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Around the Farm: November 9, 2013

Around the Farm: November 9, 2013
November 10, 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.

Arizona Fall League

Tyler Naquin (CF, Surprise Saguaros): 1-for-4, R, 2B, BB. Naquin has now recorded a hit in 22 of his 24 games this fall and reached based in 23 of 24 games. He had another good night reaching base twice in five appearances. He has slapped the ball around the ballpark as just 5 of his 36 hits are for extra bases and he only has a .069 ISO which is not very good, but what I have been impressed with is the approach and discipline as he has a 10:12 walk to strikeout ratio. His discipline was clearly off this season, but his showing in the AFL against more advanced arms than he faced at High-A Carolina has quieted some of my fears about the strikeout concerns.

Joe Wendle (2B, Surprise Saguaros): 0-for-4. Wendle still has played in back to back games just once this fall, but he’s still done a nice job being ready when called upon and being productive. In 14 games he has compiled an .816 OPS, 6 of his 15 hits are for extra bases, and he has a solid 5:9 walk to strikeout ratio in 53 at bats.

Will Roberts (SP, Surprise Saguaros): 3.0 IP, 10 H, 8 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR. This may be the final outing of Roberts’ AFL campaign, and if so, what a rough way to end it and his 2013 season. After a day off on Sunday, Surprise has just four more games so his turn in the rotation probably won’t come around again. Not much more you can say about this outing than to just acknowledge it and move on.

Tyler Sturdevant (RP, Surprise Saguaros): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 B, 0 BB, 1 K. This was only Sturdevant’s third outing since being added to the roster about 10 days ago in place of righty Trey Haley who had a sore shoulder. He’s had six days and four days rest between his previous two outings, so his exposure is obviously being strictly monitored. He was only 91-92 MPH with his fastball, but was efficient needing just 12 pitches (8 strikes) to complete his inning of work.

Jake Lowery (C, Peoria Javelinas): 1-for-4, RBI, K. Lowery has made the most of his limited playing time. He has a hit in 6 of his 7 games played, though has not recorded more than one hit in any game. He is hitting .286 with a .741 OPS with a nice 3:3 walk to strikeout ratio in 21 at bats.

Dominican Winter League

Erik Gonzalez (SS, Leones del Escogido): 1-for-4, 2 K. Gonzalez had a tough night, though he did get a hit. He’s done a nice job so far hitting in the nine-hole in the Escogido lineup and his strong play has allowed him to stay in the lineup and get more playing time. The 1:18 walk to strikeout ratio in 69 at bats is concerning, and unless he improves on his discipline is going to be what limits his major league future.

Jose Ramirez (2B-3B, Toros del Este): 1-for-4. An unspectacular line from the often spectacular Ramirez who is known for filling a box score. His showing to date in the DWL is not as sexy as last fall, but he has still had a solid showing hitting .286 with a .717 OPS in 16 games coming into Saturday night’s game. One thing that is of concern is the poor 2:13 walk to strikeout ratio in 67 at bats so far, which may be a sign he is pressing and trying to do too much.

Puerto Rico Winter League

Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 0-for-0, R, HBP. Perez finally made his offseason debut, though had to wait until the ninth inning to come in as a defensive replacement. The game went extra innings and in his only plate appearance in the 11th inning he was hit by a pitch and later scored.

Venezuela Winter League

Ezequiel Carrera (CF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 0-for-5, RBI, 2 K. Not one of Carrera’s better nights this offseason, but he has still put forth a solid showing this offseason hitting .263 with a .754 OPS in 25 games, and has a nice 16:16 walk to strikeout ratio and 12 stolen bases.

Paolo Espino (SP, Caribes de Anzoategui): 5.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 HR. This might have been Espino’s best outing of the offseason so far as he’s had a lot of trouble getting outs and keeping teams off the scoreboard (24.0 IP, 19 R, 18 ER) in six starts. What has been impressive is he is getting some swing and miss as he has 31 strikeouts in those 24.0 innings.

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User Comments

November 10, 2013 - 7:42 PM EST
The one big caveat to take from the AFL is you can't really take the numbers too seriously. The sample size is small, it is always a hitter's league, and the pitching is not as good as what they normally see. Heard lots of comments from scouts how the pitching was down even more this year as teams just are no longer sending their big top arms there....lots of fringe guys or guys coming off injury. With that known, it is tough to really get overly excited about any numbers....but all that said, I like what we are seeing with the discipline from Naquin. To me that's the biggest key for him next season is limiting the strikeouts and swinging at more pitches he can drive. This is a good start.

I don't see Naquin factoring into the big league plans in 2014 unless he really excels AND the Indians suffer injuries to two starters in the outfield (Bourn and Brantley). He might be a September callup option though.
November 10, 2013 - 6:54 PM EST
Tony i too want to know what hiram also asks.
November 10, 2013 - 9:56 AM EST

thanks for the info on Haley. It's sad because he is really talented and has had some success. On Naquin I really see your point but if he tears it up it's not uncommon for teams to dip into AA to bring him up on the other hand I can't see where he would play and I can't see him bypassing Moncrief, if Moncrief is playing well.

All in all, it's a nice issue to have. I also will keep my eye on others like Wendle, Smith, Myles, Washington, Ramirez, Lindor. From my understanding the Indians need to work on three things with their farm system 1) overall depth 2) loads of starting pitching and 3) power hitters. With the advance of some of these guys and if they continue to have productive drafts I think this system could be really good in a couple of years.
November 10, 2013 - 9:41 AM EST

I think if Naquin has a good year he will probably be in Akron and than Columbus. I think he will compete for spot in 15. I believe if not traded that this would be last year with having Stubbs on the team. I think the Indians will avoid of having Stubbs going to ARB3.

Regarding Haley. Is he a prospect that wont make the majors because of him having injury problems.
November 10, 2013 - 9:23 AM EST

Naquin spoke extensively on the adjustments he made at the plate to cut down on his SO's. If this is indeed the case and he does this in the regular season in AA, is it safe to assume that he will move quickly thru the season and could be called up in 2014???

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