Around the Farm: October 26, 2013
Aguilar's power, Ramirez's three hits highlight night's action
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.
Venezuelan Winter League
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 2-for-6, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI. The big nights just to continue to come for Aguilar. The big first baseman has now gone 23-for-60 in 15 games this fall while compiling five home runs and 17 RBI along the way. What’s even better though is the fact that Aguilar has gone hitless in just one of those 15 games.
- Ezequiel Carrera (CF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 0-for-3, 2 BB. Carrera’s modest three-game hit streak was snapped in this game, but he did manage to get on base twice via the walk. Carrera has been drawing plenty of walks this fall as he now has 11 in 15 games.
Arizona Fall League
- Jake Lowery (C, Peoria Javelinas): 1-for-3. Lowery has not been overly impressive in any outings, but he has now managed to at least collect a hit in three of the four games he’s played.
- Shawn Armstrong (RP, Surprise Saguaros): 2 IP, 3 K. This was just a dominant performance for Armstrong. In two perfect innings of relief, Armstrong threw just 20 pitches, and 13 went for strikes. To make things even better, he recorded three strikeouts along the way.
Dominican Winter League
- Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Estrellas de Oriente): 0-for-4, 1 K. Rodriguez has gotten off to a rough start this offseason. In four games, he’s now gone just 1-for-13.
- Juan Diaz (SS, Estrellas de Oriente): 0-for-0. Diaz actually came on to replace Rodriguez in the contest, but he did not manage to get an at-bat.
- Jerry Gil (RP, Estrellas de Oriente): 1 IP. Gil has looked good so far this fall as he’s yet to allow an earned run in 3 1/3 innings of work. Saturday was arguably his best performance so far as he was perfect in his one inning of relief.
- Jose Ramirez (SS, Toros del Este): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K. Now, there’s the Jose Ramirez we all know and love. With his three-hit night, Ramirez snapped an 0-for-8 slump and raised his average all the way up from .217 to .296. Remember what Ramirez did last year in winter ball? Knowing that, there’s a good chance that nights like Saturday are just precursor of more good things to come.
- Rafael Perez (RP, Gigantes del Cibao): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K. There’s a familiar face. Perez is pitching for Gigantes del Cibao this offseason as he tries to reestablish his value and possibly gain a Major League job this spring. He’s off to a good start so far as he has not allowed a run in 4 1/3 innings of work.
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Hope to see all the prospect in action this spring in Goodyear - particularly Aguillar, Lindor, Ramirez, and some of the young outfielders. Hopefully Columbus will be loaded with good young position players for a change.
Of course, one would imagine there are some other major league teams that will do the same.
Aguilar has a lot to prove, but not hard to see that he's on that path right now. I hope he proves that he's more than just a serviceable first baseman. He's much more athletic that is being reported...just wished he was more consistent at first base. He had stretches in Carolina where he looked very good...and stretches where he was very bad. It's the mark of a young player. I don't think, defensively, he's ever going to be much above average, but folks make him sound like he should be put in jail rather play first base. That's not the case at all.
Jose Ramirez is a starter in the big leagues. I suppose you can argue whether or not next year is the year or not, but he's a whole lot better than people realize. Enough with the Akron analogy as why he SHOULDN'T play in the bigs in 2014....you just need to watch the trends as the year progressed, and realize what Akron and Canal Park are.
Good stuff Steve...