in Arizona has still gone well overall.

Dominican Winter League

  • Carlos Melo (RP, Gigantes del Cibao): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR. Melo’s start to his time in the Dominican Republic does not go well, as the right-hander allows as many runs as outs and allowed a home run as Gigantes del Cibao were blown out.
  • Andy Marte (3B, Aguilas Cibaenas): 2-for-3, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB. One of the people who keyed the blowout of Gigantes del Cibao was Marte, who is having a tremendous season so far, with five home runs in 11 games and more walks (seven) than strikeouts (five).

Puerto Rican Winter League

  • J.C. Ramirez (RP, Gigantes de Carolina): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. This dominant outing is easily Ramirez’s best of the offseason, lowering his ERA to 1.69 and giving him a 5:0 SO:BB in 5.1 innings.
  • Giovanni Soto (RP, Gigantes de Carolina): W (1-0), 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO. This was the first time Soto allowed a run in the offseason after starting off his time in Puerto Rico with three scoreless outings. The left-hander is still pitching well as a whole, however, with a 6:2 SO:BB through 5.0 innings.

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User Comments

November 8, 2014 - 2:13 PM EST
Sorry Rocky, it was unintentional. Accidentally erased Brown's name in the post but from your post you already knew that. And I would go with Lugo 2nd. I have not given up on Anderson and it would be between him and Sheffield for 3rd. As you and everyone else knows, I am a ceiling type of guy. But even with my new bionic eyes, I don't pick up the pitched ball the way I used to. Baker is on hold and Merritt profiles as BOR to me.
November 8, 2014 - 7:43 AM EST

Yes they have to add him and a cpl others before the draft.
November 8, 2014 - 6:48 AM EST
Don' the Indians have to add Urshella to the 40 man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft?
November 8, 2014 - 12:44 AM EST
Tony, I agree with you poor plate discipline means swinging at less than desirable pitches but I still believe it overated as a prospect for projecting success. Look at Papi who greatest attribute is his plate discipline. I watched him in the CWS and he gave no indication that his power number will transfer when he has to use a wooden bat nor did he show any significant fielding skills.
November 8, 2014 - 12:27 AM EST
C'mon Norm, you can't leave us hanging like that. To whom are you referring when you mention the best SP prospect in the system? Brown? Lugo? Baker? Merritt?
November 7, 2014 - 11:43 PM EST
BA's list is very interesting. I cannot see well enough to disagree with anything they say but if that is the 10 best then the Tribe must have a pretty good farm system. Consider the prospects overlooked on this list which includes James Ramsey, Giovanny Urshela, Zach Walters and Roberto Perez. These guys are already major league talent or likely to be very soon. The dearth of starting pitching talent is a concern but I believe they overlooked the best SP prospect in the system and there was some good looking talent in short season. I do not envy Tony's job when it comes to evaluating the system.
November 7, 2014 - 10:45 PM EST
Note that BA typically always sides with the recent draft picks. That's their MO and has been for years, so no surprise that the Indians top three picks all are in the top 10 and their three first round picks before this year as well.
November 7, 2014 - 9:32 PM EST
way too much emphasis is places on his walk to k ratio rather than on his k to total at bat ratio.

On the other hand Papi is known for his ability to take a walk rather than his ability to hit with a wooden bat.

Zimmer is going to be an absolute stud. If wouldn't surprise me to see him making a case to be brought up late in 2015.
November 7, 2014 - 9:21 PM EST
Wow, BA, no Gio? That's really, really dumb. They must have no faith in the bat. I'm a big Papi fan but he has to show me something before I rate him that high. Said the same thing about Naquin, who has earned it this time around. And Anderson??? Show me something! I'd think that you'd have to consider Ramsey also, at least over Mejia and Bradley who are too far away.

On an unrelated note, did anyone else notice Pedro Cerrano in the Allstate add?
November 7, 2014 - 8:47 PM EST
Thanks Gregg. Surprised to see Papi and Sheffield that high.
November 7, 2014 - 6:30 PM EST
W/R to a RF'er... Kang is being looked at as a low cost player who's 40 homer power may not translate to the ML's.. His right handed swing is like Choo's. The hand eye is solid. He has a shortened follow through and his glove in RF is more than adequate..

This is a guy that would immediately upgrade the squad going forward..
November 7, 2014 - 5:37 PM EST
Top 10 indians prospects for 2015 Baseball America:


No Urshela
November 7, 2014 - 2:55 PM EST
Nice Roger! I can't wait for Tony's prospect countdown...I also have a hard time seeing Baker or Sheffield in the top 10, yet. They still have a lot to prove. Are there any pitchers in your top ten Tony? (I think you can scoop your top 10 with us Tony, we won't tell...8--^)
November 7, 2014 - 1:40 PM EST
Ha, I can't scoop my Top 10 yet. But I will say a lot of those names you listed should be in there but at least two probably won't be in mine. And while Bradley is a top 10 guy I don't think he will rank that high.
November 7, 2014 - 1:14 PM EST
tony, Baseball America just published their top ten prospects for the american league Least so that means the next issue will be the al central.i see it as 1)lindor 2-bradley 3-zimmer 4- frazier 5-urshella 6-sheffield 7-erik gonzo 8-frankie mejia 9-dylan baker 10-jesus aquillar. Yours are always more accurate however they are the gold standard. as a preliminary look to be adjusted later what is your top 10 as of nov 7th 5 months ahead of the season and a month ahead of the winter meetings.
November 7, 2014 - 12:47 PM EST
Joe, I think Chisenhall getting some work in the outfield depends on what happens in RF. I think he still gets a few flyballs in the outfield in spring training regardless in order to help prepare for a potential injury situation or fitting Urshela onto the roster. But to really press the issue with Chisenhall as an outfield option I think it would mean Murphy is dealt.
November 7, 2014 - 12:34 PM EST

I am totally with you on your analysis. I think Rios makes sense but Gattis and others are available. It's being reported that Hart is going to GM meetins to gauge interest in Gattis. I hope the Indians are one of those teams
Canadian Joe
November 7, 2014 - 12:34 PM EST
I think you are right Tony. However, do you think Chisenhall gets some work in RF in Spring Training ? If Urshela keeps pushing the envelope, they will have to bring him up in May/June. Could be an interesting problem, especially if Chis starts hot again. Nice cornerstone for a good helpful trade (either one of them).
November 7, 2014 - 10:08 AM EST
I have resigned myself to the fact that I believe the Indians will go into the 2015 season with Chisenhall as their third baseman. Aviles is the immediate backup plan if Chisenhall were to get hurt in spring training. And then Urshela is the option later in the year to add. My focus on any trade or free agency pickup is on a right fielder.
November 7, 2014 - 9:30 AM EST
Urshela is going to help the Indians if and when he gets a chance. Looking forward to him coming up and being productive
John L.
November 7, 2014 - 9:21 AM EST
I was a bit surprised to see boh former Tribe 3B prospects Andy Marte and Kevin Kouzmanoff appear in the majors this past season, good for them. I was joking with a friend the other day about how the '05 Tribe managed to have 5 3B in their lineup: RF Casey Blake, SS Jhonny Peralta, 3B Aaron Boone, 2B Ronnie Belliard, & occasionally at 1B Jose Hernandez.
Jim Piascik
November 7, 2014 - 8:47 AM EST
It is that Andy Marte. But he's not back in the system. Just checking in on an old friend.
John L.
November 7, 2014 - 8:40 AM EST
Wait a second...Andy Marte, is it that Andy Marte and is he back in the Tribe's system???

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