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Around the Farm: October 7, 2014 (AFL Opening Day)

Around the Farm: October 7, 2014 (AFL Opening Day)
Francisco Lindor (Photo: Zimbio)
October 8, 2014
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Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.

Note, all players played for the Peoria Javelinas, the AFL affiliate the Indians share with the Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, and Tampa Bay Rays.

Francisco Lindor (SS) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K - A solid, if unspectacular, start to a fall campaign that will be crucial inevaluating Francisco's major league readiness.  Hopefully, his tendency to struugle for a few weeks at a new level doesn't carry over to the AFL as he only has six weeks in the Valley of the Sun to impress against a steady diet of other teams' top prospects.

Jordan Smith (DH) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI - Jordan begins a fall season which he hopes is a breakout one with a multi-hit effort, a run, and an RBI.  Hopefully we get a look at him in the field soon. He needs a big showing after a disappointing season at Double-A Akron this year.

Nick Maronde (RP) - 1.1 IP, 2 H - Maronde has a solid relief effort to start his AFL season.  The fact that it was a relief appearance may raise some questions since the Indians were committed late in the season to their "building Nick Maronde back up into a starter" experiment; however, it should be noted that Dylan Baker is expected to get the starter innings for the Indians. Each team is permited one starting pitcher, and Baker is said to be the one from the Indians so he can make up some lost innings this year.

User Comments

Vic Venom
October 9, 2014 - 7:53 PM EDT
You can make the argument that he was the Tribe's most impressive minor league player last season. I also believe he had like a 20-22 game hitting streak. I think he should get a look next season at RF. Would be a BIG TIME upgrade over Murphy.
October 9, 2014 - 8:06 AM EDT
Vic Venom,

Naquin shut alot of ppl up last year with his excellent play. He talked extensively about the adjustments he had to make at the plate and went out, did it too. I hope he gets healthy because he looks like he's going to be a solid player
Vic Venom
October 9, 2014 - 12:46 AM EDT
I hope Naquin gets some time at the major league level next year. He had a great season at AA before getting injured and I would love for him to turn out to be a good MLB player so Keith Law and all that crap he was talking he can eat CROW.
October 8, 2014 - 7:30 PM EDT
Hiram, Naquin is still not 100%. Plus he played in the AFL last year (guys typically don't repeat after they were a full time guy there the previous year). There is a decent chance he could get some time in somewhere in winter ball in Latin America this offseason.
October 8, 2014 - 3:13 PM EDT

are you surprised that Naquin didn't go to thE AFL?? Any news on how Naquin is doing with the hand??
October 8, 2014 - 11:21 AM EDT
The AFL typically does not mean much in terms of what the Indians do with a player the next season....but I think a very good AFL showing could be enough to push the timeline up a little for Lindor. He still has no chance to open the season in Cleveland next year for service time and experience and playing time reasons....but it could make him a much more viable option by the end of April or beginning of May if need be.
Head Check
October 8, 2014 - 10:07 AM EDT
Good luck Francisco... Here is a great opportunity to work on your base running!
October 8, 2014 - 9:43 AM EDT
A nice time for the AFL to begin.. Good luck to our papooses as they ply their trade and hone their craft toward becoming ML players...

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