Saturday, November 9, 2013

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Friday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Salt River over Peoria 3-1

Peoria Javelinas
CF Delino DeShields - 0x3 BB 2SO SB
1B Japhet Amador - 1x4

Today's Game - Peoria at Salt River at 7:10 CST

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Zulia over Caracas 6-5 in 14 innings

Leones del Caracas
LF J.D. Martinez - 3x5 2HR 3RBI BB 2R
DH Eric Thames - 1x5 BB 2SO

Margarita over Aragua 6-2 in 7 innings

Tigres de Aragua
2B Jose Martinez - 0x1

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

Bravos over La Guaira 8-3

Bravos
3B Carlos Perdomo - 0x0 HBP

Caracas over Caribes 9-5

Caribes
LHP Edwin Villarroel  1.0IP 4H 5R 2BB 1SO WP HBP

Magallanes over Tampa 4-2

Magallanes
DH Luis Alvarez - 2x3 2B RBI R CS

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Guasave over Los Mochis 3-2

Algodoneros de Guasave
RF Leo Heras - 1x4 SO

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Escogido over Aguilas 2-0

Aguilas Cibaenas
SS Jonathan Villar - 0x4 2SO

Toros over Gigantes 2-1

Toros del Este
LHP Raul Valdes - 4.2IP 8H 1R 1BB 4SO

Gigantes del Cibao
RHP Jose Cisneros - 0.1IP 0H 0R 1BB 0SO

Licey over Estrellas 9-7 in 15 innings

Tigres del Licey
RF Domingo Santana - 0x3 2SO

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Saturday's Games

Adelaide over Perth 2-0 in 7 innings (Game 1)

Adelaide Bite
SS Joe Sclafani - 0x2 BB SO R

Perth Heat
DH Jake Bowey - 0x2

Perth over Adelaide 8-2 in 9 innings (Game 2)

Perth Heat
DH Jake Bowey - 0x3 BB R SB

Adelaide Bite
SS Joe Sclafani - 2x3 2BB 2R 3SB
That's not a typo. Joe stole three bases in the game. The players were running amok with a total of 13 stolen bases between the two teams.

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE (PUERTO RICO)

Santurce over Caguas 5-3

Cangrejeros de Santurce
1B Jon Singleton - 0x2 2BB 2SO R
RF Austin Wates - 1x4 3B RBI 2SO R

Criollos de Caguas
C Roberto Pena - 0x3 2SO
LHP Luis Cruz - 2.0IP 0H 0R 1BB 3SO

Happy Birthday - 11/9

Several former Astros are celebrating birthdays today ~

RHP Red Witt (died January 30, 2013 at 81)
Witt came to Houston from the Pirates in May 1962 and pitched in eight games for the Colt 45's that season with a 7.04 ERA and a 1.891 WHIP. Witt's major league career was delayed by military service as he served in the Korean War. His best season was for the Pirates in 1958 when he was 9-2 in 18 appearances (15 starts) with a 1.61 ERA and a 1.292 WHIP.

RHP Rick Williams (61)
Signed by Houston as an amateur free agent in 1972, Williams pitched in 48 games (17 starts) for the Astros in 1978 and 1979 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.314 WHIP.

OF Todd Self (35)
Drafted by Houston in the 15th round in 2000, Self's entire major league career consisted of 21 games played for the Astros in 2005 in which he hit .200/.250/.311.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Thursday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Surprise over Peoria 14-5

Peoria Javelinas
SS Nolan Fontana - 0x3 BB SO
CF Delino DeShields - 1x3 2RBI BB SO R

RHP Jonas Dufek - 1.0IP 2H 1R 0BB 1SO HR

Today's Game - Salt River at Peoria at 1:35 CST

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

La Guaira over Aragua 4-1

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

Zulia over Caracas 13-1

Leones del Caracas
RF J.D. Martinez - 2x3 HR RBI SO R

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

Nothing to report

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Obregon over Guasave 4-3

Algodoneros de Guasave
RF Leo Heras - 2x4 SO SB E

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Aguilas over Estrellas 8-4

Aguilas Cibaenas
SS Jonathan Villar - 0x1 2BB 2R SAC 2SB

Licey over Gigantes 10-5

Tigres del Licey
PH-RF Domingo Santana - 0x0 RBI BB
Drew a bases-loaded walk

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Friday's Games:

Perth over Adelaide 8-1

Perth Heat
PH-DH Jake Bowey - 0x2 RBI SO SF

Adelaide Bite
SS Joe Sclafani - 1x3 BB SO E

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE (PUERTO RICO)

Carolina over Santurce 5-3

Gigantes de Carolina
2B Kike Hernandez - 1x2 2B SAC

Cangrejeros de Santurce
1B Jon Singleton - 1x4 HR RBI SO R
LF-RF Austin Wates - 0x4

Happy Birthday - 11/8

Happy Birthday to ~

LHP Blair Walters (24)
Drafted by the White Sox out of the University of Hawaii in the 11th round in 2011, Walters came into the Astros organization as a part of the July 2012 trade with Chicago for Brett Myers. Walters spent his 2013 season with the High A Lancaster team, compiling a 6-2 record with a 7.36 ERA and a 1.923 WHIP in 34 games (five starts). He finished the regular season making one spot start at Oklahoma City.

Former Astros celebrating birthdays today ~

OF John Fishel (51)
Drafted by Houston in the ninth round in 1985, Fishel's entire major league career consisted of 19 games played for the Astros in 1988 in which he hit .231/.310/.346. He was traded, along with two others, to the Yankees in January of 1989 for Rick Rhoden. He was the 1984 College World Series Outstanding Player when he played for California State at Fullerton.

OF Eric Anthony (46)
A 34th round draft pick by Houston in 1986, Anthony played for the Astros from 1989 to 1993, hitting .224/.295/.378. He was traded to the Mariners in December 1993 for Mike Felder and Mike Hampton. He was one of the few players ever to hit a home run into the upper deck of the Astrodome.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Astros-Related Links You May Have Missed

A few items have been published this week that my readers may find interesting ...

The article lists all minor league free agents eligible for the first time (all teams). Baseball America tracked all of the minor league free agents through their interactive Free Agent Tracker last season. Once that is updated with this year's free agents, I will post a link or put the link on the front page. With that said, here are the Astros first time free agents:

RHP Murilo Gouvea (on the DL in 2013)
RHP Cameron Lamb (ended the season at Corpus Christi)
RHP Carlos Quevedo (ended the season at Corpus Christi)
LHP Sergio Escalona (on the restricted list)
C Luis Alvarez (ended the season at Corpus Christi)
C Cody Clark (outrighted to Oklahoma City after the season)
2B Jose Martinez (ended the season at Oklahoma City)
OF Michael Burgess (ended the season at Corpus Christi)
OF Che-Hsuan Lin (ended the season at Oklahoma City)

My best WAG (wild-arse guess) is that the Astros will re-sign Gouvea, Quevedo, Alvarez and Martinez.

MiLB.com Astros Organization All-Stars
MiLB.com released their list of Organization All-Stars for the Astros on Wednesday. As explained in the link, they are "honoring the players, regardless of age or prospect status, who had the best seasons in their organization." There are names on the list that won't surprise you, including George Springer, Lance McCullers and Carlos Correa, but there are a couple of names that may ... unless, of course, you've been reading my blog regularly. Do yourself a favor and read the entire post. It includes some excellent input from the Astros Coordinator of Pro Scouting Kevin Goldstein on the honored players.

Baseball Prospectus Astros Top 10 Prospects
Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus released his Top 10 Prospect List for the Astros on Monday. I only have a couple of comments on the post. First of all, I find it really, really, really unlikely that Carlos Correa will make it to Houston in 2014 even as a September call-up. Even if Correa is ready, I don't think GM Jeff Luhnow is going to rush him nor do I think it likely that they will use a 40-man roster spot in advance of next year's Rule 5 ... think George Springer. Secondly, I am happy to see the addition of RHP Vincent Velasquez and RHP Michael Feliz into the conversation alongside righties Mike Foltynewicz, Lance McCullers and Mark Appel, but I find it difficult to believe that Parks doesn't see any of the five as having top of the rotation potential.

Parks posted this follow-up to his Top 10 list on Tuesday, debating whether Correa or Springer is the better prospect.


Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Wednesday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Peoria over Surprise 6-5

Peoria Javelinas
1B Japhet Amador - 1x5 HR RBI 2SO R
3B Jonathan Meyer - 3x5 2RBI SO

RHP Andrew Robinson (W, 1-0) - 1.0IP 2H 0R 0BB 0SO

Today's Game - Surprise at Peoria at 1:35 CST

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Zulia over Aragua 10-6

Tigres de Aragua
2B Jose Martinez - 0x3 BB

Magallanes over Margarita 4-0

Bravos de Margarita
LHP Eric Berger (L, 1-1) - 5.0IP 6H 2R 1BB 3SO

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

Caracas over Magallanes 5-2

Magallanes
C Luis Alvarez - 1x4 2SO
RHP Carlos Quevedo (L, 0-1) - 3.0IP 10H 4R 0BB 3SO E


Bravos
2B Carlos Perdomo - 0x5 SO

Tiburones
SS Alex Gonzalez - 2x3 BB R SB
C Marlon Avea - 2x4

RHP Gerardo Juarez - 5.0IP 3H 1R/0ER 2BB 4SO HBP

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Guasave over Obregon 12-9

Algodoneros de Guasave
RF Leo Heras - 2x3 2RBI 2BB 2R

Los Mochis over Culiacan 6-3

Tomateros del Culiacan
RHP Gonzalo Sanudo - 0.1IP 2H 1R 0BB 0SO

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Nothing to report

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Perth over Adelaide 6-1

Perth Heat
DH Jake Bowey - 0x2 BB SO 2R SAC

Adelaide Bite
SS Joe Sclafani - 1x3 RBI BB SF

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE (PUERTO RICO)

Santurce over Caguas 3-2 in 10 innings

Cangrejeros de Santurce
RF Austin Wates - 2x5 2B RBI SB CS
PH-1B Jon Singleton - 1x1

Happy Birthday - 11/7

No future Astros, only former Astros with birthdays today ~

RHP Joe Niekro (died October 27, 2006 at 61)
Originally drafted by the Cubs in the third round in 1966, Niekro was purchased by Houston from the Braves in April 1975 for $35,000. He played for Houston from 1975 until his trade to the Yankees for Jim Deshaies in September 1985.

Joe Niekro played in 22 seasons, from 1967 to 1988, for a total of seven different teams.  For his career, Niekro was 221-204 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.319 WHIP over 702 games and 3584.1 innings pitched.  In 11 seasons for Houston, he was 144-116 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.264 WHIP over 397 games and 2270 innings pitched.  His most successful season was in 1979 when he was 21-11 and led the National League in wins.  1979 was an All-Star year for Niekro and he also placed second in NL Cy Young voting that year, behind Bruce Sutter and in front of 3rd place finisher J.R. Richard and his brother Phil in 6th place.

Niekro simply dominated in post-season pitching.  In the 1980 NLCS, he pitched 10 innings of shut-out ball in a game against Philadelphia which the Astros ultimately won 1-0 in 11 innings.  In the 1981 NLDS, he pitched eight innings of shut-out ball against the Dodgers in another 11-inning 1-0 win for the Astros.  In 1987, Niekro finally got his shot at a ring and pitched two innings for Minnesota in the World Series.  The Twins won the series and Joe got his ring.  For the post-season, Niekro had an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.950.

Joe is probably as well-known for the emory board incident as anything else in his career.  For more on Joe, here is his Wikipedia page.  He died in 2006 of a brain aneurysm, and his daughter has established a foundation in his name to raise money for aneurysm treatment and research.

RHP Russ Springer (45)
A seventh round pick by the Yankees in 1989, Springer first came to Houston as a free agent in December 1996 and pitched in 54 games for the Astros in 1997 before being selected by Arizona in the 1997 expansion draft. He then came back to Houston as a free agent in June 2004 and pitched three additional seasons for Houston from 2004 through 2006. In 204 total games with Houston, he had a 4.03 ERA and a 1.215 WHIP. Springer pitched in a total of 18 seasons for 10 different teams.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Tuesday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Scottsdale over Peoria 4-0

Peoria Javelinas
SS Nolan Fontana - 0x2 2BB 1SO
CF Delino DeShields - 0x3

Today's Game - Peoria at Surprise at 1:35 CST

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

La Guaira over Zulia 7-3

Tiburones de La Guaira


LHP Sergio Escalona - 0.1IP 1H 0R 0BB 0SO

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

Late report from Monday:

Magallanes over Navegantes 7-3

Magallanes
C Luis Alvarez - 0x3 2BB R

Tuesday's Games:

Tampa over Aragua 6-4

Aragua
DH Jose Martinez - 0x4 HBP

Caracas over Navegantes 7-0

Navegantes
RHP Enderson Franco (L, 0-3) - 3.2IP 6H 5R 2BB 2SO


Bravos
2B Carlos Perdomo - 1x4 SO

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Guasave over Obregon 10-2

Algodoneros de Guasave
RF Leo Heras - 0x3 RBI BB SO SF

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Licey over Toros 7-3 in 12 innings

Tigres del Licey
PH Domingo Santana - 1x1 2B R

Toros del Este
CF Teoscar Hernandez - 0x0

Gigantes over Aguilas 4-3

Gigantes del Cibao
RHP Jose Cisnero - 1.0IP 2SO

Aguilas Cibaenas
SS Jonathan Villar - 0x3 3SO

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Off Day

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE (PUERTO RICO)

Caguas over Santurce 8-4

Cangrejeros de Santurce
RF Austin Wates - 1x3 BB SO R
1B Jon Singleton - 0x3 RBI 2BB SO R
RHP Juan Santos - 1.2IP 0H 2R 5BB 1SO

Happy Birthday - 11/6

One former Astro celebrates today ~

OF Justin Maxwell (30)
Originally drafted by Washington in the fourth round in 2005, Maxwell was claimed off waivers from the Yankees in April 2012. In 164 games for Houston in 2012 and 2013, he hit .232/.306/.438 with 23 doubles, five triples and 20 home runs. Maxwell was traded to Kansas City in July 2013 for minor league RHP Kyle Smith.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

It Was a Very Big Year For ...

Back in March, I wrote a piece about a few players 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. Last week, I looked at a few pitchers. This week it's position players. The article, in full, follows with updates.

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Over the last couple of weeks, I've talked to John Manuel of Baseball America, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com and others about many of the players in the Astros farm system, both prospect and non-prospect alike. One phrase kept coming up time and time again. "This is going to be a big year for (fill-in-the-blank)." I found myself saying it as well.

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. Here are just a few position players for whom THIS IS GOING TO BE A BIG YEAR.

1B/DH Chase Davidson
Davidson turned 23 in January and has only played 53 games professionally to date. Davidson was originally drafted in the third round by the Astros in 2008 but did not sign; they re-drafted him in 2011 in the 41st round. In his first season, he hit .327/.417/.630 with 13 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs and 44 RBI in 44 games. He also struck out 53 times. In 2012, he only appeared in nine games with Tri-City in June before disappearing off the radar for the remainder of the year. At 23, he will need to get healthy, stay healthy and move quickly through the system before time starts working against him.

UPDATE: Time is now officially working against Chase Davidson. He will be 24 in January and he has yet to advance beyond Low A. Davidson only appeared in 10 games for Quad Cities this season, the last of which was on April 23rd. Presumably, he was injured (although I don't know that for a fact). In three professional seasons, Davidson has only played in 63 games. In his 10 games this season (42 at-bats), he hit .238/.289/.381 with three doubles, one home run and five RBI. He walked twice and struck out 21 times in those 10 games. To put it bluntly, I find it increasingly difficult to find a path forward for Mr. Davidson.

SS Jonathan Villar
Yes, Villar has all of the tools but he has yet to put them all together consistently. He needs to show more focus defensively. He has a tendency to speed up the game and make mental errors in the field. Prior to breaking his hand in July, Villar's bat did show signs of coming around but he lost valuable developmental time. Villar won't turn 22 until May so he still has plenty of time to put it all together, but if he doesn't take that next step forward, he could find himself jockeying for position in the Astros depth charts.

UPDATE: Villar spent the first 91 games of the season with Oklahoma City where he definitely made inroads with the bat, hitting .277/.341/.442 with 16 doubles, eight triples, eight home runs, 51 RBI and 31 stolen bases. He then made his major league debut on July 22nd, and in 58 games in Houston, he hit .243/.321/.319 with nine doubles, two triples, one home run, eight RBI, 18 stolen bases and one spectacularly embarrassing baserunning move. But to his credit, he also did this. Overall, I feel as though his baserunning and his bat lived up to expectations at the major league level, but there were still signs that Villar's internal defensive clock needs adjustment. His 16 errors tied for fifth in the American League, despite playing in significantly fewer games than the other category leaders. And before you SABR-types jump on me for using errors, I looked up his UZR for the Astros and it was -8.1 which isn't exactly great either (albeit based on a relatively small sample size). With all that said, personally I thought that he looked better in the field than he did when I saw him in Corpus Christi last season. Ultimately, if he can be more consistent defensively, it will go a long way towards his realization of sustained success at the major league level.

SS Jio Mier
Speaking of which, Jio Mier could be the one to challenge Villar, but he has to stay healthy and he has to continue the progress he made last season (before  a bad hamstring injury) and later in the Arizona Fall League. He missed a large chunk of the 2012 season due to the injury, but it appeared that he was finally putting things together at the plate, hitting .292/.396/.409 at Lancaster and .297/.333/.422 in the Arizona Fall League. If Villar falters and Mier continues his progress and stays healthy, things could get interesting. Mier won't be 23 until August. Did I mention that he really needs to stay healthy?

UPDATE: Jio, Jio, Jio. What can I say? I really like Jio. I'm really rooting for him, but his bat was a definite disappointment in the 2013 season. Everyone I spoke with when I was in Corpus Christi this summer simply raved about Jio's defense and that's precisely what I saw on the field, but what I saw in the batter's box was discouraging. In 104 games, he hit .194/.293/.265 with 10 doubles and five home runs. As far as I know, he was healthy all season so his lack of production can't be blamed on that. I refuse to give up on Jio, but he is going to have to make very big strides at the plate in the coming season because, frankly, there is a great deal of talent coming up through the system looking to challenge him.

C/OF Mike Kvasnicka
I'm not even sure where to start with Kvasnicka. His development seems to have been stunted by his moves from catcher to third base back to catcher and now, apparently, to right field. Kvasnicka had a horrible start to his 2012 season, but seemed to have gotten into a groove at the plate about the time he was moved to right field. He also found his home run stroke, tripling his home run output from prior years. But the fact remains that he is 24 years old and hasn't gotten above Low A yet. He will need to come to Spring Training prepared to show that he belongs and will need to contribute immediately wherever he is placed.

UPDATE: Well, Kvasnicka did have a very big year ... for another team. Traded to the Twins for RHP Gonzalo Sanudo in March, Kvasnicka didn't make his season debut until June, reportedly due to a wrist injury, but played extremely well in 69 games for the High A Fort Myer Miracles, hitting .282/.341/.460 with 13 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 40 RBI. He played most of his games, by the way, in right field.

1B/DH Telvin Nash
Telvin Nash just turned 22 last month. He needs to do two things. He needs to replicate his home run power outside the hitter-friendly confines of Lancaster and he needs to cut down on the strikeouts. If Nash is promoted to AA this season, I think he will find that the more advanced pitchers will take advantage of the holes in his swing. He will have to find a way to adjust. The recent news that Nash lost 30 pounds during the offseason tells me that he is highly motivated. That is encouraging.

UPDATE: Nash gets an incomplete for the season, but the news is mostly positive. He last played on July 18th and was ultimately placed on the DL for the remainder of the season. Since he didn't advance beyond Lancaster, we still don't know whether or not his power will translate away from The Hangar. But one thing he did accomplish was cutting down on his strikeouts. Nash struck out in over 44% of his plate appearances in 2012. He cut that down to approximately 34.5% in 2013. Still a lot of strikeouts, but a huge improvement! And he improved his walk rate as well. His improved discipline at the plate didn't hamper his home run production so that is encouraging as well. In 62 games, he hit .246/.357/.500 (as compared to .224/.316/.494 in 2012) with 10 doubles, 16 home runs and 48 RBI.

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Monday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Scottsdale over Peoria 7-4 in 10 innings

Peoria Javelinas
CF Delino DeShields - 0x4 SAC
1B Japhet Amador - 2x4 2B RBI SO
DH Nolan Fontana - 0x4 3SO

RHP Matt Heidenreich - 4.0IP 4H 3R 2BB 1SO HR
LHP Alex Sogard - 1.0IP 0H 0R 0BB 2SO

Today's Game - Peoria at Scottsdale at 1:35 CST

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Off Day

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

Caribes over Aragua 2-0

Aragua
2B Jose Martinez - 0x3

Tiburones over Caimanes 3-2

Tiburones
SS Alex Gonzalez - 0x3 RBI BB
C Marlon Avea - 0x2 BB R

LHP Junior Garcia - 0.1IP 1H 0R 0BB 1SO HBP
RHP Jamaine Cotton (S, 3) - 1.0IP 0H 1R/0ER 1BB 1SO WP

Zulia over Phillies 8-7

Zulia
3B Arturo Michelena - 0x3

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Off Day

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Gigantes over Estrellas 8-3

Gigantes del Cibao
LHP Rudy Owens (W, 1-1) - 6.0IP 3H 1R 1BB 5SO

Licey over Aguilas 2-1

Aguilas Cibaenas
SS Jonathan Villar - 1x4
Picked off at first base

Escogido over Toros 4-3

Toros del Este
CF Teoscar Hernandez - 0x3 3SO

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Off Day

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE (PUERTO RICO)

Nothing to report

Happy Birthday - 11/5

Happy Birthday to ~

LHP Albert Minnis (22)
Drafted by Houston in the 25th round in 2013 out of Wichita State University, Minnis spent his first professional season with the Tri-City team. In 14 appearances out of the bullpen, Minnis was 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.143 WHIP. He had a ground out to air out ratio of 4.17 and held batters to a .231 average.

Former Astros celebrating birthdays today ~

OF Tom Wiedenbauer (55)
A seventh round pick by the Astros in 1976, Wiedenbauer played in four games for Houston in 1979. Those four games constituted his entire major league career and he made the most of them. In six at-bats, he had four hits, a double and two RBI. His career batting average was .667. Now that's a cup of coffee that you can live with.

RHP Craig McMurtry (54)
Originally drafted by Atlanta in the first round in 1980, McMurtry signed with Houston as a free agent in March of 1994. In 11 appearances for the Astros in 1995, he had a 7.84 ERA and a 2.323 WHIP. His rookie year in 1983 was arguably his best as he went 15-9 with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.300 WHIP in 36 games (35 starts) for Atlanta and came in second in Rookie of the Year voting to Darryl Strawberry.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Astros Fall and Winter League Cumulative Player Stats

The following stats are for all Astros players currently (or formerly) participating in this year's fall and winter leagues. Stats are through Sunday's games.




Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Sunday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Off Day

Today's Game - Scottsdale at Peoria at 1:35 CST

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Nothing to report

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

Late results from Saturday

Caimanes over Zulia 4-1

Zulia
3B Arturo Michelena - 1x3 2B SO R

Bravos over Navegantes 4-3

Bravos
3B Carlos Perdomo - 1x5 RBI SO

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Guasave over Navojoa 3-1 in 7 innings (Game 1)

Algodoneros de Guasave
RF Leo Heras - 0x3 SO SAC

Navojoa over Guasave 9-4 in 7 innings (Game 2)

Algodoneros de Guasave
RF Leo Heras - 1x3 SAC

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Estrellas over Toros 3-2 in 10 innings

Toros del Este
PR Teoscar Hernandez - 0x0

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

No games played today

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE (PUERTO RICO)

Carolina over Santurce 5-1

Gigantes de Carolina
2B Kike Hernandez - 0x4 E

Cangrejeros de Santurce
RF Austin Wates - 0x4
1B Jon Singleton - 0x4

Happy Birthday - 11/4

Former Astros celebrating birthdays today ~

C Mark Bailey (52)
A sixth round pick for Houston in 1982, Bailey played for the Astros from 1984 to 1988 before being traded to the Montreal Expos for Casey Candaele in 1988. In 322 games for Houston, he hit .223/.340/.340. Since retiring from playing, Bailey has been a coach in the Astros system.  He served as bullpen coach for the Astros from 2002 to 2009 and has since functioned as the hitting coach for Corpus Christi in 2010 and the hitting coach for Tri-City in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 he was a catching "development specialist" and was assigned to the Corpus Christi team.

OF Ryan Thompson (46)
Originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 13th round in 1987, Thompson came to Houston as a free agent in January 1999. In 12 games for the Astros that season, he hit .200/.273/.400.

RHP Ezequiel Astacio (34)
Astacio came to Houston as part of the November 2003 Philadelphia trade for Billy Wagner. In 28 games (14 starts) for the Astros in 2005 and 2006, he was 5-6 with a 6.02 ERA and a 1.592 WHIP. Astacio never made it back to the major leagues.

LHP Travis Blackley (31)
Originally signed by the Mariners as a free agent in 2000, the Australian native came to Houston in an April 2013 trade with Oakland that sent OF Jake Goebbert to the A's. In 42 appearances for Houston, he was 1-1 with a 4.89 ERA and a 1.429 WHIP before being traded to the Rangers in August. Apparently, he wasn't too terribly broken up about the trade.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Saturday's Games

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

AFL West over AFL East 9-2
Both of the Astros reps got into the game, although the second one barely made it. DeShields played the first five innings and didn't get a hit, but did advance the runner with a sac bunt in his final at-bat. One particular play answered my question regarding how his transition to the outfield has been going. If the bad route he took on one fly ball is any indication, the transition is still a work in progress. With two outs in the top of the ninth and the home team leading, Jonas Dufek was brought in for the final out. The first batter he faced doubled, but IMHO the rightfielder should have caught the ball. The next batter promptly popped out in foul territory. The game was over and Dufek's night was done after six pitches (four for strikes).

AFL West
CF Delino DeShields - 0x2 SAC

RHP Jonas Dufek - 0.1IP 1H 0R 0BB 0SO

Off Day on Sunday

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Caribes over Caracas 5-4

Leones del Caracas
C Carlos Perez - 0x5 RBI E
Caught one base stealer

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELAN MINOR LEAGUE)

Nothing to report

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Culiacan over Mazatlan 4-2

Tomateros del Culiacan
RHP Gonzalo Sanudo - 0.2IP 2H 1R 0BB 0SO
Inherited two runners and stranded both

Navojoa over Guasave 10-4

Algodoneros de Guasave
RF Leo Heras - 2x4 BB SO

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO

Escogido over Gigantes 5-2

Gigantes del Cibao
LF Jimmy Paredes - 1x4 2SO

Toros over Licey 5-2

Toros del Este
LHP Raul Valdes - 4.0IP 1H 1R/0ER 1BB 4SO

Tigres del Licey
PH-RF Domingo Santana - 0x1 RBI

Aguillas over Estrellas 4-2

Aguilas Cibaenas
SS Jonathan Villar - 0x1 3BB
Picked off at first

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Sunday's Games:

Brisbane over Adelaide 4-3

Brisbane Bandits
LF Connor MacDonald - 0x3 BB R
Also credited with an outfield assist

Adelaide Bite
SS Joe Sclafani - 1x4 2B SO

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE (PUERTO RICO)

Santurce over Caguas 1-0

Cangrejeros de Santurce
RF Austin Wates - 1x3 BB R SB
1B Jon Singleton - 1x3 BB

Carolina over Ponce 4-1

Gigantes de Carolina
2B Kike Hernandez - 0x3 BB
C Rene Garcia - 2x3 BB (caught one runner stealing)

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