Around the Farm: November 7, 2013
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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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.
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.
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.
Naquin .275-.280, 12-15, 80 RBI's. Maybe a Daniel Nava type player
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.
Where does Joseph Colon and Elvis Arujao start the season?? Colon appears he can start in AA because he does have 15 starts
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.
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.
There's a lot of Espino in Brach. He bounces levels and roles from year-to-year...