Around the Farm: October 21, 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.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE (AFL)
Tony Wolters (C) - 0-3 - Wolters continues to struggle in the AFL as his slash line is now at .143/.182/.190 in limited playing time (21 AB in 6 games). The defense certainly came together for him this season at Double-A Akron, so now the big area of focus is on getting his bat in a good spot so he is more consistent day in and day out.
Francisco Lindor (DH) - 1-4, 1 K, Caught Stealing 1 time - Lindor follows up his first multi-hit outing in a week and a half with a light day at the plate. To be fair, however, nobody on the Javelinas hit well on Tuesday as Francisco had one of only two Peoria hits on the day.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Ronny Rodriguez (Estrellas Orientales, PR) - No plate appearances, 1 R - Ronny-Rod continues to see sporadic duty (and no plate appearances) in LIDOM as he pinch ran for Orioles Triple-A catcher Brian Ward in the ninth inning and scored a run. His season totals are 2 R and 1 CS in 0 plate appearances.
Manny Ramirez (Aguilas Cibaenas, starting DH) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Man-Ram has his best game of the winter to date with this mammoth stat line. Yes, it is only the Dominican Winter League, but if he keeps posting numbers like this some MLB team may be tempted to take a chance on him. Who knows, maybe the Indians, assuming of course the Cubs don't already have him under contract for the '15 season. Bonus Indians connection: He left the game in the eighth inning when he was pinch run for by Blue Jays framhand Andy Fermin, who is the son of former Indians shortstop Felix Fermin and was born in Cleveland while his father was with the Tribe.
Luis Perdomo (Estrellas Orientales, RP) - BS (1), 0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 HR allowed - Continuing the ex-Indian theme, this former Tribe prospect had his first rough outing of the winter season in his 2014-15 home debut.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)
Ramon Rodriguez (Caribes de Anzoategui, RP) - W (2-0), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K - Ram-Rod continues his solid winter (1 ER on 3 H in 7.1 IP in five outings), picking up his second win and first two strikeouts of the LVBP season. Hopefully, this form is a sign of what to expect from him next season.