Saturday, August 29, 2015

Astros Daily Farm Report

I'm going to try something a little different as the minor league season winds to a close. I'm still trying to figure out a way to keep my readers informed without killing myself. I've already pulled back from doing all Astros birthdays past, present and future and have concentrated on the minor leaguers. And occasionally, I haven't been able to find a Tweet of the Day that is worthy of the honor. So, I may not feature one every day, but I'll still try to give you a flavor of minor league life and what the lads are doing, thinking, and feeling.

I will likely post a little later than usual, but generally by 9:00 CST most days. Some days will be short and to the point and some will be longer. If this works for me and for my readers, I may be doing something similar next season as a complement to my interviews, Dustin's recaps (if he agrees to continue with his great work) and whatever else strikes my whimsy. Thank you for your indulgence. And thank you for reading.





Record: 1st 79-54 -.-GB L3 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Friday's Game: Omaha 3 over Fresno 2 in 11 innings

DH Tyler White went 2-for-3 with 2 walks and drove in the tying run in the top of the 9th to send it to extras.

A glimpse into the celebration of Fresno's first division title since 1998 (from Thursday).


Record: 1st 81-49 -.-GB W1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Friday's Game: Corpus Christi 17 over Midland 6
Travis Ballew, Josh Fields and Chris Cotton provided 4.1 innings of scoreless relief for the Hooks.

According to James Chipman of FanGraphs, Francis Martes has "it."


Record: 3rd 70-61 3.0GB W2 (2nd in 2nd half; 3.0GB; clinched wild card)

Friday's Game: Lancaster 16 over Lake Elsinore 4
The 'Hawks collected 19 hits in this one on their way to clinching another playoff berth. That makes 5 of 9 Astros minor league teams that have officially advanced.


Record: 1st 83-45 -.-GB W3 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Friday's Game: Quad Cities 3 over Peoria 0

Five hits was all it took as River Bandit pitchers Armenteros, Eric Peterson and Angel Heredia teamed up for a 4-hit shutout.

Steve Batterson of the Quad-City Times takes a look at the thought process behind players' walk-up music (and why I will never look at Josh Bonifay the same way again).


Record: 1st 35-30 -.-GB L3

Friday's Game: Vermont 8 over Tri-City 7

With 10 games left to play in the regular season, Tri-City leads the way with Lowell and Connecticut only 2.5 games back.


Record: 2nd 32-31 4.5GB W1

Friday's Game: Greeneville 3 over Burlington 1

Connor Goedert was 3-for-4 with a one run home run. He is hitting .288/.355/.459 for the season and was recently named an Appalachian League All-Star.

The Appy Astros owe one to Kingsport as they came from behind late to defeat Elizabethton, helping Greeneville obtain sole possession of second place in the division. The first two teams in each division advance to the playoffs.


Record: 4th 19-40 17.5GB L6 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Friday's Game: GCL Braves 8 over GCL Astros 1

Marcos Almonte was 3-for-5 for the day and is now hitting .315/.329/.384 since his promotion to the GCL (18 games).

Uno mas. One more game at 10:00 EST today and then these players get to head home.


Record: 1st 43-29 -.-GB L3 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title; won first round of playoffs)

Season Over

The DSL Astros Blue team won the Boca Chica Northwest division and won the first round of playoffs two games to none against the DSL Blue Jays. They lost in the second round two games to zip against the DSL Rangers 1 team. But since it had been 14 years since an Astros DSL team had seen postseason action, it was still very much a victory for the Blue team.

Final Game Friday:

DSL Rangers1 10 over DSL Astros Blue 2


Record: 5th 28-44 22.0GB W1

Season mercifully over. (But they did finish one game ahead of the Angels DSL team, so there's that.)


  1. Like the new format. It's short informative read. As a season ticket holder to the Astros SSA team it's nice to see they guys I got to see and know do well. And as a baseball fan I see a lot of good players pass thru our yard. I hope to get to see you next season @the "Joe.

    1. Thanks, John! I hope I can make it back to The Joe next year as well. I really missed it this season.