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Around the Farm: November 7, 2012

Around the Farm: November 7, 2012
November 8, 2012
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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 (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues.  The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.

Here is the rundown of what Indians players in fall and winter ball did yesterday.

Arizona Fall League

  • Tyler Holt (CF, Scottsdale Scorpions): 1-for-5, K. Holt has seen his playing time drastically cut as he has played in just 3 of the last 10 games, which in large part is due to Carlos Moncrief coming off the taxi squad. Even in sporadic playing time he has a 7-game hitting streak and is 10-for-31 over that stretch (.323).
  • Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Scottsdale Scorpions): 1-for-3, R, BB, K, SB. Rodriguez got a rare opportunity to play his more natural position of shortstop, just the second time for him in 13 games. That walk was his first in the AFL (13 K), and he added his 5th stolen base.
  • T.J. House (SP, Scottsdale Scorpions): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR. House had his worst outing in five appearances in the AFL, but even after the substandard outing he has a 2.86 ERA and in 22.0 IP has allowed 16 H, 8 BB and has 21 strikeouts. Oddly, all five of his starts have come at home.
  • Trey Haley (RP, Scottsdale Scorpions): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Haley continues to impress in the AFL and has now made 8 appearances and thrown 11.0 shutout innings. The peripheral numbers are kind of strange as he has allowed only 2 hits (.065 BAA), 4 walks, and has a 2.00 GO/AO, but has just 3 strikeouts. He’s also been very efficient in his outings average just 13 pitches an inning, though has only thrown 55.6% of his pitches for strikes.

Dominican Winter League

  • Jose Ramirez (2B, Toros del Este): 2-for-4, 2 R, BB. I’m running out of superlatives for this kid. Since the middle of June when he started play for short season Single-A Mahoning Valley he has been on fire. He hit .354 with a .869 in 70 games this season, and is now hitting .458 with a 1.088 OPS in 8 games this fall.
  • Yan Gomes (C, Toros del Este): 2-for-3, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI. This was actually Gomes’ second game this fall as an official member of the Indians as he played Sunday (0-for-3), but this game represents the type of potential and the offense the Indians hope he provides them for the next several years.
  • Tim Fedroff (LF, Aguilas Cibaenas): 1-for-3, K, E. Fedroff continues to put up solid, unspectacular showings this fall and has had a hit in 7 of his last 8 games. He has yet to steal a base and has one extra base hit, and continues to be pinch hit for late in games.
  • Delvi Cid (PR-DH, Aguilas Cibaenas): 0-for-0. Cid is sort of the designated runner on the Toros roster. He has appeared in 3 games but has one official at bat and has almost solely been used as a pinch runner to take advantage of his very good speed on the basepaths late in games.
  • Juan Diaz (SS, Estrelles de Oriente): 2-for-4, 2B, RBI. Diaz is the everyday shortstop for Estrelles and is starting to heat up with the bat going 5-for-11 in his last 3 games to bring his overall average up to a respectable .250 this fall. He has also doubled in 3 straight games.

Venezuela Winter League

  • Gregorio Petit (SS-3B, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-4. Petit is unlikely to be resigned by the Indians now that they have signed Luis Hernandez to a minor league contract for next season. But, for as long as he is still listed as a member of the Indians, we will continue to note how he is doing in Venezuela.
  • Hector Rondon (RP, Leones del Caracas): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Don’t look now, but Rondon is really starting to settle in out in Venezuela. Since his rough outing on October 12th where he allowed 4 runs in 1/3 of an inning to open the winter ball season, he has made 9 appearances and allowed just 3 runs in 8.0 innings. His last 6 outings have been superb as he has not allowed a run in 5.2 innings and has allowed 2 hits and 1 walk with 2 strikeouts.

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User Comments

November 8, 2012 - 9:19 AM EST
Yeah, Haley's numbers are strange indeed. Everything is great when you look at his stat line.....then you see just 3 Ks in 11.0 innings. I have a spotlight piece coming up on him, so that may provide a little more insight. If I remember correctly, I think he is working on his two-seamer more which explains the lower Ks and high groundball rates.
November 8, 2012 - 9:07 AM EST
If Haley is using winter ball as an opportunity to work on his secondary pitches, then I'm impressed that he's getting by without the hard stuff. If there's some other explanation for the reduced number of strikeouts, then I'm wondering what's going on. Guys with 98 mph fastballs should strike people out.

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