Saturday, June 9, 2012

Kansas City PTBNL Watch

UPDATED: Well, that didn't take long. 14th round pick OF D'Andre Toney it is!

As has been hinted at broadly by the front office, the player to be named later in the Kevin Chapman trade with Kansas City for Jason Bourgeois and Humberto Quintero is most likely a 2011 draft pick. Draft picks cannot officially be traded until one year after signing. Here's a list of 2011 Kansas City draftees sorted by the signing date from Baseball America's database. The number in parentheses following the players name is the draft round in which he was selected.

6/8 - RHP Aaron Brooks (9)
6/8 - 3B Nicholas Cuckovich (17)
6/8 - C Lance Harper (23)
6/8 - RHP Julio Morales (45)
6/9 - RHP Mat Murray (10)
6/9 - OF D'Andre Toney (14)
6/9 - RHP Andy Ferguson (18)
6/9 - LHP Dave Middendorf (22)
6/9 - 3B Mark Threlkeld (25)
6/9 - OF Gabriel Gray (35)
6/9 - OF Tyler Chism (43)
6/10 - OF Terrence Gore (20)
6/10 - RHP Ali Williams (34)
6/10 - RHP Christian Witt (36)
6/10 - RHP Andrew Durden (38)
6/10 - C Travis Lane (41)
6/11 - RHP Kellen Moen (7)
6/11 - 1B Dean Espy (15)
6/11 - 3B Adrian Bringas (46)
6/12 - RHP Spencer Patton (24)
6/14 - OF Jerrell Allen (11)
6/19 - LHP Cesar Ogando (6)
6/19 - LHP Stephen Lumpkins (13)
7/1 - C Kenny Swab (21)
7/8 - 3B Adrian Morales (49)
7/28 - C Cameron Gallagher (2)
8/11 - OF Patrick Leonard (5)
8/12 - RHP Christian Binford (30)
8/14 - RHP Jack Junis (29)
8/15 - OF Bubba Starling (1)
8/15 - RHP Bryan Brickhouse (3)
8/15 - RHP Kyle Smith (4)
8/15 - SS Jack Lopez (16)



Minor League Schedule and Recaps

SATURDAY'S GAMES

DSL Dodgers at DSL Astros at 9:30 a.m. CST

Lexington at Greensboro at 6:00 CST
Probable Pitchers: TBD (MiLB.com shows Ordosgoitti as the probable starter for Lexington, but I think he's still on the DL)

Midland at Corpus Christi at 7:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Gary Daley (6-3, 5.30) and RHP Jarred Cosart (3-3, 4.09)
Available on MiLB.tv

New Orleans at Oklahoma City at 7:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: LHP Brad Hand (4-3, 3.63) and LHP Dallas Keuchel (5-4, 4.30)
Available on MiLB.tv

Lancaster at Inland Empire at 9:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Ruben Alaniz (5-2, 4.54) and LHP Max Russell (3-4, 4.73)

FRIDAY'S RESULTS

DSL  Astros over DSL Royals 7-6
LHP Edwin Villoreal got the win as he allowed four runs (NONE earned) on six hits and two walks. LHP Javier Saucedo gave up two runs in 1.1 innings of relief, and RHP Johan Arias got his second save of the season. 2B Luis Reynosa was one of the stars of the game with two hits, including a double, and two RBIs, but he also had his fourth and fifth errors of the season. 3B Randy Cesar was two-for-four with a home run and two RBIs, and 1B Mesac Laguna was two-for-three with a walk.

Lexington over Greensboro 6-2
I know I've reported this before, but it's worth repeating. Mike Foltynewicz is really, really good. Folty got his eighth win while lowering his ERA from 2.14 to 2.07. He did so against the Northern Division leaders. Over seven innings, he gave up two runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts and a solo home run. Murilo Gouvea pitched an effective eighth inning, but had to be bailed out by Carlos Quevedo (S, 3) to get the final out after Gouvea walked the bases loaded in the ninth. Matt Duffy was the star of the night as he went three-for-four with his tenth home run and two RBIs, but it was a team effort as all of the starters got at least one hit except for Justin Gominsky who still managed two walks. Delino DeShields had his sixth caught stealing of the season.

New Orleans over Oklahoma City 6-1
All good things must come to an end. Oklahoma City had won nine in a row (14 in a row at home) before Friday's loss. Aneury Rodriguez (L, 2-6) got the loss as he allowed four runs on four hits and four walks with four strikeouts and a home run over five innings. Mickey Storey pitched two effective innings of relief while Chris Hicks and Juan Abreu each got nicked for a run in their respective innings. The Redhawks lone run came via a double from Scott Moore driving in Jimmy Paredes who had tripled in front of him.

Inland Empire over Lancaster 5-4 in 11 innings
Jorge de Leon gave up three runs over five innings; Zach Grimmett allowed one run in 2.1 innings of relief; and Jose Trinidad was the recipient of a hard luck loss as he pitched 3.1 innings of relief and allowed only one unearned run with two outs in the 11th inning. Telvin Nash was one-for-five with a double and three strikeouts. He has now struck out 101 times in only 207 at bats. Ouch! Ben Heath was one-for-five with a double and two RBIs. Chris Epps had two hits and scored a run.

GAME OF THE DAY
Corpus Christi over Midland 8-5

What went right: Exceptional relief pitching that kept the game in check.

The Hooks jumped all over Midland starter Sonny Gray, chasing him out of the game after allowing six runs in only 2.2 innings. With Jake Buchanan cruising along through the first four innings, it looked as though this one might be a laugher. Not so fast there, Sparky. After one out and and a spectacularly bad throwing error* from Jonathan Villar that turned a single into a double, the wheels came off for Buchanan. IMHO, he got rattled and quit trusting in his stuff which had been sparkling up to that point. After 4.2 innings and five runs, he was out and the bullpen took over. Erick Abreu, Josh Zeid and Jason Stoffel combined to allow only one hit with six strikeouts in the final 4.1 innings. Josh Zeid, in particular, had fantastic stuff and totally controlled the hitters. Jake Goebbert benefited from the WTH effect going three-for-four a matter of hours after I interviewed him. Kody Hinze and Chris Wallace each had two RBIs.

Jake Buchanan - 4.2IP 9H 5R 1BB 2SO
Erick Abreu (W, 6-2) - 2.1IP 1H 0R 0BB 4SO
Josh Zeid - 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1SO
Jason Stoffel (S, 10) - 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1SO

Jonathan Villar 2x5 SO R
Brandon Wikoff - 1x4 2B BB SO 2R
Jose Martinez - 2x5 RBI SO 2R
Kody Hinze - 1x3 2RBI BB SO R
Jake Goebbert - 3x4 2B RBI R
Chris Wallace - 1x4 2RBI

What went wrong: *The throwing error from Jonathan Villar was not really that bad. It might have been a good play had the first baseman been 18 feet tall and located in the 10th row of the first base seats.

PITCHER OF THE DAY
Folty, Folty, Folty ... How do I love thee. Let me count the ways. Frankly, I keep waiting for Folty to have a spectacularly bad regression type outing, but he has just been locked in as of late. Fred, where are you going to put him if he keeps wearing out Sally League hitters this way? Better start thinking about it.

PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Matt Duffy's newly found power stroke (10 HR in 59 games this season; 2HR in 63 games in 2011) appears to be the real deal!

Happy Birthday - 6/9

No future Astros, only former Astros with birthdays today ~

RHP Tom Edens (51)
Originally drafted by Kansas City in the 14th round in 1983, Edens was obtained in a trade with the Marlins in November 1992 and left for the Phillies in July of 1994. In between, he pitched in 77 games for Houston, going 5-2 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.394 WHIP.

IF Julio Gotay (died July 4, 2008 at 69)
Gotay came to Houston in a June 1966 trade with the California Angels and played in 202 games for Houston at the major league level between 1966 and 1969, hitting .264/.305/.328.

MGR Bill Virdon (81)
Bill Virdon managed the Astros from 1975 to 1982, compiling a 544-522 record. Under his watch, the Astros won their first National League West division title in 1980.

Tweet of the Day

Justin Gominsky

Trying to eat whatever  has been eating lately. Last night he hit a home run that's still going 

Roster Moves - 6/8

Oklahoma City
2B Brian Bixler was recalled to Houston to take the place of Marwin Gonzalez who went on the DL.

Lexington
C Ernesto Genoves was assigned to Lexington from the Greeneville Astros.
RHP Blake Ford was assigned to Lexington from the GCL Astros.

Tri-City
C M.P. Cokinos was assigned to Tri-City.
RHP Brady Rodgers was assigned to Tri-City.
LHP Brian Holmes was assigned to Tri-City.
RHP John Neely was assigned to Tri-City.
OF Andrew Aplin was assigned to Tri-City.

Greeneville
SS Joe Sclafani was assigned to Greeneville.
C Ricky Gingras was assigned to Greeneville.
OF Terrell Joyce was assigned to Greeneville.
RHP Richard Rodriguez assigned from Lexington to Greeneville (this was effective on the 4th but I don't think I posted it).

GCL Astros
RHP Erick Gonzalez was assigned to the GCL Astros.
SS Carlos Correa was assigned to the GCL Astros.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Minor League Schedule and Recaps

FRIDAY'S GAMES

DSL Astros at DSL Royals at 9:30 a.m. CST

Lexington at Greensboro 6:00 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (7-1, 2.14) and TBD

Midland at Corpus Christi at 7:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Sonny Gray (1-4, 4.19) and RHP Jake Buchanan (3-4, 5.02)
Available on MiLB.tv

New Orleans at Oklahoma City at 7:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Alex Sanabia (3-4, 3.73) and RHP Aneury Rodriguez (2-5, 6.85)
Available on MiLB.tv

Lancaster at Inland Empire at 9:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Jorge de Leon (1-5, 9.00) and LHP Ryan Crowley (1-4, 7.39)

THURSDAY'S RESULTS

DSL Royals over DSL Astros 5-1
RHP Luis Abad gave up four runs in the third inning in part because of a wild pitch and two errors in the frame and ended the day having allowed five runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks over 4.1 innings. RHP Frangy Colon took it the rest of the way, allowing one hit and four walks but no runs. The Astros were held to three hits, two singles by DH Frederick Serrano and an RBI single by 2B-SS Yoel Silfa.

Lexington over Lakewood 4-1
Lexington led this one from the second inning on. Nick Tropeano (W, 5-3) went six, giving up only one run on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts. The bullpen was in lockdown mode as Murilo Gouvea, Evan Grills and Carlos Quevedo (S, 2) provided scoreless relief. Brandon Meredith hit his first home run of the season; Matt Duffy was two-for-four; Delino DeShield had two RBIs; and Roberto Pena hit his fifth double of the season.

Lancaster over San Jose 11-6
Tyson Perez (W, 4-1) has been the recipient of a great deal of run-scoring largesse from his team so far this season. He got the win despite allowing five runs on 11 hits and two walks in five innings as his team took the lead in the bottom of the fifth on a Chris Epps home run and then added on five more runs for good measure in the subsequent innings. Andrew Robinson was stellar in three innings of relief as he allowed only one hit and one walk with seven strikeouts. Jason Chowning showed that he was human after all as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk, but did record two strikeouts. Erik Castro continues to hit like a mad man with another three-for-four night with four RBIs; Telvin Nash was two-for-five with three RBIs; Grant Hogue is on an eight-game hitting streak and is hitting .556 since being activated from the DL; and George Springer only had one hit (a double), but managed to walk three times and score three runs. And that's without even mentioning two-hit nights by Jonathan Meyer and Ben Heath, and stolen bases from Heath and Hogue. Phew! Gaudy offense indeed!

Oklahoma City over New Orleans 9-5
Oklahoma City has now won nine in a row, 14 in a row in their home park. Paul Clemens got his seventh win despite giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings. Jonnathan Aristil, Adalberto Flores and Jose Valdez took it the rest of the way, with only Valdez allowing a run on a solo home run in the ninth. A seven run fourth inning pretty much sealed the deal for Oklahoma City. Scott Moore had an insane night at the plate, going four-for-four with a a walk, a double, a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored. Brad Snyder and Jimmy Paredes also had two-hit nights, but look like slackers in comparison to Moore.

GAME OF THE DAY
Corpus Christi over Midland 6-3

What went right: A good start by Brett Oberholtzer and a hot bat from Kody Hinze.

Brett Oberholtzer's season has been one of fits and starts. With his second good start in a row, I would really like to see him keep building on that. But I digress. Oberholtzer got his fourth win and Jason Stoffel got his eighth save as Corpus led this one from the second inning on. Jason Stoffel has only allowed one run and one walk in his last ten appearances. The best part of this game, though, was seeing Kody Hinze hit two home runs (his fifth and sixth of the season). If he can start really contributing, that will be a huge boon to this lineup. Brandon Wikoff had a very nice three-for-four night. Jonathan Villar didn't get a hit, but walked twice and stole two bags. Chris Wallace and Jordan Kreke each had a stolen base as well.

Brett Oberholtzer (W, 4-3) - 6IP 6H 2R 4BB 8SO
Alex Sogard - 1IP 2H 1R 1BB 0SO
Henry Villar - 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1SO
Jason Stoffel (S, 9) - 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0SO

Brandon Wikoff - 3x4 2B RBI BB
Jose Martinez - 2x4 2B RBI BB
Jake Goebbert - 1x3 2BB R
Kody Hinze - 2x4 2HR 3RBI 2R
Adam Bailey - 2x4 R

What went wrong: Errors from Goebbert (3rd) and Villar (16th)

PITCHER OF THE DAY
After a really bad start to the season, Lancaster reliever Andrew Robinson has gotten into a nice groove with a 2.57 ERA over his last ten appearances. His outing last night, with seven strikeouts over three innings of relief, is impressive by any measure.

PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Scott Moore (4x4, 2B, HR, 4RBI) has to share the glory with Kody Hinze and his two home runs.

Happy Birthday - 6/8

C Roberto Pena (20)
Pena was drafted by Houston in the seventh round in 2010 out of Puerto Rico. He is in his second season with Lexington as he tries to get his bat to catch up with his superior defensive abilities. In 36 games, he is hitting .233 (.263 over the last ten games) and has a caught stealing percentage of 28% this season (37% during his minor league career).


GM Jeff Luhnow (46)
Jeff Luhnow became the 12th General Manager in franchise history on December 7, 2011 (a day which will not live in infamy) after spending nine seasons in the Cardinals organization (which we promise not to hold against him). Luhnow has Bachelor degrees in Economics and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Northwestern. He was born and raised in Mexico City. His parents, U.S. Citizens, relocated from New York (which we'll try not to hold against him either) to Mexico to run a publishing business. Luhnow attended an American school and holds a dual nationality. Naturally, the chronic overachiever is fluent in Spanish as well. He attended his first major league games as a child in the Astrodome. That's about the only thing I have in common with him.

I asked Jeff to tell me something about himself that most people don't know. Beside the fact that he was awesome enough to answer my question, one of his answers had to do with holding two patents. Seriously, he listens and responds to fans and he holds two patents. Ridiculous overachiever!!! His other answer, however, was one I could get behind. He completed an accelerated free fall program and jumped out of a plane at 12,000 feet. Hah!!! So did I! Except I jumped out between 10,000 and 11,000 feet ... even on that, he's an overachiever. D'oh!

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

LHP George Brunet (Died October 25, 1991 at 56)
Brunet came to Houston in a trade with the Milwaukee Braves. In 22 games for the Colt .45's in 1962 and 1963, he was 2-7 with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.695 WHIP. He spent six seasons with the California Angels where he was 54-69 with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.202 WHIP. After his major league career was over, he played in the Mexican League for 13 years, finally retiring at 50.

RHP Dave Mlicki (44)
A 17th round pick by Cleveland in 1990, Mlicki came to Houston in June of 2001 in a trade with the Tigers for Jose Lima. He spent the final two years of his career pitching in 41 games in Houston, going 11-13 with a 5.21 ERA and a 1.465 WHIP.

Tweet of the Day

Mike Kvasnicka

fa•ce•tious- adjective Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor. This should help you decipher most of my tweets...

Thursday, June 7, 2012

What is Next for Mike Foltynewicz?

My latest post over at The Futurists looks at the not so distant future for RHP Mike Foltynewicz.

WTH 25-Man Roster - Pitcher Update

And now let's check in on the pitchers from the WTH 25-man roster. [Note - The What the Heck 25-man roster was compiled through reader votes throughout the off-season.]



Fernando Abad was our lefty reliever. He has since gotten promoted to Houston and is now on the DL. Jason Chowning was promoted from Lexington to Lancaster. Alex Sogard was promoted from Lancaster to Corpus Christi. And Chris Hicks was activated from the DL at Corpus and promoted to Oklahoma City.

Jason Chowning leads the WTH roster with a very impressive 13 SO/9. Chowning and former teammate Dayan Diaz both still sport sub-1.00 ERAs. Chowning and Chris Hicks also have sub-1.000 WHIPs although Hicks' is based on far fewer appearances. And finally, Chowning leads this roster with 10 saves and is tied in number of appearances with Juan Abreu at 20.

Of the starting pitchers, Paul Clemens leads the crew in wins with six. Nick Tropeano leads the WTH Roster in ERA and WHIP. Mike Foltynewicz, who was not voted to be on the WTH Roster, actually has more wins than Clemens with seven and a lower ERA than Tropeano (2.14). Dallas Keuchel leads the crew in innings pitched (75.1).

WTH 25-Man Roster Update - Position Players

It has been far too long since we've checked in with the WTH 25-man roster to see how they're doing. [Note - The What the Heck 25-man roster was compiled through reader votes throughout the off-season.] First the position players ~



Jon Singleton still leads the WTH crew in on-base percentage and slugging percentage, but Austin Wates is now our leader in batting average. George Springer is the WTH RBI leader with 41 while Jon Singleton is a close second with 38. Adam Bailey leads in doubles with 16, George Springer in triples with six, and Springer and Singleton are tied with 11 home runs each. Delino DeShields has the most walks (35) and stolen bases (37), while Springer has the most strikeouts (73). The worst strikeout to walk rate belongs to Jonathan Meyer, the best to Brandon Wikoff with Jordan Scott a close second.

Since we last checked in, Adam Bailey has been promoted from Lancaster to Corpus Christi and Brandon Wikoff was activated from the DL. Chris Wallace spent most of May on the DL as well, and hasn't gotten into a groove at the plate since his return.

Jonathan Villar's batting average has improved vastly since we last checked in on him and he is hitting .279 over his last ten games as well. Roberto Pena is also showing slow but steady improvement in his hitting. Kody Hinze continues to struggle and Chase Davidson has yet to make his season debut.

Minor League Schedule and Recaps

THURSDAY'S GAMES

DSL Royals at DSL Astros at 9:30 a.m. CST

Lexington at Lakewood at 6:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Nick Tropeano (4-3, 2.94) and LHP Lino Martinez (3-3, 6.79)

Midland at Corpus Christi at 7:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Murphy Smith (4-2, 2.88) and LHP Brett Oberholtzer (3-3, 5.02)
Available on MiLB.tv

New Orleans at Oklahoma City at 7:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP J.D. Martin (3-4, 5.95) and RHP Paul Clemens (6-4, 6.00)
Available on MiLB.tv

San Jose at Lancaster at 9:00 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Taylor Rogers (2-5, 4.35) and RHP Tyson Perez (3-1, 5.35)

WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS

DSL Astros over DSL Cardinals 5-2
LHP Geronimo Franzua, despite having one of the cooler names in the system didn't last very long in his first start of the season. After four walks and a wild pitch with only one out by Franzua, RHP Samil de los Santos came to the rescue big time pitching 5.2 innings with one hit, no runs, no walks and seven strikeouts to earn the win. RHP Yonquelys Martinez gave up two runs over 0.2 innings while LHP Javier Saucedo and RHP Johan Arias (S, 1) offered hitless relief over the final 2.1 innings. RF Tomas de la Cruz was the star of the night as he went three-for-four with a double and three RBIs.

Midland over Corpus 6-3
Jose Cisnero (L, 2-6) was charged with three earned runs in six innings pitched despite having 10 strikeouts for the night in a game that had been a pitcher's duel through the first six. All three of Cisnero's runs were inherited runners that Josh Zeid (BS, 3) allowed to score, and he added three more runs of his own for good measure as runners scored via a hit by pitch, a walk and a grand slam. Arcenio Leon was on mop up duty for the final two innings and did not allow a runner. Adam Bailey had the only extra base hit of the night, a double. Jordan Kreke went two-for-three as he came in to replace the injured Austin Wates (no word on the extent of the injury); Kody Hinze was two-for-four; and Jonathan Villar and Jair Fernandez were credited with the Hooks' only two RBIs.

San Jose over Lancaster 11-5
This wasn't exactly a banner night for JetHawks pitching as Bobby Doran (L, 5-4) and Brian Streilein combined to surrender ten runs on 13 hits over only 4.2 innings. Pat Urkfitz stopped the bloodshed in his 2.1 innings; Kirk Clark allowed a solo home run; and Brad Dydalewicz pitched an uneventful ninth. With that kind of an early deficit, it was difficult for the Lancaster offense to get much traction. Telvin Nash hit his 16th home run of the season, a solo shot; Rene Garcia was two-for-four with a double and two RBIs; and Grant Hogue and Chris Epps (in his Lancaster debut) were both two-for-four with Epps scoring a pair of runs.

Oklahoma City - Off Day

GAME OF THE DAY
Lexington over Lakewood 4-1

What went right: Delino DeShield's bat plus major league pitching from Armando Galarraga AND from Jonas Dufek.

30-year old Armando Galarraga isn't so far removed from the minor leagues that he doesn't remember the privations of minor league life. As Brandon Meredith tweeted after Wednesday's win, a steak and lobster dinner was waiting in the clubhouse courtesy of Galarraga who got his first start as an Astro with the Legends. Galarraga pitched a four inning tune-up in what is sure to be a very short stay in Lexington. Jonas Dufek, who was slated to start on Wednesday, quite frankly outpitched Galarraga over the final five to earn the win. All of Lexington's runs came in the second courtesy of a RBI single from Roberto Pena and a bases clearing triple hit by Delino Deshields.

Armando Galarraga - 4IP 4H 1R 2BB 0SO
Jonas Dufek (W, 2-1) - 5IP 3H 0R 0BB 7SO

Delino DeShields - 2x4 3B 3RBI
Mike Kvasnicka - 1x4 2B R
Roberto Pena - 2x4 RBI SO R SB

What went wrong: Nothing worth mentioning, so I won't.

PITCHER OF THE DAY
Jonas Dufek gets the love for showing Armando Galarraga a thing or two as he struck out seven while walking no batters.

PLAYER OF THE DAY
Tomas de la Cruz is my man for getting off to a good start in the DSL season, hitting .357 through the first four games.

Happy Birthday - 6/7

RHP Vincent Velasquez (20)
Velasquez was drafted by Houston in the second round in 2010 out of high school in California and has not pitched professionally since the 2010 season, having missed the 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery. He is currently in Extended Spring Training and is expected to be assigned to one of the short season teams starting up June 18th. In eight appearances (six starts) for Greeneville in 2010, Velasquez was 2-2 with a 3.07 ERA, a 0.989 WHIP and 25 strikeouts to five walks.

C Jobduan Morales (21)
One of the newest members of the Astros family was just obtained in a trade with the Marlins for Justin Ruggiano. In three minor league seasons with the Marlins organization, he hit .272/.371/.383 with a 22% caught stealing percentage.

One former Astro with a birthday today ~

1B Roberto Petagine (41)
Originally signed as a NDFA out of Venezuela by the Astros in 1990, Petagine only played in eight games for Houston in 1994 (eight plate appearances and no hits), but he went on to play in a sporadic 242 games in the major leagues with a six season gap between 1998 and 2005, and had a career major league batting average of .227. In addition to his major league stints, Petagine played 20 seasons of minor league and foreign league ball, hitting .309/.418/.522. He appears to have finally hung up the spikes after one final season in the Japanese Pacific League in 2010.

Tweet of the Day


Dallas Keuchel@kidkeuchy
Sounds like some of these new draft picks from various teams think they are going straight to the show.. Gotta go through the minors first

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Roster Moves - 6/6

RHP Armando Galarraga has been assigned to the Lexington Legends and will be starting tonight on the road against Lakewood.

Also, I just got confirmation that Lexington 2B John Hinson went back on the DL on June 2nd (the day after he came off the DL the last time around).

South Atlantic League All-Stars

I have been negligent in my duty to report that we have SEVEN South Atlantic League All-Stars coming from the Lexington Legends team. The game will be played in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday, June 19th.

RHP Mike Foltynewicz
RHP Nick Tropeano
RHP Jason Chowning (promoted to HiA Lancaster)
RHP Carlos Quevedo
2B Delino DeShields, Jr.
1B Zach Johnson
3B Matt Duffy

I've interviewed six of these seven players. The only one I haven't interviewed yet is Carlos Quevedo, but I named him (along with Chowning) to my Regulators in Waiting bullpen staff in a recent article that I posted at The Crawfishboxes. I am extremely pleased that others are also recognizing some of the great talent we have in the Astros system. Here's the full story.

An Interview with Bobby Doran

Drafted in the 4th round in 2010 out of Texas Tech, Doran did not fare well in the launching pad at Lancaster in 2011. But what a difference a year makes! I anticipated that Doran would show improvement this season since he had already learned, sometimes the hard way, how to pitch effectively in Lancaster. In addition, being more of a groundball pitcher (as Doran is) works in your favor in a park where the wind drives any hit that is elevated.

But I can't say that I anticipated just how much of an improvement we would see from Bobby. In 11 starts this season, he is 5-3 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.250 WHIP as compared to 1-3 in 22 appearances (13 starts) in 2011 with a 9.94 ERA and a 2.010 WHIP. His strikeouts are up and his home runs and walks are down.

On to the questions ~

WTH: First a general question. Baseball-Reference has you as having been born in Oklahoma City and MiLB.com says you were born in Flower Mound. Which is right?

BD: I was born in OKC but I call Flower Mound, Texas home.

WTH: Can you tell me what pitches you throw, velocity, movement, etc.? What is your best pitch? Are you working on anything?

BD: I throw a fastball (2 seam and 4 seam), curveball and changeup. My fastball this season has been 90-94 and has touched 95. My best pitch is my 2 seam fastball. I'm working on using my changeup more right now.

WTH: Since Lancaster isn't available on MiLB.tv and I haven't gotten to see you pitch, what would I see given the opportunity?

BD: You would see a rapid pace, some ground balls, and hopefully a win!

WTH: You are in your second year at Lancaster. In a season preview, I predicted good improvement from you due to your season of experience there plus your tendency toward groundball outs. What do you think has been the key to your early success this season?

BD: Early key to this year has been my health. I worked real hard all offseason to get stronger and healthy. So far it's paid off.

WTH: I'm always ragging on Lancaster as being a particularly difficult venue for pitching. What do you like about it, from a pitching perspective or just in general? Also, did pitching in the windy conditions at Texas Tech prepare you for Lancaster at all?

BD: What I like about Lancaster is the team. We have great chemistry together and have a lot of fun. I also like our catchers Rene Garcia and Ben Heath. They do a great job with the staff. I thought my first year that the Lubbock weather would help me but nothing compares to Lancaster... Nothing!!!

WTH: If you could steal a pitch from any pitcher in the Astros system, whose would it be?

BD: Jason Chowning's slider would be a nice addition!

WTH: What player in the Astros system would you least like to face in the batters box?

BD: Right now, Domingo Santana! Dude is super hot at the plate right now. [Note: This response was written before Santana unfortunately went on the DL.]

WTH: What has proven to be the most difficult aspect of minor league life for you so far? (I would think being 6'6" on long bus rides can't be much fun.)

BD: I have a great seat on the bus so I can't complain about that although commuters aren't very fun!

WTH: Can you tell me something about yourself that most people don't know and might be surprised to hear?

BD: I drive my roommates crazy because I'm always playing music around the house! It's mainly Texas country too. Gotta have a fiddle in the band!

Thanks for your time Bobby! Keep working hard and having fun. And maybe you can get Chowning to teach you that slider now that he's there.

Minor League Schedule and Recaps

[Note: If you are just reading the articles on this site from an RSS feed, you may not know that I post minor league records, standings, games behind and win/loss streaks on the front page every day ... just so you know.]


WEDNESDAY'S GAMES

DSL Astros at DSL Cardinals at 9:30 a.m. CST

Lexington at Lakewood at 6:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Jonas Dufek (1-1, 5.84) and RHP Colin Klevan (3-4, 3.59)

Midland at Corpus Christi at 7:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Shawn Haviland (3-4, 5.53) and RHP Jose Cisnero (2-5, 4.59)
Available on MiLB.tv

San Jose at Lancaster at 9:00 CST
Probable Pitchers: LHP Jack Snodgrass (5-2, 2.64) and RHP Bobby Doran (5-3, 3.31)

Oklahoma City - Off Day

TUESDAY'S RESULTS


DSL Astros over DSL Cardinals 5-2
RHP Harold Arauz shone in his Astros debut as he pitched four innings and allowed one unearned run on three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Returning RHP Victor Mesa (W, 1-0) pitched five innings giving up one unearned run on two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. 2B Luis Reynosa (two hits and two RBIs), 3B Randy Cesar (three hits with a double), and RF Tomas de la Cruz (solo home run) were the offensive stars of the day.


Lakewood over Lexington 5-4
Starter Luis Cruz just didn't have it on Tuesday as he lasted only two innings and gave up five runs on four hits and five walks. Gabriel Garcia, in his first appearance since being sent down from Lancaster, pitched four very strong innings giving up only three hits and striking out three. Euris Quezada and Murilo Gouvea finished it off without giving up a run. Unfortunately, Lexington couldn't overcome the early deficit. Drew Muren hit a solo home run; Brandon Meredith was two-for-four with a double and an RBI; and Mike Kvasnicka was two-for-two with two walks and two runs scored in a rare start in right field (he hasn't started there this season). Delino DeShields stole his 37th base of the season and was caught for the fifth time of the season.

Lancaster over San Jose 10-6
A nice come from behind win kept the Jethawks within striking distance of first place. David Martinez got hit around a little (four earned runs on ten hits) but his ultimate demise after 4.1 wasn't helped by a passed ball and catcher's interference call by Rene Garcia. Jose Trinidad (W, 5-2) allowed one inherited runner to score, but after that the bullpen in the form of Trinidad, Andrew Robinson and Jason Chowning shut down San Jose, but not without a little extra drama as Chowning walked the bases loaded on two outs before bearing down to get a strikeout for the final out in his HiA debut. Lancaster fell behind in the fourth inning, but came back with four runs in the seventh on five singles, two walks (one intentional) and two errors. Grant Hogue (two RBIs) and Rene Garcia (RBI) both had three hits; Telvin Nash hit his 15th home run; and  Ben Orloff (two RBIs), Jonathan Meyer (two runs) and Kike Hernandez (run, RBI) contributed two hits each for the night.

Corpus Christi - Off Day

GAME OF THE DAY
Oklahoma City over Iowa 4-3

What went right: A two-out three-run walk-off home run by Brad Snyder, baby!

Oklahoma City has won eight in a row, thirteen in a row at home, but it looked like their luck had finally run out until Brad Snyder took things into his hands and knocked in the winning runs. Wes Musick had another solid start, giving up three runs (two earned) in six innings. Sergio Perez, Chris Hicks and Enerio del Rosario (W, 1-2) combined to provide three innings of hitless relief. But it all came down to Snyder in the end.

Wes Musick - 6IP 3H 3R/2ER 0BB 1SO
Sergio Perez - 1IP 0H 0R 2BB 1SO
Chris Hicks - 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2SO
Enerio del Rosario - 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2SO

Jimmy Paredes - 2x4 R
Brad Snyder - 2x4 HR 3RBI SO 2R SB
Brandon Barnes - 2x3 RBI 2CS
Angel Sanchez - 2x3

What went wrong: Matt Downs and Mike Hessman were both 0-fer with two and three strikeouts, respectively.

PITCHER OF THE DAY
Newcomer and 17-year old Harold Arauz gets the nod for a great debut.

PLAYER OF THE DAY
Brad Snyder kept the OKC win streak alive, so Brad Snyder it is!

Happy Birthday - 6/6

Second Round Draft Pick SS Nolan Fontana (21)

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

C Larry Howard (67)
Signed as a free agent by the Colt .45's in 1963, Howard finally made it to Houston in 1970. From 1970 to 1973, he was primarily a back up catcher to Johnny Edwards. He played in 129 games for Houston, hitting .238/.305/.342 and had a 37% caught stealing percentage.

1B/LF Dave Bergman (59)
A second round draft pick by the Yankees in 1974, Bergman came to Houston in a June 1977 trade with the Yankees and played in 213 for the Astros before departing via trade to the Giants in April 1981. Frequently used as a pinch hitter, Bergman had a .246/.354/.319 batting line with the team.

OF Ken Ramos (45)
Ramos was a waiver claim from the White Sox in 1984. His entire major league career consisted of 15 plate appearances over 14 games in 1997. He never got that elusive big league hit, but he did get one RBI so he's got that going for him. Ironically, in 10 minor league seasons, he was an excellent hitter with a .300/.388/.395 line.


Tweet of the Day

Adam scott bailey

16 hour bus ride6 hours left. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Draft Night at Minute Maid Park

I am an extremely lucky person. The owner of my company really loves baseball. Long before I started writing this blog, he would come to me to find out the latest on all things Astro, major and minor. Naturally, I handle the company season tickets for him which he is generous enough to dole out to anyone in our company who wants them. And he's generous enough to allow me, as his representative, to take advantage of any and all season ticket holder perks that come our way from photo day with the players to batting practice viewings to a Meet and Greet with the Powers that Be to what is hopefully a once in a lifetime opportunity to be in the building for the 1.1 draft pick. (Another draft party would be great ... just not another 1.1 pick!)

That is how I came to be on hand at Minute Maid Park for Monday night's season ticket holder draft party. Naturally, my guest had to be friend and fellow Astros blogger @AGirlintheSouth aka Terri.

We were greeted with Root Root Root T-shirts that commemorated the occasion on the back and then ushered up to the club level where food and drink awaited us. Next up was a drawing in which one lucky attendee was given the opportunity to actually sit in the draft room. Curse the luck, neither of us won. Next up, Milo Hamilton talked with Jason Castro and Brian Bogusevic about their experiences as first round picks and opened up the floor to questions.

That was all well and good, but then it was time for the main event. About half of the gathered throng, including Terri and I, went out to watch the pick on Minute Maid Park's jumbo screen while the saner half stayed inside in the air-conditioning to watch on monitors. After what seemed to be an interminable wait, that commissioner fellow that I don't particularly care for came to the podium and said those words we'd been waiting to hear, "With the first selection of the 2012 First Year Player's Draft, the Houston Astros select Carlos Correa."

I had recorded the moment and after the initial cheer from the crowd, all you hear is me saying "Wow" about 15 times and Terri saying, "Shock and Awe." Of the two players most discussed, both of us were leery of Mark Appel and preferred Byron Buxton. Neither of us expected Carlos Correa, but we were both quite pleased with the selection. I wasn't terribly surprised, though, that Jeff Luhnow bucked conventional wisdom with the pick.

Eventually, Jeff Luhnow came out to address the gathering. His remarks on Carlos Correa can be found here. He went on to talk about his front office team and the rest of the draft picks to come, "I do think our staff has done a tremendous job of scouting players. We're very organized in there. We know who we want. We've got the board lined up properly and, if things fall our way, we could have one of the best drafts in the history of this organization."

Luhnow took a couple of questions and then Larry Pardo, the area scout who had scouted Correa spoke briefly. While he was speaking, we spotted Brad Mills lingering in the background, and Terri got his take on the Correa pick. As things were winding down at the podium, another front office type (I didn't catch his name) wrapped things up. In conclusion, he used a phrase that has become a go to hashtag on twitter for those of us who believe in Jeff Luhnow's ability to turn this club around, "In Luhnow we trust." Well, I certainly do.

Now, if you'll excuse me, the boss wants me to spend the day alerting him as to each Astros draft pick and forwarding him scouting reports. I'm not only allowed to follow the draft at work today, I'm encouraged to. As I said, I am an extremely lucky person.

Jeff Luhnow on Carlos Correa

If you follow me on twitter, you probably know that I had the opportunity to attend the Draft Party for season ticket holders at Minute Maid Park Monday evening. I will try to write a little bit more about the event in its entirety later today, but I wanted to pass on some of the things that Jeff Luhnow had to say about first round pick Carlos Correa in his remarks to the season ticket holders.

"He's the youngest player in the draft and with that comes a lot of excitement about what he could become. Physically he already looks like he belongs out there. He plays the game with intensity. He plays the game defensively in a way that makes you believe he could be a Gold Glove shortstop some day. And offensively, he not only has a quick bat and a good sense of when to swing, he's got tremendous power," stated Luhnow in his opening remarks.

Luhnow went on to talk about how they have been following him since he was fourteen and how he's seen him personally several times in the last year. Recently, Correa played with the Astros Extended Spring Training squad. According to Luhnow, Correa not only held his own, but actually stood out among some of the more seasoned professionals on the team. Physically, he compared Correa to Cal Ripken and A-Rod.

"The kicker" for Luhnow was getting to know Correa and his family. He took a flight to Florida on a recent Astros off-day to spend time with Correa's family and to learn more about him. He was extremely impressed with the stories that they told him "about how early in the morning he'd get up and the kind of habits he had." In particular, they told a story of his embarrassment as Correa came to the States to participate in a tournament without knowing English; he promptly learned English on his own.

Luhnow declared, "That says something. He had a goal. He wanted to learn English. He did. He had a goal. He wanted to get drafted high and he did. His next goal is to make the big leagues and be a star and he will. I have no doubt about it."

When asked about whether or not Correa will stick at short, Luhnow said, "He's a shortstop until he proves to us he can't play there which could possibly be ten, twenty years from now. He's going to play shortstop." And Luhnow went on to describe his skills at short in glowing terms, including having a "cannon for an arm" with the ability to throw 95 mph.

Luhnow was obviously very excited about Correa and his enthusiasm was contagious.

More about the draft event later ...

Minor League Schedule and Results

TUESDAY'S GAMES

DSL Astros at DSL Cardinals at 9:30 a.m. CST

Lexington at Lakewood at 6:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: LHP Luis Cruz (5-1, 2.84) and LHP Ethan Stewart (0-6, 4.21)

Iowa at Oklahoma City at 7:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Frankie de la Cruz (1-1, 2.78) and LHP Wes Musick (1-1, 4.08)
Available on MiLB.tv

San Jose at Lancaster at 9:00 CST
Probable Pitchers: LHP Ryan Bradley (3-3, 3.41) and RHP David Martinez (1-3, 6.02)

Corpus Christi - Off Day

MONDAY'S RESULTS


DSL Mariners over DSL Astros 13-5
The Astros used five pitchers (which is fairly standard as these young players get acclimated) with widely mixed results. Juan Delis (one run over three innings) and Frangy Colon (no hits, three strikeouts over one inning) had good outings; Juan Hernandez (four runs over two innings) and Yonquelys Martinez (two runs over two innings) had not-so-good outings; and Rayderson Chevalier had a spectacularly bad outing, giving up six runs on five hits and a walk without recording an out. Frederick Serrano hit a two run double. Yoel Silfa and Luis Reynosa had multi-hit games.

Springfield over Corpus Christi 12-8
Starter Ross Seaton got jumped on in the first inning with five singles and a walk to surrender four runs early, then settled down for the next few innings until he was pulled in the fifth after giving up a home run and three singles for two additional runs. Kevin Chapman got the final out in the fifth to keep Corpus in the game. And they were still in the game until the bullpen imploded, allowing six more runs over the final three innings as Henry Villar (BS, 1) gave up two, Erick Abreu (L, 5-2) gave up three and John Zeid gave up the final run. The main reason they were still in the game until late was because of Jonathan Villar's grand slam in the fourth inning, one of three hits Villar had for the night. Jose Martinez had RBIs on a sac fly and a bases loaded hit by pitch.

Rancho Cucamonga over Lancaster 11-4
This was an uncharacteristically bad start for Ruben Alaniz (L, 5-2) as he gave up seven runs in the first inning alone and Lancaster never came close to coming back from that early deficit. Alaniz only made it through 4.2 innings and gave way to Pat Urckfitz after surrendering his second home run of the night. Urckfitz got touched for two runs over 2.1 innings. Brian Streilein and Brad Dydalewicz were perfect in the last two frames. George Springer hit his 11th home run of the season. Ben Orloff and Kike Hernandez had multi-hit games.

GAME OF THE DAY
Oklahoma City over Iowa 6-5

Brian Bass did not fare as well in his second start, giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits and four walks over 5.1 innings, but he kept the team in the game. Adalberto Flores, Mickey Storey (W, 3-2) and Juan Abreu (S, 3) took it the rest of the way pitching scoreless relief. Mike Hessman hit two more home runs (making it five in the last 2 games), including one in the seventh that ultimately proved to be the winning run. Jimmy Paredes hit his fifth long ball of the season, and Angel Sanchez was three-for-four with two RBIs.

PITCHER OF THE DAY
It wasn't exactly an auspicious day for pitching. I'm going to go with the 18-year old Juan Delis who pitched three innings, giving up one run on one hit and two walks with three strikeouts in his season debut at the DSL.

PLAYER OF THE DAY
Mike Hessman may deserve it for hitting five bombs in two days, but I'm going to go with Jonathan Villar for going three-for-five with a grand slam.

Happy Birthday - 6/5

No future Astros, only former Astros with birthdays today ~

3B Bill Spiers (46)
A first round pick by Milwaukee in 1987, Spiers signed as a free agent with Houston in January of 1996 and played with the Astros for the next few years until his last game on April 8, 2001. In 632 games for Houston, he hit .288/.375/.408. I had forgotten about this unfortunate incident in which Spiers was attacked by a fan.

RHP Russ Ortiz (38)
Originally drafted by the Giants in the fourth round in 1995, Ortiz came to Houston as a free agent in 2009. In 23 appearances (13 starts), he was 3-6 with a 5.57 ERA and a 1.669 WHIP. His best season was with Atlanta in 2003 when he was 21-7 in 34 starts and earned an All-Star appearance.

RHP Jason Green (37)
A 30th round pick by the Astros in 1993, his entire major league career consisted of 17.2 innings pitched over 14 games in 2000 with forgettable results (although he did get credited with one win). In six minor league seasons, he had a 3.68 ERA and a 1.395 WHIP.

LHP Paul Siebert (59)
Drafted by the Astros in the third round in 1971, he pitched in 31 games for Houston in 1974 to 1976, going 1-5 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.514 WHIP.

Bonus Bonus Tweet of the Day

Enrique Hernandez

more puertoricans in the house!!!!!! felicidades Carlos!!! orgullo boricua!!   

Bonus Tweet of the Day

Zachary Levine

Carlos Correa went to the PR Baseball Academy, which combines baseball with school. In other news, I hate my parents.

Tweet of the Day

Mike Kvasnicka

I've decided that if you don't love the purple bag of skittles, you can't be trusted. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Roster Moves - 6/4

Lancaster
RF Domingo Santana placed on the 7-day DL
LHP Gabriel Garcia assigned from Lancaster to Lexington
OF Chris Epps assigned from Lexington to Lancaster

Welcome to Houston Fernando


Minor League Schedule and Recaps

MONDAY'S GAMES

DSL Astros at DSL Mariners at 9:30 a.m. CST

Iowa at Oklahoma City at 7:05 CST
Probable Pitchers: LHP Chris Rusin (4-4, 3.53) and RHP Brian Bass (1-0, 0.00)
Available on MiLB.tv

Corpus Christi at Springfield at 7:08 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Ross Seaton (4-3, 3.28) and LHP Tyler Lyons (4-4, 3.88)

Rancho Cucamonga at Lancaster at 9:00 CST
Probable Pitchers: RHP Angel Sanchez (4-3, 4.95) and RHP Rueben Alaniz (5-1, 3.69)

SUNDAY'S RESULTS


[Note: Alas, the all over .500 results for the Astros minor league teams only lasted a single day as Corpus fell back to one game under, but the other three are starting to get some nice win streaks going.]

Lancaster over Rancho Cucamonga 15-8
The Lancaster team must delight in making me try to recap some of these ridiculously high-scoring games without writing a Victorian novel. Here goes. Jorge de Leon (W, 1-5) finally got that elusive first win as he pitched five innings and allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while Zachary Grimmett pitched the final four allowing five runs on eight hits (including two home runs). Rafy Valenzuela (3x4, 2B, 2R) and Ben Heath (2B, HR, 3R) accounted for 10 of the runs as they had five RBIs each; Ben Orloff added another three. Erik Castro (2x4, 2B, 3R), Jonathan Meyer (2x4, 2B, RBI, 2R) and Grant Hogue (2x3, 2-2B, 2R) also had great days at the plate. Lancaster had 12 hits, but they were also helped out with ten walks, two wild pitches, five hit batters and an error from Rancho Cucamonga.

Oklahoma City over Iowa 6-5
Dallas Keuchel gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts over 6.2 innings. Sergio Perez was charged with a blown save as he allowed one of Keuchel's runners to score while failing to record an out against his two batters. Enter Enerio del Rosario (W, 1-1) and Jose Valdez (S, 13) to save the day. Mike Hessman literally supplied half of the offense with three solo home runs. [Note: Before you get terribly excited about Hessman, keep in mind that his career minor league average over 17 seasons is .232 and his career major league average over 109 games is .188. He's doing great right now, but he's 34 and should not be taking a lot of playing time away from younger players who are going to be a part of the future.] The other big hitter of the day was Dallas Keuchel who had two hits for the day and is now batting .263.

Springfield over Corpus Christi 8-3
Corpus Christi managed to get within one run in the top of the eighth only to have the wheels fall off in the bottom of the frame. Starter Jarred Cosart (L, 3-3) pitched well through five innings, but gave up three runs in the sixth for a total of four runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts over six innings. The bullpen imploded in the eighth with Alex Sogard and Arcenio Leon allowing four runs between them and sealing the Hooks fate for the night. Jordan Kreke was the owner of the only extra base hit of the game, a double. Jonathan Villar, Jake Goebbert, Ryan McCurdy and Kreke all had multi-hit games.

GAME OF THE DAY
Lexington over Rome 4-1

What went right: Mike Foltynewicz, Mike Foltynewicz and Mike Foltynewicz.

Um, Mike Foltynewicz is good. He just got his seventh win in twelve starts pitching eight innings of one hit ball while lowering his ERA to 2.14. Unfortunately, the one hit was a solo homer, but I'll take that any time. Carlos Quevedo pitched a perfect ninth to record his first save. Zach Johnson got his 55th RBI of the season on a ground out. The other runs came on a two RBI double by Chan Moon and a single from Delino DeShields. Deshields stole four bases to increase his total to 36.

Mike Foltynewicz (W, 7-1) - 8IP 1H 1R 2BB 5SO 1HR
Carlos Quevedo (S, 1) - 1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0SO

Delino DeShields - 2x4 RBI SO R 4SB
Drew Muren - 2x4 R SB
Brandon Meredith - 2x3 2B BB SO
Chan Moon - 1x3 2B 3RBI R

What went wrong: The .313 hitting Matt Duffy showed he was human as he went hitless for the day, but he did hit the ball into play in every at bat so I can live with that.

PITCHER OF THE DAY
Mike Foltynewicz did the one thing I asked of him. He pitched deeper into the game which is something I want to see him do routinely, and he was still hitting 95 on the radar gun as late as the seventh when I checked in on the game.

PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Rafy Valenzuela and Ben Heath get to share the honors with their 5 RBI days. Valenzuela got his on two singles, a double and a bases loaded one-out force out. Heath got his with a two-run double and a three-run home run. Different approaches, but equally effective!

Happy Birthday - 6/4

C Ernesto Genoves (21)
I'm going to be lazy and reprint what I had written earlier about Genoves as one of my players to watch, particularly since he's currently languishing in Extended Spring Training as far as I know.
This 20-year old from Venezuela played in Greeneville in 2011 and really made great strides at the plate. His batting average of .280 only went up a couple of points from his prior season, but his slugging percentage went from .333 with the GCL in 2010 to .464 with Greeneville in 2011. According to Seedlings to Stars, Genoves "makes solid contact" with a "decent approach and some gap power." He faded toward the end of the season and he strikes out more than I would like to see with 29 strikeouts to 12 walks over 38 games, but there are also some good signs within his splits as he hit .313 with runners on and .302 with RISP in 2011.
His defense is coming along as well. His caught stealing percentage went from 22% in 2010 to 31% in 2011 and his fielding percentage as a catcher went from .972 with 5 errors in 2010 to .984 with 4 errors in 2011. He had 9 passed balls, but Steve with Appy Astros indicated that Genoves made progress behind the plate throughout the season. Early in the season he tended to reach for balls with his glove instead of moving his body, but Steve indicated that Genoves definitely showed improvement in that area.
Over the winter, Genoves played in the Venezuelan winter league with the Liga Paralela, Venezuela's minor league system, hitting .299/.400/.478/.878 in 22 games. I look forward to seeing what he can do in 2012.
Former Astros with birthdays today ~

LHP Arnold Earley (died September 29, 1999 at 66)
Earley came to Houston in a trade with the Cubs in 1967 and only pitched in 1.1 innings for the Astros with less than desirable results. His best season was in 1964 for Boston when he had a 2.68 ERA and a 1.371 WHIP over 25 appearances.

C Scott Servais (45)
Servais was drafted by Houston in the third round in 1988 and played for Houston from 1991 to 1995 and again in 2001. In 295 games for Houston, he hit .225/.284/.357.

OF/1B Darin Erstad (38)
Originally drafted by the Angels in the first round in 1985, Erstad came to Houston as a free agent at the end of his career. In 247 games for the Astros in 2008 and 2009, he hit .252/.297/.353. In his time with the Angels, he was a two time All-Star, three time Gold Glove winner and one time winner of the Silver Slugger. He got his World Series ring with the Angels in 2002. Erstad is currently head coach of his alma mater, the University of Nebraska.

C Rick Wilkins (45)
Ironically, Wilkins came to Houston from the Cubs in a trade for Scott Servais with whom he shares a birthday to the year. He spent parts of the 1995 and 1996 seasons with Houston before being traded to the Giants for C Kirt Manwaring. Wilkins hit .218/.339/.333 in 99 games.

C Tony Pena (55)
Pena only played in nine games for Houston in 1997 at the end of his career. In 18 major league seasons, playing for Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Boston, Cleveland, the White Sox and Houston, he made five All-Star appearances and won four Gold Gloves.


Tweet of the Day

brandon meredith

Going to get Korean food for My first time with  and moon... Pray for me

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Full Season Minor League Team Stats thru 6/2/12


RANK
TEAM
WON
LOST
PCT
1
New York Mets
133
88
.602
2
Toronto Blue Jays
126
94
.573
3
Colorado Rockies
124
99
.556
4
New York Yankees
119
101
.541
5
Houston Astros
119
103
.536
6
Chicago White Sox
119
104
.534
7
Boston Red Sox
118
103
.534
8
Arizona Diamondbacks
120
106
.531
9
Miami Marlins
119
105
.531
10
Texas Rangers
116
103
.530
11
Kansas City Royals
117
105
.527
12
San Francisco Giants
116
107
.520
13
Philadelphia Phillies
120
112
.517
14
Cleveland Indians
111
107
.509
15
Washington Nationals
111
107
.509
16
Los Angeles Dodgers
114
112
.504




17
Minnesota Twins
111
110
.502
18
Seattle Mariners
121
121
.500
19
Oakland Athletics
109
113
.491
20
Milwaukee Brewers
108
113
.489
21
Detroit Tigers
113
122
.481
22
Tampa Bay Rays
114
127
.473
23
Los Angeles Angels
103
121
.460
24
St. Louis Cardinals
100
122
.450
25
Atlanta Braves
99
122
.448
26
Pittsburgh Pirates
99
122
.448
27
Chicago Cubs
98
124
.441
28
San Diego Padres
97
126
.435
29
Cincinnati Reds
95
129
.424
30
Baltimore Orioles
89
129
.408


Sorry for the formatting issues!!! This is for full season minor league teams only.