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Around the Farm: October 15, 2014

Maronde, Sides’ bounce back outings highlight the night on the farm

Around the Farm: October 15, 2014
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October 16, 2014
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Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Cleveland players in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.

Here is the rundown of what Cleveland players in fall and winter ball did yesterday:

Arizona Fall League

  • Nick Maronde (Photo: MiLB)Nick Maronde (RP, Peoria): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. Maronde had a rough outing his last time out, allowing six runs without getting an out, but the left-hander bounced back Wednesday night with these two shutout innings.
  • Grant Sides Louis Head (RP, Peoria): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 WP. The same goes for Sides Head, who did not perform as badly as Maronde in his last outing (two runs in one inning), but still looked much better here.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Peoria): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS. Another solid performance for Lindor, but more importantly, the 20-year-old is eliciting responses like this from people at the games in Arizona. The future is certainly bright for Lindor.
  • Jordan Smith (RF, Peoria): 0-for-4. The first seven offseason games have been eerily similar to the regular season for Smith, with his .241/.290/.345 line in the AFL looking quite like his .248/.300/.331 line in Double-A. While stats are secondary to development in the offseason leagues, seeing Smith repeat this level of performance is naturally not encouraging.

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Aguilas del Zulia): 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI. Two more singles keep Urshela chugging along, as the third baseman owns a .864 OPS to go with his always-stellar defense through five games.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Aguilas del Zulia): 0-for-4, 4 SO. Wednesday was not so kind to Moncrief, with the 25-year-old donning the golden sombrero and more than doubling his winter ball strikeout total.

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User Comments

Jim Piascik
October 16, 2014 - 8:22 PM EDT
Thanks Clay. And thanks anonymous. No clue how that happened. The article's been updated to fix that problem.
October 16, 2014 - 6:57 PM EDT
My goodness people complain about everything.

Good stuff Jim, thanks man.
October 16, 2014 - 5:02 PM EDT
Jim, I believe that you have Louis Head mixed up with Grant Sides. It was Head pitching last night rather than Sides.
Jim Piascik
October 16, 2014 - 4:21 PM EDT
Well, because pulling the quote would negate the need for anyone to go to the link. And even though it's ESPN, I still don't like doing it with paywalls. Just my personal feelings on it.

But anyway, the gist of it is in the second sentence of my writeup. Lindor is our new overlord and looks ready to help the moment he arrives at Progressive Field. I, for one, welcome our new Lindor-ian overlord.
October 16, 2014 - 3:44 PM EDT
Jim, can't you just take a minute to pull a quote from what Law had to say about Lindor instead of sending us to a pay wall??? Nothing unethical about doing that...
Jim Piascik
October 16, 2014 - 3:42 PM EDT
Why would I be attempting to solicit new Insiders for ESPN? I'm not on their payroll. I link things from across the web if I find it interesting/useful to what I'm writing. A national source with those comments fits the bill in my opinion.

And I'm way too conscious of how difficult it is to make money writing on the Internet to interfere with someone's paywall. We have a partial one here at IBI; I'd be pissed if someone was posting the key paragraphs on another site.

I couldn't care less if someone has ESPN Insider/doesn't have it. It's an interesting take from someone who sees a lot of games for all 30 teams. Thus the link.
October 16, 2014 - 2:28 PM EDT
The link to Keith Law's comments in Arizona fall league also get to wear the golden sombrero..

If you're attempting to solicit new Insiders for ESPN.. fine.. but, can you use another messenger than the IBI website?..

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