Sunday, December 13, 2015

Astros Farm Report: 12/13

One last weigh-in on the Giles acquisition but first things first ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

12-13: LHP Austin Nicely (21)
12-14: OF/SS Wilson Amador (19)
12-14: C Carlos Canelon (21)
12-14: 1B/3B Connor Goedert (22)
12-16: OF Jose Benjamin (20)
12-16: LHP Zach Davis (24)
12-16: OF Bryan de la Cruz (19)
12-18: RHP Edison Frias (25)
12-19: C Jorge Martinez (19)

TWEET OF THE WEEK
FALL/WINTER LEAGUE STATS

Here is how the Astros players participating in fall and winter leagues have fared to date (through Saturday, the 12th, 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, 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
OF Andrew Aplin - .167/.167/.333 in 5 games
C Tyler Heineman - .190/.288/.224 in 19 games - no longer playing
OF Teoscar Hernandez - .250/.282/.250 in 15 games
1B/DH Tyler White - .303/.435/.521 in 40 games
RHP Jake Buchanan - 2.01 ERA/0.830 WHIP in 7 games (31.1IP) - no longer playing
LHP Reymin Guduan - 4.22 ERA/1.875 WHIP in 13 games (10.2IP) - last played 12/3
RHP Jandel Gustave - 2.87 ERA/1.277 WHIP in 14 games (15.2IP) - last played 11/28
RHP Angel Heredia - 13.50 ERA/2.500 WHIP in 2 games (2.0IP) - not currently playing
RHP Jordan Jankowski - 16.20 ERA and 2.400 WHIP in 2 games (1.2IP) - moved to Puerto Rican Winter League
RHP Juan Minaya - 12.79 ERA/2.842 WHIP in 6 games (6.1IP) - not currently playing

Teoscar Hernandez has picked up the pace quite a bit, hitting .318/.360/.318 over his last 10 games. White has continued to excel and has batted .375/.488/.625 in his last 10. Andrew Aplin, who just joined the league this week, started out well, collecting a 3-run home run in his first game before falling off somewhat at the plate.

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 - .287/.333/.419 in 44 games
RHP Chris Devenski - 5.21 ERA/1.579 in 5 games (19.0IP) - no longer playing
RHP James Hoyt - 1.86 ERA/1.035 WHIP in 19 games (19.1IP) - no longer playing

Danry Vasquez is the only Astros player currently playing in Venezuela. He went 3-for-11 with a double and a walk in three games last week.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
OF Leo Heras - .284/.392/.490 in 31 games
RHP Octavio Acosta - 1.98 ERA and 1.463 WHIP in 8 games (13.2IP)
RHP Enrique Chavez - 9.00 ERA/3.000 WHIP in 1 game (1.0IP) - not currently playing
RHP Jose Hernandez - 1.39 ERA/1.021 WHIP in 8 games (32.1IP) - last played 11/29
RHP Juan Robles - 4.02 ERA/1.277 WHIP in 10 games (15.2IP) - last played 11/25
RHP Gonzalo Sanudo - 4.09 ERA/1.364 WHIP in 11 games (11.0IP)

Leo Heras re-appeared this week playing for a different team in the Mexican Pacific League and had quite a week, hitting .350/.381/.600 with a triple, home run and three RBI in his first five games for the new team.

Acosta, just obtained in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft from the Mets, had a less than optimal week, allowing two hits, one run and three walks in 0.2 innings of work. Sanudo allowed only one run in three appearances last week (2.1IP), but had a lot of baserunners (5H & 2BB).

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE
C Jake Bowey - .083/.154/.083 in 11 games
IF Jared Cruz - .091/.091/.091 in 7 games - not currently playing
1B Connor MacDonald - .156/.264/.267 in 19 games - last played 11/29
IF/OF Marc Wik - .306/.433/.388 in 30 games
RHP Kevin Comer - 16.88 ERA/4.499 WHIP in 4 games (2.2IP) - not currently playing

Wik cooled off this week, going 1-for-7 with two walks in his last three games. Wik is scheduled to participate in the All-Star game on Wednesday the 16th.

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE
OF Edwin Medina - .235/.333/.294 in 18 games (17AB)
OF Alexander Melendez - .000/.000/.000 in 5 games (2AB) - did not play last week
C Roberto Pena - .143/.217/.190 in 16 games
C Max Stassi - .280/.333/.520 in 8 games - no longer playing
RHP Travis Ballew - 2.75 ERA/1.373 WHIP in 16 games (19.2IP)
RHP Jordan Jankowski - 0.00 ERA and 0.500 WHIP in 2 games (2.0IP)

Ballew had four scoreless outings last week and has recorded a 0.79 ERA and a 1.324 WHIP over his last 10 appearances. Jordan Jankowski moved from the Dominican Winter League to the Puerto Rican Winter League this week and got off to a much better start in his first two appearances for Caguas last week.

NEWS AND LINKS

Of course, the big news of the week is the re-signing of LHP Tony Sipp and the 7-player trade between the Astros and the Phillies. My final word on the trade is that I do like the acquisition of Ken Giles very much, but I feel that the price was too rich. I think that Velasquez, in particular, was undervalued in the deal. That is my opinion based on my observations of him and my conversations with Velasquez, his coaches, managers and fellow players. It is not, as some have alluded, an emotional attachment to the player. To assume that I have no insight into this issue, but am instead basing my opinion on emotions, is demeaning, insulting and disrespectful. I am not asking for anyone to agree with my opinion. I may be proven to be wrong about Velasquez; I have been wrong before and I will readily admit when I am. But I don't need anyone to explain to me how I am misguided in my thought process. I am a big girl, both literally and figuratively, and have made it (harumph) number of years without having to be told what to think and what my opinions should be. But thanks for your concern. Mini-rant over. The updated off-season transaction list can be found here.

Astros Director of International Oz Ocampo weighs in on the add-in in the Giles trade ...

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