Around the Farm: October 18, 2014
Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. 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 (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Audy Ciriaco (Estrellas Orientales, 3B) - 0-4, 1 K - Ciriaco's first significant playing time of the winter season does not go quite how he hoped it would. He is a free agent, but is someone that would be nice to resign as a depth infielder at Triple-A for next season.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE (AFL)
Tony Wolters (C) - 1-5, 2 E - Wolters' rough start to his fall season continued as he grounded into a double play and committed his first two errors of the AFL season. In fact, those were his first two errors in ALL of 2014. He is now posting a .167/.211/.222 slash line in five games so far.
Jordan Smith (RF) - 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - Smith had a crucial hit for the second straight night, this one an RBI double in the bottom of the 11th to spare the Javelinas their third tie of the season and second in as many days. The clutch hitting is there, so hopefully he can string it together and come up with some hits is less pressure situations.
Nick Maronde (RP) - 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 2 K - Maronde appears to have recovered from his disastrous second outing of the fall season as he now has had two solid outing since. The Indians are still trying to give him innings in a monitored environment and still view him as a starting candidate for next season.
Louis Head (RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K - Head also makes it two good days on the mound folowing a rough second appearance of the AFL campaign. This is a guy who has jumped into the mix as one of the Indians better bullpen prospects.
VENZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)
Ramon Rodriguez (Caribes de Anzoategui, RP) - 0.1 IP, perfect - Ram-Rod makes it two perfect outings of less than an inning each two nights in a row.
Giovanny Urshela (Aguilas del Zulia, 3B) - 0-3, 1 K, 1 HBP - Gio proves that he is in fact human, posting his first hitless effort in eight LVBP games so far this season and ended a three-game multi-hit streak. The hit by pitch means that he still has reached base every game he has played this winter season.
Carlos Moncrief (Aguilas del Zulia, RF) - 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K - Moncrief has cooled off considerably (1-for-16 in his last four games) after a hot start to his offseason (9-for-13 in his first four). Hopefully, his recent performance is the anomaly and that he is not going to be this streaky all fall-winter.
Alex Monsalve (Bravos de Margarita, backup C) - 0-0, 1 BB (intentional) - Monsalve came in as a defensive replacement in the eighth and was walked intentionally in his only plate appearance.
Is Wolters pressing? Tired from a long season / just a slump?