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Around the Farm: November 7, 2013

Around the Farm: November 7, 2013
November 8, 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.

Note: Both the Australian Baseball League and Dominican Winter League were in action, but no Indians players played.

Arizona Fall League

Tyler Naquin (CF, Surprise Saguaros): 1-for-4, 2 R, BB. Naquin has now recorded a hit in 20 of the 22 games he has played this offseason and reached base in all but one (Wednesday’s 0-for-5 effort). He has put on a clinic this fall with how to be a tablesetter by doing it with the bat (.351 average) and with the eye (9 BB, 11 K, .411 OBP).

Joe Wendle (2B, Surprise Saguaros): 2-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, E. Wendle has not played a lot as he has only played in back to back games once this fall, but in the 13 games he has played he’s played well. His game on Thursday might be his best showing to date as he reached base three times and hit his first homer. The only negative was that he picked up his second error.

Puerto Rico Winter League

Carlos Moncrief (RF, Gigantes de Carolina): 1-for-3, E. Moncrief played in his first game in four days and had an unremarkable game managing just a single and recording his second error on defense in three games played. Something to note is he was pinch hit for in the eighth inning – which is hard to tell if it was for matchup or injury reasons.

Joseph Colon (SP, Cangrejeros de Santurce): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K. Colon made his 2013 winter ball debut and pitched a good one. He faced 18 batters, three over the minimum in his five innings of work. Hopefully he can stay healthy and made several more starts this offseason to make up some of the last innings due to injury this season.

Brett Brach (RP, Gigantes de Carolina): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Brach vulture another win and is now 2-0 in two relief appearances this fall. He has pitched 3.2 total innings and allowed 2 hits, no runs, no walks and has 1 strikeout. He is a guy looking to have a strong fall and improve his stock some going into next season.

Venezuela Winter League

Ezequiel Carrera (CF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 0-for-4. Even though he had an 0-fer on the night, Carrera has had a nice showing so far in 23 games this offseason as he is hitting a solid .281 with 10 stolen bases and a nice 13:14 walk to strikeout ratio.

Bryan Price (RP, Bravos de Margarita): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Price set down all three batters he faced in the ninth inning and protected a 4-2 lead for his third save of his winter ball campaign. He has now made 10 total appearances and has a 2.84 ERA, and in 12.2 innings has a nice 3:13 walk to strikeout ratio. He’s really had a nice year overall.

Jesus Aguilar (3B, Leones del Caracas): 2-for-4. Aguilar had another good game with a multi-hit effort on two singles. But the story is his second straight start at third base. After some discussions with people in the know, he is playing at third base simply out of need for his winter ball team as they have several infielders banged up. The Indians have not requested he play third base, nor are they considering him there. He is a first baseman and that’s it. As Ben Kenobi would say, “Move along…nothing to see here.”

Elvis Araujo (RP, Aguilas del Zulia): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Araujo made his fifth appearance this winter and he continues to get stronger each time out. This was his best outing, and he has now pitched 3.2 innings and allowed 1 run on 4 hits, no walks and 2 strikeouts.

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User Comments

November 9, 2013 - 8:29 AM EST

I agree with your assessment. I wanted the Tribe to go after Michael Wacha (Cards) who signed for $2M, the Tribe signed Naquin for $1.75M. The Tribe saved $500K off the signing and eventually only spent about $250K of the savings.

I'm hoping Naquin's ceiling is a Gerardo Parra type. In comparison to Michael Wacha missing a potential stud arm hurts, particularly when it is...
1. A position of need.
2. The "other" player develops quickly.
3. A missed opportunity to land talent.
Fact is, it happens in every draft to every team. Some teams identify talent and develop it better than others. Had the Tribe selected Wacha there is no guarantee that he would have developed as quickly. STL does an excellent job developing talent. Something the Tribe is doing better, but still needs improvement.
November 8, 2013 - 9:01 PM EST
The thing with Naquin is and always has been that he was a reach where we took him, by a good 10-15 picks. As a 2nd rounder, or even as a comp. rounder (which I know we did not have that year), he'd be a fine pick. No shame in taking a guy who profiles as a very good 4th OF or a borderline starting OF somewhere between #30-#50. No problem with that at all. But at just need more upside. He's here now, and I hope he does well. It's not his fault he was drafted where he was, and there's nothing we can do about it now.
November 8, 2013 - 5:05 PM EST
Colt Hynes did actually pitch 0.1 of an inning in the DWL last night (his first appearance since joining the Indians on Oct 31st:):
November 8, 2013 - 3:04 PM EST
I wonder if Naquin was not a 1st round pick would he be such a hot topic pro/con on his potential? However I am glad he is having a great AFL season. I hope he has a good 14 season in which he develops into major leaguer.
November 8, 2013 - 2:51 PM EST
Naquin just doesn't have the size and tools with the bat to be a run producer. He profiles a tablesetter hitting 1 or 2, or as a guy rounding out the lineup at 8 or 9. He's probably a 7-10 homer guy with 50-60 RBI. He could have a year where he exceeds that or falls below that but that's an average.

Price is on the Indians radar. I think when they dealt Langwell part of it was knowing they were going to add Price to the roster. I think the odds are good he is rostered but not a sure thing. If he is still an Indian come February then he should be at big league camp no matter what.
November 8, 2013 - 2:36 PM EST
Excellent MLB discussion guys, I love and keep it up. BTW, is it Spring Training yet. I miss MLB already and want to see some more of it
November 8, 2013 - 2:33 PM EST
What are the chances of Price being added to 40 man roster. He is having a great winter season similar to what Ramirez had last winter season. Will he get a good look by Francona this upcoming Spring Training?
November 8, 2013 - 2:29 PM EST
Only issue is Parra is a truly plus defender, which is where he derives most of his WAR value. Naquin is not his equal defensively.
November 8, 2013 - 2:29 PM EST
I'm not a fan of comparing players myself, but I feel like. Naquin could become the type player Parra is. My views of Naquin are limited though.

Here's a clip of Parra's throwing arm...

Here's a clip of his D...

Btw, he is a legit GG OF with the ability to play all three spots.
November 8, 2013 - 2:25 PM EST
Just looked up Parra's numbers and I thought he had a few more HR's and RBI's than that. I think it's an excellent comparison but I hope Naquin can hit for a little bit more power in terrms of HR's and RBI's while at the same avg.

Naquin .275-.280, 12-15, 80 RBI's. Maybe a Daniel Nava type player
November 8, 2013 - 1:04 PM EST
Willie.....I hate comps.....but that's actually a pretty good comp for Naquin. I could see Naquin becoming that kind of player offensively in the big leagues and the versatility to move around to all three outfield spots and a little speed on the bases. In fact, parra's discipline and slash line look quite similar. We don't know how Naquin will translate, and I admit I am not familiar with how good Parra is defensively, but this might be a solid comp. If Naquin becomes this kind of player he would be a nice complementary player for sure.
November 8, 2013 - 12:52 PM EST

Could Tyler Naquin develop into a Gerardo Parra (Dbacks) type?

I'd really like to see the Tribe target Parra as an option for RF if he becomes available.
November 8, 2013 - 12:47 PM EST
Colon probably in Akron and Araujo in Carolina.
November 8, 2013 - 11:28 AM EST
Boston dumped a lot of talent and salary to the Dodgers back in 2012, and you can see they managed to salvage the next season with some replacements. After watching the Indians this season discover Yan Gomes, find Shaw and resurrect Kazmir and Jimenez, I'm willing to wait and see what they can put together this offseason. I'm far more confident in their ability to spot talent and tweak fixes than any time in the recent past.
November 8, 2013 - 11:22 AM EST

Where does Joseph Colon and Elvis Arujao start the season?? Colon appears he can start in AA because he does have 15 starts
November 8, 2013 - 10:14 AM EST
Ken Rosenthal: Allen Craig, Trevor Rosenthal, Shelby Miller and a prospect for Troy Tulowitzski... Come on Ken you must do better than this
November 8, 2013 - 9:51 AM EST

significant but it can be done with the money they have. I won't bore you with the names again but as a fan I think the names I put out there are very reasonable names if you are indeed looking to win a Title.
November 8, 2013 - 9:29 AM EST
Those 4-5 needs are significant will be a key as to what they do to fill those needs. Losing three pretty good pieces in Kazmir, Ubaldo and Smith....and love him or hate him losing Perez too who was solid.
November 8, 2013 - 9:20 AM EST

Plenty of underneath the radar guys that won't cost top dollar for the Indians to get this offseason and fills every single need. I see 4-5 needs for this team. They just need to make it happen.
November 8, 2013 - 8:21 AM EST
Ah, I fixed tat typo. And yes, as Jim said, Brach is an organizational guy who fills many roles, and does so well and without any grumbles. Every organization needs guys like that in the upper levels. With Espino likely leaving via free agency this offseason, Brach probably fills the role as swing/spot starter at Columbus/Akron next year and fills in where needed.
November 8, 2013 - 7:56 AM EST
Thanks Jim
November 8, 2013 - 7:09 AM EST
Yes Hiram...he's the very epitome of the term.

There's a lot of Espino in Brach. He bounces levels and roles from year-to-year...
November 8, 2013 - 5:49 AM EST
Is Brett Brach and Organizational guy ??
November 8, 2013 - 2:14 AM EST
'Naquin has not recorded a hit...' should read 'Naquin has now recorded a hit ..'

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