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Around the Farm: October 29, 2014

Aguilar’s four-hit game highlights the night on the farm

Around the Farm: October 29, 2014
Jesus Aguilar (Photo: lacima967fm.com)
October 30, 2014
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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.

Here is the rundown of what Cleveland players in fall and winter ball did yesterday:

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Jesus Aguilar (Photo: MiLB)Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 4-for-4, 3 R. Following a 1-for-10 start to his offseason, Aguilar has gone 7-for-8 over his last two games. Just more examples of the fun that happens over small sample sizes!
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Aguilas del Zulia): 1-for-4, 1 R. The power is yet to come through this offseason for Moncrief, but the soon-to-be 26-year-old does own a .421 on-base percentage through nine games.
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Aguilas del Zulia): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 CS, 1 E. Urshela has gone hitless in his last three games (after posting hits in 12 out of his first 13 VWL games), but the third baseman has made up for the lack of hits by drawing his first two walks of the offseason.

Arizona Fall League

  • Grant Sides (RP, Peoria): W (1-0), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 E. Another solid outing for Sides, who is yet to allow a run through seven AFL outings. In addition to the scoreless streak, the right-hander owns a 10:3 SO:BB through 8.1 innings.
  • Francisco Lindor (SS, Peoria): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 SO. Though Lindor has cooled since his hot start to the AFL, the soon-to-be 21-year-old still owns a decent .693 OPS in 16 games.
  • Tony Wolters (C, Peoria): 1-for-4, 1 SO. The AFL season has not gone perfectly for Wolters, who owns a .188/.257/.219 line through nine games, but there is some good news. Wolters is making a ton of contact, only striking out twice (with three walks) in 35 plate appearances, and is waiting for some of that contact to turn into hits instead of outs.

Dominican Winter League

  • Tyler Naquin (CF, Gigantes del Cibao): 0-for-4, 2 SO. This was another rough day for Naquin, who is still looking to shake the rust off after missing the final two months of the minor league season with a broken hand.
  • Jose Ramirez (SS, Toros del Este): 0-for-4, 1 SO. The hits are not falling in through three games for Ramirez, but it is still encouraging to see the 22-year-old trusted by Toros del Este to man both middle infield positions and hit leadoff.

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