Saturday, February 7, 2015

Caribbean Series, ABL Championship Series Game 2 Recap

Results for Friday, February 6, 2015


Puerto Rico 3, Dominican Republic 2

The Dominicans tied the game at 2 in the top of the 9th.... only to see Puerto Rico walk off in the bottom of the inning. Jonathan Villar went 0-4.

Mexico lost to Venezuela, so the tie for 2nd between the Dominican Republic and Mexico still stands. But, these two teams meet today at 12:05 Atlantic for the right to take on Venezuela in the final tomorrow.


ABL Championship Series Game 2: Perth 5, Adelaide 3 in 10 innings (Series tied 1-1)

The Heat have forced a winner-take-all game 3 with this win. Tyler Brunnemann was saddled with the loss as he allowed a run (inherited runner charged to him), a hit, and walked 1 in 1.2 innings. Chan-Jong Moon hit an RBI double in the 7th which tied the game at 3. He also drew 2 walks.

Game 3 is for all the marbles. It'll start at 7:00 Australian Central Time.

Happy Birthday - 2/7

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Scott Feldman (32)
Feldman was originally drafted by the Rangers in the 30th round in 2003 and signed with Houston as a free agent in December 2013. In his first season as an Astro in 2014, Feldman was 8-12 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.303 WHIP in 29 starts.

RHP and MiLB Pitching Coach Dave Borkowski (37)
Originally drafted by the Tigers in the 11th round in 1995, Borkowski signed with Houston as a free agent in December 2005. In 130 games for Houston from 2006 to 2008, he had a 5.44 ERA and a 1.517 WHIP before retiring to coach for the organization. In 2014, he was the pitching coach for Quad Cities.

MiLB Pitching Coach Josh Miller (36)
A one-time Astros farmhand and scout, Miller has served as Pitching Coach for the Greeneville Astros for the last two seasons.

This former Astro celebrates the day as well ~

LHP Juan Pizarro (78)
Pizarro came to Houston from the Cubs in July 1973 and pitched in 15 games for the Astros that season with a 6.56 ERA and a 1.671 WHIP. Pizarro played in 18 major league seasons for eight different teams with a career 3.43 ERA and 1.325 WHIP. He was a two-time All-Star for the White Sox in 1963 and 1964 and he won a World Series with the Milwaukee Braves in 1957.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Caribbean Series, ABL Championship Game 1 Recaps

Results for Thursday, February 5, 2015 (and one from today)


Dominican Republic 3, Mexico 2

Jonathan Villar, representing the Dominican Republic, is the only player in the Astros organization playing in the Caribbean Series. Omar Lopez, who will be managing Lancaster in the 2015 season, is at the helm for Venezuela and he's got them topping the table as the lone undefeated team. However, the Dominicans and Mexico are right on their tail at 2-1.

The DR dealt Mexico its first loss of the series as they scored their 3 runs in the final 2 innings of the game. Villar hit a double and drew 2 walks.

Tonight, the Dominican Republic will take on the hosts, Puerto Rico, at 6:30 Atlantic. Venezuela will take on Mexico in the early game; that one will get underway at 12:30.


ABL Championship Series: Adelaide 3, Perth 2 (Adelaide leads series 1-0)

Chan-Jong Moon went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts in the #2 spot for the Bite. Tyler Brunnemann got the save by getting the final 2 outs of the game.

Game 2 of this series will take place at 7:00 Australian Central Time. This is a best-of-3 series.

Happy Birthday - 2/6

Happy Birthday to ~

3B Matt Duffy (26)
Drafted in 2011 in the 20th round out of the University of Tennessee, this Massachusetts native split his season between Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City. In 136 games, he hit .288/.336/.451 with 22 doubles, four triples, 18 home runs and 84 RBI.

RHP David Paulino (21)
Obtained from Detroit as the PTBNL in the Jose Veras trade, Paulino spent the entire 2014 season on the DL after having undergone Tommy John surgery.

RHP Josue Uribe (20)
Signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic prior to the 2014 season, Uribe pitched his first season in the Dominican Summer League. In 16 bullpen appearances, he was 2-2 with a 1.08 ERA, a 1.000 WHIP and four saves.

One former Astro celebrates the day as well ~

RHP Bill Dawley (57)
Originally drafted by the Reds in the seventh round in 1976, Dawley came to Houston in a March 1983 trade with that organization. In 157 appearances for the Astros from 1983 to 1985, he was 22-13 with 21 saves, a 2.71 ERA and a 1.171 WHIP.  He made the All-Star team in 1983 as a rookie.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Happy Birthday - 2/5

Happy Birthday to ~

LHP Colton Cain (24)
An eighth round draft pick by the Pirates in 2009, Cain came to Houston in the July 2012 Wandy Rodriguez trade. Cain started and ended the season in Corpus, making a few rehab starts in the GCL in between (after spending about six weeks on the DL). In a total of 17 games (nine starts), he had a 5.29 ERA and a 1.825 WHIP.

These former Astros also celebrate the day ~

OF Norm Miller (69)
Drafted by Houston from the Angels in the 1964 first-year draft, Norm Miller didn't exactly put up Hall of Fame numbers in his nine seasons (1965-1973) for Houston with a .240/.322/.355 batting line, but the converted second baseman (some guy named Joe Morgan had that job) does have some interesting stories to tell about his life in baseball.  His 2009 book To All My Fans From Norm Who? is more of a collection of anecdotes than a real memoir, but for any Astros fan, those anecdotes constitute a nice glimpse of the early days of the Astros organization.

OF Lee Thomas (79)
Thomas came to Houston in a February 1968 trade and played in 90 games for the Astros toward the end of his career, hitting .194/.249/.229. His best season was his All-Star year in 1962 when he played for the Angels. Thomas was the GM of the Phillies from 1988 to 1997 and was followed by some guy named Ed Wade.

Also, Happy Birthday to the naming inspiration for my blog, former Astros Scouting Director Bobby Heck.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Astros 2015 Top Prospect Rankings

I have been remiss in keeping everyone updated with all of the Astros top prospect rankings that have come out over the last few months. Here is what we have thus far:

Carlos Correa - May 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

FanGraphs: 10/10/2014

1. SS Carlos Correa
2. RHP Mark Appel
3. RHP Vince Velasquez
4. 3B Colin Moran
5. 3B Rio Ruiz - Traded to the Braves
6. RHP Lance McCullers
7. RHP Mike Foltynewicz - Traded to the Braves
8. OF Brett Phillips
9. OF Domingo Santana
10. OF Teoscar Hernandez
11. RHP Nick Tropeano - Traded to the Angels
12. OF Derek Fisher
13. 1B A.J. Reed
14. LHP Josh Hader
15. RHP Michael Feliz
16. IF Nolan Fontana
17. 3B J.D. Davis
18. OF Preston Tucker
19. C Max Stassi
20. LHP Kent Emanuel
21. RHP Andrew Thurman - Traded to the Braves
22. RHP Joe Musgrove
23. 2B Tony Kemp
24. RHP Brady Rodgers
25. OF Delino DeShields - Claimed in the Rule 5 Draft
26. IF Ronald Torreyes

Baseball America: 11/24/14 [UPDATED 2/4/15]
(This is the updated list of the top 10: the full 30+ list will be coming shortly with their prospect handbook.)

1. SS Carlos Correa
2. RHP Mark Appel
3. RHP Vince Velasquez
4. RHP Michael Feliz
5. OF Brett Phillips
6. 3B Colin Moran
7. OF Teoscar Hernandez
8. LHP Josh Hader
9. RHP Lance McCullers
10. OF Domingo Santana (John Sickels): 1/27/15

1. SS Carlos Correa
2. RHP Mark Appel
3. RHP Michael Feliz
4. RHP Vince Velasquez
5. OF Domingo Santana
6. OF Brett Phillips
7. LHP Josh Hader
8. RHP Lance McCullers
9. OF Derek Fisher
10. OF Teoscar Hernandez
11. 3B Colin Moran
12. 2B Tony Kemp
13. 3B J.D. Davis
14. 1B A.J. Reed
15. 1B Conrad Gregor
16. IF Nolan Fontana
17. C Max Stassi
18. OF Danry Vasquez
19. OF Preston Tucker
20. RHP Kyle Smith

Keith Law ESPN: 1/30/15 (Insider only)

1. SS Carlos Correa (#3 on top 100)
2. RHP Mark Appel (#44 on top 100)
3. RHP Vince Velasquez (#56 on top 100)
4. 3B Colin Moran (#73 on top 100)
5. OF Brett Phillips (#76 on top 100)
6. RHP Lance McCullers
7. RHP Michael Feliz
8. OF Derek Fisher
9. LHP Josh Hader
10. 3B J.D. Davis

Baseball Prospectus: 2/4/15

1. SS Carlos Correa
2. RHP Mark Appel
3. RHP Vince Velasquez
4. OF Brett Phillips
5. OF Derek Fisher
6. RHP Michael Feliz
7. RHP Lance McCullers
8. OF Domingo Santana
9. 3B Colin Moran
10. OF Teoscar Hernandez

Jonathan Mayo's MLB Pipeline (Postseason)
This is Mayo's postseason list as updated by taking off players from the recent trades. He will be rolling out his official preseason lists over the next few weeks. However, the notes on top 100 and top prospect by position are current information.

1. SS Carlos Correa (#3 overall; #1 in shortstops)
2. RHP Mark Appel (#30 overall)
3. OF Domingo Santana (#71 overall)
4. 3B Colin Moran (#9 at third base)
5. RHP Lance McCullers
6. RHP Michael Feliz
7. RHP Vince Velasquez (#86 overall)
8. LHP Josh Hader
9. OF Teoscar Hernandez
10. OF Derek Fisher
11. 1B A.J. Reed (#5 at first base)
12. OF Brett Phillips
13. RHP Kyle Smith
14. IF Nolan Fontana
15. 2B Tony Kemp
16. C Max Stassi
17. OF Preston Tucker
18. 3B J.D. Davis
19. OF Danry Vasquez
20. RHP Asher Wojciechowski

I will update the list when Baseball America and MLB Pipeline update their lists and then I will do a consensus top 20 (or so) by putting all of the lists together.

Happy Birthday - 2/4

Happy Birthday to ~

1B/OF/C Trent Woodward (23)
Drafted by Houston in the 20th round in 2014, Woodward spent his first season playing for the Greeneville Astros. In 27 games, he hit .234/.364/.394 with seven doubles, one triple and two home runs.

These former Astros celebrate the day as well ~

OF Al Javier (61)
Signed by the Astros as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 1971, Javier played in only eight games for Houston in 1976, hitting .208/.269/.208.

C/1B Chris Coste (42)
Selected off waivers from the Phillies in July 2009, Coste played in 43 games for the Astros that season, hitting .204/.259/.252. Coste won a World Series with the Phillies in 2008. He is currently the Head Coach for his alma mater, Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Happy Birthday - 2/3

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

LHP Rich Scheid (50)
A second round pick by the Yankees in 1986, Scheid came to Houston in a July 1992 trade with the White Sox for Eric Yelding. In seven games (one start) for the Astros in 1992, he had a 6.00 ERA and a 1.667 WHIP.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Happy Birthday - 2/2

Happy Birthday to ~

RHP Adrian Houser (22)
Houser was the Astros second round draft pick in 2011. He pitched for the Quad Cities team in 2014, putting up a 5-6 record, a 4.14 ERA and a 1.252 WHIP in 25 games (17 starts). In his final six appearances (three starts) in August, he had a 3.00 ERA and a 1.074 WHIP, striking out 26 while walking only four batters in 27 innings of work.

Brad Peacock (27)
Obtained by Houston in a February 2013 trade with Oakland, the former 41st round draft pick appeared in 28 games (24 starts) for Houston in 2014 with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.565 WHIP.

SS Adam Everett (38)
Adam Everett was a joy to watch at short during his time here in Houston. From 2001 to 2007, Everett played in 649 games for the Astros, hitting .248/.299/.357/.656.  He won Summer Olympics gold, along with Roy Oswalt, in Sydney in 2000 and was named best shortstop by the Fielding Bible in 2006. In addition to serving as a roving infield specialist for the Astros in 2014, he also filled in as the interim bench coach for the big league club in September.

These former Astros celebrate the day as well ~

SS Buddy Biancalana (55)
A first round pick by the Royals in 1978, Biancalana came to Houston in a July 1987 trade with Kansas City. In 18 games played for the Astros that season, he had one hit in 24 at-bats.

RHP Jared Fernandez (43)
Fernandez came to Houston as a free agent in December 2002 and pitched in 14 games (seven starts) for the Astros in 2003 and 2004 with a 3-3 record, 5.26 ERA and a 1.525 WHIP.

SS Ronny Cedeno (32)
Cedeno signed with Houston as a free agent in March 2013 and played in 51 games for the Astros, hitting .200/.260/.298 before being released by Houston in July 2013. He most recently played for the AAA Diamondbacks affiliate.

And a Very Happy Birthday to the inimitable @AstrosCounty whose fierce passion, incredible intellect, flawless sense of irony and fantastic humor make Astros County an everyday must for the true Astros fan. Have a great one, James!

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Happy Birthday - 2/1

No future Astros, but several former Astros celebrate birthdays today ~

C Hal King (71)
Drafted from the Angels in the 1966 minor league draft, King played in 42 games for Houston in 1967 and 1968, hitting .192/.259/.283.

SS/3B Juan Guerrero (48)
Drafted from the Giants in the 1991 Rule 5 draft, Guerrero played in 79 games for Houston in 1992, hitting .200/.261/.288.

C Tom Wieghaus (58)
Originally drafted by the Expos in the 10th round in 1978, Wieghaus came to Houston in a February 1984 trade with Montreal. He played in only six games for the Astros that year and went hitless.

RHP Ernie Camacho (60)
A first round pick by Oakland in 1976, Camacho signed with Houston as a free agent in March 1988. In 13 appearances for the Astros in 1988, he had a 7.64 ERA and a 2.094 WHIP. His best season was 1984 when he had a 2.43 ERA and a 1.200 WHIP in 69 appearances for Cleveland.

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