Around the Farm: October 26, 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.
Note, the Arizona Fall League was off on Sunday.
Dominican Winter League
Jose Ramirez (SS, Toros del Este): 1-for-4, R, BB. Ramirez made his offseason winter ball debut leading off forToros and playing shortstop. He had a typical Ramirez night getting on base twice – he actually singled in his first plate appearance. He also cleanly made the three plays he was involved in at shortstop, two of them coming in the ninth with his team protecting a 4-3 lead. He’s played a lot of winter ball the two previous seasons, but considering how important he is to the Indians next season it would be a surprise if they allow him to play 60 games again this offseason.
Venezuela Winter League
Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 0-for-4. Aguilar is off to a slow start with Caracas as he is just 1-for-10 in his first three games. Even so, the team expects big things from him as he is their cleanup hitter and arguably was the second best hitter in the league last season.
Giovanny Urshela (3B, Aguilas del Zulia): 0-for-2, BB, K, HBP. Urshela was held hitless for the first time in over a week, but he still managed to reach base twice in his four plate appearances. He has reached base in all but one of his 14 games this offseason – that hitless game on October 25th – and the walk was his first of the offseason.
Elvis Araujo (RP, Aguilas del Zulia): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Araujo’s second appearance of the offseason was just as good as his first as he threw a scoreless inning. Even though he allowed some traffic he showed his ability to work out of jams and get the strikeout. We may not be following Araujo long this offseason as he is a free agent and the fact he did not already resign and is now eligible to be signed by any team means his chances of returning are very slim.
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