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Around the Farm: October 10, 2014

Around the Farm: October 10, 2014
Giovanny Urshela (Photo: Carolina Mudcats)
October 11, 2014
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Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.

Venezuela Winter League

Giovanny Urshela (3B, Aguilas del Zulia): 1-4, R, K. Urshela makes a starting appearance at third base for hiswinter ball team for the second straight night. Seeing how he started the first two games, he looks to be in line to get the majority of playing time at third base for his team.

Carlos Moncrief (RF, Aguilas del Zulia): 2-3, 2 R, BB, K. Moncrief started in the outfield for the second straight night and put up a multi-hit game for the second straight night as well. He's played a lot of baseball the last few seasons as he played some winter ball last offseason and in the Arizona Fall League before that.

Alex Monsalve (PH-C, Bravos de Margarita) - 0-1, K. Monsalve made his first appearance of the winter ball season in Venezuela striking out in a pinch hit appearance and then stayed in the game at catcher.

Arizona Fall League

Note, all players played for the Peoria Javelinas, the AFL affiliate the Indians share with the Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, and Tampa Bay Rays.

Jordan Smith (CF, Peoria) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB - Jordan has his first game of the AFL season without an RBI and sees his OPS drop to .896.  He has recorded a hit in all three games played and looks like he should get a good amount of time in the outfield for his Peoria team.

Nick Maronde (RP) - L (0-1), 0.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R (all earned), 2 BB - Maronde follows up a solid AFL season debut with...this.  Let's hope it is an isolated bad outing game, but his stratospheric ERA (7.24) from the minor league regular season seems to suggest otherwise. He faced seven batters and all seven batters reached before he was removed from the contest. For a guy looking to rebuild his confidence and get his mechanics squared away, this outing surely hurt.

User Comments

October 12, 2014 - 9:46 AM EDT
rhp ramón rodriguez "mv" thew 2.1 scoreless inns and picked up the win 4-2 ....first career Winter league win, ram rod took part in the az league and mahoney valley this year as a reliever
October 11, 2014 - 12:40 PM EDT
Urshela continues to improve and gain the consistency needed to be a ML'er.. He should be seeing some time in Cleveland in 2015..W/R to Josh Donaldson.. has four years remaining under control with the A's.. They aren't a team that gives up very underpaid players.. unless they're raping the team that's asking.. Before it becomes fashionable. forgetting about Donaldson for at least two and possibly three years seems to be in order..

Urshela.. RH'd stick, gold glove type defense.. why not IN Cleveland?
October 11, 2014 - 11:03 AM EDT
It's nice to dream on Moncrief and Urshela both filling the RF and 3B holes respectively at the ML level, and it'd be great..but what are the chances of that happening? I don't doubt either of them defensively speaking, but I do wonder how much either will hit at the ML level. I can't take any power numbers seriously when they're coming from a Columbus player, given how much of a drop off we typically see between Columbus and Cleveland. Urshela did more than double his walk rate from both 2012 and 2013 though, so that's encouraging, though it's still not great. Is he a platoon player and defensive sub, or could he actually handle everyday AB's at the next level? I think he's at least a good bench player.

Moncrief went in the wrong direction IMO. His walk rate plummeted, K rate jumped back up close to pre-2013 levels, and even in the Columbus bandbox his ISO was pedestrian. Love the athleticism, but we're getting the point where it's hard to keep saying "well, he's only been a position player for a few years." At some point, he's got to put up better numbers and I just don't see it with him.
October 11, 2014 - 11:03 AM EDT
Moncrief can"t hit AAA pitching , at his age he is at best a career minor leaguer..
October 11, 2014 - 10:12 AM EDT
Never liked Maronde & I'm a Gators fan. He has a good arm and good stuff but he has no clue how to use it. As with this outing, when he loses it he's horrible. I know he's not extremely old but he hasn't really progressed since college. I'd be willing to bet that he never becomes a SP in MLB.
October 11, 2014 - 9:45 AM EDT
Urshela could end up in part of trade, if the Indians pursue Donaldson. Could our future RF be Moncrief. Looking good so far.

October 11, 2014 - 8:58 AM EDT
Urshela is definitely someone to watch next year. I wouldn't be surprised if the Indians didn't get a 3B because of the presence and how they feel about Urshela.

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