Recapping the Indians Dominican Winter League Performances
By David Roberts
Several weeks ago, we chronicled the Indians minor leaguers participating in the Dominican Winter League as members of several of the Dominican teams. Here is how the eleven Indians farmhands faired in the DWL.
The 27-year-old lefty who missed significant time during the 2012 season after a self-inflicted broken wrist after a rough outing with the big league club sought to make up some time in the Dominican Winter League.
He made six appearances for Aguilas Cibaenas logging six innings of relief to the tune of a 0-1 record and a 9.00 ERA. He struggled with his control as he struck out eight but walked five. The lefty has a chance to be an impact hurler in the Tribe pen in 2013 if he puts together a solid spring.
Salazar, the 20-year-old righty posted a solid 2012 season after getting healthy. The Dominican native looked to pick up some extra innings and continue his success.
He posted a record of 0-3 but that was deceiving record as the righty appeared in five games, three of which were starts. Over those five outings, he logged 14 innings and tossed his way to a 3.86 ERA for the Tigres del Licey. Salazar again demonstrated his ability to be a solid pitcher with a high strikeout rate as he struck out 17 and only walked four in his 14 innings of work.
Cid, a 23-year-old outfielder looked to build upon his 2012 campaign, the best of the youngster’s career. In the end, Cid made very few appearances in the winter league.
The 23-year-old Dominican native played in six games for Aguilas Cibaenas. He only picked up four at bats and did not collect single hit but he did manage to score a run.
The 20-year-old shortstop put up stalwart numbers in the 2012 regular season. He spent the fall playing in the Arizona Fall League where he added some playing time to the tune of decent numbers. The youngster managed to get a little extra offseason playing time in by playing in Dominican Winter League.
He appeared in three games for Estrellas de Oriente. He made one plate appearance in which he collected a hit, steal a base and score a run.
The 20-year-old shortstop another member of the Tribe’s stellar middle infield prospects put together an exciting 2012 campaign and ventured south to the Dominican League to continue his success.
The Dominican native impressed yet again playing for Toros del Este in 38 games where he batted .312 with five doubles, 22 RBIs, 22 runs scored and 10 steals. The youngster continued to display his ability to get on base not only with his bat but also with plate discipline as he walked 18 times to 23 strike outs in 141 at bats.
The 23-year-old shortstop posted a solid 2012 season across three levels of baseball that even earned him a brief call-up to the majors. The Dominican native, sought to pick up some extra playing time through winter ball.
Diaz appeared in 39 games for Estrellas de Oriente in which he batted .259 with two home runs and drove in 13. His plate discipline left a little to be desired and his glove work was a little shaky with eight errors but he does still appear as another young infield option for the Tribe.
The 25-year-old outfielder put together a stellar campaign in 2012 and made waves in consideration of bring the homegrown product to Cleveland as an outfield option. He took off for winter ball to continue to sharpen his skills in preparation for the 2013 season and a shot at the majors.
Fedroff played in 19 games for the Aguilas Cibaenas managing to bat .239 with one homer and five RBI’s in his limited playing time. The young outfielder did however demonstrate good plate discipline walking 10 times to 18 strikeouts in 71 at bats.
The 25 year old catcher/infielder who was acquired by the Indians earlier this offseason from the Blue Jays alongside Mike Aviles for Esmil Rogers was looking to get in some extra playing time after a solid 2012 campaign between Triple-A and the major leagues.
Gomes appeared in 17 games with Toros del Este in which he batted .186 with four homers and seven runs batted in. In his limited time in the Dominican League Gomes demonstrated just what he has his entire career, a power hitter who struggles with consistency.
The 23-year-old first baseman was snagged off waivers by the Indians from the Blue Jays earlier this offseason. Between Double-A and Triple-A, McDade showed excellent plate discipline and power. He looked to demonstrate much of the same in some extra playing time in the Dominican League.
In 24 games with Toros del Este, McDade posted a .286 batting average to go along with eight RBIs. Although not a particularly flashy line, the young first baseman showed consistency and ability to get on base.
The 26 year old catcher for the Indians had an up and down 2012 campaign but finished with a solid second half for the Tribe. Looking to continue his positive progression from the second half of the season, he decided to play winter ball.
Santana appeared in 20 games for Leones del Escogido where he batted .197 with six runs driven in. Although Santana struggled for most of his winter ball stint, things started to heat up for him in the last few games.
The Tribe this offseason signed the 27-year-old utility infielder as a non-roster invitee. He has seen only seven games in the major leagues but has put together solid numbers in his years in the minors. Spears decided to play winter ball in hopes to sharpen up his skills going forward to competing for a job in 2013.
He managed to only play in six games for Gigantes del Cibao and batted just .063. He did manage to walk three times to five strikeouts in 16 at bats, which shows some plate discipline.
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