Around the Farm: November 6, 2014
Moncrief’s homer, Aguilar’s triple highlight 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:
Venezuelan Winter League
- 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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Yes they have to add him and a cpl others before the draft.
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.
On an unrelated note, did anyone else notice Pedro Cerrano in the Allstate add?
This is a guy that would immediately upgrade the squad going forward..
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