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 (LIDOM)
Erik Gonzalez (Leones del Escogido, SS) - 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB - Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to four games and stole his second base of the postseason. Erik is batting .272 (9-for-33) in the postseason with two doubles and four RBI. His recent form is a significant improvement over how he started the playoffs as he is 6-for-16 (.375) during the hitting streak, compared to 3-for-17 (.176) in his first four games in the Round Robin.
Ronny Rodriguez (Aguilas Cibaenas, 2B-1B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 K - Ronny-Rod continues a stellar LIDOM postseason, Wednesday's golden sombrero notwithstanding. He is batting .368 (14-for-38) with four doubles and five RBI in nine playoff appearances. Three of those games were multi-hit efforts, all of the three-hit variety. The only concern about such a performance is that it may lead to him reporting to minor league spring training exhausted from playing baseball virtually nonstop.
Aguilas Cibaenas - 8-1
Tigres del Licey - 3-5
Leones del Escogido - 3-5
Gigantes del Cibao - 2-5
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)
Jesus Aguilar (Bravos de Margarita, 1B) - 2-4, 1 K - Through three postseason games, Jesus has alternated multi-hit and hitless games. The result has been a .364 batting average (4-for-11) with a double and an RBI, both from his first game of the series. Aguilar also drew both of his walks in that game and has struck out once in each game since. The 2:2 K:BB ratio is still impressive, however, especially for a power hitter. While the postseason sample size is small, the news so far is good, especially when his solid LVBP regular season is taken into account.
PLAYOFF SERIES (BEST-OF-7)
Aguilas del Zulia defeat Tigres de Aragua 4 game to 0
Cardenales de Lara and Bravos de Margarita tied 2 games apiece
Caribes de Anzoategui and Tiburones de La Guaira tied 2 games apiece
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE (LBPRC)
The LBPRC was off on Friday night.
PLAYOFF SERIES (BEST-OF-7)
Gigantes de Carolina and Cangrejeros de Santurce tied 1 game apiece
Indios de Mayaguez lead Criollos de Caguas 2 games to 0
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP) - NO CURRENT INDIANS
PLAYOFF SERIES (BEST-OF-7)*
Aguilas de Mexicali lead Mayos de Navojoa 2 games to 1
Caneros de Los Mochis lead Venados de Mazatlan 3 games to 0
Tomateros de Culiacan lead Naranjeros de Hermosillo 2 games to 1
*Results through Thursday's games, all three Friday LMP games were in progress at press time.
Finally, I would like to wish a Merry Christmas to all of my Eastern Orthodox readers!