Saturday, October 20, 2012

Arizona Fall and Winter League Recaps - 10/19

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Phoenix over Mesa 10-6
Bobby Borchering, as DH for Mesa, was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. Jon Singleton hit a solo shot that was described by the AFL twitter feed as a "mammoth home run to right" and ended the day going 2-for-4 with one RBI, one walk, one strikeout and scored twice. George Springer, getting the start in RF, was 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout. He also scored twice. No Astros pitchers pitched in the game.

Today's Game - Mesa (3-7) at Surprise (5-4) at 2:35 CST
Jarred Cosart is the scheduled starter and you can follow the action on the AFL Website.

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE

Caracas over La Guaira 11-4
For Caracas, CF Brandon Barnes went 1-for-2 with a walk, a strikeout and a sac fly RBI before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning. Barnes also had one stolen base and one caught stealing.

Zulia over Aragua 7-6 in 11 innings
2B Jose Martinez was 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout for Aragua. He also drove in two runs with an RBI single and a bases loaded walk.

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE

Gigantes over Escogido 4-3
RHP Erick Abreu pitched one and a third innings for the Gigantes, allowing a two-run home run and striking out two.

Licey over Toros 12-5
RHP Aneury Rodriguez got the start for Toros, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk in two innings of work. He also recorded two strikeouts.

Happy Birthday - 10/20

1B Rafael Valenzuela (25)
Signed as a non-drafted free agent from Arizona in 2010, Valenzuela had a very nice season at Lancaster, hitting .284/.349/.429. He was also an important part of the JetHawks' playoff run as he hit .429/.432/.771 with three doubles, three home runs and ten RBI in the final 10 regular season games, and .412 in the post-season.

OF Edward Santana (18)
A NDFA from the Dominican Republic, Santana appeared in a grand total of two games for the DSL Astros in June as a pinch runner/defensive replacement. He never got an at-bat. And that is the sum total of everything I know about Santana's season.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Composition of the Astros System: Pitchers

As I confessed yesterday, I really enjoy looking at the minutiae of what makes up a team. Yesterday I looked at Position Players. Today, let's look at Pitchers. All information includes both major league players and minor league players in the Astros system as of the end of the 2012 season. I may be missing one or two players but the underlying data should be pretty darned accurate.

ASTROS PITCHERS (150)

PLACE OF BIRTH
83 - United States (25 states)*
39 - Dominican Republic
10 - Venezuela
5 - Panama
4 - Puerto Rico
2 - Colombia
1 - Brazil
1 - El Salvador
1 - Mexico
1 - Nicaragua
1 - Canada (Ontario)
1 - Taiwan
1 - Virgin Islands

*U.S. Breakdown
18 - Texas
11 - California
9 - Florida
6 - Arizona
4 - Oklahoma
4 - South Carolina
3 - Illinois
3 - North Carolina
3 - New York
2 each - Colorado, Georgia, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania
1 each - Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington

WHEN/HOW SIGNED
The dates may be off on an occasional winter signing or a Latin free agent who did not play until the following year, but this should still serve to give you a general idea.
  • 2002 - Latin American Free Agent (1)
  • 2005 - Latin American Free Agents (4)
  • 2006 - Latin American Free Agents (3); Drafted (2 college)
  • 2007 - Latin American Free Agents (4); Rule 5 (1)
  • 2008 - Drafted (7 - 5 high school, 1 community college & 1 college); Latin American Free Agents (6); Pacific Rim Free Agent (1); U.S. Non-Drafted Free Agent (1); Free Agent (1)
  • 2009 - Latin American Free Agents (7); Drafted (3 - 2 high school & 1 college); U.S. Non-Drafted Free Agent (2); Free Agent (1); Trade (1); Waiver Claim (1)
  • 2010 - Drafted (12 - 6 college, 4 high school & 2 community college); Latin American Free Agents (10); Trades (2); Free Agents (2); Rule 5 (1)
  • 2011 - Drafted (13 - 7 college, 4 community college & 2 high school); Trades (8); Latin American Free Agents (7); U.S. Non-Drafted Free Agents (3); Free Agents (2); Waiver Claim (1); Rule 5 (1)
  • 2012 - Drafted (14 - 11 college, 2 community college & 1 high school); Trades (13); Latin American Free Agents (7); Free Agents (4); Waiver Claims (2); U.S. Non-drafted Free Agents (2)
Totals
28 - Drafted out of College
14 - Drafted out of High School
9 - Drafted out of Community College
49 - Latin American Free Agents
1 - Pacific Rim Free Agents
8 - U.S. Non-Drafted Free Agents
24 - Trades
10 - Free Agents
4 - Waiver Claims
3 - Rule 5

DRAFT PICKS BY ROUND
In addition to those players drafted by the Astros, there have been numerous players added to the system that were drafted by other teams. For example, in addition to 13 top five round picks (including supplemental picks) drafted by the Astros, there are an additional 12 players who were first five round picks by other teams that are now in the system. Here is the breakdown by round. (As a reminder, this is for pitchers only).

6 - 1st round
6 - 2nd round
5 - 3rd round
6 - 4th round
2 - 5th round
1 - 6th round
3 - 7th round
5 - 8th round
5 - 9th round
4 - 10th round
1 - 11th round
1 - 12th round
1 - 13th round
3 - 15th round
1 - 16th round
2 - 17th round
1 - 18th round
1 - 19th round
1 - 22nd round
1 - 23rd round
1 - 24th round
2 - 25th round
1 - 27th round
2 - 28th round
1 - 29th round
1 - 30th round
2 - 31st round
2 - 32nd round
1 - 33rd round
1 - 34th round
2 - 37th round
2 - 38th round
1 - 39th round

"HANDEDNESS"
111 - Right-handed pitchers
39 - Left-handed pitchers

Up next - Composite of position players and pitchers

Arizona Fall League and Winter League Recaps

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Scottsdale over Mesa 8-3
DH Jon Singleton went 1-for-3 with a walk for Mesa and scored a run. RHP Nick Tropeano pitched a perfect sixth inning, retiring the side on seven pitches and RHP Chia-Jen Lo pitched a perfect ninth, retiring the side on 11 pitches.

Today's Game - Mesa (3-6) at Phoenix (2-5) at 2:35 CST

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE

Magallanes over Lara 4-3
For Magallanes, LHP Gabriel Garcia pitched to one batter in the fifth and walked him.

Caracas over Caribes 5-3
CF Brandon Barnes was 2-for-4 in Caracas' win and now has a .269 average.

Aragua over Zulia 4-0
2B Jose Martinez was 1-for-4 with a strikeout and scored a run for Aragua. RHP Arcenio Leon pitched to three batters and gave up a hit and two walks for the Zulia team.

MEXICAN PACIFIC WINTER LEAGUE

Los Mochis over Hermosillo 9-5
RHP Garrett Mock pitched one-third of an inning and got the only batter he faced for Hermosillo.

Happy Birthday - 10/19

RHP Jordan Lyles (22)
A 2008 supplemental first round draft pick by the Astros out of high school in South Carolina, Lyles split his time this season between Oklahoma City and Houston. In seven starts for the Redhawks, he was 5-0 with a 3.84 ERA and a 1.205 WHIP. By the end of May, Lyles became a permanent member of the Astros starting rotation. In 25 starts, he was 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA and a 1.422 WHIP. However, he ended the season strongly as he went 2-1 with a 2.74 ERA and a 1.087 WHIP in his final four starts.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

LHP J.A. Happ (30)
Originally drafted by the Phillies in the 3rd round in 2004, Happ came to the Astros in July 2010 in the Oswalt trade and he departed Houston in a huge July 2012 10-player trade with the Blue Jays. In between, he was 18-28 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.461 WHIP in 59 starts. For Toronto this season, he went 3-2 in 10 games (six starts) with a 4.69 ERA and a 1.289 WHIP before his season ended early due to injury.

OF/1B Walt Bond (died September 14, 1967 at age 29)
A member of the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, Bond played for the Colt 45's in 1964 and the Astros in 1965.  I was not aware of Bond's history until I read this entry from the TBHOF site.
"Standing at 6' 7" tall and weighing between 235–250 lbs, Big Walt Bond had his best year as a Houston Colt .45 in 1964 when he hit 20 home runs and drove in 85 runs—the first true power hitting ballplayer in team history."
But that was only part of the story.  He was one of many silent heroes who helped to integrate baseball.  He was active in the community, working to support local school sports programs.  And he showed enormous courage and strength in his fight against leukemia which he sadly lost at the age of 29.  I encourage reading the entire entry.

OF Brock Davis (69)
Originally signed as a NDFA by Houston in 1963, Davis played for the Colt 45's in 1963 and 1964 and for the Astros in 1966. In 45 games for Houston, he hit .176/.263/.247. Davis made his major league debut at 19. He went on to have a couple of modestly successful seasons with the Cubs and the Brewers in 1971 and 1972 respectively before a knee injury ended his career.

RHP Dave Veres (46)
A fourth round draft pick by Oakland in 1986, Veres signed with Houston as a free agent in May 1992 and eventually pitched in 104 games for Houston in 1994 and 1995. In those games he was 8-4 with a 2.31 ERA and a 1.143 WHIP. He was traded to the Expos in December of 1995 for Sean Berry.

OF/2B Joe McEwing (40)
Originally drafted by the Cardinals in the 28th round in 1992, McEwing was purchased from Kansas City in March of 2006. McEwing appeared in only seven games for the Astros in 2006 and never got a hit. In 2012, McEwing became the third base coach for the White Sox.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Composition of the Astros System: Position Players

I'll admit it. I like to look at details that most people don't care about, and for the most part, probably don't matter very much either. But I still find these things interesting. And maybe you will as well. Or maybe not. All information includes both major league players and minor league players in the Astros system as of the end of the 2012 season. I may be missing one or two players but the underlying data should be pretty darned accurate.

ASTROS POSITION PLAYERS (140)

PLACE OF BIRTH
83 - United States (25 states and the District of Columbia)*
31 - Dominican Republic
11 - Venezuela
9 - Puerto Rico
2 - Colombia
2 - Nicaragua
1 - South Korea
1 - Australia

*U.S. Breakdown
24 - California
10 - Florida
8 - Texas
6 - Georgia
5 - Ohio
4 - Illinois
2 each - Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington
1 each - Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Washington DC

WHEN/HOW SIGNED
The dates may be off on an occasional winter signing or a Latin free agent who did not play until the following year, but this should still serve to give you a general idea.

  • 2005 - Drafted (2 - 1 college & 1 community college)
  • 2006 - Latin American Free Agents (2)
  • 2007 - Latin American Free Agents (2)
  • 2008 - Latin American Free Agents (5); Drafted (4 - 3 college & 1 high school)
  • 2009 - Drafted (11 - 6 college & 5 high school); Latin American Free Agents (2); Pacific Rim Free Agent (1)
  • 2010 - Drafted (10 - 5 high school & 5 college); Latin American Free Agents (10); Trades (4); U.S. Non-Drafted Free Agents (2); Free Agent (1); Waiver Claim (1)
  • 2011 - Drafted (17 - 15 college & 2 high school); Latin American Free Agents (8); Free Agents (5); Trades (4); Waiver Claims (2); U.S. Non-Drafted Free Agent (1); Rule 5/Trade (1)
  • 2012 - Drafted (17 - 12 college, 3 high school & 2 community college); Latin American Free Agents (9); Trades (8); Free Agents (6); Waiver Claims (2); U.S. Non-drafted Free Agents (2); Pacific Rim Free Agent (1)

Totals
42 - Drafted out of College
16 - Drafted out of High School
3 - Drafted out of Community College
38 - Latin American Free Agents
2 - Pacific Rim Free Agents
5 - U.S. Non-Drafted Free Agents
16 - Trades
12 - Free Agents
5 - Waiver Claims
1 - Rule 5/Trade (Marwin Gonzalez was a Rule 5 pick by the Red Sox and then was immediately traded to Houston)

DRAFT PICKS BY ROUND
In addition to those players drafted by the Astros, there have been numerous players added to the system that were drafted by other teams. For example, in addition to seven first round picks (including supplemental first rounders) drafted by the Astros, there are an additional nine players who were first round picks by other teams that are now in the system. Here is the breakdown by round. (As a reminder, this is for position players only).

16 - 1st round
4 - 2nd round
4 - 3rd round
3 - 4th round
3 - 5th round
5 - 6th round
3 - 7th round
3 - 8th round
2 - 9th round
1 - 10th round
3 - 11th round
3 - 12th round
3 - 13th round
3 - 14th round
2 - 15th round
2 - 16th round
1 - 17th round
1 - 18th round
2 - 19th round
2 - 20th round
2 - 21st round
1 - 22nd round
2 - 23rd round
1 - 24th round
1 - 25th round
2 - 27th round
1 - 28th round
2 - 29th round
2 - 31st round
2 - 35th round
2 - 36th round
1 - 41st round
1 - 45th round
1 - 49th round

BATTERS
87 - Bat right-handed
36 - Bat left-handed
16 - Switch hitters
1 - Unknown

POSITION
63 - Infielders primarily
50 - Outfielders primarily
27 - Catchers

Up next - Pitchers

Arizona Fall League and Winter League Recaps

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Scottsdale over Mesa 5-2
1B Jon Singleton was 1-for-3 with walk and a strikout; DH George Springer was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts; 3B Bobby Borchering was 0-for-3; and SS Jio Mier was 0-for-2 with a walk, a strikeout and he scored a run. LHP Alex Sogard pitched the fifth inning and allowed one run on one hit (a lead-off triple). and a walk with one strikeout.

Today's Game - Scottsdale (3-5) at Mesa (3-5) at 2:35 CST

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE

Caracas over Lara 3-1
CF Brandon Barnes was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Caracas' win.

Aragua over Caribes 3-1
2B Jose Martinez was 1-for-3 with a strikeout for Aragua.

Happy Birthday - 10/18

RHP Andrew Walter (22)
Originally from Arizona, Walter was signed by the Astros as a NDFA in 2011.  Splitting his second season  between the GCL Astros and Greeneville, he was 0-0 in 15 appearances with a 2.28 ERA and a 1.329 WHIP.

C Ricky Gingras (22)
Drafted in the 18th round in 2012 out of Point Loma Nazarene University in California, Gingras played in 29 games for Greeneville, hitting .190/.221/.300 with two doubles and three home runs.

One former Astro with a birthday today ~

RHP Terry Clark (52)
Originally drafted by the Cardinals in the 23rd round in 1979, Clark played for Houston in 1990 and again in 1996. In six games for the Astros, he had a 12.19 ERA and a 2.903 WHIP. He has coached in the Rangers organization for the last several years, most recently as Pitching Coach for the Round Rock Express in 2012.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Arizona Fall League and Winter League Recaps

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Peoria over Mesa 4-2
George Springer, who got the start in right field, was the only Astros farm hand to get playing time on Tuesday. He went 1-for-4 with an RBI single and a strikeout.

Today's Game - Mesa (3-4) at Scottsdale (2-5) at 8:35 CST

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE

Caracas over Lara 5-3
CF Brandon Barnes singled and drew a bases loaded walk as he went 1-for-4 for Caracas.

Magallanes over Zulia 9-4
RHP Sergio Perez (W, 2-0) got the start for Magallanes and pitched five very strong innings, giving up only one unearned run on two hits and a walk while striking out five.

Happy Birthday - 10/17

Happy Birthday to Lancaster Pitching Coach Don Alexander who turns 54 today!

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

C Chris Tremie (43)
Originally drafted by the White Sox in the 39th round in 1992, Tremie signed as a free agent with the Astros in 2000 and toiled for four seasons in the Astros minor league system before getting into one game in September 2004. A late inning defensive replacement, he didn't get an at-bat with the Astros. In 2012, Tremie managed the Akron Aeros to the Eastern League Championship for the Cleveland organization.

IF Edwin Maysonet (31)
Drafted by Houston in the 9th round in 2003, Maysonet played in a total of 46 games for the Astros in 2008 and 2009, hitting .276/.317/.342. He is currently in the Milwaukee system and played in 30 games for the Brewers in 2012.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

An Interview with RHP Tyson Perez

Tyson Perez first caught my eye when Baseball America declared him, as a 17th round pick, to be one of the Astros best later round draft picks from 2011, citing his strong curveball and a fastball that hit 92-94. But I thought I would have to wait to see his sophomore year progress when Perez stayed behind at Extended Spring Training this spring after all of the full season teams broke camp. But the ripple effect of an early injury to Kyle Weiland gave the 22-year old Perez a chance to skip Lexington altogether and go directly to High A Lancaster in May after pitching in rookie league Greeneville in 2011.

What was probably intended to be a temporary move for Perez turned into a permanent one as he came in strong. In his first five starts at Lancaster, he was 3-1 with a 3.90 ERA and a 0.959 WHIP and held batters to a .218 average. He had some ups and downs throughout the season and ended the regular season with a 9-5 record, a 5.03 ERA and a 1.508 WHIP (4-1 with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.022 WHIP away from the hitter-friendly confines of The Hangar). In the post-season, he was 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.154 WHIP (the loss being a 1-0 shutout in which he gave up only three hits in seven innings).

I caught up with Tyson by phone last week and here's what he had to say about his 2012 season (edited for brevity and clarity) ~

On his promotion to Lancaster: Going there, it was kind of a big surprise. It just happened real fast. I went there. I didn't know any of the guys so it was kind of hard to get used to. I was surprised, but I got the opportunity and I just tried to make the most of it. I'm just going to try to get better and keep learning from my mistakes.

On his pitch repertoire: Before this year, in college, my best pitch was my curveball and I still think it is, but my cutter for me this year was awesome. I used it a lot. I could command it. The movement was good on it so I really went to that a lot and when I had that pitch and the curveball in the same game, those were the games I went deep and when I had really good success. So if I could just get those two pitches, or actually all my pitches, to be able to throw them whenever I want and have the confidence I do when I do throw them good, I think it will be smooth sailing. My fastball this year was anywhere from 89-94 and my cutter is usually 87 to 90, 91. My curveball is like 76, 79, sometimes 80, and then my changeup's probably low 80's. [I'm working on] the consistency with all the pitches but the pitch that I work on the most would probably be the changeup. That's probably my weakest pitch and it also is the most important pitch in baseball so if I can get a good changeup then I will be a lot better of a pitcher. I'll be a lot more an all-around pitcher.

On his pitching style: I try to pitch to contact. I'm trying to learn to pitch to contact because all of the best do. Some games I don't have a lot of strikeouts. Some games I do. So I'm still trying to find my way. I'm not going to try to blow it by anybody. I'm just going to try to make good pitches and let the hitters get themselves out.

On what he's accomplished this season: I've learned how to pitch. I've learned how to remember what you threw the guy last time, how to recognize what kind of hitter he is, how to read swings, how to read foul balls, all that type of stuff. I learned that. I learned how (I know this sounds silly), but how to throw the ball outside and inside. When you're in high school and when you're in college, you're young. You mainly live outside. I learned that you have to throw inside. You have to make all your pitches and you just have to keep the ball down. I think I just learned how to be a pitcher instead of just a thrower, which is pretty good.

On winning the California League Championship: We were all pumped. We were excited. A lot of people wanted to go home, being out here for so long, being away from home but once we won the last couple of series against High Desert and Inland Empire, we knew that we had a really good shot. Everybody was having a lot of fun. We were hitting the ball. We were pitching the ball great so we knew that we had a really good chance. So once we made the playoffs, everybody was just wanting to stay the whole time. They weren't ready to go home in a week. They were ready to go home after the Championship because we all thought that we were going to get to the Championship and win. We all had that confidence.

On the Lancaster team chemistry: Yeah, we had a lot of fun. This was probably the closest and the most fun I've ever had on a team. You usually don't see that when you're in pro ball because the guys are going up, guys are coming down. In college, you're with the same guys all the time, you have roommates, but we were really, really close as a team. Everybody had fun, everybody got along, and we just went out and played. Every day we had fun. We would joke around the clubhouse, play our games and just have fun every day and I think that's what made us play good and [we] eventually won the whole thing.

On his nickname "Time": One of my coaches when I was little playing football just started calling me T-Time because my name was Tyson and eventually all my friends started calling me that. Then when I was in high school all of my friends just started calling me Time. Like now, when I go home, nobody calls me Tyson. Everybody calls me Time. It just somehow happened and somehow [stuck]. So that's the name that I kind of go by. Some of the guys on the team picked it up [and] would call me Time. That's the name that I put on my glove, too, is Time.

On ranch life: I live on a ranch [in California]. We have horses and steers and I've roped since I was little. It's kind of a different life. I have the sports life and baseball in the City and I have the ranch life where I grew up in the country, rode horses, roped, did rodeo, all that stuff. My dad does rodeo. My dad's part of the PRCA, professional rodeo, and he always told me if I didn't play baseball [I] could make it in that if I wanted to. It's still a hobby. It's something fun to do. I honestly don't get to do it much anymore but I've done it since I was little, kind of like riding a bike. I could always go do it if I want, but it takes a lot of practice.

I had a little dummy steer I had brought from home and me and Rafy Valenzuela, we would rope it because he could rope a little bit when he was at home so I brought this little play toy dummy, like a little fake steer and a couple of ropes and me, him and Johnny Meyer would go out there and mess around roping.

If he couldn't play baseball, would he do rodeo?: I don't know. It's kind of like minor league lifestyle. You've got to travel a lot. You're away from home, but if you're one of the best it's a real good living. You're famous everywhere you go ... tons of fans, big crowds and it's fun. But for a career, it would be a little different. But as a hobby, I love it. I love going to rodeos, all that stuff. It's a lot of fun. It's a different lifestyle.

If he could steal a pitch, whose would it be?: I would want to have Jorge de Leon's fastball and Nick Tropeano's changeup. If I can get my changeup like that, I'll be very happy. That's what I'm trying to do. That's what I'm working hard on.

Which Astros hitter would he least like to face?: I don't know if I'd want to face George Springer because he hit four home runs in a row. When he gets hot, he's really hard to get out. When he hits [home runs] they're for sure goners. He doesn't hit much of any cheap ones.

Who on the team made you laugh?: Kiké Hernandez is one of the funniest guys ... funniest, silliest, goofiest and he was my roommate so I got it all the time. But he was really fun to be around. Everybody loves him.

On the Astros' future: The future is bright. Our minor league system was awesome this year. We had three teams make it to the playoffs and we had a team win a championship. And we have a lot of young talent. We have a lot of guys that we traded for. The next four or five years all this talent is going to be up there [in Houston]. As long as we keep doing what we're supposed to do as a farm system and we keep getting better and working hard, eventually the Astros are going to turn around. The big league team is going to be the winning team. We have to wait. We're young. I know that we can just get better and better.

Any final words?: If I keep working hard and doing what I'm supposed to do, then it should all pay off.

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If the California League Finals had gone to a Game 4, Tyson Perez would have gotten the call. And there wasn't a single player on his team that doubted he would have led them to a win. Going from rookie ball one season to being an integral part of a High A Championship team the next season? Not bad, not bad at all.

Thanks for your time, Time, and best of luck in the 2013 season.

Arizona Fall League Recap

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Peoria over Mesa 9-2
RHP Jarred Cosart (L, 0-1) got the start for Mesa and gave up two runs on five hits and a walk, and recorded one strikeout over four innings of work. RHP Nick Tropeano relieved Dodgers lefty Chris Reed in the fifth as he came in with two on and no outs, and after striking out one, allowed a three-run home run to Seattle prospect Nick Franklin before striking out the last two batters. Tropeano pitched one more inning and at the end of the day, he allowed two runs on three hits with three strikeouts (and no walks). Chia-Jen Lo pitched a perfect ninth and retired the side with eight pitches, seven for strikes. 3B Bobby Borchering had a nice day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double. He struck out once and scored a run. 1B Jon Singleton did not fare quite as well in an 0-for-4 appearance with a strikeout.

Today's Game
Mesa (3-3) at Peoria (4-2) at 2:35 CST

All other winter league clubs had the day off.

Happy Birthday - 10/16

RHP Enerio del Rosario (27)
Acquired from the Reds in 2010 for cash considerations, Rosario struggled early with the Astros and spent much of the season at Oklahoma City where he had a 5.01 ERA and a 1.584 WHIP in 36 appearances. In 19 appearances in Houston this season, he had a 9.00 ERA and a 2.158 WHIP.


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Monday, October 15, 2012

Arizona Fall League and Winter League Recaps

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

No game Sunday. Monday's game at 2:35 CST - Peoria (3-2) at Mesa (3-2)

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE

Lara over Zulia 8-4
RHP Arcenio Leon pitched one inning for Zulia, allowing one run on one hit and a walk with one strikeout.

Caracas over Aragua 7-4
Caracas got their first win of the season with a lot of help from CF Brandon Barnes who went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run and three walks. He also scored twice and recorded an outfield assist. 2B Jose Martinez went 1-for-4 for Aragua.

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE

Aguilas over Gigantes 9-5
SS Jonathan Villar was 1-for-3 with a strikeout and a stolen base for Aguilas. RHP Erick Abreu pitched two innings for the Gigantes, allowing one run (a solo home run) on two hits with no walks and one strikeout.

Estrellas over Toros 2-1
RHP Aneury Rodriguez pitched four shutout innings for the Toros and allowed three hits and one walk with two strikeouts.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Hermosillo over Mexicali 3-1
RHP Garrett Mock pitched two-thirds of an inning for Hermosillo and allowed no hits or runs, but walked two batters.

LIGA PARALELA
The Liga Paralela is more or less the Venezuelan minor league. Once a week or so, I'll check in and let you know how some of the Astros players are doing. With that said ~

C Ernesto Genoves - In two games, Genoves has gone 3-for-7 with a double, home run and three RBI. He is currently hitting .429/.556/.1000.

OF Jose Monzon - In three games, Monzon is hitting .273/.333/.727 with a triple and a home run.

RHP Enderson Franco - In three innings pitched, Franco has a 0.00 ERA and a 1.000 WHIP.

Happy Birthday - 10/15

LHP Edgar Ferreira (20)
A non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic, Ferreira did not pitch in 2012 so I am assuming an injury, particularly considering he missed a month in the middle of the 2011 season as well (and often struggled when he did pitch). We'll just have to wait until 2013 to see what Ferreira has in store for us.

OF Teoscar Hernandez (20)
A NDFA from the Dominican Republic, Hernandez has been on my radar since his first strong season in 2011 with the DSL Astros. This season, he appeared with the GCL Astros and made a pretty decent adjustment to the U.S. In a total of 59 games betweeen the GCL and Lexington, he hit .243/.323/.401 with 13 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 11 stolen bases and 12 outfield assists. He played the final eight games of the season with Lexington.

SS Arturo Michelena (18)
Michelena, a NDFA from Venezuela, made his professional debut with the DSL Astros this season. In 34 games, he hit .202/.234/.252.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

LHP Bill Henry (85)
In 1969, at the end of his career, he made three appearances for the Astros. In five innings, he had a 0.00 ERA and a 0.800 WHIP. An All-Star for the Reds in 1960, Henry spent a total of 16 seasons in the major leagues, playing for six different teams.

IF Mendy Lopez (39)
Lopez signed as a free agent with Houston in January 2001 and was claimed off waivers by the Pirates in August of 2001. In between, he played in 10 games for the Astros, hitting .267/.389/.467. Lopez has been playing in the Mexican League since 2006 with great success.

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Chuckie Fick

Waves small. Beach packed. Vacation over. Gym time.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Arizona Fall League and Winter League Recaps

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Mesa over Phoenix 8-3
Mesa made it three in a row with their win over Phoenix. Jio Mier got a start at third base and went 0-for-3 with a walk, but he did score a run and also drove in George Springer with a sac fly. Jon Singleton had DH duties and set the tone early with a two-run bomb in the first inning. He ended the day 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs and also scored twice. Springer started in left field and was 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, a stolen bases and a run scored. LHP Alex Sogard earned the win in relief. Despite issuing a couple of singles and a walk, Sogard extricated himself from the situation with a couple of timely strikeouts and allowed no runs across.

Next Game: Peoria (3-2) at Mesa (3-2) on Monday at 2:35 CST

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE

Aragua (1-2) over Caracas (0-3) 4-2
2B Jose Martinez was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored for Aragua. CF Brandon Barnes was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout for Caracas.

The Dominican Winter League starts today.

Happy Birthday - 10/14

OF Jarrod McKinney (23)
Originally from Hughes Springs, Texas (which I determined is pretty much precisely in the middle of nowhere near the Arkansas and Louisiana borders), McKinney was drafted in the 31st round in 2011 out of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.  In 48 games for Tri-City this season, he hit .224/.312/.360.

Former Astros with birthdays today:

RHP Alberto Arias (29)
From the Dominican Republic, he was originally signed as a NDFA by Colorado and was picked up by Houston in 2008 as a waiver claim. In 45 appearances for Houston in 2008 and 2009, Arias had a 3.86 ERA and a 1.584 WHIP.

SS,2B Kiko Garcia (59)
Originally drafted by the Orioles in the third round in 1971, Garcia came to Houston in an April 1981 trade with Baltimore. In 82 games for the Astros in 1981 and 1982, Garcia hit .250/.295/.325.

C Carl Nichols (50)
A fourth round pick by Baltimore in 1980, Nichols came to Houston in a March 1989 trade and played for the Astros for three seasons, from 1989 to 1991. In 60 games, he hit .186/.271/.239. After his retirement, he coached at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California.

IF Dave Hajek (45)
Signed by Houston as an amateur free agent in 1989, Hajek got a couple of cups of coffee as he played in a total of 13 games for the Astros in 1995 and 1996, hitting .250/.400/.333. In 10 minor league seasons, he hit  .301/.344/.408. In 2012, he was a minor league infield coordinator for the Rockies.

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Rudy Owens

i wonder if Andy Pettitte was as nervous pitching head 2 head against me in the 2010 AA Eastern League Championship? almost the same right?