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Winter League Update

November 19, 2007
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Right-handed relief prospect Jeff Stevens continues to make his name noticed, and is primed for a potential bullpen role in Cleveland sometime in 2008 if he continues to pitch as well as he has in 2007 and this offseason. Team USA just won the World Cup, and Stevens was a big contributor in the bullpen throwing six shutout innings and only giving up three hits while striking out five.

Stevens pitched briefly in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and also pitched for Team USA against teams in the AFL in a tune up for the World Cup. Combined with his World Cup performance, this offseason Stevens has thrown: 12 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K. He also chipped in with three saves, and his fastball continues to gain life as it is not sitting around 95 MPH. Keep an eye on this guy, as he could move fast in 2008. I will also have a full, detailed scouting report on him when my Top 50 list is released in January.

In addition to Stevens, here is a quick listing of how Indians players from all levels of the organization are doing in winter ball. This list is unofficial as I am trying to verify if I have accounted for all the Indians players, but here is who I have so far:

Dominican Winter League:

Argenis Tavarez (C, Gigantes del Cibao): .000 AVG (0-1), .000 OBP
Chris De La Cruz (IF, Aguilas Cibaenas): .375 AVG (3-8), 1 2B , 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, .375 OBP
Andy Marte (IF, Azucareros del Este): .289 AVG (13-45), 3 2B, 9 RBI, 4 BB, 12 K, .373 OBP
Jose Constanza (OF, Azucareros del Este): .321 AVG (9-28), 3 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K, 3 SB, .406 OBP
Jason Cooper (OF, Azucareros del Este): .221 AVG (15-68), 5 2B, 9 RBI, 11 BB, 24 K, 3 SB, .333 OBP
Juan Lara (LHP, Estrellas Orientales): 0-0, 3.60 ERA, 5 games, 5 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 7 K, .235 BAA
Joanniel Montero (RHP, Leones del Escogido): Has not played
Argenis Reyes (IF, Leones del Escogido): .343 AVG (24-70), 1 2B, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 SB, .365 OBP

Venezuelan Winter League:

Armando Camacaro (C, Caribes): .111 AVG (1-9), 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, .273 OBP
Asdrubal Carbrera (SS, Cardinales): .254 AVG (29-114), 7 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 13 BB, 22 K, 4 SB
Mariano Gomez (LHP, Augilas): 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 game, 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 0.00 BAA

Mexican Winter League:

Roman Pena (OF, Aguilas): .210 AVG (13-62), 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 7 BB, 19 K, 1 SB, .306 OBP

Nicaraguan Winter League:

Luis Perdomo (RHP, Leon): 1-1, 1.86 ERA, 1 save, 8 games, 9.2 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 6 K
Jerad Head (C, Leon): .136 (6-44), 2 2B, 5 RBI, 9 BB, 13 K, 2 SB, .300 OBP
JD Marton (RHP, Leon): 1-1, 2.31 ERA, 4 games, 20.1 IP, 14 H, 2 BB, 12 K

It should be noted that there are other payers peppered around in all of these leagues, but they have not played yet (i.e. Joanniel Montero, Lucas Montero, Eddie Mujica, etc).

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