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Around the Farm: October 17, 2013

Around the Farm: October 17, 2013
October 18, 2013
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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

Tyler Naquin (CF): 1-for-5, R, 2 K. Naquin has had a solid showing so far in the AFL recording a hit in all six games he has played. On the flip side he has just 8 hits in those 6 games, has yet to record an extra base hit, and has 5 strikeouts to 0 walks.

Will Roberts (SP): 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K. A typical Roberts outing where it may not be pretty in the box score, but the results are there in the end. He’s had two solid showings so far in the AFL and has shown why the Indians still think he can be a back of the rotation option down the road.

Jeff Johnson (RP): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. This was Johnson’s third time out and the first time he put forth a scoreless outing in the AFL. The data sample is extremely small, but what’s hurt him in the early going is 3 walks in 3 innings pitched.

Venezuela Winter League

Bryan Price (RP, Bravos de Margarita): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K. Price has been used for multi-inning stints in each of his first two outings in Venezuela. In 5.0 innings he has allowed just 1 run on 2 hits, 2 walks and has 3 strikeouts. This is a big offseason for him as the Indians may roster him or he could be picked up in the Rule 5 Draft.

Ezequiel Carrera (CF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 2-for-4, BB, 2 SB. Easily the best game to date so far in the early going in Venezuela. This was his first multi-hit effort and he reached base in 3 of his 5 plate appearances and also showcased some speed with 2 stolen bases. Interestingly, he has one walk in 6 of his 7 games played.

Manuel Boscan (C, Aguilas del Zulia): 0-for-1, K. A rare and limited appearance in a game for Boscan who is a part of the Venezuela team but likely a part of the developmental team which gets very few opportunities with the main team.

Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-5. Aguilar broke his string of consecutive multi-hit games to start the season at six. He has recorded a hit in all seven winter ball games and even after a “rough” 1-for-5 day he is hitting .519.

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User Comments

October 18, 2013 - 10:28 PM EDT
I agree with both of you, as a near ML ready reliever with some upside he is the kind of player you protect before the rule 5 as opposed to someone like Washington or Urshela who don't need protection since they wouldn't stick on an ML roster all year. He can be DFAed in March and may still pass waivers if you need the spot to sign a late FA.
October 18, 2013 - 5:41 PM EDT
I agree with you, I was on the fence until the past week or so but looking at the 40 man roster options I'd protect Price.
October 18, 2013 - 12:57 PM EDT
I think Price is a guy you have to roster this winter. Very good year and a guy several teams could stash in their pen all year. I know we have a lot of RH relief options but still like Price a lot.

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