Around the Farm: October 10, 2014
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.
Urshela.. RH'd stick, gold glove type defense.. why not IN Cleveland?
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.