Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Former Astros Playing Independent/Foreign Baseball (2017 Edition)

Several more former Astros have shown up playing independent league and foreign league baseball. I'm updating my April post and adding a few select stats (as of 6/26-ish). If you know of a former Astro who didn't make this list, leave a comment and I'll make updates.

Conrad Gregor - April 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

JAPAN CENTRAL LEAGUE

Chunichi Dragons
LHP Raul Valdes (Astros 2014)

JAPAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
1B/DH Japhet Amador (2013-2014 Astros farm system)
IF Kaz Matsui (2008-2010 Astros)

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks
RHP Dennis Sarfate (2007 Astros)
It is Sarfate's 7th season playing in Japan; he has a 1.01 ERA and 0.788 WHIP in 27 bullpen appearances.

Chiba Lotte Marines
3B Matt Duffy (2011 20th round pick; 2011-2016 Astros system)
OF Jimmy Paredes (2010-2013 Astros system)

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
3B Brandon Laird (2012-2013 Astros system)

KOREAN BASEBALL ORGANIZATION

LG Twins
RHP Henry Sosa (2011-2012 Astros system)
Sosa is in his 6th season with the KBO.

SK Wyverns
IF Danny Worth (2016 Astros system)

Nexen Heroes
LHP Andy Van Hekken (2008-2011 Astros farm system)
Van Hekken has spent the last 6 years playing in Korea and Japan.

MEXICAN LEAGUE

Acereros del Norte
OF Willy Taveras (2004-2006 Astros system) - .304/.378/.483 in 69 games

Bravos de Leon
RHP Matt Nevarez (2009-2011 Astros system)

Leones de Yucatan
OF Leo Heras (2013-2016 Astros farm system) - .328/.404/.484 in 66 games

Pericos de Puebla
LHP Travis Blackley (2013 Astros system)
IF Nate Freiman (2012 Rule 5 draft pick; didn't stick with team)

Rieleros de Aguascalientes
RHP Jose Valverde (2008-2009 Astros) - 2.06 ERA/1.195 WHIP in 35 appearances

Rojos delAguila de Veracruz
Fernando Nieve (2001-2008, 2011 Astros system) - 2.45 ERA/1.057 WHIP in 28 appearances
Shockingly, Nieve is only 34 years old.

Saraperos de Saltillo
RHP J.C. Gutierrez (2007 Astros)
RHP Felipe Paulino (2003-2010 Astros system)
Had been playing for the Sugar Land Skeeters until his contract was purchased by Saltillo.

Sultanes de Monterrey
RHP Oscar Villarreal (2008 Astros)
C Luis Flores (2015 Astros farm system)
RHP Edgar Gonzalez (2012-2013 Astros)

Toros de Tijuana/Bravos de Leon
RHP Gera Sanchez (2012-2013 Astros farm system)

Vaqueros Union Laguna
IF Anderson Hernandez (2010-2011 Astros system) - .313/.359/.464 in 72 games
OF Brad Snyder (2012 Astros farm system)
IF Diory Hernandez (2012 Astros farm system)

CZECH REPUBLIC

Draci Brno
OF Terrell Joyce (2012-2014 Astros farm system) - .337/.404/.531 in 27 games AND a 3.27 ERA/1.545 WHIP in 6 bullpen appearances

ITALY

Fortitudo Unipol Bologna
LHP Rudy Owens (2012-2014 Astros system) - 5-1 in 8 starts, 1.15 ERA and 0.974 WHIP

Tommasin Padova
IF Carlos Perdomo (2013-2016 Astros system)
IF Luca Martone (2010-12 Astros system)

ATLANTIC LEAGUE

Bridgeport Bluefish
RHP David Carpenter (2011-2012 Astros) - 1.69 ERA/0.938 WHIP in 28 appearances
RHP Zac Grotz (2015 28th round pick, 2015 Astros farm system)

Long Island Ducks
LHP Eury de la Rosa (3 appearances with Fresno in 2016)
IF Nate Freiman (2012 Rule 5 draft pick; didn't stick with team); contract purchased 4/29 and sent to Mexican League
IF Marc Krauss (Part of 2012 Chris Johnson trade, 2012-2014 Astros system)

Lancaster Barnstormers
LHP Tommy Shirley (2010 9th round pick; 2010-2016 Astros farm system)

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
OF L.J. Hoes (2013-2015 Astros) - signed 6/23

Sugar Land Skeeters
RHP Travis Ballew (2012-2015 Astros system) - signed 5/13; released 5/23
RHP Mitch Talbot (2003-2006 Astros system)

York Revolution
OF Michael Burgess (2013 Astros farm system)
RHP Jay Gause (2014 10th round pick; 2014 Astros farm system)

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION

Cleburne Railroaders
RHP Kyle Westwood (2013 13th round pick; 2013-2015 Astros farm system) - released 5-25

Gary Southshore Railcats
RHP Jorge de Leon (2006-2014 Astros system) - placed on the DL 5-16; released 6-22

Kansas City T-Bones
1B Chase McDonald (2013 12th round pick; 2013-2016 Astros farm system) - traded to Sussex in the Can-Am League 6-22
C Christian Correa (2015-2017 Astros system) - signed 5-16; contract purchased by the Rockies 6-4 (currently playing for the Boise Hawks)

Lincoln Saltdogs
LHP Zac Person (2015 9th round pick; 2015-2016 Astros farm system) - released 6-9

St. Paul Saints
RHP Mark Hamburger (2013 Astros farm system) - 2.94 ERA/1.212 WHIP in 8 starts

Sioux City Explorers
LHP Bryan Radziewski (2014 9th round; 2014-2016 Astros farm system) - inactive
RHP Kevin McCanna (2015 13th round; 2015-2016 Astros farm system)
RHP Alex White (2014-2015 Astros system)

Sioux Falls Canaries
LHP Joe Bircher (2012 10th round pick, 2012-2013 Astros farm system)

Texas Airhogs
RHP Jared Mortensen (Rule 5 draft pick in December 2016; appeared in 3 games for Fresno in April 2017) - signed 6-9, released 6-11 and re-signed 6-21
LHP Michael Freeman (2015 7th round; 2015-2017 Astros farm system) - signed 5-19

Winnipeg Goldeyes
OF Reggie Abercrombie (2008 Astros)
LHP Mitch Lambson (2011 19th round pick; 2011-2015 Astros farm system)
RHP Daniel Minor (2012 9th round pick; 2012-2105 Astros farm system)

Here's an interview that the Goldeyes did with Daniel Minor upon his signing.


CAN-AM LEAGUE

Les Capitales de Quebec
RHP Keegan Yuhl (2014 35th round; 2014-2017 Astros farm system) - signed 5-31; released 6-19

New Jersey Jackals
1B Conrad Gregor (2013 4th round pick; 2013-2016 Astros farm system) - .328/.451/.552 in 36 games

Ottawa Champions
RHP Austin Chrismon (2013 26th round pick, 2013-2015 Astros farm system)
IF Albert Cartwright (2007 36th round pick, 2007-2010 Astros farm system) - inactive

Rockland Boulders
C Marcus Nidiffer (2010 Astros farm system) - .284/.384/.490 in 29 games

Sussex County Miners
OF Jay Austin (2008 2nd round pick, 2008-2012 Astros farm system) - .336/.408/.458 in 33 games
1B Chase McDonald (2013 12th round pick; 2013-2016 Astros farm system) - traded from the Kansas City T-Bones in the American Association 6-22
RHP Eric Peterson (2014 37th round; 2014-2017 Astros farm system) - signed 5/28; released 5/31

Trois-Rivieres Aigles
RHP Chris Murphy (2015 24th round pick; 2015-2016 Astros farm system) - placed on DL 6-20

FRONTIER LEAGUE

Joliet Slammers
OF Edwin Gomez (2012-2013 Astros farm system) - .298/.380/.470 in 38 games
LHP Luis Cruz (2008 9th round; 2008-2015 Astros farm system) - signed June 9th
In three starts for Joliet, Cruz is 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA and a 1.000 WHIP.

Schaumberg Boomers
RHP Kyle Westwood (2013 13th round pick; 2013-2015 Astros farm system) - signed 6/3

Traverse City Beach Bums
3B  Bobby Wernes (2015 30th round; 2015-2016 Astros farm system) - Wernes was signed by Traverse City but never played for them as he was subsequently picked up by the Rockies organization. He is currently playing for the Asheville Tourists in the South Atlantic League.

Washington Wild Things
OF Justin Garcia (2015 17th round pick, 2015-2016 Astros farm system) - released 5/7
OF Hector Roa (2012-2016 Astros farm system)

PECOS LEAGUE

White Sands Pupfish
2B Cristopher Luciano (2014-2016 Astros farm system)

PACIFIC ASSOCIATION

Vallejo Admirals
RHP Sammy Gervacio (2005-2011 Astros system)

San Rafael Pacifics
C Ricky Gingras (2012 18th round; 2012-2014 Astros farm system)

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, June 26, 2017

Happy Gulf Coast League Opening Day!

Also, the Astros' A clubs blasted their counterparts from the Brewers.

Fresno 7, Albuquerque 6 in 10 innings

W- Brian Holmes (2-2)
L- Shane Carle (1-4)

Fresno home runs: Max Stassi (8, 2-run in 5th), Colin Moran (17, solo in 8th)

The Grizzlies couldn't hold a 6-2 lead, but fortunately, they were able to rectify this by literally walking off with the win in the first extra frame.

David Martinez allowed a run on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 6 innings. Ashur Tolliver was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and got 2 outs in the 7th, allowing a run on a bases-loaded walk and a double. Overall, Tolliver issued 3 walks. Aaron West got him out of his predicament without further incident. He threw 1.1 innings, walking 1 and striking out 2. Jordan Jankowski only got one out in the 9th; he had 3 inherited runners charged to him, walked 1, and allowed 2 hits. Dayan Diaz got the final two outs of the 9th, but not before the Isotopes tied the game off of him with a sac fly, a wild pitch, and a 2-run single. The game-tying 2-run single was the one hit that Diaz allowed; he also walked 1 and struck out 1. Brian Holmes struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 10th.

Albuquerque scored a run in the 5th and the 7th; each time, Fresno responded with 2 runs in the bottom half. Max Stassi put them on the board with a 2-run blast in the 5th, while Tyler White hit an RBI single and Tony Kemp scored on an error that allowed Preston Tucker to reach in the 7th. Colin Moran led off the bottom of the 8th with a homer and Kemp added a sac fly later in the inning. The Grizzlies won via shrimp in the bottom of the 10th as Tyler White drew a bases-loaded walk.

White (2 RBI), Moran (solo HR), Stassi (2-R HR, 4 R), and Alejandro Garcia (2B) all finished with 3 hits on the evening.

It's Tuesday, and it's a Fresno home game, so you know what that means: Taco Tuesday!!!

Charlie Morton will make his second rehab appearance as he continues to work his way back from a lat strain. He'll take on Matt Flemer at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi is off until Thursday


The Texas League All-Star Game will take place tonight in Frisco. The Hooks' contingent consists of Josh James, Rogelio Armenteros, Garrett Stubbs, Jon Singleton, Drew Ferguson, J.D. Davis, and Jack Mayfield. Kyle Smith was also named a Texas League All-Star; he has since been promoted to Fresno.

The Hooks return to action on Thursday and they'll start off the 2nd half with a tour of Arkansas.

Buies Creek 8, Carolina 1

W- Jorge Alcala (2-3, 4-3 season)
L- Marcos Diplan (4-4)
S- Hector Perez (1)

BC home runs: Anibal Sierra (3, solo in 3rd)

Jorge Alcala and Hector Perez made quick work of the Mudcats on Monday. The Carolina Stros really blew it open with 4 in the 6th.

Alcala has had some issues with walks lately, but he turned in a nice outing. According to Patrick Obley of the Fayetteville Observer, Alcala hit 100 on a few occasions before settling into the mid-90s. He allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. Hector Perez went 4 innings and allowed a run on an infield single, one other hit, walked 3, and struck out 5. Perez faced a bases-loaded, no out situation in the 7th, but emerged with the Mudcats only getting one run against him.

Anibal Sierra opened the scoring with a solo blast in the 3rd inning. Later in the frame, Jake Rogers ripped an RBI double and Yordan Alvarez added a sac fly. Buies Creek got three straight singles to open the 6th, and Alex De Goti scored on an error that also allowed Myles Straw to reach; Straw was credited with an RBI on the play. The bases remained loaded for Ryne Birk, who promptly cleared them with a triple. Birk drove in the last run of the evening with a groundout in the 7th inning.

Sierra finished 3-3 with the homer and scored twice. Straw went 3-5 with a double and scored twice as well. Birk (3B, 4 RBI), Rogers (2B, RBI), and Jones (2 R) all had 2 hits on the night.

Matt Bower faces Jordan Yamamoto in game 2 of the series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 8, Wisconsin 2

W- Abdiel Saldaña (3-1)
L- Jordan Desguin (4-4)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos scored in four of the first five innings and cruised to a win.

Cionel Perez went 4.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 7. Abdiel Saldaña was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and threw 3.2 hitless innings, walking 2 and striking out 6. Salvador Montaño struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Wander Franco got things started with a 2-run double in the 2nd inning. Quad Cities got 2 in the 3rd on an RBI single from Daz Cameron and a Troy Sieber RBI double. Ray Henderson hit a sac fly in the 4th and Sieber added an RBI single to his ledger in the 5th inning. The Banditos scored the last 2 runs of the game in the 7th: Chuckie Robinson came home on a balk and Marcos Almonte had an RBI single. Sieber finished 3-4 on the evening, while Almonte was 2-5 with a run scored and a stolen base (9).

Gabriel Valdez gets the start in game 2 of this series. He'll take on Victor Diaz at 12:05.

Tri-City 8, Vermont 5

W- Ben Smith (1-0)
L- Jose Mora (0-1)
S- Robert Corniel (1)

TC home runs: Connor MacDonald (1, 2-run in 1st), Jake Adams (2, solo in 6th)

Tri-City scored in fewer innings. No matter. They managed to avoid getting swept at home.

Jake Adams opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st. Abraham Toro-Hernandez followed with an RBI single, and Connor MacDonald whacked a 2-run shot. The Lake Monsters managed to tie the game with 2 runs in the 5th, but the deadlock didn't last too long as the ValleyCats hit back for 4 in the 6th.

Adams led off the bottom of the 6th with a homer. Carlos Canelon hit a sac fly, then Andy Piñeda hit an RBI single and wound up scoring on a wild pitch. MacDonald (2-4) and Adams (1-2) both homered and drove in 2 runs.

Patrick Sandoval went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Parker Mushinski took ownership of the 5th, walking 2 and striking out 2. Ben Smith struck out the side in order in the 6th inning. Hunter Martin allowed 2 hits, had an inherited runner charged to him, and walked 1 in the 7th; he only got 1 out. Robert Corniel pitched the final 2.2 innings, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 4.

Tri-City has Tuesday off; they'll start a new series in Connecticut with a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Greeneville 4, Bristol 2

W- Leovanny Rodriguez (1-0)
L- Hunter Stratton (0-1)
S- Felipe Tejada (1)

Greeneville home runs: Joan Mauricio (1, 2-run in 4th)

Both teams scored 2 runs in an inning. The Appy Astros did it twice to top the Pirates on Monday.

The bottom third of the order drove in all 4 Greeneville runs. In the 2nd, Ruben Castro hit an RBI single and Wilson Amador grounded into a force out that scored Joan Mauricio. Mauricio whacked a 2-run homer in the 4th. Gilberto Celestino finished 3-3 with a walk and scored on Castro's single.

Noel Pinto allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in his first two innings as a professional baseball player. Bristol got their 2 runs on a homer off Leovanny Rodriguez in the 5th. Rodriguez went 5 innings, allowing 3 other hits and fanning 5. Felipe Tejada allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 2 over the final 2 innings to earn the save.

The Appy Astros will look to sweep the series at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 10, GCL Cardinals 4

W- Juan Corniel (1-0)
L- Winston Nicacio (0-1)
S- Francisco Villegas (1)

GCL home runs: Vicente Sanchez (1, 2-run in 4th)

The GCL Astros won their first game in their new digs.

Juan Piñeda scored the first run of the day on an error following a Jose Benjamin single in the 1st inning. Vicente Sanchez smacked a 2-run homer in the 4th and Bernardo Heras added another run by scoring on a wild pitch.

Enmanuel Valdez doubled to lead off the 5th and scored on a Carlos Machado triple. Machado came home on a sac fly from Hector Martinez. In the 7th, Piñeda hit an RBI single and Valdez drew a bases-loaded walk. Piñeda finished 3-6 and capped off the afternoon with a 2-run single in the 8th. Sanchez (2-R HR, 3 R), Benjamin, and Heras all finished with 2-hit games.

Maikel Sepulveda went 1.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (both on a 2-run homer) 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Juan Corniel allowed a run on a solo homer, 5 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Francisco Villegas allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in 3 innings of work.

DSL Astros Blue 7, DSL Red Sox 1

W- Nivaldo Rodriguez (2-0)
L- Rafael Gomez (0-1)
S- Fredis Guerrero (1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team busted this one open with 5 runs in the 8th.

Nivaldo Rodriguez allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. The Red Sox spoiled the shutout when Rafael Rincones homered off Fredis Guerrero in the 9th. That was the only hit that Guerrero allowed in his 4 innings, and he also struck out 3.

Team Blue got 2 runs in the 3rd on RBI singles from Anthony Rodriguez and Nerio Rodriguez. Ronaldo Urdaneta hit an RBI single in the 8th, and Rhandall Sanchez landed the knockout blow with a bases-clearing double. Sanchez scored the Blue team's last run on a single from Luis Coronel. Sanchez (2B, 3 RBI, R) and Yorbin Ceuta (2 R) both finished with 2 hits on the day.

DSL Dodgers2 8, DSL Astros Orange 4

W- Jose Martinez (1-1)
L- Jose Alberto Rivera (1-1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Dodgers 2 got 3 runs in the 8th to create some separation between them and Team Orange.

Luis Barajas put the Orange team on the board with a sac fly in the 2nd inning. Jose Carrillo hit an RBI single in the 3rd, and Renaigel Martis scored on an error following a Fildex Perfecto groundout in the 5th. In the 7th, Martis ripped a double, advanced to 3rd on the ensuing error, and stole home. He and Freudis Nova both finished 2-3.

Christian Mejias allowed 2 unearned runs, 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 in 4 innings. Jose Alberto Rivera was the first man out of the bullpen and went 1.1 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him), a hit, walking 2, and striking out 3. Ronny Garcia went 2 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits, walking 3, and striking out 2. Fredy Medina struck out 2 in 1.2 innings.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Renaigel Martis, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 R, stole home (4th SB of season)

Buies Creek Astros: W 8-1 vs. Carolina
Jorge Alcala: W (2-3, 4-3 season), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K
Hector Perez: Save (1), 4 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Ryne Birk: 2-5, 3B, 4 RBI, R
Anibal Sierra: 3-3, solo HR (3), 2 R
Myles Straw: 3-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R

Troy Sieber, 1B, Quad Cities
3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Photos from MiLB.com
Quad Cities River Bandits bullpen
4.2 IP, 2 BB, 7 K
Abdiel Saldaña: W (1-1), 3.2 IP, 2 BB, 6 K
Salvador Montaño: IP, K

Connor MacDonald, 1B, Tri-City
2-4, 2-R HR (1), 2 R

Juan Piñeda's photo taken by Bryan Green
Vicente Sanchez, OF, and Juan Piñeda, 2B, GCL Astros
Sanchez: 2-5, 2B, 2-R HR (1), 3 R
Piñeda: 3-6, 3 RBI, R, SB (1)

David Martinez, RHP, Fresno
6 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 7 K

Colin Moran, 3B, Max Stassi, C, and Tyler White, IF, Fresno
Moran: 3-5, solo HR (17)
Stassi: 3-4, 2-R HR (8), 4 R
White: 3-5, 2 RBI; walk-off RBI BB in 10th

Monday, June 26, 2017

Meet the 2017 Gulf Coast League Astros

The Gulf Coast League Astros are currently taking on the Cardinals in their first game of their 2017 campaign.

There was quite a bit of movement between Greeneville, Tri-City, and the GCL clubs; I presume a few of the guys on the GCL roster like Frankeny Fernandez, Javier Navas, and Juan Piñeda started off where they were so they could get in a few games before getting regular at-bats or pitching work in West Palm Beach.

The GCL Astros play at the Spring Training complex at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. They'll play in the GCL East division with the Nationals, Cardinals, Marlins, and Mets.

Let's meet the 2017 GCL Astros!

COACHING STAFF

Longtime Astros farmhand Wladimir Sutil will manage a team for the first time in his coaching career after starting off as a coach with Greeneville.

Jose Rada is another former Cardinal minor leaguer who will be coaching in the Astros' minor league system. Rada pitched in the Cardinals' system from 2006-11, reaching Double-A in his final season.

Wladimir Sutil - July 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Manager: Wladimir Sutil
Pitching Coach: Jose Rada
Hitting Coach: Luis Mateo
Athletic Trainer: Christian Bermudez
Strength & Conditioning: Rachel Balkovec

Bold - player bats/throws left-handed
Italics - player is a switch-hitter

PITCHERS

Yhoan Acosta - International free agent (DR), 2013; GCL
Johsson Arias - International free agent (DR), 2015; appeared for Greeneville on Saturday
Jose Bravo - International free agent (Mexico), 2016; DSL Orange/Blue, currently on DL
Jheyson Caraballo - International free agent (Venezuela), 2015; appeared for Greeneville on Friday
Juan Corniel - International free agent (DR), 2015; DSL Blue
Chad Donato - 11th round, 2016 draft (West Virginia); making pro debut (recovering from Tommy John surgery after he was drafted)
Juan Pablo Lopez - International free agent (Mexico), 2016; making pro debut
Saul Martinez - International free agent (DR), 2014; GCL
Javier Navas - International free agent (Venezuela), 2014; appeared for Greeneville on Saturday
Chauncey Nuñez - Undrafted free agent, 2017 (Doral Academy, Miami); making pro debut
Devin Raftery - Undrafted free agent, 2016 (Nova Southeastern); Greeneville/Tri-City
Kristopher "Kit" Scheetz - Undrafted free agent, 2017 (Virginia Tech); making pro debut
Maikel Sepulveda - International free agent (DR), 2015; DSL Orange/Blue
Francisco Villegas - International free agent (Mexico), 2015; appeared for Greeneville on Thursday

CATCHERS

Ihan Bernal - International free agent (Panama) signed in 2014 for $155,000; last played with GCL Astros in 2015
Bernardo Heras - International free agent (Mexico), 2015: DSL Orange/GCL
Orlando Marquez - International free agent (Venezuela), 2014; DSL Blue/GCL (opened 2017 season on Greeneville's roster but did not appear in a game)
Jonathan Matute - International free agent (Venezuela) signed in 2013 for $215,000; appeared in 3 games with DSL Blue team prior to being assigned to GCL

INFIELDERS

Alfredo Angarita - International free agent (Venezuela), 2015; began 2017 season with DSL Blue team
Jose Benjamin - International free agent (DR), 2014; appeared in 2 games with Greeneville prior to being assigned to the GCL
Juan Piñeda - International free agent (Panama) signed in 2014 for $100,000; appeared in 3 games with Greeneville prior to being assigned to GCL
Ozziel Sanchez-Galan - International free agent (Panama), 2014; DSL Blue
Richard Slenker - 28th round, 2017 draft (Yale); making pro debut
Enmanuel Valdez - International free agent (DR) signed in 2015 for $450,000; appeared in 3 games with Greeneville prior to being assigned to GCL

OUTFIELDERS

Cesar Cortez - International free agent (Panama) signed in 2015 for $100,000; appeared in 12 games for DSL Blue team prior to being assigned to GCL
Carlos Machado - International free agent (Venezuela), 2014; appeared in 2 games with Greeneville prior to being assigned to GCL
Hector Martinez - International free agent (DR) signed for $300,000 in 2014; appeared in 9 games with DSL Orange team prior to being assigned to GCL
Nestor Muriel - 6th round, 2015 draft (Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy, PR); GCL
Ronny Rafael - International free agent (DR) signed for $1.5 million in 2014; appeared in 12 games with DSL Blue team prior to being assigned to GCL
Vicente Sanchez - International free agent (DR) signed for $62,500 in 2014; appeared in 1 game with Tri-City prior to being assigned to GCL

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, June 25, 2017

Some firsts in the system on Sunday.

Fresno was off

David Martinez will take on Ryan Carpenter at 7:05 Pacific in the first game of a 4-game set with Albuquerque.

Corpus Christi 4, Frisco 2

W- Cy Sneed (7-4)
L- Yohander Mendez (5-5)
S- Josh James (2)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (18, 2-run in 5th)

The Hooks won their final game before the Texas League All-Star break and ended up taking the series from the Roughriders.

Yoanys Quiala, Cy Sneed, and Josh James all threw 3 innings. Quiala allowed 2 hits and struck out 1. Sneed was the first man out of the bullpen and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 1. James earned the save, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 4.

Kyle Tucker opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 3rd inning. J.D. Davis launched his Texas League-leading 18th homer of the year, a 2-run homer, in the 5th inning. Frisco scored a pair in the 6th to cut the Corpus lead to one run, but Dex McCall got one of the runs back by tripling and scoring on a wild pitch. McCall and Davis finished with 2 hits apiece.

The Texas League All-Star Game will take place Tuesday in Frisco. The Hooks' contingent consists of Josh James, Rogelio Armenteros, Garrett Stubbs, Jon Singleton, Drew Ferguson, J.D. Davis, and Jack Mayfield. Kyle Smith was also named a Texas League All-Star, but he's currently with Fresno.

Winston-Salem 4, Buies Creek 0

W- Tanner Banks (7-3)
L- Ryan Hartman (0-3, 3-4 season)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros were shut down on Sunday afternoon.

All they got on offense was a single from Yordan Alvarez and a double from Alex De Goti.

Ryan Hartman pitched 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 8 hits (solo and 2-run homers) and struck out 2. Ralph Garza allowed a hit and fanned 2 over 2 scoreless.

Buies Creek is back at Campbell to start a 4-game series with Carolina. Jorge Alcala will start game 1 and he'll face Marcos Diplan 7:00 at Eastern.

Cedar Rapids 6, Quad Cities 2

W- Clark Beeker (7-2)
L- Ronel Blanco (2-2, 2-3 season)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos had to settle for the split after the Kernels opened things up with 3 runs in the 4th. They were also left to lament over their missed opportunities; they went 0-12 with runners in scoring position on Sunday.

Ray Henderson put Quad Cities on the board with an RBI double in the 5th. Tyler Wolfe scored the other run on an error. Wander Franco went 2-4 with a double.

Ronel Blanco went 4.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (2 solo homers), walked 6, and struck out 2. Devon Carr was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and went 2.1 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1. Dustin Hunt walked 1 and struck out 2 in 2 scoreless innings.

Cionel Perez will start the first of a 4-game series in Wisconsin at 7:05. He'll face Jordan Desguin.

Vermont 10, Tri-City 9

W- Carlos Sanchez (1-0)
L- Diogenes Almengo (0-1)
S- Branden Kelliher (1)

TC home runs: Corey Julks (1, solo in 1st), Abraham Toro-Hernandez 2 (2; 2-run in 3rd, 3-run in 5th), Kyle Davis (1, 2-run in 6th)

Tri-City smacked four homers, but a disastrous top of the 7th condemned them to defeat on Sunday.

Both teams scored a run in the 1st inning; Tri-City got theirs on Corey Julks' first pro homer. Abraham Toro-Hernandez whacked a 2-run homer in the 3rd and launched a 3-run blast in the 5th inning. In the 6th, Reid Russell scored on Julks' grounder and one batter later, Kyle Davis got a hold of one and sent it out for a 2-run homer.

Both of Toro's hits left the yard. J.J. Matijevic went 3-5 and scored a run in his pro debut. Davis (2-R HR) and Jake Adams (2 R) also finished with 2 hits on the night.

Carlos Hiraldo went 4 innings and allowed 5 runs on 8 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 3. Diogenes Almengo went 2.2 innings. He did not allow a hit and struck out 1. However, he also allowed 5 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) and walked 8. Humberto Castellanos allowed a hit and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings. Castellanos technically had a scoreless appearance, but all 3 runners he inherited from Almengo scored.

The ValleyCats will look to avoid the sweep at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 11, Bristol 4

W- Hansel Paulino (1-0)
L- Argenis Romano (0-2)

Greeneville home runs: Cody Bohanek (1, solo in 6th)

The Appy Astros came alive in the late stages of the game, scoring 9 of their 11 runs in the final two frames.

The 2 runs Adam Bleday allowed in his 2 innings came on a homer hit by Edison Lantigua in the 1st inning. Bleday allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 3. Tim Hardy got the first two outs of the 3rd, allowing a hit and walking 1. Jesus Balaguer threw 2.1 innings in his first game in American pro baseball, allowing a hit and fanning 3. Hansel Paulino pitched the final 4 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 2.

Brody Westmoreland put Greeneville on the board with an RBI single in the 3rd inning. Cody Bohanek launched his first pro homer to start the 6th inning.

Chas McCormick walked to start off the 8th inning. Bohanek and Westmoreland joined him on the bases after singling and reaching on an error, respectively. Two batters later, Frankeny Fernandez brought McCormick and Bohanek home with a double that tied the game at 4. Roman Garcia put the Appy Astros in front with a 2-run single.

Oscar Campos and McCormick singled to begin the 9th and they both advanced on a sac bunt from Bohanek. Westmoreland walked to load the bases, which brought up Reiny Beltre. Campos scored on a botched force out attempt and the bases remained loaded for Fernandez, who reached on an error that saw McCormick and Westmoreland score. Beltre scored on a Garcia groundout and Fernandez scored the final run of the evening on an error that allowed Gilberto Celestino to reach safely.

McCormick went 3-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and scored 3 runs. Bohanek finished 2-4 on the evening. Garcia only had one hit, but he managed to drive in 3. Fernandez had his 2-run double and also scored twice.

Noel Pinto starts game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Abraham Toro-Hernandez, 3B/C, Tri-City
2-4, 2 HR (2), 5 RBI



Photos from MiLB.com
Cody Bohanek, SS, and Chas McCormick, OF, Greeneville
Bohanek: 2-4, solo HR (1), 2 R
McCormick, 3-4, 3 R, SB (1)

Photo from MiLB.com
Jesús Balaguer, RHP, Greeneville
2.1 IP, H, 3 K

Kyle Davis' Twitter profile picture; his account is private.
Kyle Davis, 2B, Tri-City
2-4, 2-R HR (1)

Dustin Hunt, LHP, Quad Cities
2 IP, BB, 2 K

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2B, 2-R HR (18)

Josh James, RHP, Corpus Christi
Save (2), 3 IP, H, BB, 4 K

Sunday, June 25, 2017

2016 Interviews and Profiles

It's time to clean up the interview list on the front page of the blog and move the links to the 2016 interviews. Here are the interviews and profiles from last year (in alphabetical order).

Andrew Aplin and Nolan Fontana - 6/23/16

Carmen Benedetti - 7/22/16

Alex Bregman - 4/26/16

Randy Cesar and Hector Perez - 7/21/16

Ryan Deemes - 3/10/16

Frankeny Fernandez - 9/1/16

Kyle Hallock - 8/19/16

Ryan Hartman - 7/27/16

Josh James - 6/21/16

Ramon Laureano - 6/17/16

Connor MacDonald - 9/16/16

Brendan McCurry - 4/29/16

Antonio Nunez - 10/14/16

Chuckie Robinson - 7/29/16

Brady Rodgers - 6/12/16

Jake Rogers - 7/26/16

Ben Smith - 9/8/16

Cy Sneed - 5/3/16

Garrett Stubbs - 6/15/16

Andrew Thome - 6/1/16

Stijn Van der Meer - 9/14/16

Jimmy Van Ostrand - 7/8/16

Trent Woodward - 1/20/16


Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, June 24, 2017

Let's play two in Fresno!

Game 1: Fresno 6, Sacramento 2

W- Casey Coleman (3-4)
L- Roberto Gomez (1-4)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies only scored in one inning, but they got what they needed.

Casey Coleman pitched 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 1. Aaron West had a strikeout in a 1-2-3 7th inning.

All 6 of Fresno's runs in game 1 came in the 4th as they took full advantage of a bases-loaded, no out situation. D.J. Fisher doubled to lead off the inning, then Juan Centeno and Teoscar Hernandez joined him by reaching on a fielder's choice and walking, respectively. A.J. Reed and Reid Brignac followed by drawing walks to put the Grizzlies up 2-1, then Jon Kemmer sent everyone home with a triple. Kemmer trotted home on a Tony Kemp triple. The only batters who didn't score a run were the ones in the top third of the order (Kemp, Colin Moran, and Preston Tucker).

Game 2: Fresno 6, Sacramento 2

W- Brendan McCurry (1-0)
L- Dusten Knight (1-2)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (11, solo in 4th), Jon Kemmer (10, solo in 5th)

The Grizzlies swept the doubleheader and took the series with another 6-2 decision in the nightcap. They posted the only crooked-number innings in each game.

Tyler White put Fresno on the board in game 2 with a solo homer to start the 4th inning. Kemmer followed up his triple in game 1 with a solo shot in the 5th to put the Grizz in front. One batter later, Max Stassi got plunked. He advanced on Alejandro Garcia's single and scored on an error following a Tony Kemp sacrifice bunt. Fresno got 3 in the 6th on RBI singles from Kemmer, Stassi, and Kemp.

Kemmer finished 2-2 with a stolen base (4) in game 2, which made him the only person on either side to finish with a multi-hit game in the nightcap.

The Grizzlies have Sunday off. They'll start a 4-game series with Albuquerque tomorrow.

Corpus Christi 11, Frisco 4

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (2-4)
L- Collin Wiles (6-4)

CC home runs: Kyle Tucker (6, 15 season; solo in 1st), Jon Singleton (14, solo in 4th), Jason Martin (4, 11 season; 2-run in 4th), Jack Mayfield (6, 7 season; solo in 6th)

The Hooks bashed 4 home runs and blew this game open with 5 runs in the 8th.

Kyle Tucker opened the scoring with a solo blast in the 1st inning. Jon Singleton (solo) and Jason Martin (2-run) went deep in the 4th, and Jack Mayfield whacked a solo shot in the 6th. J.D. Davis hit an RBI single in the 7th.

Mayfield ripped a double to begin the 8th and Martin joined him on the bases by legging out a bunt single. Ramon Laureano hit an RBI infield single to score Mayfield. Tony Nuñez bunted for a single to load the bases. Drew Ferguson was the first casualty of the inning, but Little Tuck came through with a 2-run single. Davis went down on strikes, but Singleton walked to re-load the bases for Garrett Stubbs, who capped off the outburst with a 2-run single.

Tucker (solo HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) and Martin (solo HR, 2 RBI, 2 R) both finished with 3 hits on the evening. Stubbs (2 RBI, R), Mayfield (2B, solo HR, 2 R), and Nuñez (2 R) all had 2 hits.

Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Brock Dykxhoorn went 6.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Jacob Dorris allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings, and Riley Ferrell allowed a run on 2 hits in the 9th.

Yoanys Quiala will start the Hooks' final game before the Texas League All-Star break begins. He'll take on Yohander Mendez at 6:05.

Winston-Salem 4, Buies Creek 2

W- Jimmy Lambert (1-0)
L- Franklin Perez (3-2)

BC home runs: None.

A 1st-inning grand slam was all the Dash needed to win this one.

To Franklin Perez's credit, however, he bounced back to complete 5 innings. The grand slam to Seby Zavala was the only run-scoring play that he allowed; he also allowed 4 other hits, walked 3, and struck out 7. Sebastian Kessay threw 3 perfect innings out of the bullpen, striking out 1.

The Carolina Stros got RBI singles from Yordan Alvarez in the 8th and Alex De Goti in the 9th.

Buies Creek and Winston-Salem will wrap up their series at 2:00 Eastern. Ryan Hartman will go up against Tanner Banks.

Quad Cities 3, Cedar Rapids 2

W- Carson LaRue (8-2)
L- Domenick Carlini (3-6)
S- Kevin Hill (3)

QC home runs: Ronnie Dawson (6, 2-run in 4th), Daz Cameron (8, solo in 5th)

The Banditos edged out the Kernels behind a pair of blasts and another nice outing from Carson LaRue.

LaRue allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 8 in 6 innings of work. Kevin Hill pitched the final 3 innings to earn the save, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4.

Ronnie Dawson's 2-run shot in the 4th tied the game at 2. Daz Cameron put Quad Cities in front with his solo blast in the 5th inning. Troy Sieber (2B, R) and Wander Franco (2B) both went 2-3 on the night.

Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids will wrap up their series at 5:15 as Ronel Blanco faces Clark Beeker.

Vermont 4, Tri-City 2

W- Jhenderson Hurtado (1-0)
L- Colin McKee (0-1)
S- Marc Berube (1)

TC home runs: None.

Both teams scored 2 runs in the innings in which they scored. Unfortunately for the ValleyCats, the Lake Monsters scored in one more inning than they did.

Tri-City's 2 runs came in the 2nd on a Luis Payano RBI double and an RBI single from Andy Piñeda. Corey Julks finished 2-3 with a double and 2 stolen bases.

César Rosado dominated in his 5 innings; he only issued a walk and struck out 6. Vermont, however, got to Colin McKee. In 3.2 innings, McKee allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1. Humberto Castellanos got the last out of the 9th, but not before he allowed the go-ahead 2-run single to Jesus Lopez that allowed McKee's runners to score.

TC and Vermont will continue their series at 5:00 Eastern.

Bluefield 7, Greeneville 6 in 11 innings

W- Mitch McKown (1-0)
L- Johsson Arias (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Brody Westmoreland (2, solo in 7th)

The Appy Astros tied the game with a couple in the 8th... only to see the Blue Jays break the tie in the 11th to take the series.

Greeneville got 3 in the 3rd on a Reiny Beltre RBI double, a Ruben Castro RBI single, and an error that allowed Castro to score. Castro's run would be the last time that Greeneville would score until the 7th, when Brody Westmoreland launched a solo homer. Wilson Amador hit a 2-run single in the 8th to tie the game at 6.

Castro finished 3-6 with a double and scored twice. Beltre and Carlos Machado both finished 2-5.

Gerardo Bojorquez went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits (2 solo homers) while striking out 2. Javier Navas was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Johsson Arias went 2.1 innings and allowed a run, which was an inherited runner that was charged to him. He also allowed a single, walked 2, and struck out 2. Dariel Aquino issued an intentional walk and allowed the go-ahead sac fly that turned into an inning-ending double play in the 11th.

The Appy Astros will hit the road for the first time in 2017. Their first stop is Bristol, Virginia, where they'll send Hansel Paulino out to start the first of a 3-game series tonight at 6:00 Eastern.

DSL Red Sox 7, DSL Astros Blue 0

W- Andres Jimenez (1-0)
L- Freylin Garcia (0-2)
S- Shair Lacrus (1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team got held off the board on Saturday.

Ronaldo Urdaneta (2B, 3B) and Luis Coronel both went 2-4.

Freylin Garcia allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 1.2 innings. Bryan Solano was the first man out of the Blue team bullpen and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 3.1 innings. Renny Ugarte was next, and he allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 3.2 innings. Oscar Severino got the last out of the 9th with a strikeout.

DSL Dodgers2 12, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Neifri Contreras (1-0)
L- Mauricio Santana (0-1)

Orange home runs: None.

Team Orange scored first, but the Dodgers scored the game's next 12 runs.

Euclides Chavez went 2-4 and his RBI single in the 1st was the Orange team's only scoring play. Fildex Perfecto, owner of the best name in the Astros system, made his debut as a defensive sub in the 6th and flew out in his only plate appearance.

Mauricio Santana, Fabricio Reina, and Cristofer Melendez all pitched 2.1 innings and they all got knocked around. I'll just leave it at that. Luis De Paula threw a 1-2-3 9th.

Saturday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Bryan Solano, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 3.1 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K

Jon Kemmer, OF, Fresno
Game 1 of doubleheader: 3-RBI 3B, R
Game 2 of doubleheader: 2-2. solo HR (10), 2 RBI, 2 R, SB (4)

Kyle Tucker, OF, Jason Martin, OF, and Jack Mayfield, IF, Corpus Christi
Tucker: 3-5, solo HR (6, 15 season), 3 RBI, 2 R
Martin: 3-4, 2-R HR (4, 11 season), 2 R
Mayfield: 2-5, 2B, solo HR (6, 7 season), 2 R

Brock Dykxhoorn, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (2-4), 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER (1 inherited runner charged to him), 2 BB, 5 K
Inducted into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a member of the gold medal-winning team at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

Sebastian Kessay, LHP, Buies Creek
3 IP, K; perfect outing

Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers
W 3-2 vs. Cedar Rapids
9 IP, 7 H (HR allowed), 2 ER, 2 BB, 12 K
Carson LaRue: W (8-2), 6 IP, 5 H (solo HR allowed), 2 ER, BB, 8 K
Kevin Hill: Save (3), 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K

Photo by Bryan Green
César Rosado, RHP, Tri-City
5 IP, BB, 6 K

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, June 23, 2017

This Yordan Alvarez cat looks promising.

Fresno 7, Sacramento 6

W- Tyson Perez (2-0)
L- Derek Law (0-1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies walked it off Friday night.

Mike Hauschild went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Brian Holmes was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and pitched 1.1 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits, walking 3, and striking out 1. Kevin Comer threw 1.2 innings and allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1. Tyson Perez got a strikeout in a 1-2-3 9th.

Fresno responded to Sacramento's 3-run 1st inning with 3 of their own in the 3rd. Preston Tucker put them on the board with a 2-run single and Colin Moran hit a sac fly. Both teams scored a run in the 5th; the Grizz got theirs on a D.J. Fisher sac fly. Fisher scored on an A.J. Reed groundout in the 8th.

Max Stassi walked to lead off the bottom of the 9th and Alejandro Garcia came on to run for him. Tony Kemp joined Garcia on the bases by drawing a walk. They both advanced on a Tyler White sac bunt, and then Big Tuck got a free pass to 1st. Fisher went down on strikes, but Colin Moran came through with a walk to tie the game. One batter later, Teoscar Hernandez hit an RBI single to win it.

The top third of the Grizzlies order, which was Kemp (3 R, SB), White (R, BB), and Tucker (2 RBI), all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Fresno and Sacramento will conclude their series with a doubleheader starting at 5:05 Pacific. Casey Coleman starts game 1 while Dean Deetz gets the nightcap.

Frisco 3, Corpus Christi 2

W- Shane McCain (1-1)
L- Rogelio Armenteros (2-3)
S- Reed Garrett (6)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks scored a pair in the 5th to take a 2-1 lead, but the Roughriders responded with 2 of their own in the top of the 6th. Corpus had a chance to steal it late, but they left the bases loaded to end the game.

Corpus Christi's 2 runs in the 5th came when Kyle Tucker hit into a fielder's choice that scored Jack Mayfield and an RBI single from J.D. Davis. They also missed an opportunity to do more damage in the 5th as they left the bases loaded. Davis and Drew Ferguson had 2 hits apiece.

Rogelio Armenteros went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 10 hits (9 singles and a double) and struck out 5. Sean Stutzman allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 1.1 scoreless innings. Ditto for Ryan Thompson, although he threw 2.2 scoreless innings.

Brock Dykxhoorn takes on Collin Wiles in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 3, Winston-Salem 0

W- Brett Adcock (2-3, 3-3 season)
L- Dane Dunning (3-3)
S- Nick Hernandez (8)

BC home runs: Yordan Alvarez (1, 10 season; solo in 4th)

Dane Dunning threw a complete game shutout against Buies Creek in last week's doubleheader. The Carolina Stros got even with him on Friday.

Brett Adcock, Justin Ferrell, and Nick Hernandez combined to throw a 3-hit shutout; each of them allowed one hit. Adcock went 5, walking 2, and striking out 5. Ferrell was the first man out of the bullpen and walked 1 while striking out 5 in 3 innings, and Hernandez worked around his hit to complete the shutout, striking out the side in the 9th.

Yordan Alvarez opened the scoring in the 4th with his first Carolina League home run, a solo shot. Jake Rogers went 2-3 with an RBI single in the 5th. Spencer Johnson also had a 2-hit game; he doubled in the 8th and scored the last run of the night on an error that also allowed Randy César to reach. Ryne Birk finished 2-4 with a double and scored on Rogers' single.

Franklin Perez starts game 3 of this series. He'll go up against Jimmy Lambert at 6:30 Eastern.

Quad Cities 7, Cedar Rapids 6

W- Yohan Ramirez (1-1)
L- Sean Poppen (5-2)

QC home runs: Daz Cameron (7, 2-run in 4th), Wander Franco (4, 2-run in 6th)

The Banditos nearly saw a 7-1 lead vanish, but they managed to hang on by the skin of their teeth.

Yohan Ramirez posted a nice start as he allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 5 innings of work. Carlos Sanabria went 1.2 innings and allowed an RBI double, walked 5, and struck out 2. Salvador Montaño allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 1.1 innings, and Erasmo Pinales had a rocky 9th inning, allowing 4 runs on 2 hits (3-run homer) and walking 2. Despite his ordeal, he still found a way to preserve the lead.

Bryan De La Cruz put Quad Cities on the board with his RBI single in the 2nd inning. Troy Sieber, who scored on that play, hit an RBI single in the 4th and came home on Daz Cameron's blast. Ronnie Dawson led off the 6th with a single and scored when Wander Franco launched a homer. De La Cruz hit his second RBI single of the evening in the 8th.

Chuckie Robinson (R, SB), Sieber (RBI, 2 R), and De La Cruz (2 RBI) all finished 2-4 on the night.

Carson LaRue takes on Domenick Carlini at 6:35.

Lowell 7, Tri-City 2

W- Denyi Reyes (1-0)
L- Ben Smith (0-1)

TC home runs: Jake Adams (1, solo in 2nd)

The ValleyCats were foiled in their bid to sweep their first home series of 2017.

Jake Adams smacked a solo homer in the 2nd inning to open the scoring. His first home run as a pro is also his 30th this calendar year. Adams led Division I with 29 homers for Iowa in the spring. Connor MacDonald hit an RBI single in the 3rd.

Cristian Javier pitched 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 4, and struck out 6. Ben Smith was the first man out of the TC bullpen and allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 3 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. Nathan Thompson didn't have any runs charged to him in his 3.2 innings, but he couldn't get Smith out of a bases-loaded quagmire unscathed. Thompson allowed 3 hits and struck out 7. Reggie Johnson struck out the side in order in the 9th inning.

César Rosado will start the first of a 3-game series against the Vermont Lake Monsters at 7:00 Eastern. He'll take on Oscar Tovar.

Bluefield 9, Greeneville 5

W- Randy Pondler (1-0)
L- Bryan Abreu (0-1)
S- Yonardo Herdenez (1)

Greeneville home runs: Juan Piñeda (1, 2-run in 9th)

Bluefield blew this game open with a pair of 4-run innings.

The Appy Astros scored twice in the 5th as Ruben Castro scored on a Juan Piñeda groundout and Carlos Machado scampered home on a passed ball. Machado ripped an RBI double in the 9th and one batter later, Piñeda launched a 2-run homer, the first of his career.

The bottom third of the order scored all 5 of Greeneville's runs; Castro and Machado scored twice, while Piñeda scored on his homer. Machado (2B, RBI, 2 R) and Brody Westmoreland both finished with 2 hits on the night.

Bryan Abreu went 4.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 6. Jheyson Caraballo allowed 4 hits, walked 2, struck out 5, and allowed both of the runners he inherited from Abreu to score in 3.1 innings. Ian Hardman got the last two outs of the 8th and 1 out in the 9th, allowing 4 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and walking 2. Dariel Aquino got the last out of the 9th inning.

Gerardo Bojorquez takes the mound as the Appy Astros wrap up their first series of the year. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.

DSL Dodgers1 6, DSL Astros Blue 3

W- Joan Valdez (1-0)
L- Gustavo Almonte (0-2)
S- Luis Pasen (3)

Blue home runs: None.

The Dodgers 1 seized control with 4 runs in the 8th.

Both teams scored one run in the 2nd and the 3rd innings. The Blue team got theirs on a couple of passed balls: Nerio Rodriguez scored in the 2nd and Samir Caraballo did the same in the 3rd. Caraballo scored on Angel Tejeda's RBI single in the 5th. Tejeda finished 3-3 with a double and stole 3 bases.

Jose Antonio Hernandez allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 4 innings. Yulian Frontado tagged in to throw 3 scoreless, allowing a hit and walking 2. Gustavo Almonte allowed 4 runs, a single, and walked 4 in the 8th. He hit a batter with the bases loaded, allowed a sac fly, uncorked a wild pitch, and induced a force out in which a runner scored. Natanael Ventura worked around a hit batter to throw a scoreless 9th.

DSL Indians 8, DSL Astros Orange 6

W- Wuilson Meza (1-0)
L- Wender Oberto (1-1)
S- Luigence Thomas (1)

Orange home runs: None.

Giving up 6 runs in the 1st proved to be too much for the Orange team to overcome.

Team Orange scored 3 in the 1st on RBI singles from Euclides Chavez and Jose Alvarez and a sac fly from Jeury Castillo. Freudis Nova scored on an error following a Chavez single in the 5th. Speaking of Chavez, he added a sac fly to his ledger in the 7th. He doubled in the 9th and scored on a single from Jose Carrillo. Chavez went 3-4, while Nova went 2-4 and scored twice.

Wender Oberto got the start but only got 1 out. He allowed 4 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) on 2 hits and walked 2. Jervic Chavez allowed 2 runs, a hit, walked 3, and fanned 2 in 1.2 innings. Jairo Solis had the longest outing for the Orange team as he went 3.2 innings; the one run he allowed came on a homer hit by Jhon Torres. Solis allowed 2 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. The one run that Fredy Medina allowed in his 1.2 innings came on a homer hit by Henderson de Oleo in the 7th. Medina allowed one other hit and walked 4. Luis De Paula got the last two outs of the 8th.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Angel Tejeda, OF, DSL Astros Blue: 3-3, 2B, RBI, 3 SB (3)
Euclides Chavez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Jairo Solis, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 3.2 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Brett Adcock's photo from MiLB.com
Buies Creek Astros pitchers
W 3-0 @ Winston-Salem
9 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 13 K
Brett Adcock: W (2-3, 3-3 season), 5 IP, H, 2 BB, 5 K
Justin Ferrell: 3 IP, H, BB, 5 K
Nick Hernandez: Save (8), IP, H, 3 K

Juan Piñeda's photo taken by Bryan Green
Carlos Machado, OF, and Juan Piñeda, 2B, Greeneville
Machado: 2-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Piñeda: 1-4, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI; 1st career HR

Photo from MiLB.com
Yohan Ramirez, RHP, Quad Cities
W (1-1), 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Nathan Thompson, LHP, Tri-City
3.2 IP, 3 H, 7 K

Tony Kemp, 2B, Teoscar Hernandez, OF, and Preston Tucker, OF, Fresno
Kemp: 2-4, 3 R, SB (13)
Hernandez: Walk-off RBI single
Tucker: 2-4, 2 RBI; 9-game hitting streak

Friday, June 23, 2017

Astros Farm Report: 6/23

Checking in on Astros MiLB standings, roster moves, draft signings and more ...


Troy Sieber - August 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

STANDINGS

Collectively, all of the Astros MiLB affiliates went 21-16 over the last week. It's been a mixed bag for the full season affiliates with Corpus Christi having the best week (5-3) and getting out to a 2-1 start in the second half while Fresno (3-3 over the past week) has fallen yet another game further behind Reno in the standings. The River Bandits, who fell short in their efforts to win a first half wild card entry into the playoffs, and Buies Creek have both collected an L in their first games of the second half.

As to the short season teams, the DSL Blue team has raised its fortunes the most, going 4-1 over the last week and claiming first place while their Orange brethren have treaded water in the past week and remain tied for fourth place in their division. After getting rained out in their first game and falling in their second, Tri-City took the next two and are in an early tie for first as is the case with Greeneville, with the rookie level team winning their first and only game thus far. The GCL Astros will join in the fun with their first game scheduled for Monday.

AAA Fresno 3rd 35-38 .479 11.0GB L2

AA Corpus 2nd 36-37 .493 7.0GB W1 (Overall)
AA Corpus T-1st 2-1 .667 -.-GB W1 (Second Half)

HiA Buies Creek 3nd 37-34 .521 7.0GB L1 (Overall)
HiA Buies Creek T-3rd 0-1 .000 1.0GB L1 (Second Half)

LoA Quad Cities 3rd 37-32 .536 3.0GB L1
LoA Quad Cities T-6th 0-1 .000 1.0GB L1

SSA Tri-City T-1st 2-1 .667 -.-GB W2

Rk+ Greeneville T-1st 1-0 1.000 -.-GB W1

GCL Astros - First game scheduled for Monday, 6/26

DSL Orange: T-4th 8-9 .471 6.0GB W3
DSL Blue: 1st 10-6 .625 -.-GB W2

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

Note: The Astros have been moving players back and forth to either Tri-City or Extended Spring Training as a means of managing their rosters. I won't be including those moves in this list if I believe that they are only being made on paper for roster management.

6-24: RHP Joe Musgrove optioned to Fresno
6-24: RHP Jordan Jankowski recalled to Houston from Fresno
6-24: LHP Sean Stutzman assigned to Buies Creek from Corpus Christi
6-24: LHP Devon Carr assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
6-23: RHP Dayan Diaz optioned to Fresno
6-23: LHP Reymin Guduan recalled to Houston from Fresno
6-23: OF Corey Julks (8th round) assigned to Tri-City
6-23: C Ruben Castro assigned from Tri-City to Greeneville
6-23: 1B Dex McCall assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
6-23: 1B Bryan Muniz (Corpus Christi) released
6-23: 1B/DH/OF Yordan Alvarez assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
6-22: 1B Jake Adams (6th round) assigned to Tri-City
6-22: 3B Kyle Davis (15th round) assigned to Tri-City
6-22: 1B Troy Sieber assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
6-22: RHP Carlos Sierra placed on the 7-day DL
6-22: 1B Taylor Jones assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
6-22: RHP Charlie Morton (Houston) sent to Fresno for a rehab assignment
6-21: LHP Tim Hardy (18th round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: 1B Colton Shaver (39th round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: LHP Adam Bleday (27th round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: 1B Roman Garcia (19th round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: OF Chas McCormick (21st round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: OF Patrick Mathis (22nd round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: C Martin Figueroa (32nd round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: LHP Noel Pinto (34th round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: SS Cody Bohanek (30th round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: 3B Adrian Tovalin (16th round) assigned to Greeneville
6-20: OF Derek Fisher optioned from Houston to Fresno
6-18: RHP Yoanys Quiala assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
6-17: C Eduardo de Oleo assigned to Buies Creek from Tri-City
6-16: SS Osvaldo Duarte placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL (retroactive to 6-14)
6-16: RF Carmen Benedetti placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL (retroactive to 6-15)
6-16: RF Bryan de la Cruz assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
6-16: 3B Tyler Wolfe assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City

Plus, here are your 2017 Tri-City Valley Cats and Greeneville Astros (I've noted the assignment of this year's draft picks above).

Other draft picks and non-drafted free agents who have either signed or agreed to terms but haven't been assigned to a team yet: 2B JJ Matjevic (CB pick), RHP Peter Soloman (4th round), LHP Parker Mushinski (7th round), CF Carlos Diaz (14th round), RHP Matt Ruppenthal (17th round), 3B Richard Slenker (28th round), LHP Cole Watts (31st round), RHP Matthew Merrill (37th round), LHP Austin Kearns (NDFA), RHP Chauncey Nunez (NDFA), RHP Tyler Ivey (3rd round), C Nathan Perry (5th round), CF Corey Julks (8th round), RHP Hunter Martin (20th round), RHP Alex House (24th round) and OF Reid Russell (33rd round).

Astros County is tracking the signing bonuses here.

And Dustin has updated the Social Media post with info on non-drafted free agents here.