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Around the Farm - January 10, 2017: Old friends steal the spotlight

Playoffs continue in the Caribbean as the winter leagues wind down to the final tournament. For the Indians, it was a couple of former players who put together highlight performances on Tuesday. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps all the 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.

Venezuelan Winter League

Luis Valbuena (1B, Cardenales de Lara): 3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB. Of all the current and former Indians players in action on Tuesday, Valbuena put together arguably the most impressive performance racking up three hits and driving in a pair of runs as Cardenales de Lara topped Bravos de Margarita 6-2. The veteran infielder has now raised his playoff average over .300 with after this effort as he still awaits a call for his next big league job.

Jesus Aguilar (1B, Bravos de Margarita): 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K. Tuesday was a rare slow night at the plate for Aguilar as he has been locked in so far in the playoffs, but even without recording a hit, he was still somewhat productive by getting on base with a pair of walks in two plate appearances. Despite the hitless performance against Cardenales, the Venezuelan slugger is still batting a robust .345 for the tournament.

Dominican Winter League

Rafael Perez (RP, Gigantes del Cibao): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 2 K, W. Like former teammate Luis Valbuena, Perez is one former Tribesman who put on quite a show on Tuesday for his respective winter league club. After impressing during the regular season going 4-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 17 appearances, the veteran southpaw has carried his hot streak into the postseason earning his first win and lowering his playoff ERA to 2.08 for Gigantes.

Erik Gonzalez (SS, Leones del Escogido): 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K. Gonzalez played a role in Escogido's win over Aguilas by driving in one of five runs scored to secure the victory. For the Dominican infielder, it was his fifth RBI of the tournament and his 17th on the offseason overall after driving in 12 in 21 games during the regular season. Gonzalez is set to enter spring training competing for a utility role on the Indians' bench.

Ronny Rodriguez (2B, Aguilas Cibaenas): 0-4, 1 K. Much like Jesus Aguilar, Rodriguez has been red hot all postseason long. However, Tuesday was one of those nights where he just happened to cool off a bit going 0-for-4 with a strikeout in a 5-2 loss for Aguilas. Even with that kind of night, though, the 24-year-old's average only dropped to .348 after batting an impressive .306 during the regular season campaign.

Puerto Rican League

Joseph Colon (RP, Cangrejeros de Santurce): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 K. While Colon may have only pitched a third of an inning, he did his job and has still yet to allow a run in the Puerto Rican League tournament. In fact, the right-hander has yet to allow a run this offseason altogether after getting a late start to his winter ball campaign. After a dominant start to the year in Columbus last season where he posted an 0.82 ERA in 20 games, Colon made his major league debut where he had mixed results in a dozen games. If a bullpen role in Cleveland becomes vacant, he should be one of the first to get the call.

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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