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Around the Farm: October 9, 2014

Lindor's power, Venezuelan Winter League openers highlight the night on the farm

Around the Farm: October 9, 2014
October 10, 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. 

Francisco Lindor (SS, Arizona Fall League): 4-for-6, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SO, 1 SB

Francisco Lindor (Photo: MiLB)After posting a fairly pedestrian .273/.307/.388 line and four times the number of strikeouts as walks in his first 38 games in Triple-A, this is the kind of outing that is great to see from Lindor. Despite always being young for his level, the 20-year-old’s offense had never slipped quite as far as it did in Columbus this season, a result that would seem to point to a player in need of more polish in the upper levels of the minors. Jose Ramirez’s presence as a decent (if not better than that) option at shortstop will also probably keep Lindor in the minors to start the season, but it will not just be Ramirez or service time that leads to Lindor spending a little more time with the Clippers. The shortstop still has work to do, but that work is something Lindor can start on in the Arizona Fall League. Based on Thursday, it looks like it is underway.

  • Louis Head (RP, Arizona Fall League): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO. Head is a little farther away from helping the major league team than some other right-handed relievers the organization has in the minors, but following a dominant half-season in High-A (and a decent half-season in Double-A), the 24-year-old is another guy to keep an eye on in 2015.
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Venezuelan Winter League): 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 2 SO. Urshela picked up right where he left off in the regular season, though the strikeouts are not normally a part of his game.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Venezuelan Winter League): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 SO. Moncrief, on the other hand, elevated his game here following a solid, but a little disappointing 2014. If things go right, the right fielder's time in Venezuela could set him up for a leap forward next season.
  • Eric Berger (SP, Venezuelan Winter League): W (1-0), 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO.  Berger may not be in the system anymore, but it is still nice to see a solid start from an old, mustachioed friend.

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User Comments

October 10, 2014 - 6:59 PM EDT
I'm a Lonnie Chisenhall fan, but I'm hoping Urshela takes his game up a notch, and that he gets an invite to ST. I hope to go to Arizona for the 1st time next spring, and I'd love to get an up-close view of how he plays.
October 10, 2014 - 11:20 AM EDT
Head is not a candidate for a ML invite. Anything can happen, but I don't see it. That doesn't mean he is not a prospect (he is) it just means his timetable is not really Cleveland in 2015.
October 10, 2014 - 11:11 AM EDT
Will Head get invite to Major league camp? Seeing him starting in Akron and finish in Columbus in 15. If he dominates AA and AAA, I would not be surprised if the Indians use him in 15.

Good to see Moncrief and Urshela have a good debut to there winter ball season. If they dont get traded both can play a factor for the Indians in 15.

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