Around the Farm: October 21, 2013
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 and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.
Note, there were no games in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Arizona Fall League
Tyler Naquin (Surprise Saguaros CF): 1-3, RBI, BB, K. An entirely sound performance for Naquin on Monday evening, another step in the right direction in an important opportunity for the former first round pick. So far, through 42 plate appearances in the AFL, Naquin has a strikeout rate at 16.2%. While his BABIP has inflated in a small sample, the most important piece to monitor in his development will be his K/BB ratio; with progression to his plate discipline being essential in growing his MLB ceiling.
Joe Wendle (Surprise Saguaros 2B): 0-4, 2 K. The AFL has been a humbling experience for Wendle so far. Indeed, Wendle has looked overmatched for the most part with a strikeout rate over 28%. However, 21 at bats at the end of a long season is not anything we should interpret rather, just like in Naquin’s numbers, it is merely worth tracking.
Jeff Johnson (Surprise Saguaros RP): IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, K, HR. It is hard to imagine being more ineffective than Johnson was on Monday night. Not an impressive start so far for the young reliever.
Dominican Winter League
Juan Diaz (Estrellas de Oriente SS): 0-3, 2 K. The sort of performance that made Juan Diaz an afterthought in the organization. Unless he is retained merely to soak up at bats on the Columbus roster, one would expect his time with the Tribe to expire shortly.
Erik Gonzalez (Leones del Escogido SS): 2-5, 3B, 2 K. While the strikeouts are not particularly pretty; it was still a solid around night. Gonzalez showed some nice power this season posting 53 extra base hits in just over 500 at bats. However, for Gonzalez to have any sort of big league impact he has to start taking walks. His 109-29 K/BB ratio is unfathomably poor and simply must improve.
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