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Around the Farm: October 8, 2013

Around the Farm: October 8, 2013
October 9, 2013
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Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians prospects. 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 and the Caribbean Leagues.  The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.

Welcome to the first ATF of the offseason covering the exploits of the Indians players in the various offseason leagues. Note, the Instructs ATF will continue to be separate and premium pieces, though there are only a handful left as Instructs wraps up on Monday.

Arizona Fall League

  • Tyler Naquin (CF): 1-for-5, R, K. Naquin actually hit the ball much better than his line suggests. He singled on a groundball to right field his first time up then lined out sharply to second based his next time up. In his final at bat in the 8th inning he lined out to center field. If the Indians were keeping track that was three hard hits in five at bats for a 60% hard hit percentage which is very good (hard hit percentage is a stat they keep internally which carries a lot of weight). 
  • Joe Wendle (2B): 0-for-2, R, 2 BB, 2 K, E. An interesting day for Wendle as he did not put the ball in play in four plate appearances thanks to the 2 strikeouts and 2 walks. Of more concern is the fielding error as his defense is something that gets varying reviews from many in the scouting industry.
  • Shawn Armstrong (RP): 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K. Armstrong struck out the first batter he faced in the 8th inning but then the aforementioned error by Wendle opened the flood gates as he allowed three straight singles with a caught stealing in the middle of it all before a strikeout ended the inning.
  • Trey Haley (RP): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Haley came on in the 9th for the one-run save and allowed a single to the first batter he faced and then the batter stole second during the next at bat. With the tying run on second with no outs he buckled down and set the next three batters down in order with a strikeout, groundout to second base and flyout to center.

Follow Tony and the Indians Baseball Insider on Twitter @TonyIBI. Also, his new book the 2014 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider which profiles the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is available for sale.

User Comments

October 9, 2013 - 11:55 AM EDT
Glad to see Naquin squaring the ball up, he's very athletic. I think defensively he can play in the majors right now, but he's gotta make more good contact in the batter's box. Hey Tony did you bring the radar gun?

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