Around the Farm: January 15, 2013

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 Caribbean Leagues.  The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game.

Here is the rundown of what Indians players in winter ball did yesterday. The Australian Baseball League was off on Tuesday.

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Paolo Espino (SP, Caribes de Anzoategui): 5.1 IP, 2 R/ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR. As has been the case for much of this winter, Espino has another solid, if unspectacular showing on Tuesday night. Espino has now pitched a total of 45 innings this winter. He’s been consistent and has been able to get somewhat deep into games, but the one problem has been home runs. Espino has now allowed 11 in those 45 innings, which is an extremely high number. It sadly serves as some evidence as to why Espino is really nothing more than organizational depth.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (SS, Leones del Caracas): 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K. This was not one of Cabrera’s better nights at the plate, but he still has had a very strong winter. So far, Cabrera has now gone 27-for-90 in 22 games this winter.

Dominican Winter League

  • Jose Ramirez (2B, Toros del Este): 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K. Does this kid ever slow down? Ramirez had what may have been his best game so far this winter as he fell just a home run shy of the cycle. One would think that the 20-year-old would start to tire from the high amount of games played this year, but it just has not happened yet. Overall, Ramirez has now gone 63-for-199. And guess what? The best may be yet to come. Who knows what kind of progress the switch-hitting infielder is capable of making this coming season?
  • Jerry Gil (CP, Estrellas de Oriente): (S, 10), 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 1 HR. After walking a tightrope in Monday’s contest, Gil walked an even tighter one on Tuesday. Gil allowed two runs to score, which came off a two-run home run off the bat of top Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Starling Marte. Though, Gil still managed to get the job done and notch the save, which was his 10th save in 10 opportunities so far of this winter season. The Marte shot was also the first home run that Gil has allowed so far this winter.

Puerto Rican Winter League

  • Roberto Perez (C, Indios de Mayaguez): 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K. The downward spiral continues for Perez. Perez had actually performed decently well this winter, but he has been unable to muster a hit since round robin playoffs began. The one thing he has continued to do nicely is draw walks. He has now drawn 15 and struck out 13 times.

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