Thursday, May 23, 2019

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A slate of day games turned up empty for the farm.

Round Rock 4, San Antonio 0

W- Cy Sneed (2-5)
L- Bubba Derby (0-3)

RR home runs: Yordan Alvarez (19, 2-run in 1st), Taylor Jones (9, solo in 2nd), A.J. Reed (3, solo in 2nd)

Yordan Alvarez continues to do Yordan Alvarez things and Cy Sneed flirted with perfection. He ultimately fell short in that pursuit, but he and Gabriel Valdez ended up combining on a two-hit shutout.

Sneed and Valdez allowed one hit apiece. Sneed, who took a perfect game into the 8th inning, struck out four over eight innings and Valdez struck out one in the 9th to complete the shutout. Sneed's bid for the perfecto ended when Cory Spangenberg hit a double off of him with one out in the 8th.

Alvarez opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the 1st and then Taylor Jones and A.J. Reed launched back-to-back solo homers in the 2nd. No one on either side finished with a multi-hit game.

Forrest Whitley takes on Jimmy Nelson in game three of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Amarillo 7, Corpus Christi 6

W- Miguel Díaz (2-0)
L- Brett Adcock (0-5)
S- Brandon Bednar (3)

CC home runs: Josh Rojas 2 (5; solo in 4th, solo in 6th), Stephen Wrenn (2, solo in 1st), Lorenzo Quintana (4, solo in 4th), Chas McCormick (3, solo in 4th), Abraham Toro (8, solo in 6th)

The Hooks hit six home runs... and lost. Baseball sure can be dumb.

Stephen Wrenn hit a solo homer in the 1st to open the scoring. With two outs in the 4th, Lorenzo Quintana, Josh Rojas, and Chas McCormick hit back-to-back-to-back solo home runs to put the Hooks back in front. Abraham Toro smacked a homer to lead off the 6th and Rojas launched another solo homer later in the inning. Rojas finished 3-4 on the afternoon while Wrenn, McCormick, and Chuckie Robinson all had two hits on the day.

Wrenn tripled to lead off the 8th but was stranded there. Rojas, McCormick, and Robinson all singled to lead off the 9th but once again, they were all stranded to end the day.

Brett Adcock went five innings and allowed seven runs on eight hits (two two-run homers), walked one, and struck out five. Jonathan Bermúdez threw three perfect innings in relief, striking out two.

Corpus will head home to start a four-game series with Frisco at 6:15. As this weekend is Memorial Day weekend, the Hooks will transform into the Blue Ghosts to commemorate the USS Lexington, the World War II-era aircraft carrier that is docked in Corpus Christi Bay that now functions as a museum. For the background behind its nickname, "The Blue Ghost," click the link and it will take you to the Lexington's Wikipedia page.

Winston-Salem 4, Fayetteville 3 in 10 innings

W- Luís Ledo (3-1)
L- Nivaldo Rodríguez (0-1, 3-2 season)

Fayetteville home runs: Scott Manea (4, solo in 9th)

The Woodpeckers broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the 9th, but the Dash responded by re-tying the game in the bottom of the 9th and they wound up walking off with the win with another run in the first extra frame. This was Fayetteville's fifth walk-off loss of the season.

Enoli Paredes had another fine outing as he allowed a run on three hits, walked one, and struck out five in five innings of work. Nivaldo Rodríguez tagged in for 4.1 innings and allowed three runs on six hits (solo homer) and issued an intentional walk.

Colton Shaver went 3-4 with a pair of RBI singles in the 4th and the 6th. Scott Manea whacked a solo homer with one out in the 9th to put the Woodpeckers up 3-2.

J.P. France will start the series finale. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Kane County 9, Quad Cities 3

W- Kai-Wei Lin (1-0)
L- José Alberto Rivera (0-2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos pounded out 14 hits but only had three runs to show for their efforts.

Jonathan Lacroix hit an RBI single in the 6th and Ramiro Rodríguez smacked a two-run triple in the 8th inning. Austin Dennis finished 4-5 out of the leadoff spot. Rodríguez and Jeremy Peña had two hits apiece, and Marty Costes went 3-4.

José Alberto Rivera went five innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on ten hits (solo homer), walked one, and struck out two. Jayson Schroeder, the Astros' second-round pick in last year's draft, made his 2019 debut with three innings out of the bullpen and he allowed three runs on three hits, walked three, and struck out four.

José Bravo will get the start in the series finale. He'll face Jackson Goddard at 6:30.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

No photo available for Jonathan Bermúdez.
Josh Rojas, UTIL, Stephen Wrenn, OF, Chas McCormick, OF, and Jonathan Bermúdez, LHP, Corpus Christi
Rojas: 3-4, 2 solo HR (5); 4 HR in last two games
Wrenn: 2-5, 3B, solo HR (2); 2nd consecutive game with HR
McCormick: 2-4, solo HR (3)
Bermúdez: 3 IP, 2 K; perfect outing

Photo by Bryan Green
Enoli Paredes, RHP, Fayetteville
5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 5 K

Colton Shaver, IF, Fayetteville
3-4, 2 RBI singles


Austin Dennis' photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com. Flickr is currently down for maintenance.
Ramiro Rodríguez, OF and Austin Dennis, OF, Quad Cities
Rodríguez: 2-5, 3B, 2 RBI
Dennis: 4-5, R

These are their mugshots on MiLB.com. Flickr is currently down for maintenance.
Round Rock Express pitchers: W 4-0 vs. San Antonio
9 IP, 2 H, 5 K
Cy Sneed: W (2-5), 8 IP, H, 4 K; perfect through 7.1 IP
Gabriel Valdez: IP, H, K

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com. Flickr is currently down for maintenance.
Yordan Alvarez, 1B/OF, Round Rock
1-4, 2-R HR (19)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Safe to say that the pitchers in this system are good.

Sweep!


Round Rock 11, San Antonio 4

W- José Hernández-Urquidy (2-0, 4-2 season)
L- Thomas Jankins (2-2)

RR home runs: Drew Ferguson (5, 2-run in 4th), Derek Fisher (8, solo in 7th)

The Express went on a 10-0 run between the 4th and the 7th innings to bury the Missions.

José Hernández-Urquidy turned in a dominant performance as he allowed a run on three hits, walked one, and struck out 12 in six innings of work. For Hernández-Urquidy, that's the third time that he's struck out 12 in a start and he was one off tying a career-high that he set with Quad Cities on July 16, 2016. Kit Scheetz was sailing through his Triple-A debut, but that final out ended up eluding him. In 2.2 innings, Scheetz allowed three runs on six hits (solo homer) and struck out four. He left with two men on for Reymin Guduan, who allowed a base hit to the first man he faced. Guduan was able to get the final out of the night without incurring any more damage, though.

Kyle Tucker ripped an RBI double in the 1st to open the scoring and then after singling to lead off the 4th, he came home when Drew Ferguson launched a home run. Tucker hit into a force out in the 5th and an error on the play allowed Derek Fisher to score. Ferguson struck again with an RBI double and he came around to score on A.J. Reed's single. Round Rock more or less put this one away with five more runs in the 7th.

Fisher led off the inning with a homer. Jack Mayfield drew a walk and advanced to third on an error that allowed Tucker to reach. Ferguson followed with another RBI double and then Reed hit a two-run single. Reed advanced to third on a long Nick Tanielu flyball out and scored the Express' final run of the night on a single from Jamie Ritchie.

Ferguson finished 3-5 on the evening and all three of his hits resulted in runs for Round Rock. Reed, Tucker, and Myles Straw all turned in two-hit performances for the Express.

The Express and Missions will play game two of this series at 7:05.

Corpus Christi 6, Amarillo 1

W- Bryan Abreu (2-1, 3-1 season)
L- Lake Bachar (0-2)
S- Cristian Javier (1, 2 season)

CC home runs: Josh Rojas 2 (3; solo in 4th, solo in 6th), Stephen Wrenn (1, solo in 7th)

Bryan Abreu has settled in nicely in the Texas League and in this game, he and Cristian Javier combined to hold the Sod Poodles to just four hits.

Abreu went five innings and allowed a run on two hits, walked two, and struck out seven. Javier took it home as he allowed two hits, walked two, and struck out four in the final four innings to earn his first Texas League save.

Josh Rojas opened the scoring with a solo homer in the 4th inning. Corpus got two in the 5th on an RBI single from Abraham Toro and an RBI ground-rule double from Seth Beer. After Amarillo got their only run of the night in the bottom of the 5th, Rojas got the run back when he whacked a homer to lead off the 6th. Stephen Wrenn connected for his first homer of the year to start the 7th and he scored the final run of the night on Toro's RBI base hit in the 9th.

Toro went 4-5 on the night. Rojas finished 3-4 with the two solo shots and Wrenn and Chuckie Robinson chipped in with two hits apiece.

Brett Adcock will take the mound as the Hooks look for the sweep in the Panhandle. He'll take on Adrian Morejón at 11:05 AM.

Fayetteville 7, Winston-Salem 2

W- Leovanny Rodríguez (3-2)
L- José Nin (1-1)
S- Willy Collado (3)

Fayetteville home runs: Jake Adams (7, solo in 9th)

The Woodpeckers stunned the Dash as they scored three runs in each of the last two innings.

Enmanuel Valdez scored Fayetteville's first run of the night on an Alfredo Angarita groundout. It took a little while but the Fayetteville offense finally woke up in the 8th.

The Woodpeckers loaded the bases to lead off the 8th as Scott Schreiber ripped a ground-rule double, Valdez singled, and Michael Papierski walked. Schreiber scored the tying run when Angarita grounded into a force out that erased Papierski at second base. Jacob Meyers drew a walk to re-load the bases for Jonathan Arauz, who put the Woodpeckers in front with a two-run single.

Jake Adams kicked things off in the 9th with a home run and then Colton Shaver followed with a double. Shaver, who advanced to third on a wild pitch, had to wait a little while before he could score. Papierski and Angarita walked to load the bases for Meyers, who capped off the night with a two-run single. Arauz got a chance for a six-hit night, but he grounded out to first to end the 9th inning.

Jonathan Arauz turned in the first five-hit game of his career. Schreiber, Valdez, and Corey Julks all finished with two hits on the evening.

Brett Conine's fine season continued as he allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits (solo homer) and struck out eight in five innings of work. Leovanny Rodríguez and Willy Collado pitched two scoreless innings apiece to seal the win. Leovanny allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out two, while Collado tightroped out of a bases-loaded predicament in the 8th and had a slightly less stressful 9th. Collado walked two, struck out two, and also hit a batter.

Enoli Paredes will get the start in a morning game for Fayetteville. He'll face Lincoln Henzman at 11:00 AM Eastern time.

Quad Cities 4, Kane County 1

W- Brett Daniels (1-3, 2-3 season)
L- Matt Tabor (0-1)
S- Austin Hansen (1)

QC home runs: None.

One Arizona Wildcat shined on the mound on Monday for Quad Cities... another one stood out at the plate on Tuesday.

Quad Cities got two in the 1st on a pair of sac flies from Marty Costes and César Salazar. Salazar doubled with one out in the 4th and scored on Jonathan Lacroix's base hit. He capped off the scoring with an RBI single in the 8th to wrap up a 3-3 day. Lacroix went 2-4 on the afternoon.

Brett Daniels allowed a run on three hits, walked one, and struck out four over six innings to get the win. Austin Hansen pitched the final three innings for the save, allowing three hits, walking two, and striking out five.

It's another early start in this series as José Alberto Rivera takes on Justin Lewis at 11:00 AM.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

César Salazar, C, Brett Daniels, RHP, and Austin Hansen, RHP, Quad Cities
Salazar: 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Daniels: W (1-3, 2-3 season), 6 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 4 K
Hansen: Save (1), 3 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K

Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers: W 6-1 @ Amarillo
9 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 BB, 11 K
Bryan Abreu: W (2-1, 3-1 season), 5 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Cristian Javier: Save (1, 2 season), 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Abraham Toro, 3B, Stephen Wrenn, OF, and Josh Rojas, IF, Corpus Christi
Toro: 4-5, 2 RBI singles
Rojas: 3-4, 2 solo HR (3)
Wrenn: 2-4, 2B, solo HR (1), 2 R, SB (12)

Fayetteville Woodpeckers pitchers: W 7-2 @ Winston-Salem
9 IP, 7 H (solo HR allowed), 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 12 K
Brett Conine: 5 IP, 4 H (solo HR allowed), 2 R (1 ER), 8 K
Leovanny Rodríguez: W (3-2), 2 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K
Willy Collado: Save (3), 2 IP, 2 BB, 2 K

Jonathan Arauz, IF, Fayetteville
5-6, 2B, 2 RBI; new career high for hits in a game

Drew Ferguson, OF, Kyle Tucker, OF, and A.J. Reed, 1B, Round Rock
Ferguson: 3-5, 2 2B, 2-R HR (5), 4 RBI, 3 R
Tucker: 2-4, 2B, RBI, 3 R
Reed: 2-4, 3 RBI, R

José Hernández-Urquidy, RHP, Round Rock
W (2-0, 4-2 season), 6 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 12 K

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, May 20, 2019

Nashville 8, Round Rock 6 in 12 innings

W- Tim Dillard (3-2)
L- Jamie Ritchie (????) (0-1)
S- David Carpenter (6)

RR home runs: Alex De Goti (7, 3-run in 3rd), Jack Mayfield (9, solo in 4th), Kyle Tucker (12, solo in 4th)

The Express blew a 5-1 lead as they ended up dropping four of five to the last-place team in the PCL's American Northern division. Nashville scored seven of their eight runs after the 7th inning and Tim Dillard got his second win of the series; he got the other win as a starter on Friday.

Round Rock's first five runs all came on home runs. Alex De Goti clubbed a three-run homer in the 3rd and then Jack Mayfield and Kyle Tucker led off the 4th with back-to-back solo homers. De Goti hit an RBI single in the 11th that tied the game at 6. Those three home runs were the only extra-base hits for the Express in this game. De Goti (3-R HR, 4 RBI), Myles Straw (SB), Tucker (solo HR), and Nick Tanielu (2 R) all finished with two hits in the game. Straw now has 15 stolen bases on the season.

Rogelio Armenteros went five innings and the one run he allowed came on a homer hit by Delino DeShields, one of just two hits that he surrendered during his start. Armenteros also walked three and struck out five. Kent Emanuel and Ralph Garza Jr. both pitched three innings with contrasting results. Emanuel allowed a run on four hits and fanned five, while Garza allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits (solo homer) and struck out two. Jamie Ritchie was summoned to pitch and he ended up taking the loss after allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and striking out one in the 12th.

I believe that Ritchie was pitching because the Express had no one else available. Ronel Blanco and Reymin Guduan both pitched on Sunday. Akeem Bostick's last outing on Saturday came in relief and he's alternated between starting and relieving this season so I imagine that his next appearance will be as a starter. Cy Sneed could have been an option on three days' rest but if he's going to be getting work as a starter moving forward, that could have opened the Express to even more issues with their pitching staff. Brendan McCurry was placed on the IL before the game and Kit Scheetz was called up to Round Rock as a corresponding move but I don't know if he was actually available to pitch or if there were any logistical issues in getting Scheetz to Round Rock in time.

Brady Rodgers will start the first of a four-game series against San Antonio tonight at 7:05. He'll take on Thomas Jankins.

Corpus Christi 5, Amarillo 1

W- Brandon Bielak (3-0)
L- T.J. Weir (2-3)

CC home runs: None.

No extra-base hits? No problem. Corpus Christi pounded out 13 singles and five of them resulted in runs. In fact, neither team recorded an extra-base hit in this game.

Brandon Bielak was excellent in his six innings as he allowed a run on a sac fly, two hits, walked one, and struck out nine. Carlos Sanabria allowed three hits and struck out four over two scoreless innings, and in his 2019 debut, Erasmo Pinales allowed a hit and struck out two in the 9th.

Seth Beer and Ronnie Dawson opened the scoring with RBI singles in the 1st inning. Abraham Toro and Beer added (you guessed it) two more RBI singles in the 2nd and Granden Goetzman chipped in with... an RBI single in the 7th. Beer finished 3-4 on the night, while Toro, Josh Rojas, and Lorenzo Quintana all had two hits.

Bryan Abreu gets the start in game two of this series and he'll face Lake Bachar at 7:05.

Winston-Salem 6, Fayetteville 2

W- Cristian Castillo (2-5)
L- Shawn Dubin (0-3, 1-3 season)

Fayetteville home runs: None.

The Dash dashed out to a 3-0 lead after the 1st and kept the Woodpeckers at bay.

Jacob Meyers went 2-5 and his two-run double in the 7th represented the lone Fayetteville scoring play. Corey Julks finished 2-4 and both of his hits were doubles.

Shawn Dubin went four innings and allowed four runs on six hits, walked four, and struck out four. Tanner Duncan and Jacob Billingsley both pitched two innings and they both posted identical lines: they both allowed a run on two hits, walked two, and struck out one.

After a successful Carolina League debut, Brett Conine will look to keep that momentum rolling. He'll take on Jorgan Cavanerio at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 7, Kane County 5

W- Cody Deason (4-1)
L- Kenny Hernandez (4-1)

QC home runs: None.

The big inning has been a running theme recently for the Banditos and they used one of those to win the first game of this new series in suburban Chicago. Quad Cities scored five in the 7th to take control of this game.

Luis García had a rare off night as pitched five innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits (two-run homer), walked four, and struck out five. Cody Deason picked him up by shutting down the Cougars, allowing two hits, walking two, and striking out a career-high nine over the final four innings. Deason also hit a batter but was excellent otherwise.

Marty Costes put the Banditos on the board with a two-run single in the 3rd. A couple of errors allowed Trey Dawson and Alex Holderbach to reach and then a one-out single from Michael Wielansky loaded the bases for Austin Dennis, who hit an RBI single to bring in Dawson and cut into the deficit. Holderbach ended up scoring on catcher's interference, which prompted Kane County to make a pitching change. Jeremy Peña was credited with an RBI on the play. Marty Costes greeted the new Cougars pitcher, Wesley Rodriguez, by bringing everyone in with a triple that put Quad Cities in front.

Quad Cities had eight hits in this game and they all belonged to four players: Dennis, Peña, Costes, and Wielansky. The top three (Dennis, Peña, and Costes) were all responsible for driving in the runs; Dennis and Peña drove in one while Costes had five. Costes has 16 RBI on the season and 12 of them have come in the last four days.

Brett Daniels faces Matt Tabor in game two of this series. First pitch is at noon.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers: W 5-1 @ Amarillo
9 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 15 K
Brandon Bielak: W (3-0), 6 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 9 K
Carlos Sanabria: 2 IP, 3 H, 4 K
Erasmo Pinales: IP, H, 2 K

Seth Beer, 1B/OF, and Abraham Toro (behind Brandon Bielak in the first photo), 3B, Corpus Christi
Beer: 3-4, 2 RBI, R
Toro: 2-3, RBI, R

Alex De Goti, IF, and Kyle Tucker, OF, Round Rock
De Goti: 2-5, 3-R HR (7), 4 RBI
Tucker: 2-4, solo HR (12)

Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, and Kent Emanuel, LHP, Round Rock
Armenteros: 5 IP, 2 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Emanuel: 3 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Jacob Meyers, OF, Fayetteville
2-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Cody Deason, RHP, Quad Cities
W (4-1), 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, HB, career-high 9 K

These four guys had all the hits for Quad Cities on Monday.
Austin Dennis: 2-5, RBI, 2 R
Jeremy Peña: 2-3, RBI, 2 R
Marty Costes: 2-5, 3B, 5 RBI
Michael Wielansky: 2-4, R

Monday, May 20, 2019

Farm Report: 5-20

Bringing you the latest news from down on the farm ...

In case you missed my latest interviews
OF Stephen Wrenn
OF Granden Goetzman
RHP Jose Hernandez-Urquidy and IF/OF Osvaldo Duarte
RHP Bryan Abreu and RHP Ronel Blanco

MAY TRANSACTIONS/ROSTER MOVES

Note: Some of the assignments to Tri-City are likely to be on paper only in order to help with roster management while some indicate players who have been sent back to extended Spring Training.

5-19: OF Carmen Benedetti (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
5-19: LHP Parker Mushinski (Fayetteville) placed on the 7-day DL
5-19: OF Alex McKenna (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
5-17: OF Bryan de la Cruz (Fayetteville) placed on the 7-day DL
5-17: 1B Scott Schreiber assigned to Fayetteville from Quad Cities
5-17: OF Alex McKenna (Quad Cities) activated from the DL
5-17: OF Ramiro Rodriguez assigned to Quad Cities
5-16: RHP Dean Deetz (Round Rock) placed on the 7-day DL
5-16: OF Seth Beer assigned to Corpus Christi from Fayetteville
5-16: RHP Brendan Feldmann (Corpus Christi) released
5-16: 3B Enmanuel Valdez assigned to Fayetteville from Quad Cities
5-16: RHP Nivaldo Rodriquez assigned to Fayetteville from Quad Cities
5-16: RHP Jose Alberto Rivera assigned to Quad Cities
5-15: RHP Cristian Javier assigned to Corpus Christi from Fayetteville
5-15: RHP Jose Hernandez-Urquidy assigned to Round Rock from Corpus Christi
5-13: OF Marty Costes (Quad Cities) activated from the DL
5-12: RHP Joey Gonzalez assigned to Quad Cities from Fayetteville
5-12: RHP Corbin Martin called up to Houston from Round Rock
5-12: RHP Brett Conine assigned to Fayetteville from Quad Cities
5-11: RHP Tyler Ivey (Corpus Christi) activated from the suspended list
5-11: RHP Ronel Blanco assigned to Round Rock from Corpus Christi
5-8: RHP Nick Hernandez (Corpus Christi) activated from the DL and assigned to Fayetteville
5-8: RHP Hunter Martin assigned from Fayetteville to Tri-City
5-7: OF Alex McKenna (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
5-7: OF Carlos Machado assigned to Quad Cities from extended spring training
5-7: RHP Jose Bravo assigned to Tri-City from Round Rock
5-6: RHP Jose Bravo assigned to Round Rock from Fayetteville
5-6: OF Stephen Wrenn assigned to Corpus Christi from Round Rock
5-6: OF Derek Fisher optioned to Round Rock From Houston
5-6: C Carlos Canelon (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
5-6: RHP Akeem Bostick (Round Rock) activated from the temporary inactive list
5-6: RHP Tanner Duncan assigned to Fayetteville from Round Rock
5-6: LHP Brett Adcock assigned to Corpus Christi from Tri-City
5-4: 1B A.J. Reed (Round Rock) activated from the DL
5-4: OF Derek Fisher recalled to Houston from Round Rock
5-4: RHP Joey Gonzalez assigned to Fayetteville from Quad Cities
5-4: IF Michael Wielansky assigned to Quad Cities
5-4: RHP Felipe Tejada assigned to Tri-City from Quad Cities
5-4: RHP Cody Deason assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
5-3: OF Stephen Wrenn assigned to Round Rock from Corpus Christi
5-3: RHP Akeem Bostick (Round Rock) placed on the temporary inactive list
5-3: OF Carmen Benedetti (Corpus Christi) activated from the DL
5-3: RHP Cesar Rosado (Fayetteville) placed on the 7-day DL
5-3: OF Marty Costes (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
5-3: RHP Matt Ruppenthal assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City

Players who started the 2019 season on the DL
C Ruben Castro
RHP Nick Hernandez - activated 5-8
RHP Alex House
OF Alex McKenna - activated 4-29; back on 5/7
RHP Hansel Paulino
RHP Erasmo Pinales
RHP Abdiel Saldana
RHP Kyle Serrano
RHP Jairo Solis

Restricted List
RHP Francis Martes (80-game suspension)
1B/OF J.J. Matijevic (50-game suspension)

An ongoing list of all of the 2019 season transactions and roster moves can be found here.

2019 STANDINGS

Up and down arrows denote an increase or decrease in win percentage over the last week.

AAA ROUND ROCK (Pacific Coast League/American Southern Division)
🠋 2nd 25-17 .595 0.5GB L3

AA CORPUS CHRISTI (Texas League/South Division)
🠉 T2nd 21-21 .500 1.5GB L1

ADV A FAYETTEVILLE (Carolina League/Southern Division)
🠉 4th 20-23 .465 9.5GB W1

LOW A QUAD CITIES (Midwest League/Western Division)
🠋 1st 26-13 .667 -.-GB W2

THOUGHTS ON YORDAN ALVAREZ AND BRADY RODGERS

My recent trip to Round Rock didn't yield any player interviews, but I've already interviewed almost everyone on that team at one time or another. I had lined up OF/1B Yordan Alvarez (with Alex De Goti to translate), but Astros GM Jeff Luhnow came to town and called a team meeting during my only window of opportunity to talk with him. But I was able to ask Express Manager Mickey Storey and Hitting Coach Ben Rosenthal about Alvarez.

Yordan Alvarez - May 2019
Photo by Jayne Hansen

If you've been living under a rock and have somehow missed out on the incredible start to Alvarez's season, let's recap. In 39 games with AAA Round Rock, he is hitting .411/.494/.884/1.378 with 15 doubles, 18 home runs, 55 RBI and 38 runs scored. He has 23 walks to 33 strikeouts. He hits on the road and at home and kills right-handed pitching, but is only hitting .348/.434/.761/1.195 against his fellow lefties (yes, my tongue is firmly planted in my cheek as I write that). When I asked Rosenthal what a coach can do with somebody like that, he quickly responded, "Try not to screw him up." Rosenthal added, "There are small things (to work on), but he's got a good approach. It's advanced. He recognizes pitches well. You can get away with a bad swing if you've got a good plan and know what you can handle. But he's got a good swing and he's got a lot of good things going his way. Just try not to hinder him and get in his way. If he needs info on a (pitcher), I try to get it and if there's something that he needs, I try to get it for him."

Storey said, "The thing that separates Yordan is his approach. He's always been the same guy. He's got real good swing decisions. He goes up there knowing what he's looking for. He's able to hit the ball to all fields and he's strong. Obviously, he's got power. The things that we saw in him in the lower levels are just flourishing now. He's just getting that much better each year and he's really capitalizing. He's in one of those runs where he's really locked in and really letting his talents work. As far as what we do as coaches, it's really easy for me. Insert him in the clean up spot, make sure he's in the lineup as much as I can. He's like having a weapon that can go off any moment. The group's really doing well offensively, but he is someone who has really been a staple for us in the middle of the lineup doing damage."

The only possible hole in Alvarez's game right now is his defense. "He's never going to win a Gold Glove but he has made strides year in and year out, getting better, getting more steady, making plays that he should make. And that's the key. If he can make plays he's supposed to make in the big leagues, (he can let his bat) do the talking. He's been working. He's been out early as much as he can, working on everything defensively just to get himself prepared to play in the big leagues because defense matters everywhere but in the big leagues, it's heavily scrutinized. Everyone knows the kid can swing it, but we want to make sure he's clicking on all cylinders when he gets that call," said Storey.

Brady Rodgers - May 2019
Photo by Jayne Hansen

I also asked Storey to weigh in on Round Rock RHP Brady Rodgers. Rodgers has had a very solid start to his season, going 4-0 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.299 WHIP in eight games (seven starts) and I was somewhat surprised that he wasn't the first player to be called upon to help the big league club, particularly since he is already on the 40-man roster. I didn't ask Storey about that directly, but I did ask what Rodgers needs to do to get back to the bigs. "What can he do? He can stay the course. Everyone's got work to do, but he's a veteran guy at this point. He's got experience. He throws strikes. He attacks hitters. He's doing everything right. Yeah, the walks are up a tick but I'm sure he'll iron that out as the season goes on. It's still early. I expect a guy like that to start locking it in and really come into his own as the season goes because he's been around. He can really throw the baseball. He's doing everything he can. We really have a good big league staff. Like I say, he's got to stay the course, keep chipping away. Keep working. Keep making his starts and having his quality outings like he's done thus far. He'll be fine. Something will shake out eventually for him. He's a mentally strong guy. He's not here worrying about why am I not getting called up, why did this guy go and I didn't go. He's not. He just continues to do what he does. He's working. This is a guy who came back from Tommy John, missed a ton of time. He knows what it takes. There are setbacks involved and sometimes it throws you off course, but you do what you can do and he's doing everything he can do at this point," said Storey.

WATCH THIS SPACE

I plan to use "this space" to feature players who are currently flying below the radar, but who deserve a look.

Enmanuel Valdez - July 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

If you have been reading Dustin's fantastic minor league recaps since the season started, you will probably have noticed 2B/3B Enmanuel Valdez showing up as one of his stars of the day over and over again. There are certainly players with better overall numbers than Valdez, but he always seems to be in the middle of the action. The 20-year old Dominican who signed in July 2015 for $450,000 is in his fourth season in the Astros system and is starting to live up to his early promise. In his first 33 games of the season for Low A Quad Cities, Valdez hit .275/.374/.442 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 16 walks to 21 strikeouts. With solid numbers like that, it was no surprise that Valdez was promoted to High A Fayetteville last week. Watch this space ...

FORMER ASTRO UPDATE

Brock Dykxhoorn - June 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

RHP Brock Dykxhoorn was originally drafted by the Astros in the 6th round in 2014 and spent five seasons in the Astros system prior to his November 2018 release. Dykxhoorn was quickly picked up by SK Wyverns in the Korean Baseball Organization where he has been flourishing. He is 3-2 in 10 starts with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.247 WHIP. He has allowed 15 walks to 42 strikeouts in 55.1 innings of work. Brock recently started a Youtube channel to document the lifestyle of a Canadian baseball player transitioning from minor league baseball to playing in Korea. Dykxhoorn has always lived up to the stereotype of an almost too nice Canadian. We at WTHB and all of the fans he made in the Astros minor leagues wish Brock the best.

RANDOM PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Purple Coneflower
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Austin, TX - May 2019
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, May 19, 2019

The upper-level affiliates got stung by late comebacks on Sunday...

Nashville 9, Round Rock 7

W- Zac Curtis (1-0)
L- Reymin Guduan (0-1)

RR home runs: Drew Ferguson (4, 2-run in 6th), Yordan Alvarez (18, solo in 1st)

The Express scored three in the 8th to break a 4-4 tie, but the Sounds ended up getting the last laugh as they scored five in the 9th to steal this Sunday matinee.

Cionel Pérez went five innings and allowed four runs on six hits, walked two, and struck out six. Ronel Blanco was the first man out of the Round Rock bullpen and he turned in a fine outing, allowing two hits, walking two, and striking out five over three scoreless. Reymin Guduan couldn't close it out as he allowed four unearned runs (one inherited runner charged to him) on two hits (three-run homer), walked one, and struck out one. Brendan McCurry got the last out of the 9th, but not before Nashville took the lead thanks to a two-run homer from Hunter Cole. McCurry allowed one other hit and one of the runs from that homer was charged to Guduan as an unearned run.

Kyle Tucker opened the scoring with an RBI triple in the 2nd inning. Drew Ferguson clubbed a two-run homer in the 6th and stop me if you've heard this before, but Yordan Alvarez launched a solo shot not long after. Round Rock's three runs in the 8th all came with two outs. Myles Straw kept the inning alive with a single and then Yordan Alvarez (intentionally) and Taylor Jones both walked to load the bases for Tucker, who came through with a two-run double to put Round Rock in front. A.J. Reed then drew a walk to re-load the bases for Nick Tanielu, who walked in Jones for the last Express run of the afternoon.

Tucker went 2-4 and was the only player in the Express lineup to finish with a multi-hit game. Alvarez and Jones both scored twice.

The Express and Sounds will play the fifth and final game of this series at 7:05.

Midland 4, Corpus Christi 3

W- Zack Erwin (2-2)
L- Justin Ferrell (0-2)
S- John Gorman (2)

CC home runs: Granden Goetzman (9, solo in 2nd)

The RockHounds forced the split by scoring three in the 7th to take the lead. The Hooks had a chance to tie in the 9th but they stranded runners on the corners to end the game.

J.B. Bukauskas allowed a run on four hits and struck out six in six innings. Possibly the most important stat that he put up was zero walks, the first walk-free appearance of his season. Bukauskas entered the day with 22 walks in 24 innings. Justin Ferrell bore the brunt of the Hounds' big 7th inning; he only got two outs and allowed three runs (one inherited runner charged to him). The two runs that he himself allowed came on a double and he also walked two. Colin McKee got the last out of the 7th, but not before he allowed an RBI single that put Midland in front. That run was also charged to Ferrell. McKee struck out two in 1.1 innings.

Granden Goetzman led off the 2nd with a homer that opened the scoring. Ronnie Dawson followed with a double and he came around to score on a single from Josh Rojas. Seth Beer hit an RBI single in the 5th. Rojas finished 3-4 on the afternoon, while Chas McCormick went 2-4.

Corpus will now head up to Amarillo to start a three-game series at 7:05. Brandon Bielak will start game one.

Fayetteville 11, Carolina 0

W- Yohan Ramírez (1-2)
L- Matt Smith (1-4)

Fayetteville home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (6, solo in 3rd), Jake Adams (6, 2-run in 3rd)

The Woodpeckers avoided a sweep by dominating the Mudcats in all facets of the game.

Yohan Ramirez allowed the one hit, walked one, and struck out 11 over 6.2 innings and Hunter Martin completed the shutout by striking out five over 2.1 perfect innings.

Miguelangel Sierra opened the scoring by leading off the 3rd inning with a home run. Jake Adams launched a two-run homer later in the inning. Scott Manea hit a two-run single in the 5th and then Fayetteville put this game away with a six-run 8th inning.

Manea was plunked to lead off the 8th. Scott Schreiber then drew a walk and they both advanced a base on a wild pitch. Manea scored on Michael Papierski's single and then Sierra got plunked to load the bases. Jacob Meyers popped out in foul territory for the first out, but Jonathan Arauz managed to come through with a two-run double. Corey Julks followed with an RBI single. Jake Adams went down on strikes for the second out, but another wild pitch allowed Arauz to score and Colton Shaver capped off the afternoon with an RBI double.

Arauz (2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R), Shaver (RBI 2B), and Manea (2B, 2 RBI, R) all finished with three hits on the day. Julks finished 2-5 with an RBI and scored twice.

Fayetteville hits the road this week. The first leg of this roadtrip takes them to Winston-Salem, where they'll begin a four-game series with the Dash at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 11, Peoria 9

W- Humberto Castellanos (2-0)
L- Evan Sisk (1-2)

QC home runs: Trey Dawson (3, 3-run in 7th)

The Banditos withstood a 9th-inning rally from the Chiefs to take the series.

Matt Ruppenthal went 4.2 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits (solo homer), walked one, and struck out two. Humberto Castellanos tagged in for 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, walking one, and striking out five. Riley Cabral got the 9th and he allowed two runs on two hits, walked one, and struck out two.

Jeremy Peña scored the first run of the day on a wild pitch in the 1st. Marty Costes scored on an error in the 3rd. Quad Cities got two in the top of the 5th thanks to a pair of RBI singles from César Salazar and David Hensley. After Peoria took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the 5th, Trey Dawson scored on an error in the 6th to tie the game and then he put the Banditos back in front with a three-run blast in the 7th inning. With two outs and the bases loaded in the 9th, Michael Wielansky hit a two-run single and Peña followed with an RBI base hit of his own to push the Quad Cities lead to 11-7.

Salazar went 3-5 on the day while Wielansky (2B, 2 RBI) and Hensley (2B, RBI, 2 R, SB) both finished with two hits apiece.

Quad Cities wraps up their current roadtrip with a four-game series in Kane County. Luis Garcia will start the opener and he'll go against Levi Kelly at 6:30.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photo from Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.Net.
Fayetteville Woodpeckers: W 11-0 vs. Carolina
11 R, 14 H
9 IP, H, BB, 16 K
Jonathan Arauz: 3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R
Colton Shaver: 3-5, 2B, RBI
Jake Adams: 2-R HR (6)
Scott Manea: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Miguelangel Sierra: Solo HR (6), 2 R
Yohan Ramirez: W (1-2), 6.2 IP, H, BB, 11 K
Hunter Martin: 2.1 IP, 5 K; perfect outing


Michael Wielansky, IF, David Hensley, IF, and Trey Dawson, IF, Quad Cities
Wielansky: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI
Hensley: 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R, SB (4)
Dawson: 3-R HR (3), 3 R

J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, Corpus Christi
6 IP, 4 H, ER, 6 K

Josh Rojas, UTIL, Corpus Christi
3-4, 2B, RBI

Ronel Blanco, RHP, Round Rock
3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K

Kyle Tucker, OF, Round Rock
2-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, May 18, 2019

Nashville 6, Round Rock 3

W- Seth Maness (2-1)
L- Ryan Hartman (5-1)

RR home runs: None.

The Sounds smacked four homers to derail the Express.

Ryan Hartman went five innings and allowed five runs on six hits (two solos and a two-run homer) and struck out three. Akeem Bostick was the first man out of the Round Rock bullpen and the one run he allowed in his 3.1 innings came on a solo homer hit by Patrick Wisdom, who took Hartman deep for a solo homer earlier in the game. Bostick allowed one other hit and struck out two. Reymin Guduan allowed a hit and got the last two outs of the 9th via strikeout.

Myles Straw went 3-5 with a couple of RBI singles in the 3rd and the 9th. Derek Fisher also went 3-5 and hit an RBI single in the 9th before Straw hit his second one. Yordan Alvarez finished 2-5 and got to face the man he was traded for, Josh Fields.

Cionel Pérez faces Wes Benjamin in game four of this series. First pitch is at 1:05.

Corpus Christi 9, Midland 6

W- Carson LaRue (1-1)
L- Matt Milburn (1-3)
S- Kit Scheetz (3)

CC home runs: Seth Beer (1, 10 season; 2-run in 3rd), Chas McCormick (2, 3-run in 5th)

Corpus stormed out to a 9-1 lead and withstood a late Midland charge to get the victory.

Ronnie Dawson put the Hooks on the board with a two-run single in the 2nd inning and he came home himself on Chuckie Robinson's infield single. Stephen Wrenn hit a one-out double in the 3rd and one batter later, Seth Beer connected for his first Texas League homer. Osvaldo Duarte hit an RBI single in the 4th and Chas McCormick whacked a three-run homer in the 5th. Beer and Dawson both finished 3-4 on the night.

Carson LaRue went five innings and allowed a run on three hits, walked one, and struck out one. Brandon Bailey was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen and he went three innings, allowing five runs on six hits (three-run homer), walking three, and striking out two. Kit Scheetz, who was pitching on his birthday, allowed a hit and struck out the side in the 9th to earn the save.

J.B. Bukauskas will get the start in the series finale. He'll face James Naile at 2:00.

Carolina 6, Fayetteville 4

W- Nelson Hernández (5-1)
L- Chad Donato (3-5)
S- Rodrigo Benoit (8)

Fayetteville home runs: None.

The Woodpeckers erased a 4-0 deficit with four runs in the 4th to tie, but the Mudcats regained control with two runs in the 5th.

Fayetteville parlayed a bases-loaded situation to lead off the 4th into their four runs. Colton Shaver put the Woodpeckers on the board with an RBI single, Scott Manea ripped a two-run double, and Scott Schreiber hit a sac fly. Jonathan Arauz finished 3-4 with a double and scored a run.

Chad Donato allowed six runs (three earned, two inherited runners charged to him) on six hits (three-run homer), walked four, and struck out four in four innings. Tommy DeJuneas walked one and struck out five over three hitless innings, but two of the runners he inherited from Donato scored on sacrifice flies. Willy Collado allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out four in two scoreless innings.

The Woodpeckers will look to avoid the sweep at 2:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 6, Peoria 2

W- R.J. Freure (2-1)
L- Kyle Leahy (1-4)
S- Joey Gonzalez (1)

QC home runs: Trey Dawson (2, 2-run in 4th)

The Banditos only scored in one inning but it was enough to give them the win. This series has been characterized by big innings and after the Chiefs had an eight-run inning on Friday, Quad Cities put up six in the 4th on Saturday.

All six Quad Cities runs in the 4th came with two outs. Jonathan Lacroix kept the inning alive by drawing a walk and one batter later, Trey Dawson started the assault with a two-run home run. Ross Adolph ripped a double and he came home when Austin Dennis took his place at second following a double of his own. Dennis scored on a single from Ramiro Rodríguez. After Jeremy Peña singled, Alex McKenna hit a two-run double.

Matt Ruppenthal takes on Cole Aker in the series finale. First pitch is at 2:05.

Saturday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Kit Scheetz, LHP, Corpus Christi
Save (3), IP, H, 3 K on his birthday (He turned 25.)

Seth Beer, 1B/OF, and Ronnie Dawson, OF, Corpus Christi
Beer: 3-4, 2-R HR (1, 10 season), 3 R
Dawson: 3-4, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R

Myles Straw, OF/SS, Round Rock
3-5, 2 RBI singles

Joey Gonzalez not pictured.
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: W 6-2 @ Peoria
9 IP, 5 H (solo HR allowed), 2 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 5 K
R.J. Freure: W (2-1), 5 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), 4 BB, 4 K
Joey Gonzalez: 4 IP, 2 H, unearned run, BB, K

Trey Dawson, IF, Quad Cities
2-5, 2-R HR (2)

Tommy DeJuneas' photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Fayetteville Woodpeckers bullpen
5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 9 K
Tommy DeJuneas: 3 IP, BB, 5 K
Willy Collado: 2 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K