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Around the Farm: October 18, 2014

Around the Farm: October 18, 2014
Tyler Naquin (Photo:
October 19, 2014
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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.


Tyler Naquin (Gigantes del Cibao, starting LF) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 K - Naquin gets a hit in his 2014-15 LIDOM debutbefore being pinch-hit for in the seventh inning by Nationals farmhand Oscar Tejeda.

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.


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.


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.

User Comments

October 20, 2014 - 1:26 PM EDT
Thanks Tony and Homer. I see him show up with descent starts from time to time, but I did not get to see him pitch this past season.
October 20, 2014 - 12:56 PM EDT
Message to Dolan and Antonetti...Haven't we wasted enough good pitching? We need a middle of the order bat...we need it Yesterday. Stop the nonsense with these utility type players and cheap reclamation projects. Get a hitter in here or go on your way...Us Indian fans have suffered enough. And one more thing...get Swisher,Giambi and Murphy out of here...they can't hit.
Joseph Devito
October 20, 2014 - 12:49 PM EDT
Forget about comebacks from Kipnes or anyone else on this roster. We need an impact bat and Dolan knows it. Anything else is just more FODDER.
October 20, 2014 - 12:21 AM EDT
Chip, Arias is a minor league free agent. Probably won't return to the Indians.
October 19, 2014 - 9:24 PM EDT
Ryan Merritt and Luis Lugo are two other intriguing arms. Baker, Brown and Lugo are probably my favorites.
October 19, 2014 - 9:20 PM EDT
Chip, his secondary stuff is fringe and he shows low to mid 90s on occasion. He could eventually get a cup of coffee, but he's not someone you want on the mound. Maybe he could work better as a RP, but it's moot.
October 19, 2014 - 3:24 PM EDT
Can someone please tell me about Arias? Is he AAAA fodder or does he have a legitimate shot at pitching in the big leagues?
October 19, 2014 - 3:23 PM EDT
I have a good feeling about Maronde and believe that he will become one of those "diamond in the rough" finds. Can't wait for Callaway to start working with him. If Maronde and Anderson can have bounce back seasons on top of guys like Roberts, Plutko, Colon, Baker, Morimando, and Brown continuing their positive development then all of a sudden there are some very legitimate arms in the system. I don't think any of them qualify for TOR starters, but they certainly have the upside of MOR. This system is really coming on strong after years of garbage!
October 19, 2014 - 2:49 PM EDT
Glad to see Naquin back.

Is Wolters pressing? Tired from a long season / just a slump?
October 19, 2014 - 10:12 AM EDT
Good to see Maronde bounce back. He will be a very important depth option as SP for the Indians in 15. Good to see Naquin playing after his major injury. Rooting for him to have a strong winter ball season. I think he has an outside chance to start the season in Columbus.

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