Saturday, September 5, 2015

Astros Daily Farm Report - 9/5

Everything you need to know from down on the farm ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ...

OF Jason Martin (20)
Martin was born September 5, 1995 in Corona, California and he was drafted by Houston in the 8th round in 2013 out of Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, California. He is currently playing for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits.

TWEETS OF THE DAY

Keep up with the latest Astros minor league roster moves here.


STANDINGS, RESULTS AND LAGNIAPPE

FRESNO

Record: 1st 82-58 -.-GB W1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Friday's Game: Fresno 7 over Salt Lake 4
And Jankowski did just that, tossing a scoreless 9th and collecting his 5th save of the season. Jankowski hasn't allowed a run since July 31st.

Playoff Picture: Fresno's first two playoff games in the best-of-five Conference series will be at home on Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th. The next three games (if three are necessary) will take place at the home ballpark of the PCL Pacific Southern Division winner from Friday the 11th through Sunday the 13th. But we still don't know who Fresno will face in that series. The Las Vegas 51's are now back in front of the El Paso Chihuahuas in the Southern Division by a half game as the two teams have flip-flopped the lead all week.

CORPUS CHRISTI

Record: 1st 87-50 -.-GB W4 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Friday's Game: Corpus 4 over Frisco 2
And danged if he didn't do it! (See Tweets of the Day.) Both Mayfield (14th) and Robert Pena (1st) hit home runs in the final home game of the season. Let's hope the fans were extra generous contributing to the home run bucket. Also of note, Jandel Gustave earned his 20th save of the season with a two-inning effort.

Playoff Picture: Much like Fresno, Corpus Christi will host the first two playoff games next Wednesday, September 9th and Thursday, September 10th, but unlike Fresno, they know who they will be facing. Midland (an Oakland affiliate) clinched the second playoff spot last week. The next three games (if three are necessary will be played in Midland. Corpus Christi owns the season series against Midland 18-14 and split their last series 2-2.

LANCASTER

Record: 3rd 74-63 2.0GB W1 (2nd in 2nd half; 2.0GB; clinched wild card)

Friday's Game: Lancaster 5 over High Desert 4 in 12 innings
In a preview of the playoff mini-series starting Wednesday, Lancaster won the first of four over High Desert, but it wasn't easy! Holberton and Alex Bregman both collected their 4th home runs of the season and Chase McDonald added his 28th and 29th doubles of the season to increase his extra base percentage to 13.4% (here's the interview with McDonald I posted yesterday). Not to be outdone, James Ramsay hit his 31st double of the season.

Oh, and this happened (again) ...
I'm starting to think that they're aiming at you, Jason.

Playoff Picture: Lancaster is in the playoffs, but if the season ended today, they would be in as a wild card. However, Lancaster lags High Desert by two games in the second half standings with three games left to play, and those final three games of the regular season will be between these two teams so they still have a chance to win the second half which would get them home field advantage as these two teams will face each other again in the best-of-three mini-series being played September 9th, 10th and 11th (if necessary). The winner of the mini-series will face Rancho Cucamonga (the first half winner) in the Division Finals. Got all that? Good!

QUAD CITIES

Record: 1st 86-49 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched first half title)

Friday's Game: Kane County 6 over Quad Cities 1
Playoff Picture: In the Midwest League, eight teams advance to the playoffs. As the Western Division first half champion, the River Bandits play the second place team from the first half, the Cedar Rapids Kernels, in a best-of-three division quarter final. The first game will be in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, September 9th and the second and third (if necessary) will be back in Davenport on Thursday, the 10th and Friday, the 11th. The River Bandits won the season series against the Kernels 9 games to 4.

TRI-CITY

Record: 1st 40-32 -.-GB L1 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Friday's Game: Staten Island 8 over Tri-City 7

3B Bobby Wernes went 3-for-5 last night and has now hit .350/.440/.384 in his first 50 professional games. Not bad for a 30th round pick!

Playoff Picture: Now that Tri-City has clinched the Stedler Division, it's time to look forward to the playoffs. If the season ended today, the Wild Card (State College and West Virginia tied for the wild card lead) would play the Division winner with the best record (currently Williamsport) in the Semifinals. The other two Division winners would play each other, which means that it looks as though Tri-City will play the winner of the McNamara Division, a race which is currently undecided. Staten Island leads Aberdeen and Hudson Valley by only a half game in that Division with three games left in the regular season.

GREENEVILLE

Record: 2nd 34-33 5.5GB W1 (clinched playoff berth)

Playoff Record: 1-1 in best-of-three semifinals

Friday's Game: Greeneville 6 over Kingsport 2

Friday was a must-win game for Greeneville to stay in the playoffs and they did just that. It was a good team effort with the heart of the order leading the way offensively. 3B Randy Cesar got the scoring started with a two-run home run in the second and OF Kyle Tucker added a solo shot in the sixth inning. Tucker, 1B Connor Goedert and C Kevin Martir are all hitting .375 through the first two games. Diogenes Almengo got the win with a strong five innings and Edgardo Sandoval was credited with a save as he contributed four innings of scoreless relief and allowed only two hits. Game 3 between Greeneville and Kingsport will be at 6:00 CST and will determine who will advance to the Championship Series.

Playoff Picture: Greeneville's win on Tuesday got them to the playoffs with no time to reflect. They will host Game 1 of a best-of-three Division Series starting this Thursday, September 3rd. Games 2 and 3 will be in Kingsport on Friday, September 4th and Saturday, September 5th (if necessary); the Mets affiliate won the season series with Greeneville 6 games to 5.

GULF COAST LEAGUE

Record: 4th 19-41 16.5GB L7 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Season Over

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE BLUE TEAM

Record: 1st 43-29 -.-GB L3 (Clinched playoff berth; clinched division title)

Playoff Record: 
Won first round of playoffs over DSL Blue Jays 2 games to 0
Lost second round of playoffs to DSL Rangers1 2 games to 0

Season Over

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE ORANGE TEAM

Record: 5th 28-44 22.0GB W1 (Eliminated from postseason play)

Season Over

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