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Around the Farm - November 29, 2016: Pantoja and Martinez rack up extra bases

Two infielders were lacing extra base hits left and right on Tuesday on opposite ends of the spectrum as the journeyman Michael Martinez recorded a double and triple in the Dominican while the young prospect Alexis Pantoja came up with a triple in Puerto Rico. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps that plus other winter ball highlights.

Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians players 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 Caribbean Leagues and Arizona Fall League. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.

Puerto Rican League

Alexis Pantoja (SS, Tiburones de Aguadilla): 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI. Pantoja recorded his second triple of his winter ball campaign thus far as well as his first game with multiple runs scored as Tiburones topped Criollos 7-6 on Tuesday. The 20-year-old batted just .197 in 57 games for Mahoning Valley in his third season of pro ball. In 11 games in Puerto Rico so far, Pantoja is batting .290 with three doubles, two triples and three RBI's.

Dominican Winter League

Abraham Almonte (DH, Toros del Este): 0-3, 1 BB. Almonte is just getting his winter ball campaign started after sitting out for the Tribe's playoff run to the World Series due to his suspension earlier in the year. Tuesday was just his fourth game for Toros del Este as he went 0-for-3 with a walk. After batting .264 in 67 games for the Indians this season, the Dominican native has logged a .235 average in four winter league games without an extra-base hit, a walk and two strikeouts.

Michael Martinez (2B, Estrellas Orientales): 2-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI. While fans may still be having painful flashbacks to Michael Martinez grounding out weakly to Kris Bryant to end Game 7 of the World Series, he is now down in the Dominican Republic to start his winter league season with Estrellas Orientales. In his offseason debut, the veteran utility player had a solid night at the plate recording a triple, double and two RBI's in a 5-1 win over Licey. Martinez was sent outright to Triple-A Columbus earlier this month.

Audy Ciriaco (3B, Estrellas Orientales): 2-4, 2 R. Ciriaco hasn't played for a major league organization since his time with the Indians from 2014-15 where he played in 189 combined games for Columbus. In 22 games for Estrellas so far, the veteran is now batting .190, up from .169 after recording two hits on Tuesday.

Colt Hynes (RP, Estrellas Orientales): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K. Tribe fans may remember Hynes best for making a reunion with Coco Crisp possible as he was the player sent in return to Oakland in the deal. Now a free agent, the left-hander is pitching for Estrellas as he is now two appearances into his winter ball campaign. Tuesday was the first time he managed to record an out as he struck out the only batter he faced bouncing back from an outing where he gave up a run with two walks without recording an out.

Gabriel Arias (RP, Tigres del Licey): 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 K. Arias last pitched in the minor leagues in 2015 with Arizona, a year after spending time with the Indians in Double-A and Triple-A. The right-hander had been pitching a solid offseason campaign up until Tuesday compiling a 2.57 ERA in five games. Against Estrellas, Arias allowed two on three hits as hitters are now batting well over .300 against him in six games.

Jake Dungan is the Managing Editor for IBI and a podcast host on the Smoke Signals Network. Email him at or follow him on Twitter @JakeDBaseball

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