Around the Farm: October 23, 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
- Tyler Holt (RF, Scottsdale Scorpions): 1-for-5, RBI, 3 K, SB, A. Holt had his moments, but this was arguably his worst showing of the 10 games he has played so far in the AFL. He singled and stole a base in the 3rd inning and had an RBI groundout in the 6th inning, but went down swinging in each of his other three at bats. He flashed some defense in the 4th inning as he cut down a runner at second base.
- Ronny Rodriguez (DH, Scottsdale Scorpions): 2-for-4, R, 3B. Rodriguez tripled to lead off the 6th inning and kickstarted the only rally the Scorpions would have on the day as they scored both of their runs in the inning (they lost 7-2). He has not had a lot of consistent playing time, which in turn has him trying to do too much at the plate where he is 7-for-27 with no walks and 7 strikeouts.
- Trey Haley (RP, Scottsdale Scorpions): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Overall, Haley is off to a good start in the AFL allowing just 2 runs, 2 hits, 3 walks with 1 strikeout in 6.0 innings (5 games). But since his shaky first outing when he allowed 2 runs on 1 hit and 2 walks, he has been locked in over his last 4 games going 5.0 shutout innings and has allowed 1 hit and 1 walk all while pumping high 90s heat.
Dominican Winter League
- Jairo Asencio (RP, Toros del Este): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Remember this guy? The Indians acquired him from the Braves in a minor trade at the end of spring training, had him in their opening day bullpen, and he proceeded to go 1-1 with a 5.96 ERA in 18 games with the Indians (25.2 IP, 27 H, 4 HR, 8 BB, 21 K) before being designated for assignment. He landed with the Cubs and put up a 1.35 ERA in 13 appearances in Triple-A before joining the parent team in Chicago and had a 3.07 ERA in 12 appearances (14.2 IP, 12 H, 1 HR, 11 BB, 8 K). While the ERA was better with the Cubs, the peripheral stats say he pitched much better with the Indians.
Venezuela Winter League
- Jesus Aguilar (DH, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-3, R, HR, RBI, BB, K. This is what you love to see when you check an Aguilar stat line: some home run pop combined with the patience of a walk. The homer was his first bomb in 9 games so far in Venezuela, and hopefully he can get things going as he is off to a rather poor start hitting just .226 (7-for-31) with 16 strikeouts.
- Gregorio Petit (SS, Leones del Caracas): 0-for-3, R. Petit is just 2-for-16 in 5 games so far this offseason, and is likely filling more of a fill in role at shortstop until the Caracas regular shortstop is ready to play. A lot of times the big league “stars” don’t show up until sometime in November and play for 3-5 weeks.
- Hector Rondon (RP, Leones del Caracas): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Rondon was the first man out of the pen and brought into the game in the 6th inning. This was his best outing to date in 5 appearances so far in Venezuela, but he still has pitched 3.1 innings and allowed 7 runs (6 earned) on 6 hits, 3 walks with just 1 strikeout. He is coming off of injury and getting his legs under him still, but he needs to show much more this offseason in order to keep his name in the mix.
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