Around the Farm: October 19, 2012
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 (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.
Here is the rundown of what Indians players in fall and winter ball did yesterday.
Arizona Fall League
- Ronny Rodriguez (2B, Scottsdale Scorpions): 0-for-3, 2 K. Rodriguez really has not gotten off to the start that many of us would have hoped to see. In five games, he has gone 3-for19 with seven strikeouts. We all know the talent is there, so hopefully he is just starting off the fall season with a few rough outings. There’s still time for him to leave an impression in the league.
- T.J. House (SP, Scottsdale Scorpions): 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K. Well, we could nitpick here and fault House for walking three batters, but that would be, well, nitpicking. House was outstanding as he threw five innings of no-hit ball. In total, he threw 66 pitches with 38 of them going for strikes. He’s now allowed just one run in his eight innings of work in the AFL.
Dominican Winter League
- Tim Fedroff (LF, Aguilas Cibaenas): 1-for-5, 1 K. In total, Fedroff has now gone 4-for-13 in the DWL, which is good for a .308 average. His success at both Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus was well-documented this past season, and it looks as if it has carried over into winter ball so far.
Venezuelan Winter League
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K. On the positive side of things, Aguilar recorded his third double and second RBI in the VWL on Friday. However, with the two strikeouts, he has now struck out a total of 14 times in just seven games and 24 at-bats. Strikeouts are probably always going to be a problem for Aguilar, but his current rate is just too much. It’s never a good sign when more than half of a player’s at-bats result in a strikeout, and that’s exactly the case with Aguilar right now.
- Hector Rondon (RP, Leones del Caracas): 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R/1 ER, 1 BB. In his last outing, Rondon needed just one pitch to get one out, but he once again ran into trouble on Friday. It took him 19 pitches to make it through the inning, and he allowed two runs in the process. The results with Rondon have been less than encouraging so far in winter ball, and given his history of injures, it’s only natural to wonder if Rondon could be hurt again. Obviously, you hope for the best, but it’s definitely been a struggle for him thus far.
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RRod is coming along. Ultimately he has a long road ahead of him in improving his plate discipline but he made strides with it this season and has lots of upside still both offensively and defensively. The one thing to remember is this is just his second season playing organized baseball....yet he has made incredible strides and is playing in the AFL.
House throws harder than Huff. I can see him being a 5th starter or even a bullpen arm where I think he could potentially sit 94-95 from the left side, which would easily make him fall in line for a pen role in the future IF they deem him more useful there.
As for RRod I disagree that he can simply be written off he's just 20 and has tasted AA already. If anything it could be said he's been pushed through the system aggressively. He's a very toolsy kid. IMO he needs another 2 / 3 yrs of minor league ball, which would only make him him in the 23/24 range when he is ready. It should also be noted he played entirely at A ball until the AA playoffs, he didn't get a taste of the better competition BUT will get exposed to better comp. next yr...if he struggles then, I'd be concerned.
I'm a big RRod fan, it would be nice to see him put everything together and finish AFL strong. If I remember correctly he started slow at Carolina before adjusting and coming out strong -- hoping he does the same out there in AFL.