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Winter League numbers for Indians prospects

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Winter League regular seasons in the Dominican Republic, Venezeula, and Puerto Rico have concluded, with postseason action now underway. The Indians have a number of prospects playing in these leagues, so let's take a look at how the more active participants did during the (brief) season they were a part of.

Dominican League

Jose Ramirez (22 years old, SS)

  • .255/.287/.353, .640 OPS in 102 AB, with 2 HR, 6 XBH, 9 K, 5 BB

Audy Ciriaco

.256/.293/.407, .700 OPS in 86 AB, with 2 HR, 8 XBH, 28 K, 5 BB

Venezuelan League

Toru Murata (29 years old, RHP)

  • 22.2 IP, 3.57 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 18 K, 8 BB

Ramon Rodriguez (20 years old, RHP)

  • 22.2 IP, 3.18 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 12 K, 12 BB

Jesus Aguilar (24 years old, 1B)

  • 303/.349/.471, .819 OPS in 119 AB, with 4 HR, 10 XBH, 20 K, 8 BB

Giovanny Urshela (23 years old, 3B)

  • .398/.424/.556, .979 OPS in 108 AB, with 3 HR, 8 XBH, 13 K, 5 BB

Carlos Moncrief (26 years old, OF)

  • .259/.339/.343, .681 OPS in 108 AB, with 1 HR, 7 XBH, 32 K, 13 BB

Anthony Gallas (27 years old, OF)

  • .265/.383/.485. .868 OPS in 68 AB, with 3 HR, 9 XBH, 17 K, 11 BB

Puerto Rican League

Giovanni Soto (23 years old, LHP)

  • 45.0 IP, 2.20 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 45 K, 15 BB

Roberto Perez (26 years old, C)

  • .217/.371/.361, .733 OPS in 83 AB, with 2 HR, 8 XBH, 22 K, 20 BB

None of these sample sizes are so large that we should put too much stock in the results, whether that be for better or for worse. Still, it's interesting to see how these guys, particularly the ones expected to help the Indians in 2015. Ramirez is the expected starting shortstop, Perez the expected backup catcher, and Aguilar, Moncrief, and Urshela are each also on the 40-man roster.

It would've been nice to see Ramirez hit better than that, or show a better walk rate. His main tool is his defense, and he doesn't need to hit much to be a decent MLB starter with a glove like his at shortstop, but he's not going to remain a good MLB starter if his offense looks like this.

Perez is a similar player, in that plus defense at an tough position means he doesn't need to provide much offense, especially as a backup. Those 20 walks are a continuation of what he's shown in the last couple years, and make him potentially one of the better reserve backstops in baseball.

Moncrief is aging out of prospect status, and the Indians have outfielder more highly touted than him expected to be ready in another year or two. If he's going to become an MLB player, he needs to have a big 2015. His very high strikeout rate this winter is not encouraging.

Urshela continued his incredible 2014 with a tremendous winter league season, but it was ended early by a knee injury. Fortunately he did not need surgery, and while his spring training may get off to a late start, he is expected to be ready by Opening Day, or within a couple weeks of it. If Lonnie Chisenhall struggles, Urshela could be manning the hot corner in Cleveland by June.