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Around The Farm: January 5, 2017 - Ex-Indians lead the way

On a quiet night for current farmhands, it was a pair of former Indians that stole the show.

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.

Note: The Indians do not currently have any minor leaguers in the Mexican Pacific League, and the Puerto Rican League was off on Thursday. No current Indians farmhands participated in the Venezuelan Winter League.

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE

  • Ronny Rodriguez (Aguilas Cibaenas, 2B-1B): 1-4, R, RBI, K – With a one-hit performance on Thursday, Rodriguez offseason average went to .383 (13-for-34). He’s totaled 17 bases in eight playoff games and has now driven in five. One concern is that he has yet to draw a walk in postseason play (six strikeouts).
  • Erik Gonzalez (Leones del Escogido, SS): 0-2, BB – Gonzalez is now 6-for-26 this postseason with five runs scored, three RBI and six strikeouts. He’s only walked once, though, which becomes a concern when you add in only six walks in 21 regular season games.

EX-INDIANS IN THE VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE

  • Luis Valbuena (Cardenales de Lara, 1B): 3-4, R, 2 RBI – In a back-and-forth match against the Bravos de Margarita that ultimately ended in a 9-8 win for Valbuena’s squad, the former Indian hit a big two-run single in the eighth inning to continue his solid offseason play. He hit .393 in the regular season with six RBI in eight games and is now hitting .364 through three playoff contests.
  • Niuman Romero (Caribes de Anzoategui, 1B): 3-4, R, RBI, BB – Romero, like Valbuena, has had a very solid offseason at the dish. The former Indian hit .314 in 25 regular season games in Venezuela with 13 runs and 10 RBI. He also sported a .413 OBP and had more walks (14) than strikeouts (13).

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