Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, July 16, 2018

Sacramento 4, Fresno 3

W- Tyler Beede (4-8)
L- Reymin Guduan (3-3)
S- Pierce Johnson (2)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies got nipped by a run in the 8th. They were also not very satisfied with home plate umpire Clay Park as their feud was re-ignited.

D.J. Fisher and Nick Tanielu made their displeasure known about Park's strike zone; Park was clearly not receptive to their criticism and tossed them both from the game. Fisher's night ended in the 3rd and Tanielu joined him in the 6th. Rogelio Armenteros was also not pleased and let Park know about it in a more subtle fashion.

Armenteros turned in a bare minimum quality start, allowing nine hits and striking otu six. Reymin Guduan allowed the go-ahead run on four hits and struck out one in 1.2 innings, and Riley Ferrell retired all four Rivercats he faced, striking out two.

All three Fresno runs came in the 4th as J.D. Davis smacked a two-run double; he came around to score on a Tony Nuñez single. Nuñez went 3-4 with a stolen base (7); Jamie Ritchie finished 2-4 with a double and scored a run on Davis' two-bagger.

Josh James takes on Daniel Camarena in game two of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Frisco 5, Corpus Christi 3

W- Justin Topa (1-2)
L- Akeem Bostick (1-3)
S- Cole Wiper (1)

CC home runs: None.

A three-run homer from Destin Hood in the 6th condemned the Hooks to a defeat on Monday night.

Corpus got on the board in the first as Andy Piñeda and Chas McCormick both scored on wild pitches. Piñeda scored again in the 8th when Carmen Benedetti drew a bases-loaded walk.

Piñeda and McCormick both finished with two hits and a stolen base on the night. For Piñeda, that is is his first theft of the season, while McCormick now has 13 on the year.

Akeem Bostick went six innings and allowed five runs on seven hits (three-run homer), walked three, and struck out four. Alex Winkelman allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out five over three scoreless innings.

Jorge Alcala will get the nod for game three. He'll face Ariel Jurado at 7:05.

Winston-Salem 12, Buies Creek 10 in 10 innings

W- Daniel Gonzalez (1-0)
L- Colin McKee (1-1, 4-2 season)

BC home runs: Osvaldo Duarte (7, solo in 5th)

The Carolina Stros saw an 8-2 lead vanish and they eventually walked off with the loss after the Dash hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th.

Jake Meyers and Osvaldo Duarte had big nights at the plate for Buies Creek as they, along with Bryan de la Cruz, finished with three hits in the contest. Meyers doubled to lead off the game and Duarte opened the scoring by bringing him in with a single. Meyers drove in a run with a sac fly in the 2nd inning. The Carolina Stros scored twice in the 4th as Chuckie Robinson hit an RBI single and Meyers added an RBI double to his ledger.

Duarte led off the 5th with a homer and then Jake Adams smacked a two-run double in the 7th. An error on the play allowed Adams to advance to third and he came home on Robinson's second RBI base hit of the evening. J.J. Matijevic hit a two-run single in the first extra frame that briefly gave Buies Creek the lead. Adams and Robinson had two hits apiece in this game.

Abdiel Saldaña went 4.1 innings and allowed two runs, both of which were inherited runners that were charged to him. He also allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out four. Jesús Balaguer got the final two outs of the 5th and he technically turned in a scoreless outing, but Saldaña's two baserunners scored on his watch. Balaguer allowed a hit, walked one, and struck out one. Patrick Sandoval and Colin McKee had to bear the brunt of the Winston-Salem assault in this one...

Buies Creek has Tuesday off as they head back to Campbell. The Salem Red Sox are in town for three starting Wednesday.

Bowling Green 6, Quad Cities 5

W- Orlando Romero (3-0)
L- Tanner Duncan (2-2)

QC home runs: Chandler Taylor (3, solo in 6th)

Both teams scored in three separate innings; the difference was the Hot Rods scoring two runs in three innings, while Quad Cities scored two runs in two separate innings and only one run in another. The Banditos pitchers were all over the place as they issued ten walks on the day.

Chad Donato and Enoli Paredes both pitched three innings on the afternoon. Donato hit his first speed bump of the year as he allowed four runs (two inherited runners charged to him) on four hits, walked five, and struck out five. Paredes didn't allow a hit, but he walked three, struck out five, and allowed two of the three runners he inherited from Donato to score. Tanner Duncan allowed two of everything in his two innings. He also struck out... two.

Marty Costes doubled to lead off the 2nd and scored the first run of the day on an error that also allowed David Hensley to reach. Hensley smacked a two-run double in the 4th. Chandler Taylor led off the 6th with a homer and Mike Papierski added an RBI single later in the frame. Seth Beer finished 2-4 with a double and scored a run.

Quad Cities has Tuesday off as they make their way back home. They'll start a three-game series with the South Bend Cubs on Wednesday.

Tri-City 2, State College 1

W- Nivaldo Rodriguez (1-1)
L- Kevin Hamann (0-1)
S- Tim Hardy (3)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats are heading out of Penn State with a sweep thanks to a run in the 9th that broke a 1-1 tie.

Carlos Hiraldo and Nivaldo Rodriguez both threw four innings for Tri-City; Hiraldo allowed the Spikes' only run on four hits, walked one, and struck out three. Nivaldo turned in a scoreless outing, allowing three hits and striking out two. Tim Hardy worked around a couple of walks in the 9th to close it out, striking out two.

Ramiro Rodriguez walked to lead off the 5th and advanced to third thanks to an errant pickoff attempt. Carlos Machado brought him in with a sac fly. Michael Wielansky singled with one out in the 9th and he wound up scoring the winning run on a base hit from Oscar Campos. Tri-City did not record an extra-base hit in this game.

The ValleyCats are back in the Capital District and they will start a three-game series with the Brooklyn Cyclones at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 3, GCL Marlins 2 in 10 innings

W- Fredy Medina (1-0)
L- Cason Sherrod (1-2)

GCL home runs: Ronaldo Urdaneta (1, 2-run in 8th)

Ronaldo Urdaneta launched a game-tying two-run homer in the 8th and the Palm Beach Stros walked off with the win in the first extra frame. Hector Martinez started the 10th in scoring position and scored the winning run when Cason Sherrod went full aggy (apologies to any Aggies reading this). Juan Ramirez laid down a sacrifice bunt and Sherrod threw the ball away after fielding it, which allowed Martinez to come home.

Matt Ramsey allowed a double in the 1st which ended up becoming an unearned run due to an error. Ramsey also struck out one in his two innings. Jose Bravo allowed two hits and struck out one over three scoreless innings of work. Javier Navas allowed a run on a sac fly that turned into an inning-ending double play, a single, and walked one in the 6th. Fredy Medina allowed a hit, walked two, and struck out six in four scoreless innings.

DSL Astros 2, DSL Red Sox1 1 in 7 innings

W- Ricardo León (2-1)
L- Miguel Suero (2-1)
S- Diosmerky Taveras (2)

DSL home runs: None.

This game was called with one out in the top of the 8th due to rain.

Abraham Castillo hit a two-run single in the 1st inning for the Academy. Jairo Lopez allowed three hits and struck out one over four scoreless innings. Ricardo León didn't allow a hit and also struck out two in his 2.2 innings, but he allowed a run and also issued five walks. Ronny Garcia got the final out of the 6th. Diosmerky Taveras got the first out of the 7th and walked the bases loaded before play was halted.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Fredy Medina, RHP, DSL Astros: W (1-0), 4 IP, H, 2 BB, 6 K

Jake Meyers' photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Jake Meyers, OF, and Osvaldo Duarte, UTIL, Buies Creek
Meyers: 3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB (2, 15 season)
Duarte: 3-6, solo HR (7), 2 RBI, SB (19)

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Nivaldo Rodriguez, RHP, Tri-City
W (1-1), 4 IP, 3 H, 2 K

Andy Piñeda, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2 R, SB (1)

Alex Winkelman, LHP, Corpus Christi
3 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K

Antonio Nuñez, IF, Fresno
3-4, RBI, SB (7)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Astros Farm Report: 7/16

Catching you up on the latest Astros MiLB news ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

Ángel Heredia - July 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

7/22: RHP Ángel Heredia (26)

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

According to the transaction info posted on the Astros website, 30 of the 40 draft picks for 2018 signed (all of the top 20 and 30 of the top 32).

7/16: IF Tyler White optioned to Fresno
7/14: OF Jake Marisnick optioned to Fresno
7/14: RHP Jose Luis Hernandez (Buies Creek) activated from the DL (had been on a rehab assignment with Tri-City)
7/13: RHP Brady Rodgers activated from the DL and optioned to Fresno (had been sent to Fresno 7/12 on rehab assignment)
7/12: RHP Matt Ramsey (Fresno) sent to the GCL on a rehab assignment (on the DL since 5-29)
7/12: RHP Tommy DeJuneas assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
7/11: RHP Ken Giles optioned to Fresno
7/11: LHP Cionel Perez (Corpus Christi) recalled to Houston
7/11: RHP Hector Perez assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
7/11: OF Carmen Benedetti activated from the Corpus Christi DL
7/11: RHP J.P. France (14th round pick) assigned to Tri-City
7/10: OF Jake Marisnick (Fresno) recalled to Houston
7/10: RHP Carlos Sanabria assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
7/10: LHP Adam Bleday (Buies Creek) released (2017 27th round draft pick out of the University of Pennsylvania)
7/10: RHP Edgardo Sandoval (Quad Cities) sent from GCL to Tri-City on a rehab assignment
7/10: RHP Luis Garcia assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
7/10: RHP Bryan Abreu assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
7/10: RHP Dariel Aquino (Quad Cities) released (signed out of the Dominican Republic in March 2013)
7/10: RHP Ian Hardman (Tri-City) released (2016 36th round draft pick out of Seminole State College)
7/10: RHP Jacob Billingsley (32nd round pick) assigned to Tri-City
7/9: SS Ricardo Balogh signed (16 year old from the Dominican Republic)

ASTROS MILB DISABLED LIST

7/11: RHP Forrest Whitley (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
7/11: RHP Carlos Sierra (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
6/19: OF Drew Ferguson (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL (hand)
6/1: LHP Yeremi Ceballos (DSL) placed on the 60-day DL
6/1: RHP Carlos Quintero (DSL) placed on the 60-day DL
5/26: RHP David Paulino (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL (retroactive to the 25th)
5/4: RHP Francis Martes (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
5/3+/-: RHP Gerardo Bojorquez had TJ surgery per Instagram post
4/5: RHP Ryan Thompson assigned to Fresno (starting the season on the 7-day DL); according to Instagram Ryan has had surgery, but I don't know whether or not it was TJ
4/5: RHP Matt Ruppenthal assigned to Quad Cities (starting the season on the 7-day DL; according to Instagram, Ruppenthal had elbow surgery to transpose the ulnar nerve in early April and started to throw mid-June)
4/5: RHP Ángel Heredia (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
4/5: RHP Nick Hernandez (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL (Tommy John)
No date: RHP Alex House (Tri-City) appears to be on the DL per his Instagram account but working his way back (end of June)

ASTROS MILB RESTRICTED LIST

6/22: RHP Yoanys Quiala placed on the restricted list (80 game suspension for performance-enhancing substance); Quiala won't be eligible to play again until approximately mid-April of 2019.

MISSING IN ACTION

Now that all of the short season teams have started playing, I've gone through my records and the following players all show as "active" on MiLB, but they haven't played yet this season. If anyone has any info on the following players, please let me know.

RHP Hunter Martin
LHP Javier Navas
RHP Kyle Serrano - made his first appearance of the season for the GCL team 7/6

I will be keeping track of all the releases, retirements, trades and signings for the 2018 season here.

FEATURED PLAYER

You can be forgiven if you don't know who Andy Piñeda is. Although he is in his fifth season with the Astros organization, he had not progressed beyond short season Tri-City until his June 29th promotion to Corpus Christi. His 2017 season with Tri-City was rather uneven, but the Astros front office must have seen marked improvement in the 21-year old Dominican in his time at extended Spring Training this year since Piñeda played only four games with Tri-City before leapfrogging the two full season A-level teams and landing directly with the AA Hooks. Part of the reasoning for this move is likely that the Astros have been, for the most part, moving players much more aggressively over the past couple of years, particularly those that have been in the system for four or five years. But it is unlikely that they would have moved Piñeda all the way to AA unless they felt he was up to the challenge. And he certainly has proven that he is in the early going. In 11 games with the Hooks, he is hitting .364/.417/.591 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs. Yes, it is a small sample size, but with Piñeda's speed, defensive capabilities and developing power, he will be a fun player to watch.

Andy Piñeda - July 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ASTROS MILB STANDINGS
Up and down arrows represent increase/decrease in win percentage over the prior week.

FRESNO (Pacific Coast League)
🠋1st 54-39 .581 -.-GB W2

CORPUS CHRISTI (Texas League)
🠋1st 60-32 .652 -.-GB L1 (overall)
1st 17-6 .739 -.-GB L1 (second half)
1st 43-26 .623 -.-GB W5 (first half division winner)

The Hooks have made the playoffs as the first half winners of the Texas League South Division.

BUIES CREEK (Carolina League)
🠋2nd 53-41 .564 4.0GB L1 (overall)
2nd 16-9 .640 0.5GB L1 (second half)
2nd 37-32 .536 3.5GB L1 (first half)

QUAD CITIES (Midwest League)
🠉2nd 52-41 .559 0.5GB W1 (overall)
T4th 12-11 .522 3.5GB W1 (second half)
1st 40-30 .571 -.-GB W6 (first half division winner)

The River Bandits have made the playoffs as the first half winners of the Midwest League Western Division.

TRI-CITY (New York-Penn League)
🠉1st 17-12 .586 -.-GB W2

GCL ASTROS (Gulf Coast League)
🠉3rd 12-11 .522 4.0GB W6

DSL ASTROS (Dominican Summer League Northwest)
🠉6th 15-21 .417 10.0GB L1

NEWS AND LINKS

Hooks 3B Abraham Toro (see below for my interview with him) made FanGraphs Fringe Five. h/t to Astros County

Astros 2017 1st round pick J.B. Bukauskas is making his way back.

A cold, nasty Spring did not help MiLB attendance numbers.

FanGraphs updated their Top 10 Astros prospects. Notably, Hooks RHP Corbin Martin's stock is on the rise. Look for my interview with him coming out later this week.

The social media post for the new draft picks has been updated to denote those players who have officially signed.

And in case you missed any of these, here are my recent interviews:

RHP Corbin Martin (Corpus Christi) - coming soon
3B Abraham Toro (Corpus Christi)
RHP Trent Thornton (Fresno)
OF Chas McCormick (Buies Creek, since promoted to Corpus Christi)
OF J.J. Matijevic (Buies Creek)
RHP Brandon Bielak (Buies Creek, since promoted to Corpus Christi)
LHP Brett Adcock (Buies Creek)
SS Alex De Goti (Corpus Christi)
1B Taylor Jones (Corpus Christi, since promoted to Fresno)
RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (Corpus Christi, since promoted to Fresno)

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, July 15, 2018

Fresno 5, Tacoma 3

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (4-1, 6-1 season)
L- Darren McCaughan (1-1)
S- Brendan McCurry (11)

Fresno home runs: D.J. Fisher (7, solo in 1st)

The Grizzlies earned the split behind a strong performance from the bullpen.

Brady Rodgers allowed three runs on six hits, walked two, and struck out four in 4.1 innings of work. Brock Dykxhoorn allowed a hit, walked three, and struck out four over 3.2 scoreless innings and Brendan McCurry struck out two in a 1-2-3 9th.

D.J. Fisher led off the game with a homer. Fresno got a couple more in the opening frame with a pair of RBI singles from J.D. Davis and Jack Mayfield. Garrett Stubbs walked and scored on a sac fly in the 3rd, and Taylor Jones hit a sac fly in the 7th. Davis, Mayfield, Myles Straw, and A.J. Reed (2 2B, 2 R) all finished 2-4 on the afternoon.

Rogelio Armenteros will take on Jordan Johnson in the first game of a four-game set with Sacramento at 7:05 Pacific.

Frisco 9, Corpus Christi 7

W- Adam Choplick (5-1)
L- Erasmo Pinales (1-4)
S- Reed Garrett (11)

CC home runs: Alex De Goti (10, solo in 4th), Lorenzo Quintana (9, solo in 6th), Carmen Benedetti (3, solo in 7th)

The Hooks took the lead in the 8th thanks to Alex De Goti's two-run double... but the Roughriders scored three in the top of the 9th to take the opener of the latest iteration of the Lone Star Series in the Texas League. Corpus had an answer for every Frisco outburst... but couldn't mount a response when they needed it most as the Riders scored six runs in the final three innings.

When a pitching staff allows 18 hits... they probably didn't have a great night at the office. I'll just leave it at that.

Randy César put Corpus on the board when he ripped a two-run double in the bottom of the 1st inning. After Frisco scored in the top of the 3rd and the 4th to take the lead, De Goti squared things up with a solo blast in the bottom of the 4th. Lorenzo Quintana, who homered three times last week, launched a solo shot of his own in the 6th. Carmen Benedetti followed suit when he led off the bottom of the 7th with a homer. De Goti smacked the two-run double to put the Hooks back in the lead... which wasn't held.

De Goti, Quintana, Benedetti, and Chas McCormick all finished with two hits on the night. Stephen Wrenn now has 30 stolen bases on the season.

Akeem Bostick will face Justin Topa in game two of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Winston-Salem 6, Buies Creek 4

W- Blake Battenfield (2-1)
L- Carson LaRue (4-6)
S- Danny Dopico (5)

BC home runs: Ronnie Dawson (10, solo in 6th), Carlos Canelón (2, solo in 7th)

The Carolina Stros fought back to get themselves out of a 5-0 hole, but they couldn't quite complete the comeback.

Carson LaRue and Tyler Ivey pitched four innings apiece. LaRue allowed five runs on eight hits (three-run homer), walked one, and struck out one, while Ivey allowed a run on five hits and struck out seven.

Jonathan Arauz put Buies Creek on the board with an RBI double in the 5th and an error allowed Carlos Canelón to score another run in the frame. Ronnie Dawson led off the 6th with a homer and Canelón launched a leadoff homer of his own to start the 7th. The two home run hitters both finished 2-4 on the day.

Abdiel Saldaña will take on Lincoln Henzman in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 6, Bowling Green 0

W- Jairo Solís (1-3)
L- Austin Franklin (6-5)
S- Bryan Abreu (1)

QC home runs: David Hensley (1, 2-run in 2nd), Colton Shaver (10, 2-run in 3rd), Seth Beer (2, 6 season; solo in 7th)

The Banditos wrecked the Hot Rods on Sunday afternoon.

Jairo Solís and Bryan Abreu joined forces to hold Bowling Green to two hits on the day. Solís allowed two hits, walked four, and struck out four over 5.2 innings and Abreu completed the shutout by striking six over 3.1 near-perfect innings; the one man he allowed to reach got on because he plunked him.

David Hensley opened the scoring by smacking a two-run homer in the 2nd and Colton Shaver whacked a two-run blast of his own in the 3rd. Hensley walked to lead off the 4th and wound up scoring on a single from Logan Mattix. Seth Beer capped off the day with a solo blast in the 7th. Hensley, Shaver, and Marty Costes all finished with two hits on the afternoon.

Chad Donato will get the start as Quad Cities wraps up its series in western Kentucky. First pitch is at 12:05.

Tri-City 11, State College 1

W- Brett Daniels (1-0)
L- Jim Voyles (2-2)

TC home runs: Alex Holderbach (1, solo in 3rd), Luis Encarnación (4, solo in 5th)

The ValleyCats scored nine of their 11 runs in the final three frames to turn this game into a laugher.

J.B. Bukauskas allowed seven singles and struck out two over 3.1 innings. Brett Daniels was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen and the one run he allowed came on a solo homer, one of two hits that he allowed in 2.2 innings. Daniels also walked one and struck out two. Jacob Billingsley, J.P. France, and Luis de Paula all turned in scoreless innings; Billingsley worked around a walk in the 7th while France and de Paula both walked one and struck out one in the 8th and the 9th, respectively.

Alex Holderbach opened the scoring with his first pro homer, a solo shot in the 3rd. Luis Encarnación smacked a solo homer of his own in the 5th. The real fun started in the 7th.

Austin Dennis and Michael Wielansky singled to start the inning and they both scored on an error that allowed Carlos Machado to reach. Encarnación, who walked following a pitching change, scored on a base hit from Holderbach. Another error allowed Holderbach and Machado to come home; Gilberto Celestino was credited with an RBI on the play. Trey Dawson walked to lead off the 8th and Wielansky brought him in with a base hit. Machado hit into a force out that erased Wielansky at second, but Dennis was able to score and there was also an error on the play. Holderbach followed with an RBI triple. Celestino doubled to lead off the 9th and scored the final run of the game when Dawson grounded into a force out.

Holderbach and Dennis had three hits apiece in this game, while Wielansky, Celestino, and Alex McKenna all finished with two hits.

Carlos Hiraldo gets the start for Tri-City as they look for the sweep. He'll take on Jake Dahlberg at noon Eastern.

DSL All-Star Game

Ernesto Jaquez was the first man out of the AL bullpen and worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 2nd inning, striking out two. Victor Mascai came on to play first base in the 4th and played the rest of the way, going 0-2 and scoring a run.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Jairo Solís' photo is is mugshot on MiLB.com.
Bryan Abreu's photo taken by Bryan Green.
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: W 6-0 @ Bowling Green
Jairo Solís: W (1-3), 5.2 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 4 K
Bryan Abreu: Save (1), 3.1 IP, 6 K


Colton Shaver's photo taken by Rich Guill.
David Hensley, IF, and Colton Shaver, 1B, Quad Cities
Hensley: 2-2, 2B, 2-R HR (1), 2 R, 2 BB
 Shaver: 2-5, 2-R HR (10)

Ronnie Dawson, OF, and Carlos Canelón, C, Buies Creek
Dawson: 2-4, solo HR (10)
Canelón: 2-4, solo HR (2), 2 R

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Tyler Ivey, RHP, Buies Creek
4 IP, 5 H, ER, 7 K

Fresno Grizzlies bullpen
4.2 IP, H, 3 BB, 6 K
Brock Dykxhoorn: W (4-1, 6-1 season), 3.2 IP, H, 3 BB, 4 K
Brendan McCurry: Save (11), IP, 2 K

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Alex Holderbach, C, Tri-City
3-3, 3B, solo HR (1), 3 RBI, 2 R

Alex De Goti, SS, Corpus Christi
2-3, 2B, solo HR (10), 3 RBI

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for July 13 and 14, 2018

OK, I think I've recovered enough from being up for 24 hours straight. Let's get back to it...

In the interest of time, only notable highlights and performances are included.

Fresno

The Grizzlies recently wrapped up their series in Tacoma and ended up dropping the first series after the AAA All-Star break.

They got nipped by a run in the 8th and fell 8-7 on Friday.

Garrett Stubbs and Nick Tanielu both finished 2-4; Stubbs got Fresno on the board with an RBI base hit in the 2nd and Tanielu drove in two more with a base hit later in the frame. Stubbs tripled in the 5th and trotted home on another Tanielu single. Tanielu wound up scoring when D.J. Fisher launched a three-run home run. The blast was Fisher's 5th of the season.

Dean Deetz didn't allow a hit in 2.1 innings of work; he walked two and struck out five.

Fresno bounced back to get on the board with a 7-1 victory on Saturday.

The one run that Trent Thornton allowed in his six innings came on a solo homer, one of four hits that he allowed on the night. He also walked two and struck out six. Buddy Boshers pitched the last three innings and allowed a hit, walked one, and struck out three in a scoreless outing.

A.J. Reed smacked a two-run homer in the opening frame, his 20th of the year. The bottom third of the order of Jack Mayfield, Nick Tanielu, and Tony Nuñez all went 2-4 and they combined to score four of Fresno's seven runs in this game. Fisher also went 2-4 and drew a bases-loaded walk in the 5th inning. Taylor Jones smacked a homer to lead off the 6th and Tanielu capped off the night with an RBI double.

Brady Rodgers' rehab is complete and he will get the start in the series finale. First pitch is at 1:35 Pacific.

Corpus Christi

The Hooks won 2-1 on Friday and 6-3 on Saturday to take three of four in Midland.

Framber Valdez allowed three hits, walked three, and struck out a season-high ten over six shutout frames. Kit Scheetz shook off a 7th-inning run but that last out proved to be elusive. Scheetz also allowed four hits and struck out five in his 2.2 innings. Justin Ferrell walked the first man he faced, which loaded the bases, but he pulled himself together and got the final out.

Josh Rojas had a sac fly in the 1st and Lorenzo Quintana ripped an RBI double in the 7th .

Corpus busted out with five runs in the 2nd to spur them on to the win on Saturday; the haymaker was Eduardo de Oleo's two-run shot. Andy Piñeda finished 3-5 with an RBI triple in that big 2nd inning and he added an RBI single to his ledger in the 7th. Aníbal Sierra went 2-4 with a triple and scored twice.

Ryan Hartman allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits, walked two, and struck out seven in 5.1 innings. Ronel Blanco followed with 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, walking two, and striking out five.

The Lone Star Series in the Texas League starts up again tonight at 6:05 as Corbin Martin faces Pedro Payano.

Buies Creek

The Carolina Stros started off their series in Winston-Salem by walking off with a 7-6 loss in ten innings on Friday, but they managed to stave off a late rally from the Dash to escape with a 4-3 win on Saturday.

J.J. Matijevic and Ronnie Dawson provided some fireworks on Friday in the form of home runs. Matijevic, who went 3-5 with a couple of doubles and scored three times, now has 11 home runs on the year. Dawson's two-run homer was his 9th of the season.

Cristian Javier went seven innings and allowed three runs on three hits (two-run homer), walked one, and struck out eight.

Jake Adams went 2-4 with a solo homer (3, 11 season) on Saturday. Jose Luis Hernandez completed his rehab and he allowed a run on three hits, walked one, and struck out one in four innings. Gabriel Valdez allowed two hits and struck out four over three scoreless innings, and Tommy DeJuneas allowed two unearned runs on four hits and struck out one over the final two innings.

Carson LaRue takes on Blake Battenfield at 2:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities

The Banditos finished their series in Dayton by walking off with a 6-5 loss in ten innings on Friday. They got edged late on Saturday and dropped a 4-3 decision in Bowling Green.

Everyone in the lineup had a hit on Friday, led by Jonathan Lacroix, who went 3-5 with a double. Marty Costes smacked a solo homer in the 6th, his first professional home run. Colton Shaver tied the game in the 8th with a two-run blast, his 9th of the year. Humberto Castellanos allowed a couple of hits and struck out three over three scoreless frames.

Seth Beer went 2-4 with an RBI double on Saturday. Alfredo Angarita finished 2-5 and scored two of Quad Cities' three runs.

Jairo Solís gets the start in game two of Quad Cities' series in Bowling Green. First pitch is at 2:05.

Tri-City

The ValleyCats dropped their series in Williamsport by losing the finale 3-1 on Friday. However, they opened their series at Penn State with a 2-0 win on Saturday.

Ramiro Rodriguez went 3-3 on Friday; he scored Tri-City's only run and finished a home run shy of the cycle. Carlos Machado brought him in with a base hit.

The two-man game of Michael Wielansky and Luis Encarnación was enough for the ValleyCats on Saturday. They both went 2-4. Wielansky doubled in the 2nd and scored on a single from Encarnación. He singled in the 9th and Encarnación ripped a double to bring him in. Edgardo Sandoval walked one and struck out seven over four no-hit innings. R.J. Freure got his first win as he allowed three hits over three scoreless, and Austin Hansen completed the shutout by walking one and striking out two in the last two innings.

J.B. Bukauskas takes on Jim Voyles at 6:05 Eastern.

GCL Astros

The Palm Beach Stros beat the Mets 3-1 on Friday and topped the Cardinals 9-5 on Saturday.

DSL Astros

The Academy walked off with a 8-7 win in 11 innings over the Braves on Friday. The Dominican Summer League All-Star game is taking place today.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Getting to Know Astros/Hooks 3B Abraham Toro

Corpus Christi Hooks 3B Abraham Toro received an early July promotion from High A Buies Creek after slashing .257/.361/.473 with 20 doubles, one triple and 14 home runs at the lower level. He led the Buies Creek team in OPS for much of the season and was in the top 10 in the league in that category. He has had early success in his first six games with Corpus Christi as well, compiling a .273/.448/.545 line with 3 doubles, a home run and seven walks to five strikeouts.

Abraham Toro - July 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Drafted in the 5th round in 2016 out of Seminole State College in Oklahoma, Toro is a native of the Montreal area (his family moved to Canada from Venezuela before he was born) and he is fluent in French, Spanish and English. And despite English being his third best language, he speaks it without hesitation and with a slight (and delightful) French accent. What he doesn't do in English, or any other language for that matter, is talk a lot. Particularly when the subject is himself. I was hard-pressed to get answers to my queries that went beyond,"Just the facts, ma'am."

In speaking about his season to date, Toro said, "Obviously, defensively I've made a lot of improvements, especially on my throws. That's been what I've been working on, on my throws. Now they've been more consistently good. On offense, I've been able to control more of the strike zone. I don't chase as much as I used to do."

In particular, as a switch hitter, Toro has been working on his consistency from both sides of the plate. Through this point of the season, he is hitting .242/.356/.481 from the left and .299/.398/.471 from the right side of the plate.

As to his current focus, Toro said, "Just being an overall more complete hitter. I think I've got the power. I've got the power numbers, but I don't want to be just an all or nothing hitter. I just want to be more complete and still hit for average and power."

When I spoke with Buies Creek Hitting Coach Ben Rosenthal earlier this season, he was very impressed with Toro's approach, "He can be 0-for-2 and he'll end up taking a walk. He's getting himself on base. That shows that he's swinging at good pitches. Sometimes he doesn't always do what he wants, but when he can mix in walks and you can put the barrel to the ball like he does consistently, good things happen."

Of his time spent off the field, Toro told me, "I just like to relax. I like to watch movies and just go to restaurants. I like trying new food. It's kind of a hobby, like trying food of different countries. That's the kind of thing that I like."

When asked about a teammate that really stood out for him in his time at Buies Creek, Toro replied, "I would say Corbin Martin [now also with the Hooks]. He was outstanding, just watching him. Hitters didn't have a clue what he was throwing. He was really fun to watch. When I was at third base, it was kind of boring because he'd just strike everybody out. He's a really awesome pitcher."

The next day, I asked Martin to return the favor and tell me about Toro and he was much more expansive than Toro was as to the type of player Toro is. "He's very even-keeled. You never know if he's mad or he's happy. And you've got to be like that in baseball. I was telling Chas McCormick yesterday that every time he goes up, he looks like he's going to hit the ball 450 feet. He's built like a freaking bull out there. And he's like the nicest kid ever. Toro's a great guy. Very down to earth. When we were in High A, he made some spectacular plays behind me. It's always a nice feeling when you look over and a guy like that's getting dirty for you or doing it at the plate. That's someone you always want playing with you, not against you. I love Toro. He's a good guy. You always wish the best for someone like that. Everyone loves him. And he continuously gets better and better. I think he's proven himself as a third baseman," said Martin.

That last statement was alluding to the short-lived experiment in 2017 of converting Toro to a catcher. Although Toro is more than willing to play wherever he is asked, he is no longer catching and is working hard on honing his skills at third base.

Although Toro is a man of few words, it is obvious from his interactions with his teammates that he is very well-respected by them. And it doesn't hurt that his language skills help him to communicate with all of his teammates.

I will leave you with some final words from Toro that sum up who he is as well as any others that he could have shared with me. When pressed to say something in French, Toro declared, "J'aime beaucoup le baseball. That means I love a lot of baseball."

Thank you for your time, Abraham, and best of luck as the season continues to unfold.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, July 12, 2018

Tacoma 4, Fresno 3

W- Bryan Evans (2-1)
L- Ralph Garza Jr. (0-1, 3-1 season)
S- Ryan Cook (3)

Fresno home runs: Yordan Alvarez (1, 13 season; solo in 2nd), Jamie Ritchie (1, solo in 2nd)

The Grizzlies couldn't seem to find the strike zone on Thursday. They held the Rainiers to five hits but they also issued 11 walks on the night. They very nearly snatched the win late but couldn't get the tying run across.

Yordan Alvarez opened the scoring by launching his first AAA home run in the 2nd inning. Two batters later, Jamie Ritchie whacked his first AAA homer and also his first homer of the year. A.J. Reed hit a sac fly in the 8th. Myles Straw finished 4-5 and stole a couple of bases, which gives him 50 thefts on the season.

Cy Sneed allowed a run on a bases-loaded walk, a hit, walked six, and struck out four in his 2.2 innings. Ralph Garza Jr. and Reymin Guduan threw 1.2 innings apiece. Garza was first and he allowed three runs (two earned, one inherited runner charged to him) on two hits, walked two, and struck out three. Guduan allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out four. Riley Ferrell and Buddy Boshers both turned in scoreless innings; Ferrell walked one and struck out one in the 7th, while Boshers walked one and fanned two in the 8th.

Mike Hauschild takes on Ross Detweiler in game two. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Midland 6, Corpus Christi 5

W- Nolan Blackwood (3-2)
L- Erasmo Pinales (1-3)

CC home runs: None.

The RockHounds stunned the Hooks by launching two home runs with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to walk off with the win.

Chas McCormick led off the game with a base hit. He proceeded to steal second and then scored the first run of the evening when Stephen Wrenn smacked a triple. Wrenn wound up scoring on a Randy César sac fly. César ripped an RBI double in the 4th and he later scored on a Ryne Birk sac fly. Birk doubled to lead off the 9th and scored on a wild pitch. McCormick, Josh Rojas, and Alex De Goti all finished with two hits on the night. McCormick also stole a base, which gives him five thefts with Corpus Christi and 12 on the year.

Brandon Bielak allowed an unearned run on six hits, walked one, and struck out five in five innings. In his Texas League debut, Hector Perez went two innings and allowed a run on three hits while striking out two. Erasmo Pinales threw a scoreless 8th... and I'm sure that he'd like a neuralizer treatment after that 9th inning.

Framber Valdez will get the start in game three of this series. First pitch is at 7:00.

Buies Creek 2, Down East 0

W- Brandon Bailey (4-8)
L- Emerson Martinez (4-9)
S- Tommy DeJuneas (1, 2 season)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros kept the Wood Ducks off the board to earn a split in the latest iteration of the Lone Star Series in North Carolina.

Brandon Bailey started things off by allowing three hits, walking one, and striking out six over five shutout frames. Brett Adcock tagged in for three innings and allowed two hits while striking out four, and in his system debut, Tommy DeJuneas struck out one in a 1-2-3 9th.

Bryan de la Cruz reached on an error in the 1st that also allowed Jake Meyers and Osvaldo Duarte to score. Those were the only two runs of the game. Meyers finished 2-4 with a double.

Buies Creek will start a four-game series in Winston-Salem at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 4, Dayton 3

W- Parker Mushinski (4-2)
L- Cory Thompson (4-3)
S- Tanner Duncan (4, 5 season)

QC home runs: None.

There was some shambolic defense being played in this one as the two teams combined for nine errors. The Dragons doubled up the Banditos in that category...

Peter Solomon had an unearned run charged to him thanks to an error in his five innings of work. He also allowed a hit, walked two, and struck out five. Parker Mushinski allowed two runs on a homer, two other hits, issued an intentional walk, and struck out two in three innings. Tanner Duncan shut the door by striking out one in a 1-2-3 9th.

Marty Costes walked to lead off the 2nd and David Hensley joined him on the bases after a base hit. They both scored on an error that saw Mike Papierski reach and advance to second base. Papierski scored in the 4th when Alfredo Angarita grounded into a force out. Angarita put Quad Cities back in front when he ripped an RBI double in the 8th inning. Miguelangel Sierra finished 2-5 with a double; the Banditos won despite going 0-16 with runners in scoring position.

César Rosado struck out a career-high 12 in his previous start; what will he have in store as he takes the mound for the series finale? He'll face Wendolyn Bautista at 6:00 Eastern.

Tri-City 5, Williamsport 3

W- Brett Conine (1-0)
L- Ethan Lindow (0-1)
S- Hansel Paulino (1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats staved off a late uprising from the Crosscutters to even the series.

Luis Encarnación opened the scoring when he whacked a homer to lead off the 3rd inning. Austin Dennis smacked an RBI double in the 4th and added an RBI single to his ledger in the 6th. Carlos Machado added a sac fly later in the 6th. Alex McKenna, who scored on that sac fly, went 3-4 and ripped an RBI triple in the 7th. Dennis's two hits resulted in runs, and Jeremy Peña went 2-3 with three runs scored and a couple of walks.

Shawn Dubin started it off with three scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out two. Brett Conine walked two and struck out one over 2.2 no-hit innings. Mark Moclair was cruising along until he hit the wall in the 8th inning. He allowed three runs (one inherited runner charged to him) on three hits, walked one, and struck out five in 1.2 innings. Eleven of the last twelve outs that Moclair has recorded have been strikeouts. Hansel Paulino also threw 1.2 innings and allowed a sac fly that allowed one of Moclair's runners to score and he also issued a walk.

The rubber game of this series will start at 7:05 Eastern.

GCL Astros 6, GCL Nationals 1

W- Matt Ramsey (1-0, 3-1 season)
L- Carlos Cuello (0-2)

GCL home runs: None.

A late outburst spurred the Palm Beach Stros to a win over their complex mates.

A couple of Fresno pitchers started it off with rehab appearances. David Paulino allowed a hit and struck out three over three scoreless innings and Matt Ramsey started his rehab stint by navigating out of a bases-loaded jam in the 4th. He allowed three hits and struck out one. Kyle Serrano struck out two in a 1-2-3 5th. Angel Macuare allowed a run on four hits and struck out three in three innings, and Jervic Chavez worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out one.

Nathan Perry had a solid day at the plate as he finished 3-4, opening the scoring with a double in the 4th inning. The GCLstros got two in the 6th on a sac fly from Freudis Nova and Perry later added an RBI single to his ledger. Carlos Diaz grounded into a force out that allowed Yeuris Ramirez to score in the 7th and they got two more in the 8th when Wilyer Abreu scored on a passed ball and Juan Ramirez capped off the day with an RBI single.

DSL Astros 8, DSL Braves 7 in 11 innings

W- Cristofer Mezquita (1-1)
L- Carlos Caminero (0-2)

DSL home runs: None.

The Academy walked off with the win thanks to three in the bottom of the 11th.

Alfredi Jimenez allowed a hit and struck out four over three scoreless innings. He was the only DSLstros pitcher to turn in a scoreless outing. Franny Cobos was the first man out of the DSL bullpen and he went two innings, allowing a run on two hits, walking two, and striking out three. Alex Blanco came on for the 6th but only got two outs, one via strikeout; the Braves got to him for a couple of runs on a wild pitch and a fielder's choice. Blanco also allowed a hit and walked three. He left two men on for Jherson Pereira, who spared him from further damage. Pereira went 2.1 innings and allowed a run on three hits and walked two. Jeremy Molero was next and he allowed an unearned run on a single, walked one, and struck out three. Cristofer Mezquita allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits, walked one, and struck out two in the top of the 11th.

Abraham Castillo led off the 2nd with a double and an error on the play allowed him to advance to third. He scored the first run of the day on a sac fly from Ricardo Toro. Franklin Pinto scored on an error in the 3rd as he took advantage of an errant throw from the catcher as Enmanuel Morillo took second. In the 5th, Jonarkys Lopez scored on a wild pitch and Jose Mendoza scored on a Yefri Carrillo groundout. That would be the last time that the Astros would score until extra innings.

Carrillo started the 10th in scoring position; he moved to third on a bad pickoff attempt and scored on a single from Morillo. Jose Alvarez started the 11th at second and didn't have to wait too long to score as Mendoza led off the inning with an RBI base hit. Pinto drew a walk but was forced out at second. Carrillo stole second, however. Mendoza scored the tying run on a Jeury Castillo groundout and Victor Mascai won it with an RBI single.

Morillo and Mendoza both went 2-4 on the day. Carrillo stole a couple of bases, giving him nine on the year.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Alfredi Jimenez, RHP, DSL Astros: 3 IP, H, 4 K
Jose Mendoza, SS, DSL Astros: 2-4, RBI, 2 R

Nathan Perry, C, GCL Astros: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Tommy DeJuneas' photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com
Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 2-0 vs. Down East
9 IP, 5 H, BB, 11 K
Brandon Bailey: W (4-8), 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 6 K
Brett Adcock: 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K
Tommy DeJuneas: Save (1, 2 season), IP, K in organization debut

Austin Dennis' and Jeremy Peña's photos are their mugshots on MiLB.com.
Austin Dennis, OF, Alex McKenna, OF, and Jeremy Peña, SS, Tri-City
Dennis: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, SB (3)
McKenna (not pictured): 3-4, 3B, RBI, R
Peña: 2-3, 3 R

Photo from Georgetown College Baseball. Only Shawn Dubin is pictured.
Shawn Dubin, LHP, and Brett Conine, RHP, Tri-City
Dubin: 3 IP, H, 2 K
Conine: 2 IP, 2 BB, K

David Paulino, RHP, GCL Astros (on rehab assignment) 
3 IP, H, 3 K
Photo by Rich Guill
Peter Solomon, RHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, H, unearned run, 2 BB, 5 K


Brandon Bielak, RHP, Corpus Christi
5 IP, 6 H, unearned run, BB, 5 K

Myles Straw, OF, Fresno
4-5, R, 2 SB (15, 50 season)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Let's play two in the Dominican Republic!

Triple-A All-Star Game

The PCL All-Stars stormed out to an 8-1 lead and defeated the International League 12-7.

A.J. Reed got the start at first base and went 0-2 with a walk, a couple of strikeouts, and scored a run before leaving the game. Garrett Stubbs entered the game in the 7th and played the rest of the game behind the plate. He got plunked in his only plate appearance in the 9th. Stubbs then stole second and scored on a double from Ildemaro Vargas.

Fresno returns to action tomorrow when they start a four-game series in Tacoma.

Corpus Christi 11, Midland 6

W- Jorge Alcala (2-2, 4-6 season)
L- Joel Seddon (4-5)

CC home runs: None.

A quick start allowed the Hooks to take the series opener out in West Texas.

Jorge Alcala turned in a bare minimum quality start as he allowed eight hits, walked one, and struck out four. Ronel Blanco allowed two runs on two hits, walked one, and struck out one in the 7th, and Alex Winkelman allowed a run on two hits, walked one, and struck out one over the final two innings.

Carmen Benedetti opened the scoring with a two-run triple in the 2nd inning and came home on a base hit from Aníbal Sierra. All three runs in that inning came with two outs. All four Corpus runs in the 3rd also came with two outs. Chas McCormick brought Lorenzo Quintana in with a flare out to center and then Sierra followed with a two-run single. Benedetti, who walked and then advanced to third on Sierra's single, scored on an Andy Piñeda single. Ryne Birk ripped an RBI double in the 4th and Quintana smacked a two-run triple in the 8th to get Corpus to double-digits on the evening. Benedetti capped off the evening with a sac fly in the 9th. McCormick and Sierra both finished 3-5 on the evening, while Birk and Piñeda had two hits apiece. Quintana also stole a couple of bases to go along with his three-bagger; he now has six steals on the year.

Brandon Bielak takes on Logan Shore in game two of this series. First pitch is at 7:00.

Buies Creek 3, Down East 1

W- Patrick Sandoval (2-0, 9-1 season)
L- Christian Torres (5-5)
S- Colin McKee (3)

BC home runs: None.

Patrick Sandoval's breakout season continues. The Astros threw a sizeable amount of money at him following the 2015 draft to get him to spurn USC. It's been a bit of a slow burn with him, but he has truly blossomed into a legit prospect in 2018. When you look at his numbers for the year, it's pretty hard to believe that it includes an outing in which he allowed ten runs.

Sandoval allowed just one hit, walked two, and struck out eight in seven shutout innings. He has yet to allow a run of any kind in 16 innings with Buies Creek. The Wood Ducks spoiled the shutout with a run in the 8th off Colin McKee, which was unearned. McKee allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out two.

After both teams combined for 13 zeroes on the scoreboard, Jonathan Arauz finally opened the scoring when he came home on an error that allowed Bryan de la Cruz to reach safely. De La Cruz wound up scoring on an Osvaldo Duarte single. Cody Bohanek drew a leadoff walk in the 8th and scored on a sac fly from Carlos Canelón. Duarte finished 2-4 with a stolen base (18).

The Carolina Stros will look to get the split at 6:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 3, Dayton 2

W- Bryan Abreu (1-0, 3-0 season)
L- Miguel Aguilar (1-2)
S- Chad Donato (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos nipped the Dragons with a couple of runs in the 6th and their pitchers held the Dragons to three hits on the night.

Ruben Castro led off the 4th with a base hit and David Hensley promptly brought him home with a double. Hensley walked to lead off the 6th. Colton Shaver and Chandler Taylor joined him on the bases after they got on with singles. Hensley ended up scoring on a wild pitch and Logan Mattix followed with a sac fly that turned out to be the decisive scoring play. Taylor finished 3-3. Shaver and Castro had two hits apiece.

Enoli Paredes went 4.2 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and struck out eight. Bryan Abreu was a winner in his Midwest League debut as he struck out two of the four Dayton batters he faced. Chad Donato got his first career save with three scoreless; he walked one and struck out three.

Peter Solomon will take on Austin Orweiler in game two of this series. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.

Williamsport 14, Tri-City 6

W- Randy Alcantara (2-1)
L- Nivaldo Rodriguez (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

It was a rough day in the field for César Salazar, Michael Wielansky, and Luis Encarnación as they committed two errors apiece. Seven of the Crosscutters' runs were unearned.

The ValleyCats pitchers got peppered incessantly as 11 of the 14 hits they allowed were singles. As I already stated, half of Williamsport's runs were unearned thanks to the six gaffes in the field.

Wielansky got Tri-City on the board with an RBI single in the 6th and an error later in the inning allowed Encarnación and Ramiro Rodriguez to come home. Alex McKenna hit an RBI single in the 7th. Encarnación hit an RBI single in the 9th and McKenna later scored on a wild pitch. Wielansky and McKenna both finished with two hits in the contest.

The ValleyCats and Crosscutters will continue their series at 7:05 Eastern.

GCL Astros 3, GCL Marlins 2 in 10 innings

W- Jonathan Bermúdez (1-0)
L- Nathan Alexander (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Palm Beach Stros got two in the 9th to tie and got their leadoff runner across in the first extra frame to stun the Marlins.

Miguel Figueroa allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out two in three innings of work. Layne Henderson was the first man out of the GCLstros bullpen and allowed a run on three hits, walked two, and struck out two in 2.1 innings. Freylin Garcia was next and he went 2.2 innings, allowing an unearned run on a passed ball, a hit, walking three, and striking out two. Jonathan Bermúdez struck out three over two perfect innings to get the win.

Juan Ramirez and Ronaldo Urdaneta both singled to start the final inning and Ramirez scored on a Hector Martinez single. Urdaneta scored the tying run on an error. Carlos Diaz led off the 10th in scoring position and scored when Gerry Castillo hit into a fielder's choice. Diaz and Yorbin Ceuta both finished 2-4 on the day.

Game 1: DSL Astros 5, DSL Athletics 1

W- Fabricio Reina (2-3)
L- Stiven Montilla (0-1)

DSL home runs: None.

The Academy used a three-run 3rd to get the win in game one.

Valente Bellozo allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out one over four scoreless and Fabricio Reina allowed a run on two hits, walked four, and struck out two in his three innings.

Jose Alvarez went 2-4 with a pair of RBI singles. Jeury Castillo also went 2-4; he doubled and scored on Alvarez's RBI single in the 3rd.

Game 2: DSL Astros 2, DSL Athletics 1

W- Jose Antonio Hernandez (2-1)
L- Edwin Rojas (1-2)

DSL home runs: None.

Sebastian Grullón grounded into a force out that allowed Yimmi Cortabarria to score in the 7th. He moved into scoring position on an error and was allowed to score the winning run when he was interfered with while trying to round third. Franklin Pinto finished 3-4.

Ernesto Jaquez allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out six in four innings of work. Jaquez has allowed three hits in his last 20.2 innings pitched. Jose A. Hernandez allowed a run on three hits and struck out four in three innings.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Valente Bellozo, RHP, DSL Astros: 4 IP, 2 H, BB, K in game one of doubleheader
Ernesto Jaquez, RHP, DSL Astros: 4 IP, 2 H, BB, 6 K in game two of doubleheader

Jonathan Bermúdez, LHP, DSL Astros: W (1-0), 2 IP, 3 K; perfect outing

Enoli Paredes' and Bryan Abreu's photos taken by Bryan Green
Chad Donato's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: W 3-2 @ Dayton
9 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), BB, 13 K
Enoli Paredes: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 8 K
Bryan Abreu: W (1-0, 3-0 season), 1.1 IP, 2 K in MWL debut
Chad Donato: Save (1), 3 IP, BB, 3 K

Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 3-1 vs. Down East
9 IP, 3 H, unearned run, 3 BB, 10 K
Patrick Sandoval: W (2-0, 9-1 season), 7 IP, H, 2 BB, 8 K
Colin McKee: Save (3), 2 IP, 2 H, unearned run, BB, 2 K

Chas McCormick, OF, Lorenzo Quintana, C, and Aníbal Sierra, SS, Corpus Christi
McCormick: 3-5, RBI, 2 R
Quintana: 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB (6)
Sierra: 3-5, 3 RBI, R

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

There was only one game in the system Tuesday night and Buies Creek fell to the Down East Wood Ducks by a score of 3-1.

Ronnie Dawson doubled in the 2nd and scored the Carolina Stros' only run of the evening on a single from Cody Bohanek. Bryan de la Cruz finished 2-4 with a double.

Brady Rodgers and Abdiel Saldaña both threw four innings in this game. Rodgers allowed a run on three hits and struck out one and Saldaña suffered his first loss of the season, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out five. Jesús Balaguer struck out one in a 1-2-3 9th.

Game three of this series begins at 6:00 Eastern.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Astros Farm Report: 7/10

Catching you up on the latest Astros MiLB news ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

Carlos Hiraldo - August 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

7/9: RHP Edgardo Sandoval (22)
7/10: C Rubén Castro (22)
7/12: LHP Tony Sipp (35)
7/15: LHP Carlos Hiraldo (22)
7/15: OF Carlos Díaz (19)

TWEET OF THE WEEK


ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

According to the transaction info posted on the Astros website, 28 of the 40 draft picks for 2018 signed (all of the top 13 and 28 of the top 31).

7/7: OF Kyle Tucker's contract selected by Houston
7/7: OF Jake Marisnick optioned to Fresno from Houston
7/6: RHP Tommy DeJuneas assigned to Quad Cities
7/6: RHP James Hoyt (Fresno) traded to Cleveland for RHP Tommy DeJuneas
7/6: OF Jon Kemmer (Fresno) traded to Minnesota for cash considerations
7/6: OF Yordan Alvarez assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
7/6: RHP David Paulino (Fresno) sent to the GCL on a rehab assignment
7/6: 3B Abraham Toro assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
7/6: C Juan Paulino (27th round pick) assigned to the GCL
7/4: RHP J.B. Bukauskas (Quad Cities) sent from the GCL to Tri-City on a rehab assignment (on the DL since 4/26)
7/4: C Cesar Salazar (7th round pick) assigned to Tri-City
7/4: RHP R.J. Freure (6th round pick) assigned to Tri-City
7/4: RHP Brett Daniels (17th round pick) assigned to Tri-City (signed 6/29)
7/4: OF Andres Monzon signed (16 year old out of Venezuela)
7/3: 1B A.J. Reed optioned to Fresno from Houston
7/3: C Tim Federowicz's contract selected by Houston
7/2: C Jamie Ritchie assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
7/2: C Eduardo de Oleo activated from the Corpus Christi DL
7/2: RHP Yohan Ramirez assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
7/2: C Jose Carrillo (Tri-City) released
7/2: OF Omar Diaz signed (16 year old out of the Dominican Republic)
7/2: OF Jairo Jose signed (16 year old out of the Dominican Republic)
7/2: RHP Carlos Calderon signed (16 year old out of the Dominican Republic)
7/2: SS Ayendy Ortiz signed (16 year old out of the Dominican Republic)
7/2: SS Yohander Martinez signed (16 year old out of Venezuela)
7/2: OF Tomas Ramirez signed (16 year old out of the Dominican Republic)
7/2: RHP Reimy Beltre signed (17 year old out of the Dominican Republic)
7/2: C Miguel Palma signed (16 year old out of Venezuela)
7/2: RHP Johangel Ramirez signed (16 year old out of Venezuela)
7/2: RHP Danny Subero signed (16 year old out of Venezuela)
7/2: SS Cristian Gonzalez signed (16 year old out of the Dominican Republic)
7/2: RHP Daniel Pacheco signed (16 year old out of Venezuela)
7/2: OF Frank Perez signed (16 year old out of Cuba)
7/2: OF Jesus Liranzo signed (16 year old out of the Dominican Republic)

Although the transaction has not been posted on MiLB.com yet, the Astros have picked up OF Granden Goetzman. Goetzman was drafted by the Rays in the second round in 2011 out of Palmetto H.S. (FL) and remained in the Rays organization until becoming a minor league free agent after the 2017 season. He signed with the Cardinals organization in March of this year and was released late last month. He is a career .245/.289/.368 hitter in 505 games in the minors. Oh, and he may not be official yet, but he looked pretty official to me over the weekend ...

Granden Goetzman - July 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ASTROS MILB DISABLED LIST

7/3: OF Carmen Benedetti (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
6/19: OF Drew Ferguson (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL (hand)
6/1: LHP Yeremi Ceballos (DSL) placed on the 60-day DL
6/1: RHP Carlos Quintero (DSL) placed on the 60-day DL
5/29: RHP Matt Ramsey (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
5/26: RHP David Paulino (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL (retroactive to the 25th)
5/4: RHP Francis Martes (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
5/3+/-: RHP Gerardo Bojorquez had TJ surgery per Instagram post
4/5: RHP Ryan Thompson assigned to Fresno (starting the season on the 7-day DL); according to Instagram Ryan has had surgery, but I don't know whether or not it was TJ
4/5: RHP Matt Ruppenthal assigned to Quad Cities (starting the season on the 7-day DL; according to Instagram, Ruppenthal had elbow surgery to transpose the ulnar nerve in early April and started to throw mid-June)
4/5: RHP Ángel Heredia (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
4/5: RHP Nick Hernandez (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL (Tommy John)
No date: RHP Alex House (Tri-City) appears to be on the DL per his Instagram account but working his way back (end of June)

ASTROS MILB RESTRICTED LIST

6/22: RHP Yoanys Quiala placed on the restricted list (80 game suspension for performance-enhancing substance); Quiala won't be eligible to play again until approximately mid-April of 2019.

MISSING IN ACTION

Now that all of the short season teams have started playing, I've gone through my records and the following players all show as "active" on MiLB, but they haven't played yet this season. If anyone has any info on the following players, please let me know.

RHP Hunter Martin
LHP Javier Navas
RHP Kyle Serrano - made his first appearance of the season for the GCL team 7/6

I will be keeping track of all the releases, retirements, trades and signings for the 2018 season here.

ASTROS MILB STANDINGS
Up and down arrows represent increase/decrease in win percentage over the prior week.

FRESNO (Pacific Coast League)
🠋1st 52-37 .584 -.-GB W1

CORPUS CHRISTI (Texas League)
🠉1st 57-30 .655 -.-GB W5 (overall)
1st 14-4 .778 -.-GB W5 (second half)
1st 43-26 .623 -.-GB W5 (first half division winner)

The Hooks have made the playoffs as the first half winners of the Texas League South Division.

BUIES CREEK (Carolina League)
🠋2nd 50-38 .568 4.0GB L1 (overall)
2nd 13-6 .684 0.5GB L1 (second half)
2nd 37-32 .536 3.5GB L1 (first half)

QUAD CITIES (Midwest League)
🠉2nd 49-39 .557 0.5GB W2 (overall)
5th 9-9 .500 3.5GB W2 (second half)
1st 40-30 .571 -.-GB W6 (first half division winner)

The River Bandits have made the playoffs as the first half winners of the Midwest League Western Division.

TRI-CITY (New York-Penn League)
🠉1st 14-10 .583 -.-GB W5

GCL ASTROS (Gulf Coast League)
🠉4th 8-11 .421 4.5GB W2

DSL ASTROS (Dominican Summer League Northwest)
🠉7th 12-20 .375 11.0GB L2

NEWS AND LINKS

The social media post for the new draft picks has been updated to denote those players who have officially signed.

The PCL All-Star roster includes C Garrett Stubbs, 3B J.D. Davis, 1B A.J. Reed, OF Kyle Tucker and Pitching Coach Dyar Miller. The game takes place tomorrow in Columbus, Ohio.

In conjunction with the tweet above, here's the story of the Corpus Christi bee delay.

ICYMI, RHP Forrest Whitley is headed to the DL. I talked with him briefly on Saturday in Corpus; he wasn't terribly concerned about the injury and is eager to get back to business.

LHP Patrick Sandoval has been on a nice run and has carried that with him in his promotion to Buies Creek.

Steve Batterson of the Quad-City Times catches up with first rounder Seth Beer.

Batterson also talked with Quad Cities skipper Mickey Storey about the quite considerable turnover of the team roster and the challenges that presents.

Not much info on the Astros July 2nd international signings which is not terribly surprising since the Astros are restricted on the amount of signing bonuses again this season. None of these signings are considered top international prospects.
And in case you missed any of these, here are my recent interviews:

RHP Corbin Martin (Corpus Christi) - coming soon
3B Abraham Toro (Corpus Christi) - coming soon
RHP Trent Thornton (Fresno)
OF Chas McCormick (Buies Creek, since promoted to Corpus Christi)
OF J.J. Matijevic (Buies Creek)
RHP Brandon Bielak (Buies Creek, since promoted to Corpus Christi)
LHP Brett Adcock (Buies Creek)
SS Alex De Goti (Corpus Christi)
1B Taylor Jones (Corpus Christi, since promoted to Fresno)
RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (Corpus Christi, since promoted to Fresno)