ATF: December 5
- Giovanny Urshela (3B, Cartagena Tigres): 0-for-3, K, BB. Urshela continues to get some much needed extra playing time this offseason in his home country of Colombia. What he needs more than anything is more experience and more opportunities to swing the bat so he can work through his limitations and give himself something to build upon for this coming spring.
- Jesus Aguilar (1B, Leones del Caracas): 1-for-3, 2 R, HR, RBI, 2 BB, 1 K. People will immediately look at Aguilar’s homer (his second in Venezuela) and view it as a positive. While that is true, the bigger positive is the 2 walks. Improving his plate discipline is what is going to separate him as a prospect and help ensure he has success at the upper levels and that looks to be sinking in this offseason as he now has 19 walks in 25 games. He had 46 walks in 126 games during the regular season.
- Hector Rondon (RP, Leones del Caracas): Rondon did not pitch last night. In fact, he has not pitched since November 5th. According to a source he had a setback somewhere around that last outing, either during it or just before it, and he has been pulled from winter league play. He will no longer pitch this offseason and continues to be evaluated. News on his condition could come in the next few days, possibly later today, and there is also a good chance he ends up as the player the Indians end up clearing from the 40-man roster to make room for the Grady Sizemore resigning.
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