Winter League results for Indians players

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Why doesn't Cleveland doesn't just host its own Winter League team???

Earlier this month, the Caribbean Series ended with Mexico claiming its third championship in four years by beating Puerto Rico 7-1 in the finale. Here is a brief recap of how Indians prospects fared in the warmth.

Hitters

Player

2013 level

Winter League

AB

AVG

OBP

SLG

Ryan Battaglia

A+

Australian

97

206

347

474

Erik Gonzalez

A, A+

Dominican

163

325

341

454

Jose Ramirez

AA, MLB

Dominican

101

287

321

386

Ronny Rodriguez

AA

Dominican

21

048

167

095

Carlos Santana

MLB

Dominican

32

313

389

438

Audy Ciriaco

AA, AAA (Mia)

Dominican

157

236

309

401

Carlos Moncrief

AA

Puerto Rican

100

230

274

280

Roberto Perez

AA, AAA

Puerto Rican

24

167

333

167

Alex Monsalve

Rk, AA

Venezuelan

12

250

250

250

Jesus Aguilar

AA

Venezuelan

226

327

403

597

Someone named Ben Shorto played five games in the Australian League and had a 489 OPS in just 7 at-bats. I can't find evidence he's ever played in the states. Former Tribe catcher farmhand Mitch Nilsson also had 1 at bat in Australia this winter. Australian baseball... who knew?

Of all of the players who got 100 at bats or more, Jesus Aguilar easily outperformed his fellow Indians. He had a nice even 1000 OPS with 18 home runs and 50 RBI. He even had 27 walks to balance out his 43 strikeouts. Hopefully he can continue this upward trend in Columbus during his age 24 season.

Second best was probably Erik Gonzalez with an OPS of 795. His slugging got a boost from his 6 doubles and 6 triples, not his 1 home run. After a very promising 2013 regular season, Carlos Moncrief did not play all that well. The numbers for Ciriaco, a recent minor league signing, exceed all of his minor league seasons to date. He will be 27 this year.

And as discussed before, Carlos Santana was down there to work on his third base defense. His batting eye was in fine form during his limited regular-season action (the numbers above do not include the DWL's postseason, in which Santana played more games, and posted an even better walk rate, but a lower batting average).

Pitchers

Player

2013 level

Winter League

ERA

IP

K

WHIP

Colt Hynes*

AA, AAA, MLB (SD)

Dominican

0.00

4.0

4

1.50

Enosil Tejeda

A+, AA

Dominican

10.80

1.2

1

2.40

Bryce Stowell

AA

Puerto Rican

5.79

4.2

4

3.00

Brett Brach

AA, AAA

Puerto Rican

4.98

21.2

8

1.29

Tyler Sturdevant

A+, AA, AAA**

Puerto Rican

3.00

3.0

2

0.67

Joseph Colon

A, A+

Puerto Rican

1.93

32.2

22

0.92

JC Ramirez

AA, AAA (PHI)

Venezuelan

8.31

4.1

4

3.00

Anthony Vizcaya

Rk

Venezuelan

15.75

4.0

3

2.75

Bryan Price

AA, AAA

Venezuelan

1.89

19.0

19

0.74

Elvis Araujo

A+

Venezuelan

2.78

22.2

14

1.32

Paolo Espino

AA, AAA

Venezuelan

5.15

43.2

45

1.33

Toru Murata

AA, AAA

Venezuelan

2.38

22.2

15

1.19

Ramon Rodriguez

Rk

Venezuelan

0.00

2.2

1

0.37

**: 2012 level

Tyler Surdevant missed all of 2013, so the levels information is from his 2012 season. He also pitched in the Arizona Fall League with Shawn Armstrong, Trey Haley and Will Roberts.

Most of the pitchers saw very little action in the Winter Leagues, with just six of them throwing 10+ innings. Of those six, Joseph Colon had the best overall numbers. Bryan Price, the last piece of the Victor Martinez deal, had a very nice winter. But he is going to be 27 this year. If something has clicked, he could make a few bullpen appearances.

Paolo Espino is the only player listed who got into any of the Caribbean Series games. He got the win in relief in one of his two appearances, with a total of three scoreless innings as a member of the Venezuelan club in the Series. Sadly, the Indians recently had to put him on waivers, due to the amount of time he'd been in their system, and the Cubs claimed him.

Jesus Aguilar was the big performer, and if he can carry that kind of production back with him to Akron and/or Columbus this year, he could be ready to help the Indians in 2015.

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