Around the Farm: January 12, 2013
Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. 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 (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
Note that the Dominican Winter League was off last night. Here is the rundown of what Cleveland players in fall and winter ball did yesterday:
Venezuelan Winter League
- Ezequiel Carrera: (LF, Navegantes del Magallanes): 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB: Zeke is hitting .257 in the playoffs, and .279 overall during the winter leagues. Overall, Carrera has had a solid campaign, scoring 27 runs in only 39 ballgames, while stealing 12 bases. If the Indians don’t make any moves in the outfield for the remainder of the offseason, he’s likely the prohibitive favorite to be the fourth outfielder for the Tribe.
- Asdrubal Cabrera: (SS, Leones del Caracas): 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K: Cabrera singled and drove in a run in the bottom of the fifth, and was ultimately thrown out at home on a throw by Ezequiel Carrera that was relayed home. Cabrera was thrown out in the bottom of the tenth, along with his manager, arguing after he struck out. Cabrera is hotter than a firecracker offensively, hitting .361 in the playoffs, and .313 overall during the winter leagues. It’s good seeing the fire in Cabrera. Perhaps it’s showing a player that’s ready to work hard over the offseason, and allowing him to come into camp in shape, and give him the stamina to stay strong all season.
- Jesus Aguilar: (1B, Leones del Caracas): 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB: Aguilar is hitting .280 during the VWL playoffs. On Saturday night, he scored his run in the third inning after walking, moving to second on a passed ball, and scoring on a double. Aguilar has shown the ability to lift his play as the importance of games increases, and that seems to be the case again during the winter league. Hopefully, as games become increasingly important as he moves through Double and Triple A, that trend will continue.
- Andrew Campbell: (CF, Brisbane Bandits): Game 1: 1-for-3: Game 2: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI: Campbell has the average back above the .300 level, and is now hitting a hefty .305, while driving his fourth homer and tenth RBI of the season. These are typical stats for Campbell, who hit .301 in 2011, but with the added power. This doesn’t change his status with the Indians, as the Australian League is lacking true major league talent.
- Ryan Battaglia: (C, Brisbane Bandits): Game 2: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K: Battaglia played in his first game since January 6th, and was 1-for-16 heading into Saturday’s game.
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