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
Ronny Rodriguez (1B, Aguilas Cibaenas): 0-for-4, K. Ronny-Rod continues to be a one man show here at IBI as he's one of only a small handful of Indians players still playing winter ball - and really the only one playing everyday. He's really struggled over the last week and had arguably his worst stretch of games all offseason and has seen his slash line in the playoffs drop to .276/.295/.368 in 18 games. He's only sporting a .092 isolated power in the playoffs as well, which is down from the .157 ISO he sported in 44 games during the Dominican regular season. Perhaps it is just a short slump, or maybe he's just worn out from 62 games of winter ball on top of 120+ games of ball he played stateside from April-September with Triple-A Columbus. He might well end up playing winter ball all the way through the Caribbean Series, which runs through the first week of February. He's a Major League invite to camp this year for the Indians and positon players report on February 16th, so he may only get a little over a week off before starting his long 2017 campaign. It will be interesting to see how his body holds up and how he does physically and mentally without any real down time in the offseason leading into what could be a big year for him as a pro.
Puerto Rico Winter League
Joe Colon (RP, Cangrejeros de Santurce): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Colon came on in the sixth inning with two outs and runners on first and third with three runs already in and promptly served up a single to allow an inherited runner to score. His team ended up losing in the 12th inning in walkoff fashion on a base hit that scored a runner from second who had reached with two outs on a fielding error by the right fielder. The error and hit not only won the game for Criollos de Caguas, but won the league championship as they won the best-of-nine series 5 games to 3.
Elsewhere in the Caribbean
Aguilas del Zulia beat Cardenales de Lara 5-2 to win the best-of-seven Venezuela Winter League championship 4 games to 1.
Aguilas de Mexicali beat Caneros de los Mochis 6-1 to even their Mexican Winter League best-of-seven series at two games apiece.