Around the Farm: October 7, 2014 (AFL Opening Day)
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.
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.
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
are you surprised that Naquin didn't go to thE AFL?? Any news on how Naquin is doing with the hand??