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Around the Farm: October 21, 2012

Around the Farm: October 21, 2012
October 22, 2012
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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 (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.

Dominican Winter League

  • Tim Fedroff: CF, Aguilas Cibaenas: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB:  Fedroff is hitting .300 on the season, and has hits in all five ballgames that he’s played in so far. I get repetitive with this kid, but he just keeps excelling at every level. No, he’s not explosive, but he’s a grinder, who is one more solid season away from the big leagues.
  • Hector Luna: 3B, Aguilas Cibaenas: 2-for-4, 1 K: Cleveland signed Luna as a free agent way back in 1999, then lost him in the 2002 minor league draft to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (that's what they were in 2002). The Rays returned him in 2003 to the Indians, when the St. Louis Cardinals promptly took him in the Rule V draft. The Indians then dealt Ronnie Belliard to St. Louis, and reacquired him in 2006...before saying a final goodbye to him in 2007. Luna's now 32, and has toiled with several teams since them, and continues to hit in the minors (career .280 hitter), and the majors (career .261 hitter). He's played in the bigs for five different teams, over a total of 339 games, including 28 this season with Philly. That should let you know how good Philly was in 2012.
  • Matt McBride: 1B, Toros del Este: 0-for-4, 1 K: While McBride is only hitting .192 in the winter league, he hit .344 for Colorado Springs, and played 31 games in the bigs for the Rockies. Of course, he only hit .205, but he got his cup of coffee. Of course, he was a part of that trade for "He Who Shall Not Be Named," and while he was a throw in, I think I'd take him straight up to return "Mr. 7 Pitches."

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Eric Berger: SP, Bravos de Margarita: L (0-1), 3 2/3 IP, 8 H, 7 R/3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K: Berger made his second start, and was far less successful than his one run, one earned-run outing. He gave up eight hits and seven runs, and while only three were earned, that’s most definitely a suspect line. He started off the fourth inning by giving up a single, triple, double (to our old friend, Jordan Brown) and another single, to give up his second and third runs of the game. He struck out the next two batters, before a fielding error scored another run, and failed to end the inning. He then gave up a two-run double, before he was pulled. Not a good outing, but it could have been a bit better.
  • Jordan Brown: 1B, Caribes de Anzoategui: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI: No, Jordan Brown hasn't made a return to the Tribe, but he's worth a note since he is clearly still hitting the baseball like in the old days. Brown is in the Milwaukee system these days, and he performed about how we'd expect him to in 2012, hitting .294, with nine homers. He's 28, and past prospect status, but it's good to see one of IPI's old favorites still raking at a level he can excel in.
  • Max Ramirez: PH, Bravos de Margorita: 0-for-1: It's been a long time since the Indians traded Ramirez to the Rangers for Kenny Lofton, but the 28-year old is still plugging away for the Kansas City Royals. He's hitting .467 in the winter league, after hitting .300, with 17 homers for Omaha in the offensive minded Pacific Coast League.
  • Jon Meloan: SP, Caribes de Anzoategui: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R/1 ER, 2 K: Meloan was traded with some other guy from the Dodgers in the Casey Blake deal.Yeah...that's right...the Indians GOT TWO GUYS for Blake. Crazy...

Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at

User Comments

October 22, 2012 - 6:25 PM EDT
Ramirez is not much of an option as a regular backstop behind the plate. He'd be more of a DH/C type that plays catcher every once in awhile. While I have not followed his progress much since leaving the org five years ago, he was never viewed highly for his defense behind the plate. Kind of like Chun Chen if you ask me.
October 22, 2012 - 8:28 AM EDT
Two guys for Blake? So What? Tsk, Tsk, Tsk

He was a solid performer for the Tribe for several years and played several positions at a professional level.
He retired due to injury but still had big league clubs on the horn to inquire about his services.

"Not a good outing, but it could have been better". Did you really mean to say that Jimbo?

Sorry to be a sniper JP, but you know what they say about people who live in glass houses.
October 22, 2012 - 12:43 AM EDT
Ramirez might be an option if Santana moves to 1B.
Over many years I've seen many PCL superstars.
Most fizzle out after a while, but a lot of them have a pretty good year or two after getting in that groove.
Maybe Max could give us a year or two until a young catcher develops.

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