Around the Farm: October 31, 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)
Tony Wolters (2B) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B - Tony extends his hitting streak to four games with his first multi-hit game of theAFL season. He has been getting more regular playing time as he has been playing every other day as of late and his form seems to be improving as he is 5-for-16 (.313) in those four games.
Jordan Smith (DH) - 1-4, 2 K - Smith's hitting streak is now at six games, although he has cooled off a bit as his last three have all been of the one-hit variety. That said, he is still posting a .300/.326/.345 slasjh line in his 10 most recent ballgames.
Louis Head (RP) - H (1), 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K - Head recovers quite nicely from a rare run allowed in his last outing with this solid inning. Head is really performin well this fall. Hope some of it carries over to next spring and summer.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Anderson Polanco (Leones del Escogido, RP) - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 WP - The rust of a month and a half off from competitive baseball - though he did pitch in Instructional League this fall - was evident in Anderson's LIDOM 2013-14 debut.
Tyler Naquin (Gigantes del Cibao, CF) - 1-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K - Tyler may have only had one hit on the night, but it was a double. That extra-base knock combined with some solid discipline to make it a good, if unspectacular, night for Naquin in the Dominican.
Audy Ciriaco (Estrellas Orientales, PH) - 1-1 - Ciriaco made the most of his lone plate appearance in the game. He hit a grounder to left for a single in a ninth inning pinch-hit appearance for Estrellas catcher and Orioles farmhand Brian Ward.
Jose Ramirez (Toros del Este, SS) - 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI - J-Ram has his best game to date of a rough start to his winter campaign in his fourth contest of the LIDOM season.
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE (LBPRC)
Giovanni Soto (Gigantes de Carolina, RP) - 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K - Gio Soto has a scoreless winter league debut despite allowing three runners to reach base in only two innings.
J.C. Ramirez (Gigantes de Carolina, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K - J.C.-Ram follows his organization-mate on the mound and also has a scoreless offseason debut.
Roberto Perez (Indios de Mayaguez, C) - 3-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB - The backup catcher for Cleveland has a stellar night at the plate as the starting catcher for the Indios de Mayaguez as he bounces back rather spectacularly from a rough opening night performance.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)
Giovanny Urshela (Aguilas del Zulia, 3B) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 K - Gio makes it two multi-hit games in a row after a recent rough stretch. He seems to be back to his seemingly superhuman form of the early part of the LVBP season. Even with his recent struggles he is still posting a 387/.415/.480 slash line with 10 RBI in 18 winter league games.
Carlos Moncrief (Aguilas de Zulia, RF) - 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K - Moncrief finally returns to the form he showed in the first three games he appeared in this winter season in Venezuela. The strikeouts are still a concern, but if he can put his recent poor performance behind him, they won't be nearly as much of one.
Jesus Aguilar (Leones del Caracas, 1B) - 0-5, 1 K - Aguilar continues his feast or famine (mostly famine, unfortuantely) winter season. I'm beginning to think the RBI Machine is rusting like he did in winter ball last year, just earlier than he did in 2013-14.
AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (ABL)
Ryan Battaglia (Brisbane Bandits, 3B-C) - 0-4, 3 K, 1 E - The Brisbane Backstop remains hitless on the southern hemisphere summer season as he makes his first appearance of the 2014-15 campaign as the backstop for Brisbane.