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
Jairo Asencio (RP, Tigres del Licey): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 K, S. Since the start of the Dominican Winter League playoffs, the former Tribe reliever has been nearly perfect serving as Licey's primary closer as he has yet to allow an earned run and already has six saves under his belt. During the regular season, the right-hander went 1-3 with a 4.26 ERA in 21 outings while piling up 16 saves. Asencio made 18 appearances with the Indians in 2012 and went 1-1 with a 5.96 ERA. He last appeared in the majors in 2013 with Baltimore.
Erik Gonzalez (SS, Leones del Escogido): 0-4. Gonzalez's offense has cooled off a bit in the postseason as he is batting .238 after compiling a .273 mark in 21 games during the regular season. Heading into the new season, the Dominican native has a chance to make the opening day roster as a utility player. In 16 at-bats for the Tribe, Gonzalez had five hits, adding up to a .313 average.
Venezuelan Winter League
Luis Valbuena (1B, Cardenales de Lara): 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB. Valbuena may not have gotten a hit on Tuesday, but he still had a hand in Cardenales de Lara's 2-1 victory as he got on base twice via the walk and scored on of the two runs. The veteran infielder continues hitting well during the Venezuelan winter ball playoffs as his batting average is still up toward the .300 mark at .293. With Jose Bautista now likely going back to the Blue Jays, the market for sluggers could start moving again and thus Valbuena could be getting a call soon.
Niuman Romero (3B, Caribes de Anzoategui): 0-3, 1 BB. The former Indians infielder has spent the last several years bouncing around throughout the minor leagues spending time with six different organizations since his last major league appearance with the Red Sox. After batting .314 in 25 regular season winter ball games, Romero is now batting .275 so far in the playoffs. The 31-year-old was originally signed as an amateur free agent by Cleveland in 2002 and made his Tribe debut in 2009 batting .143 without a homer or RBI in 10 games. He spent last season in the Mets organization.