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Around the Farm - January 3, 2017: Rodriguez remains hot into playoffs

Ronny Rodriguez has been on a hot streak pretty much all winter as he put together a three-hit performance on Tuesday with a pair of doubles. Plus, a couple more Tribe players (current and former) are popping up in the highlights. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps Tuesday's action.

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.

Dominican Winter League

Ronny Rodriguez (1B, Aguilas Cibaenas): 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K. Rodriguez is swinging a red hot stick to start the winter ball playoffs as he is now batting .462 following a 3-for-5 performance on Tuesday in a 7-5 win by Aguilas. The Dominican infielder is coming off a regular season winter league campaign where he batted .306 with three homers and 12 RBI's to help lead Aguilas to the Caribbean tournament.

Erik Gonzalez (SS, Leones del Escogido): 1-4, 1 R. Unlike his minor league teammate Ronny Rodriguez, Gonzalez is only batting .190 to start the playoffs. On Tuesday, the 25-year-old shortstop went 1-for-4 while scoring one of Escogido's two runs on a walk-off homer by DH Ronny Paulino to break a scoreless tie in the ninth.

Venezuelan Winter League

Jesus Aguilar (1B, Bravos de Margarita): 0-3, 1 K. Since joining Bravos de Margarita for the postseason, Aguilar is batting .333 despite an 0-for-3 performance on Tuesday in their loss to Cardenales. In 42 games for Caracas, the 26-year-old batted .314 with 10 homers in 22 RBI's. This upcoming spring training and season should be interesting concerning his future with the Indians considering the addition of Edwin Encarnacion. After a 30-home-run season for Columbus last year, he might be able to find a better opportunity elsewhere.

Jhoulys Chacin (SP, Caribes de Anzoategui): 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. The veteran right-hander has gotten around since his time in the Indians system in 2015 making big league stops in Arizona, Atlanta and Los Angeles (Anaheim) and is currently under contract with the Padres. While he wasn't charged with the loss, his team was on the short end of a 13-6 blowout on Tuesday as Chacin started the game pitching four innings and allowing two runs.

Luis Valbuena (1B, Cardenales de Lara): 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K. Valbuena has cooled off since the tournament has started as the former Tribesman is batting only .143 after going hitless on Tuesday. While it was only eight games, the veteran infielder still batted close to .400 with two doubles and six RBI's. He still remains unsigned after being granted free agency by Houston.

Puerto Rican League

Joseph Colon (RP, Cangrejeros de Santurce): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 K. After a second half of the season that included shoulder soreness and inconsistency, Colon is back on the mound in winter ball pitching in his native Puerto Rico. So far in two appearances, the right-hander has yet to allow a run or a hit while walking one and striking out one. The 26-year-old earned the call to Cleveland after posting an 0.59 ERA in 13 appearances for Columbus. Overall, Colon went 0-1 with an 0.82 ERA in 20 minor league outings last season.

Giovanni Soto (SP, Gigantes de Carolina): 6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K. After working as a reliever over the last couple seasons in the Indians' and Cubs' systems, Soto has gone back to working as a starter, something he hasn't done with any regularity since 2012. The left-hander has started in all 10 games he has pitched in for Gigantes de Carolina this offseason and done well so far going 4-3 with a 1.42 ERA. Arm and back issues had hindered his durability in recent years, so his ability to return to a starting role is interesting and something the A's are likely monitoring.

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


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