Around the Farm: October 19, 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.
Note, the Arizona Fall League was off and no Indians players participated in the Dominican Winter League on Sunday.
Venezuela Winter League
Yhoxian Medina (2B, Leones del Caracas): 0-for-1. Medina entered the game as a defensive replacement in the8th inning in a game that Caracas was well behind at 8-3. This was his first appearances of the winter ball season, and given his age and inexperience he will likely be limited to spot duty during the completion of the DWL season. It is fairly common for winter ball teams to give young players such as Medina a chance to get into games late early on in the winter season, though those late inning opportunities often evaporate once their teams get more into the flow of the season.
Giovanny Urshela (3B, Aguilas del Zulia): 2-for-5, R, HR, 4 RBI, K. Urshela is now hitting a red hot .390 with 2 HR, 12 RBI and .966 OPS in nine winter ball games – though one area of concern is the 0:6 walk to strikeout ratio. In any case, a lot of Indians sites are going to start to jump on the Urshela bandwagon over the offseason, though if you have been paying attention to IBI for some time you know we have loved him for a while. He won’t get a shot to win the opening day third base job in Cleveland next year, but could easily move into the role at some point early in the year.
Alex Monsalve (C, Bravos de Margarita): 0-for-1. Monsalve was a late inning defensive substitution. Like Medina above, he is getting a chance to get into a few games early on in the winter ball season. Unlike Medina, he is actually playing a little more and actually had a chance to start a game, so he may continue to get into games regular – though his playing time should remain sporadic.
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I do not see any value in a caretaker for 3 months. Such a player would not be the quality we need to make a run - eg Jack Hanrahan (sp?).
IMO someone currently considered a first string player will have to go - perhaps 2.
If the Indians go else where to find an answer at third, it should be an obvious upgrade over Chisenhall and Urshela.
2011 (A): 2.6%
2012 (A+): 3.4%
2013 (AA): 3.0%
2014 (AA): 6.1%
2014 (AAA): 7.0%
So as he's aged and faced better competition, his walk rate has improved and he's also dropped about a 1% from his K rate, which shows you he's not just getting deeper in count, he's actually reading pitches better. If he could maintain that 7% walk rate and continue to grow into the power he showed in 2014, that's plenty of offense considering how good his glove is.