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 Venezuelan Winter League (LVBP) was off on Sunday.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)
Ronny Rodriguez (Aguilas Cibaenas, 1B) - 2-4, 3 R, 1 SB - Ronny-Rod continues to dominate in the LIDOM postseason, batting .381 (16-for-42) in 10 games. He will likely be continuing to play winter ball for a while as the Aguilas have a sizable lead on the rest of the league in the Round Robin phase of the playoffs (see standings below).
Erik Gonzalez (Leones del Escogido, SS) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E - Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to five games as he seems to be past his rough start to the postseason that saw him post a pair of hitless stat lines. There aren't many Indians still playing in the Caribbean, but the ones who are still going are playing some of their best baseball of the offseason in their leagues' biggest games. This speaks well of their ability to play under pressure (Keep in mind that, for many players from the Caribbean, winning a winter league, especially in their home nation and/or combined with a Caribbean Series title, means more to them than winning an American minor league championship).
EX-INDIANS IN LIDOM
Hector Luna (Aguilas Cibaenas, starting DH) - 1-3, 1 K - Luna had a rather pedestrian day at the plate, continuing a rough postseason (batting .179), before being pinch hit for by...
Jose Constanza (Aguilas Cibaenas, PH-backup DH) - 0-1 - Constanza struck out in the eighth and is hitless in the playoffs.
Edward Paredes (Leones del Escogido, RP) - 1 IP, perfect - Paredes's perfect ninth inning quickly brought a merciful end to an ugly day for the Leones.
Anderson Hernandez (Tigres del Licey, PH-backup 2B) - 1-2, 1 K - Hernandez pinch hit for starting SS Sergio Alcantara in the ninth inning and finished the Tigres' 12-inning 2-1 win over the Gigantes del Cibao at 2B.
Jairo Asencio (Tigres del Licey, CP) - S (4), 1 IP, 1 H - Asencio picked up the save with this stellar 12th inning effort.
Colt Hynes (Gigantes del Cibao, RP) - 1.1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Hynes pitched well in extra-inning duty and kept the Gigantes in the game until he was replaced by...
Jose Flores (Gigantes del Cibao, RP) - L (0-1), 0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB - Between this outing and Asencio's save, it would be an understatement to say that ex-Indians played a pivotal role in this game.
Rafael Perez (Gigantes del Cibao, RP) - 0.1 IP - Perez got PH Jorge Bonifacio to ground out to first to get the Gigantes out of the inning, but it wasn't enough.
LIDOM STANDINGS (18-GAME ROUND ROBIN)
Aguilas Cibaenas - 9-1
Tigres del Licey - 4-5
Gigantes del Cibao - 3-6
Leones del Escogido - 3-7
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE (LBPRC) - EX-INDIANS
J.C. Romero (Cangrejeros de Santurce, RP) - H (1) - 0.2 IP, 1 HBP - Romero pitched well to keep the Cangrejeros in the game, despite the hit batter.
Fernando Cabrera (Cangrejeros deSanturce, CP) - S (1), 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Cabrera set down the side in order to secure a 2-0 victory that put the Cangrejeros within a win of eliminating the Gigantes de Carolina, who they lead three games to one.
Giovanni Soto (Gigantes de Carolina, SP) - L (0-1), 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (unearned), 3 BB (1 intentional), 3 K - A solid outing isn't enough for Soto in a crucial game due to an error (by Soto) and a lack of run support.
In the other semifinal, the Indios de Mayaguez and Criollos de Caguas are tied at two games apiece.
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP) - EX-INDIAN
Quincy Latimore (Mayos de Navojoa, LF) - 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 K - Latimore's strong night at the plate was not enough to keep the Mayos from being eliminated by the Aguilas de Mexicali four games to two.
The other first-round series, between the Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Tomateros de Culiacan, is going to game seven. Both teams have qualified for the semifinals due to this being the only series to go seven (the loser who takes their first round series the longest gets the fourth spot alongside the three first round winners), but they will be playing for seeding as the team earning the "best loser" spot is seeded fourth in the semifinals regardless of their regular season performance.