Saturday, April 12, 2014

2013 Interviews and Profiles

My interview and profile links are getting really lengthy on the front page so I'm going to consolidate the links from 2013 into one post for the front page. Here are the links in alphabetical order with the dates of the interviews/profiles indicated.

2013 Interviews

Andrew Aplin - 5/21/13

Travis Ballew - 5/16/13

Joe Bircher - 5/8/13

Josh Bonifay - 8/29/13

Jake Buchanan - 2/12/13

Jake Buchanan #2 - 5/31/13

M.P. Cokinos - 7/3/13

Jarred Cosart - 6/19/13

Delino DeShields - 8/6/13

Michael Dimock - 7/2/13

Jonas Dufek - 8/27/13

Matt Duffy - 6/28/13

Austin Elkins - 5/6/13

Morgan Ensberg - 5/19/13

Mike Foltynewicz - 5/30/13

Nolan Fontana - 5/24/13

Justin Gominsky - 4/17/13

Dan Gulbransen - 2/18/13

Brian Holmes - 1/8/13

Tony Kemp - 7/15/13

Sebastian Kessay - 8/15/13

Chris Lee - 8/21/13

Rodney Linares - 6/26/13

Jeff Luhnow Part 1 - 12/3/13

Jeff Luhnow Part 2 - 12/4/13

Tanner Mathis - 11/20/13

Brandon Meredith - 5/23/13

Jio Mier - 6/3/13

Ronnie Mitchell - 7/17/13

Telvin Nash - 5/15/13

Ben Orloff - 6/4/13

Roberto Pena - 5/4/13

David Rollins - 5/22/13

Domingo Santana - 6/6/13

Jason Schwartz - 4/10/13

Joe Sclafani - 7/1/13

Tommy Shirley - 11/12/13

Andy Simunic - 6/20/13

Alex Sogard - 1/15/13

Mark Spadavecchia - 10/11/13

Johnny Stewart - 12/10/13

Andrew Thurman - 7/19/13

Nick Tropeano - 6/5/13

Preston Tucker - 5/20/13

Patrick Urckfitz - 10/16/13

Vincent Velasquez - 5/1/13

Tyler White - 11/1/13

Marc Wik - 8/19/13

Asher Wojciechowski - 6/21/13

WTHB - 6/2/13

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, April 11, 2014

The upper-level clubs fell victim to the crooked number, while the A clubs got a dominating performance on the mound and a 16-hit barrage.

New Orleans 8, Oklahoma City 4

W- Greg Nappo (1-0)
L- Mike Foltynewicz (0-1)
S- Chris Hatcher (2)

OKC home runs: Jon Singleton (3, solo in 5th)

OKC took a 3-2 lead thanks to that Singleton homer, but New Orleans countered and went on a 6-1 run in the 6th and the 7th to take the series opener. The RedHawks still lead the war 4-1, though.

Singleton scored 3 of the 4 RedHawks runs; Japhet Amador drove in 3 of those 4 with a 2-run double in the 4th and a groundout in the 7th. Singleton, Domingo Santana and Gregorio Petit all finished with 2 hits.

Rudy Owens gave up 2 in the 3rd, but had a solid outing otherwise. He went 5 innings and allowed 5 hits while fanning 4. Mike Foltynewicz bore the brunt of that 6-1 run, as he allowed all 6 of those runs, 5 of which were earned, and 1 of which was an inherited runner that scored. He only lasted 1.1 innings and allowed 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Folty also uncorked 2 wild pitches and was called for a balk. Darin Downs went 1.2 innings, and all 5 of his outs were strikeouts. He allowed 2 hits and walked 1. Raúl Valdés allowed a hit and struck out 2 in a scoreless 9th.

Game 2 will feature the team of Jake Buchanan and Paul Clemens as they take on Jared Rogers. First pitch is at 7:05.

Tulsa 10, Corpus Christi 9

W- Nelson Gonzalez (1-0)
L- Tommy Shirley (1-1)
S- Scott Oberg (1)

CC home runs: Kiké Hernandez (1, 2-run in 1st)

The Hooks blasted Jonathan Gray for 6 in the 1st... the Drillers didn't forget that and they ended up finishing the game on a 10-3 run, which included a 6-run inning of their own.

But, the good portion of this recap: The original starting 9 all finished the game with a hit. Kiké Hernandez had 2, and Tyler Heineman was 3-4. Jio Mier came on as a defensive replacement and didn't appear at the plate.

How did they batter Gray? Well, the top third of the order (Delino DeShields, Nolan Fontana, and Andrew Aplin) all singled to load the bases, and Matt Duffy brought them all home with a double. Duffy scored on a Preston Tucker single, and Hernandez capped it off by taking Gray deep for a 2-run shot. All 6 runs came with nobody out. Heineman added a 2-run double in the 3rd to make it an 8-1 game. Fontana hit an RBI groundout in the 6th.

Now, unfortunately, the bad news: The Hooks pitchers got knocked around, with Matt Heidenreich bearing the brunt of the Tulsa attack. He started off by allowing 1 run over 3 innings, and then the wheels fell off. The Drillers got 6 in the 4th off of him and he was charged with all 6 of those runs, 2 of which were inherited. Heidenreich left after 3.1 innings and allowed 6 hits and struck out 2. Andrew Robinson was the first man out and he went 1.2 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits and fanning 2. Tommy Shirley had an inauspicious start to his outing, as he committed an error that allowed the first man he faced to reach, and then he faced a bases-loaded, no out situation. Unlike Thursday, the Hooks couldn't escape, as Dustin Garneau punched a ball through the left side for a 2-run single. Shirley pitched the final 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (all in the 6th, only 1 was earned) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

The rubber game of the series features a Pac-12 matchup on the mound, with Brady Rodgers (Arizona State), being accompanied by Colton Cain, taking on Tyler Anderson (Oregon). First pitch is at 7:10.

Lancaster 5, Lake Elsinore 1

W- Vince Velasquez (2-0)
L- Ruben Mejia (0-1)
S- Kyle Westwood (2)

Lancaster home runs: None

Vince Velasquez was absolutely magnificent in his first 2 appearances; in this game, it was more of the same. He threw 5 shutout innings and allowed a hit and fanned 4. The hit, which was a single to begin the 4th, snapped his streak of 22 straight retired, dating back to Opening Night, when he got Corey Adamson to ground into a double play to end the 4th inning that night. I originally tweeted 21; looks like I needed to stretch that a little further.

Kyle Westwood, who will turn 23 tomorrow, finished it off with 4 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 2. While Velasquez has been absolutely dominating out of the gate, Westwood has also posted some fine performances as well. So far, they've been the best pairing in the system, and probably by a pretty good margin, as well.

Tony Kemp led off the game with a walk and would score the first run of the evening on a Teoscar Hernandez triple. This is the 4th game that Hernandez has hit an RBI triple, and he extended his hitting streak to 6 games. He's had 2 hits in 5 of those 6 games, including a current streak of 3 straight. One batter later, he'd score on a Carlos Correa sac fly; the two of them had all the RBIs for Lancaster. Hernandez hit a 2-run triple in the 5th and Correa brought him home again, this time on a single. Rio Ruiz went 2-4, and Justin Gominsky went 3-4 with a run scored.

Game 3 of this 4-game set features the team of Lance McCullers and Kyle Smith on the mound, and they'll face Bryan Rodriguez. First pitch will take place at 6:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 6, Great Lakes 4

W- Gonzalo Sanudo (2-0)
L- James Campbell (0-1)
S- Andrew Walter (2)

QC home runs: Jack Mayfield (1, solo in 5th)

The River Bandits unleashed a 16-hit assault on the Loons as they took the series opener.

66.7% of the QC lineup had multi-hit games, paced by Jack Mayfield, who went 3-5 with a double, a solo homer, and 2 runs scored. This is Mayfield's 3rd straight multi-hit contest, and he has a hit in all but 1 game this season (6 games played). 66.7% of the QC lineup had 1 RBI, as well. Those came off the bats of Conrad Gregor, Austin Elkins, Jobduan Morales, Mayfield, Brett Phillips, and James Ramsay. Elkins hit 2 doubles and Ramsay had a triple. Chase McDonald, Tanner Mathis, and Chan-Jong Moon all had 1 hit. Moon's hit was a triple in the 6th, and he'd score on Ramsay's triple.

Adrian Houser got the start and went 4 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits, walking 3, and fanning 3. Gonzalo Sanudo got the win as the piggybacker by throwing 3 scoreless. He allowed 2 hits, walked 2 (!!!) and struck out 3. Chris Cotton threw a 1-2-3 8th, striking out 2, but the wheels fell off for him in the 9th as he allowed all 5 Loons he faced to reach and gave up 3 runs in the process. Andrew Walter restored order by stopping the bleeding. He did issue a walk, but none of the 2 runners he inherited from Cotton scored.

In the middle game of this series, Andrew Thurman will look to get himself going after a couple of rough outings to begin the season. He and Chris Lee will face Luis Chirinos at 6:05 Eastern/5:05 Central.

Three Stars: Position Players

So, I got tired of trying to weed out exactly 3 standout performances, so I have split the Three Stars section into one for position players and one for pitchers. It hasn't gotten any easier.


Jon Singleton, 1B, Oklahoma City
2-4, solo HR (3), 3 R


Teoscar Hernandez, CF, Lancaster
2-4, 2 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R


Jack Mayfield, 2B, Quad Cities
3-5, 2B solo HR (1), 2 R

Honorable Mentions: Tyler Heineman, Kiké Hernandez, Japhet Amador, Carlos Correa, Justin Gominsky, the 5 guys in the Quad Cities lineup who all had 2 hits

Three Stars: Pitchers


Gonzalo Sanudo, RHP, Quad Cities
W (2-0), 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K


Kyle Westwood, RHP, Lancaster
Save (2), 4 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 2 K


Vince Velasquez, RHP, Lancaster
W (2-0), 5 IP, H, 4 K

Honorable Mentions: Darin Downs, Andrew Walter

Happy Birthday 4/12

No future Astros with birthdays today, but one former Astro celebrates ~

C Jerry Goff (49)
Originally drafted by the Mariners in the third round in 1986, Goff came to Houston as a free agent in 1995. He played in 13 major league games for the Astros in 1995 and 1996. Goff only had six hits for Houston, but he made the most of them. Four of Goff's hits went for extra bases - two doubles, two home runs and five RBI's.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Astros Minor League Teams: How Old Are They?

I often find myself following rabbit trails that end with my accumulation of random information that I find interesting. Such was the case with the average player age on the Astros full season minor league teams. I started looking at this last week in conjunction with my Season Preview of the Lancaster team because I quickly realized just how young the JetHawks players were. So I looked at the rest of the teams as well. The findings were interesting to me, but your mileage may vary.

As a side note, in order to compile these averages, I took all of the players who were on the opening day roster for a team, even if they were on the DL or the temporary inactive list. I did not include those who were on the preliminary rosters released by the team if they didn't appear on the the opening day roster.

These were the average ages AS OF APRIL 3, 2014 which was the minor league opening day. There may be some variance for rounding errors and accounting for Leap Days, but the information should generally be accurate within a day or so.


Average Age - 26 years, 6 months, 24 days
Youngest - Mike Foltynewicz at 22 years, 5 months, 27 days
Oldest - Raul Valdes at 36 years, 4 months, 7 days
Closest to Average - David Martinez at 26 years, 7 months, 30 days

Younger than the Average Age:
Jake Buchanan
Jose Cisnero
Paul Clemens
Bobby Doran
Mike Foltynewicz
Collin McHugh
Rudy Owens
Jason Stoffel
Nick Tropeano
Patrick Urckfitz

Average Age - 24 years, 8 months, 20 days
Youngest - Ronny Torreyes at 21 years, 7 months, 1 day
Oldest - Gregorio Petit at 29 years, 3 months, 24 days
Closest to Average Age - George Springer at 24 years, 6 months, 15 days

Younger than the Average Age:
Jonathan Meyer
Carlos Perez
Domingo Santana
Jon Singleton
Ruben Sosa
George Springer
Max Stassi
Ronny Torreyes


Average Age - 24 years, 6 months, 17 days
Youngest - Travis Ballew at 22 years, 11 months, 2 days
Oldest - Alex Sogard at 26 years, 8 months, 9 days
Closest to Average Age - Ross Season at 24 years, 6 months, 16 days (1 day younger than average)

Younger than Average Age:
Travis Ballew
Colton Cain
Luis Cruz
Matt Heidenreich
Brady Rodgers
David Rollins
Ross Season
Aaron West

Average Age - 23 years, 6 months, 26 days
Youngest - Delino DeShields at 21 years, 7 months, 18 days
Oldest - Chris Epps at 25 years, 3 months, 24 days
Closest to Average Age - Jio Mier at 23 years, 7 months, 8 days

Younger than Average Age:
Andrew Aplin
Delino DeShields
Nolan Fontana
Tyler Heineman
Kike Hernandez


Average Age - 22 years, 7 months, 27 days
Youngest - Josh Hader at 19 years, 11 months, 27 days
Oldest - Mike Hauschild at 24 years, 2 months, 12 days
Closest to Average Age - Mark Appel at 22 years, 8 months, 19 days

Younger than Average Age:
Josh Hader
Lance McCullers
Kyle Smith
Vince Velasquez

Average Age - 22 years, 2 months, 5 days
Youngest - Carlos Correa at 19 years, 6 months, 12 days
Oldest - Justin Gominsky at 24 years, 7 months, 8 days
Closest to Average Age - Jake Rodriguez at 22 years, 2 months, 10 days

Younger than Average Age:
Carlos Correa
Teoscar Hernandez
Roberto Pena
Rio Ruiz
Danry Vasquez


Average Age - 22 years, 3 months, 13 days
Youngest - Michael Feliz at 20 years, 9 months, 6 days
Oldest - Zach Morton at 23 years, 8 months, 22 days
Closest to Average Age - Andrew Thurman at 22 years, 3 months, 24 days (Gonzalo Sanudo is also close at only 17 days younger than average)

Younger than Average Age:
Kent Emanuel
Michael Feliz
Evan Grills
Jandel Gustave
Adrian Houser
Chris Lee
Gonzalo Sanudo

Average Age - 22 years, 5 months, 29 days
Youngest - Brett Phillips at 19 years, 10 months, 4 days
Oldest - Jack Mayfield at 23 years, 6 months, 4 days
Closest to Average Age - Tanner Mathis at 22 years, 9 months, 7 days

Younger than Average Age:
Conrad Gregor
Brian Holberton
Chase McDonald
Brett Phillips
James Ramsay

Oklahoma City pitchers are approximately 2 years older than Corpus Christi pitchers who are approximately 1 year, 11 months older than Lancaster pitchers who are only about 4 months older than Quad Cities pitchers.

Oklahoma City position players are approximately 1 year, 2 months older than Corpus Christi position players who are approximately 1 year, 4 months older than Lancaster position players who are about three months YOUNGER than Quad Cities position players.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, April 10, 2014

Oklahoma City 8, New Orleans 2

W- David Martinez (2-0)
L- Chaz Roe (0-1)

OKC home runs: George Springer (1, solo in 8th), Jon Singleton (2, solo in 8th)

Sweep! The RedHawks also got their 5th straight win in the process as they broke a 2-2 tie with 6 runs in the 8th. Before that outburst, Japhet Amador had all the RBIs for OKC, as he hit an RBI single in the 4th and added a sac fly in the 6th. Then, George Springer led off the 8th with his 1st home run of the year, and the RedHawks never looked back. One batter later, Jon Singleton went back-to-back (2) to double OKC's lead. Ronald Torreyes chipped in with an RBI single that scored Max Stassi, and on the ensuing error, Domingo Santana scored. And finally, Gregorio Petit provided the cherry with a 2-run double. He, Springer, and Jonathan Meyer had 2 hits apiece. Everyone in the lineup had a hit except for Austin Wates, who missed out on the party by going 0-4 with a walk and 2 strikeouts, snapping his season-opening 6-game hitting streak.

Bobby Doran went 4.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3. Raúl Valdés retired the only batter he faced to end the 5th. David Martinez tagged in to get the victory with 4 scoreless. He allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and fanned 2.

Both teams will face off against each other in another 4-game series; the only difference will be a change of venue. Rudy Owens and Mike Foltynewicz will face Elih Villanueva in the opener in OKC at 7:05. Owens and Foltynewicz will be starting on two different Opening Days: They got the nod for the actual one on May 3, and they'll be taking the hill for OKC's first home game.

Corpus Christi 6, Tulsa 0

W- Luis Cruz (2-0)
L- Dan Winkler (0-1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks took the series opener despite being no-hit for 6 innings. But.... it appeared that the 7th inning stretch was exactly what the Hooks offense needed.

Nolan Fontana got things started by drawing a walk. Andrew Aplin then proceeded to break-up the no-hitter with a single that sent Fontana to 3rd. They didn't have to wait long for a 2nd hit, as Matt Duffy opened the scoring with a single to bring Fontana home. Preston Tucker followed suit by bringing Aplin home. Duffy would score the 3rd run of the game on a Leo Heras groundout. And then... what?

What GameDay says:

Jiovanni Mier reaches on a fielder's choice out, second baseman Taylor Featherston to third baseman Joey Wong to catcher Tom Murphy. Preston Tucker out at home. Enrique Hernandez scores. Jiovanni Mier to 3rd. Throwing error by shortstop Cristhian Adames.

So, in conclusion:

The Hooks added 2 more in the 8th on an Aplin sac fly and another Duffy RBI single. Duffy finished 2-4. Fontana went 1-3 with a double and scored twice. Delino DeShields was 0-3, but drew a walk, scored, and stole a base (5).

Ross Seaton tossed 5 shutout innings and allowed 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Luis Cruz had some harrowing moments in his 3 innings, but escaped unscathed every time. Most notably, he tightroped out of a bases-loaded, no out situation by getting 2 strikeouts and a force out at home. Cruz gave up 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Jordan Jankowski worked around a single to finish it, striking out 2.

In the middle game of this series, Matt Heidenreich and Tommy Shirley will face Jonathan Gray. First pitch is at 7:10.

Lancaster 6, Lake Elsinore 5 in 11 innings

W- Juan Minaya (1-0)
L- Trevor Gott (0-1)
S- Mitch Lambson (1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The Storm forced extra innings with a pair in the bottom of the 9th, but the tie didn't last very long as Tony Kemp put the JetHawks ahead with a sac fly, and Mitch Lambson extricated himself from a little trouble to end it.

Kemp was 2-5 and scored the first run of the evening on a Teoscar Hernandez double. Hernandez also finished 2-5 and added a couple of steals (3). Brandon Meredith also had himself a 2-hit night; he led off the 4th on a single, advanced to 2nd on a Danry Vasquez groundout, and scored on an error that allowed Roberto Peña to reach. A pair of wild pitches in the 5th allowed Hernandez and Carlos Correa to score. Kemp hit a 2-out double in the 6th and would score on a ball that was smacked by Hernandez that was momentarily caught, then dropped. Hernandez wound up advancing to 3rd on the E, one of 4 on the night for Lake Elsinore.

Mark Appel fared much better in his second go; he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer) and struck out 6 in 5 innings. Mike Hauschild had a solid piggyback outing, but the wheels fell off for him in the 9th. He went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Juan Minaya got the win by striking out 2 in a 1-2-3 10th, and Lambson worked around a hit and a walk to finish it off, striking out 2.

In game 2 of this series, Vince Velasquez and Kyle Westwood will join forces as they take on TBA at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 5, Lansing 3

W- Michael Feliz (1-0)
L- Brady Dragmire (0-1)
S- Andrew Walter (1)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits avoided the sweep as they scored 3 in the 7th and one more in the 9th to give themselves a little more separation.

Catfish Elkins was 0-4, but he brought home QC's first run of the evening with an RBI groundout in the 2nd. Jobduan Morales walked to lead off the 7th, and made has way to 3rd on a sac bunt and a groundout. Brett Phillips then drew a walk, and both of them would score on an from Lansing CF D.J. Davis that allowed Tyler White to take 2nd. White would eventually score on a Conrad Gregor single. James Ramsay doubled to begin the 9th and advanced to 3rd on a Phillips single. A White GIDP allowed Ramsay to score the all-important insurance run. Phillips finished 3-4 with a run scored and Gregor went 2-5.

Evan Grills had a very nice start; in 5 innings, he allowed a run on 5 hits and struck out 5. Michael Feliz tagged in for 2 innings, and he gave up 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Pat Christensen fanned 1 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Andrew Walter worked around a walk to close the door.

In the 2nd leg of their roadtrip, the River Bandits will travel to the heart of Michigan to play 3 games with the Great Lakes Loons. In the series opener, Gonzalo Sanudo and Adrian Houser will take on James Campbell. First pitch will be at 6:05 Eastern/5:05 Central.

Three Stars: Pitchers


Mark Appel, RHP, Lancaster
5 IP, 3 H (solo HR), 2 ER, 6 K


David Martinez, RHP, Oklahoma City
W (2-0), 4 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 K

Evan Grills, LHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, 5 H, 5 K

1. Corpus Christi pitchers, combining on a shutout

Ross Seaton, RHP
5 IP, 5 H, BB, 6 K

Luis Cruz, LHP
W (2-0), 3 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Jordan Jankowski, RHP
IP, H, 2 K

Three Stars: Position Players


Matt Duffy, 3B/1B, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2 RBI, R

Brett Phillips, CF, Quad Cities
3-4, R

2. The Lancaster 1-2 made their presence felt once again.

Teoscar Hernandez (#4 on right), CF
2-5, 2B, RBI, R, 2 SB (3)

Tony Kemp, 2B
2-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R

1. Cue "When will he be coming up?"

George Springer, RF, Oklahoma City
2-3, solo HR (1), 2 R, 2 BB, SB

Happy Birthday - 4/11

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Jose Cisnero (24)
Signed as a NDFA out of the Dominican Republic in 2007, Cisnero first played for the DSL Astros in 2008. Cisnero started the season at AAA Oklahoma City and ended it there, but pitched in 28 games in Houston in the interim after making his major league debut on April 22, 2013. For the Astros, he had a 4.12 ERA and a 1.626 WHIP. Cisnero is currently playing for the AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks. In his first three appearances out of the bullpen, he has a 0.00 ERA and a 0.545 WHIP.

Two former Astros celebrate today as well ~

LHP Jeff Calhoun (56)
A third round draft pick in 1980, Calhoun pitched for Houston from 1984 to 1986. In 73 appearances, he was 3-6 with a 2.64 ERA and a 1.202 WHIP before being traded to the Phillies for C Ronn Reynolds in April of 1987.

RHP Sean Bergman (44)
Originally drafted by the Tigers in the 4th round in 1991, Bergman came to Houston in January of 1998 in a trade with the Padres for OF James Mouton. In two seasons for the Astros in 1998 and 1999, he went 16-15 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.406 WHIP in 50 appearances (43 starts).

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Astros MiLB League Leaders and Rankings

Wednesday's Astros MiLB games marked the end of the first full week of play for the teams. Let's check in and see how the teams and the players are doing within their respective leagues.

Oklahoma City (5-2, 1st place)

Team Pitching (16 teams in league)
3.57 ERA - 6th
1.10 WHIP - 2nd

Team Batting
.252 AVG - 10th
.329 OBP - 10th
.406 SLG - T9th

Paul Clemens
1.13 ERA - 7th
0.75 WHIP - 9th

Jason Stoffel
3 Saves - T1st

Rudy Owens
10 strikeouts - T6th

George Springer
8 Runs - T3rd
3 Doubles - T3rd

Ronny Torreyes
10 Hits - T7th

Max Stassi
8 RBI - T6th

Jon Singleton
5 Walks - T5th
11 Strikeouts - T5th

Austin Wates
3 SB - T1st
.417 AVG - T9th
.708 SLG - T10th
1.190 OPS - T10th

Corpus Christi (5-1, 1st place)

Team Pitching (8 teams in the league)
3.43 ERA - 3rd
1.39 WHIP - 4th

Team Batting
.251 AVG - 5th
.339 OBP - 4th
.358 SLG - 5th

Tommy Shirley
0.00 ERA - T1st
0.60 WHIP - T4th

Travis Ballew
2 Saves - T1st

David Rollins
10 strikeouts - 4th

Andrew Aplin
10 walks - 1st
.500 OBP - 5th

Delino DeShields
6 Runs - T2nd
4 SB - T2nd

Preston Tucker
6 Runs - T2nd
8 Hits - T7th

Matt Duffy
4 Doubles - 1st

Jio Mier
6 RBI - T5th

Lancaster (5-2, tied for 1st place)

Team Pitching (10 teams in the league)
3.29 ERA - T3rd
1.17 WHIP - T3rd

Team Batting
.268 AVG - 4th
.357 OBP - 2nd
.406 SLG - 6th

Kyle Westwood
1.00 ERA - 9th

Vincent Velasquez
0.63 WHIP - 3rd

Josh Hader
14 Strikeouts - 2nd

Tony Kemp
.400 AVG - T7th
.500 OBP - T5th
1.100 OPS - 8th
5 Walks - T4th
10 Runs - 2nd
10 Hits - T7th

Teoscar Hernandez
.643 SLG - 10th
3 Triples - 1st

Brandon Meredith
2 HR - T6th

Carlos Correa
8 RBI - T6th

Quad Cities (2-4, 8th place)

Team Pitching (16 teams in the league)
4.03 ERA - 12th
1.29 WHIP - T8th

Team Batting
.267 AVG - 4th
.390 OBP - 1st (1st in BB as well)
.323 SLG - 9th

None of the QC pitchers rank in the Top 10 in ERA or WHIP, but Kent Emanuel ranks highest with his 1.13 ERA (23rd) and 0.63 WHIP (14th).

Austin Elkins
.421 AVG - 4th
1.000 SLG - 10th
8 Hits - T5th

Jack Mayfield
.478 OBP - 6th
7 Runs - T1st

Tyler White
6 RBI - T3rd

Conrad Gregor
8 Walks - T1st

James Ramsay
5 SB - 3rd

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Oklahoma City 3, New Orleans 2

W- Nick Tropeano (1-1)
L- Chris Hatcher (0-1)
S- Jason Stoffel (3)

OKC home runs: Max Stassi (2, solo in 2nd)

In a matinee in the Big Easy, the RedHawks won the series thanks to a 9th-inning rally that culminated in a 2-run single from Ronald Torreyes that gave them a 3-2 lead. Well, the rally consisted of 3 straight 1-out walks, and on a 1-0 count, Torreyes laced a ball into right field to bring home Domingo Santana (who entered as a pinch-runner) and Erik Castro. Max Stassi opened up the scoring with a solo homer (2) in the 2nd inning. Gregorio Petit finished 2-4 with a double.

Collin McHugh allowed 2 runs (both in the 4th) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 4 innings. Jose Cisnero was the first man out, and he threw a scoreless 5th, allowing a hit and striking out 1. Nick Tropeano tossed 3 scoreless as the piggybacker and allowed a hit, a walk, and struck out 1. And finally, Jason Stoffel notched his 3rd save of the year by fanning 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

The RedHawks will now look for the sweep as Bobby Doran and David Martinez will team up to take on Adam Conley. First pitch is at 7:00.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks will have their home opener tonight as they host Tulsa in the first of 3 games. Ross Seaton and Luis Cruz will take on Dan Winkler at 7:10.

Lancaster 9, San Jose 4

W- Chris Devenski (1-1)
L- Kendry Flores (1-1)
S- Josh Hader (1)

Lancaster home runs: Tony Kemp (1, grand slam in 6th), Teoscar Hernandez (1, solo in 6th)

Sweep! That's the way to close out the first homestand of the season. After falling behind 2-1 after the 4th, the JetHawks ran off 8 unanswered, including a 6-run 6th.

Carlos Perdomo hit a triple with 1 out in the 3rd and scored the first run of the game on a Tony Kemp sac fly. Kemp would drive in another run when he grounded into a force out in the 5th, then he scored on a Teoscar Hernandez triple. And then... all hell broke loose in the 6th.

Dan Gulbransen walked to lead off the inning, then one batter later, he moved to 3rd on a Brandon Meredith double. Danry Vasquez walked to load the bases, then Jake Rodriguez walked Gulbransen home. After Jordan Scott and Perdomo struck out, Kemp stepped up and sent out a grand slam. He finished 3-4 with 2 runs scored, 6 RBI, and a steal (2). Soon after that, Teoscar Hernandez went back-to-back with a solo shot (1). Perdomo and Hernandez both finished with 2 hits.

Chris Devenski had a solid night, with his only mistake coming on a 2-run homer from Mitch Delfino in the 4th. He went 5 innings, allowed 3 other hits, and struck out 4. Josh Hader finished out the tandem complete game. He, like Devenski, got dinged by a 2-run homer from Delfino, who was the entire San Jose offense. Hader allowed 2 other hits and struck out 4 in 4 innings.

Lancaster will now head out on their first roadtrip of the season, as they travel to Lake Elsinore for 4 and High Desert for 3. The series opener in Lake Elsinore will feature the team of Mike Hauschild and Mark Appel going up against Colin Rea. First pitch will be at 7:05 Pacific.

Lansing 6, Quad Cities 4

W- Griffin Murphy (1-0)
L- Jandel Gustave (0-1)
S- Scott Silverstein (1)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits had their chances to get even more runs, but they left the bases loaded in the 1st and the 8th.

Lansing jumped all over Jandel Gustave in the first third of the game, as they got 5 runs off of him in 2.2 innings. He allowed 7 hits and struck out 4. Zach Morton allowed a hit in 1.1 scoreless innings. Interestingly, he did not record a groundout, which is something that he is rather adept at doing; all 4 of his outs were strikeouts. Kent Emanuel pitched the final 4 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 3.

Tyler White had all the RBIs for QC as he ripped a pair of 2-run doubles in the 1st and the 5th. Jack Mayfield went 2-4 and scored twice.

The River Bandits will look to salvage a game in the series as Evan Grills and Michael Feliz take on Crosby native Jeremy Gabryszwski at 7:05 Eastern.

Three Stars: Position Players

3 (tie).

Ronald Torreyes, 2B, Oklahoma City
GW 2-R single in 9th

Teoscar Hernandez, CF, Lancaster
2-4, 3B, solo HR (1), 2 RBI


Tyler White, 3B, Quad Cities
2-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI


Tony Kemp, 2B, Lancaster
3-4, Grand Slam (1), 6 RBI, 2 R, SB (2)

Honorable mentions: Max Stassi, Jack Mayfield, Carlos Perdomo

Whoa, whoa, whoa. The pitchers aren't going to be shut out.

Three Stars, Pitchers


Nick Tropeano, RHP, Oklahoma City
W (1-1), 3 IP, H, BB, K

2. Lancaster Starters

Chris Devenski, RHP, Lancaster
W (1-0), 5 IP, 4 H (2-run HR), 2 ER, 4 K

Josh Hader, LHP, Lancaster (yes, that's really him)
Save (1), 4 IP, 3 H (2-run HR), 2 ER, 4 K

1 (tie). Quad Cities reliever/starter: 5.1 IP, 4 H, ER, 7 K

Zach Morton, RHP, Quad Cities
1.1 IP, H, 4 K

Kent Emanuel, LHP, Quad Cities
4 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 K

Happy Birthday - 4/10

No future Astros with birthdays today, but one former Astro celebrates ~

LF/1B Bob Watson (68)
Watson was first signed by the Astros as an amateur free agent in January of 1965 and spent the majority of the next 15 years in the Astros system. A two-time All-Star, Watson compiled a batting line of .297/.364/.444 in 1381 games spread over 14 seasons. After retiring as a player, he coached before becoming Assistant General Manager of the Astros from 1989 to 1993. In 1994 and 1995, he was the General Manager of the team. He later became a Vice President of Major League Baseball until his retirement at the end of 2010. For more on Bob Watson, read this excellent Baseball-Reference article.

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Results for Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Corpus sweep!!! And OKC and Lancaster are on the verge of one.

Oklahoma City 8, New Orleans 1

W- Paul Clemens (1-0)
L- Brian Flynn (0-1)

OKC home runs: Max Stassi (1, 3-run in 1st)

OKC did all their damage in the first 5 innings of the game by scoring all 8 of their runs in that timeframe.

Max Stassi finished 2-4 and opened the scoring with a 3-run homer (1) in the 1st inning. Japhet Amador's only hit of the night was an RBI single in the 3rd.

The top 4 in the order (Austin Wates, Gregorio Petit, George Springer, and Stassi) all had 2 hits apiece. Petit and Springer added to the RedHawks lead in the 4th with a single and groundout, respectively. And finally in the 5th, Wates grounded into a force out that Domingo Santana; on the ensuing error, Carlos Perez scored the final run. Ronald Torreyes joined them in the 2-hit club, going 2-3 with a run scored. He's really made himself a factor in the lineup despite being the #9 hitter.

Paul Clemens allowed 3 hits and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings to get the victory. Jake Buchanan came in for 3 innings; he gave up New Orleans' lone run in the 6th, but that was all they could muster up against him. He allowed 3 hits and struck out 2. Chia-Jen Lo struck out the first 2 batters he faced in the 9th, then gave up a pair of singles, but nothing came of those as he got Juan Diaz to ground out for the final out.

In game 3, the RedHawks will send out Collin McHugh and Nick Tropeano to the mound later this morning to take on Bryan Evans. First pitch will be at 11 AM.

Corpus Christi 7, Springfield 6 in 11 innings

W- Jorge De Leon (1-0)
L- Ryan Sherriff (0-1)
S- Travis Ballew (2)

CC home runs: Jio Mier (1, go-ahead solo in 11th)

The Hooks got the sweep as they rallied in the top of the 9th to take the lead. It didn't hold up, but they scored the lone run of the extra innings to recapture the lead, and Travis Ballew made sure it did hold up.

Delino DeShields led off the game with a double, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch from Springfield starter Kurt Heyer, and scored the first run of the day as Preston Tucker grounded into a force out. Corpus would have to wait until the 9th to get another run; by then, they were down 5-1. They didn't have to wait very long for another run, though, as they put up 5 in that 9th inning to take a 6-5 lead.

Andrew Aplin started things off in the 9th inning by drawing a walk off of Ronnie Shaban, and then a Tucker double put him at 3rd. And then the floodgates opened. They both scored on a Kiké Hernandez ground-rule double which cut the deficit to 5-3. Leo Heras then drew a walk, and M.P. Cokinos brought Hernandez home with a single to make it a 1-run game. Cokinos proceeded to steal 2nd to put runners on 2nd and 3rd again with no one out. After Tyler Heineman became the first casualty of the inning, Joe Sclafani tied it at 5 with a single, and DeShields put the Hooks on top by leaving Ryan Sherriff in the dust on a bunt single that brought Cokinos home. Hernandez (3-5) and Cokinos (2-4) joined DeShields in the multi-hit club. Aplin went 1-3 and walked 3 times. He's now on a 5-game walk streak, and in 4 of those 5, he's drawn more than 1 BB, with 3 straight 2-walk games. Aplin now has 10 walks against 4 strikeouts through the first 2 series of the season.

Aaron West was jumped for 3 runs in the 1st, which included a 2-run homer from Jonathan Rodriguez. He went 3.2 innings and gave up 4 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Alex Sogard was the first man out of the bullpen and allowed a hit over 1.1 scoreless. David Rollins came on to piggyback and he did rather well. He bowed out in the 9th after walking Mike O'Neill to lead off the inning. O'Neill wound up scoring the tying run off Jorge De Leon to close up Rollins' line; he went 3+ innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned, 1 inherited) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. De Leon did not allow any runs himself over 2 innings; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and fanned 2.

Jio Mier came on in the bottom of the 9th as a defensive replacement for Joe Sclafani, who had been playing 3B. He led off the 11th inning and sent the first pitch he saw from Ryan Sherriff OUTTA THERE. Perfect timing for his first homer of the season. Travis Ballew allowed a single to O'Neill to lead off the bottom of the 11th, but he slammed the door and secured the sweep by retiring the next 3 batters he faced, getting James Ramsey to pop out to Hernandez at 2B, striking out Aledmys Diaz, and getting Patrick Wisdom to fly out.

The Hooks are heading home to play at Whataburger Field for the first time this season. They will host Tulsa for 3 beginning tomorrow at 7:10. Ross Seaton and Luis Cruz will take the mound for the first Hooks home game this year. They will be opposed by Dan Winkler.

Lancaster 4, San Jose 2

W- Mitch Lambson (1-0)
L- Chris Stratton (1-1)
S- Jamaine Cotton (1)

Lancaster home runs: Brandon Meredith (2, solo in 2nd)

The Jethawks gave up 2 in the 1st, but they forced the Giants to put up 8 zeros the rest of the way to put themselves in position for a sweep.

All 4 Lancaster runs were unanswered. Brandon Meredith went 2-4 and put the JetHawks on the board in the 2nd with a solo shot (2). Jordan Scott went 2-3; he led off the 5th with a single, advanced to 2nd on a Justin Gominsky sac bunt, and scored on an error after Tony Kemp legged out an infield single. One batter later, Kemp would score on a Teoscar Hernandez triple. Meredith led off the 6th with a single, advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, and scored on a single from Dan Gulbransen. Kemp went 3-4, while Meredith, Gulbransen, and Scott all had 2 hits each.

Kyle Smith went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on a single and a bases-loaded walk. That walk was one of 5 that he issued, and he struck out 1. Mitch Lambson allowed 2 hits over 2 scoreless to get the victory. Lance McCullers went 3 scoreless, allowing 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4. Jamaine Cotton worked around a single to get the save, throwing a scoreless 9th.

What does Josh Hader have in store after striking out 10 in his first starte of the year? He'll be backing up Chris Devenski, who will get the start against Kendry Flores as the JetHawks look to sweep the Giants out of The Hangar. First pitch is at 6:30 Pacific.

Lansing 5. Quad Cities 4

W- Jimmy Cordero (1-0)
L- Andrew Walter (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits walked off with the loss in the series opener as Dickie Joe Thon delivered the game-winning RBI single for the Lugnuts in the bottom of the 9th.

Chris Lee got the start for QC and he threw 4.1 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3. 58% Cotton (aka Chris Cotton) got the final 2 outs of the 5th inning after coming on for Lee. Andrew Thurman tagged in and was rudely greeted by D.J. Davis, who took him deep to lead off the 6th. Thurman allowed 4 runs on 4 hits and walked 1 while getting just 2 outs (both via strikeout) in the inning. Tyler Brunnemann came in and restored order, striking out 1 in his 2.1 perfect innings. Andrew Walter walked his first 2 batters, then a sac bunt moved the runners over to 2nd and 3rd, and the son of Dickie Thon did the rest.

Jack Mayfield went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 walks and put the River Bandits on the board first in the first with an RBI double. He then scored on a balk in the 3rd. He'd score again in the 8th on a Tyler White single. Jobduan Morales was also 2-3; he hit an RBI single later in the 8th to tie the game at 4. James Ramsay went 2-5 with a run scored and 2 steals (5). The 5 steals puts Ramsay at the top of the organization in that category.

The middle game of this series has the team of Jandel Gustave and Kent Emanuel taking on Alberto Tirado at 7:05 Eastern/6:05 Central.

Three Stars


Jack Mayfield, 2B, Quad Cities
2-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB


Jio Mier, SS/3B, Corpus Christi
GW solo HR (1) in 11th inning

Max Stassi, C, Oklahoma City
2-4, 3-R HR (1)


Paul Clemens, RHP, Oklahoma City
W (1-0), 5 IP, 3 H, 6 K

Many apologies to: Brandon Meredith, Delino DeShields, Kiké Hernandez, Lance McCullers, Tony Kemp, Tyler Brunnemann, Chris Lee, Chris Cotton, James Ramsay, the top third of the OKC batting order

Happy Birthday - 4/9

No future Astros, only former Astros with birthdays today ~

OF Nate Colbert (68)
Obtained by Houston from the Cardinals in the Rule 5 draft in 1965, Colbert was drafted from Houston by the Padres in the 1968 expansion draft. In the interim, he played in 39 games for Houston in 1966 and 1968.  He went on to be a three-time All-Star for the Padres. For more on some of his more memorable accomplishments with the Padres, read this Baseball-Reference piece.

IF Mike Brumley (51)
Originally drafted by Boston in the 2nd round of the 1983 draft, Brumley came to Houston as a free agent in 1993. He had a total of 29 plate appearances in 26 major league games for Houston in 1993 and 1995 (spending 1994 in Oakland). His minor league numbers in 1993 were quite impressive as he hit .353/.419/.471 in 96 games, but his composite batting average for the big league club was less than inspiring.  He is currently the assistant hitting coach for the Cubs.

RHP Dennis Sarfate (33)
Sarfate, a 2001 ninth round draft pick by Milwaukee, was purchased by Houston in September 2007 and was an Astro for a total of eight and a third innings before being traded away to Baltimore as part of the Miguel Tejada deal. In 7 games for Houston, he was 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA and a 0.720 WHIP. After three seasons in the Baltimore organization, Sarfate took his career to Japan where he is currently in his fourth season.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, April 7, 2014

And for the 2nd straight night, all Astros affiliates that were in action came out victorious.

Oklahoma City 6, New Orleans 4

W- Rudy Owens (1-0)
L- Jesus Sanchez (0-1)
S- Jason Stoffel (2)

OKC home runs: Austin Wates (1, solo in 7th)

The Zephyrs jumped all over Mike Foltynewicz for 4 1st-inning runs, but the RedHawks got the last laugh as they scored 6 unanswered to take the opener.

Folty labored through 2.1 innings, and all 4 runs he allowed came in the 1st. He gave up 4 hits (2 homers back-to-back), walked 2, and struck out 2. But, the guys after him picked him up and bought time for the OKC offense to get themselves going. Darin Downs allowed a hit over 1.2 scoreless, and then Rudy Owens came on and threw 4 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and striking out 3. Jason Stoffel came on to close it out and struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

OKC got on the board in the 4th with a Jon Singleton double. In the 6th, George Springer added an RBI double of his own, then came home on Singleton's 2nd 2-bagger of the evening. Austin Wates finished a triple shy of the cycle in 4 at-bats; he tied the game at 4 with a solo homer (1) in the 7th, then Max Stassi broke the tie with a 2-run double. Wates also scored 3 times and stole 3 bases (2nd twice, 3rd once). In his season debut, Erik Castro was 1-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts as the DH.

In game 2 of this series, Paul Clemens and Jake Buchanan will take on TBA; OKC's game notes lists Brian Flynn as the starter for New Orleans. First pitch is at 7:00.

Corpus Christi 8, Springfield 5

W- Andrew Robinson (1-0)
L- Jonathan Cornelius (0-1)
S- Brady Rodgers (1)

CC home runs: Delino DeShields (1, solo in 7th)

After briefly losing the lead, the Hooks finished the game on a 5-1 run. They got outhit 16-9, but won the column that counts towards the W-L record.

Everyone in the lineup had 1 RBI except for Preston Tucker. He went 1-5 with a run scored. Corpus opened up the scoring with 3 runs in the 2nd on a Kiké Hernandez single, a René Garcia groundout, and a Jio Mier double. Hernandez and Mier both had 2 hits. The Hooks fell behind 4-3 after the 4th, but again, that didn't last long. They answered with a pair in the 5th on a Joe Sclafani fielder's choice scoring Garcia and an Andrew Aplin groundout scoring Mier. Delino DeShields went deep for the first time this season with a 1-out solo shot in the 7th. M.P. Cokinos hit an RBI single in the 8th, and Matt Duffy joined Kiké and Jio in the 2-hit club with an RBI single of his own in the 9th inning.

Colton Cain went 3.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 10 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 3. Andrew Robinson came on with 2 outs in the 4th and struck out the Cuban defector, Aledmys Diaz, to end the inning. He then proceeded to strike out 2 in a 1-2-3 5th to get the victory. Brady Rodgers tagged in for the final 4 innings, and the only run he allowed was a solo homer to James Ramsey in the 9th. Rodgers gave up 5 other hits and struck out 3.

The Hooks will look for the sweep in a morning contest. Let's see what Aaron West and David Rollins have in store for an encore after impressing in their first appearances of the season. They'll be taking on Kurt Heyer at 11:10 A.M. A radio note: If you're planning to listen on the Internet via iHeartRadio, this game will be on 1400 (KUNO) instead of the usual station, 1360 (KKTX).

Lancaster 2, San Jose 1

W- Vince Velasquez (1-0)
L- Tyler Mizenko (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

In a random low-scoring game at The Hangar, the JetHawks walked off with the win in the series opener thanks to a 2-run double from Rio Ruiz with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th.

Both teams only had 3 hits; Teoscar Hernandez had 2 of Lancaster's 3... and you know who had the other one. After Jordan Scott and Tony Kemp were the first 2 casualties of the 9th, Hernandez walked, and Carlos Correa followed suit. And Rio did the rest. Correa was 0-2, but he walked twice and scored the winner.

Lancaster's pitchers have absolutely taken flight out of the gate. This game was no different. Kyle Westwood went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Vince Velasquez came on and all he did was toss 4 perfect innings, striking out 5 in the process.

In the middle game of this series, Kyle Smith and Lance McCullers will face Chris Stratton at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities was off

They spent the day traveling to Lansing to prepare for 3 against the Lugnuts. Chris Lee and Andrew Thurman will take on Tom Robson in the series opener at 7:05 Eastern/6:05 Central.

Three Stars

Actually, there will be 8.


Darin Downs, LHP, Rudy Owens, LHP, Jason Stoffel, RHP, Oklahoma City, and Andrew Robinson, RHP, Corpus Christi
*If you're wondering, that's Jason Stoffel's Twitter avatar.

vs. New Orleans
Downs: 1.2 IP, H
Owens: W (1-0), 4 IP, 2 H, 3 K
Stoffel: Save (2), IP, 2 K

@ Springfield
Robinson: W (1-0), 1.1 IP, 3 K


Austin Wates, CF, Oklahoma City
3-4, 2B, solo HR (1), 3 R, 3 SB (3)

Rio Ruiz, 3B, Lancaster
Walk-off 2-R 2B in 9th


Kyle Westwood, RHP, and Vince Velasquez, RHP, Lancaster
Westwood: 5 IP, 3 H, unearned run, 7 K
Velasquez: W (1-0), 4 IP, 5 K

Apologies to: Teoscar Hernandez, Jon Singleton, Brady Rodgers, Max Stassi, Jio Mier, Kiké Hernandez, Matt Duffy