Monday, June 25, 2018

Astros Farm Report: 6/25

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

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

Yordan Álvarez - April 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

6/26: RHP Ryan Thompson (26)
6/27: OF/1B Yordan Álvarez (21)
6/30: RHP Rogelio Armenteros (24)
6/30: UTIL Josh Rojas (24)

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

As of this morning, 27 of the 40 draft picks for 2018 have signed according to the Astros website (all of the top 13 and 27 of the top 31).

6/24: LHP Chris Nunn (Fresno) released (drafted in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft 12/17)
6/24: RHP Kevin Hill (Corpus Christi) released (2016 25th round pick out of the University of South Alabama)
6/24: OF Luis Payano (Buies Creek) released (signed out of the Dominican Republic in July 2012 for $500,000)
6/24: RHP Juan Robles (Tri-City) released (signed July 2014 out of Mexico)
6/24: OF Bryan de la Cruz assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
6/24: RHP Carlos Sierra (Corpus Christi) activated from the DL (on since 6/7)
6/23: RHP Brady Rodgers sent to Buies Creek for a rehab assignment (started rehab assignment with Tri-City 6/20)
6/23: RHP Layne Henderson (30th round) assigned to the GCL
6/23: OF Carmen Benedetti (Corpus Christi) activated from the DL (on since 5/27)
6/22: RHP Edgardo Sandoval sent to the GCL for a rehab assignment (last pitched 5/3/17 for Quad Cities)
6/22: RHP Jayson Schroeder (2nd round pick) signed
6/22: OF Alex McKenna (4th round pick) signed/assigned to Tri-City 6/23
6/21: RHP Jose Luis Hernández sent to Tri-City on a rehab assignment (last pitched in September 2016 for the High A Lancaster team)
6/21: RHP Mark Moclair (12th round) assigned to Tri-City
6/21: RHP Kevin Hill (Corpus Christi) activated from the DL (on since 5/8)
6/20: RHP Dean Deetz assigned to Corpus Christi from Quad Cities
6/19: RHP Miguel Figueroa (24th round pick) signed/assigned to the GCL on 6/24
6/19: RHP Brett Conine (11th round pick) signed
6/19: RHP R.J. Freure (6th round pick) signed
6/19: RHP Joey Gonzalez (28th round pick) signed/assigned to GCL 6/22
6/19: LHP Jonathan Bermudez (23rd round pick) signed
6/19: OF Scott Schreiber (9th round pick) signed/assigned to Quad Cities 6/21
6/19: LHP Reymin Guduan optioned to Fresno
6/19: RHP Christian Mejias assigned to the GCL from the DSL
6/19: LHP Ricardo Leon assigned to the DSL
6/18: OF Patrick Mathis (Buies Creek) sent to the GCL for a rehab assignment (last played 4/9/18)
6/18: 1B Roman Garcia (Quad Cities) released (19th round pick 2017 out of San Diego University)
6/18: 3B Joe Perez assigned to the GCL Astros from extended spring training (2nd round pick from 2017 who had TJ surgery in 6/17 making his professional debut)
6/18: LHP Daniel Bello assigned to the GCL Astros from extended spring training
6/18: LHP Julio Robaina assigned to the GCL Astros from extended spring training
6/18: OF Juan Ramirez assigned to the GCL Astros from extended spring training

ASTROS MILB DISABLED LIST

6/23: C Eduardo de Oleo (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
6/19: OF Drew Ferguson (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL (hand)
6/1: LHP Yeremi Ceballos (DSL) placed on the 60-day DL
6/1: RHP Carlos Quintero (DSL) placed on the 60-day DL
5/29: RHP Matt Ramsey (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
5/26: RHP David Paulino (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL (retroactive to the 25th)
5/4: RHP Francis Martes (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
5/3+/-: RHP Gerardo Bojorquez had TJ surgery per Instagram post
4/26: RHP J.B. Bukauskas (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
4/5: RHP Ryan Thompson assigned to Fresno (starting the season on the 7-day DL); according to Instagram Ryan has had surgery, but I don't know whether or not it was TJ
4/5: RHP Matt Ruppenthal assigned to Quad Cities (starting the season on the 7-day DL; according to Instagram, Ruppenthal had elbow surgery to transpose the ulnar nerve in early April and started to throw mid-June)
4/5: RHP Ángel Heredia (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
4/5: RHP Nick Hernandez (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL (Tommy John)

ASTROS MILB RESTRICTED LIST

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

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

TWEET OF THE WEEK
SHORT SEASON TEAM EARLY STANDOUTS

The Astros three short season teams have really just gotten started, but let's look at a few selected players who are getting off to really good starts (teeny tiny sample size alert!!) ...

Tri-City

OF/1B Seth Beer: .333/.476/.758 in 9 games
2B Enmanuel Valdez: .324/.439/.765 in 9 games
OF Gilberto Celestino: .292/.400/.333 in 8 games

RHP Chad Donato: 0.00 ERA/0.545 WHIP in 2 games (11.0 IP)
RHP Bryan Abreu: 1.13 ERA/1.000 WHIP in 2 games (8.0 IP)
RHP Luis Garcia: 0.00 ERA/1.050 WHIP in 3 games (6.2 IP)

Gulf Coast League

C Nerio Rodriguez: .444/.545/.667 in 5 games
C Nathan Perry: .375/.500/.750 in 5 games
OF Wilyer Abreu: .375/.400/.417 in 6 games
OF Hector Martinez: .313/.450/.313 in 6 games

LHP Daniel Bello: 1.50 ERA/1.000 WHIP in 2 games (6 IP)
(Only 2 pitchers have pitched more than 4.1 innings so not much to go on yet)

Dominican Summer League

C Jose Álvarez: .314/.415/.314 in 13 games
C Carlos Hurtado: .300/.371/.567 in 12 games
UTIL Jeury Castillo: .297/.381/.324 in 12 games
OF Yefri Carrillo: 267/.362/.467 in 16 games
1B Victor Mascai: .250/.307/.441 in 18 games

RHP Ernesto Jaquez: 0.56 ERA/0.625 WHIP in 4 games (16 IP)
RHP Heitor Tokar: 0.59 ERA/0.587 WHIP in 4 games (15.1 IP)
RHP Jairo Lopez: 0.69 ERA/0.615 WHIP in 4 games (13 IP)
RHP Franny Cobos: 1.69 ERA/0.469 WHIP in 3 games (10.2 IP)

Also, RHP Christian Mejias had a 0.00 ERA and a 0.667 WHIP in 3 games (9.0 IP) prior to being promoted to the GCL where he didn't fare quite so well in his first appearance at the new level.

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

FRESNO (Pacific Coast League)
🠉1st 46-29 .613 -.-GB W1

CORPUS CHRISTI (Texas League)
🠉1st 48-27 .640 -.-GB L1 (overall)
1st 5-1 .833 -.-GB L1 (second half)
1st 43-26 .623 -.-GB W5 (first half division winner)

The Hooks have made the playoffs as the first half winners of the Texas League South Division. They put together a 10-game win streak prior to Sunday night's loss.

BUIES CREEK (Carolina League)
🠋2nd 39-34 .534 4.5GB L1 (overall)
T2nd 2-2 .500 1.0GB L1 (second half)
2nd 37-32 .536 3.5GB L1 (first half)

QUAD CITIES (Midwest League)
🠋3rd 41-33 .554 2.0GB L1 (overall)
T5th 1-3 .250 3.0GB L1 (second half)
1st 40-30 .571 -.-GB W6 (first half division winner)

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

TRI-CITY (New York-Penn League)
🠉1st 6-4 .600 -.-GB W2

GCL ASTROS (Gulf Coast League)
5th 1-5 .167 4.5GB L3

DSL ASTROS (Dominican Summer League Northwest)
🠉8th 5-14 .263 10.0GB W1

ASTROS MILB ALL-STARS

FRESNO

Fan voting has now closed for the AAA All-Star game which will take place on July 11th in Columbus, Ohio. Rosters have not yet been announced.

CORPUS CHRISTI

The Texas League All-Star game will be held June 26th in Midland. Seven Hooks players were originally selected to participate:

1B Taylor Jones
3B Randy Cesar
OF Myles Straw (since promoted to Fresno)
OF Josh Rojas
LHP Cionel Perez
LHP Ryan Hartman
RHP Corbin Martin
LHP Framber Valdez and Alex De Goti were subsequently added to the roster.

BUIES CREEK

The Carolina League All-Star game was held on Tuesday, June 19th in Zebulon, North Carolina with Buies Creek sending the following players:

LHP Brett Adcock
RHP Brandon Bielak
OF Ronnie Dawson
DH Abraham Toro

Here is Dustin's recap on the game in case you missed it

The South topped the North by a final score of 7-6.

Abraham Toro started the game as the DH for the South team and then moved into the field to play third. He finished 2-4 and scored a run. Ronnie Dawson came on in the 6th to play left field and smacked an RBI ground-rule double in the bottom of the inning.

Brett Adcock worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 3rd inning, striking out one. Brandon Bielak allowed a hit, walked one in a scoreless 6th inning... and got the win.

QUAD CITIES

The Midwest League All-Star game was held on Tuesday, June 19th in Lansing, Michigan. Quad Cities was represented by the following players:

LHP Patrick Sandoval
LHP Parker Mushinski
RHP Peter Solomon
RHP Yohan Ramirez
OF Bryan de la Cruz
RHP Carlos Sanabria (late addition)

Here is Dustin's recap of that game:

The East beat the West 3-2 in ten innings.

Bryan de la Cruz replaced Demi Orimoloye in left field in the 5th inning and played the rest of the game, striking out in both of his trips to the plate.

Patrick Sandoval got the start for the West team and allowed a run on two hits. Parker Mushinski allowed a solo homer to Jared Walker in the 5th, which was one of the two hits that he allowed in the inning. Peter Solomon got two outs in the 7th; he allowed a hit and struck out one. Carlos Sanabria got a pop out and a strikeout in the 10th before getting replaced... and then the leadoff runner scored on a single to win the game for the East.

NEWS AND LINKS

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

Randy Cesar is ridiculous ... in a good way.

Like the country itself, the game needs immigrants to thrive.

Sam Dykstra weighs in on Fresno OF Myles Straw.

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

OF Chas McCormick (Buies Creek, since promoted to Corpus Christi)
OF J.J. Matijevic (Buies Creek)
RHP Brandon Bielak (Buies Creek)
LHP Brett Adcock (Buies Creek)
SS Alex De Goti (Corpus Christi)
1B Taylor Jones (Corpus Christi)
RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (Corpus Christi, since promoted to Fresno)

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, June 24, 2018

Fresno was off

The Grizzlies will start a four-game series in El Paso at 7:05 Mountain. Josh James will be on the mound for Fresno.

Frisco 9, Corpus Christi 4

W- Pedro Payano (3-6)
L- Forrest Whitley (0-1)

CC home runs: Randy César (9, solo in 6th)

The wheels fell off for the Blue Ghosts in the 5th as Frisco scored five to break a 3-3 tie. This loss snapped Corpus Christi's 10-game winning streak.

Forrest Whitley hit his first speed bump of the year as he allowed seven runs (three inherited runners charged to him) on five hits (two-run homer), walked three, and struck out six in 4.1 innings. Kit Scheetz and Dean Deetz threw 1.2 innings apiece. Scheetz could not get Whitley out of the 5th without any more damage inflicted and he also allowed a run of his own on three hits and struck out three. Deetz allowed a hit and struck out three in a scoreless outing. Carlos Sierra allowed an unearned run when he hit Josh Morgan with the bases loaded in the 9th. He also allowed a single, walked one, and struck out one.

After Whitley got tagged for a two-run homer in the opening frame, Corpus got the runs back on a pair of RBI doubles from Taylor Jones and Josh Rojas in the 2nd inning. Randy César extended the hitting streak to 41 games when he led off the 4th with a double. He moved to third on a deep flyball out from Yordan Alvarez and scored on a sac fly from Jones. César whacked a solo homer in the 6th. He and Jones finished with two hits apiece.

The 82nd edition of the Texas League All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday in Midland. Corpus Christi will be represented by Taylor Jones, Randy César, Corbin Martin, Ryan Hartman, Josh Rojas, Cionel Perez, Framber Valdez, and Alex De Goti, who was just added to the roster. Myles Straw was also selected, but he will not be taking part since he's been promoted to Fresno.

The Hooks will return to action on Thursday when they embark on their second and final tour of Arkansas in 2018.

Carolina 4, Buies Creek 3

W- Cameron Roegner (7-3)
L- Brandon Bailey (2-8)
S- Luke Barker (7)

BC home runs: Ronnie Dawson (8, solo in 7th)

The Carolina Stros allowed the Mudcats to score in just one inning. Unfortunately, that one inning was enough for the Mudcats to earn the series split.

The Brandons took the mound for Buies Creek in this one. Brandon Bailey went five innings and allowed four runs (all in the 2nd) on nine hits (solo homer), walked two, and struck out five. Brandon Bielak pitched three scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out two.

Chuckie Robinson put the Carolina Stros on the board with an RBI single in the 4th inning. Ronnie Dawson ripped an RBI double in the 5th and launched a solo homer in the 7th inning. They, along with Abraham Toro and Cody Bohanek, finished with two hits on the day. Dawson also stole a base, his 23rd of the season.

Buies Creek will start a five-game in Myrtle Beach tonight at 7:05 Eastern.

Beloit 8, Quad Cities 2

W- Jared Poche (3-5)
L- Carlos Sanabria (1-1)

QC home runs: None.

The Snappers went nuts on the Banditos' bullpen on Sunday.

Alfredo Angarita ripped a two-run double in the 3rd to score the only two Quad Cities runs in this game.

Enoli Paredes threw 4.2 scoreless innings to start, allowing three hits, walking three, and striking out five. Carlos Sanabria and Willy Collado had tough days at the office. Brendan Feldmann restored some semblance of order by throwing two scoreless innings, allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out one.

Quad Cities will start a three-game series with Wisconsin at 6:35. Parker Mushinski is slated to start the opener and he'll face Bowden Francis.

Tri-City 5, Staten Island 2

W- Felipe Tejada (1-1)
L- Abel Duarte (0-1)
S- Humberto Castellanos (1, 2 season)

TC home runs: Seth Beer (4, solo in 8th)


The ValleyCats' offense came alive in the late innings as they snatched a series-opening victory in the Forgotten Borough.

Jeremy Peña and Gilberto Celestino started the 7th by reaching on an error and getting plunked, respectively. One batter later, Juan Piñeda brought them both in with a double that tied the game at 2. Piñeda wound up scoring the go-ahead run when Alex Holderbach grounded into a double play. Tri-City got some insurance in the 8th as Seth Beer led it off with a homer. Two batters later, Luis Encarnación doubled. He moved to third on a Peña single and scored the final run of the evening on a sac fly from Celestino. Beer finished 2-3 and was the only person on either side to have more than one hit in this game.

Luis Garcia did not allow a hit in his three innings of work; he walked two and struck out five. Shawn Dubin was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen and allowed two runs (one inherited runner charged to him) on two hits (solo homer), walked one, and struck out two in 1.2 innings. Felipe Tejada was next; he allowed one of Dubin's runners to score and also allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out five in 3.1 innings. Ian Hardman got two outs in the 9th but also loaded the bases on a hit and a couple of walks. Humberto Castellanos got that elusive final out with a strikeout and got Hardman out of a potentially disastrous situation.

Game two of this series is scheduled to start at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Cardinals 7, GCL Astros 4

W- Diego Cordero (2-0)
L- Miguel Figueroa (0-1)
S- Perry DellaValle (1)

GCL home runs: Yeuris Ramirez (1, solo in 2nd)

The Palm Beach Stros tied the game with a run in the 6th... only to see the Cardinals retake the lead with three of their own in the 6th.

Yeuris Ramirez smacked a solo homer in the 2nd and Hector Martinez added an RBI single in the 3rd. Martinez singled with one out in the 6th and was able to scamper home on Yeuris' triple. They both finished with two hits on the day.

Jose Alberto Rivera went 4.2 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits, walked three, and struck out five. Miguel Figueroa would probably also like a mulligan on his pro debut. Joey Gonzalez and Layne Henderson, his draftmates, got knocked around in their debuts and unfortunately, Figueroa continued the trend. Angel Macuare allowed an unearned run, a hit, and struck out three in 2.1 innings.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Yeuris Ramirez, IF, GCL Astros: 2-4, 3B, solo HR (1), 2 RBI

Randy César, 3B, and Taylor Jones, 1B, Corpus Christi
César: 2-4, 2B, solo HR (9); 41-game hitting streak
Jones: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Dean Deetz, RHP, Corpus Christi
1.2 IP, H, 3 K

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Seth Beer, LF/1B/DH, Tri-City
2-3, solo HR (4)

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Luis Garcia, RHP, Tri-City
3 IP, 2 BB, 5 K

Ronnie Dawson, OF, Buies Creek
2-4, 2B, solo HR (8), 2 RBI, SB (23)

Brandon Bielak, RHP, Buies Creek
3 IP, 4 H, 2 K
Photo by Rich Guill
Enoli Paredes, RHP, Quad Cities
4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 5 K 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, June 23, 2018

Let's play two in Fresno!

Game 1: Albuquerque 3, Fresno 2

W- Shane Broyles (3-1)
L- Trent Thornton (5-5)
S- Scott Oberg (3)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Isotopes scored the last three runs of game one to come out on top.

Both Grizzlies runs in game one came in the 2nd inning. Tim Federowicz scored on an error following a Jon Kemmer single. Kemmer, who made it all the way to third, scored on a single from Jack Mayfield, who finished 2-3. Myles Straw also went 2-3 in the first game.

Trent Thornton turned in a bare minimum quality start, allowing seven hits (solo homer), walking two, and striking out two. Buddy Boshers loaded the bases in the 7th with a walk and a couple of hits but got himself out of the inning without suffering any damage. He struck out one.

Game 2: Fresno 2, Albuquerque 1

W- Brendan McCurry (3-2)
L- Scott McGough (6-2)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies walked off with the win in game two to force a split in the twinbill.

Rogelio Armenteros went six innings and the one hit he allowed was a solo homer hit by Ryan McMahon. He walked two and struck out nine. Brendan McCurry worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 7th, striking out one.

Kyle Tucker doubled with one out in the 1st and scored on an error that allowed A.J. Reed to reach. He finished 2-4; his second hit was a walk-off RBI single in the 7th.

The Grizzlies have Sunday off. Josh James will start the first game in a four-game set in El Paso on Monday.

Corpus Christi 4, Frisco 3

W- Alex Winkelman (4-2)
L- Jonathan Hernandez (0-3)
S- Erasmo Pinales (3)

CC home runs: Yordan Alvarez (10, solo in 3rd)

Both teams had six hits in this game, but the Blue Ghosts had more in the column that matters most.

Stephen Wrenn hit a one-out infield single in the 1st, advanced to third on an error following a Randy César infield single, and scored the first run of the evening on a Yordan Alvarez groundout. That infield hit for César extended his hitting streak to 40 games. Corpus loaded the bases with two outs in the 2nd and got a couple of runs out of it thanks to a Ryne Birk RBI single and a steal of home from Aníbal Sierra. Alvarez smacked a solo homer in the 3rd inning.

Akeem Bostick went 4.1 innings and allowed two runs, one of which was an inherited runner that was charged to him, four hits, walked three, and struck out two. Alex Winkelman tagged in for 3.1 innings and allowed a run of his own on two hits and struck out three. Erasmo Pinales struck out three of the four Roughriders hitters he faced to get his third save of the season.

The Blue Ghosts will look to sweep the series as they send Forrest Whitley to the mound. He'll face Pedro Payano at 6:05.

Buies Creek 7, Carolina 3

W- Abdiel Saldaña (6-0)
L- Victor Diaz (3-5)

BC home runs: J.J. Matijevic (7, 10 season; solo in 3rd), Abraham Toro (11, solo in 3rd), Jonathan Arauz (2, 6 season; solo in 4th), Corey Julks (1, 5 season; solo in 5th)

The Carolina Stros provided some fireworks on Saturday as they sent four balls out of the park. The team that has won in each game of this series has scored seven runs in the games they've won.

Abdiel Saldaña went five innings and allowed three runs on six hits, walked two, and struck out a career-high nine batters. Ronel Blanco allowed two hits, walked one, and fanned four in three scoreless innings of work, and Gabriel Valdez worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out one.

Buies Creek loaded the bases with one out in the 2nd inning but all they could get out of it was a Jake Meyers sac fly. J.J. Matijevic and Abraham Toro launched homers to start the 3rd. Ronnie Dawson followed with a single... but he got thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Jake Adams singled and lumbered home on a triple from Corey Julks. Jonathan Arauz led off the 4th with a homer and Julks smacked a solo homer in the 5th. The four home run hitters along with Adams all finished with two hits on the evening.

Brandon Bailey will take on Cam Roegner in the series finale. First pitch is at 2:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 6, Beloit 2

W- Patrick Sandoval (7-1)
L- Mitchell Jordan (3-2)
S- Brendan Feldmann (2, 3 season)

QC home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (5, solo in 1st), Chandler Taylor (1, 2-run in 2nd)

The Banditos entered the win column for the first time in the second half.

From looking at Patrick Sandoval's numbers for the season, you probably would not have guessed that he had an outing in which he allowed ten runs. On Saturday, he allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out five over seven shutout innings. Tanner Duncan threw a scoreless 8th and got two outs in the 9th, but that final out proved to be just out of his reach. In 1.2 innings, Duncan allowed a couple of unearned runs, a triple, walked three, and struck out four. Brendan Feldmann came on and got that final out to secure the win.

Miguelangel Sierra opened the scoring by smacking a solo homer in the 1st. Chandler Taylor whacked his first home run as a professional in the 2nd, driving in two in the process. Alfredo Angarita hit an RBI single in the 4th, although he was thrown out at second to end the inning. Taylor added an RBI double to his ledger in the 8th and scored on Angarita's second RBI base hit of the evening. Angarita and Taylor finished with three hits apiece, while Sierra and Scott Schreiber had two each.

Enoli Paredes will take on Jared Poche in the series finale. First pitch is at 5:15.

Tri-City 8, Lowell 2

W- Bryan Abreu (2-0)
L- Hunter Haworth (0-1)

TC home runs: Seth Beer 2 (3; 2-run in 1st, 2-run in 6th)

Beer bombs were had by all. It was only fitting that the ValleyCats were having "WWE Night" at the ballpark.


Seth Beer smacked his first two-run homer of the night to open the scoring in the 1st. Tri-City got two more in the opening frame on an RBI single from Ramiro Rodriguez and when Michael Wielansky scored on a double play. Rodriguez hit another RBI single in the 3rd and Beer sent his second two-run homer out of the park in the 6th inning. Rodriguez singled to lead off the 7th. He then stole second, advanced to third on a balk, and scored the final run of the evening when Carlos Machado grounded into a force out.

Beer and Rodriguez both finished with three hits. Both of Enmanuel Valdez's hits in this game were doubles. Of the 11 hits that Valdez recorded this season, nine have gone for extra bases. Wielansky went 0-2, but he drew three walks and scored twice.

The two runs that Nivaldo Rodriguez allowed in his three innings came on a home run. Nivaldo also allowed two other hits and struck out three. Riley Cabral worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 4th, striking out one. Bryan Abreu walked three and struck out five over three scoreless, and Austin Hansen threw two perfect innings to close it out, striking out two.

Tri-City will make the journey to Staten Island to take on the Yankees. Luis Garcia will get the start in game one, which kicks off at 4:00 Eastern.

GCL Mets 12, GCL Astros 3 in 5.1 innings

W- Malky Mena (1-0)
L- Julio Robaina (0-1)

GCL home runs: Freudis Nova (1, 3-run in 5th)

This game was called with one out in the 6th due to rain.

Freudis Nova's three-run homer in the 5th was the Palm Beach Stros' only scoring play. César Cortez went 2-3 in the shortened game.

Julio Robaina's second career appearance... did not go well. Neither did Layne Henderson's pro debut. Daniel Bello restored a little order to the game with four solid innings, allowing a run on five htis, walking one, and striking out seven.

DSL Astros 4, DSL Athletics 2 in 6 innings

W- Ernesto Jaquez (1-0)
L- Edwin Rojas (0-1)

DSL home runs: Victor Mascai (3, 2-run in 4th)

This game was also called due to rain. The Academy only had two hits, but they scored more, which last I checked, determines the winner of a baseball game.

Javier Bermudez scored on a wild pitch and Yimmi Cortabarria scored on a Ricardo Toro groundout in the 2nd, and Victor Mascai smacked a two-run homer in the 4th.

Jojanse Torres allowed a run on four hits and struck out two in two innings and Ernesto Jaquez threw four perfect innings, striking out six.

Saturday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Ernesto Jaquez, RHP, DSL Astros: W (1-0), 4 IP, 6 K; perfect outing


These are their mugshots on MiLB.com.
Seth Beer, LF/1B, and Ramiro Rodriguez, OF, Tri-City
Beer: 3-4, 2 2-R HR (3)
Rodriguez: 3-3, 2 RBI, R, SB (1)

This is Bryan Abreu's mugshot on MiLB.com. Riley Cabral and Austin Hansen not pictured.
Tri-City ValleyCats bullpen
6 IP, 4 BB, 8 K
Riley Cabral: IP, BB, K
Bryan Abreu: W (2-0), 3 IP, 3 BB, 5 K
Austin Hansen: 2 IP, 2 K; perfect outing

Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, Fresno
6 IP, H (solo HR), ER, 2 BB, 9 K in game 2 of doubleheader

Chandler Taylor not pictured
Alfredo Angarita, 2B, and Chandler Taylor, OF, Quad Cities
Angarita: 3-5, 2 RBI
Taylor: 3-4, 2B, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI, 2 R

Patrick Sandoval, LHP, Quad Cities
W (7-1), 7 IP, 3 H, BB, 5 K

Corey Julks' photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Abraham Toro, 3B, J.J. Matijevic, LF, Jonathan Arauz, IF, and Corey Julks, OF, Buies Creek
Toro: 2-3, solo HR (11), 2 RBI
Matijevic: 2-3, 2B, solo HR (7, 10 season), SB (5, 8 season)
Arauz: 2-4, solo HR (2, 6 season)
Julks: 2-5, 3B, solo HR (1, 5 season), 2 RBI

Ronel Blanco, RHP, Buies Creek
3 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, June 22, 2018

Albuquerque 7, Fresno 5

W- Keith Hessler (3-1)
L- Mike Hauschild (5-6)
S- D.J. Johnson (11)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (10, 3-run in 4th)

The Grizzlies fought back from an early 6-0 hole but couldn't quite complete the comeback.

Jon Kemmer put Fresno on the board and cut the deficit in half by launching a three-run homer in the 4th inning. A.J. Reed and Tony Nuñez hit RBI singles in the 5th and the 8th, respectively. Reed and Kyle Tucker both finished 3-5 on the night. Garrett Stubbs went 2-4 with two runs scored and stole a base (4).

Mike Hauschild... struggled, and I will not elaborate further. Fortunately, the bullpen picked him up by allowing one unearned run over the final seven innings. Ralph Garza Jr. was the first man out of the bullpen and allowed a hit, walked two, and struck out four over 2.2 scoreless innings. Kent Emanuel was next. He allowed the unearned run on two hits and fanned four in 2.1 innings. Andrew Thome and Reymin Guduan both pitched a scoreless inning. Thome allowed a couple of hits in the 8th and Guduan allowed a hit, walked one, and struck out one in the 9th.

This series concludes today with a doubleheader. Game one will start at 5:05 Pacific. Trent Thornton will take on TBA in game one and Rogelio Armenteros goes up against Antonio Senzatela in game two.

Corpus Christi 4, Frisco 0

W- Kevin Hill (2-1)
L- Edgar Arredondo (0-1)

CC home runs: Eduardo de Oleo (1, 2-run in 5th)

The Blue Ghosts only had four hits, but they scored all of the runs in this game. Corpus has recorded three shutouts in their last five games.

Eduardo de Oleo broke up Edgar Arredondo's no-hitter and opened the scoring with a 2-run shot in the 5th inning. Ryne Birk walked to lead off the 7th. He then stole second and scored on a double from Chas McCormick. Randy César capped off the evening with a Little League home run in the 8th; his triple extended the Texas League record hitting streak to 39 games. Yordan Alvarez also had a base hit to extend his streak to 16 games.

Framber Valdez allowed four hits and struck out two over four shutout innings. Kevin Hill, in his first appearance since being activated from the disabled list, allowed a hit in a scoreless 5th. Cionel Perez tagged in for three innings, allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out two. Riley Ferrell completed the shutout by striking out two in a 1-2-3 9th.

Akeem Bostick will take on Jonathan Hernandez in game three of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Carolina 7, Buies Creek 2

W- Braden Webb (4-5)
L- Tyler Ivey (0-2, 1-5 season)

BC home runs: J.J. Matijevic (6, 9 season; solo in 1st)

The Carolina Stros scored in the first and the last inning. Unfortunately, the Mudcats scored seven runs in between.

J.J. Matijevic swatted a solo homer in the 1st to open the scoring and Osvaldo Duarte added an RBI single in the 9th.

Tyler Ivey went 4.2 innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits, walked one, and struck out four. Colin McKee allowed a hit and got the final out of the 5th with a strikeout. Carson LaRue tagged in for three innings and allowed three runs on four hits, walked three, and struck out six. Adam Bleday worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out one.

Buies Creek and Carolina will continue their series at 5:00 Eastern.

Beloit 4, Quad Cities 1

W- Nick Highberger (2-3)
L- Yohan Ramirez (5-6)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos tied the game with a run in the 7th... only to see the Snappers regain control late.

Jairo Solis allowed a run on four hits, walked one, and struck out four over five innings of work. Yohan Ramirez only allowed one hit in his three innings but it was a costly one: Hunter Hargrove got him for a two-run homer that broke the 1-1 tie. Ramirez walked one and struck out three. Dariel Aquino allowed a run on three hits, walked one, and struck out one in the 9th.

Logan Mattix scored the lone Quad Cities run on a wild pitch in the 7th. Alfredo Angarita drew three walks.

TBA will face Mitchell Jordan at 6:35.

Lowell 11, Tri-City 4

W- Rio Gomez (1-0)
L- Juan Robles (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

A 9-0 deficit put the ValleyCats way behind the eight-ball.

All three of Enmanuel Valdez's hits were doubles. Both of Ramiro Rodriguez's hits were doubles. Austin Dennis got his first professional hit and RBI with a single in the 4th and Andy Piñeda followed by drawing a bases-loaded walk. Juan Piñeda ripped an RBI double in the 6th and after he drew a walk in the 8th, Dennis brought him in with a base hit.

Juan Robles and Carlos Hiraldo both threw three innings... and they both had a tough time getting anything going against the Spinners offense. Mark Moclair worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 7th, striking out one in his pro debut. Luis de Paula allowed a hit, walked one, and struck out two over two scoreless frames.

Bryan Abreu will take on Hunter Hayworth in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Nationals 11, GCL Astros 9

W- Fausto Segura (1-0)
L- Joey Gonzalez (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Palm Beach Stros' comeback attempt against their complex mates fell short.

Nerio Rodriguez and Wilyer Abreu both finished with three hits on the day. Rodriguez ripped a two-run double in the 6th and Abreu smacked an RBI double of his own in the 9th. Abreu also scored three runs. Hector Martinez had a base hit, walked twice, and also scored three times. Nathan Perry and Ronaldo Urdaneta each drove in two.

Edgardo Sandoval allowed a run on two hits in the 1st inning. Jose Bravo allowed a hit and struck out one in the 2nd inning. Joey Gonzalez, the Astros' 28th-round pick from Stetson, was next... and he probably wants a mulligan on his debut. Christian Mejias would probably also like a mulligan on his US debut. Fredis Guerrero allowed a run on three hits in 2.1 innings.

DSL Rays1 13, DSL Astros 3

W- Luis Arias (2-1)
L- Fabricio Reina (1-2)

DSL home runs: Yefri Carrillo (1, solo in 9th)

Tough day for the Academy. Yefri Carrillo and Valente Bellozo were the two bright spots on Friday; Carrillo went 3-4 and smacked a solo homer and Bellozo allowed a hit and struck out one over 3.1 scoreless innings.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Yefri Carrillo, OF, DSL Astros: 3-4, 2B, solo HR (1), 2 R
Valente Bellozo, RHP, DSL Astros: 3.1 IP, H, K

Nerio Rodriguez, C, GCL Astros: 3-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R
Wilyer Abreu, OF, GCL Astros: 3-4, 2B, RBI, 3 R

These are their mugshots on MiLB.com.
Enmanuel Valdez, IF, Ramiro Rodriguez, OF, and Austin Dennis, OF, Tri-City
Valdez: 3-5, 3 2B, R
Rodriguez: 2-5, 2 2B, 2 R
Dennis: 2-4, 2 RBI

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Jairo Solís, RHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 4 K

Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers, dba Corpus Christi Blue Ghosts
W 4-0 vs. Frisco
9 IP, 7 H, BB, 6 K
Framber Valdez: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 K
Kevin Hill: W (2-1), IP, H
Cionel Perez: 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K
Riley Ferrell: IP, 2 K

Friday, June 22, 2018

An Embarrassment of Riches

From Saturday through Tuesday, the Fresno Grizzlies made themselves at home in Round Rock, Texas, sweeping the Express and putting on a show of dominant starting pitching. And when I made the following statement during my trip to see the Grizzlies (in what we all hope will be their new digs next season), I was only being slightly hyperbolic.

Let's leave to the side for a moment that 3B J.D. Davis (.362/.425/.568 in 46 games), OF Derek Fisher (.286/.408/.540 in 17 games) and a newly rejuvenated 1B A.J. Reed (.267/.378/.551 in 68 games) who is walking more and striking out less all have at least some MLB experience and should only improve at the higher level with their next opportunities. Also leave to the side that OF Kyle Tucker, the Astros #2 prospect (.306/.375/.506 in 66 games) is in the groove with a 10-game hitting streak and OF Myles Straw, another top prospect, is hitting .435/.480/.565 with 6 stolen bases in his first five games after being promoted to the level (and leads all affiliated teams with 40 steals). Let's just put all of that to the side for a moment and just talk starting pitching.

Brock Dykxhoorn - June 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

So far in June, the Grizzlies starting pitchers are a combined 11-2 in 18 starts with a 1.61 ERA and a 0.949 WHIP. RHP Trent Thornton (1.71 ERA/0.762 WHIP in June) tossed 7.2 no-hit innings on Saturday (ending with one hit over eight innings) and was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for last week. RHP Cy Sneed (1.33 ERA/0.836 WHIP in June) threw the first 9-inning complete game and shut-out of his career on Thursday (with six no-hit innings to start it). RHP Josh James (0.95 ERA/0.789 WHIP in June) and RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (1.74 ERA/0.532 WHIP in June) have both dominated since their May promotions to Fresno. RHP Rogelio Armenteros (1.93 ERA/1.571 WHIP in June, including three innings of a suspended game on the 3rd) and RHP Mike Hauschild (2.16 ERA/1.500 WHIP in June) round out the group with five wins in the five completed games they've pitched in thus far this month. My "bold statement" was based in large part on this great work from the rotation.

But this brings me to the next topic of discussion. The Grizzlies rotation is stacked with MLB-ready and near-ready starters. In AA, you have five top-30 prospect starters chomping at the bit to get to AAA (RHP Forrest Whitley, LHP Cionel Perez, RHP Jorge AlcalaRHP Corbin Martin and LHP Framber Valdez). RHP Brady Rodgers is on a rehab assignment and will soon be ready to rejoin the Grizzlies. And that doesn't even touch on RHP Francis Martes and RHP David Paulino who are currently on the DL. Phew!! That's a lot of moving parts. Obviously, there are way too few roster spots moving forward to stash all of these starting pitchers. Don't be surprised to see several of them leave the Astros fold by the end of July via trade. Others will be given the opportunity to work out of the bullpen (as has been the case with LHP Kent Emanuel who started the Grizzlies season in the rotation but was moved to the bullpen in early May). And one or more may very well be lost to the Rule 5 draft in December.

This is what they call "an embarrassment of riches." Honestly, I'm glad that I'm not the one who has to sort this all out. I wish each and every one of these players the best of luck as they battle to break through the logjam and achieve their dreams.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, June 21, 2018

History in Corpus Christi!

Zamunda (Fresno) 8, Albuquerque 0

W- Cy Sneed (7-3)
L- Brett Oberholtzer (3-5)

Zamunda home runs: Kyle Tucker (10, solo in 1st), Tim Federowicz (6, 2-run in 5th)

On Thursday, the Fresno Grizzlies re-branded themselves as the "Zamunda Lions" to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of the Eddie Murphy film "Coming to America."

Cy Sneed turned in his first nine-inning complete game and his first career shutout. He threw a seven-inning complete game on July 21, 2015 as part of a doubleheader. Sneed allowed two singles to Raimel Tapia, walked two, and struck out a career-high 11.

Kyle Tucker got things started with a solo shot in the opening frame. Zamunda got three in the 3rd when A.J. Reed cleared the bases with a double and three more in the 5th on a two-run homer from Tim Federowicz and a Jack Mayfield groundout that scored Derek Fisher. Myles Straw walked to lead off the 6th. He then stole second and scored the final run of the night on a single from Little Tuck, who went 3-5. Reed and Federowicz both finished 2-4. Straw singled, scored twice, and stole two bases, which now gives him 41 on the season. He's the first man in affiliated professional baseball to steal 40 bases this year.

Mike Hauschild will get the start in game two of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.


Corpus Christi 4, Frisco 2

W- Jorge Alcala (1-0, 2-4 season)
L- Tyler Wagner (1-1)

CC home runs: Yordan Alvarez (9, 2-run in 4th)

The Blue Ghosts pounded out 14 hits but only had four runs to show for that hit parade. No matter, they still wound up with the win.

Yordan Alvarez went 3-4 with a two-run blast in the 4th inning and Chas McCormick finished 2-4 with a two-run single in the 6th. Randy César finished 3-4 and set a new Texas League record for the longest hitting streak at 38 games, surpassing Bobby Trevino's mark in 1969. Taylor Jones and Ryne Birk also finished 2-4. Alvarez has a 15-game hitting streak of his own.

Corbin Martin allowed a run on two hits, walked one, and struck out three in four innings. Dean Deetz worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out two. He bridged the gap between Martin and Jorge Alcala, who finished it off by allowing an RBI single, walking two, and striking out four in the final four innings.

Framber Valdez will face TBA in game two of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 7, Carolina 1

W- Cristian Javier (2-0, 4-2 season)
L- Devin Williams (0-2)
S- Hector Perez (2)

BC home runs: Abraham Toro (10, solo in 3rd)

The Carolina Stros stormed out of the gate with a 5-1 lead after three innings and cruised to the victory.

Cristian Javier went five innings and allowed a run on three hits, walked one, and struck out one. Hector Perez threw four scoreless to close it out and did not allow a hit. He walked two and fanned three.

Osvaldo Duarte opened up the scoring with a two-run single in the opening frame. Carlos Canelón reached on a fielder's choice in the 2nd that allowed Corey Julks to score; he ended up scoring himself thanks to a Jake Meyers sac fly. Abraham Toro smacked a homer to lead off the 3rd. In the 8th, Duarte scored on an error as Jake Adams stole second and Canelón capped off the night with a sac fly. Toro and Duarte both finished 2-3.

Buies Creek and Carolina will continue their series at 6:00 Eastern.

Beloit 3, Quad Cities 2

W- Josh Reagan (2-3)
L- Willy Collado (0-1)
S- Seth Martinez (9)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos dropped their second-half opener as they had the tying run on base in the 9th but couldn't push him across.

Logan Mattix hit a two-run single in the 4th to bring in the only two Quad Cities runs. Mike Papierski drew a one-out walk but was left at first to end the night.

Leovanny Rodriguez and César Rosado threw four innings apiece. Leovanny allowed four hits and struck out eight in a scoreless outing, while Rosado allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits, walked one, and struck out four. Willy Collado allowed the go-ahead run on two hits and fanned two in the 9th.

Game two of this series will start at 6:35.

Tri-City 9, Lowell 3


W- Tim Hardy (1-1)
L- Brian Brown (0-1)
S- Juan Pablo Lopez (1)

TC home runs: Enmanuel Valdez (3, solo in 4th)

For the second straight night, a huge inning spurred Tri-City on to victory.

For the second straight night, a Tommy John survivor returned to action. Jose Luis Hernandez made his first appearance in a real baseball game since September 1, 2016 and allowed a run on four hits while striking out three in two innings. Tim Hardy retired all four Spinners he faced, striking out one. Hansel Paulino threw 2.2 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking one, and striking out five. Juan Pablo Lopez pitched the final three innings and allowed two unearned runs on three hits and struck out two.

The ValleyCats scored eight of their nine runs in the 3rd inning, all of which came with two outs. Enmanuel Valdez grounded into a force out that erased Alex Holderbach at second, but an error allowed Juan Piñeda to score. Valdez ended up scoring on an error that allowed Michael Wielansky to reach. Luis Encarnación singled and Gilberto Celestino walked to load the bases, which prompted a pitching change. Wielansky scored on a wild pitch and then Ramiro Rodriguez and Carlos Machado followed with RBI singles. Another wild pitch allowed them to advance and Marty Costes continued the onslaught with a two-run triple. Piñeda brought Costes in with a single in his second plate appearance of the inning. Valdez, who went 3-4, led off the 4th with a homer. Piñeda went 2-4.

The ValleyCats and Spinners will square off again at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 6, GCL Marlins 5

W- Bryan Solano (1-0)
L- Scott Sebald (0-1)
S- Freylin Garcia (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Palm Beach Stros entered the win column for the first time this season by holding off the Marlins.

Both teams scored a run in the 1st; the GCLstros' run came when Freudis Nova stole third and scored on an errant throw. Wilyer Abreu singled to lead off the 5th and scored on a triple from Nathan Perry. Abreu added an RBI single to his ledger in the 6th and drove in two more with another base hit in the 8th. Nova flew into a force out in the 9th. Abreu went 3-4, while Nova and Joe Perez finished with two hits apiece.

Elian Rodriguez went 2.2 innings and allowed a run on a bases-loaded walk, a single, walked six, and struck out three. Bryan Solano allowed three hits and struck out two in 1.1 innings. Fredy Medina allowed a solo homer, one other hit, walked one, and struck out six in 3.2 innings, and Freylin Garcia allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits, walked one, and struck out two.

DSL Rays1 6, DSL Astros 3

W- Jose Roca (1-0)
L- Jairo Lopez (0-1)
S- Dauris Lopez (1)

DSL home runs: None.

The Academy got doubled up on Thursday.

Marco van der Wijst got the DSLstros on the board with a sac fly in the 7th. They got two more in the 8th on a Victor Mascai groundout and a sac fly from Yimmi Cortabarria. Jose Mendoza went 2-3.

Jairo Lopez allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits (solo homer), walked two, and struck out three in four innings. Alex Blanco allowed two runs on three hits and walked two in the 5th. Diosmerky Taveras tagged in for three innings and allowed two runs on two hits, walked three, and struck out two. Ronny Garcia threw a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.
When I run out of characters to tag players, it was a good night.

Wilyer Abreu, OF, GCL Astros: 3-4, 3 RBI, R

Cy Sneed, RHP, Fresno
W (7-3), CG, 2 H, BB, career-high 11 K


Kyle Tucker, OF, A.J. Reed, 1B, and Tim Federowicz, C, Fresno
Tucker: 3-5, solo HR (10), 2 RBI, SB (12)
Reed: 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R
Federowicz: 2-4, 2-R HR (6)

Randy César, 3B/1B, Yordan Alvarez, LF, and Chas McCormick, OF, Corpus Christi
César: 3-4, 2B, R; 38-game hitting streak (new Texas League record)
Alvarez: 3-4, 2-R HR (9); 15-game hitting streak
McCormick: 2-4, 2 RBI

Corbin Martin's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers: W 4-2 vs. Frisco
9 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
Corbin Martin: 4 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K
Dean Deetz: IP, H, 2 K
Jorge Alcala: W (1-0, 2-4 season), 4 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Abraham Toro, 3B, and Osvaldo Duarte (above, with Jorge Alcala), UTIL, Buies Creek
Toro: 2-3, 2B, solo HR (10), 2 R
Duarte: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 7-1 vs. Carolina
9 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Cristian Javier: W (2-0, 4-2 season), 5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, K
Hector Perez: Save (2), 4 IP, 2 BB, 3 K

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Enmanuel Valdez, IF, Tri-City
3-4, 2B, solo HR (3), 2 R, SB (2)

Photo by Bryan Green
Leovanny Rodriguez, RHP, Quad Cities
4 IP, 4 H, 8 K

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Aside from Tri-City running rampant in Maryland, it was a rather quiet night on the farm.

Corpus Christi with the...


Fresno was off

The Grizzlies will welcome Albuquerque to the Central Valley for a three-game set starting at 7:05 Pacific. Cy Sneed will take on former Astro Brett Oberholtzer.

Corpus Christi 1, San Antonio 0

W- Ryan Hartman (6-2)
L- Jacob Nix (1-1)
S- Riley Ferrell (7)

CC home runs: None.

There was only one run in this game, and it belonged to the Corpus Christi Hooks. The Hooks had a solid week in San Antonio: they won the first-half division title and clinched a playoff berth on Monday and wound up leaving with a sweep.

Yordan Alvarez doubled with two outs in the 7th, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored that one run on a Randy César single. With that base hit, César extended his hitting streak to 37 games and tied the Texas League record that was set by Bobby Trevino in 1969. Josh Rojas doubled and stole a base (12, 24 season).

Ryan Hartman, Dean Deetz, and Riley Ferrell combined on a one-hit shutout. Hartman allowed the one hit, walked three, and struck out eight in seven innings. Deetz and Ferrell both pitched 1-2-3 innings; Deetz struck out one in the 8th and Ferrell fanned two in the 9th to complete the shutout and the sweep.

The Hooks are back home and they will begin a four-game series with Frisco at 7:05. This weekend, they will play as the Corpus Christi Blue Ghosts to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Lexington, the World War II-era aircraft carrier which is now preserved as a museum on the shores of Corpus Christi Bay. Corbin Martin will take on Tyler Wagner in game one.

Buies Creek was off

The Carolina Stros will start a three-game series with Carolina at 6:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities was off

The Banditos will start the second half with a four-game series against the Beloit Snappers. First pitch is at 6:35.

Tri-City 11, Aberdeen 5

W- Brady Rodgers (1-0)
L- Victor Romero (0-2)

TC home runs: Enmanuel Valdez (2, 2-run in 3rd), Michael Wielansky (1, solo in 3rd), Carlos Machado (1, solo in 7th)

Brady Rodgers pitched in a real baseball game for the first time in 14 months and one day and the offense went nuts early as Tri-City notched their first series win of the season.

Rodgers, who was making his first appearance since April 19, 2017, got knocked around a bit in his two innings, but that's beside the point. He's finally getting the chance to play baseball again. Rodgers allowed four runs on three hits (two-run homer), walked one, and struck out three. Chad Donato dominated in his five innings as he allowed an unearned run on a single, walked one, and struck out ten. This was the first time that Donato recorded double-digit strikeouts. Devin Conn and Shawn Dubin threw scoreless innings in their pro debuts; Conn struck out one in a 1-2-3 8th, while Dubin allowed a hit and struck out the side in the 9th.

Jeremy Peña walked to lead off the game. He moved to third on a Seth Beer single and scored the first run of the evening on a passed ball. Enmanuel Valdez eventually worked a walk and then a wild pitch allowed him and Beer to advance. Beer scored on a Michael Wielansky groundout. Another wild pitch allowed Valdez to move to third and Gilberto Celestino brought him in with a double. The real fun started in the 3rd inning.

Beer ripped a double to start the 3rd and Valdez followed by launching a homer. Wielansky went back-to-back by smacking a solo homer. Tri-City then loaded the bases as Celestino reached on an error, Jose Carrillo doubled, and Andy Piñeda drew a walk following a pitching change. Carlos Machado and Oscar Campos walked in a couple of runs, and Peña drove in two more with a base hit. Machado drove in the last Tri-City run when he whacked a solo homer in the 7th. Everyone but Campos scored a run. Beer went 2-5 and was the only player on either side to finish with a multi-hit game. He, Valdez, and Machado all scored twice.

Tri-City will head home to start a three-game series with the Lowell Spinners. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros were off

On occasion, I can't read a schedule correctly. The Palm Beach Stros will travel to Jupiter to take on the Marlins at noon Eastern.

DSL Royals1 2, DSL Astros 1

W- Emilio Marquez (2-0)
L- Jeremy Molero (0-2)

DSL home runs: None.

The Royals 1 scored in the 9th to tie and scored again in the 10th to walk off with the win.

Jeury Castillo went 2-4 and drove in the Academy's only run of the day with a single in the 2nd inning. Carlos Hurtado also had two hits after he came on to catch in the 6th inning.

Wender Oberto allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out three over four scoreless innings to start the ballgame. Jose Betances worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out two. Heitor Tokar allowed two hits and struck out two over three scoreless. Jeremy Molero allowed two runs (one earned), walked three (one intentionally), and struck out one in 1+ inning.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers: W 1-0 @ San Antonio
9 IP, H, 3 BB, 11 K
Ryan Hartman: W (6-2), 7 IP,  H, 3 BB, 8 K
Dean Deetz: IP, K
Riley Ferrell: Save (7), IP, 2 K

Randy César, 3B/1B, Corpus Christi
RBI single in 7th; 37-game hitting streak ties Texas League record

Tri-City ValleyCats: W 11-5 @ Aberdeen
11 R, 8 H
Chad Donato: 5 IP, H, unearned run, BB, 10 K
Devin Conn: IP, K
Shawn Dubin: IP, H, 3 K
Seth Beer: 2-5, 2B, 2 R
Enmanuel Valdez: 2-R HR (2), 2 R
Michael Wielansky: Solo HR (1), 2 RBI
Carlos Machado: Solo HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 R

Photographer unknown, picture provided to Baseball Brazil
Wender Oberto (not pictured), RHP, Jose Betances (not pictured), RHP, Heitor Tokar, RHP, and Jeury Castillo (not pictured), IF, DSL Astros
Oberto: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K
Betances: IP, BB, 2 K
Tokar: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Castillo: 2-4, RBI