Saturday, November 2, 2013

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Friday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Peoria over Mesa 5-4

Peoria Javelinas
1B Japhet Amador - 0x1
1B Jonathan Meyer - 1x4 RBI 2SO E
SS Nolan Fontana - 0x4

RHP Andrew Robinson - 0x2 3H 3R/0ER 1BB 1SO

Today's Game - Fall Stars Game at 7:00 CST on MLB Network
RHP Jonas Dufek and OF Delino DeShields are scheduled to participate.

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

La Guaira over Caracas 3-1 in 11 innings

Tiburones de La Guaira
LHP Sergio Escalona - Faced one batter and walked him

Leones del Caracas
C Carlos Perez - 2x4 SO
One stolen base off Perez and one caught stealing

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

Late Results from Thursday:

Caribes over La Guaira 7-4

Caribes
LHP Edwin Villarroel - 5.0IP 8H 4R/3ER 1BB 1SO 3WP

Zulia over Cardenales 10-2

Zulia
3B Arturo Michelena - 2x4 RBI BB R

Tiburones over Detroit 9-6

Tiburones
SS Alex Gonzalez - 0x3 2BB
C Marlon Avea - 1x5 2B RBI SO

RHP Jamaine Cotton (S, 2) - 1.0IP 0H 0R 0BB 0SO

Friday's Game results have not posted yet.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Nothing to report

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Licey over Escogido 3-0

Tigres del Licey
RF Domingo Santana - 0x2 2SO

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Saturday's games which are already complete:

Brisbane over Adelaide 4-0 (Game 1)

Brisbane Bandits
LF Connor MacDonald - 0x3 RBI SO
MacDonald, who won't be 18 until February, is an international signing from last year.

Adelaide Bite
SS Joe Sclafani - 1x5

Brisbane over Adelaid 3-2 in 7 innings (Game 2)

Brisbane Bandits
LF Connor MacDonald - 1x3 SO

Adelaide Bite
SS Joe Sclafani - 1x2 2B BB R

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE (PUERTO RICO)

No Astros players participated in the first day of games.

Happy Birthday - 11/2

No future Astros, but one former Astro celebrates a birthday today ~

OF/1B Orlando Merced (47)
Merced signed with Houston as a free agent in August 2000 and played for the Astros from 2001 to 2003 at the end of his career.  He hit .262/.323/.417 for the Astros over 340 games. His spent the greatest part of his career with the Pirates. In seven years in Pittsburgh, he hit .283/.364/.428 and came in second in voting for the NL Rookie of the Year in 1991, losing out to Jeff Bagwell.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

An Interview with Astros 3B Tyler White

I didn't get the opportunity to see 3B Tyler White in action this season, primarily because he was a man on the move. Drafted this year by the Astros in the 33rd round out of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, White spent only 18 games at his first stop with the GCL Astros and another 18 with the Greeneville Astros before being promoted to the Tri-City ValleyCats for the final 28 games of the season. I was looking forward to watching Tyler play, but he received that final promotion a mere four days prior to my arrival in Greeneville.

And who wouldn't want to get a look at White? In the three venues in which he played, he hit a combined .322/.406/.456 with 14 doubles, six home runs and a whopping 52 RBI in only 64 games. He walked 27 times and only struck out 24 times. White turned 23 earlier this week.

I reached out to White via email to ask him about his whirlwind season and this is what he had to say ~

WTHB: Can you tell me something about your draft experience? Did you know that the Astros were interested? Were you drafted as a junior?

TW: My draft experience was very good but also a little surprising. I had never talked to the Astros besides a medical questionnaire. I was a senior sign for the Astros. I had never talked to any teams before this year and had only spoken to one other team this year.

WTHB: What was the biggest surprise for you in your first season of professional ball?

TW: The biggest surprise was how every time I was promoted to a different level I started playing the day I was moved up and batted in the 3 hole. There was no transition period to the team or anything like that.

WTHB: This season you walked more than you struck out and you hit equally well against right-handed pitchers as you did lefties. [Note: Tyler is a right-handed hitter.] You were also rather good with RISP (which was reflected in a healthy RBI total). Was all of that the case in college?

TW: The only difference from college to pro ball was my hitting off of lefties. In college my numbers against LHP were very good. In college, my final two years, I was very good with RISP, and my senior year I believe I was second in the conference with 66 RBIs on the season.

WTHB: Since I haven't seen you play yet, can you tell me what I will see when I do?

TW: I am not your typical looking baseball player, I am a big guy that gives 100 percent, and actually plays a lot more athletic than I look. [Note: Tyler is listed as 5'11" 225lbs.]

WTHB: You were in the unique position of getting two quick promotions this season so you saw a lot of Astros farmhands. Were there a couple of players (new or established) who really stood out?

TW: Some of the players that really stood out to me were Michael Feliz as a pitcher. He sat 94-96 touching 97 with good control and a pretty good secondary pitch. The position player I came across that stood out was Teoscar Hernandez. He had a lot of power and also very good tools for a very young player.

WTHB: What pitcher that you saw on the three teams you played for would you least like to hit against?

TW: Probably [LHP Reymin]  Guduan or [RHP Jandel] Gustave. They are pitchers that throw very hard and are effectively wild.

WTHB: What would you do if you couldn't play baseball?

TW: If I couldn’t play baseball, I would probably be coaching and giving lessons. I would also like to run an organization, whether it is kids ages 10 to 18 or a minor league type organization. I would love to be in charge of it and make sure it runs smoothly and still get to be around the game on a daily basis.

WTHB: Can you tell me something about yourself that most people don't know and might be surprised to hear?

TW: I don’t have very many big secrets or anything like that. Something that does normally surprise people is my athleticism, and I have always been pretty good at other sports. I started on my soccer team in high school, and I have always been pretty good at basketball, just didn’t want to waste time on it because that season was right before baseball season.

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Thank you for your time, Tyler, and the best of luck in the 2014 season. If you stay still long enough, maybe I'll get to see you.

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Thursday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Glendale over Peoria 10-2

Peoria Javelinas
CF Delino DeShields - 1x3 BB R SB (Picked off at 2nd)

LHP Alex Sogard - 1.0IP 1H 0R 0BB 2SO

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

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Margarita over Magallanes 3-1

Bravos de Margarita
LHP Eric Berger (W, 1-0) - 6.0IP 2H 0R 1BB 4SO WP

Note: The games I posted yesterday were actually repeats from Tuesday. The webpage for the LVBP defaulted to the wrong day. There was nothing to report from Wednesday. I apologize for any confusion.

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

Caimanes over Bravos 5-2

Bravos
2B Carlos Perdomo - 0x4

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Guasave over Hermosillo 5-1 in 7 innings (Game 1)

Algodoneros de Guasave
RF Leo Heras - 1x2 HR RBI BB 2R SB

Hermosillo over Guasave 7-1 in 7 innings (Game 2)

Algodoneros de Guasave
RF Leo Heras - 0x1 2BB SO

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Off Day on Thursday

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

November 1st game already completed

Adelaide over Brisbane 10-5

Adelaide Bite
SS Joe Sclafani - 4x6 2B HR 4RBI 2R

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE (PUERTO RICO)

Games start today. The rosters are still trickling out, but this is what has been posted so far.

Criollos de Caguas
LHP Luis Cruz
C Roberto Pena

Indios de Mayaguez
OF George Springer is listed as a reserve

Happy Birthday - 11/1

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Rhiner Cruz (27)
Initially signed by the Tigers as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2003, Cruz was drafted from the Mets in the December 2011 Rule 5 draft. Cruz split his 2013 season between Oklahoma City and Houston. In 37 appearances for the RedHawks, he had an ERA of 4.75 and a WHIP of 1.584. Those appearances were bookended by 20 appearances in Houston where he had a 3.38 ERA and a 1.688 WHIP.

3B Jonathan Meyer (23)
Drafted as a third round supplemental pick in 2009 out of high school in California, Meyer spent his 2013 season with the AA Corpus Christi team, hitting .260/.318/.403 with 24 doubles, 15 home runs and 68 RBI. He is currently playing with the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.

RHP Frederick Tiburcio (23)
A non-drafted free agent from the Dominican Republic, Tiburcio is in his fifth season in the organization. He spent his 2013 season in Greeneville with good results. In 12 games (11 starts), he was 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.096 WHIP.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

RHP Russ Kemmerer (82)
Kemmerer came to Houston in a trade with the White Sox in June 1962. In a total of 53 appearances for the Colt .45's in 1962 and 1963, he was 5-3 with a 4.64 ERA and a 1.366 WHIP.

OF Howie Goss (died July 31, 1996 at 61)
Goss came to Houston from the Pirates in April 1963 and played in 133 games for the 1963 Colt .45's with a .209/.264/.328.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Official Retirements

As I reported earlier, 2009 2nd round draft pick RHP Tanner Bushue retired at the end of the season. The transaction was finally made official. In addition, it was reported that OF D'Andre Toney has also retired. Toney had struggled this season at Tri-City before being suspended 50 games for testing positive for the use of amphetamines. Toney, a 14th round pick for Kansas City in 2011, came into the Houston system (as the PTBNL) along with LHP Kevin Chapman in the March 2012 trade that sent OF Jason Bourgeois and C Humberto Quintero to Kansas City.

It Was a Very Big Year For ...

Back in March, I wrote a piece about a few pitchers for whom I declared, "This is going to be a very big year." I would like to revisit what I said back in March and what ultimately happened with each of them. The article, in full, follows with updates.

A couple weeks ago, I wrote this piece about a few position players for whom THIS IS GOING TO BE A BIG YEAR. This is something I heard time and again in my recent conversations with John Manuel of Baseball America, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com and others. With the Astros depth increasing, players will need to step up to keep up. For some, it may be a matter of staying healthy. For some, it will be recapturing earlier promise. For some, it will be taking that next step developmentally. Today, let's look at a few pitchers whose ultimate fate in the organization may be either helped or hindered by the year they have.

RHP Paul Clemens
Going into the 2012 season, Paul Clemens was ranked as the number 5 prospect in the Astros system by Baseball America. Coming into the 2013 season, he is ranked at number 27. What happened? Clemens struggled in 20 starts at AAA Oklahoma City (6.73 ERA and 1.741 WHIP) before being demoted to Corpus Christi at the end of the season. Clemens has a great deal of talent and I don't think the 25-year old will be going anywhere even if he  has another subpar year in 2013. However, after seeing him pitch extremely effectively out of the bullpen in Kissimmee during Spring Training, I am convinced that he may eventually get moved in that direction unless he can start showing a more consistent and effective approach in his starts at the higher level.

UPDATE: Clemens made one appearance in Oklahoma City before making his major league debut on April 9th. He was used out of the bullpen with mixed results until struggles in July sent him back to Oklahoma City for a few games. When he got back to Houston, he was used as a starter in his final five appearances compiling a 3.71 ERA and a 1.500 WHIP in those games. As a reliever in Houston, his overall ERA was 6.32 with a 1.447 WHIP. When you back out his six appearances in July (when he was less than effective), that is lowered substantially to a 4.46 ERA and a 1.264 WHIP. None of those numbers are overwhelming one way or the other, but overall it was a decent season for a rookie. One thing I like about Clemens is that he always pitches like he's totally po'd at the world. Somehow, it works for him. Overall, though, I'm still a bit baffled by Clemens and I'm not sure where things will ultimately shake out for him, so I think it is safe to say that 2014 will be another big year for Paul.

RHP Josh Zeid
Josh Zeid is one of those guys that you cannot help but pull for. He is extremely nice and genuine, and he was probably one of the best teammates and biggest cheerleaders on the Hooks team last season. He also has excellent "stuff." What he doesn't have is consistency, but it is my sincerest belief that Zeid's lack of consistency is 99% mental. He needs to master the mental part of the game to get to the next level.

UPDATE: What a difference a season makes! After a solid season with Oklahoma City in which Zeid had a 3.50 ERA and a 1.443 WHIP, he was promoted to Houston where he made his major league debut on July 30th. After a couple of dicey outings early on, Zeid settled in very nicely and allowed only five earned runs in his last 18 appearances (and only one in his last nine outings) to end up with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.373 WHIP after the promotion. More importantly, he wasn't quite as prone to the BIG inning as he had been in 2012 and lowered his batting average allowed from .263 in 2012 to .238 in 2013. I would still like to see him cut back on his walks, but overall it was a good major league debut. When I posited my theory about Zeid's issues being primarily mental, a source told me that I was on to something and that he had seen a huge change in Zeid after his 2012 off-season marriage in that he seemed more relaxed and focused.

LHP Kyle Hallock
Hallock, the 10th round pick in 2011, had a very good freshman season with Tri-City that year but was largely ineffective in his seven appearances at Lexington. He ultimately had surgery to clean out loose bodies in his pitching elbow and was healthy enough to make five rehab appearances at the end of the season. If Hallock proves to be healthy and can recreate his excellent 2011 numbers, the 24-year old could open some eyes this season.

UPDATE: Hallock had a bit of an odd season and was moved five times among four levels. Overall, he did very well early in the season, but suffered in the latter couple of months. I'm only speculating, but I wonder if he was suffering from arm fatigue later in the season since his innings went from 30+ in 2012 (due to the surgery) to 96+ in 2013. Early in the season, Hallock pitched extremely well in Oklahoma City in nine appearances (3.72 ERA and 1.293 WHIP) and he pitched the first five innings of a combined no-hitter in Lancaster in May. But in 12 appearances in July and August at Lancaster and Corpus Christi, he had a whopping 13.35 ERA and a 2.629 WHIP. Whether this was due to fatigue or injury, I don't know, but the vast difference in the halves of the season seem to suggest something of the sort.

RHP Tanner Bushue
Drafted in the second round in 2009, Bushue took a giant step backward in his development in 2012 as he struggled badly at Lexington at the start of the season and was subsequently sent back to extended Spring Training. He ended up back in Greeneville where he made 16 appearances, all but one out of the bullpen, and ended with a 5.65 ERA, a 1.849 WHIP and 10.7 SO/9 at the level. He finished the season very strongly, however, with a 0.57 ERA, 0.894 WHIP and 13.2 SO/9 in August in seven long relief outings. There is still time for Bushue to get back on track as he will only be 22 in June, but coming into his fifth season in the system, he has a lot to prove and he will need to do so quickly and emphatically.

UPDATE: Bushue started off the season well in Tri-City, but did not dominate as he should have playing A-level ball in his fifth professional season. He ended the season with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.082 WHIP in 13 games (seven starts). In a footnote to a story about the Tri-City playoffs, the Albany Times Union reported that Bushue was retiring. And thus appears to end the professional career of the Astros second round pick from 2009 at the ripe old age of 22.

LHP Chris Lee
There are two reasons that the fourth round 2011 pick is probably not in danger of being released if he doesn't have a good season. He won't turn 21 until August and he's a lefty. Lefties always get extra looks. But with the infusion of left-handed pitching into the system by Jeff Luhnow and another draft imminent, he could find himself stuck back in Greeneville for his third season. If he can't find his way out of Greeneville and competing effectively at a higher level by the end of the season, all bets are off. Lee only pitched eight and two-thirds innings in five games in 2012 and had very poor results. He was never officially placed on the disabled list, but did not pitch again after July 26th.

UPDATE: This is my favorite story of the five pitchers profiled. Yes, he was back at Greeneville, but he dominated there. There is no reason to believe that he won't get a shot to play for full season Quad Cities in 2014. And if he pitches anything like he did this season, he should be successful. In 11 games (10 starts), he had a 3.10 ERA and a 1.095 WHIP. I had the opportunity to watch him pitch when I was in Greeneville and I can tell you that he really is an exciting player to watch. He is officially on my radar screen now. My interview with Lee (with copious quotes from Manager Josh Bonifay about Lee) can be found here.

Undoubtedly, 2013 will prove to be a BIG YEAR for many players in the Astros organization. These are just a few that I'm keeping my eye on.

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Wednesday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Peoria over Glendale 7-5

Peoria Javelinas
SS Nolan Fontana - 2x3 2BB SO 2R
1B Japhet Amador - 0x4 RBI SF GIDP
3B Jonathan Meyer - 0x4 R

RHP Jonas Dufek - 2.0IP 0H 0R 1BB 2SO

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

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Magallanes over Caracas 5-2

Leones del Caracas
C Carlos Perez - 0x4 SO R PB

Zulia over La Guaira 7-3

Tiburones de La Guaira
LHP Sergio Escalona - 0.2IP 1H 2R 1BB 1SO HR

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

Late results from Tuesday:

Detroit over Bravos 5-3

Bravos
SS Carlos Perdomo - 1x3 BB R SB

Boston over Navegantes 4-1

Navegantes
RHP Enderson Franco (L, 0-2) - 5.1IP 5H 2R 3BB 4SO

Wednesday's Games:

Tampa Bay over Tiburones 8-5

Tiburones
CF Brett Phillips - 1x5 R
SS Alex Gonzalez - 3x4 3B RBI BB SO 3R E
DH Marlon Avea - 0x4 RBI 2SO

Magallanes over Boston 9-5

Magallanes
RHP Carlos Quevedo - 2.0IP 0H 0R 0BB 0SO

Bravos over Cardenales 5-3

Bravos
2B Carlos Perdomo - 0x4 SO


Zulia
3B Arturo Michelena - 2x4 2B R E

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Culiacan over Obregon 2-1

Tomateros del Culiacan
RHP Gonzalo Sanudo (W, 1-0) - 1.2IP 0H 0R 0BB 0SO

I missed one from Tuesday. Leo Heras is now playing for Guasave and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his first game for them. He played in right field.

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Licey over Gigantes 7-6

Gigantes del Cibao
LF Jimmy Paredes - 1x5 2B R

Aguilas over Toros 8-2

Aguilas Cibaenas
SS Jonathan Villar - 1x5 2SO R

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

The ABL started playing today and because of the time difference, that game has already concluded. No Astros farmhands were involved in that game, but a couple have shown up on the rosters:

Adelaide Bite
IF Joe Sclafani

Perth Heat
RHP Cameron Lamb - listed as a reserve

Connor MacDonald, an international signing from last year, was on the Brisbane roster but he was reassigned to the minor leagues.

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE (PUERTO RICO)

Games start tomorrow. Only one of the rosters has been published at this point, but I will update the master winter league roster on the front page when more assignments are made official. There should be several players playing in Puerto Rico, including Jon Singleton who tweeted about going down to play there.

Happy Birthday - 10/31

Happy Birthday to ~

2B Tony Kemp (22)
Drafted by Houston in the fifth round in 2013 out of Vanderbilt University, Kemp split his season between Tri-City and Quad Cities. In 75 games between the two venues, he hit .273/.366/.345 with eight doubles, three triples, two home runs and 21 stolen bases.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

C John "Pork Chop" Hoffman (died December 27, 2001 at 58)
Signed as an amateur free agent by the Colt .45's in 1963, Hoffman played in only eight games for the Colt .45's and the Astros in 1964 and 1965, hitting .143/.182/.143. And that was the sum total of his major league career.

C Ed Taubensee (45)
Originally drafted by the Reds in the sixth round in 1986, Taubensee came to Houston in a December 1991 trade with Cleveland. In 203 games for the Astros from 1992 to 1994, he hit .234/.296/.351. According to Baseball-Reference, he was:
Nicknamed "The Model" because of the way he strutted his stuff on the runway when the Astros revealed their new uniforms in 1994.
LHP Tim Byrdak (40)
A fifth round pick by Kansas City in 1994, he signed with Houston as a free agent in April 2008. In 199 games for the Astros from 2008 to 2010, he was 5-5 with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.345 WHIP. According to Baseball-Reference, while pitching for the Mets in 2012:
[H]e was leading the National League in games pitched with 56 when he announced on August 9th that he would need to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn capsule in his shoulder.
Byrdak made it back to pitch for the Mets in September 2013 for eight games.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Tuesday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Peoria over Scottsdale 3-2

Peoria Javelinas
CF Delino DeShields - 0x2 BB SO SB

RHP Andrew Robinson - 2.0IP 2H 1R 2BB 3SO WP

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

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Magallanes over Caracas 5-2

Leones del Caracas
C Carlos Perez - 0x4 SO R PB

Zulia over La Guaira 7-3

Tiburones de La Guaira
LHP Sergio Escalona - 0.2IP 1H 2R 1BB 1SO HR

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

Caribes over Tiburones 5-2

Tiburones
CF Brett Phillips - 0x4 SO
SS Alex Gonzalez - 1x4 SB
C Marlon Avea - 2x4 R

LHP Junior Garcia - 2.0IP 0H 0R 1BB 0SO

Zulia over Tampa Bay 7-4

Zulia
3B Arturo Michelena - 2x4 BB SO E

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Nothing to report

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Escogido over Toros 10-5

Toros del Este
PH Teoscar Hernandez - 0x1

Gigantes over Estrellas 5-2

Gigantes del Cibao
LF Jimmy Paredes - 1x3 2RBI R SF

LHP Rudy Owens - 5.1IP 2H 1R 2BB 6SO

Licey over Aguilas 7-3

Tigres del Licey
RF Domingo Santana - 0x3 BB GIDP

Aguilas Cibaenas
SS Jonathan Villar - 2x4 3B 2SO R E

Happy Birthday - 10/30

No future Astros, only former Astros with birthdays today ~

2B/SS Anderson Hernandez (31)
Hernandez was first signed by the Tigers in 2001 as a NDFA out of the Dominican Republic and was picked up from Cleveland by the Astros as a waiver claim in 2010.  In 132 games for Houston in 2010, he hit .188/.304/.229. Hernandez played for Campeche in the Mexican League in 2013.

RHP Mark Portugal (51)
Portugal came to Houston in a December 1988 trade with the Twins. In 135 games (123 starts) for the Astros from 1989 to 1993, he went 52-30 with a 3.34 ERA and a 1.268 WHIP. Portugal was first in the National League in win percentage in 1993, going 18-4.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Monday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

NOTE: The rosters have been set for the Fall Stars Game and CF Delino DeShields and RHP Jonas Dufek have been invited to participate. The game will take place on Saturday, November 2nd at 7:00 CST and will be broadcast on MLB Network. The story is here.

Peoria over Scottsdale 4-0

Peoria Javelinas
CF Delino DeShields - 0x1 3BB 2R
1B Japhet Amador - 2x4 2B RBI R
SS Nolan Fontana - 0x3 SO

RHP Matt Heidenreich - 3.0IP 1H 2SO
LHP Alex Sogard - 2.0IP 1H 1SO

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

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Off Day on Monday

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

Tiburones and Caracas tied at 8 through 11 innings

Tiburones
CF Brett Phillips - 0x5 BB 2SO 2R
SS Alex Gonzalez - 4x6 2B 3B 2RBI 2R
DH Marlon Avea - 1x6 2B 2RBI 2SO R
C Pedro Coa - 3x3 RBI

RHP Jamaine Cotton - 2.0IP 1H 4SO

Bravos over Tampa Bay 11-10

Bravos
SS Carlos Perdomo - 1x5 2RBI BB R E

Zulia over Caribes 8-7

Zulia
3B Arturo Michelena - 1x4 2SO R

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Off Day on Monday

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Off Day on Monday

Happy Birthday - 10/29

Happy Birthday to ~

3B Tyler White (23)
Drafted by Houston in the 33rd round in 2013 out of Western Carolina University in North Carolina, White made quick work of the GCL and the Appy League before landing with the Tri-City team for his last 28 games. He hit a combined .322/.406/.456 with 14 doubles, six home runs and a whopping 52 RBI in only 64 games. He walked 27 times and only struck out 24 times.

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Monday, October 28, 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 (that I know of). Stats are through Sunday's games.



Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Sunday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Off Day on Sunday

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

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Caracas over Zulia 5-3

Leones del Caracas
C Carlos Perez - 1x4 2SO
Perez allowed three stolen bases, caught one stealing and had a pickoff at first.

La Guaira over Aragua 3-2

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

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

The boxscores for Saturday's games were published late and weren't in Sunday's post.

Caimanes over Tiburones 8-3

Tiburones
SS Alex Gonzalez - 0x4 R 2E
C Pedro Coa - 1x4

Philadelphia over Zulia 17-5

Zulia
SS Arturo Michelena - 0x4 2SO

Magallanes over Navegantes 4-3

Magallanes
1B Luis Alvarez 1x4

Navegantes
RHP Enderson Franco - 1.0IP 1H 0R 1BB 1SO

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Nothing to report

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Aguilas over Estrellas 6-1

Aguilas Cibaenas
SS Jonathan Villar - 0x3 BB R

Escogido over Gigantes 6-3

Gigantes del Cibao
LF Jimmy Paredes - 1x5 SO

Licey over Toros 7-0

Tigres del Licey
RF Domingo Santana - 2x5 HR 2RBI 3SO R

Toros del Este
CF Teoscar Hernandez - 2x4 CS

Happy Birthday - 10/28

OF Brauly Mejia (19)
Signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent in May 2012 out of the Dominican Republic, Mejia spent his second season with the Dominican Summer League team. In 46 games, he hit .240/.304/.329. His bat was heating up at the end of the season as he hit .297/.375/.344 in 19 games in August.

Former Astros with birthdays today ~

RHP Mark Knudson (53)
Drafted by the Astros in the third round in 1982, Knudson pitched in only 11 games for the Astros in 1985 and 1986. In those 11 games (9 starts), he went 1-7 with a 5.20 ERA and a 1.621 WHIP. He was traded to the Brewers in August of 1986 and went on to have modest success with Milwaukee over six seasons with that organization.

SS Tim Bogar (47)
Originally drafted by the Mets in the eighth round in 1987, Bogar came to Houston in a March 1997 trade with New York. In 392 games for the Astros in 1997 through 2000, he hit .219/.297/.327 with 43 doubles, nine triples and sixteen home runs. In the 1999 NLDS, he went 3-for-4 with a double, walk and an RBI. In 2013, he managed the AA Arkansas Travelers for the Angels organization.

RHP Kirk Bullinger (44)
A 32nd round pick by the Cardinals in 1992, Bullinger signed with Houston as a free agent in December of 2001. In 34 games pitched for the Astros in 2003 and 2004, he had a 6.28 ERA and a 1.397 WHIP.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Saturday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Salt River over Peoria 20-0
No, that is not a typo. It's not supposed to read 2-0. It really was 20-0. Really. It was actually 8-0 after six innings which, although not terrific, is not unusual. Then 12 runs scored in the final three innings, five in the seventh (helped in large part by a grand slam) and five in the ninth (helped in large part by two errors). Andrew Robinson gave up the five in the ninth, but all were unearned; however, he doesn't get a complete pass because he did walk a pair.

Peoria Javelinas
3B Jonathan Meyer - 1x4 2SO E
CF Delino DeShields - 1x3 SO

RHP Andrew Robinson - 1.0IP 2H 5R/0ER 2BB 0SO HR

Off Day on Sunday 

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Zulia over Caracas 11-10 in 10 innings

Leones del Caracas
PH Carlos Perez - RBI SF

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

No boxscores have been published at this time. I will post scores and stats when and if available.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Culiacan over Mexicali 5-2

Tomateros del Culiacan
RHP Gonzalo Sanudo - 0.1IP 1H 0R 1BB 1SO

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Aguilas over Escogido 5-1

Aguilas Cibaenas
SS Jonathan Villar -1x4 RBI 2SO

Gigantes over Toros 12-3 (completed early)

Gigantes del Cibao
LF Jimmy Paredes - 1x4 2RBI BB R

Estrellas over Licey 3-2

Tigres del Licey
RF Domingo Santana - 1x4 2B RBI SO

Note: I've been traveling and I missed a start from Thursday. LHP Rudy Owens took the loss in his first start for the Gigantes. He pitched 3.2 innings and allowed six runs on seven hits with two walks, four strikeouts and a solo home run.

Happy Birthday - 10/27

Happy Birthday to ~

C Carlos Perez (23)
Perez was one of the players obtained in the 10-player megatrade with the Blue Jays in July 2012. He started his 2013 season with Corpus Christi, but was quickly promoted to Oklahoma City. In 91 games combined at the two venues, Perez hit .271/.332/.356 with 18 doubles, three home runs and 37 RBI. He caught 48% of all runners who attempted to steal on him during the season. He is currently playing winter ball in Venezuela for Caracas.

3B Darwin Rivera (22)
A non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic, Rivera spent the 2013 season with the Greeneville club. In 40 games, he hit .211/.275/.303.

One former Astro celebrating a birthday today ~

LHP Eric Bell (50)
Originally drafted by the Orioles in the ninth round in 1982, Bell signed with Houston as a free agent in 1993. In 10 appearances for the Astros that year, he was 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA and a 1.636 WHIP.

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