Around the Farm: October 9, 2013
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.
I arrived in sunny (and windy) Arizona very early on Wednesday morning and ventured over to the Instructional League game against the Royals. Unfortunately, the AFL game was happening at the same time and I was unable to attend it, but I will be there for the two night games on Thursday and Friday. Note, the Instructs ATF will continue to be separate and premium pieces, with the final one posting on Tuesday.
Arizona Fall League
Jake Lowery (C): 1-for-3, 2 RBI, K. It should be noted that Lowery was not playing for Surprise.....but instead is playing for Peoria. I figured something was up as I wondered why he was not on the Surprise roster when I knew he was playing, well, that's because he is on another team. This is a first for me as I don't recall ever seeing a team have a player on a separate team than the one team all of their players are assigned to. Maybe the Indians made a deal so that they could get Lowery some work at catcher, who knows. I'll be sure to ask about this one. In any event, he is on the taxi-squad which means he is only eligible to play on Wednesday's and Saturday's....so we won't see his name in the box score all too often this fall.
Tony Wolters (C): 0-for-4, K, PB. A tough first day at the plate for Wolters, but aside from the passed ball the reports I got were that he played well and looked comfortable and showed the ability behind the plate. He moved well, showed the athleticism and the arm is there. It is all about picking up the nuances to the position and developing his game calling, receiving, and blocking skills. Remember, this guy was not even a catcher seven months ago.
Jeff Johnson (RP): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Armstrong and Haley went on Tuesday, which left the only other Indians pen guy to go on Wednesday. Johnson really labored in this outing and maybe showed some first game jitters as he threw 20 pitches in his one inning of work and threw 12 balls and 8 strikes. He managed to limit the damage as he struck out two and yielded just one run on a hit and walk, but one thing of note was his velocity was noticeably down as he was only at 88-91 MPH the whole time....and averaged about 89 MPH. That's not the Jeff Johnson we know as that's about 2-3 MPH below his normal range and average.
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