Around the Farm: October 11, 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.
The Arizona Fall League and Venezuela Winter League were both in action on Friday night.
Arizona Fall League
Trey Haley (RP): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K. Haley struggled in this outing as he threw 29 pitches (15 strikes) to five batters before he was removed. That's a lot of pitches and traffic in one inning for a reliever, so the command issues are still continuing to plague him. The arm is beautiful and he is a tremendous worker, but that command issue is something that has haunted him since the day he debuted as an Indian in 2008. It is his Achilles heel and he knows it and is working on becoming more consistent with his strike throwing. He was 94-98 MPH with his fastball all night, and actually pounded the zone against the first two hitters with his curveball and fastball, but just lost it against the last two hitters.
Shawn Armstrong (RP): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR. Armstrong had trouble locating and throwing strikes as he threw just 10 strikes of the 23 pitches he threw. He was 91-94 MPH with his fastball and continues to see his velocity return, which is good, but the other aspects of his fastball with command and location are still a work in progress. This outing could have been a lot worse if not for a line out double play to end the inning.
Venezuela Winter League
Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 2-for-3, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB. Aguilar is off to an impressive start in two games so far in Venezuela and has been a run creation machine going 5-for-7 at the plate with a HR, 2 walks, 3 RBI and 6 runs scored. He had a very productive season at Double-A Akron and is primed to start next season at Triple-A Columbus and very well might be a bat the Indians will look to will a right-handed need at some point next season. At this point, because of his right-handed power and how he is very close to major league ready - and might very well be ready to play now in the big leagues - he looks like a pretty sure bet to be rostered this offseason.
Ezequiel Carrera (CF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 1-for-4, R, 3B, BB. Carrera has a solid game at the plate reaching base twice in five plate appearances and showcased his speed with a triple. It will be interesting to see where he ends up this offseason as he is playing winter ball all while negotiating with teams about a minor league deal for next season. I still believe he's a long shot to return to the Indians.
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