Saturday, October 26, 2013

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Friday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Mesa over Peoria 7-5

Peoria Javelinas
SS Nolan Fontana - 0x2 BB CS
CF Delino DeShields - 0x3 BB 2SO 2SB

Today's Game - Salt River at Peoria at 2:35 CST

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Caracas over Magallanes 5-4

Leones del Caracas
C Carlos Perez - 1x3 2B R

Aragua over Margarita 8-7 in 10 innings

Bravos de Margarita
LHP Eric Berger - 2.1IP 4H 4R/2ER 3BB 3SO

La Guaira over Lara 9-6

Tiburones de La Guaira
LHP Sergio Escalona - 0.1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0SO

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

Late postings for games on Thursday, October 25th

Tiburones over Navegantes 7-3

Tiburones
SS Alex Gonzalez - 1x4 2B 2SO R
CF Brett Phillips - 2x4 2B 2RBI R
1B Pedro Coa - 2x4 2B RBI R

LHP Junior Garcia - 0.2IP 3H 1BB 1SO

Bravos over Caracas 4-3

Bravos
SS Carlos Perdomo - 1x3 HR RBI BB 2R

Friday, October 26th Games

Magallanes over Tiburones 3-1

Magallanes
PH/DH Luis Alvarez - 0x2

Tiburones
SS Alex Gonzalez - 1x3 BB
1B Pedro Coa - 2x4 2B

Bravos over Caribes 7-4

Bravos
2B Carlos Perdomo - 0x3 RBI SO SF

La Guaira over Lara 8-6

La Guaira
CF Brett Phillips - 1x3 3B 3RBI BB R HBP
RHP Jamaine Cotton - 1.0IP 2H 1R 1BB 0SO WP

(Yes, Brett and Jamaine were with the Tiburones before yesterday.)

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Gigantes over Estrellas 2-1

Gigantes del Cibao
LF Jimmy Paredes 1x3 RBI BB

Aguilas over Licey 4-1

Aguilas Cibaenas
SS Jonathan Villar - 1x3 RBI SO R SF E

Tigres del Licey
RF Domingo Santana - 2x2 HR RBI BB R

Happy Birthday - 10/26

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Michael Dimock (24)
Drafted in the 37th round in 2012 out of Wake Forest, Dimock split his second season between Quad Cities and Lancaster. In 37 appearances out of the bullpen, he was 9-1 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.162 WHIP. He walked 14 batters while striking out 51 in 53+ innings. It being his birthday just gives me an excuse to use this picture again (like I need an excuse).

Michael Dimock - Spring Training 2013
Photo by Jayne Hansen

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Thursday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Glendale over Peoria 6-0

Peoria Javelinas
RHP Jonas Dufek (L, 0-1) - 1.1IP 3H 5R/1ER 0BB 2SO HR
LHP Alex Sogard - 0.2IP 2H 1R/0ER 1BB 1SO E

Today's Game - Mesa at Peoria at 2:35 CST

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Aragua over La Guaira, 6-5 (11)

Tiburones de La Guaira
LHP Sergio Escalona (H, 3) .2IP 0H 0R 0ER 0SO 0BB 0HR

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

Some of Wednesday's game boxscores were published late.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23RD

Lara over Tiburones 3-2

Tiburones
SS Alex Gonzalez - 1x3
RF Brett Phillips - 0x3 RBI SO SH
1B Pedro Coa - 1x4 2B 2SO R

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24TH

Magallanes over Zulia 11-5

Magallanes
1B Luis Alvarez - 1x4 2B RBI 1SO 1R HBP

Zulia
3B Arturo Michelena - 0x3 2BB 2SO R 2E

Caribes and Philadelphia tied 1-1 after 9 innings

Caribes
LHP Edwin Villarroel- 7.0IP 4H 1R 1BB 5SO

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Nothing to report.

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Licey over Cibao, 6-4

Gigantes del Cibao
Jimmy Paredes 0X3 BB SO

Happy Birthday - 10/25

Happy Birthday to ~

3B Bobby Borchering (23)
A first round draft pick by Arizona in 2009, Borchering came to the Astros organization, along with Marc Krauss, in the July 2012 trade that sent Chris Johnson to the Diamondbacks. Borchering split his season between Greeneville and Quad Cities where he hit a combined .217/.321/.365 with 11 doubles, one triple and seven home runs in 65 games.

Former Astros celebrating birthdays today ~

RHP Danny "Dr. Death" Darwin a.k.a. The Bonham Bullet (58)
Darwin came to Houston in an August 1986 trade with the Brewers. Nicknamed Dr. Death by teammate Nolan Ryan, Danny Darwin spent 21 seasons in the major leagues, playing for eight different teams.  For his career, he had a 3.84 ERA and a 1.268 WHIP.  Dr. Death was with Houston from 1986 to 1990, during which time he had a 47-35 record with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.164 WHIP.  His most successful season was 1990 when he led the National League in ERA, WHIP and BB/9.

From Wikipedia:
It was a source of debate amongst Astros players and fans over who would win in a fight, Ryan or Darwin. Though Astros pitcher Bob Knepper attempted to set up a fight between the two during spring training in 1988, manager Hal Lanier stopped it before it could commence. Many experts, including Astros shortstop Rafael Ramirez, felt that Darwin would win because he "looked like someone no man would want to mess with."
LHP Skip Guinn (69)
Guinn first came to Houston in April 1969 from the Expos. In 32 games for the Astros in 1969 and 1971, he was 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.863 WHIP.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Corpus Christi and Lancaster Photos from September

Okay, so I'll admit it took me a while to get my end-of-season photos uploaded and labeled, but I finally did it! You can find my September photos from Corpus Christi here and my September playoff pictures from Lancaster here. I am also adding a link to the complete collection of all of my Astros MiLB pictures from the 2012 and 2013 seasons here. I will add that link to the front page of the blog for easy access to all of those pictures.

With that said, here are a few of my favorite photos from those last two trips.

Mike Hauschild

Andrew Aplin

Jordan Jankowski

Tanner Mathis

Chris Epps
 
Gera Sanchez
 
Colton Cain
 
Luis Alvarez

R.J. Alaniz

Photos by Jayne Hansen
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*The players featured in these photos are hereby granted permission to use these photos for personal use. All other uses require permission and acknowledgment.

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Wednesday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Glendale over Peoria 4-0
It wasn't a good game for Peoria at the plate as they were limited to three hits and three walks.

Peoria Javelinas
CF Delino DeShields - 2x4 E Picked off at first
SS Nolan Fontana - 0x4 2SO
1B Japhet Amador - 0x3 BB
3B Jonathan Meyer - 0x4 2SO

RHP Andrew Robinson - 1.0IP 0H 0R 0BB 1SO

Today's Game - Glendale at Peoria at 2:35 CST

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Caracas over Lara 11-3

Leones del Caracas
C Carlos Perez - 3x4 3-2B 3RBI SO R SF PB

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

Zulia over Navegantes 4-1

Zulia
3B Arturo Michelena - 0x4 SO

Bravos over Magallanes 11-3

Bravos
SS Carlos Perdomo - 2x5 3B SO R

Magallanes
PH Luis Alvarez - 1x1 HR 3RBI (Yep, that was a 3-run pinch hit home run)

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Nothing to report

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Licey over Estrellas 7-4

Tigres del Licey
RF Domingo Santana - 0x4 2SO

Gigantes over Toros 7-2

Gigantes del Cibao
LF Jimmy Paredes - 1x2 RBI 2BB 2R SB

Escogido over Aguilas 8-0

Aguilas Cibaenas
SS Jonathan Villar - 0x4 SO E

Happy Birthday - 10/24

Happy Birthday to ~

Lancaster Hitting Coach Darryl Robinson (46)
Robinson has served as the hitting coach for the Lancaster JetHawks for the past five seasons. In 2013, he earned the California League Coach of the Year award.

RHP Jesus Castillo (22)
Castillo was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic and joined the 2012 DSL team in progress. In six appearances in August, he pitched 11.1 innings with a 2.38 ERA and a 1.412 WHIP. He did not pitch in 2013.

One former Astro celebrates today ~

RHP Mark Grant (50)
A first round pick by the Giants in 1981, Grant signed with Houston as a free agent in January of 1993. Less than four months later, he was traded to the Rockies. In the interim, he pitched in 6 games for the Astros with a 0.82 ERA and a 1.455 WHIP.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Tuesday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Peoria over Salt River 5-3

Peoria Javelinas
DH Japhet Amador - 3x5 GIDP

LHP Alex Sogard (W, 2-1) - 2.0IP 0H 0R 0BB 2SO

One of my readers submitted an eyewitness report of last night's game:
There were but two Astro farmhands involved in last night's game, but one, Alex Sogard, could not have done more in his two innings of work. Only one ball reached even the infield dirt as he made two sensational plays on screaming line drives back to the mound, pounced on a beautiful drag bunt and got his man at first, and struck out two more Rafters ... the first batter of the second inning did manage to put a ball in play to short, but it was easily gobbled up and he was thrown out at first. The two innings were remarkably fast for the AFL, and every bit as efficient as I described.
Japhet Amador batted fifth last night, and smoked three shots through the hole between short and third his first three times at the plate ... he looks relaxed, almost like a man among boys - which, considering his age he may be. He hasn't done well in the games I've seen with men on base - particularly with the sacks full. Last night he hit the ball hard, just as he had his first three times up, but to the right side and into an easy double play ... he popped out his final time at the plate. He does not look nearly as relaxed with runners on base as he appears with the sacks empty ... it is clear he will hit, perhaps with some power, but he's not very clutch at the moment.
Today's Game - Peoria at Glendate at 2:35

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Game Scores and links

Tiburones de La Guaira
LHP Sergio Escalona - 0.1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1SO

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

The boxscores for some of Monday's games were published late.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21ST

Boston over Tiburones 8-0

Tiburones
C Marlon Avea - 0x4 3SO
DH Pedro Coa - 1x4

Magallanes over Caimanes 9-1

Magallanes
1B Luis Alvarez - 0x3 RBI BB R

Lara over Bravos 7-3

Bravos
2B/3B Carlos Perdomo - 1x4 2B BB SO CS

Philadelphia over Navegantes 11-1

Navegantes
RHP Enderson Franco (L, 0-1) - 4.0IP 5H 3R/1ER 2BB 3SO 2HBP

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22ND


Magallanes
DH Luis Alvarez - 1x1

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Nothing to report

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Licey over Toros 18-8

Tigres del Licey
RF Domingo Santana - 2x3 2B BB 3R HBP

Toros del Este
LF Teoscar Hernandez - 0x1 SO (Defensive Replacement)

Aguilas over Estrellas 10-6

Aguilas Cibaenas
SS Jonathan Villar - 1x2 3B RBI 2BB SO R SB

Happy Birthday - 10/23

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

2B George Williams (died May 14, 2009 at age 69)
Drafted from the Phillies in the 1961 expansion draft, Williams played in only five games for the Colt 45's in 1962, hitting .375/.375/.500 in eight plate appearances.

RHP Bo McLaughlin (60)
A first round pick for the Astros in 1975, McLaughlin played for Houston from 1976 to 1979.  He had a 9-15 record over 87 appearances with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.352 WHIP.  He was traded to the Braves in 1979 for Frank LaCorte. In 2013, he was Assistant Pitching Coach of the Colorado Rockies.

2B Kazuo Matsui (38)
Matsui signed with Houston as a free agent in November 2007 and played for the Astros from 2008 until his release in May of 2010. In 255 games with Houston, he hit .259/.315/.370. After his release, he played briefly in the Rockies minor league system. He has played in the Japan Pacific League in 2013. Matsui was responsible for placing the phrase "anal fissure" in the lexicon of Astros lore. Thanks for that.

OF Ben Francisco (32)
Francisco came to Houston in the 10-player megatrade with the Blue Jays in July 2012 and departed via trade to Tampa Bay six weeks later. In the interim, he played in 31 games, hitting .247/.289/.365. Ah, Benny Fresh, we hardly knew ye. Since then, he played with the Yankees until his release in June and then played in the Padres minor league system.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Some Observations on the Astros and the Upcoming Rule 5 Draft

In order for minor league players to be protected, they will need to be added to 40-man rosters and reserve lists by November 20th in advance of the Rule 5 draft which will be held on December 12th at the winter meetings. As of today, the Astros 40-man roster stands at 36 players, not counting Alex White who is still shown as being on the 60-day DL (which doesn't count against the 40). Jon Singleton has already been added and is included in the 36. There still may be another move or two to free up some extra room in order to protect current Astros players who are now Rule 5 eligible and to give Jeff Luhnow room to add one or two Rule 5 draftees of his own (keeping in mind that the Astros have the first selection). Let's take a look at some of the higher profile players who will merit consideration for a 40-man roster spot.

PITCHERS
Since players taken in the Rule 5 draft have to remain on the drafting team's 25-man roster for the full season*, pitchers are taken much more frequently than position players simply because it's fairly easy to use a pitcher sparingly out of the bullpen. Position players can't be tucked away quite so neatly if they struggle. With that said, here are three pitchers who are eligible for the Rule 5 draft who merit consideration for a roster spot and my ramblings on a few more interesting names.

RHP Asher Wojciechowski/Starter - Wojciechowski is as close to a slam dunk for protection on the 40-man roster as probably anyone in the system for two reasons. He had a terrific season in 2013 and he is more or less major-league ready. He led the Astros minor league system with 160 innings pitched and ended the season with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.150 WHIP between Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City. His last 21 starts were for the AAA team. He struck out 131 batters and walked only 51 for the season. I cannot envision any scenario in which he is NOT placed on the 40-man roster.

RHP Jake Buchanan/Starter - Jake Buchanan is a very different pitcher from Wojciechowski (more of a groundball pitcher pitching to contact), but he is equally deserving of a roster spot for most of the same reasons. Buchanan also had a very good season and is also major-league ready, at least in my eyes. His 158+ innings ranked second in the Astros minor league system. He only pitched in 12 games at AAA this season, but he was ready for the level long before he was finally promoted. Buchanan ended his season with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.099 WHIP, striking out 99 and walking 22. I believe that he will be protected, but he may not be seen by others as major-league ready due to his limited time at AAA.

RHP Andrew Robinson/Reliever - Robinson is a guy that I would probably claim in the Rule 5 draft if he was left unprotected. As I noted above, bullpen guys are easier to tuck away if they struggle, but I have no reason to believe that Robinson couldn't make the leap from AA Corpus Christi to a major league bullpen. His plus fastball and big curveball are weapons that would help him make that leap. With the tandem pitching rotation, Robinson showed signs of rust early in the season, but once he was used regularly, he put up some excellent numbers. For the full season, Robinson had a 3.28 ERA and a 1.236 WHIP. In the last three months of the season, he had a 1.69 ERA and a 0.991 WHIP. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Astros protect him. He is currently pitching in the Arizona Fall League.

Other Pitchers - There are several other pitchers who, if not protected on the 40-man roster, will make attractive targets. Lefty Luis Cruz was part of a combined no-hitter in May in Lancaster and threw a complete game shutout in one of his first games for Corpus Christi. I don't believe that he would be taken simply because he doesn't have much experience above High A yet, but lefty starters are always in demand. Alex Sogard and Pat Urckfitz are bullpen lefties that could draw some interest. Sogard struggled some this season, but Urckfitz had a solid year and ended it in AAA Oklahoma City. Tommy Shirley is another intriguing lefty, but due to injuries earlier in his career, he hasn't pitched above High A so I believe he's safe.

On the other hand (literally), Bobby Doran is another big durable right-handed innings-eater who seems to always fly under the radar despite putting up solid numbers. He split his season between Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City, making his last eight starts at the AAA level. I don't believe that he will be protected, but it will be a calculated risk. I was somewhat surprised last season that righty reliever Jason Stoffel was not protected. He had a solid season in 2013, not quite as dominant as his 2012 campaign, but he could be targeted as well if not protected. I've been high on Corpus Christi reliever Carlos Quevedo for quite some time. I am convinced that he will eventually pitch in a long relief/spot starting role out of a major league bullpen, whether that happens for the Astros or some other team.

POSITION PLAYERS
As I noted above, position players are not taken as often as pitchers in the Rule 5 draft. Those who are taken are usually very close to being major-league ready. But even if a player isn't ready for the bigs, leaving a top prospect unprotected could prove too tempting for other teams. Here are three players who are eligible for the Rule 5 draft who may merit consideration for the 40-man roster and my musings on a few other players.

RF Domingo Santana - I think Santana would be one of those players who would prove too big a temptation if he wasn't protected. If he was left unprotected and if he was claimed in the Rule 5 draft, I don't think he would stick with the claiming team because, in my opinion, he isn't quite ready for prime time, but the fact remains that he does have a ton of talent. In 112 games at AA Corpus Christi this season, he hit .252/.345/.498 with 23 doubles, two triples and 25 home runs. How do you not protect a guy that does that?

C Rene Garcia and C Carlos Perez - I'm going to group these two together. I really can't see how the Astros will be able to find room on the 40-man roster to protect both players, but I also can't imagine leaving two AAA backstops unprotected after the catching woes incurred by the team this season. Both players split their seasons between AA and AAA. Perez hit .271/.332/.356 with 18 doubles and three home runs in 91 games. He had a 48% caught stealing rate for the season. Garcia hit .293/.336/.394 with 20 doubles, one triple and five home runs, also in 91 games. Garcia, however, didn't fare quite as well at the plate at AAA as Perez did. Garcia's caught stealing rate was 46% for the season. I wouldn't be surprised to see one of these players protected, but I would be flabbergasted to see both simply because I don't believe that room will be available.

Other Position Players - 3B Jonathan Meyer and 1B Erik Castro are two players who I don't think will be protected this year, but who may get some attention if they aren't. They both had solid seasons at the plate in Corpus Christi and both are plus defenders. Before OF Austin Wates' season-ending fractured forearm, I would have said that Wates would need to be protected, but I don't believe that will happen now.

FINAL THOUGHTS
There are some other interesting players who are eligible to be taken in the Rule 5 draft this year, but some of those players either had rough seasons and/or some haven't spent any significant time (or any time at all) above High A. Obviously, not everyone can be protected on the 40-man roster. Some players will be added to the 38-man AAA reserve list so that they will not be subject to the minor league phases of the Rule 5 draft. If those AAA reserve players are drafted, it will have to be in the major league phase of the draft in which case the players will have to remain on the drafting team's 25-man roster for the whole season*. So the Astros will have to determine which players are more likely to "stick" with another team as they make those decisions.

Last season Marc Krauss was left unprotected and, according to one member of the Astros brain trust, that gave them some anxious moments. But when all was said and done, although there was definite interest in Krauss, it came down to another team's inability to find room on their 25-man roster for a full season. It's simply not that easy to do and that's why so very few players are drafted in the Rule 5 draft and stick with a team. It's also the case that often minor league fans overvalue prospects. We may think much more highly of a player than the other teams' front offices do. When all is said and done, the Astros front office will take some risks in leaving players unprotected, but it will be a highly educated guess based on many factors. I will leave the heavy lifting up to them.

*If the player doesn't stay on the 25-man roster, he will have to be put through waivers. If claimed, the new team will be subject to the same conditions regarding that player. If not claimed, the player will be offered back to the team from which they were drafted.

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Monday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Peoria over Salt River 5-3

Peoria Javelinas
CF Delino DeShields - 3x4 2-2B R E
SS Nolan Fontana - 1x4
1B Japhet Amador - 1x4 HR 2RBI 2SO R

The game story is here. DeShields is still re-learning center field and his error with two outs in the sixth led to two unearned runs scoring in the frame. Peoria re-took the lead with Amador's two-run home run in the seventh.

Today's Game - Peoria at Salt River at 8:35 CST

OTHER LEAGUES

There is nothing to report from the other leagues as they either had the day off or no Astros players participated in the games played.

In regards to the Liga Paralela in Venezuela, it is my understanding that some of the Americanos who were playing there are heading home today. I have not received confirmation from the Astros as to who will be coming back and who will remain. In any event, it looks as though the "Trailblazers11" whose twitter account has entertained us will be fewer in number from here on out.

Happy Birthday - 10/22

Former Astros celebrating birthdays today ~

SS/OF Brian Bixler (31)
A second round draft pick by Pittsburgh in 2004, Bixler was claimed by Houston off waivers from the Nationals in November 2011. In his only season with the Astros, he split his time between Oklahoma City and Houston. In 75 games with the Redhawks, he hit .269/.346/.361. In 36 games with Houston, he hit .193/.253/.330. He was signed as a free agent by the Mets in November 2012 and played for their AAA affiliate in 2013.

LHP Frank DiPino (57)
DiPino came to Houston as a part of a September 1982 trade with Milwaukee for Don Sutton. In 201 games pitched for the Astros from 1982 to 1986, he had a 3.65 ERA and a 1.304 WHIP. He left Houston in a July 1986 trade for Davey Lopes.

CF Gerald Young (49)
Originally drafted by the Mets in the fifth round in 1982, Young came to Houston in an August 1984 trade with New York. Playing for the Astros from 1987 to 1992, Young hit .246/.330/.302 and stole 153 bases. According to Baseball-Reference, as of September 1, 2013, Young was the only player born in Honduras to have played in the major leagues.

Manager "Harry the Hat" Walker (died August 8, 1999 at age 82)
Walker managed the Astros from 1968 to 1972 and compiled a 355-353 record. According to Wikipedia:
"Harry the Hat" got his nickname from his habit during at-bats of continually adjusting his cap between pitches — there were no batting helmets in his day.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Astros Fall and Winter League Player Stats

Here are the stats for all of the Astros players that are playing on Fall or Winter League teams. Stats are through Sunday's games. Note that some of the Liga Parelela players are almost a best guess because some were listed under two names (i.e., Ricky Gingras and Ricky Gringos) and I had to piece things together here and there.



Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Sunday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Off day on Sunday

Today's Game - Salt River at Peoria at 2:35 p.m.

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Magallanes over Aragua 12-10

Navagantes del Magallanes
RHP Carlos Quevedo - 4.0IP 5H 3R/2ER 1BB 2SO HR

Tigres de Aragua
2B Jose Martinez - 2x5 2B HR 4RBI 2R

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

Off Day on Sunday

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Nothing to report

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Aguilas over Gigantes 7-4

Aguilas Cibaenas
Jonathan Villar - 1x5 2B E GIDP

Happy Birthday - 10/21

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

1B/OF Franklin Stubbs (53)
A first round pick by the Dodgers in 1982, Stubbs came to Houston in an April 1990 trade with Los Angeles. In 146 games for the Astros that season, he hit .261/.334/.475 with 23 doubles, two triples and 23 home runs. He earned his World Series ring with the Dodgers in 1988.

OF Ron Davis (died September 5, 1992 at age 50)
Davis signed as an amateur free agent with Houston prior to the 1962 season and played for the Colt .45's that season and for the Astros in 1966 to 1968. In a total of 200 games for Houston, he hit .239/.293/.345.

RHP Cecil Upshaw (died February 7, 1995 at age 52)
Upshaw came to Houston in an April 1973 trade with Atlanta. In 35 games out of the bullpen that season, he was 2-3 with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.383 WHIP. After the season, he was traded to Cleveland.

2B Keith Drumright (died August 7, 2010 at age 55)
Originally drafted by the Cubs in the fourth round in 1976, Drumright came to Houston in a October 1977 trade with Chicago. In 17 games for the Astros in 1978, he hit .164/.207/.164. His only other major league experience was in 31 games for Oakland in 1981.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Saturday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Scottsdale over Peoria 12-7

Peoria Javelinas
CF Delino DeShields - 1x4 RBI BB 2SO SB E
1B Japhet Amador - 0x4 RBI 3SO SF
3B Jonathan Meyer - 2x4 RBI 2R 2E

RHP Andrew Robinson - 1.0IP 1H 0R 1BB 1SO Pickoff
LHP Alex Sogard (L, 1-1) - 1.0IP 0H 1R/0ER 1BB 1SO 2WP
RHP Jonas Dufek - 2.0IP 1H 1R 1BB 2SO

Off Day Today

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Aragua over Magallanes 5-4 in 10 innings

Tigres de Aragua
2B Jose Martinez - 1x4 RBI

Margarita over Caracas 1-0

Bravos de Margarita
LHP Eric Berger - 4.0IP 3H 0R 1BB 2SO

Leones del Caracas
C Carlos Perez - 2x3 2B
One stolen base against him and one caught stealing for the day.

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

Boxscores not available at time of posting

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Nothing to report

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Licey over Gigantes 1-0

Tigres del Licey
RF Domingo Santana - 1x2

Happy Birthday - 10/20

Happy Birthday to ~

OF Edward Santana (19)
A NDFA from the Dominican Republic, Santana appeared in a grand total of two games for the DSL Astros in June 2012 as a pinch runner/defensive replacement. He never got an at-bat. He is currently listed as being on the 60-day DL. And that is the sum total of everything I know about Santana.

OF Michael Burgess (25)
Originally drafted in the first round by Washington in 2007, Burgess came to the Astros system in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft in December 2012. In 98 games for Corpus Christi this season, he hit .203/.278/.378 with 20 doubles, 12 home runs and 42 RBI.

One former Astro is celebrating today ~

RHP Jose Veras (33)
Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 1998, Veras signed with Houston as a free agent in December 2012. He pitched in 42 games with a 2.93 ERA, 1.000 WHIP and 19 saves before being traded to Detroit in July 2013 for OF Danry Vasquez and RHP David Paulino. Detroit is now the seventh team for which Veras has played.

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