Friday, December 2, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wait, it's December already?

LIDOM

Gigantes 11, Licey 6

Reymin Guduan got the final out of the 8th and the first out of the 9th for Gigantes, but he allowed three runs on three hits. Well, two of those runs were inherited runners that were charged to him.

Andrew Aplin came on as a defensive replacement for Licey and went 0-2 with a run scored.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Navojoa 8, Obregón 7 in 11 innings

Leo Heras finished a home run shy of the cycle in five trips to the plate; he tripled in the 6th, doubled in the 8th, hit an RBI single in the 10th, and also stole a base, his 6th of the LMP campaign.

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Melbourne 8, Brisbane 0

Tough night for the Banditos as they were held to just two hits. Connor MacDonald went 0-3 and struck out twice.

LIGA COLOMBIANA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Samir Caraballo, an infielder who played in the Dominican Summer League in 2016, is playing winter ball in his native Colombia with the Leones de Montería.

He is currently 3-20 with a couple of runs scored for his club, slashing .150/.150/.227.

According to the league's Wikipedia page, the Rentería Foundation, led by former Major League shortstop Edgar Renteria, owns and operates the league. As such, former MLB players from Colombia are heavily involved with the league.

The LCBP has four teams: Barranquilla, Sincelejo, Montería, and Cartagena, all of which are located on the Caribbean coast. Population-wise, Montería is slightly larger than Corpus Christi.

Astros Farm Report: 12-2

A preview of the Winter Meetings, but first things first ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

12-2: SS Miguelangel Sierra (19)
12-2: IF Kristian Trompiz (21)
12-4: 1B/OF Jose Abel Hernandez (21)
12-4: RHP Joe Musgrove (24)
12-6: IF Eduardo Guzman (22)
12-6: 1B Taylor Jones (23)
12-6: RHP Franklin Perez (19)
12-7: Frankeny Fernandez (20)
12-8: C Oscar Campos (20)

Taylor Jones - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

There have been zero transactions that I've seen over the last week or so, but that is likely the calm before the storm as the Winter Meetings will be quickly upon us. Here's a reminder of all the transactions that have taken place so far this off-season.

ASTROS FALL/WINTER LEAGUE UPDATES

Here is how your Astros have fared thus far in fall/winter league play:

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE (AFL) - SEASON OVER

OF Alejandro Garcia: .200/.304/.200 in 6 games (replaced Laureano on the roster)
OF Jason Martin: .194/.375/.290 w/3-2B 2RBI 9R in 11 games
OF Ramon Laureano: .295/.340/.477 w/ 4-2B 2-3B 8RBI 5SB 12R in 12 games (last played 10/29)
C Garrett Stubbs: .171/.280/.271 w/ 4-2B 1HR 6RBI 13R in 20 games
IF Nick Tanielu: .352/.379/.500 w/ 5-2B 1HR 5RBI 7R in 14 games

RHP Francis Martes: 2-1 in 6 starts with a 3.22 ERA/1.299 WHIP in 22.1IP
RHP Jacob Dorris: 1-1 in 8 games with a 3.38 ERA/2.375 WHIP in 8.0IP
RHP Rogelio Armenteros: 0-0 (1SV) in 8 games with a 11.05 ERA/1.909 WHIP in 7.1IP
RHP David Paulino: 0-0 (1SV) in 5 games with a 0.00 ERA/0.600 WHIP in 5.0IP

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)

OF Andrew Aplin: .122/.229/.122 in 16 games
OF Osvaldo Duarte: .000/.000/.000 in 2 games (last played 11/4)
OF Teoscar Hernandez: .171/.256/.257 (1-2B 1-3B) in 9 games
C Max Stassi: .400/.400/.400 in 2 games (last played 10/22)

RHP Edison Frias: 0-0 in 2 games with a 4.50 ERA/0.500 WHIP in 2.0IP (last played 11/9)
LHP Reymin Guduan: 0-1 in 10 games with a 12.27 ERA/2.182 WHIP in 3.2IP
RHP Mike Hauschild: 0-1 in 5 starts with a 2.31 ERA/1.329 WHIP in 23.1IP (last played 11/13)
RHP Jordan Jankowski: 0-1 in 7 games with a 4.50 ERA/1.667 WHIP in 6.0IP (last played 11/5)

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)

OF Leo Heras: .269/.370/.449 w/5-2B 7-3B 3HR 15RBI 28R in 43 games

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)

SS Miguel Sierra: .333/.333/.444 w/1-2B 3RBI in 3 games (last played 11/5)

Dustin is also keeping an eye on the Liga Paralela (Venezuelan minor league) every day so check in with him to see how a few of our Baby 'Stros are doing there.

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LBPRC)

RHP Juan Santos: 0-0 in 4 games with a 8.10 ERA/1.800 WHIP in 3.1IP

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (ABL)

1B Connor MacDonald: .192/.364/.192 in 8 games

NEWS AND LINKS

It's been a slow news week, but look for that to change next week when the Winter Meetings are held in National Harbor, Maryland. Here's an overview of the meetings, including a link to a detailed schedule of events. And here is a look at the meetings from a minor league perspective. The meetings will, of course, culminate with the Rule 5 Draft which will take place at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, the 8th. Here is my primer on how the Rule 5 Draft works, including a list of players that are at risk for the Astros.

Baseball America weighs in on the top prospects who appeared in the Arizona Fall League in 2016. Astros RHP Francis Martes comes in at #6 on the list.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, November 30, 2016

LIDOM

Licey 4, Toros 1

Teoscar Hernandez went 0-4 for Toros, while Andrew Aplin appeared as a pinch-runner in the 7th for Licey and came around to score one of their three runs in the inning.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Navojoa 5, Obregón 2

Leo Heras went 0-2 and drew a couple of walks for Obregón.

LIGA PARALELA

La Guaira 2, Bravos/Caribes 1

Alfredo Angarita went 0-4 with three strikeouts for the Bravos/Caribes squad.

Lara 7, Caracas 2

Nestor Tejada was 1-3 and scored one of Caracas' two runs.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for November 28-29, 2016

LIGA PARALELA

Nestor Tejada went 0-4 with a walk and two strikeouts in Caracas' 2-2 tie with Caimanes on Monday. He appeared as a pinch-hitter and then took over as the designated hitter on Tuesday, going 0-2 in a 4-4 tie with Aragua.


LIDOM

Tuesday's games

Andrew Aplin came into Licey's game as a defensive replacement in the 5th inning, going 0-1 with a walk in their 5-1 loss to Estrellas.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras went 1-3 in Obregón's 9-1 to Navojoa on Tuesday.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for November 24-27, 2016

How did the Astros playing overseas fare during this Thanksgiving holiday?

LIDOM

Friday's games

Teoscar Hernandez finished 1-3 with a walk and scored a run in Toros' 5-3 win over Águilas. This was the only game that was played that night; the other two were rained out, which has been a problem in the Dominican this season.

Saturday's games

Teoscar went 1-4 and scored on a two-run single from Eugenio Velez, which turned out to be the decisive hit in Toros' 3-2 win over Estrellas.

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

The Brisbane Bandits split their series with Perth this past weekend. Connor MacDonald finished 3-15 with a run scored, two walks, and seven strikeouts. He was 2-3 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, which Perth won 2-1.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras weent 3-10 at the plate as Obregón swept Mexicali in a three-game series, their last one before the All-Star break. Heras also took part in the LMP All-Star Game and got the start in right field, striking out in both of his plate appearances.

LIGA PARALELA

Thursday's games

Nestor Tejada went 2-4 for Caracas in their 5-3 loss to Bravos/Caribes.

Eduardo Guzman was 0-2 in Zulia's 6-5 win over Aragua.

Juan Infante came on as a pinch runner and scored in La Guaira's 7-6 win over the Tigers.

Friday's games

Ronaldo Urdaneta went 1-3 with a double, but it was a long night for Zulia as they got thrashed 15-2 by Lara.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Astros Farm Report: Thanksgiving Edition

A little bit of news, some minor league updates, but first things first ...

TWEET OF THE DAY
WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

11-23: C Alvaro Alvarez (19)
11-24: RHP Francis Martes (21)
11-25: RHP Erasmo Pinales (22)
11-26: OF Renaigel Martis (19)
11-27: LHP Luis Ramirez (21)
11-28: IF Yeuris Ramirez (18)
11-28: RHP Derick Velazquez (23)
11-29: RHP Dean Deetz (23)
11-30: RHP Agapito Barrios (23)

Erasmo Pinales - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

I've updated the Astros 2016-2017 Off-Season Transactions post here. Of particular note, former Astro/Grizzly IF Danny Worth signed a contract worth $700,000 with the SK Wyverns team in South Korea. The Wyverns are being managed by Astros 2016 Bench Coach Trey Hillman. Also of note to Astros and Grizzlies fans, 2012 Astros 2nd round draft pick IF Nolan Fontana was claimed off waivers by the Angels this week. I wish them both the best as they take the next steps in their baseball journeys. (Friend of the blog Larry McCoy is also reporting that Roberto Pena has signed with the White Sox as a minor league free agent, but I haven't seen confirmation of that yet.)

Nolan Fontana - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ASTROS FALL/WINTER LEAGUE UPDATES

Here is how your Astros have fared thus far in fall/winter league play:

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE (AFL) - SEASON OVER

OF Alejandro Garcia: .200/.304/.200 in 6 games (replaced Laureano on the roster)
OF Jason Martin: .194/.375/.290 w/3-2B 2RBI 9R in 11 games
OF Ramon Laureano: .295/.340/.477 w/ 4-2B 2-3B 8RBI 5SB 12R in 12 games (last played 10/29)
C Garrett Stubbs: .171/.280/.271 w/ 4-2B 1HR 6RBI 13R in 20 games
IF Nick Tanielu: .352/.379/.500 w/ 5-2B 1HR 5RBI 7R in 14 games

RHP Francis Martes: 2-1 in 6 starts with a 3.22 ERA/1.299 WHIP in 22.1IP
RHP Jacob Dorris: 1-1 in 8 games with a 3.38 ERA/2.375 WHIP in 8.0IP
RHP Rogelio Armenteros: 0-0 (1SV) in 8 games with a 11.05 ERA/1.909 WHIP in 7.1IP
RHP David Paulino: 0-0 (1SV) in 5 games with a 0.00 ERA/0.600 WHIP in 5.0IP

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)

OF Andrew Aplin: .125/.217/.125 in 14 games
OF Osvaldo Duarte: .000/.000/.000 in 2 games (last played 11/4)
OF Teoscar Hernandez: .143/.143/.286 in 5 games
C Max Stassi: .400/.400/.400 in 2 games (last played 10/22)

RHP Edison Frias: 0-0 in 2 games with a 4.50 ERA/0.500 WHIP in 2.0IP (last played 11/9)
LHP Reymin Guduan: 0-1 in 9 games with a 6.00 ERA/2.667 WHIP in 2.2IP
RHP Mike Hauschild: 0-1 in 5 starts with a 2.31 ERA/1.329 WHIP in 23.1IP (last played 11/13)
RHP Jordan Jankowski: 0-1 in 7 games with a 4.50 ERA/1.667 WHIP in 6.0IP (last played 11/5)

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)

OF Leo Heras: .257/.357/.441 w/4-2B 6-3B 3HR 14RBI 26R in 37 games

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)

SS Miguel Sierra: .333/.333/.444 w/1-2B 3RBI in 3 games (last played 11/5)

Dustin also looked at the Liga Paralela (Venezuelan minor league) a couple days ago to see how a few of our Baby 'Stros are doing.

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LBPRC)

RHP Juan Santos: 0-0 in 3 games with a 3.00 ERA/1.000 WHIP in 3.0IP

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (ABL)

1B Connor MacDonald: .182/.438/.182 in 4 games

NEWS AND LINKS

No Astros minor leaguers were protected at the deadline in advance of the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. Here is the list of the players that the Astros may lose.

Pinstriped Prospects looks at Albert Abreu who the Astros traded to the Yankees as a part of the Brian McCann deal. I'm linking to this mainly because Robert used one of my photos of Abreu for the piece and actually asked my permission. What a concept!

Matt Eddy at Baseball America really dug down deep as he looked at the minor league free agent class. A few former Astros make appearances in the analysis.

And, in anticipation of BA's Prospect Handbook that will come out early next year, they whetted our appetite with the Astros Top 10 prospects. Drumroll please ...

1. RHP Francis Martes
2. OF Kyle Tucker
3. RHP David Paulino
4. RHP Franklin Perez
5. 1B A.J. Reed
6. RHP Forrest Whitley
7. OF Teoscar Hernandez
8. 3B/1B Yulieski Gurriel
9. OF Derek Fisher
10. C Garrett Stubbs

The main analysis is insider only, but the Top Tools list and some other info is available here.

And the Astros announced that their Advanced A affiliate will be playing at Campbell University in Buies Creek (pronounced BOO-ees), North Carolina for the next two seasons as their new stadium in Fayetteville, NC is being built.

And finally, I was feeling a thankful for all of you (and a little nostalgic) last night and I decided to stroll down memory lane by posting some photos from my Astros MiLB trips in 2012. Check out my timeline for those and stay tuned as I intend to continue the journey over the next week or so.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, November 22, 2016

LIDOM

Reymin Guduan was tasked with getting Gigantes out of a rough 5th inning against Licey, but he allowed a hit and issued a couple of walks while failing to record an out in the 10-2 loss.

Teoscar Hernandez was 0-4 as Toros walked off with a 6-5 loss against Águilas.

LIGA PARALELA

Alfredo Angarita singled, drove in a run, and scored twice as the Bravos/Caribes team romped to an 11-1 win over Magallanes.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras went 1-4 in Obregón's 3-1 loss to Los Mochis.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Monday, November 21, 2016

With the Arizona Fall League season over, it's shaping up to be a pretty quiet winter...

LIDOM

Teoscar Hernandez went 0-4 in Toros' 3-1 win over Águilas.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras finished 1-4 with a walk and a run scored as Obregón topped Los Mochis 7-6 in 11 innings.

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELA)

Not many Astros players have featured in Venezuela's main league, LVBP, but a few of them are playing in the Liga Paralela, the LVBP's minor league. Here's where they are playing, and their stats:

Bravos/Caribes
IF Alfredo Angarita: 8 games, .333/.333/.500, 3B, RBI, 3 R

Caracas
OF Nestor Tejada: 19 games, .234/.296/.277, 3B, 6 RBI, 7 R, 3 SB
RHP Gabriel Pirela: 1 appearance, 3.86 ERA, 2.1 IP, H, ER, 2 K, 0.43 WHIP

La Guaira
LHP Jose Orta: 1 appearance, 0.00 ERA, IP, BB, 2 K, 1.00 WHIP

Lara
RHP Jonger Ochoa: 1 appearance, 27.00 ERA, 0.1 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB

Ochoa was signed in July 2016; his signing was mentioned in an Astros press release announcing the signing of Anibal Sierra. He'll begin his professional career next season.

Zulia
C Oscar Campos: 10 games, .344/.400/.438, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 6 R, SB
IF Ronaldo Urdaneta: 8 games, .091/.130/.091, R

Monday, November 21, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for November 19-20, 2016

LIDOM

Saturday's games

Andrew Aplin appeared as a defensive replacement in Licey's 3-1 loss to Escogido and grounded out in his only plate appearance in the 9th inning.

Teoscar Hernandez made his LIDOM debut for Toros on Friday and finished a home run shy of the cycle and scored a run in a 3-1 win over Estrellas.

Sunday's games

Toros topped Escogido 4-2; Teoscar went 0-5 with a couple of strikeouts. Aplin was 0-2 in Licey's 3-0 loss to Águilas.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras finished 2-3 with a walk and scored a run in Obregón's 4-3 loss to Hermosillo on Saturday and went 0-4 with a walk and a run scored in an 8-2 win on Sunday.

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Roberto Peña singled and walked before getting lifted for a pinch-hitter in Santurce's 6-5 loss to Mayagüez on Saturday.

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Brisbane took their first series of the year with a 4-2 win over Canberra on Sunday. Connor MacDonald singled to lead off the 6th inning and scored the Bandits' first run on a single from Thomas Milone. MacDonald reached on an error in the 8th and was credited with an RBI on the play.

The Bandits will travel to Perth for a four-game set beginning on Thursday.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Friday, November 18, 2016

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Connor MacDonald drove in the first of Brisbane's two runs with an RBI single in their 8-2 loss to Canberra.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras went 1-5 and scored a run in Obregón's 5-4, 11-inning loss to Hermosillo.