BY JUSTIN LADA
INDIANS BEAT WRITER
Indians developmental league update
A day of rest really did a lot for the Scottsdale Scorpions. Two Indians prospects had good offensive days and a pitcher stayed on a hot streak.
RHP Trey Haley (2IP 1K) Haley hasn’t allowed a run in eight innings, he hasn’t allowed a walk in his last four. He hasn’t had a wild pitch five innings. He also only has two strikeouts in nine innings of work. Is this really Curtis ‘Trey’ Haley? He’s pitching to contact, letting his natural stuff work for him. He has always had a plus fastball and a an above average, near plus slider. It’s his control that has held him back. He has by far been the Indians best performer in the AFL, pitcher or position player.
SS Ronny Rodriguez (1-5 2B 3 RBI SB) Ronny has eight hits in his last four games (.363) In addition to the two run double, he also had an RBI groundout. Getting productive outs from R-Rod is big, for someone who will probably always strike out a lot. There isn’t a lot of importance placed on results in this league, considering the climates and ballparks, but Rodriguez is seeing pitching much more advanced than he saw all year in Carolina, and the results he is producing after a slow start, are encouraging.
C Alex Monsalve (1-3 2B RBI R BB) Like Rodriguez, Monsalve has been much better as of late and is facing advanced competition (split time in Low A Lake County and High A Carolina, most of the league is AA-AAA players). A lot of people wonder who behind Santana, has the ability to catch at the big league level; it’s Monsalve. He might have a better arm and block better than Santana. He’s not quite as athletic, and in two years, he’ll only be 22 and has a shot to put a lot of these tools together in one package.
OF Carlos Moncrief (1-5 2Ks) Moncrief is also a young, raw player as I’ve mentioned. The fact that he’s hitting the ball after having surgery on his hand, is very impressive. He may get a little more playing time from here on out. His mindset of where he is development wise, is encouraging as well.
Dominican Winter League
OF Tim Fedroff: (0-2 K) Fedroff is 2-15 over his last four games and further back, 6-30. Even though he had hits in his first seven games, he’s had none the last two games. none were for extra base hits. It’s a surprising fall for someone who’s offensive game relies on making contact and getting on base.
Also worth noting, 1B Jesus Aguilar, as removed from Leones del Caracas. No word why, but his 17 strikeouts in eight games compared to one walk might have had something to do with it. The Caribbean leagues, unlike the Arizona Fall League, aren’t development first. They are extremely competitive leagues, with players who play in those countries year round wanting to win for their home teams. The move shouldn’t discourage about Aguilar however. He is also going to be a guy who strikes out. Being back around more familiar teammates and coaches in the organization will help him come spring.