Around the Farm: October 25, 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)
Francisco Lindor (SS) - 1-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI - Francisco continues his recent cold streak, with the night's one-hiteffort sending his last 10 games' slash line to .186/.205/.279. We know that Lindor is in the Valley of the Sun to get some more work in and to face other elite prospects on a day in, day out basis, so results don't matter as much. Hopefully, if nothing else, this extra month and a half in the AZL will help shorten his acclimation struggles once he does get called up to the Indians sometime next season.
Jordan Smith (RF) - 2-4, 2 2B, 1 rBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Smith, on the other hand, has had a solid last 10 games, posting a .300/.341/.425 slash line with 7 RBI. Hopefully, this is a breakout fall season for him and not just a fluke. Between Smith's solid form and Lindor's struggles, the AFL has felt a bit like bizarro world baseball (even more so with the pitch clock).
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)
Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas, 1B) - 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K - Aguilar struggled after his two-RBI winter debut on Friday night. I won't go too far into the numbers as the sample size (two games) is way too small, but it will be interesting to see how long Jesus stays with the Leones this winter as playing a nearly year-round season had clearly taken its toll on him by the end of last year's Caribbean winter ball season.
Giovanny Urshela (Aguilas del Zulia, 3B) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI - Urshela remains red hot in the early stages of this LVBP campaign, posting a .431/.433/.552 slash line with 2 HR and 16 RBI. The only real complaint is the 0:6 K:BB ratio. Clearly, plate discpline (his difference between AVG and OBP - or, as I like to call it, Isolated Plate Discipline, in only .002) is an issue, but he is doing everything else so well that it's hard to complain too much about it.
Alex Monsalve (Bravos de Margarita, starting DH) - 0-3 - Monsalve had an uneventful night before being pinch hit for by Royals farmhand Carlos Garcia in the top of the ninth inning. Monsalve has batted just above the Mendoza line (.214) in limited plate appearances, but has a 2:2 K:BB ratio.
Ramon Rodriguez (Caribes de Anzoategui, RP) - 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB - Ram-Rod extends his streak of scoreless outings to four and makes it five nights out of six with no runs allowed. He has allowed only 1 ER on 4 H in 9.1 IP. The 3:4 K:BB is a little disconcerting, but otherwise his numbers are solid.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Audy Ciriaco (Estrellas Orientales, PH) - 0-1 - Audy popped out in a ninth inning pinch-hit appearance replacing starting CF (and Marlins AAA player) Austin Wales.
Example: Chisenhall, JRam, and Perez to the Pirates for Josh Harrison - RF.
If they did trade Perez, they'll likely go with a veteran backup C. They probably won't trade him or at least not trade him straight up for anyone unless they feel they are winning the deal.
As for the catchers, none of them are capable Major League backups to use right now. The only one who could maybe be of help later in the year is Wolters.
Rodriguez is not much of a prospect. Signed a few years ago out of Venezuela. If he makes a team out of spring training, he could go to Lake County....but he's a bubble guy.
where did the Indians get this Ramon Rodriguez from because ?? Where is he expected to pitch next year?
Could Monsalve, Lowery, Lucas or Wolters be good back up C's if the Indians were to trade Robo Cop? I think Robocop is going to get some interest this offseason