Saturday, May 2, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, May 1, 2015

Their opponents got to them late....

Tacoma 2, Fresno 0

W- Forrest Snow (1-1)
L- Tyson Perez (0-1)
S- Lucas Luetge (1)

Fresno home runs: None.

Well, the Grizz had nothing going for them on offense as they were held to 2 hits. Preston Tucker and Matt Duffy both went 1-3.

Luis Cruz started it off with 5 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 3, and striking out 3. The Rainiers got their 2 runs off of Tyson Perez in the 6th inning; Perez went 2 innings and allowed 3 hits while striking out 2. Darin Downs worked around 2 hits to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1.

Brady Rodgers will take the mound in game 3; he'll face Sam Gaviglio at 5:05 Pacific.

Frisco 5, Corpus Christi 4

W- Francisco Mendoza (1-0)
L- Jandel Gustave (0-1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks scored 2 in the bottom of the 8th as they rallied to take a 4-3 lead, but that lead would be short-lived as the Roughriders re-took the lead with 2 of their own in the top of the 9th inning.

Corpus got on the board first as Carlos Correa drew a 2-out walk, stole his way to 3rd, and scored on a bases-loaded walk drawn by Jon Kemmer. Tony Kemp doubled with 1 out in the 5th and came home on a Tyler White single. Roberto Peña's 2-run single in the 8th inning put the Hooks on top, but they wouldn't be on top for long. Kemp finished 2-5.

Mike Hauschild pitched 4.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits (7 singles and a double) and struck out 5. Dan Minor was the first man out; he walked 1 and struck out 2 over 1.1 scoreless. Jonas Dufek tossed 2 scoreless, walking 1 and striking out 1. Frisco cracked Jandel Gustave in the 9th; he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the inning; the go-ahead run scored when he uncorked a wild pitch.

In game 2 of this series, Lance McCullers will face Alec Asher. First pitch is at 7:05.

Modesto 3, Lancaster 2

W- Carlos Estevez (3-0)
L- Edison Frias (2-2)

Lancaster home runs; A.J. Reed (4, solo in 4th)

The Nuts got 1 run in each of the final 3 innings as they walked off with the victory in the series opener.

Mr. Golden Spikes constituted the entire JetHawks offense as he drove in both runs. A.J. Reed opened up the scoring in the 1st with a sac fly, then led off the 4th with his 4th homer of the season. Brett Phillips stole his 2nd base of the season, while Danry Vásquez and Jose Fernandez both finished 2-4; Fernandez extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Brian Holmes was excellent as he allowed just 1 hit, walked 1, and struck out 7 over 5 shutout innings. Edison Frias pitched 3.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned, including the game-winner) on 4 hits and struck out 3.

Michael Feliz will be on the mound for game 2. He'll face Konner Wade at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 2, Wisconsin 1

W- Chris Lee (1-2)
L- Cy Sneed (1-2)
S- Ryan Thompson (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos got the win despite getting outhit 9-5; to me, they converted on just one more scoring opportunity.

In his season debut, Jason Martin was the River Bandits offense. He drew a bases-loaded walk in the 4th to tie the game at 1 and hit an RBI single in the 6th to put QC ahead. Everyone in the lineup drew a walk except for D.J. Fisher.

Chris Lee allowed a run on 6 hits and struck out 4 over 5 innings to get the victory. All but one of the hits he allowed were singles. Keegan Yuhl tagged in for 2.2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4. The Closer, Ryan Thompson, shut it down; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and fanned 3 as he got the final 4 outs of the game.

The other 2 games in the series will start at 1:05. In game 2 of this series, Kevin Comer will face Zach Hirsch.

Three Stars: Position Players

Slim pickings here, so I'll just go with the guys who drove in 2 runs.

3.
Roberto Peña, C, Corpus Christi
2-run single in 8th inning

2. 
A.J. Reed, 1B, Lancaster
1-3, solo HR (4), 2 RBI

1. 
Jason Martin, OF, Quad Cities
1-3, 2 RBI

Three Stars: Pitchers

3.
Jonas Dufek, RHP, Corpus Christi
2 IP, BB, K

Dan Minor, RHP, Corpus Christi
1.1 IP, BB, 2 K

2. 
Luis Cruz, LHP, Fresno
5 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 3 K

1. 
Brian Holmes, LHP, Lancaster
5 IP, H, BB, 7 K

A Jandel Gustave Pitch in Photos

Jandel Gustave ...







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Friday, May 1, 2015

Astros Minor League Transactions

Here are some roster moves from the last couple of days in the Astros minors. The big news on the injury front was Colin Moran being placed on the DL in Corpus Christi due to a non-displaced fracture of his jaw.

Fresno

5/1 - OF L.J. Hoes optioned from Houston.
5/1 - LHP Kevin Chapman recalled to Houston.
4/30 - LHP Brett Oberholtzer began rehab assignment.
4/30 - IF Joe Sclafani promoted from Corpus Christi.
4/28 - SS Jonathan Villar recalled to Houston.

Corpus Christi

5/1 - IF Chan-Jong Moon promoted from Lancaster.
5/1 - 3B Colin Moran placed on the 7-Day DL.
4/29 - LHP Kent Emanuel placed on the 7-Day DL.

Lancaster

5/1 - LHP Albert Minnis promoted from Quad Cities.
5/1 - LHP Randall Fant released.

Quad Cities

5/1 - LHP Reymin Guduan assigned to team from extended spring training.
5/1 - OF Jason Martin assigned to team from extended spring training.
4/30 - OF Jorge Martinez assigned to extended spring training.
4/30 - OF D.J. Fisher activated from 7-Day DL.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, April 29, 2015, and Thursday, April 30, 2015

*Alright... Hopefully this will be the last 2-in-1 recap for a while. 

Thursday: Tacoma 13, Fresno 3

W- Jordan Pries (2-1)
L- Brett Oberholtzer (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker (9, 2-run in 3rd)

A couple of really big innings doomed Fresno to a blowout loss as they began a new series in the Pacific Northwest.

Brett Oberholtzer was greeted rudely in his 2015 debut as he allowed 7 runs on 7 hits (3-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 2 over just 2.2 innings. Well, it was his first rehab start, so he most likely had some things to work out and had to get back up to game speed. Jordan Jankowski was the first man out; he threw 1.1 scoreless and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Alex White pitched the final 4 innings, allowing 6 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits (3-run homer) and struck out 1.

The one bright spot on offense was Preston Tucker, who.... did what he normally does; tear the cover off the ball, and send a few of them out of the ballpark. He finished 2-5 with 2 runs scored, and his 2-run homer in the 3rd (9) added to his Minor League-leading total. In the 6th, Tucker scored on a sac fly from Matt Dominguez.

In the first game of May, Luis Cruz will take on Forrest Snow at 7:05 Pacific.

Wednesday: Midland 11, Corpus Christi 10

W- Tucker Healy (1-0)
L- Mitch Lambson (1-1)
S- Bobby Wahl (3)

CC home runs: Leo Heras (1, solo inside-the-park in 5th)

Plenty of offense in this one; Midland just brought a few more guns to the fight.

Everyone in the Corpus lineup had a hit, paced by Tony Kemp, who finished 3-5 with 3 RBI and a run scored. Leo Heras hit an inside-the-park homer and grounded into a force out that scored a run in the 9th. Joe Sclafani and Colin Moran both went 2-5.

Mark Appel got knocked around in his 4 innings as he allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits and walked 2. Travis Ballew allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and fanned 1 in 2 innings. Mitch Lambson got 1 out in the 7th via strikeout, but was torched for 4 runs on 4 hits in the inning; he also issued a walk. Jandel Gustave walked 1 over 1.2 scoreless.

Thursday: Corpus Christi 8, Midland 1

W- Josh Hader (1-1)
L- Zach Neal (2-1)
S- Chris Devenski (1)

CC home runs: Telvin Nash (4, grand slam in 3rd), Brandon Meredith (3, solo in 8th)

The Hooks avoided the sweep thanks to a couple of fine pitching performances from Josh Hader and Chris Devenski and Telvin Nash smashing a grand slam. Astros fans were expecting something pretty huge, as Carlos Correa was initally not in the lineup for this game.

Hader allowed a run on 5 hits and struck out 5 over 5 innings. Devenski wrapped it up, allowing 2 hits and striking out 2 in 4 innings. He's on a 19.1 inning scoreless streak to start the season, which was in some jeopardy in the bottom of the 9th, but Leo Heras nailed Matt Olson at the plate for the game's final out; Olson was attempting to score on a Josh Whitaker double.

Corpus got things started with 3 runs in the 1st inning. Tony Kemp led off the game with a double and scored the first run of the evening on a single from Tyler White. Brandon Meredith followed with an RBI single; unfortunately, Colin Moran left the game due to an injured shoulder, and Correa was summoned to replace him. Telvin Nash grounded into a double play that scored Moran's pinch-runner... Jonas Dufek. Yes, the very same Jonas Dufek who normally plies his trade as a pitcher.

Two walks and a single to lead off the 3rd inning set the stage for Telvin, who hammered one over the high walls of Midland for a grand slam, putting the Hooks up by a touchdown. Meredith, who finished 3-5 with 2 runs scored, led off the 8th with a solo homer for the final run of the night. Tony Kemp also finished 3-5.

The Hooks kick off May with a 4-game series against Frisco. In game 1, Mike Hauschild takes the mound. He'll take on Jose Leclerc at 7:05.

Wednesday: Lancaster 6, Rancho Cucamonga 4

W- Blaine Sims (1-3)
L- Jeff Brigham (0-1)
S- Chris Cotton (3)

Lancaster home runs: Brett Phillips (3, 2-run in 3rd)

A pair of 3-run innings was enough for the JetHawks.

After Brett Phillips lashed a 2-run homer in the 3rd, A.J. Reed smacked an RBI triple. The JetHawks' 3 runs in the 4th on a Danry Vásquez single; he subsequently scored on a wild pitch, and an error allowed Phillips to score. Phillips and James Ramsay both finished 2-4.

Blaine Sims allowed 4 runs on 8 hits and walked 5 over 6 innings. Chris Cotton got the 3-inning save, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3.

Thursday: Rancho Cucamonga 3, Lancaster 2

W- Jose De Leon (1-1)
L- Adrian Houser (0-1)
S- Michael Johnson (1)

Lancaster home runs: Brett Phillips (4, solo in 1st)

The JetHawks were 90 feet away from tying and had the winning run on 2nd, but... no cigar.

Brett Phillips went 3-5, and his homer in the 1st was the first run of the night. That was his 2nd homer in as many nights. The other JetHawks run came in the bottom of the 9th, as Jack Mayfield ripped a double. He and Jose Fernandez finished with 2 hits apiece.

Adrian Houser pitched 4 innings and allowed 2 runs (both were inherited runners charged to him), a hit (single), walked 4, and struck out 3. Tyler Brunnemann allowed 4 hits and struck out 4 over 3 scoreless; the 2 runners he inherited from Houser scored on a squeeze play and a single. Brunnemann also had to navigate out of a bases-loaded, 1 out situation in the 7th. Frederick Tiburcio pitched the final 2 innings, allowing an unearned run on 2 hits and striking out 1.

The JetHawks begin May with a roadtrip; first stop, Modesto. Brian Holmes gets the start in the series opener, and he'll face Antonio Senzatela at 7:05 Pacific.

Wednesday: Quad Cities 4, Cedar Rapids 0

W- Austin Chrismon (2-1)
L- Mat Batts (2-1)

QC home runs: None.

Dan Mengden (5 innings) and Austin Chrismon (4 innings) combined on a 7-hitter; both walked 2 and struck out 3. Mengden allowed 3 hits, while Chrismon gave up 4. All 7 of those hits were singles.

Deuces for the River Bandits in the 6th and the 7th snapped a 16-inning scoreless streak. Kristian Trompiz scored the game's first run in the 6th on a sac bunt attempt by Bobby Boyd that turned into a Cedar Rapids error. Boyd, who advanced to 2nd on the error, moved over to 3rd on an Alfredo Gonzalez sacrifice bunt, and scored on a single from Mott Hyde. The Bandits' 2 runs in the 7th came on a Jorge Martinez RBI groundout and a Ryan Bottger RBI double. Jake Nottingham went 2-3 with a run scored.

Thursday: Quad Cities 4, Cedar Rapids 2

W- Josh James (1-0)
L- John Curtiss (1-2)

QC home runs: Jake Nottingham (4, solo in 2nd), D.J. Fisher (5, 2-run in 3rd)

The Banditos took the series as they just handcuffed the Cedar Rapids offense, holding them to just 3 runs over the 3-game set.

Jake Nottingham finished 2-4, and his solo homer was the first run of the game. D.J. Fisher, just activated from the DL, marked his return with a 2-run homer. Nick Tanielu hit an RBI groundout in the 5th inning. Jamie Ritchie finished 3-4 with a run scored and a stolen base (3).

Brock Dykxhoorn allowed 2 unearned runs (both in the 5th) on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Jose Montero walked 1 after coming on to relieve Dykxhoorn, but he was able to get the final 2 outs of the 5th. Josh James finished off the game as he shackled the Kernels, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 5 over 4 innings.

The River Bandits will also be on the road to begin the month of May; they are in Wisconsin for the first leg of their roadtrip. In game 1, Chris Lee will face Victor Diaz. First pitch is at 6:35.

Since this is the end of the month, Three Stars will not be given out; please refer to Jayne's Players of the Month post for superlatives.


WTHB's April 2015 Players of the Month

With no further ado, I present you with WTHB's April Players of the Month ...

Carlos Correa - May 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

PLAYER OF THE MONTH

SS Carlos Correa (Corpus Christi) 
Based on all the good press that he has garnered, it will likely come as no surprise to you that Carlos Correa has had a simply astounding month of April. Through Thursday the 30th he has done the following:

  • Hit .385/.455/.744 with 11 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs and 22 RBI in 19 games
  • Hit .421/.500/.684 at home
  • Hit .373/.439/.763 on the road
  • Hit .317/.397/.617 vs. RHP
  • Hit .611/.650/1.167 vs. LHP
  • Stolen 5 bases to 0 caught stealing
  • Walked 9 times to 16 strikeouts (1K in last 6 games)
  • Played errorless ball with a 5.17 range facter per game

Honorable mentions go to OF Preston Tucker (Fresno) and OF Brett Phillips (Lancaster).

PITCHER OF THE MONTH

RHP Chris Devenski (Corpus Christi)
Devenski has yet to allow a run, earned or unearned, this season in his first 4 appearances (2 starts). And, frankly, he hasn't allowed a whole lot of hits either. As a matter of fact, he pitched 6.1 no-hit innings in a 7-inning game last Saturday. Here is what Devenski has done in his first 19.1 innings of work:

2-0 with 1 save
0.00 ERA and a 0.627 WHIP
Batters are hitting .121/.171/.167 against him
Lefties are hitting .059/.111/.059 against him
Walked 4 batters while striking out 16
Thrown 67.4% of his pitches for strikes

Honorable mentions go to RHP Joe Musgrove (Quad Cities), LHP Bryan Radziewski (Quad Cities) and RHP Joshua James (Quad Cities).

Chris Devenski - August 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

RELIEF PITCHER OF THE MONTH

RHP Ryan Thompson (Quad Cities)
Thompson has also not allowed a run so far this season. He has come in from the bullpen on 7 occasions and has a 0.00 ERA and a 0.828 WHIP. He has allowed only 1 walk to 9 strikeouts in his 9.2 innings of work.

Honorable mention goes to RHP Keegan Yuhl (Quad Cities), RHP Jandel Gustave (Corpus Christi), LHP Albert Minnis (Quad Cities), RHP Tyson Perez (Fresno) and Richard Rodriguez (Fresno).

CATCHER OF THE MONTH

Tyler Heineman (Corpus Christi)
Heineman has been the best all-around catcher for the month of April, putting up a .347/.396/.429 slashline in 12 games and catching 80% of all runners.

Honorable mention goes to Jacob Nottingham, Roberto Pena and Alfredo Gonzalez. Jamie Ritchie has also had a great start to his season, but has been used more at first base than at catcher.

Astros MiLB Links for your Reading and Viewing Pleasure

A few Astros minor league links you may have missed ...

Domingo Santana is having a very good week.







A good piece on Preston Tucker and his strong season start

Two overall number one draft picks talk about playing together on the same team

The journey of former Hook and current Astros minor league manager Josh Bonifay

Correa and Devenski earn Texas League Player and Pitcher of the Week honors

Carlos Correa off to a good start

More Hooks highlights ...









Derek Fisher back from the DL



An interview with Jacob Nottingham

Joe Musgrove puts his struggles behind him

Happy Birthday - 5/1

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

RHP Gabriel Pirela (21)
Pirela was born May 1, 1994 in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and was signed by the Astros in December 2013. Pirela spent his first professional season playing for the Astros Blue Team in the Dominican Summer League.

RHP Travis Ballew (24)
Ballew was born May 1, 1991 in Rockwall, Texas, and was drafted by the Astros in the 23rd round in 2012 out of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Ballew is currently playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks.

Travis Ballew - June 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Revisiting the December 2011 Mark Melancon Trade

This is the first in a series looking back at the trades made by Jeff Luhnow since he became the General Manager of the Astros in December 2011.

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On December 14, 2011, brand new General Manager Jeff Luhnow traded RHP Mark Melancon to the Red Sox in exchange for SS Jed Lowrie and RHP Kyle Weiland.

Melancon spent one season for the Red Sox in 2012, putting up a 6.20 ERA, a 1.267 WHIP and a negative WAR of -0.5 in 45 appearances over 41 innings at the major league level. In the minors that season, Melancon had a 0.83 ERA and a 0.831 WHIP in 21 appearances over 21.2 innings.

Melancon was then traded by the Red Sox to the Pirates in December 2012. He flourished with the Pirates in 2013 (1.39 ERA and 0.958 WHIP in 72 appearances; 2.1 WAR; All-Star appearance) and in 2014 (1.90 ERA and 0.873 WHIP in 72 appearances; 2.0 WAR).

Jed Lowrie played in 97 games for the Astros in 2012, hitting .244/.331/.438 with 18 doubles, 16 home runs, 42 RBI, 43 walks and 65 strikeouts. He had a 2.2 WAR (2.4 oWar and 0.2 dWar). Lowrie was then traded to Oakland, along with RHP Fernando Rodriguez, for 1B Chris Carter, RHP Brad Peacock and C Max Stassi. (I'll look at this trade in-depth in due course.)

Kyle Weiland, on the other hand, only pitched in 3 games for Houston at the major league level before heading to the DL. In 17.2 innings, he had a 6.62 ERA, a 1.755 WHIP and a negative WAR of -0.2. Weiland did not make another official appearance until the summer of 2014, pitching in 14 minor league games between June and August. Weiland recently retired.

Although it would have been nice to have had the 2013 and 2014 version of Mark Melancon in the Houston bullpen to offset some of the struggles from those two years, and despite the disappointment of never having a completely healthy Weiland, there is really no way to see this trade as anything but a win for Luhnow after considering Lowrie's 2012 contributions and the return received after trading him.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Astros Minor League Snapshot

Checking in on the Astros minor league teams through Tuesday, April 28th ...

FRESNO (PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE)

First place
11-8
0.5 games ahead of Sacramento

Team ERA: 4.82 (13th of 16 teams)
Team WHIP: 1.414 (9th)
Walks Allowed: Tied for 4th lowest
Strikeouts: Tied for 12th

RHP Richard Rodriguez
8th in the league in ERA: 2.65
4th in the league in WHIP: 0.941

LHP Tommy Shirley
9th in the league in ERA: 2.70
8th in the league in WHIP: 1.020

Also, RHP Tyson Perez doesn't have enough innings to qualify as a league leader, but he has a 2.00 ERA and 0.667 WHIP, and fellow bullpen pitcher RHP Jordan Jankowski has a 1.74 ERA.

Team BA: .273 (7th)
Team OBP: .349 (3rd)
Team SLG: .438 (2nd)
Walks: 3rd
Strikeouts: 3rd

OF L. J. Hoes (recalled to Houston)
2nd in the league in BA: .418
3rd in the league in OBP: .458

OF Preston Tucker
6th in the league in SLG: .662
1st in the league in home runs and RBI

OF Domingo Santana
7th in the league in SLG: .655

IF Nolan Fontana
1st in the league in walks

CORPUS CHRISTI (TEXAS LEAGUE)

First place
12-6
2 games ahead of Midland

Team ERA: 2.87 (2nd of 8 teams)
Team WHIP: 1.275 (2nd)
Walks Allowed: Lowest
Strikeouts: Lowest

RHP Chris Devenski
1st in the league in ERA: 0.00
1st in the league in WHIP: 0.652

RHP Aaron West
4th in the league in WHIP: 0.886

RHP Mark Appel (1.93 ERA and 0.857 WHIP), RHP Lance McCullers (0.00 ERA and 1.143 WHIP), RHP Jandel Gustave (1.42 ERA and 0.947 WHIP), RHP Daniel Minor (0.00 ERA and 1.000 WHIP), RHP Travis Ballew (2.16 ERA and 1.080 WHIP) and LHP Mitch Lambson (1.00 ERA and 1.111 WHIP) don't currently have enough innings to qualify as league leaders.

Team BA: .284 (1st)
Team OBP: .374 (1st)
Team SLG: .432 (1st)
Walks: 2nd
Strikeouts: 7th

SS Carlos Correa
1st in the league in BA: .400
3rd in the league in OBP: .468
1st in the league in SLG: .800
1st in runs, hits, doubles and RBI

IF/OF Tony Kemp
7th in the league in OBP: .444

LANCASTER (CALIFORNIA LEAGUE)

Tied for second place with Inland Empire
10-9
1 game behind Rancho Cucamonga

As I predicted in my season preview, the Lancaster pitching staff has had its early struggles. But I'm also predicting that we will start to see a lot of improvements as these pitchers adjust to the league and to the conditions.

Team ERA: 6.14 (10th out of 10 teams)
Team WHIP: 1.623 (10th)
Walks Allowed: Highest in the league
Strikeouts: 2nd

None of the Lancaster staff have the innings/numbers to qualify as league leaders in ERA and WHIP, but RHP Edison Frias comes close with his 1.091 WHIP as does RHP Tyler Brunnemann with his 0.71 WHIP. RHP Troy Scribner and LHP Brian Holmes are among the top 10 in the league in strikeouts.

Team BA: .288 (2nd)
Team OBP: .362 (1st)
Team SLG: .456 (2nd)
Walks: Highest in the league
Strikeouts: 8th

1B/DH Chase McDonald
8th in the league in BA: 343
3rd in the league in SLG: 642

3B J.D. Davis
10th in the league in BA: .338
10th in the league in SLG: .529

IF Chan Moon
5th in the league in  OBP: .415

OF Brett Phillips
8th in the league in SLG: .548

QUAD CITIES (MIDWEST LEAGUE)

First place
13-6
1 game ahead of Burlington and Cedar Rapids

Team ERA: 2.59 (4th of 16 teams)
Team WHIP: 1.088 (2nd)
Walks Allowed: 13th
Strikeouts: 5th

RHP Joe Musgrove
5th in the league in ERA: 0.87 (plus a 12th place 0.871 WHIP)

LHP Bryan Radziewski
9th in the league in WHIP: 0.778 (plus a 20th place 2.00 ERA)

RHP Ryan Thompson (0.00 ERA and 0.828 WHIP), LHP Albert Minnis (0.00 ERA and 0.522 WHIP), RHP Keegan Yuhl (1.69 ERA and 0.938 WHIP), RHP Eric Peterson (1.93 ERA and 1.179 WHIP), RHP Josh James (2.25 ERA and 1.083 WHIP), RHP Brock Dyxkhoorn (2.51 ERA and 1.116 WHIP), RHP Daniel Mengden (2.84 ERA and 1.184 WHIP, RHP Kevin Comer (1.105 WHIP) and RHP Austin Chrismon (1.154 WHIP) all fall just short of qualifying (either in innings pitched or in actual numbers) in a league that has shown some very strong pitching to date.

Team BA: .260 (3rd)
Team OBP: .358 (1st)
Team SLG: .403 (1st)
Walks: Highest in the league
Strikeouts: 5th

C/1B/DH Jamie Ritchie
4th in the league in OBP: .451

IF Mott Hyde
8th in the league in OBP: .415
1st in the league in doubles

OF Derek Fisher
1st in the league in SLG: .604

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, April 27, 2015 and Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A pretty forgettable last couple of days on the farm.



Monday: Fresno 4, Reno 2

W- Jake Buchanan (2-0)
L- Blake Beavan (0-1)
S- Kevin Chapman (1)

Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker (8, solo in 5th)

Another big night for Preston Tucker, who is sending baseballs out of ballparks with quite a bit of regularity. He finished 3-4 and opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st, then in the 5th, he bashed his organization-leading 8th homer of the year. The Grizz got 2 in the 4th inning on a Max Stassi RBI single and a sac fly from Nolan Fontana.

Jake Buchanan went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 9 hits (solo homer) and struck out 2. Darin Downs struck out 2 over 1.2 near-perfect frames; he hit a batter. Jordan Jankowski got the final out of the 7th and the first out of the 8th inning. He allowed a hit, walked 1, struck out 1, and uncorked a wild pitch. Despite facing a bases-loaded situation in the 8th, Kevin Chapman was able to seal the win as he walked 1 and struck out 2.

Tuesday: Reno 3, Fresno 2

W- A.J. Schugel (1-2)
L- Dan Straily (2-1)
S- Jake Barrett (4)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies threatened in the bottom of the 9th as they got some traffic on the basepaths, but.... no cigar. They were foiled in their bid to sweep the series.

Their 2 runs came in the 5th inning on a Preston Tucker sac fly and a Domingo Santana RBI triple. Ronald Torreyes led off the bottom of the 9th with a double, but he was thrown out at home trying to score the tying run on a Nolan Fontana fielder's choice. Alex Presley and Preston Tucker walked to load the bases, but sadly, Jon Singleton flied out to end the game.

Dan Straily pitched 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Richard Rodriguez struck out 2 over 3 perfect frames, and James Hoyt struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Fresno has a day off as they head up to Tacoma; they'll finish up April and begin May there.

Monday: Midland 9, Corpus Christi 8

W- Jonathan Joseph (1-0)
L- Kent Emanuel (1-1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks walked off with the loss as Carson Blair took Kent Emanuel deep to tie the game at 8, and Matt Olson hit a sac fly to bring home Chad Oberacker with the winning run.

Carlos Correa got things started when he cracked an RBI triple in the 1st inning. He drove in another run with a single in the 3rd inning. Two batters later, Tyler White added a 2-run single. Leo Heras hit an RBI single in the 4th. After the Rockhounds took a 7-5 lead into the 7th inning, Corpus went back to work as Conrad Gregor made it a 1-run game with an RBI double, and then in the 8th, they took the lead thanks to a Tony Kemp RBI groundout and a Colin Moran RBI double.

Kemp went 1-3 with the RBI groundout, 2 walks, and scored 3 times. Moran, who stretched his hitting streak to 5 games, finished 3-5 with 2 doubles and a run scored; he's ripped 5 doubles during that streak. Tyler White finished 2-4, and Telvin Nash went 2-3 with a run scored.

Aaron West went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs, all on 3 home runs; he allowed 2 solo homers and was taken deep for a 3-run homer. He also allowed 4 other hits and struck out 3. Kent Emanuel tagged in for 3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walking 2, and striking out 1. Mitch Lambson got 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, allowing a hit and walking 1.

Tuesday: Midland 8, Corpus Christi 4

W- Joey Wagman (1-0)
L- Kyle Westwood (1-1)

CC home runs: Carlos Correa (5, solo in 8th)

Rough day for Hooks pitchers, who walked 7 and allowed 13 hits. They also gave up 8 runs.

The Hooks got on the board first with a Conrad Gregor sac fly in the 1st. Unfortunately, they would not score again until the 8th; in between, Midland scored 7 runs. Carlos Correa finished 2-2 with a double and a solo homer in the 8th inning. Corpus got 2 more in the 9th on an RBI double from Telvin Nash and an RBI single from Teoscar Hernandez. Tyler Heineman went 2-4. Correa's 2-2 day raised his average to an even .400. Be still, my heart.

Kyle Westwood allowed 4 runs on 10 hits and walked 2 over 4.1 innings. Jonas Dufek tagged in for 2.1 innings; he allowed 3 runs on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. He had all the strikeouts for the Hooks in this game. Angel Báez pitched 1.1 innings and walked 2; the only hit and run he allowed came off a solo homer from Colin Walsh in the 8th.

Mark Appel takes the hill in game 3 of this series; he'll take on Jake Sanchez at 6:30.

Tuesday: Rancho Cucamonga 10, Lancaster 5

W- Scott Barlow (2-1)
L- Evan Grills (1-2)

Lancaster home runs: Jack Mayfield (1, solo in 2nd)

In this battle for first place, the Quakes fired the first shot as they doubled up the JetHawks.

Jack Mayfield's first homer of the year put Lancaster on the scoreboard in the 2nd and tied the game at 1. Unfortunately, that would be the only run they would score until the 7th, as the Quakes built up a 9-1 lead on the strength of a 6-run 6th inning. In the 7th, though, the JetHawks got a bases-clearing triple from Chan-Jong Moon, who ended up scoring himself on a wild pitch. Unfortunately, that outburst wouldn't be enough in this one. Moon and J.D. Davis finished with 2 hits apiece.

Evan Grills went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 3. Tyler Brunnemann worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out 2. Troy Scribner tagged in for 3 innings and allowed 7 runs on 6 hits (5 singles and a solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 3. Gonzalo Sañudo walked 1 in a scoreless 9th.

In game 2, Blaine Sims will face Jeff Brigham at 6:30 Pacific.


Tuesday: Cedar Rapids 1, Quad Cities 0 in 11 innings

W- Cameron Booser (1-0)
L- Joe Musgrove (3-1)
S- Trevor Hildenberger (2)

QC home runs: None.

Well, that stunk...

Joe Musgrove probably would've liked to have that 11th inning back as the first 3 Kernels to bat in the inning reached base on him; 2 of them reached on errors that he committed, and Cedar Rapids ended up getting the only run (which was unearned) of the game off of him on a sac fly. That was a tough end to an otherwise fine outing for Musgrove, who went 6 innings and allowed 4 hits while striking out 1. Bryan Radziewski was absolutely stellar in his start as he allowed just 2 hits and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings.

The River Bandits outhit Cedar Rapids 9-6, but they were unable to get a run across. Mott Hyde went 3-5 with a double, while Sean McMullen finished 2-4 with a triple.

In game 2 of this series, Dan Mengden will take on Mat Batts at 7.

Monday's Three Stars


3.

Carlos Correa, SS, Corpus Christi
2-4, 3B, 2 RBI

2.

Colin Moran, 3B, Corpus Christi
3-5, 2 2B, RBI, R


1.

Preston Tucker, OF, Fresno
3-4, solo HR (8; leads organization), 2 RBI


Tuesday's Three Stars: Position Players

3. 
Mott Hyde, 2B/SS, Quad Cities
3-5, 2B

2. 
Chan-Jong Moon, SS/2B, Lancaster
2-4, 3-R 3B in 7th, R

1. 
Carlos Correa, SS, Corpus Christi
2-2, 2B, solo HR (5)

Tuesday's Three Stars: Pitchers

3. 

Joe Musgrove, RHP, Quad Cities
L (3-1), 6 IP, 4 H, unearned run, K

2. 
Bryan Radziewski, LHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, 2 H, 4 K

1. 
Richard Rodriguez, RHP, Fresno
3 IP, 2 K

Happy Birthday - 4/29

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ~

Pitching Coach Hector Mercado (41)
Mercado was born April 29, 1974 in Catano, Puerto Rico. Mercado has served as a Pitching Coach in the Astros system for the last several years. He will be reprising that role for the Gulf Coast League team in 2015.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Former Astros Playing in Independent Leagues

Here are some of the former Astros I've found that will be toiling in Independent Leagues this summer. Since most of the leagues haven't started playing yet, there will likely be additional players joining their ranks. (If you know of others, leave a note in the comments section.) WTHB wishes them all the best of luck!


Atlantic League: Play started April 24th

Sugarland (TX) Skeeters

Drafted by Houston in the 16th Round in 2010
Played in Astros system from 2010 to 2013

Lancaster (PA) Barnstormers

Drafted by Houston in the 31st Round in 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 through 2014

RHP C.J. "Chuckie" Fick
Selected by Houston off waivers in July 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 to 2013

Southern Maryland (Waldorf, MD) Blue Crabs

Signed by Astros in 1999 out of Venezuela
Played in the Astros system from 1999 through 2008

Obtained by the Astros in a 1996 trade with Detroit
Played in the Astros system from 1997 through 2002

Bridgeport (CT) Bluefish

Signed by the Astros out of the Dominican Republic in 2002
Played in the Astros system from 2003 through 2011

Long Island (NY) Ducks

Signed by Houston as a Free Agent in June 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 to 2013

Drafted by Houston in the 2nd Round in 2006
Played in the Astros system from 2006 through 2012

Somerset (NJ) Patriots

Obtained from Oakland in June 2011
Played in the Astros system from 2011 to 2012

Frontier League: Play starts 5/14

Lake Erie (Avon, OH) Crushers

RHP Ryan Connolly
NDFA signed by the Astros in 2013
Played in the Astros system in 2013

Traverse City (MI) Beach Bums

OF Jay Austin
Drafted by Houston in the 2nd round in 2008
Played in the Astros system from 2008 through 2012

Washington (PA) Wild Things

OF Tanner Mathis
Signed as a NDFA by the Astros in 2013
Played in the Astros system from 2013 through 2014

American Association: Play starts 5/21

Fargo-Moorhead (ND) Redhawks

OF Drew Muren
Drafted by Houston in the 22nd round in 2011
Played in the Astros system from 2011 through 2013

LHP Alex Sogard
Drafted by Houston in the 22nd round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 to 2014

Sioux Falls (SD) Canaries

LHP Joe Bircher
Drafted by Houston in the 10th round in 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 to 2013

St. Paul (MN) Saints

OF Mike Kvasnicka
Drafted by Houston in the 1st round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 through 2012

Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) Goldeyes

RHP Raul Rivera
Drafted by Houston in the 37th round in 2009
Played in the Astros system from 2009 through 2014

Kansas City (KS) T-Bones

OF Adam Bailey
Drafted by Houston in the 23rd round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 through 2012

Lincoln (NE) Saltdogs

OF Jon Gaston
Drafted by Houston in the 7th round in 2008
Played in the Astros system from 2008 through 2011

Sioux City (IA) Explorers

LHP Kenny Long
Drafted by Houston in the 22nd round in 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 through 2013

Grand Prairie (TX) Airhogs

RHP Zachary Dando
Drafted by Houston in the 32nd round in 2011
Played in the Astros system from 2011 through 2013

Laredo (TX) Lemurs

RHP B. J. Hyatt
Drafted by Houston in the 4th round in 2009
Only played one season in 2009 before going on the DL; was released in June 2013

Can-Am League: Play starts 5/21

Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) Champions

Manager Hal Lanier
Managed the Astros from 1986 through 1988

Rockland (Pomona, NY) Boulders

C Marcus Nidiffer
NDFA signed by the Astros in 2010
Played in the Houston system in 2010

Sussex County (Augusta, NJ)

OF Reggie Abercrombie
Claimed off waivers from the Marlins in 2007
Played in the Astros system from 2008 through 2009

Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League: Play starts 5/21

Oregon City (OR) Mud Turtles

RHP Kyle Redinger
Drafted by Houston in the 11th round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 through 2012 as a third baseman

Pacific Association: Play starts early June

San Rafael (CA) Pacifics

C Ricky Gingras
Drafted by Houston in the 18th round in 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 through 2014


Happy Birthday - 4/28

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ~

2B Jonathan Matute (18)
Matute was born on April 28, 1997 in Caracas, Venezuela and was signed by the Astros in July 2013. Matute spent his first season in the Astros system playing with the Dominican Summer League Blue team in 2014.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Astros Minor League Weekend Recaps

Results for Saturday, April 25, 2015 and Sunday, April 26, 2015

Welcome to the WTHB Weekend Recap! Let's play 2 in Frisco on Saturday and 2 in Davenport on Sunday!

Corpus Christi with the...

*I'm sorry for all the 2-in-one-day recaps, but I have been absolutely swamped as of late with the end-of-semester crunch. These recaps won't be what you'll normally get from me, so I apologize for that as well.

Saturday: Fresno 7, Reno 0

Jonathan Villar: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, SB (1)
L.J. Hoes: 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R
Preston Tucker: 2-4, RBI, R
Andrew Aplin: 1-3, RBI, 2 R, BB, SB (4)

Brady Rodgers: W (1-2), 6 IP, 7 H, BB, 5 K
Richard Rodriguez: 2 IP, H, BB, K
Tyson Perez: IP, K

Sunday: Fresno 9, Reno 2

Preston Tucker: 3-R HR (7, leads organization)
Domingo Santana: 3-4, 2B, 2 HR (5; 3-run and solo)
L.J. Hoes: 2-2, 2B, RBI, 2 R, BB

Tommy Shirley: W (3-0), 5 IP, 2 H, BB, 7 K

The series continues at 6:35 Pacific. Starter for both sides have yet to be announced.

Saturday Game 1: Corpus Christi 10, Frisco 5

Colin Moran: 3-4, 2B, 5 RBI
Tyler Heineman: 2-4, 2 R
Tyler White: 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB
Teoscar Hernandez: 0-2, 2 BB, 3 R

Josh Hader: 4 IP, 5 H (solo HR), 4 ER, BB, 5 K
Jonas Dufek: IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB (season debut)
Travis Ballew: W (1-1), 2 IP, 2 BB, K

Saturday Game 2: Corpus Christi 16, Frisco 1

Moran: 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
Carlos Correa: 3-5, 2-R HR (3), 3 R
Jio Mier: 3-4, 3-R HR (1), 6 RBI, 2 R
Brandon Meredith: 2-5, RBI, 3 R

Chris Devenski: W (2-0), 6.1 IP, 3 BB, 8 K

Sunday: Corpus Christi 5, Frisco 2

Correa: 3-5, 2B, 3-R HR (4), 2 R
Roberto Peña: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R

Mike Hauschild: W (2-1), 5 IP, 6 H, ER, 4 K
Lance McCullers: Save (1), 4 IP, 4 H, unearned run (1st run allowed this season), 9 K

The Hooks swept the Rangers' AA team in dominating fashion, outscoring them 39-10 over the 4-game set. They will be in Midland tonight as they begin the second leg of this roadtrip. Aaron West will take on Nate Long at 6:30.

Saturday: Lancaster 5, Modesto 4

A.J. Reed: 2-3, 3B, solo HR (3)
Chan-Jong Moon: 2-R HR (1)
Ronnie Mitchell: solo HR (3)
Jobduan Morales: 2-4, RBI
Jack Mayfield: 2-4

Edison Frias: 5 IP, 5 H (2-run HR), 4 R (2 earned), 6 K
Brian Holmes: W (1-1), 4 IP, 2 H, 5 K

Sunday: Modesto 10, Lancaster 3

James Ramsay: 1-2, 2B, 3 BB, R
Jack Mayfield: 2-4, 2 RBI
Brian Holberton: 1-2, 2B, RBI

Zach Morton: L (0-1), 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 earned), BB, K
Michael Feliz: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 earned), 2 BB, K

After an off day, the JetHawks will welcome Rancho Cucamonga to The Hangar for 3 beginning on Tuesday.

Saturday: Burlington 7, Quad Cities 2

Jamie Ritchie: 2-4, RBI
Kristian Trompiz: 2-3, solo HR (2)

Josh James: 3 IP, 2 H, unearned run, 2 BB, 5 K
Albert Minnis: 2 IP, H, 2 K

Sunday Game 1: Burlington 4, Quad Cities 2

Nick Tanielu: 2-3, RBI
Jake Nottingham: RBI groundout in 4th

Chris Lee: L (0-2), 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Eric Peterson: 2.1 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Albert Minnis: 0.2 IP, K

Sunday Game 2: Quad Cities 7, Burlington 6 in 12 innings

Bobby Boyd: 3-6, 2B, 2 R, SB (4)
Bryan Muniz: 2-6, 2B, 2 RBI
Alfredo Gonzalez: 2-5, 3B, RBI
Jorge Martinez: 2-4, RBI, SB (1)
Thomas Lindauer: Walk-off sacrifice fly in 12th inning

Kevin Comer: 5.2 IP, 11 H (9 singles, 1 double, 1 solo homer), 6 ER, 2 K
Keegan Yuhl: 2.1 IP, H, 4 BB, 2 K
Ryan Thompson: 3 IP, 2 H, BB
Jose Montero: W (1-0), 2 BB, K

The Bandits avoided the sweep in the doubleheader and the series by walking off with the win in game 2 of the twinbill.

Now that this series is wrapped up, the River Bandits will welcome Cedar Rapids to town beginning on Tuesday. Bryan Radziewski will take the mound in game 1, which is an 11:00 A.M. matinee.

Saturday's Three Stars: Position Players

3. Carlos Correa, SS, Corpus Christi: 3-9, 2-R HR (3), 3 R
2. Jio Mier, IF, Corpus Christi: 3-7, HR (1), 6 RBI, 2 R
1. Colin Moran, 3B, Corpus Christi: 5-8, 2 2B, 8 RBI, 2 R

Saturday's Three Stars: Pitchers

3. Brian Holmes, LHP, Lancaster: W (1-1), 4 IP, 2 H, 5 K
2. Brady Rodgers, RHP, Fresno: W (1-2), 6 IP, 7 H, BB, 5 K
1. Chris Devenski, RHP, Corpus Christi: W (2-0), 6.1 IP, 3 BB, 8 K in game 1 of doubleheader

Sunday's Three Stars: Position Players

3. Bobby Boyd, OF, Quad Cities: 3-6, 2B, 2 R, SB (4)
2. Domingo Santana, OF, Fresno: 3-4, 2B, 2 HR (5), 4 RBI
1. Carlos Correa, SS, Corpus Christi: 3-5, 2B, 3-R HR (4), 2 R

Sunday's Three Stars: Pitchers

3. Mike Hauschild, RHP, Corpus Christi: W (2-1), 5 IP, 6 H, ER, 4 K
2. Tommy Shirley, LHP, Fresno: W (3-0), 5 IP, 2 H, BB, 7 K
1. Lance McCullers, RHP, Corpus Christi: Save (1), 4 IP, 4 H, uinearned run, 9 K

YTD Stats for WTHB's Under-the-Radar Roster

Last week I introduced the WTHB Under-the-Radar Roster. This week, let's check in and see how those players have fared thus far in the 2015 season.

STARTING PITCHERS:

2-0 in 3 games (2 starts) for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
0.00 ERA and 0.652 WHIP in 15.1 IP (4 BB; 14 SO)

Devenski tossed 5.1 no-hit innings on Saturday night, collecting 8 stikeouts in the process.

1-1 in 3 games (2 starts) for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
5.56 ERA and 1.765 WHIP in 11.1 IP (4 BB; 6 SO)

Grills had one excellent start in between two not-so-excellent appearances.

1-0 in 3 games (2 starts) for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
2.77 ERA and 0.923 WHIP in 13 IP (3 BB; 17 SO)

RHP Troy Scribner
1-0 in 3 games (2 starts) for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
3.95 ERA and 0.878 WHIP in 13.2 IP (4 BB; 20 SO)

1-0 in 3 games (1 start) for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
1.38 ERA and 1.308 WHIP in 13 IP (2 BB; 6 SO)

STARTING RESERVES:

2-1 in 3 games (2 starts) for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
5.54 ERA and 1.538 WHIP in 13 IP (1 BB; 16 SO)

1-1 in 4 games (2 starts) for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
4.70 ERA and 1.500 WHIP in 15.1 IP (6 BB; 21 SO)

BULLPEN:

0-0 with 1 save in 6 appearances for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
0.77 ERA and 1.200 WHIP in 11.2 IP (6 BB; 12 SO)

1-0 in 8 appearances for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies
1.86 ERA and 1.345 WHIP in 9.2 IP (4 BB; 10 SO)

1-0 in 4 appearances for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
1.08 ERA and 0.960 WHIP in 8.1 IP (0 BB; 6 SO)

0-0 with 1 save in 3 appearances for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks and 4 appearances for the AAA Fresno Grizzles (promoted 4/21/15)
2.00 ERA and 0.667 WHIP in 9 IP (2 BB; 5 SO)

RHP Eric Peterson
1-0 with 1 save in 5 appearances for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
1.93 ERA and 1.179 WHIP in 9.1 IP (3 BB; 11 SO)

3-0 in 4 games (3 starts) for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies
2.70 ERA and 1.020 WHIP in 16.2 IP (3 BB; 14 SO)

Used out of the bullpen in his first appearance of the season, Shirley has since made three starts.

0-0 in 7 appearances for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
0.00 ERA and 0.828 WHIP in 9.2 IP (1 BB; 9 SO)

BULLPEN RESERVES:

0-0 with 1 save in 6 appearances for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
0.00 ERA and 0.522 WHIP in 7.2 IP (1 BB; 10 SO)

0-0 in 3 appearances for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
0.00 ERA and 1.000 WHIP in 4 IP (1 BB; 2 SO)

CATCHERS:

.325/.386/.425 in 10 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
4-2B; 2 RBI; 3 BB; 3 SO
80% Caught Stealing (1 SB; 4 CS)

.379/.538/.448 in 9 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
1-3B; 4 RBI; 1 SB; 9 BB; 5 SO
42% Caught Stealing (5 SB; 7 CS)

CATCHING RESERVES:

.233/.340/.512 in 13 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
3-2B; 3 HR; 10 RBI; 6 BB; 12 SO
71% Caught Stealing (2 SB; 5 CS)

INFIELDERS:

1B/3B Matt Duffy R/R
.279/.343/.393 in 15 games for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies
4-2B; 1 HR; 12 RBI; 4 BB; 13 SO

.343/.387/.642 in 17 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
5-2B; 5 HR; 14 RBI; 1 SB; 6 BB; 25 SO

.265/.321/.347 in 13 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
2-2B; 1-3B; 6 RBI 1 CS; 3 BB; 8 SO

.280/.400/.440 in 14 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
8-2B; 4 RBI; 1 SB; 2 CS; 10 BB; 9 SO

.280/.302/.460 in 14 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
3-2B; 2 HR; 7 RBI; 1 BB; 14 SO

IF Joe Sclafani S/R
.258/.378/.355 in 11 games for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies
1-2B; 1-3B; 4 RBI; 1 SB; 5 BB; 8 SO

INFIELD RESERVES:

.333/.619/.417 in 5 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
1-2B; 3 RBI; 1 SB; 9 BB; 4 SO

.314/.400/.451 in 15 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
4-2B; 1 HR; 7 RBI; 5 SB; 2 CS; 7 BB; 13 SO

OUTFIELD:

.288/.362/.481 in 14 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
2-2B; 1-3B; 2 HR; 11 RBI; 3 CS; 5 BB; 9 SO

RF/LF Ronnie Mitchell L/L
.341/.364/.610 in 10 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
2-2B; 3 HR; 7 RBI; 1 CS; 2 BB; 7 SO

CF/LF Bobby Boyd L/R
.290/.333/.362 in 17 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
3-2B; 1-3B; 3 RBI; 4 SB; 3 CS; 5 BB; 16 SO

CF/RF James Ramsay L/L
.209/.300/.349 in 12 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
4-2B; 1-3B; 3 RBI; 2 SB; 1 CS; 6 BB; 11 SO

.250/.400/.300 in 6 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
1-2B; 4 RBI; 1 CS; 5 BB; 7 SO

OUTFIELD RESERVES:

.222/.417/.222 in 6 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
1 RBI; 5 BB; 9 SO

For background information on these players and more information regarding their selection, see my prior posts on Pitchers and Position Players.

Happy Birthday - 4/27

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ~

3B J.D. Davis (22)
Davis was born in Elk Grove, California on April 27, 1993 and was drafted by the Astros in the 3rd Round in 2014 out of California State University Fullerton in Fullerton, California. Davis is currently playing on the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks team.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

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Chris Devenski pitched 6.1 no-hit innings in a 7-inning game last night.

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