Around the Farm: October 27, 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.
Venezuela Winter League
Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, BB. It was only a matter of time before Mr.Aguilar broke out in Venezuela. After going just 1-for-10 in his first three games, he exploded with a three hit, two extra base hit and four RBI night. This is a stat line that many will recognize was a nightly occurrence for him last offseason, so hopefully he is on track to repeat his impressive 2013-2014 winter ball campaign once again.
Giovanny Urshela (3B, Aguilas del Zulia): 0-for-4, K. Urshela has gone hitless now over his last two games (0-for-6). It will be interesting to see if this is nothing or if it is the start of a slump and a leveling out of his numbers which were on fire the first 13 games in Venezuela. That walk rate still concerns me as he has just 1 walk in 68 plate appearances (1.5%).
Dominican Winter League
Tyler Naquin (CF, Gigantes del Cibao): 1-for-4. A relatively quiet night for Naquin who is now just 4-for-17 in five games out in the Dominican Republic this offseason. He has barely been out there a week but has played regularly and should continue to do so, likely until right before Thanksgiving when most American players go home for the offseason.
Audy Ciriaco (3B, Estrelles de Oriente): 1-for-3, 2B, K. Ciriaco recorded his first hit in five games and is now 1-for-9 in the early going for his Estrelles team. He is a minor league free agent and someone I would love to see the Indians bring back and have on hand at Triple-A Columbus next season. He is not a Major League option, but his versatility and production fit in well on the roster.
Arizona Fall League
Nick Maronde (RP, Peoria Javelinas): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Maronde’s perfect inning drops his ERA in the AFL to 11.42 in six appearances. Thanks to two blowup outings where he allowed 10 runs (all earned) in 1.1 total innings, a hijacking of one’s ERA is going to happen. He’s feeling through things as even though he finished well at Triple-A Columbus, he is being rebuilt by the Indians and they believe the adjustments they are implementing will eventually click and make him a possible depth starting option for them next season. I talked to him out in Arizona a few weeks back and will have a feature story up on him soon.
Francisco Lindor (SS, Peoria Javelinas): 1-for-3, R, 2B. After a hot start where he went 8-for-19 in his first four games, Lindor is just 8-for-41 (.195) over his last 10 games. His slash line of .267/.313/.417 in 14 games out in Arizona is rather unimpressive, but this is more about him polishing his game and fine tuning a few things rather than putting up a great stat line. Scouts are still raving at his play out there, so whether he hits .100 or .400 in the AFL this season he is a guy who is set to impact the Cleveland roster at some point next season.
Tony Wolters (C, Peoria Javelinas): 1-for-4. Much like Lindor, the focus is more on the process and not the results with Wolters. He is only playing two or three days a week, so without the regular playing time he hasn’t developed a rhythm at the plate. Again, this is all about getting him more experience on the defensive side of things and really develop those catching skills to be ready to help at Triple-A Columbus at some point next season and maybe even Cleveland.
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I am not giving up on Aguilar at all, but I can definitely see him end up being an Ernie Young kind of guy who puts up great AAA numbers and has a long career at AAA....but just never gets over the hump in the big leagues. Many players have had great, long careers even if they don't stick in the big leagues.
Jesus Aguilar.. while he's put up some impressive numbers, just doesn't seem to have the kind of bat control or plate discipline you're looking for in a middle of the order masher.. He's a big guy.. no doubt.. but, lots of big guys with faster bats make better contact than he does.. IDK that Jesus Aguilar will EVER be anything more than a numbers producing AAAA type player. He is surprisingly spry around the bag at 1B.. that is a part of his game that has improved.. More is needed before he should be given AB's at the corner of Ontario and Carnegie... imho..
Like I said in another post. Aguilar needs at bats in Cleveland. I really think that he can be that run producer that we are looking to aquire through a trade.