Around the Farm: October 16, 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.
Arizona Fall League:
Jake Lowery (Peoria Javelinas, C): 1-for-3. In his second appearance of the fall, Lowery went 1-3 with a single. He’s now 2-6 this offseason playing at most twice a week as a taxi-squad player. Defensively, Lowery gave up three stolen bases in four attempts.
Tyler Naquin (Surprise Saguaros, CF): 1-for-4, R, 2 K. Naquin led off the game with a single against Giants’ top pitching prospect Kyle Crick, but was silent afterward. As was a common theme for Indians farmhands on the night, Naquin finished 1-4 (two strikeouts) with Surprise’s only run scored on the night. After striking out in over 22% of his at-bats in Carolina and 25% in Akron last season, the two strikeouts are something that we don’t want to see.
Joe Wendle (Surprise Saguaros, 2B): 1-for-4, K. Batting behind Naquin, Wendle followed with a single of his own in the first off of Crick. That would be his only highlight of the night as he also finished 1-4. Following up a big season at Carolina, Wendle hasn’t gotten off to a good start in Arizona as he is hitting .154 in the early going.
Tony Wolters (Surprise Saguaros, C): 1-for-4, K, PB. Wolters slid back behind the plate defensively in this game. He allowed his second passed ball, but also threw out a would-be base stealer. Like Naquin and Wendle he went 1-4 on the night and raised his batting average to a mere .143 thus far.
Shawn Armstrong (Surprise Saguaros, RP): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Armstrong pitched a scoreless inning in the fifth for Surprise. He struck out one, walked one, and allowed a hit in his inning of work. It’s his third inning of work this fall, and even though it wasn’t particularly sharp, it was his best outing yet.
Venezuela Winter League:
Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas 1B): 2-for-5, 2 R, HR, RBI, K. Aguilar tallied his sixth straight multi-hit game in a row and hit his second home run of the offseason. Aguilar continues to dominate in Venezuela, leading the league in batting average and runs scored. It is this kind of showing that gives promise to the Indians search for a middle of the order right-handed bat for the big league team where maybe that guy is already in the organization.
Ezequiel Carrera (Navegantes del Magallanes CF): 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI. Carrera isn’t long for the Indians organization, but he did manage his first home run of the offseason. Overall, it was just a 1-4 night for Carrera and for the first time since the Venezuela league opened, he failed to draw a walk.
I like Naquin more than Smith from the few times I saw them. But did come away impressed by Smith. Little disappointed with this bat though loved his K/BB ratio. At the start of the season, had you given me Naquin and Smith's batting lines from Carolina this year and said who would put up which numbers, I'd had them switched. Thought Smith would be showing more pop at this stage and Naquin more plate discipline.
Probably a little bit of both...
but for my money...if you line up Naquin and Jordan Smith...then actually watch them play...Naquin's not the guy that will stand out to you.
He has a better arm, but Smith is a better outfielder.
That's just my opinion...of course...but my rankings will be downgrading Naquin a bit this year...
That said...definitely doesn't look like the best pick...
The third one is you get what you pay for.
thanks front office i sure hope matthew and I are wrong about naquin. tYLER should be eating his wheaties and lifting a lot of weight and make me wrong.
Naquin has virtually no chance to become an above-average regular, and never did. At this point, it looks like a less than 50-50 shot he even becomes an everyday player. Most likely a 4th OF or a Trevor Crowe guy. Granted, Naquin signed for $1.75M and Wacha for $2.8M, which likely had a lot to do with it. I understand that strategy, but that means we're counting on Mitch Brown, D'Vone McClure, and Dylan Baker to make up the difference. At this point, none look likely to be major leaguers.
Meanwhile, Wacha looks like a top 25 starter in all of MLB.
michael wacha is pitching game 6 of the NLCS, as the cardinals try to get a ticket to the fall classic. Tyler's teammate
at TX A & M we scouted tyler and certainly scouted wacha.
Nice job Front Office sorry but you blew it and it is obvious at it can be. He better be a whole helluva lot better than he has shown in his yr and a half in our scintellating offensive farm system. Teams that make those kinds of mistakes seldom play many playoff games. My advise to Mr. Naquin is get your shit together you will see and hear a great deal about mr wacha my advise be better than you have looked in season and a half you have played. Hit the weights if you are gonna give us 100+ K's you better have a lot of home runs to balance it out. and tony you may feel i am picking on the F/O for the wacha oversight but naquin looks like guy who isnt gonna be better than average player if that good.
Also would like to know is how good is his defense at 1B? You mentioned caring a player just to DH is a waste of roster space.