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Around the Farm: November 8, 2014

Around the Farm: November 8, 2014
Carlos Moncrief (Photo: LVBP)
November 9, 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.


Carlos Moncrief (Aguilas del Zulia, RF) - 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Carlos continues to dominate the LVBP, raising his slash line to .322/..420/.424. He has 23 strikeouts in 59 at bats, but when he has made contact he has made the most of it and really had a good showing this offseason.

Alex Monsalve (Bravos de Margarita, backup C) - 1-1, 2 RBI - Monsalve made the most of his lone plate appearance, hitting a two-run single in the ninth inning.

Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas, 1B) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 K - While he didn't bring a run in, this performance is far closer to what we usually expect from Aguilar.

Elvis Araujo (Aguilas del Zulia, RP) - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K - A decent outing for the free agent lefthander. He has now totaled five scoreless outings this offseason, and in 6.0 innings has allowed 2 hits, 2 walks and has 7 strikeouts. He's really raising his free agent value with each outing he makes.

Ramon Rodriguez (Caribes de Anzoategui, RP) - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 BK - Ram-Rod rebounds fairly well (besides the balk, anyway) from a rough outing the last time out.


Audy Ciriaco (Estrellas Orientales, PH)  - 0-1 - Audy popped out to short in his lone plate appearance as a pinch-hitter in the top of the ninth.

Gabriel Arias (Tigres del Licey, RP) - W (1-1), 3 IP, 2 H, 3 K - The free agent continues to make a case for someone to sign him this offseason. He's still look good as an upper level depth starting option for the Indians.

Tyler Naquin (Gigantes del Cibao, starting CF) - 0-3 - Naquin has a second straight rough night at the plate. He's now hitting just .220 with a .565 OPS in 11 games.

Jose Ramirez (Toros del Este, 2B) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB - J-Ram breaks a four-game hitless streak in a game that hopefully is the start of a sustained improvement in his performance. This is the J-Ram we love to see setting the table and making some things happen on the basepaths.


Roberto Perez (Indios de Mayaguez, starting C) - 0-3, 2 K - Roberto has a rare difficult night at the plate this winter season. He should get a lot of playing time this offseason as the Indians look for him to get more experience at the plate and continue to make adjustments with his bat.


Ryan Battaglia (Brisbane Bandits, 1B) - 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K - Ryan finally gets his first hit of the Aussie season.  Hopefully, this is the beginning of an upward trend in his form.


Nick Maronde (RP) - W (1-1) - 1 IP, perfect - A perfect seventh earns Nick his first win of the fall season.  This fall seems to be helping him as he has improved significantly over the course of the AFL season, although his performance in a relief role does raise the question of whether he is better suited in the bullpen.

Louis Head (RP) - H (2), 1 IP - Head has a nearly perfect inning (the leadoff hitter made it to first on a fielding error) and extends his scoreless outing streak to three games.

User Comments

November 9, 2014 - 9:37 PM EST
I don't think a trade is needed to clear room for anyone in the minors. Those guys should all be depth options and no more going into the season. Good problem to have if they are good and are on standby. They will get opps throughout the year based on injuries and performance of others, and then next offseason there will probably be some wiggle room with fitting players on the roster as Murphy, Aviles, Raburn, etc are all off the books.
C L Who
November 9, 2014 - 3:12 PM EST
There has to be some trading soon, right? Otherwise, the Moncriefs, Aguilars, et al of the minors are going to be 29 before hitting the majors.

Let's trade the blocking players (except Brantley) instead of the blocked.
November 9, 2014 - 10:50 AM EST

I totally see your point on that and maybe a few more like Souza of the Nationals too. Your overall point is very well taken though
November 9, 2014 - 10:12 AM EST
The available RH OF'er or SH OF'ers aren't abundant. There are a few that could be traded in a prospect for prospect deal. RH'ers that could be of interest could include Michael Taylor from the Washington Nationals, Josh Bell from the Pittsburgh Pirates and Jake Marisnak from the Houston Astros. All three of these guys have not established themselves as productive prospects beyond the very good minor careers. IOW, a rare prospect for prospect kind of deal would be all that is needed.. Anything more, and it's more than just no thanks.. it's HELL NO..

November 9, 2014 - 8:31 AM EST

I agree with you . I wouldn't mind moving one of these lefties for a right handed bat to keep in AAA after signing someone in case we had injury
November 9, 2014 - 8:28 AM EST
Lots of left handed hitting OF in this system. Between Brantley (not going anywhere anytime soon) Bourn, Murphey, and the Moncrief, Naquin, and Ramsey along with Zimmer & Papi down the pipe.

Makes Clint Frazier a bit more important IMO.

It'll be interesting to see what eventually happens on the trade front with the glut of OF and middle IF depth.

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