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Around the Farm: October 30, 2012

Around the Farm: October 30, 2012
October 31, 2012
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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 (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues.  The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.

Here is the rundown of what Indians players in fall and winter ball did yesterday.

Arizona Fall League

  • Ronny Rodriguez (2B, Scottsdale Scorpions): 1-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI, SB.  Rodriguez continues to see most of his playing time at second base in the AFL (just 1 game so far at shortstop). He has made 1 error so far in 36 total chances at second base compared to 1 error in 7 total chances at shortstop.
  • Carlos Moncrief (RF, Scottsdale Scorpions): 1-for-5, R, 2 K. As expected, Moncrief was taken off the taxi squad on Tuesday and will now be able to play with a lot more regularity the final two-plus weeks of the AFL season. In 3 games he is 5-for-13 with 2 extra base hits and should now get a better chance to showcase his growing skills on a more frequent basis.
  • Alex Monsalve (C, Scottsdale Scorpions): 1-for-3, 2 R, 2B, BB. Like with most catchers playing in the AFL the playing time continues to be limited for Monsalve; however, he has been at his best the last two games going 3-for-7 at the plate with 2 doubles (his only 2 extra base hits this fall).
  • Trey Haley (RP, Scottsdale Scorpions): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Haley threw a very efficient 19 pitches over his 2.0 innings of work, throwing 11 of them for strikes and did not allow a baserunner. Since his first outing in the AFL on October 9th when he allowed 2 runs in 1.0 inning of work he has had 6 straight scoreless appearances covering 8.0 innings (1 H, 1 BB, 2 K).

Dominican Winter League

  • Juan Diaz (SS, Estrelles de Oriente): 0-for-4, K. Diaz is just 2-for-13 (.154) so far this offseason, and is off to a slow start defensively as well with 2 errors in 18 total chances.
  • Tim Fedroff (LF, Aguilas Cibaenas): 0-for-2, K. Fedroff was pinch hit for in the 6th inning, likely because a left-hander was brought in to face him (these DWL managers play to win). So far his winter ball campaign has gotten off to a cold start as he is just 8-for-35 (.229) in 9 games, and after getting a hit in each of his first 7 games he has been held hitless in his last 2 games.
  • Kelvin De La Cruz (RP, Aguilas Cibaenas): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. It’s good to catch up with a former Indians minor leaguer, and De La Cruz had a good outing in his winter ball debut. The Indians parted ways with him in spring training and he pitched for Double-A Erie (Detroit Tigers) this past season, and in 30 games (18 starts) went 5-8 with a 4.92 ERA. In fact, De La Cruz was sandwiched in this game between two other former Indians minor league relievers as Luis Perdomo pitched before him and Josh Judy relieved him.

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User Comments

Jim
October 31, 2012 - 3:25 PM EDT
Rodriguez is light's out as a second baseman...I don't have the numbers in front of me...but they were similar in Carolina this year...

He's a better second baseman than shortstop...IMO...and clearly looked more natural there than at short in 2012...
Norm
October 31, 2012 - 2:22 PM EDT
Jack, FWIW I have heard he is using his "heavy" two seamer on 90% of his pitches. It is his four seamer and breaking ball that are primarily K pitches. Suspect this is by design.
Andy
October 31, 2012 - 2:06 PM EDT
I forgot about Barnes. It looked like his slider really improved this season. Hopefully that keeps RH hitters from sitting on his changeup.
Jack
October 31, 2012 - 12:39 PM EDT
Haley has been my choice as breakout player of the year for the last several years and it hasn't quite happened yet - but I am still hopeful that this kid's command continues to improve. There's no denying he has one of the best arms in the organization and he's still young. I'm actually hoping at some point that he's moved back to a starting role.

But a little surprising that his K rate is so low in Az - so far. I suppose it's a matter of him trying to throw strikes and maybe taking a little off the velocity?
Tony
October 31, 2012 - 11:01 AM EDT
Willie, I agree on Barnes. The Indians would like to move him back to the rotation, but the uncertainty with the lefty relief corps of Perez, Sipp and Hagadone may keep him in the pen next year.
Willie
October 31, 2012 - 10:43 AM EDT
The Tribe should move Barnes back to the rotation. They need a lefty and Scott still has some projection as a SP --- He hasn't pitched himself out of the discussion IMO. Other than one rough outing Barnes pitched well. But I think the uncertainty around Hagadone, Raffy Perez and Sipp unfortunately could motivate mgmt to keep Barnes in the pen.
Tony
October 31, 2012 - 10:11 AM EDT
Soto and Salazar have middle of the rotation potential for sure, but like you said, they could end up as relievers. But the Indians are very committed to both right now as starters, and Salazar is one that they believe is going to remain a starter and potentially impact the big league rotation very soon.

House is more of a backend starter type, so no, there are no upper level pitching prospects that project to be much more than a 4-5 starter. It's a problem right now in the upper levels.....although if Barnes is moved back to the rotation he has MOR ability as well.
Andy
October 31, 2012 - 9:30 AM EDT
Do you see anybody above A ball that projects to at least a MOR starter? Maybe House? Seems most of the current upper level starting prospects - Adams, McFarland, Packer, Salazar, Soto - are more likley to be ML relievers.
Tony
October 31, 2012 - 8:39 AM EDT
I'm a very big fan of Haley....always have been. I'm still a little concerned about the fastball command as he moves to AAA and potentially the big leagues, but there is no denying the work ethic and stuff. The maturity was something that was always not there, but expected given that he was fresh out of high school and it takes time sometimes for those guys to "get it". He's always been an outstanding person, it is the maturity within the game that has improved and it is showing. Not to mention he is finally 100% healthy. I think there is no way in hell the Indians leave him off the 40-man this November.
Norm
October 31, 2012 - 4:39 AM EDT
Your last two blogs from the AFL have reminded me of the 2008 draft the five of us worked on. Where was Jeff when we needed him? Haley looks pretty good and House is showing real well. We talked Moncrief yesterday. Three of the players from that draft have reached the MLs. Might even be a few more. Wondered if Haley would ever grow up, learn his mechanics to go with that incredible arm. House looks he has figured some things out but does not have the ceiling of Haley and Moncrief that I see. But not as suspect of getting there.

Do you see any chance Haley will be 40'D?

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