Monday, September 17, 2018

Astros Farm Report: 9/17

Let's catch up on all the latest happenings in the Astros system...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

Colton Shaver - July 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

9/15: RHP Forrest Whitley (21)
9/17: RHP Brady Rodgers (28)
9/18: OF/1B/DH Seth Beer (22)
9/18: 3B/1B Colton Shaver (23)
9/19: OF George Springer (29)
9/20: SS/2B Deury Carrasco (19)
9/21: C Nerio Rodriguez (19)
9/22: SS Carlos Correa (24)
9/22: SS Jeremy Pena (21)
9/23: OF Omar Diaz (17)
9/23: RHP Diosmerky Taveras (19)
9/24: RHP Matt Ramsey (29)
9/26: RHP Fredy Medina (21)
9/27: RHP Flaer Gonzalez (22)
9/28: RHP Enoli Paredes (23)
9/30: IF Jack Mayfield (28)
9/30: Trent Thornton (25)

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

9/16: OF Kyle Tucker (Fresno) recalled to Houston
9/15: OF Myles Straw (Fresno) called up to Houston
9/15: SS Antonio Nunez assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
9/13: C Freddy Guilamo signed by the Astros (17-year old out of the Dominican Republic)
9/11: RHP Bryan Abreu assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
9/10: 1B Taylor Jones assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
9/10: SS Antonio Nunez assigned to Corpus Christi from Fresno
9/9: RHP Carson LaRue assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
9/7: LHP Carlos Hiraldo assigned to Corpus Christi from Quad Cities
9/5: RHP Justin Ferrell assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
9/5: SS Antonio Nunez (Fresno) activated from the DL (had been on the DL since 8/22)
9/5: RHP Forrest Whitley (Corpus Christi) activated from the DL (had been on the DL since 8/25)
9/4: 3B J.D. Davis (Fresno) recalled to Houston
9/4: RHP Dean Deetz (Fresno) called up to Houston

ASTROS MILB DISABLED LIST

8/15: C Ruben Castro (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
8/9: RHP Jairo Solis (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
7/28: 3B Joe Perez (GCL) placed on the 60-day DL
6/13: RHP Hunter Martin (Tri-City) placed on the 60-day DL
6/1: LHP Yeremi Ceballos (DSL) placed on the 60-day DL
6/1: RHP Carlos Quintero (DSL) placed on the 60-day DL
5/4: RHP Francis Martes (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL; had TJ surgery 8/15
5/3+/-: RHP Gerardo Bojorquez had TJ surgery per Instagram post
4/5: RHP Ryan Thompson assigned to Fresno (starting the season on the 7-day DL); according to Instagram Ryan has had surgery, but I don't know whether or not it was TJ (later confirmed that it was TJ surgery)
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; sent on rehab assignment to Quad Cities in mid-August but never actually activated from the DL during the season)
4/5: RHP รngel Heredia (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL (Instagram post in early August showed him as having had surgery)
4/5: RHP Nick Hernandez (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL (Tommy John)

ASTROS MILB RESTRICTED LIST

8/24: OF Carlos Diaz placed on the restricted list (suspended 56 games for testing positive for a PED)
Note that a 56 game suspension in short season ball will effectively wipe out Diaz's 2019 season. I would not be surprised to see the 14th round 2017 pick released by the Astros this offseason.
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 continue to keep track of all the minor league releases, retirements, trades and signings for the 2018 season here until the major league season is over at which time I will start an offseason transaction post.

FINAL ASTROS MILB STANDINGS

FRESNO (Pacific Coast League) - Won the PCL Pacific Northern Division
1st 82-57 .590 -.-GB W1

POSTSEASON
Won the Pacific Conference Championship 3-2 over El Paso
Lost the Pacific Coast League Championship series to Memphis 3-1

CORPUS CHRISTI (Texas League) - Won both 1st and 2nd halves in South Division
1st 82-56 .594 -.-GB W2 (overall)
1st 39-30 .565 -.-GB W2 (second half)
1st 43-26 .623 -.-GB W5 (first half division winner)

POSTSEASON
Lost the South Division Championship Series to San Antonio 3-2
San Antonio went on to lose to Tulsa in the Texas League Championship Series 3-0

BUIES CREEK (Carolina League) - Won the 2nd half in the Southern Division
2nd 80-57 .584 3.5GB W2 (overall)
1st 43-25 .632 -.-GB W2 (second half)
2nd 37-32 .536 3.5GB L1 (first half)

POSTSEASON ๐Ÿ†
Won the Southern Division Championship 3-0 over Winston-Salem
Won the one-game* League Championship Series 1-0 over Potomac 1-0

*Originally to be a five game series until Hurricane Florence crashed the party.

QUAD CITIES (Midwest League) - Won the 1st half in the Western Division
1st 81-59 .579 -.-GB W5 (overall)
2nd 41-29 .586 4.0GB W5 (second half)
1st 40-30 .571 -.-GB W6 (first half division winner)

POSTSEASON
Lost the Western Division Quarterfinal 2-0 to Peoria
(Peoria went on to win the Western Division Championship series 2-0 over Cedar Rapids and is currently down 2-1 against Bowling Green in the best-of-five League Championship Series.)

TRI-CITY (New York-Penn League) - Won the Stedler Division
1st 42-33 .560 -.-GB L2

POSTSEASON ๐Ÿ†
Won the Semi-Final Championship Series 2-0 over Mahoning Valley
Won the New York-Penn League Championship Series 2-0 over Hudson Valley

GCL ASTROS (Gulf Coast League)
2nd 27-28 .491 12.5 L2

DSL ASTROS (Dominican Summer League Northwest)
6th 30-41 .423 21.0GB L3

NEWS AND LINKS


In case you missed it, I posted my Astros Full Season and Short Season Players, Starters, Relievers and Catchers of the Year. So much talent!!

MLB has worked very, very hard to keep minor league players from earning a fair wage. Is this the answer?
"The Dodgers run one of baseball’s most extensive minor league systems. They list about 300 organizational players in their media guide, so guaranteeing each one $25,000 this year would have cost less than they guaranteed to infielder Logan Forsythe this season."


via GIPHY

Another former Astros farmhand and Friend of the Blog gets a baseball coaching gig.

Patrick Obley of the Fayetteville Observer looks back at the Buies Creek experience as the team prepares to move to their new Fayetteville digs next season.

Why Brett Maverick Phillips continues to be one of my favorite ballplayers and one of my favorite people.

SAFE!!!


And in case you missed any of these, here are my interviews from this season:

OF Alex McKenna (Tri-City, since promoted to Quad Cities)
RHP Peter Solomon (Quad Cities, since promoted to Buies Creek)
OF Seth Beer (Quad Cities, since promoted to Buies Creek)
RHP Jairo Solis and C Ruben Castro (Quad Cities)
RHP Corbin Martin (Corpus Christi)
3B Abraham Toro (Corpus Christi)
RHP Trent Thornton (Fresno)
OF Chas McCormick (Buies Creek, since promoted to Corpus Christi)
OF J.J. Matijevic (Buies Creek)
RHP Brandon Bielak (Buies Creek, since promoted to Corpus Christi)
LHP Brett Adcock (Buies Creek, since promoted to Corpus Christi)
SS Alex De Goti (Corpus Christi, since promoted to Fresno)
1B Taylor Jones (Corpus Christi, since promoted to Fresno)
RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (Corpus Christi, since promoted to Fresno)

STATE OF THE BLOG ADDRESS

This concludes my seventh season of traveling to see Astros minor league players in minor league ballparks from Kentucky to California to Tennessee to Oklahoma to Iowa to New York to South Carolina (Buies Creek road trip) and, of course, to Corpus Christi and Austin (Fresno road trips). I am not exactly a spring chicken anymore, but the players I have met along the way keep me much younger than my years. They make me laugh and cry and love baseball even more than I ever imagined was possible. Because, when it comes right down to it, the players are what make this game special.

And those players aren't limited to my favorite team. Players I've talked to and gotten to know are peppered throughout major and minor league baseball. The Astros will always be "my team," but I find myself pulling more and more for those players I care about regardless of the uniform the player wears. Which finally makes me a true fan of baseball after all these years, I suppose.

And that brings me to the future of WTHB?. I have always felt the need to re-invent myself every few years. I get restless with the status quo. But I can't imagine my life without minor league baseball in it. But, then again, why should I limit myself just to the Astros? Why should I deprive myself of the opportunity to get to know great people from 29 other affiliates simply because of the team they're on?

Readership is way down since the team is good again; people aren't hungry to know about the next wave of Astros players like they were when I started, and there are players from other MLB affiliates that I would love to get to know a little better. I have a ton of contacts in the Astros organization, but I've gained many contacts outside the organization as players, managers and coaches move around.

Secondarily, I've gotten away from what got me started on this blog in the first place ... writing about things that interest me personally, talking not only to players, but to people in all walks of baseball life, and going down the occasional rabbit hole. So, after much thought and deliberation about the future of WTHB?, I've come to the conclusion that, although the blog will still be mostly Astros-centric, I won't limit myself to just the Astros. I have been working behind the scenes on some long-read and series work that will look at prospects throughout the minors, the 2018 draft, minor league pay and women in baseball. And that's just for starters! I plan to keep interviewing Astros prospects and then start branching out to other teams next season during my travels. As a result, I may retire some of the content I've provided in years past. The blog may look a little different in 2019, but don't worry, the Astros will always be my first love and will take priority.

In the meantime, other than my annual Rule 5 draft post which will come out this week or next, I plan to take a little time off from posting regularly while I work on some of these larger projects and do some housekeeping on the blog. (And with the postseason rapidly approaching, Astros fans are likely to be too preoccupied to read much of what I'd put out there right now anyway!)

As a final note, I hope that Dustin will continue to contribute to the blog next season. He has really come into his own as a writer and has been an invaluable voice for WTHB?. He has an open invitation to write as much or as little as he wishes, about whatever he wishes, for as long as he wishes. It will be my absolute pleasure to have him continue to be my partner in crime.

Thank you for reading, and thank you for your encouragement as I strive to make the minor league life a fun and interesting part of your lives.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

2018 WTHB Players of the Year

Now that the minor league season is in the rearview mirror, the ring chasing is done and the players have scattered to all corners of the United States and Latin America, it's time to take a look at those players who really stepped up to the plate (or toed the mound) in a big way in 2018. System leaders in various categories have been highlighted in blue. Players are considered full season players or short season players based on where they started their seasons. A key to the levels (FNO, CC, BC, etc.) is at the end of this post.

[Note: it is my arbitrary rule that I do not consider players for these awards who have made their major league debuts. There will be one notable exception plus I will include notes on a few more of those players throughout this post in order to give a fuller picture of how some of their performances compare to my winners.]

FULL SEASON STARTERS OF THE YEAR

RHP Corbin Martin - September 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen


LHP Ryan Hartman - September 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

This was an incredibly difficult task because, despite my best efforts, I could not pick just one of these pitchers as the Full Season Starter of the Year. LHP Ryan Hartman and RHP Corbin Martin threw roughly equivalent numbers of innings. All but four of Martin's outings were in AA and all of Hartman's were at AA so they faced the same level of competition. Hartman had the edge on wins, walk rate and strikeout rate. Martin had the edge on ERA, WHIP and hits allowed per nine innings. In the postseason, Martin had a 0.00 ERA and a 0.353 WHIP in 5.2 innings while Hartman had a 0.00 ERA and a 0.391 WHIP in 7.2 innings. If you throw out the worst outing of the season by each pitcher, you have Hartman with a 2.21 ERA and 1.008 WHIP and Martin with a 2.18 ERA and 0.978 WHIP. That is just too close for me to single out one over the other. Both Hartman and Martin had extremely good, extremely consistent seasons and Astros fans should be excited to see these two pitchers make their way closer to Houston.

As a side note, this could easily have been a 3-way tie with Tyler Ivey as the third wheel, but ultimately since Ivey threw fewer innings for the season and was not quite as dominant in the postseason, I went with Martin and Hartman.

RHP Corbin Martin (BC/CC): 9-2 with 1 save in 25 G/21 GS, 2.51 ERA, 1.008 WHIP, 35 BB:122 K in 122 IP

LHP Ryan Hartman (CC): 11-4 in 25 G/18 GS, 2.69 ERA, 1.077 WHIP, 26 BB:143 K in 120.2 IP

Honorable Mention (sorted by WHIP)

RHP Enoli Paredes (QC/BC): 6-4 with 2 saves in 24 G/5 GS, 1.43 ERA, 0.913 WHIP, 29 BB:90 K in 69 IP

RHP Tyler Ivey (QC/BC): 4-6 with 3 saves in 24 G/18 GS, 2.97 ERA, 1.027 WHIP, 29 BB:135 K in 112 IP

RHP Peter Solomon (QC/BC): 9-1 in 24 G/13 GS, 2.32 ERA, 1.093 WHIP, 32 BB:114 K in 100.2 IP

RHP Cristian Javier (QC/BC): 7-6 with 1 save in 25 G/18 GS, 2.70 ERA, 1.109 WHIP, 50 BB:146 K in 110 IP

RHP J.B. Bukauskas (QC/GCL/TC/QC/BC/CC): 4-2 in 14 GS, 2.14 ERA, 1.119 WHIP, 24 BB:71 K in 59 IP

RHP Brandon Bielak (BC/CC): 7-8 with 2 saves in 25 G/17 GS, 2.23 ERA, 1.154 WHIP, 39 BB:131 K in 117 IP

RHP Brandon Bailey (BC/CC): 6-8 with 1 save in 25 G/17 GS, 2.80 ERA, 1.161 WHIP, 52 BB:136 K in 122.1 IP

RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (CC/FNO/CC/FNO): 9-4 in 25 G/21 GS, 3.97 ERA, 1.165 WHIP, 39 BB:125 K in 127 IP

LHP Brett Adcock (BC/CC): 9-5 with 1 save in 25 G/14 GS, 2.89 ERA, 1.170 WHIP, 58 BB:95 K in 106 IP

LHP Parker Mushinski (QC): 4-2 with 2 saves in 27 G/12 GS, 2.33 ERA, 1.202 WHIP, 45 BB:114 K in 89 IP

RHP Luis Garcia (QC/TC/QC): 7-2 in 24 G/13 GS, 2.00 ERA, 1.242 WHIP, 41 BB:98 K in 85.1 IP

RHP Cy Sneed (3.83 ERA/1.362 WHIP) was tied with Brock Dykxhoorn for the most innings pitched in the Astros minors in the regular season with 127 innings. RHP Josh James (3.23 ERA/1.120 WHIP) led the Astros minors with 171 strikeouts in 114.1 innings prior to being called up to Houston.

FULL SEASON RELIEVER OF THE YEAR

Justin Ferrell - July 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Relievers aren't as clear cut as starters and I considered everything from total saves to converted save opportunities to inherited runners stranded to batting line allowed to innings pitched and number of appearances to postseason success to consistency. I strongly considered saves leader Brendan McCurry and Willy Collado (who had an excellent season but pitched fewer innings), but in the end I felt that Justin Ferrell had the best overall season. Had Ferrell not had a simply awful final game of the regular season (6 runs in 1.1 innings), I would have found this decision much easier. Backing out that appearance, Ferrell had a dominant 2.13 ERA, a 1.010 WHIP and allowed a .179/.264/.278 batting line. He converted 4 of 5 save opportunities and stranded 77% of inherited runners. Ferrell was promoted to Fresno for the postseason and pitched 3.2 scoreless innings in two games with a 0.818 WHIP.

RHP Justin Ferrell (BC/CC): 7-3 with 4 saves in 34 G, 2.92 ERA, 1.082 WHIP, 25 BB:82 K in 64.2 IP, .193/.276/.313 line allowed

Honorable Mention (sorted by WHIP)

RHP Willy Collado (QC): 1-4 with 6 saves in 23 G, 2.23 ERA, 0.942 WHIP, 10 BB:55 K in 40.1 IP

RHP Tanner Duncan (QC/BC/QC): 4-3 with 6 saves in 31 G, 2.82 ERA, 1.049 WHIP, 30 BB:67 K in 54.1 IP

RHP Matt Ramsey (FNO): 3-2 in 38 G, 2.04 ERA, 1.113 WHIP, 16 BB:63 K in 53 IP

RHP Humberto Castellanos (QC/TC/QC): 3-2 with 5 saves in 23 G, 2.00 ERA, 1.156 WHIP, 11 BB:50 K in 45 IP

LHP Kit Scheetz (BC/CC): 2-1 with 7 saves in 38 G, 2.24 ERA, 1.171 WHIP, 17 BB:87 K in 38 IP

RHP Ronel Blanco (BC/CC): 7-1 with 5 saves in 32 games, 3.65 ERA, 1.235 WHIP, 29 BB:71 K in 56.2

Blanco inherited the most runners during the season. Of the 37 runners he inherited, he stranded all but eight, including stranding inherited bases loaded on three separate occasions.

RHP Brendan McCurry (FNO): 6-7 with 14 saves in 46 G, 3.69 ERA, 1.279 WHIP, 17 BB:73 K in 63.1 IP

RHP Brendan Feldmann (FNO/CC/QC/BC): 2-2 with 8 saves in 33 G, 2.91 ERA, 1.338 WHIP, 20 BB:57 K in 46.1 IP

RHP Dean Deetz had a 0.89 ERA and a 1.230 WHIP in his 27 bullpen appearances with Fresno prior to being called up to Houston.

FULL SEASON POSITION PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

Myles Straw - June 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

J.J. Matijevic - May 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Once again, my arbitrary rule that MLB debuts cancel out eligibility* for WTHB awards leaves 3B Tyler White (70 G, .333/.444/.569/.1.013),  OF Kyle Tucker (100 G, .332/.400/.590/.989),  3B J.D. Davis (85 G, .342/.406/.583/.988) and 1B A.J. Reed (123 G, .255/.344/.506/.851) out in the cold, but they all had excellent seasons. Reed led the Astros minor league affiliates with 28 home runs and 108 RBI. [*Since I had already written the following prior to Myles Straw's MLB debut last night, and since he has yet to collect his first MLB at-bat, I'm making an exception to my own rule. I don't think Matijevic will mind too much!]

I looked long and hard at the remaining candidates and, once again, I felt compelled to declare a tie because the two players who stood out most for me are such different types of players. J.J. Matijevic displayed elite power. His 52 extra base hits lagged behind only Reed (56) and Tucker (54) in the Astros system. And his OPS trailed only Tucker for players who had played in a minimum of 100 games for the season. On the other hand, although he collected 13 stolen bases, he was also caught stealing 13 times and he ranked in the top 10 in the system in strikeouts. Myles Straw's game was of a different variety. He led the system in runs scored, stolen bases and walks, and had the third highest average and second highest on base percentage for players appearing in 100 or more games in the system (with Tucker leading in both of those categories). Straw doesn't provide the power of someone like Matijevic, but he is a defensive web gem waiting to happen, collecting a system-leading 17 outfield assists for the season. Both of these players have bright futures ahead of them.

OF Myles Straw (CC/FNO): 131 G, .291/.381/.353/.734, 17 2B, 6 3B, HR, 31 RBI, 95 R, 70 SB:9 CS, 73 BB:102 K, 17 outfield assists

OF J.J. Matijevic (QC/BC): 101 G, .277/.350/.538/.887, 26 2B, 4 3B, 22 HR, 62 RBI, 66 R, 13 SB:13 CS, 44 BB:113 K

Honorable Mention (sorted by OPS)

OF Yordan Alvarez (CC/FNO): 88 G, .293/.369/.534/.904, 21 2B, 20 HR, 74 RBI, 6 SB:2 CS, 42 BB:92 K (spent 6 weeks +/- on DL; had he remained healthy all season, he would likely have been a top candidate for POTY)

OF Drew Ferguson (FNO): 71 G, .304/.432/.443/.874, 14 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 6 SB:6CS, 49 BB:68 K

1B Taylor Jones (CC/FNO/CC): 123 G, .281/.374/.480/.854, 32 2B, 2 3B, 18 HR, 80 RBI, 2 SB:0 CS, 61 BB:124 K

OF Carmen Benedetti (CC): 80 G, .277/.365/.443/.808, 17 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 49 RBI, 11 SB:5 CS, 39 BB:82 K

OF Jake Meyers (QC/BC): 121 G, .278/.363/.423/.786, 31 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 46 RBI, 16 SB:14 CS, 51 BB:83 K

IF Jack Mayfield (FNO): 113 G, .270/.324/.457/.782, 31 2B, 3B, 16 HR, 66 RBI, 5 SB:4 CS, 33 BB:92 K

3B Abraham Toro (BC/CC): 133 G, .247/.345/.435/.779, 35 2B, 3 3B, 16 HR, 78 RBI, 8 SB:4 CS, 62 BB:108 K

3B Randy Cesar (CC): 116 G, .296/.348/.428/.777, 25 2B, 2 3B, 10 HR, 62 RBI, 3 SB:4 CS, 36 BB:112 K (put together a 42-game hitting streak from May 5th to June 28th in which he hit .391/.428/.627/1.055)

SS Alex De Goti (CC/FNO): 125 G, .283/.335/.440/.775, 29 2B, 3 3B, 12 HR, 62 RBI, 8 SB:7 CS, 28 BB:80 K

3B Nick Tanielu (CC/FNO): 105 G, .288/.336/.418/.755, 22 2B, 3B, 9 HR, 59 RBI, 3 SB:2 CS, 28 BB:50 K

OF Bryan de la Cruz (QC/BC): 119 G, .289/.367/.375/.742, 22 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 62 RBI, 10 SB:7 CS, 51 BB:97 K

I had to cut this off somewhere, but shout out to a few guys whose speed on the bases really helped out their respective teams: IF/OF Josh Rojas (130 G, 84 R, 34 2B, 6 3B, 38 SB), OF Corey Julks (125 G, 79 R, 30 2B, 4 3B, 30 SB), OF Stephen Wrenn (121 G, 79 R, 23 2B, 4 3B, 44 SB) and OF Ronnie Dawson (119 G, 69 R, 24 2B, 2 3B, 35 RBI). IF/OF Osvaldo Duarte (BC) and SS Jonathan Arauz (QC/BC) led the Astros affiliates with nine triples each.

FULL SEASON CATCHER OF THE YEAR

Garrett Stubbs - June 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Finally, an easy one!! I like to single out a catcher who shines both offensively and defensively in a season and this one was a no-brainer. Stubbs struggled with injury issues in 2017; subsequently, although he was still solid defensively, his season at the plate was somewhat lackluster. And, although Stubbs was shelved for 12 days in May on the DL this year, he appears to have put the injury and durability questions behind him by season's end as he caught up to the AAA level in a big way both offensively and defensively.

C Garrett Stubbs (FNO): 84 G, .310/.382/.455/.836, 19 2B, 6 3B, 4 HR, 38 RBI, 6 SB:0 CS, 35 BB:53 K, 45% CS rate (19 of 42)

Honorable Mention (sorted by OPS)

C Lorenzo Quintana (CC): 70 G, .254/.316/.484/.799, 19 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, 42 RBI, 7 SB:4 CS, 15 BB:47 K, 30% CS rate (17 of 56)

C Jamie Ritchie (CC/FNO): 70 G, .293/.390/.405/.795, 16 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 31 RBI, 3 SB:1 CS, 31 BB:57 K, 32% CS rate (20 of 62)

C Ruben Castro (QC): 38 G, .299/.395/.381/.776, 7 2B, 2 3B, 10 RBI, 1 SB:4 CS, 19 BB:27 K, 43% CS rate (17 of 40)

SHORT SEASON STARTER OF THE YEAR

There were so many great performances among those who started their seasons with short season clubs, but no one was quite so dominant as Ernesto Jaquez ... well, at least until he got to Tri-City! Jaquez started his season with the Dominican Summer League (4-0 in 9 G/4 GS, 0.25 ERA, 0.528 WHIP), then was promoted to the Gulf Coast League on August 1st (0-0 in 5G/1 GS, 1.06 ERA, 0.824 WHIP), and ended his season with two games for Tri-City (the second of which he would likely try to take back - 8 ER in 0.1 IP). Take out that final appearance and Jaquez had an astonishing 0.48 ERA and a 0.621 WHIP in 15 of his 16 games. The 19-year old Jaquez signed in July 2017 out of the Dominican Republic for $95,000. Serious consideration was also given to Chad Donato (see below). He was certainly equally deserving, but I was trying to avoid another tie.

RHP Ernesto Jaquez (DSL/GCL/TC): 5-1 in 16 G/6 GS, 1.75 ERA, 0.741 WHIP, 17 BB:74 K in 56.2 IP, .129 BA

Honorable Mention (sorted by WHIP)

RHP Heitor Tokar (DSL): 0-1 in 13 G/8 GS, 1.66 ERA, 0.762 WHIP, 6 BB:35 K in 43.1 IP

RHP Franny Cobos (DSL): 1-2 with 1 save in 14 G/5 GS, 0.60 ERA, 0.800 WHIP, 7 BB:39 K in 45 IP

RHP Brett Daniels (TC): 3-0 in 11 G/2 GS, 1.62 ERA, 0.840 WHIP, 7 BB:36 K in 33.1 IP

RHP Alfredi Jimenez (DSL/GCL): 1-3 with 2 saves in 14 G/5 GS, 1.63 ERA, 0.867 WHIP, 13 BB:63 K in 55.1 IP

RHP Valente Bellozo (DSL): 2-1 with 1 save in 14 G/8 GS, 1.74 ERA, 0.871 WHIP, 16 BB:42 K in 51.2 IP

RHP Chad Donato (TC/QC): 9-0 with 2 saves in 15 G/12 GS, 1.62 ERA, 0.876 WHIP, 22 BB:98 K in 77.2 IP

RHP Austin Hansen (TC): 2-3 with 2 saves in 14 G/2 GS, 1.76 ERA, 0.880 WHIP, 13 BB:45 K in 30.2 IP

RHP Bryan Abreu (TC/QC): 6-1 with 3 saves in 14 G/7 GS, 1.49 ERA, 1.031 WHIP, 23 BB:90 K in 54.1 IP

RHP Nivaldo Rodriguez (TC): 4-1 with 1 save in 14 G/7 GS, 2.91 ERA, 1.042 WHIP, 13 BB:50 K in 55.2 IP

RHP Jojanse Torres (DSL): 1-2 with 1 save in 13 G/8 GS, 2.20 ERA, 1.073 WHIP, 8 BB:48 K in 41 IP

RHP Brett Conine (TC): 1-1 in 11 G/3 GS, 1.99 ERA, 1.074 WHIP, 11 BB:37 K in 31.2 IP

RHP R.J. Freure (TC): 3-0 in 11 G/3 GS, 0.98 ERA, 1.084 WHIP, 13 BB:29 K in 27.2 IP

RHP Fredy Medina (GCL): 1-1 in 9 G/3 GS, 2.25 ERA, 1.107 WHIP, 14 BB:34 K in 28 IP

RHP Wender Oberto (DSL): 4-3 with 1 save in 15 G/6 GS, 1.91 ERA, 1.112 WHIP, 18 BB:39 K in 56.2 IP

RHP Jose Luis Herndandez (TC/BC): 2-2 in 13 G/11 GS, 2.35 ERA, 1.134 WHIP, 10 BB:48 K in 57.1 IP

RHP Jose Antonio Hernandez (DSL): 4-4 in 15 G/7 GS, 1.90 ERA, 1.246 WHIP, 18 BB:41 K in 47.1 IP

SHORT SEASON RELIEVER OF THE YEAR

Tim Hardy - July 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

I originally had Joey Gonzalez in the top spot in large part due to his very impressive batting line allowed (see below), but ultimately, Tim Hardy was more effective in a couple of areas, converting all of his save opportunities and allowing only one inherited runner to score on his watch. And he appeared in three more games and 11 more innings than Gonzalez, also finishing the season at a higher level. The one qualm I had with Hardy was his somewhat high walk rate, but when I dug down and saw that four of those free passes came in just one outing (in which he presumably had a case of the yips), I decided to give him his own free pass. He appeared in just one game in the postseason, allowing only one hit and striking out two in his 1.1 innings.

LHP Tim Hardy (TC/QC): 2-2 with 4 saves in 18 G, 2.05 ERA, 1.304 WHIP, 15 BB:49 K in 30.2 IP

Honorable Mention (sorted by WHIP)

RHP Joey Gonzalez (GCL/TC): 4-2 with 3 saves in 15 G, 1.37 ERA, 0.864 WHIP, 4 BB:25 K in 19.2 IP, .176/.222/.230 batting line allowed

RHP J. P. France (TC/QC): 2-0 with 2 saves in 10 G, 0.50 ERA, 0.889 WHIP, 6 BB:28 K in 18 IP

RHP Hansel Paulino (TC/QC): 2-2 with 2 saves in 18 G, 3.57 ERA/1.041 WHIP, 11 BB:45 K in 40.1 IP

SHORT SEASON POSITION PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Seth Beer - July 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

The first round draft pick came as advertised, shooting up through three levels of the system in his first professional season. And, although his numbers at the highest level weren't quite as gaudy as they were at the two lower levels, he was still very productive. Beer isn't known for his defensive prowess, but he certainly didn't embarrass himself in that regard as he got some great experience under his belt at both first base and the corner outfield positions. But it is Beer's bat that got him drafted and he truly excelled in hitting for average and getting on base. And I think we'll only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his developing power. Seth Beer would have been my pick for this award even if I hadn't had the chance to see him in person, but I really enjoyed seeing what a consummate professional he is and how dedicated he is to becoming the best player he is capable of being. Alex McKenna was also extremely impressive, but since he played in 23 fewer games than Beer, it made my decision easier.

OF/1B/DH Seth Beer (TC/QC/BC): 67 G, .304/.389/.496/.885, 14 2B, 12 HR, 42 RBI, 1 SB:1 CS, 25 BB:49 K

Honorable Mention (sorted by OPS)

OF Alex McKenna (TC/QC): 44 G, .311/.394/.512/.906, 8 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 28 RBI, 6 SB:5 CS, 14 BB:40 K

SS Freudis Nova (GCL): 41 G, .308/.331/.466/.797, 3 2B, 3B, 6 HR, 28 RBI, 9 SB:5 CS, 6 BB:21 K

OF Andy Pineda (TC/CC/TC): 46 G, .288/.362/.423/.785, 6 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 12 SB:6 CS, 14 BB:43 K

OF Carlos Machado (TC): 52 G, .304/.346/.412/.758, 10 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 28 RBI, 5 SB:2 CS, 14 BB:26 K

SHORT SEASON CATCHER OF THE YEAR

Another catcher no-brainer! Jose Alvarez, who signed with the Astros in July 2016 out of Venezuela for $195,000 played his second season in the DSL in 2018. Alvarez repeated the 50% caught stealing rate from his first season while substantially lowering the number of passed balls he allowed. But it was his offense that the 18-year old improved on most. In 2017, Alvarez started out strong but faded badly down the stretch, but in 2018, he was able to sustain his success throughout the season. Look for Alvarez to make his U.S. debut in 2019. He will be 19 years old next June.

C Jose Alvarez (DSL): 44 G, .359/.434/.420/.854, 8 2B, 15 RBI, 5 SB:2 CS, 17 BB:27 K, 50% CS rate (26 of 52)

Honorable Mention

Although there are several other extremely good defensive catchers in the lower levels of the system, no one really stood out when looking at defense and offense combined. Many of these younger catchers have shown flashes of offensive potential, but most are works in progress.

FNO = Fresno (AAA)
CC = Corpus Christi (AA)
BC = Buies Creek (High A)
QC = Quad Cities (Low A)
TC = Tri-City (Short Season A)
GCL = Gulf Coast League (Domestic Rookie League)
DSL = Dominican Summer League (Dominican Rookie League)

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Astros MiLB Postseason Results

ASTROS MILB POSTSEASON

FRESNO POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
Pacific Coast League, Pacific Conference Championship (Best of 5)
Fresno won the series 3-2; advanced to the League Championship Series

Game 1: Wednesday, 9/5: Fresno at El Paso (Padres)
Fresno 8, El Paso 7

Game 2: Thursday, 9/6: Fresno at El Paso
Fresno 7, El Paso 5

Game 3: Friday, 9/7: El Paso at Fresno
El Paso 2, Fresno 0

Game 4: Saturday, 9/8: El Paso at Fresno
El Paso 4, Fresno 2

Game 5: Sunday, 9/9: El Paso at Fresno
Fresno 10, El Paso 1

The winner of the Pacific Conference will play the winner of the American Conference (Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers: Memphis won the series 3-1) in a best-of-five League Championship Series starting Tuesday, 9/11.

Pacific Coast League, League Championship Series (Best of 5)
Memphis wins the series 3-1

Game 1: Tuesday, 9/11, 9:05: Memphis (Cardinals) at Fresno
Memphis 10, Fresno 4

Game 2: Wednesday, 9/12, 9:05: Memphis at Fresno
Fresno 10, Memphis 1

Game 3: Friday, 9/14, 7:05: Fresno at Memphis
Memphis 2, Fresno 1

Game 4: Saturday, 9/15, 6:35: Fresno at Memphis
Memphis 5, Fresno 0

Game 5: Sunday, 9/16, 5:05: Fresno at Memphis (if necessary)

CORPUS CHRISTI POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
Texas League, South Division Championship (Best of 5)
San Antonio wins the series 3-2; Hooks eliminated

Game 1: Wednesday, 9/5: San Antonio (Padres) at Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi 7, San Antonio 0

Game 2: Thursday, 9/6: San Antonio at Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi 5, San Antonio 1

Game 3: Friday, 9/7: Corpus Christi at San Antonio
San Antonio 9, Corpus Christi 8 (suspended game completed 9/8)

Game 4: Saturday, 9/8: Corpus Christi at San Antonio
San Antonio 3, Corpus Christi 1

Game 5: Sunday, 9/9: San Antonio at Corpus Christi
San Antonio 8, Corpus Christi 1

The winner of the South Division (San Antonio) will play the winner of the North Division (Tulsa Drillers vs. Arkansas Travelers: Tulsa won the series 3-2) in a best-of-five League Championship Series starting Tuesday, 9/11.

BUIES CREEK POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
Carolina League, Southern Division Championship (Best of 5)
Buies Creek won the series 3-0; advanced to League Championship Series

Game 1: Wednesday, 9/5: Winston-Salem (White Sox) at Buies Creek
Buies Creek 5, Winston-Salem 4

Game 2: Thursday, 9/6: Winston-Salem at Buies Creek
Buies Creek 3, Winston-Salem 1

Game 3: Friday, 9/7: Buies Creek at Winston-Salem
Buies Creek 6, Winston-Salem 5

Saturday, 9/8 at 6:00 CST: Buies Creek at Winston-Salem (if necessary)
Sunday, 9/9 at 1:00 CST: Buies Creek at Winston-Salem (if necessary)

The winner of the Southern Division will play the winner of the Northern Division (Lynchburg Hillcats vs. Potomac Nationals: Potomac won the series 3-2) in a best-of-five League Championship Series starting Tuesday, 9/11.

Carolina League, League Championship Series (Best of 5 1)
Buies Creek won the one-game League Championship series ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†

Change of plans with a hurricane bearing down on the Carolinas ...
Game 1: Tuesday, 9/11, TBD: Potomac (Nationals) at Buies Creek
Buies Creek 2, Potomac 1

Game 2: Wednesday, 9/12, TBD: Potomac at Buies Creek
Game 3: Thursday, 9/13, TBD: Buies Creek at Potomac
Game 4: Friday, 9/14, TBD: Buies Creek at Potomac (if necessary)
Game 5: Saturday, 9/15, TBD: Buies Creek at Potomac (if necessary)

QUAD CITIES POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
Midwest League, Western Division Quarterfinal (Best of 3)
Peoria won the series 2-0; Quad Cities eliminated

Game 1: Wednesday, 9/5: Quad Cities at Peoria (Cardinals)
Peoria 3, Quad Cities 0

Game 2: Thursday, 9/6: Peoria at Quad Cities
Peoria 7, Quad Cities 2

Friday, 9/7 at 6:35 CST: Peoria at Quad Cities (if necessary)

TRI-CITY POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
New York-Penn League, Semi-Final Championship Series (Best of 3)
Tri-City won the series 2-0; advanced to the League Championship Series

Game 1: Wednesday, 9/5: Mahoning Valley (Indians) at Tri-City
Tri-City 9, Mahoning Valley 6

Game 2: Thursday, 9/6: Tri-City at Mahoning Valley
Tri-City 8, Mahoning Valley 4

Friday, 9/7 at TBD: Tri-City at Mahoning Valley (if necessary)

The winners of the two Semi-Finals (Hudson Valley vs. Auburn are in the second Semi-Final: Hudson Valley advances) will face off in a best-of-three League Championship Series starting either Saturday, 9/8 or Sunday, 9/9 depending on when the Semi-Finals conclude.

New York-Penn League Championship Series (Best of 3)
Tri-City won the series 2-0 ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†

Game 1: Saturday, 9/8: Hudson Valley (Rays) at Tri-City
Tri-City 3, Hudson Valley 0

Game 2: Sunday, 9/9: Tri-City at Hudson Valley
Tri-City 4, Hudson Valley 2

Game 3: Monday, 9/10 at 5:35 CST: Tri-City at Hudson Valley (if necessary)

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Astros August/September MiLB Standouts

The regular season may have come to a close on Monday, but the top five Astros minor league teams aren't quite finished as they head to the postseason. Here are a few of the players who have helped contribute to the success of their teams in August/September. I have highlighted a few of the more outstanding stats in red.

Note: If a player played at multiple levels during August/September, he is listed under his current level, but his stats are cumulative.

FRESNO

Kyle Tucker - June 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Position Players
  • OF Kyle Tucker: 19 G, .449/.522/.897/1.419, 3 2B, 3B, 10 HR, 27 RBI, 6 SB:1 CS, 12 BB:14 K
  • 3B J.D. Davis: 21 G, .351/.435/.740/1.175, 3 2B, 9 HR, 27 RBI, 2 SB:0 CS, 12 BB:14 K
  • 3B Nick Tanielu: 22 G, .384/.413/.570/.983, 7 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 4 BB:7 K
  • 2B Jack Mayfield: 30 G, .288/.348/.512/.860, 11 2B, 3B, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 1 SB:2 CS, 8 BB:29 K
  • OF Yordan Alvarez: 26 G, .282/.362/.456/.818, 6 2B, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 13 BB:28 K
  • C Jamie Ritchie: 14 G, .277/.393/.426/.818, 4 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 SB:0 CS, 7 BB:12 K
  • SS Alex De Goti: 29 G, .297/.360/.406/.766, 8 2B, HR, 12 RBI, 3 SB:1 CS, 10 BB:16 K
OF Myles Straw stole 16 bases in 27 games (1 caught stealing) to end the regular season with 70 stolen bases (9 caught stealing).

Pitchers
  • RHP Dean Deetz: 2-0 in 12 games, 1.29 ERA, 0.952 WHIP, 9 BB:26 K in 21 IP
  • RHP Matt Ramsey: 0-1 in 14 games, 1.50 ERA, 0.944 WHIP, 7 BB:12 K in 20 IP
  • RHP Akeem Bostick: 1-1 with 1 save in 6 games/4 starts, 2.51 ERA, 0.907 WHIP, 8 BB:37 K in 28.2 IP
CORPUS CHRISTI

Ryan Hartman - April 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Position Players
  • OF Ronnie Dawson: 28 G, .288/.336/.514/.850, 5 2B, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 6 SB:3 CS, 5 BB:33 K
  • 3B Abraham Toro: 27 G, .281/.333/.438/.771, 10 2B, 3B, HR, 11 RBI, 1 SB:0 CS, 6 BB:25 K
  • C Eduardo de Oleo: 14 G, .319/.319/.404/.723, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB:10 K
Pitchers
  • RHP Erasmo Pinales: 0-0 with 2 saves in 8 games, 0.93 ERA, 0.724 WHIP, 2 BB:15 K in 9.2 IP
  • RHP J.B. Bukauskas: 3-0 in 6 starts, 1.32 ERA, 0.853 WHIP, 15 BB:39 K in 34 IP
  • LHP Kit Scheetz: 1-0 with 2 saves in 10 games, 2.03 ERA, 0.750 WHIP, 3 BB:15 K in 13.1 IP
  • LHP Ryan Hartman: 2-1 in 6 games/3 starts, 2.08 ERA, 0.659 WHIP, 2 BB:40 K in 30.1 IP
  • RHP Brandon Bielak: 0-3 in 5 starts, 2.48 ERA, 0.931 WHIP, 8 BB:30 K in 29 IP
  • RHP Brandon Bailey: 1-0 with 1 save in 6 games/2 starts, 3.03 ERA, 0.980 WHIP, 10 BB:31 K in 32.2 IP
BUIES CREEK

Chad Donato - July 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Position Players
  • OF Corey Julks: 27 G, .305/.373/.543/.916, 10 2B, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 4 SB:1 CS, 12 BB:26 K
  • OF J.J. Matijevic: 28 G, .261/.352/.559/.910, 9 2B, 8 HR, 26 RBI, 1 SB:3 CS, 16 BB:34 K
  • 1B Jake Adams: 22 G, .316/.357/.474/.831, 3 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 5 SB:2 CS, 6 BB:20 K
  • OF Bryan de la Cruz: 24 G, .313/.389/.398/.787, 5 2B, 3B, 15 RBI, 3 SB:0 CS, 10 BB:18 K
  • C Chuckie Robinson: 16 G, .293/.364/.414/.777, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB:1 CS: 6 BB:13 K
  • OF Seth Beer: 26 G, .272/.316/.456/.774, 4 2B, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 0 SB:1 CS, 4 BB:21 K
  • C Carlos Canelon: 16 G, .302/.345/.377/.722, 2B, HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB:1 CS, 2 BB:20 K
Pitchers
QUAD CITIES

Parker Mushinski - July 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Position Players
  • OF Alex McKenna: 19 G, .329/.388/.534/.922, 4 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 2 SB:0 CS, 6 BB:20K
  • OF Jonathan Lacroix: 28 G, .308/.339/.523/.863, 6 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 1 SB:1 CS, 5 BB:28 K
  • OF Marty Costes: 23 G, .268/.388/.463/.851, 8 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 SB:2 CS, 8 BB:14 K
Pitchers
  • LHP Parker Mushinski: 0-0 with 2 saves in 8 games, 0.00 ERA, 0.628 WHIP, 4 BB:28 K in 14.1 IP
  • RHP J.P. France: 1-0 with 1 save in 6 games, 0.69 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 4 BB:21 K in 13 IP
  • RHP Luis Garcia: 4-0 in 6 starts, 1.16 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 9 BB:30 K in 31 IP
  • RHP Humberto Castellanos: 2-0 with 2 saves in 9 games, 1.84 ERA, 1.091 WHIP, 3 BB:20 K in 14.2 IP
  • RHP Willy Collado: 0-2 with 2 saves in 8 games, 2.13 ERA, 0.632 WHIP, 2 BB:16 K in 12.2 IP
  • RHP Bryan Abreu: 1-1 with 1 save in 5 games/4 starts, 2.61 ERA, 1.113 WHIP, 11 BB:37 K in 20.2 IP
  • RHP Tanner Duncan: 2-0 with 1 save in 8 games, 2.84 ERA, 1.184 WHIP, 7 BB:17 K in 12.2 IP
TRI-CITY

Carlos Machado - July 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Position Players
  • OF Carlos Machado: 28 G, .355/.385/.473/.857, 8 2B, 3B, HR, 14 RBI, 2 SB:1 CS, 6 BB:13 K
  • OF Andy Pineda: 20 G, .288/.382/.441/.823, 4 2B, 3B, HR, 3 RBI, 6 SB:3 CS, 7 BB:13 K
  • 3B Enmanuel Valdez: 27 G, .272/.342/.466/.808, 8 2B, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 5 SB:3 CS, 10 BB:17 K
  • C Oscar Campos: 19 G, .271/.307/.486/.792, 6 2B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 2 BB:9 K
Pitchers
  • RHP Joey Gonzalez: 1-1 with 1 save in 8 games, 0.79 ERA, 0.529 WHIP, 2 BB:12 K in 11.1 IP
  • RHP R.J. Freure: 0-0 in 7 games/3 starts, 0.96 ERA, 1.125 WHIP, 9 BB:22 K in 18.2 IP
  • RHP Brett Daniels: 2-0 in 6 games/2 starts, 0.92 ERA, 0.864 WHIP, 6 BB:22 K in 19.2 IP
  • RHP Brett Conine: 0-0 in 6 games/2 starts, 2.08 ERA, 1.096 WHIP, 7 BB:19 K in 17.1 IP
  • RHP Nivaldo Rodriguez: 3-0 with 1 save in 6 games/3 starts, 2.55 ERA, 0.973 WHIP, 9 BB:27 K in 24.2 IP
RHP Ernesto Jacquez had a 0.89 ERA and a 0.787 WHIP in 6 appearances in August; however, his one September start did not go quite so well (vast understatement).

GULF COAST LEAGUE

Position Players
  • OF Juan Ramirez: 16 G, .344/.369/.525/.894, 7 2B, 2 3B, 10 RBI, 3 SB:3 CS, 3 BB:6 K
  • SS Freudis Nova: 14 G, .313/.364/.521/.884, 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 4 SB:3 CS, 4 BB:6 K
Pitchers
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE

Position Players
  • C Jose Alvarez: 12 G, .367/.459/.500/.959, 4 2B, 4 RBI, 1 SB:1 CS, 6 BB:6 K
Pitchers
July 2018 Standouts
June 2018 Standouts
May 2018 Standouts
April 2018 Standouts

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Astros Farm Report: 9/4

Let's catch up on all the latest happenings in the Astros system...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ...

Nick Tanielu - June 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

9/4: 3B Nick Tanielu (26)
9/6: RHP Shawn Dubin (23)
9/6: OF Alex McKenna (21)
9/8: RHP Gerrit Cole (28)
9/10: RHP Johangel Ramirez (17)

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

9/1: LHP Cionel Perez (Fresno) recalled to Houston
9/1: RHP Josh James (Fresno) called up to Houston
9/1: RHP Akeem Bostick assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
9/1: RHP J.B. Bukauskas assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
9/1: RHP Ralph Garza assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
8/31: OF Granden Goetzman assigned to Tri-City from the GCL
8/31: OF Andres Santana assigned to Tri-City from the GCL
8/31: SS Jeremy Pena assigned to the GCL from Tri-City
8/31: RHP Alex House assigned to the GCL from Tri-City
8/29: OF Jake Marisnick sent to Corpus Christi on rehab assignment
8/28: RHP Layne Henderson assigned to the GCL from Tri-City
8/27: RHP Ralph Garza assigned to Corpus Christi from Fresno
8/27: OF Drew Ferguson activated from the Fresno DL (on the DL since 6/19)
8/27: RHP Joey Gonzalez assigned to Tri-City from the GCL

ASTROS MILB DISABLED LIST

8/28: RHP Forrest Whitley (Corpus Christi) placed on the 10-day DL (retroactive to 8/25)
8/22: SS Antonio Nunez (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
8/15: C Ruben Castro (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
8/9: RHP Jairo Solis (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
7/28: 3B Joe Perez (GCL) placed on the 60-day DL
6/13: RHP Hunter Martin (Tri-City) placed on the 60-day DL
6/1: LHP Yeremi Ceballos (DSL) placed on the 60-day DL
6/1: RHP Carlos Quintero (DSL) placed on the 60-day DL
5/4: RHP Francis Martes (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL; had TJ surgery 8/15
5/3+/-: RHP Gerardo Bojorquez had TJ surgery per Instagram post
4/5: RHP Ryan Thompson assigned to Fresno (starting the season on the 7-day DL); according to Instagram Ryan has had surgery, but I don't know whether or not it was TJ (later confirmed that it was TJ surgery)
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; now on a rehab assignment)
4/5: RHP รngel Heredia (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL (Instagram post in early August showed him as having had surgery)
4/5: RHP Nick Hernandez (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL (Tommy John)

ASTROS MILB RESTRICTED LIST

8/24: OF Carlos Diaz placed on the restricted list (suspended 56 games for testing positive for a PED)
Note that a 56 game suspension in short season ball will effectively wipe out Diaz's 2019 season. I would not be surprised to see the 14th round 2017 pick released by the Astros this offseason.
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.

ASTROS MILB STANDINGS/POSTSEASON

FRESNO (Pacific Coast League) - FINAL REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS
1st 82-57 .590 -.-GB W1

POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
Pacific Coast League, Pacific Conference Championship (Best of 5)
Wednesday, 9/5 at 8:05 CST: Fresno at El Paso (Padres)
Thursday, 9/6 at 8:05 CST: Fresno at El Paso
Friday, 9/7 at 9:05 CST: El Paso at Fresno
Saturday, 9/8 at 9:05 CST: El Paso at Fresno (if necessary)
Sunday, 9/9 at 7:05 CST: El Paso at Fresno (if necessary)

The winner of the Pacific Conference will play the winner of the American Conference (Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers) in a best-of-five League Championship Series starting Tuesday, 9/11.


CORPUS CHRISTI (Texas League) - FINAL REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS
1st 82-56 .594 -.-GB W2 (overall)
1st 39-30 .565 -.-GB W2 (second half)
1st 43-26 .623 -.-GB W5 (first half division winner)

POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
Texas League, South Division Championship (Best of 5)
Wednesday, 9/5 at 6:35 CST: San Antonio (Padres) at Corpus Christi
Thursday, 9/6 at 6:35 CST: San Antonio at Corpus Christi
Friday, 9/7 at 7:05 CST: Corpus Christi at San Antonio
Saturday, 9/8 at 7:05 CST: Corpus Christi at San Antonio (if necessary)
Sunday, 9/9 at 4:05 CST: Corpus Christi at San Antonio (if necessary)

The winner of the South Division will play the winner of the North Division (Tulsa Drillers vs. Arkansas Travelers) in a best-of-five League Championship Series starting Tuesday, 9/11.

BUIES CREEK (Carolina League) - FINAL REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS
2nd 80-57 .584 3.5GB W2 (overall)
1st 43-25 .632 -.-GB W2 (second half)
2nd 37-32 .536 3.5GB L1 (first half)

POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
Carolina League, Southern Division Championship (Best of 5)
Wednesday, 9/5 at 5:00 CST: Winston-Salem (White Sox) at Buies Creek
Thursday, 9/6 at 5:00 CST: Winston-Salem at Buies Creek
Friday, 9/7 at 6:00 CST: Buies Creek at Winston-Salem
Saturday, 9/8 at 6:00 CST: Buies Creek at Winston-Salem (if necessary)
Sunday, 9/9 at 1:00 CST: Buies Creek at Winston-Salem (if necessary)

The winner of the Southern Division will play the winner of the Northern Division (Lynchburg Hillcats vs. Potomac Nationals) in a best-of-five League Championship Series starting Tuesday, 9/11.

QUAD CITIES (Midwest League) - FINAL REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS
1st 81-59 .579 -.-GB W5 (overall)
2nd 41-29 .586 4.0GB W5 (second half)
1st 40-30 .571 -.-GB W6 (first half division winner)

POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
Midwestern League, Western Division Quarterfinal (Best of 3)
Wednesday, 9/5 at 6:30 CST: Quad Cities at Peoria (Cardinals)
Thursday, 9/6 at 6:35 CST: Peoria at Quad Cities
Friday, 9/7 at 6:35 CST: Peoria at Quad Cities (if necessary)

The winner of the Western Division Quarterfinal will play the winner of the other Western Division Quarterfinal (Cedar Rapids Kernels vs. Beloit Snappers) in a best-of-three Western Division Championship starting Saturday, 9/8. The best-of-five League Championship Series between the Western Division Champion and the Eastern Division Champion (Bowling Green vs. Lansing and Great Lakes vs. West Michigan are in the Eastern quarterfinals) will start on Wednesday, 9/12.

TRI-CITY (New York-Penn League) - FINAL REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS
1st 42-33 .560 -.-GB L2

New York-Penn League, Semi-Final Championship Series (Best of 3)
Wednesday, 9/5 at 5:30 CST: Mahoning Valley (Indians) at Tri-City
Thursday, 9/6 at TBD: Tri-City at Mahoning Valley
Friday, 9/7 at TBD: Tri-City at Mahoning Valley (if necessary)

The winners of the two Semi-Finals (Hudson Valley vs. Auburn are in the second Semi-Final) will face off in a best-of-three League Championship Series starting either Saturday, 9/8 or Sunday, 9/9 depending on when the Semi-Finals conclude.

GCL ASTROS (Gulf Coast League) - FINAL REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS
2nd 27-28 .491 12.5 L2

DSL ASTROS (Dominican Summer League Northwest) - FINAL REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS
6th 30-41 .423 21.0GB L3

NEWS AND LINKS


This 2017 12th round pick is finally hitting his stride.

The K's have it.



And in case you missed any of these, here are my interviews from this season:

OF Alex McKenna (Tri-City, since promoted to Quad Cities)
RHP Peter Solomon (Quad Cities, since promoted to Buies Creek)
OF Seth Beer (Quad Cities, since promoted to Buies Creek)
RHP Jairo Solis and C Ruben Castro (Quad Cities)
RHP Corbin Martin (Corpus Christi)
3B Abraham Toro (Corpus Christi)
RHP Trent Thornton (Fresno)
OF Chas McCormick (Buies Creek, since promoted to Corpus Christi)
OF J.J. Matijevic (Buies Creek)
RHP Brandon Bielak (Buies Creek, since promoted to Corpus Christi)
LHP Brett Adcock (Buies Creek, since promoted to Corpus Christi)
SS Alex De Goti (Corpus Christi, since promoted to Fresno)
1B Taylor Jones (Corpus Christi, since promoted to Fresno)
RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (Corpus Christi, since promoted to Fresno)