Cleveland Indians 2013 in Review: DSL Indians

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We begin our minor-league review with the worst team in the organization in 2013.

2013 DSL Indians

Roster - Schedule - Scoreboard

Record: 25-46 (8th, Boca Chica Northwest)

The Dominican Summer League is a league in which Dominican and Venezuelan players (if the club doesn't have a VSL club) play until they are deemed ready for the US leagues. Generally the players are 16-18 years old, so it's the equivalent of a very high-level high school tournament or showcase. I believe every major-league organization has at least one DSL team, and some have two, which indicates how much talent is coming from the Dominican Republic nowadays.

The DSL is an extreme pitchers' league. There were only 45 players to have an OPS over .800, and that's quite amazing considering there are 35 teams in the league. Conversely, there were 78 pitchers to post an ERA under 3.00. So adjust your frame of reference when you look at these numbers. Also, keep in mind that the DSL Indians were one of the worst teams in the entire league, so there weren't many players that really stand out.

Position Players

Age
Position/Player Pos.
PA BA/OBP/SLG OPS 2B HR SO BB
19
Kevin Calderon
C
168
.160/.240/.207
.446
7
0
38
15
19
Juan Carlos Moncion
1B
223
.231/.315/.344
.659
13
3
41
22
19
Erlin Cerda
2B
246
.253/.387/.364
.750
18
0
25
35
17
Jorma Rodriguez
SS
233
.201/.303/.256
.559
7
0
37
27
18
Alexis De Los Santos
3B
149
.237/.322/.305
.627
6
1
23
16
18
Francisco Miguel
LF
212
.205/.299/.319
.617
4
5
47
24
17
Hector Caro
CF
205
.249/.302/.317
.620
13
0
27
13
19
Yoel Sanchez
RF
103
.228/.304/.337
.641
3
1
29
10
17
Emmanuel Tapia
DH
248
.223/.298/.317
.615
11
2
56
16
17
Grofi Cruz
UT
283
.231/.276/.281
.557
11
0
38
15

Yikes. Erlin Cerda had a good year, but there's a very large gap between he and the next-best hitter. You do need to keep in mind, once again, that the DSL is an extreme pitcher's league, but even if you take that into account the results are still dreadful. For reference, here's what some current Tribe prospects did in the DSL:

  • Ordomar Valdez (2012) 269 PA, .284/.403/.339 (Age 18)
  • Yonathan Mendoza (2012) 165 PA, .287/.401/.309 (Age 18)
  • Juan Herrera (2011) 226 PA, .297/.384/.391 (Age 18)*
  • Luigi Rodriguez (2010) 249 PA, .301/.403/.461 (Age 17)
  • Erik Gonzalez (2010) 258 PA, .346/.384/.442 (Age 18)
  • Jesus Aguilar (2009) 238 PA, .305/.412/.460 (Age 19)
  • Giovanny Urshela (2009) 117 PA, .269/.316/.389 (Age 17)
  • Alex Monsalve (2009) 252 PA, .274/.337/.335 (Age 17)

*Traded for Marc Rzepcynski in July 2013

In other words, I don't think anyone really jumps off the page like Jesus Aguilar or Luigi Rodriguez did. Grofi Cruz and Hector Caro are considered prospects because of their tool sets, but to this point the results haven't shown up. And that's ok, because those two are just 17 years old, or the age of your typical high school junior. Francisco Mejia skipped the DSL entirely, and he undoubtedly would have stuck out given what he did in the AZL.

Pitchers

Age Player Role IP G ERA H/9 SO/9 BB/9
19 Edward Estrella SP 63.0 14 2.86 7.1 7.4 3.6
19 Daniel Gomez RP 53.2 18 2.52 8.6 5.2 3.2
16 Luis Araujo SP 49.0 14 4.04 9.2 6.6 4.4
18 Luis Jimenez SP 48.0 16 5.25 10.7 5.2 4.9
18 Jesus Ramirez RP 45.0 15 3.00 9.2 4.4 3.2
18 Erick Algarin RP 41.0 13 2.63 8.6 7.5 2.6
19 Francisco Lopez SP 39.1 12 1.83 7.3 10.8 4.1
19 Johan Puello RP 38.2 18 4.42 9.5 6.8 4.9
17 Julio Arosemana RP 37.2 17 3.82 8.1 5.0 6.2

I wouldn't pay too much attention to the SP or RP designation, as the typical outing for any pitcher in the DSL is at most 3 innings.And for reference, here's what some current Tribe minor-league pitchers did in the DSL:

  • Luis Gomez (2012) 48.1 IP, 0.56 ERA (Age 19)
  • Ramon Rodriguez (2012) 52.1 IP, 2.75 ERA (Age 18)
  • Anderson Polanco (2011) 61.0 IP, 1.77 ERA (Age 18)
  • Luis Lugo (2011) 29.1 IP, 3.38 ERA (Age 17)
  • Enosil Tejeda (2010) 71.2 IP, 1.76 ERA (Age 21)
  • Elvis Araujo (2008) 57.0 IP, 1.89 ERA (Age 16)

Again, no one sticks out, though there are some good performances, like Francisco Lopez and Edward Estrella. Still, it's pretty easy to see why this club finished 20 games under .500 (and that's hard to do with only 71 games!)

Prospects That Matter: None

Rule 5 Eligibles: None

Minor-League Free Agents: None

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