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Around the Farm: October 18, 2013

Around the Farm: October 18, 2013
October 19, 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): 3-for-5, R, RBI, BB, K, SB. By far the best day of the fall for Naquin so far as he did a little bit of everything by being a table setter and running hard on the bases. He has now recorded at least one hit in all seven games played this fall.

Tony Wolters (SS): 0-for-4, R, BB, K. Wolters has had a rough go of it in the early going as he has gone 2-for-18 at the plate over 5 games this fall. His defense behind the plate has impressed, and ultimately, that is all that is important.

Joe Wendle (2B): 3-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI. Wendle has been in and out of the lineup so far, but even though his playing time is sporadic he has managed to stay focused and play well when he gets in there. He is 5-for-17 (.294) in 5 games and in the early going.

Venezuela Winter League

Paolo Espino (SP, Caribes de Anzoategui): 2.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR. Espino has now made two starts for his winter team and totaled just 6.1 innings and has a 7.11 ERA. He has to get going as his team could pull the plug on him as a starter if he is not competing.

Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, BB. Aguilar continues to just torch the ball as he racked up two doubles on the night and reached base in three out of five plate appearances. He has been focused all year and is a man on a mission, and is really making the Indians decision on him this offseason very easy.

Ezequiel Carrera (CF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B. Carrera had a solid night at the plate but only raised his winter season batting average to .250 in eight games.

Anthony Vizcaya (RP, Cardenales de Lara): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 0 K. Vizcaya followed up two shutout efforts to start the season with a rough one. He is young and inexperienced, so it is sort of a surprise to see him pitching winter ball.

Dominican Winter League

Erik Gonzalez (SS, Leones del Escogido): 2-for-3, R. It is nice to see Gonzalez playing and starting right out of the gates in winter ball, and if he plays well he might get some considerable playing time. The Indians were very happy with his development and emergence as a prospect this past season so he is a guy to keep tabs on this offseason.

Jose Ramirez (Toros del Este) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K. Not surprisingly, the first game of the winter season is a solid one for this skyrocketing prospect.  Most of his damage on the day was done in the third when he advanced to second on an error after an infield single towards the third baseman and scored on a Eugenio Velez base hit on the next at bat.

Juan Diaz (Estrellas Orientales) - 0-2, 1 K, 1 HBP. Not much to write home about as getting plunked by Toros del Este pitcher Wirfin Obispo in the secenth was the only way he got on base in his 2013-14 LIDOM debut.

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User Comments

October 21, 2013 - 9:31 AM EDT
Yeah, Naquin is destined for Akron in 2014. Could move to Columbus by midseason with a good showing in areas beyond the numbers. He looks like he could be a solid complementary player in the bigs or a role player. I believe he will get there, but as to how much of an impact he has remains to be seen. Obviously, Wacha is showing top of the rotation potential right now. Wow.
October 21, 2013 - 4:46 AM EDT
Walter, Naquin was only promoted to Akron in Mid-Aug, so he only has 18 games so far at AA (in which he struggled). I would imagine that he would start the season back at Akron.

WIth regards to the 2012 draft, there are a number of guys who have already made their MLB debuts, none of them hitters (okay, 1 catcher). However, the only starting pitchers I know of are Alex Wood (ATL), Kevin Gausman (BAL) & Michael Roth (LAA).
October 19, 2013 - 2:15 PM EDT
Giolito had tommy john surgery didn't he? At the time of the draft did the Indians feel outfield depth was just as bad as starting pitching depth in 12? Is Wacha the first prospect from the class 2012 to make to the majors? If yes the Indians was not only team to miss out on Wacha. I always thought that MLB draft is more crap shoot than football or basketball.
October 19, 2013 - 1:28 PM EDT
Not everybody wanted Wacha. Everybody wanted Giolito. OB wanted Wacha. Everybody would have taken Wacha over Naquin.
AFA the questions go, yes, the Tribe would have been able to sign him, and no, he wouldn't have developed as fast (probably).
October 19, 2013 - 12:13 PM EDT
Yes, they would have been able to sign him, they just wouldn't have been able to draft Mitch Brown in the 2nd round. We'll never know whether he would have come up this quickly. However, he is obviously a truly special talent, unlike Naquin.
October 19, 2013 - 11:18 AM EDT
Do you see Naquin starting in Akron or Columbus in 14? I don't understand why people are piling against him. I know everybody wanted Wacha. My question would be if the Indians did draft him as there 1st pick in 2012 would they been able to sign him. Second question would he came up just as fast in the Indians organization as he did with the Cardinals?

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