Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Beat the Streak, April 23

Yes! With Jon Singleton and Teoscar Hernandez going deep, my slump was busted.

So, what happened in Tuesday's games?

- Jayne still leads the pack as Domingo Santana delivered an RBI single early on in Memphis to move up to 7.
- Nance got a perfect day from Robbie Grossman to extend her streak to 2. Matt Naber got off the canvas with Grossman.
- pacbellpilgrim's double down paid off with Ronald Torreyes and Carlos Correa, moving him into 2nd place.
- hooksfan got a triple from Brett Phillips as QC blasted Clinton.
- Thomas Marr got back in the game with Andrew Aplin's RBI single.
- Chris (@BullpenBoxes) also got a homer from Teoscar, but Preston Tucker was 0-4.
- Rip Noblin also began a new streak with Rio Ruiz.

Today, I'll go with a couple of 2013 draftees: Tony Kemp and Chase McDonald.

Today's Games

OKC is off.
CC vs. Midland, 7:10
Lancaster @ Inland Empire, 9:05
Quad Cities @ Clinton, 6:30

Current Active Streaks

Jayne- 7

pacbellpilgrim- 4

Daniel Nelson (hooksfan)- 3

Nance, Me- tied at 2

Rip Noblin, Matt Naber, Thomas Marr- tied at 1

Former Astros Playing in Independent League Baseball

With Atlantic League Independent baseball (including the local Sugar Land Skeeters) getting started up this week, I looked around to see what former Astros and/or former Astro minor leaguers are currently on Independent League rosters. Here are a few that I've found:

ATLANTIC LEAGUE - Season starts 4/24

Bridgeport Bluefish
Drafted by the Astros in the 20th round in 2004
Played in 155 games for the Astros from 2007 to 2011, hitting .187/.267/.315
Since played in Twins, Cardinals and Dodgers minor league systems

Camden Riversharks
Originally signed by the Phillies out of Venezuela in 2004
Signed with Houston as a free agent in November 2012
Played in 49 games for Houston with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.295 WHIP in 2011
Missed 2012 after a freak injury and played for AA Corpus Christi in 2013

Long Island Ducks
Drafted by Houston in the 23rd round in 2010
Played three seasons in the Astros minor league system from 2010 to 2012
Played for the Ducks in 2013, hitting .254/.292/.402 with 24 doubles, five triples and 15 home runs

Somerset Patriots
Drafted by Houston in the 19th round in 2003
Played in 46 games for Houston in 2008 and 2009, hitting .276/.317/.342
Played with the Brewers and Cubs organizations in 2012 and 2013

Sugar Land Skeeters
Drafted by Houston in the 8th round in 2005
Played in the Astros minor league system from 2005 to 2011
Played in the Toronto minor league system in 2012
Played for the Skeeters in 2013, hitting .219/.336/.416 with 14 doubles and 21 home runs

Drafted by the White Sox in the 2nd round in 1998
Played in the major leagues for the Expos, Nationals and Reds from 2004 to 2008
Pitched in two games for the Astros in 2010
Pitched for the Skeeters in 2012 and 2013 (1.79 ERA and 1.109 WHIP in 62 games in 2013)

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION - Exhibition Games Start 5/4

Grand Prairie Air Hogs
Signed by Houston out of Venezuela prior to the 2007 season
Played in the Astros minor league system from 2007 to 2012
Pitched for the Air Hogs in 2013 (4.98 ERA & 1.593 WHIP in 9 games/8 starts)

Lincoln Salt Dogs
RHP Danny Meszaros (28)
Drafted by Houston in the 48th round in 2008
Played in the Astros minor league system in 2008 to 2011
Sat out the 2012 season after undergoing TJ surgery
Pitched for the Salt Dogs in 2013 (5.52 ERA & 1.364 WHIP in 22 games)

Drafted by the Astros in the 7th round in 2008
Played in the Astros system from 2008 to 2011
Played briefly in the White Sox organization in 2012
Played Independent League ball for Fargo-Moorhead, Laredo & Lincoln in 2012 and 2013
Hit .260/.332/.390 with 16 doubles, two triples & three home runs in 58 games last season

Sioux Falls Canaries
LHP Adam Champion (26)  According to Kirk Clark, Adam has retired.
Drafted by Houston in the 24th round in 2010
Played in the Astros minor league system for two seasons in 2010 and 2011
Pitched for Somerset, Evansville and Sioux Falls in 2012 and 2013
Had a 6.29 ERA and a 1.632 WHIP in 24 starts for Sioux Falls in 2013

RHP Kirk Clark (25)
Signed by Houston as a NDFA out of Creighton in 2009
Pitched for Houston from 2009 to 2012
Pitched in 10 games for Schaumburg in 2012
Pitched for the Canaries in 2013 (3.86 ERA & 1.634 WHIP in 36 games)

LHP Joe Bircher (24)
Drafted by Houston in the 10th round in 2012
Pitched in the Astros system in 2012 and 2013 (3.59 ERA & 1.385 WHIP)

RHP Erick Gonzalez (22)
Drafted by Houston in the 15th round in 2012
Pitched in the Astros system in 2012 and 2013 (2.83 ERA and 1.389 WHIP)

OF Drew Muren (25)
[NOTE: I had heard that Drew had been released, but never saw it reported officially. I think we can safely say that is the case since he is now listed on the Canaries roster.]
Drafted by Houston in the 22nd round in 2011
Played in the Houston system from 2011 to 2013, hitting .270/.347/.378

Saint Paul Saints
Drafted in the 5th round in 2009 by the Astros
Played for Houston from 2009 to 2013, hitting .273/.345/.303
Missed virtually all of the 2013 season due to injuries sustained in an auto accident

Winnipeg Goldeyes
RHP Christian Garcia (22)
Drafted by Houston in the 29th round in 2012
Pitched in the Houston system from 2012 to 2013 (4.85 ERA and 1.456 WHIP)

Sioux City Explorers
LHP Kenny Long (25)
Drafted in the 22nd round in 2012 by Houston
Pitched in the Houston system from 2012 to 2013 (4.25 ERA and 1.333 WHIP)

FRONTIER LEAGUE - Season starts 5/16

Traverse City Beach Bums
Drafted by the Rockies in the 11th round in 2011
Came to the Houston system in the December 2012 Wilton Lopez trade
Only pitched in three games for Lancaster in 2013 before missing the remainder of the season due to injury

Normal Cornbelters
Signed by Houston as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic
Played in the Astros minor league system from 2006 through 2012
Pitched for the Cornbelters in 2013 (4.55 ERA and 1.638 WHIP in 22 games/8 starts)

Frontier Greys
Originally signed by the Giants as a NDFA out of Perth, Australia
Drafted by Houston in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft in December 2012
Pitched 40 games at three levels in the Houston system in 2013 (4.60 ERA & 1.517 WHIP)

Southern Illinois Miners
Drafted by Houston in the 2nd round in 2008
Played from 2008 to 2012 in the Astros minor league system, hitting .249/.312/.353
Did not play in 2013

Joliet Slammers
Signed with Houston as a NDFA out of Coastal Carolina in 2013
Pitched in 20 games for the Greeneville Astros in 2013 (5.22 ERA & 1.670 WHIP)

Drafted by the White Sox in the 11th round in 2011
Came to the Houston system in the July 2012 Brett Myers trade
Pitched for Lancaster in 2013 (1 start at Oklahoma City) with a 7.18 ERA and 1.906 WHIP

Rockford Aviators
Signed by Houston as a NDFA in 2012
Pitched in the Houston system in 2012 and 2013 (4.08 ERA & 1.413 WHIP in 46 games)

I feel certain that I've probably missed a few guys, and there will likely be a few more signing up as the various opening days get closer. If you know of a former Astro playing Independent ball this season that I missed, leave a comment and I'll add them to the list.

I think I'll post this on the sidebar of the main page of the blog so that we can keep an eye on these guys. I don't know about you, but my interest in them doesn't end when they leave the nest. Best of luck to all of the lads!



Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sweep!



Oklahoma City 8, Memphis 3

W- David Martinez (3-2)
L- Scott McGregor (0-3)

OKC home runs: Jon Singleton (8, solo in 3rd), Jonathan Meyer (1, solo in 3rd)

The RedHawks earned the split as they jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first third of the game, then added 3 more in the 7th to secure the victory.

David Martinez went 5 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits and walked 1. Bobby Doran tagged in for 3 innings and gave up 2 runs (both in the 8th) on 4 hits and walked 1, and Rhiner Cruz worked around a pair of 2-out hits to finish it off, striking out the side in the 9th. All 3 OKC strikeouts belonged to Cruz.

Robbie Grossman began the game with a walk and opened the scoring when he came home on a Domingo Santana single. Ronald Torreyes added an RBI single in the 2nd, and then Singleton and Meyer both hit solo blasts in the 3rd. Kiké Hernandez added to the lead in the 7th when he hit a 2-run double, and Singleton chipped in once again with a sac fly. Meyer, who finished 2-4, scored OKC's final run as he scored on a wild pitck from Nick Greenwood/Erik Castro walk in the 8th. Grossman reached safely in all 5 of his plate appearances, going 2-2 with 2 runs scored and 3 walks.

After getting today off, the RedHawks will welcome Nashville to Bricktown for a 4-game series beginning Thursday. Mike Foltynewicz and Rudy Owens are scheduled to be Thursday's pairing; they'll take on Ariel Peña at 7:05.

Corpus Christi 6, Midland 5 in 12 innings

W- Andrew Robinson (3-0)
L- Conner Crumbliss (0-1); he actually started in RF in this game.

CC home runs: Chris Epps (1, grand slam in 2nd)

The Hooks found themselves in a 5-0 hole as the RockHounds jumped on Aaron West in the first 2 innings. They responded by landing a haymaker in the 2nd in the form of Chris Epps' grand slam, and Andrew Aplin tied the game with an RBI single in the 4th. 15 zeros on the board later, Nolan Fontana finally put up a 1 in the bottom of the 12th with his 4th hit of the evening, a single to bring home Jio Mier. Aplin, Matt Duffy, and Mier all had 2 hits; Fontana finished 4-7.

West went 3.1 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. The bullpen proceeded to throw 8.2 scoreless to pick him up. Alex Sogard was first up, and he allowed 2 hits and walked 1 in 2.2. The next 3 relievers threw 2 innings apiece: Jordan Jankowski allowed a hit while striking out 3. Travis Ballew allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. And finally, Andrew Robinson allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3.

Luis Cruz and Ross Seaton will take on Andrew Werner in game 3 at 7:10.

Lancaster 5, Inland Empire 1

W- Josh Hader (1-0)
L- Alex Keudell (0-3)

Lancaster home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (2, 2-run in 1st)

The JetHawks took off with 4 in the 1st... and they were never seriously threatened in this one as they won rather handily, leading 5-0 after 2 innings and holding the 66ers to 3 hits.

Tony Kemp led off with a single, and then Teoscar Hernandez opened things up with his 2-run homer. The blast extended Hernandez's hitting streak to 8 games. After Carlos Correa lined out, Rio Ruiz got on board with a single, then scored on a Brandon Meredith double. Meredith came around to score on Danry Vasquez's single. Jordan Scott led off the 2nd with a double, advanced to 3rd on a Kemp flyout, and scored on a wild pitch. Kemp, Correa, and Ruiz each had 2 hits; Correa now has 3 straight multi-hit outings.

Coming off his worst outing of the season, Josh Hader bounced back impressively. He went 5 innings and allowed a run on just 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Chris Devenski allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 3 scoreless frames, and Jamaine Cotton struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Mark Appel, after a period of extended rest, will make his return to the JetHawks rotation. He and Mike Hauschild will face Tyler DeLoach at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 11, Clinton 2

W- Pat Christensen (1-1)
L- Eddie Campbell (1-1)

QC home runs: Thomas Lindauer 2 (2, 2-run in 3rd, 2-run in 4th)

Well, that was quick. In his 2nd game of the season, QC native Thomas Lindauer became the new clubhouse leader in home runs as he belted a couple of 2-run shots off of Clinton starter Eddie Campbell and added an RBI single in the 8th. In fact, the two new additions to the River Bandits roster wasted little time in making an impact on their club. Alex Gonzalez, who spent all of last year in the GCL, got the start at 3B and went 2-5 with a pair of run-scoring doubles in the 3rd (1 RBI) and the 9th (2). He also scored the only run that wasn't batted in when he came home on an error that allowed Jobduan Morales to reach in the 4th. Chase McDonald also had himself a pair of RBI doubles in the 3rd and the 9th.

Adrian Houser went 4 innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. Pat Christensen worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 5th. Gonzalo Sañudo tagged in for 3 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and striking out 3. He's now on a 39-inning scoreless streak dating back to last season. Andrew Walter walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th to end it.

Chris Lee and Andrew Thurman will be the pairing for game 3, and they'll be taking on Carlos Misell. First pitch is at 6:30.

Three Stars: Pitchers

3.



Gonzalo Sañudo, RHP, Quad Cities
3 IP, 2 H, 3 K


2. Corpus bullpen




These are their mugshots on MiLB.com.

Combined: 8.2 IP, 8 H, 4 BB, 7 K

Alex Sogard, LHP, Jordan Jankowski, RHP, Travis Ballew, RHP, and Andrew Robinson, RHP

Sogard: 2.2 IP, 2 H, BB
Jankowski: 2 IP, H, 3 K
Ballew: 2 IP, 2 H, BB, K
Robinson: W (3-0), 2 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K


1.




Josh Hader, LHP, Lancaster
W (1-0), 5 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 7 K


Chris Devenski, Lancaster
3 IP, H, 2 K




Three Stars: Position Players

3.



Robbie Grossman, CF, Oklahoma City
2-2, 2 R, 3 BB



2.



Alex Gonzalez, 3B, Quad Cities
2-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI


Nolan Fontana, 2B/SS, Corpus Christi
4-7, GW RBI single in 12th



1.




Thomas Lindauer, SS, Quad Cities
3-5, 2 HR (2), 5 RBI


Tweet of the Day

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Beat the Streak, April 22

I'm still in the rut as James Ramsay came through with a 2-4 evening, but Matt Duffy went 0-4. 

Danry Vasquez went 2-4 to extend Jayne's streak to 6. Rip Noblin got a 3-5 night from Conrad Gregor, but an 0-5 night from Rio Ruiz, so he's back to the start. Nance got herself going again with Carlos Correa, while pacbellpilgrim kept it rolling with Correa. Baseball Mom's choice, M.P. Cokinos, didn't play last night. Matt Naber of House of Houston also went with Ruiz, and as a result, he's still stuck at zero. 

Well, at least I've got company at the bottom rung, right? I'll be picking Jon Singleton and Teoscar Hernandez today. 

Today's Games

OKC @ Memphis, 11:02 A.M.
CC vs. Midland, 7:10
Lancaster @ Inland Empire, 9:05
Quad Cities @ Clinton, 12:30

Current Active Streaks

Jayne- 6

Daniel Nelson, pacbellpilgrim- tied at 2 

Nance- 1

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, April 21, 2014

Memphis 7, Oklahoma City 4

W- Jorge Rondon (1-0)
L- Josh Zeid (2-1)
S- David Aardsma (1)

OKC home runs: Max Stassi (5, solo in 2nd), Robbie Grossman (1, solo in 8th)

Memphis has taken the last 2 since OKC took the opener. Robbie Grossman's solo homer made it a 5-4 game in the 8th, but the Redbirds scored 2 in the bottom of the inning to put the game out of reach.

Max Stassi opened the scoring with a solo homer in the 2nd; he's homered in 3 straight contests. He would add a sac fly in the 4th, and later in the inning, Domingo Santana chipped in with an RBI single. Ronald Torreyes and Gregorio Petit had 2 hits apiece.

With Collin McHugh on his way to Seattle, Nick Tropeano was flying solo in this one. He went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2 solo homers), walked 2, and struck out 3. Kevin Chapman allowed a hit, walked 1, and fanned 3 over 2 scoreless. Josh Zeid allowed a 2-run homer to Greg Garcia in the 7th, and Jason Stoffel allowed a 2-run double to Randal Grichuk in the 8th.

In the series finale, David Martinez and Bobby Doran will take on Scott McGregor at 11:02 A.M.

Corpus Christi 5, Midland 2

W- Brady Rodgers (1-1)
L- Shawn Haviland (0-1)
S- Pat Urckfitz (1)

CC home runs: Preston Tucker (4, 2-run in 3rd)

A 5-run 3rd proved to be all the Hooks needed on offense, while the pitching was solid across the board.

Brady Rodgers went 5 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits and struck out 4. Colton Cain allowed a run (inherited runner scored) on 4 hits and struck out 2 in 1.1; he gave way to Jorge De Leon, who did allow one of the 3 baserunners he inherited from Cain to score on a sac fly, but he was able to limit the damage in the 7th. De Leon then worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th. Pat Urckfitz finished it with a 1-2-3 9th.

Chris Epps began the 3rd-inning outburst with a sac fly. Joe Sclafani grounded into a force out that allowed Rene Garcia to score; he would come home on a single from Andrew Aplin, and then Tucker capped it off with his blast. The Hooks were outhit 10-6, but... that's not the column that comes into play when the win-loss record is concerned. Sclafani went 2-4 with a steal (1).

In game 2, Aaron West will take on Nate Long. First pitch is at 7:10.

Lancaster 9, Inland Empire 4

W- Kyle Smith (3-0)
L- Jairo Diaz (0-2)

Lancaster home runs: Dan Gulbransen (1, 2-run in 9th)

The JetHawks blasted off late with an 8-1 run, highlighted by a 6-run 9th inning, to take the opener. The offense was shackled by 66ers starter Ryan Crowley for 7 innings, but when the bullpen came out, the JetHawks went on a feeding frenzy.

Danry Vasquez hit a 1-out double in the 2nd and would score Lancaster's 1st run as he came home on a Dan Gulbransen single. They would initially tie the game at 3 thanks to a pair in the 8th. Ruben Sosa drew a 1-out walk, then scored on a Tony Kemp double. Kemp, who finished a home run short of the cycle in 5 at-bats, then stole 3rd (6) and scored the tying run on a wild pitch. Inland Empire briefly regained the lead in the bottom of the 8th, but Brandon Meredith ignited the huge 9th by drawing a walk to lead off the inning. He re-tied the game by scoring on a Vasquez triple, and then Roberto Peña chose a fine time for his 1st RBI of the season by ripping a double to deep left to put Lancaster up for good. Gulbransen also picked a fine time to hit his 1st home run of the season as well; the 2-run shot extended the JetHawks lead to 7-4. Kemp greeted Grant Gordon with a triple, and Teoscar Hernandez followed suit by sending Kemp home. Carlos Correa finished 2-4 and brought home Hernandez with a single for the final run of the inning. Vasquez and Gulbransen also finished 2-4.

Lance McCullers went 5 innings and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Kyle Smith was one out away in the 8th from throwing 3 perfect innings, but he issued a walk and paid for it when Zach Wright brought that run home with a double. That would be all the 66ers got off of Smith, who went 3 innings and struck out 3. Dan Minor finished the game by striking out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Game 2 of this series pits Josh Hader and Chris Devenski against Alex Keudell. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Clinton 7, Quad Cities 6

W- Blake Holovach (2-1)
L- Zach Morton (1-1)
S- Emilio Pagan (4)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits dropped a tough one; they put up 4 in the top of the 7th to take a 6-5 lead, only to see the LumberKings score 2 in the bottom of the 8th to regain the lead.

The Bandits pounded out 15 hits, but it looks like they couldn't string some of them together, otherwise they'd have a huge offensive night. They had the bases loaded right off the bat in the 1st, but could only muster a run that was scored on a double play. Brian Holberton would score on an error in the 2nd as Thomas Lindauer reached on a force attempt.

Tanner Mathis led off the 7th with a single and came all the way around to score on a James Ramsay triple. Ramsay would score on an error that allowed Tyler White to reach. Again, the River Bandits had the bases loaded with no outs in the inning, but all they got out of that was another run that scored on another double play. White scored on a Holberton GIDP, and Brett Phillips gave QC the lead with an RBI single to finish the scoring. Phillips and Conrad Gregor both went 3-5; Ramsay and Mathis had 2 hits each. Thomas Lindauer was 2-5 with a double in his season debut.

Evan Grills went 5 innings and his only blemish was serving up a 3-run homer to Marcus Littlewood in the 3rd. He allowed 1 other hit and struck out 4. Michael Feliz gave up 2 runs on 2 hits while only getting 2 outs in the 6th. Zach Morton pitched 2.1 innings and allowed 2 runs in the 8th on a wild pitch and a double. He walked 1.

Adrian Houser and Gonzalo Sanudo will take the mound for game 2 of this series; they'll be taking on Eddie Campbell. First pitch is at 12:30.

Three Stars

3.



Kyle Smith, RHP, Lancaster
3 IP, H, ER, BB, 3 K



2.



Brady Rodgers, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (1-1), 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 4 K



1.



Dan Gulbransen, OF, Lancaster
2-4, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI




Happy Birthday - 4/22

Happy Birthday to ~

IF Joe Sclafani (24)
Drafted by Houston out of Dartmouth in the 14th round in 2012, Sclafani played his first 19 games in 2013 at Quad Cities before being promoted to Lancaster for the rest of the year, hitting a combined .302/.396/.474. Sclafani has become quite the utility player and has already played at second, third, short and a couple of innings in right field in his first six games of 2014, one in Oklahoma City and the rest in Corpus Christi.

One former Astro with a birthday today ~

LHP Carlos Hernandez (34)
The Venezuelan lefty was signed by the Astros in 1997 and pitched in 35 games for Houston in 2001, 2002 and 2004. In his first three starts in the major leagues, he was 1-0 with a 1.02 ERA and a 1.019 WHIP and was considered one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball. Then a jammed pitching shoulder diving back in to second base derailed his budding career. Though he continued to pitch after that injury for both the Houston and Tampa Bay organizations, he continued to suffer injuries that kept him from ever making a real comeback. He last pitched for Mexico City in the Mexican League in 2013.

Tweet of the Day

Monday, April 21, 2014

Beat the Streak, April 21

I'm in a bit of a slump now, as Preston Tucker came through with a 2-3 night, but Ronald Torreyes went 0-4 yesterday afternoon. Therefore, due to the double down rules, I am at zero for a 3rd straight day.

M.P. Cokinos got the day off, so Jayne stays pat at 5. Nolan Fontana also had Sunday off, so Rip Noblin's streak remains at 4. "hooksfan," who I found out is actually Daniel Nelson, HooksFanSarah's husband, extended his streak to 2, thanks to a 3-5 day from Robbie Grossman. Again, I'd like to apologize for the case of mistaken identity, Mr. Nelson. pacbellpilgrim got on the board with Max Stassi's 2-run shot, and Matt Naber got himself off the canvas with Jon Singleton's..... bunt. Single.

Today, I'll be going with Matt Duffy and James Ramsay.

Today's Schedule

OKC @ Memphis, 7:05
CC vs. Midland, 7:10
Lancaster @ Inland Empire, 9:05
Quad Cities @ Clinton, 6:30

Current Active Streaks

Jayne- 5

Rip Noblin- 4

Daniel Nelson- 2

pacbellpilgrim, Matt Naber- tied at 1


Astros Minor League Pitchers and Player of the Week: Week Three

[SIDE NOTE: OK, here's the deal. I had a really bad week last week and, among other things going wrong (like pretty much everything I touched), I screwed up some of the stats on last week's Player and Pitchers of the Week. I transposed some stats when I wrote them down and Vincent Velasquez did actually inch out David Martinez for the Pitcher of the Week last week, but since both of them had incredible weeks, I can live with granting a tie.

I apologize for the mistake. I try really hard to give you accurate information, but unfortunately I don't have an editor and things are going to slip through the cracks sometimes. Believe me, you couldn't possibly beat up on me any worse than I beat up on myself when I screw up. But I promise that when I do, I will do my best to correct any errors. Thank you for your indulgence as I publicly chastise myself.]

Now on to Week Three of my Player and Pitchers of the Week feature. The nominees and winners for the week beginning Sunday, 4/13 and running through Saturday, 4/19 are as follows:

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

I really had a hard time narrowing down the nominees this week. 2B Kike Hernandez should be acknowledged for his good week at two levels. His last two games in Corpus left him with a .325/.372/.475 batting line at AA this season, and he came in like gangbusters in his first three games in Oklahoma City, hitting .500/.571/.583 (despite going hitless in his third game at the level). Also Quad Cities 3B Tyler White made the absolute most of 13 at-bats in 5 games, hitting a robust .462/.611/.615.

Here are some of the noteworthy performances for those playing in at least 6 games over last week. Stats are for the week only and are not cumulative for the season.

OF Jon Kemmer (Quad Cities)
.333/.385/.625
4R 8H 4-2B HR 5RBI 2BB 5SO

OF Preston Tucker (Corpus Christi)
.320/.320/.640
3R 8H 2-2B 2HR 2RBI 0BB 8SO
1 outfield assist

SS Carlos Correa (Lancaster)
.346/.379/.654
7R 9H 2B 2-3B HR 4RBI 2BB 4SO SB CS SF

3B Rio Ruiz (Lancaster)
.400/.429/.680
3R 10H 4-2B HR 6RBI 2BB 7SO SB E SF

But the winner was a complete no-brainer. Three doubles, a triple, two one-run home runs, one two-run home run and one three-run home run, nine runs scored and 10 RBI. Those are some seriously gaudy numbers.

1B Jon Singleton
.419/.471/.968
9R 13H 3-2B 3B 4HR 10RBI 3BB 8SO

Jon Singleton - June 2013
Photo by Jayne Hansen

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: 1B Jon Singleton

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STARTING (TANDEM) PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Several of our tandem starters put up scoreless outings last week, including Kyle Smith, Lance McCullers, Michael Feliz and Gonzalo Sanudo. Matt Heidenreich's three-inning stint was perfect and he struck out five batters to boot. I'm going to start including Jose Cisnero in this category (rather than the relief pitcher category) since it appears that he is now in a tandem with Jake Buchanan as Paul Clemen's promotion to Houston left Buchanan without a partner. Like Heidenreich, Cisnero also put up a perfect three-inning appearance last week and he one-upped Heidenreich by getting six strikeouts.

For my nominees and winners, I chose from among those tandem starters who had two outings last week. Stats are for the week only and are not cumulative for the season.

RHP Andrew Thurman (Quad Cities) - 1 win
0.96 ERA/0.964 WHIP
9.1IP 8H 1R 1BB 13SO

RHP Nick Tropeano (Oklahoma City)
0.00 ERA/0.462 WHIP
8.2IP 3H 0R 1BB 6SO

What can top that you might ask? Well, this guy got one more out, one more strikeout and a win. Those are the ONLY differences.

RHP Aaron West (Corpus Christi) - 1 win
0.00 ERA/0.444 WHIP
9IP 3H 0R 1BB 7SO

Aaron West - June 2013
Photo by Jayne Hansen

STARTING (TANDEM) PITCHER OF THE WEEK: RHP AARON WEST

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RELIEF PITCHER OF THE WEEK

In limiting the relief nominees, I went for those who either made two appearances or pitched multiple innings. Unfortunately, that leaves out a perfect inning from LHP Patrick Urckfitz in his first appearance of the season and two-out perfect outings from RHP Jorge de Leon and LHP Mitch Lambson. There were still several standouts. Again, stats are for the week only and are not cumulative.

RHP Jamaine Cotton (Lancaster) - 1 save
0.00 ERA/1.500 WHIP
2IP 2H 0R 1BB 1SO
2 inherited runners/2 scored

RHP Andrew Robinson (Corpus Christi)
0.00 ERA/1.500 WHIP
1.1IP 2H 0R 0BB 1SO
4 inherited runners/2 scored

RHP Zach Morton (Quad Cities) - 1 win
0.00 ERA/1.385 WHIP
4.1IP 3H 0R 3BB 2SO
1 inherited runner/0 scored

And the winner is my runner up from last week who made three relief appearances and stranded all four of his inherited runners.

RHP Tyler Brunnemann (Quad Cities)
0.00 ERA/0.429 WHIP
7IP 2H 0R 1BB 7SO
4 inherited runner/0 scored

Tyler Brunnemann
Photo courtesy of Susan Brunnemann

RELIEF PITCHER OF THE WEEK: RHP Tyler Brunnemann