Around the Farm: October 10, 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.
Several Indians players were in action on Thursday as the Arizona Fall League rolled on and the Venezuela Winter League kicked off.
Arizona Fall League
Will Roberts (SP): 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 HR. Roberts got the start and aside from an opposite field home run he pitched well. He did allow much hard contact and actually pitched the best of any Surprise player that pitched on the night as the staff gave up 11 runs. He threw 38 pitches and 21 for strikes. The one knock was a lack of swing and miss as he did not record a strikeout and I don't recall seeing a batter swing and miss the entire night.
Tyler Naquin (CF): 1-for-2. Naquin led off the game with a single up the middle but it went all downhill from there. He hit into a double play his next time up and then in the bottom of the third inning he raced back on a deep fly ball and dove on the track near the center field wall and landed funny. He crumpled to the ground and did not get up for several minutes before two trainers went out to retrieve him. After a few moments he got up and walked off the field under his own power, though was removed from the game. I have no idea at the moment the extent of the injury, but it looked like some sort of leg injury. Hopefully when I go to the field on Friday I will find out more about him. Stay tuned.
Tony Wolters (SS): 0-for-3, BB, 2 K. Wolters was out from behind the plate and played shortstop. This is something he is expected to do a lot this fall as he will likely split his playing time or see a decent proportion of his time spent at shortstop. If I were guessing, I would say 2-3 starts a week at catcher and 1-2 starts a week at shortstop.
Joe Wendle (2B): 1-for-4, K. Wendle recorded one of the three hits on the entire night for Surprise. He is in store for a fun and exciting campaign in the Arizona Fall League and has the proper mindset needed to be a consistent performer. He is the classic guy with average tools but who tends to overachieve and I predict he will continue that this fall and next season as well.
Venezuela Winter League
Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 3-for-4, 3 R, HR, RBI, BB. Aguilar must have heard me talking yesterday because I was discussing him with someone and how he needed to show some power in winter ball once it got underway. This qualifies as a very good start and hopefully a harbinger or things to come this offseason as far as the power, production and approach goes.
Ezequiel Carrera (CF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 1-for-4, R, BB, K, SB. Carrera is a minor league free agent so his days as an Indian are about over, but in the meantime we will continue to monitor his progress. The Indians would have no problem resigning him to a minor league deal, but he probably wants to go elsewhere where he might get a better major league opportunity. Regardless, he will get a ton of playing time this fall/winter and is playing to impress someone enough to give him a minor league deal with a major league spring training invite.
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