Around the Farm: October 14, 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.
Note: There was no action in the Venezuelan Winter League
Arizona Fall League
Tony Wolters (Surprise Saguaros SS): 1-3, BB K: A fairly ho-hum line for Wolters. It appears that Wolters is playing shortstop in order to get at bats and maintain his positional versatility. Wolters has solid plate discipline. The one piece to monitor is Wolters’ power. Not in terms of home run power but just in terms of extra base hits. We saw Wolters take a step back in that regard this year, but whether that was tied to the rigors of catching a full season for the first time or just offensive regression, only time will tell.
Tyler Naquin (Surprise Saguaros, CF): 1-5, R, Outfield Assist: At first glance this line is relatively empty. Of course it is not anything to be particularly proud of; however, two positives can be taken away. The first is that in five at bats Naquin did not strike out. Development in his plate discipline is essential for him moving forward. Second, Naquin showed off his plus arm by vanquishing another runner. Another plus is his injury scare with his knee on Thursday appears to be behind him.
Joe Wendle (Surprise Saguaros DH): 0-3, 2 K: Talk about ugly. Not the sort of line we are used to from Wendle. Alas he has plenty more games to prove himself.
Jeff Johnson (Surprise Saguaros RP): IP, H, R(ER), BB: A bad outing, simple as that. Johnson has a solid fastball and the AFL offers him an opportunity to make a step forward amongst the many relief arms in the system.
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"I don't have much new to offer on Wolters' bat, but in the one game where I saw him catch, he looked good behind the plate -- not “good for a guy who's only been catching for a year-plus,” but actually good, receiving fine and throwing well (accurate rather than strong). It won't take much offense to make him an everyday catcher if this is really where his defense sits after one full season at the position. "