Sunday, November 29, 2015

Astros Farm Report: 11/29

A couple of new Astros minor league pitchers and the Astros spring training schedule has been released, but first things first.

TWEET OF THE WEEK
WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ...

11-29: RHP Dean Deetz (22)
11-30: RHP Agapito Barrios (22)
11-30: 3B Luis Valbuena (30)
12-1: RHP Dan Straily (27)
12-2: Miguelangel Sierra (18)
12-2: IF Kristian Trompiz (20)
12-4: OF Carlos Gomez (30)
12-4: RHP Joe Musgrove (23)
12-4: DH/OF/1B Jose Hernandez (20)

FALL/WINTER LEAGUE STATS

Here is how the Astros players participating in fall and winter leagues have fared to date (through Saturday, the 28th, unless otherwise noted):

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE - FALL LEAGUE ENDED 11/21
3B J.D. Davis - .279/.329/.456 in 17 games
OF Derek Fisher - .254/.397/.424 in 17 games
IF Chan-Jong Moon - .093/.241/.116 in 13 games
1B A.J. Reed - .231/.326/.385 in 11 games
LHP Chris Cotton - 1.17 ERA/0.783 WHIP in 8 games (7.2IP)
LHP Brian Holmes - 1.13 ERA/1.250 WHIP in 6 games (16.0IP)
LHP Albert Minnis - 2.31 ERA/1.200 WHIP in 9 games (11.2IP)
RHP Keegan Yuhl - 7.88 ERA/1.625 WHIP in 8 games (8.0IP)

New Astro Brendan McCurry, obtained in the Jed Lowrie trade last week, went 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA and a 1.125 WHIP in 11 games (13.1 IP) in the Arizona Fall League.

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (stats thru Friday only)
C Tyler Heineman - .190/.288/.224 in 19 games - no longer playing
OF Teoscar Hernandez - .100/.100/.100 in 3 games
1B/DH Tyler White - .287/.417/.500 in 29 games
RHP Jake Buchanan - 2.01 ERA/0.830 WHIP in 7 games (31.1IP) - not currently playing
LHP Reymin Guduan - 2.89 ERA/1.714 WHIP in 11 games (9.1IP)
RHP Jandel Gustave - 2.35 ERA/1.239 WHIP in 13 games (15.1IP)
RHP Angel Heredia - 13.50 ERA/2.500 WHIP in 2 games (2.0IP) - not currently playing
RHP Jordan Jankowski - 40.50 ERA and 4.498 WHIP in 1 game (0.2IP)
RHP Juan Minaya - 12.79 ERA/2.842 WHIP in 6 games (6.1IP) - not currently playing

Heineman headed home as Teoscar Hernandez just got going. White's bat started heating up again; he went 5-for-13 with a home run in his last three games. I don't know if Buchanan is back home now as well, but he didn't play last week. Guduan and Gustave both had very good relief outings, but newcomer Jordan Jankowski most decidedly did not.

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE
IF Arturo Michelena - .083/.083/.083 in 8 games (only 12 at-bats; has been playing in the Liga Paralela)
IF Kristian Trompiz - 2 games as pinch runner; no at-bats (has been playing in the Liga Paralela)
OF Danry Vasquez - .292/.338/.431 in 36 games
*RHP Ruben "R.J." Alaniz - 2.70 ERA/1.200 WHIP in 6 games (23.1IP)
RHP Chris Devenski - 5.21 ERA/1.579 in 5 games (19.0IP)
RHP James Hoyt - 1.86 ERA/1.035 WHIP in 19 games (19.1IP)

*Free agent

Danry Vasquez had a nice couple of games on Friday and Saturday, going 6-for-10 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored. Devenski had a very nice start on Monday getting his first win of his winter league campaign (5.0IP 4H 1R 0BB 7SO). Alaniz also had a good start on Tuesday, going 5.2 innings and allowing four hits, no runs and one walk while striking out seven, but allowed two runs in two innings of relief last night. Hoyt made his first appearance in a week last night, allowing two hits and a walk over one and a third innings, but keeping it scoreless (and earning the save) due to a couple of well timed strikeouts.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
OF Leo Heras - .268/.394/.463 in 26 games - not currently playing
RHP Enrique Chavez - 9.00 ERA/3.000 WHIP in 1 game (1.0IP) - not currently playing
RHP Jose Hernandez - 1.65 ERA/1.061 WHIP in 7 games (27.1IP)
RHP Juan Robles - 4.02 ERA/1.277 WHIP in 10 games (15.2IP)
RHP Gonzalo Sanudo - 3.68 ERA/0.818 WHIP in 7 games (7.1IP)

Hernandez got a tough luck 1-0 loss as he allowed only one run on three hits and no walks in his five innings on Tuesday. Sanudo was perfect in two innings of relief last night but got beaten up a little earlier in the week.

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (thru Sunday)
C Jake Bowey - .094/.171/.094 in 10 games
IF Jared Cruz - .091/.091/.091 in 7 games - not currently playing
1B Connor MacDonald - .156/.264/.267 in 19 games
IF/OF Marc Wik - .273/.385/.364 in 22 games
RHP Kevin Comer - 16.88 ERA/4.499 WHIP in 4 games (2.2IP) - not currently playing

Wik had another nice week, going 5-for-15 with two runs, two walks and two stolen bases.

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE
OF Edwin Medina - .267/.368/.333 in 11 games (15AB)
OF Alexander Melendez - .000/.000/.000 in 4 games (1AB)
C Roberto Pena - .111/.200/.139 in 12 games
C Max Stassi - .280/.333/.520 in 8 games - hasn't played since 11/14
RHP Travis Ballew - 3.52 ERA/1.263 WHIP in 9 games (12.2IP)

Ballew continued to whittle away on that ERA with three more scoreless outings this past week.

NEWS AND LINKS

For those headed to Spring Training, the Astros schedule has now been released.

Astros scout Jim Stevenson talks about scouting Jake Arrieta and Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel "just checked all the boxes." It was a "no-brainer" for him.

RHP Brendan McCurry came to the Astros in a trade with Oakland for Jed Lowrie and RHP Cy Sneed came from the Brewers for Jonathan Villar. You can find more about McCurry, a right-handed relief pitcher with good command and an enviable strikeout-to-walk ratio here and more about Sneed, a starting pitcher who has made it as far as High A in his second season here. McCurry made it to AA in his second season and was placed at #30 on the Astros MLB Pipeline prospect list after the trade, replacing Kyle Smith who sat out 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Keep up with all the Astros offseason action here.

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