Saturday, May 23, 2015

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, May 21, 2015

Well, I am in a catatonic state after the end of that Rockets game. So, these recaps will be a little shorter so I can cope, or attempt to cope.

Fresno 10, Nashville 2

W- Luis Cruz (1-2)
L- Barry Zito (1-4)

Fresno home runs: Carlos Correa (2, 9 season; 2-run in 4th), Jon Singleton (13, 2-run in 8th)

The Grizzlies were down 2-0 after 2 innings, but they silenced the Sounds with 10 unanswered.

Mr. Correa put the Grizz on the board with an RBI single in the 3rd. He was erased at 2nd as L.J. Hoes grounded into a force out, but Robbie Grossman scored. Jon Singleton later ripped an RBI double to put Fresno in the lead. Correa smashed a 2-run homer in the 4th. In the 5th inning, Matt Duffy blooped in an RBI single, and Nolan Fontana lashed a 2-run triple, and Singleton drove in the final 2 runs of the evening with his Minor League-leading 13th homer of the season. Correa, Duffy, and Fontana had 2 hits apiece, while Singleton led the way with 3 hits.

Luis Cruz went 7 innings and, other than giving up those 2 runs in the 2nd, he was solid. He allowed 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Murilo Gouvea, making his first appearance in nearly 3 years, worked around 2 hits and struck out 1 in a scoreless 8th inning. Jason Stoffel walked 1 and struck out the side in the 9th.

Gouvea, who is part of a small Brazilian contingent in minor league baseball, has battled his way back from a sprained elbow in 2013 that ended up in Tommy John surgery in 2014. The Astros were satisfied with his rehab to the point that they re-signed him. This could be a feel-good story in the making.

Brady Rodgers gets the start in game 2 of this series. He'll take on Kendall Graveman at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi and San Antonio was postponed

Due to rain. This game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 21.

Mark Appel will start tonight as the Hooks begin a series with Midland. First pitch is at 7:05.

Lancaster 22, High Desert 5

W- Evan Grills (2-4)
L- Tyler Smith (1-4)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (6, solo in 7th), A.J. Reed (11, solo in 8th)

Jayne probably had to sleep at The Hangar. Check out that box score... every position player who appeared in the game scored a run! The JetHawks led 18-4 after the 3rd inning. Yes, the third inning.

Evan Grills was knocked around early, but he pulled himself together and was the beneficiary of some generous run support. He went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 9 hits (3-run homer) and struck out 3. Tyler Brunnemann allowed a solo homer to Shoeless Joe Jackson's descendent, also named Joe Jackson, in the 7th inning. He pitched 2 innings and allowed a single, walked 2, and struck out 1. Keegan Yuhl worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

The JetHawks will now begin a 4-game series against Inland Empire. Bryan Radziewski will start the opener; he'll face Jordan Kipper at 6:30 Pacific.

Clinton 3, Quad Cities 0

W- Zack Littell (1-0)
L- Brandon McNitt (0-1)
S- Kody Kerski (5)

This was only the 2nd series that the River Bandits didn't win all year. They're now 11-1-1 after splitting with the Lumberkings. They are the last team in Minor League Baseball to lose 10 games.

The Banditos only had 3 hits. 2 of them belonged to Bobby Boyd, and the other hit came off the bat of Jason Martin.

The Bandits pitchers held the Lumberkings to 4 hits... but they managed to score 3 runs. Brandon McNitt allowed all 4 of them; he allowed a run, walked 2, and struck out 6 over 5 innings. Jose Montero pitched 1.1 innings, walked 1, and had an inherited runner charged to him when Aaron Greenwood allowed a 2-run sacrifice fly in the 7th. Greenwood pitched 1.2 innings, walked 2, and struck out 1.

The Banditos are welcoming Peoria to the Quad Cities for the weekend and Monday. In game 1, Dan Mengden and his 'stache will take on Fernando Báez at 7.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Astros Minor League Roster Moves

A few Astros minor league moves to report ...

5-21  LHP Mitch Lambson assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
5-21  C Tyler Heineman assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
5-21  RHP Murilo Gouvea assigned to Fresno from Extended Spring Training
5-21  LHP Darin Downs released

Gouvea, a Brazilian right-hander, last appeared in a regular season game in the Astros organization on August 31, 2012, when he was with Lexington.

5-21  RHP Michael Feliz assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
5-21  LHP Chris Cotton assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
5-21  RHP Daniel Minor released*
5-21  C/1B/LF Trent Woodward assigned to Corpus Christi from Extended Spring Training
5-21  C Luis Flores assigned from Fresno to Corpus Christi and placed on the inactive list

5-21  LHP Reymin Guduan assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
5-23  RHP Daniel Mengden (and his 'stache) assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster

5-19  RHP Aaron Greenwood assigned from Extended Spring Training to Quad Cities
5-19  RHP Francis Martes assigned from Extended Spring Training to Quad Cities
5-21  1B Bryan Muniz placed on 7-day disabled list
5-21  RHP Jose Montero activated from disabled list. then placed on the disabled list again the next day
5-22  RHP Jorge Perez assigned from Extended Spring Training to Quad Cities

*Daniel Minor was, unfortunately, the victim of a factor that is otherwise a good thing for Astros fans ... a glut of quality arms building up in the higher levels of the system. As a reliever, Minor simply wasn't able to get regular work this season. I wish him the very best of luck and sincerely hope that he is picked up quickly by another affiliated system. In any event, he will remain one of "my guys."

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Fresno was off

The Grizzlies begin a 4-game series with Nashville tonight at 7:05 Pacific. Luis Cruz will take on Barry Zito. Also, the Frankenslice, a pizza with a hot dog baked in to the crust, will be offered for one night only.

San Antonio 2, Corpus Christi 0

W- Bryan Rodriguez (3-5)
L- Aaron West (1-3)
S- Tayron Guerrero (3)

CC home runs: None.

10 hits... but no runs to show for it.

All 10 of Corpus Christi's hits were singles. Tyler Heineman and Leo Heras both went 2-4. Tony Kemp went 1-3 with a walk and 2 steals (10).

Aaron West went 7 innings and allowed a run on 8 hits and struck out 3. Jandel Gustave allowed a solo homer to Trea Turner in the 8th. He allowed 2 other hits and struck out 1 in the inning. Juan Minaya threw a 1-2-3 9th, striking out 1.

Mark Appel and Kyle Westwood will take on Elliot Morris in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05.

High Desert 4, Lancaster 3

W- Luis Parra (1-3)
L- Zach Morton (0-3)
S- Juan Grullon (1)

Lancaster home runs: Danry Vásquez (2, 2-run in 4th)

The JetHawks were left to lament their missed opportunities in this game, especially early on, as they left the bases loaded in the 1st.... and the 2nd innings. They stranded 13 in the game.

Danry Vásquez gave Lancaster a 2-1 lead with his 2nd homer of the season, a 2-run shot in the 4th. James Ramsay hit an RBI single in the 7th that made it a 1-run game, but the JetHawks were unable to find the breakthrough.

Joe Musgrove was excellent in his 5 innings of work; the only run he surrendered came on a solo homer to Royce Bolinger in the 2nd. He allowed 2 singles and struck out 9; he now has 45 strikeouts against 1 walk across both Class A stops. Unfortunately, the Mavs got to Zach Morton for 3 in the 6th. Morton allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 over 3 innings. Frederick Tiburcio struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

In the series finale, Evan Grills takes on Tyler Smith. First pitch is at 6:30 Pacific.

Clinton 7, Quad Cities 6

W- Rohn Pierce (2-2)
L- Jordan Mills (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos could not hold a 6-2 lead; this Lumberkings rally resulted in a walk-off loss.

Clinton led 1-0 heading into the 4th, but Quad Cities left the inning with a 3-1 lead. Sean McMullen hit a sac fly and Alex Hernandez smacked a 2-run double. D.J. Fisher finished 2-4 with a 2-run single in the 7th and a stolen base (6). Fine night for Jason Martin, who went 4-4 with an RBI single in the 8th and scored 2 runs. Nick Tanielu went 2-3 with 2 runs scored.

Akeem Bostick allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 5 in 7 innings. Ryan Thompson was knocked around in the 8th as he allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Jordan Mills got 2 outs in the 9th... but he allowed the winning run to score on a bases-loaded walk. Mills allowed a single and struck out 1.

Brandon McNitt takes on Zack Littell in the series finale. First pitch is at 6:30.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Well, the Rockets lost, but the Astros and their affiliates all won! So Tuesday was not a total loss.

Fresno 12, El Paso 2

W- Asher Wojciechowski (2-0)
L- Robbie Erlin (4-3)

Fresno home runs: Domingo Santana 2 (10; 2-run in 1st), solo in 4th), L.J. Hoes (2, solo in 3rd), Carlos Correa (1, 8 season; 2-run in 6th), Matt Dominguez (2, solo in 9th), Robbie Grossman (1, 2-run in 9th)

Pretty fun. 9 of the 12 Grizzlies runs came off of those 6 home runs. Also, here's a video from Alex Nicolas of SB Nation's UTEP blog, Miner Rush.

Majestic. Pretty soon, those balls are going to be deposited into the Astros bullpen....

Oh, sorry, I was daydreaming for a moment there.

Domingo's first homer of the game put the Grizz on the board first in the 1st. L.J. Hoes homered to lead off the 3rd, and later in the inning, Luis Flores ripped a 2-run double. Domingo smacked a solo blast with 2 outs in the 4th. Carlos Correa hit his first AAA homer, a 2-run shot in the 6th. Jon Singleton hit an RBI double in the 8th, and Matty D(ominguez) and Robbie Grossman went deep in the 9th, The top 4 of Grossman, Correa, Hoes, and Santana all had 2 hits, all of them homered, and all of them scored 2 runs. Matt Dominguez finished 5-5 with a double, the solo homer in the 9th, and scored twice. Flores finished 2-5, and Jon Singleton finished 4-5.

Wojo was the beneficiary of ample run support and he wasn't too shabby on the mound himself. He went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Richard Rodriguez allowed a hit and struck out 4 over 2.1 scoreless. Jason Stoffel struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

The Grizzlies have today off; tomorrow, they'll begin a homestand with the Tennessee teams coming to visit. First up is 4 with Nashville.

Corpus Christi 6, San Antonio 2

W- Vince Velasquez (1-0)
L- Ryan Butler (0-1)

CC home runs: Telvin Nash (7, solo in 8th)

8 in a row for the Hooks.

Vince Velasquez got his first win of the season as he allowed 2 unearned runs, 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 5.1 innings of work. Mitch Lambson struck out 2 over 2.2 perfect frames, and Travis Ballew worked around 2 hits and a hit batter to finish off this game.

The Missions got their 2 runs in the top of the 3rd, but the Hooks responded with 4 in the bottom of the inning to take control. Chan-Jong Moon scored the first Corpus run when Jio Mier grounded into a double play. Teoscar Hernandez advanced to 3rd, and he wouldn't have to wait long for company, as Andrew Aplin (who stole his 3rd [9 season] base) and Telvin Nash walked. Jon Kemmer proceeded to bring them all home with a double. Moon hit an RBI single in the 4th, and Telvin drove himself in for the final run of the night with a solo blast in the 8th. Kemmer's 2 hits were both doubles. Moon and Tony Kemp both finished 2-3, and Leo Heras stole 2 bases (8).

Aaron West will start game 3 of this series; he'll face Bryan Rodriguez at 7:05.

Lancaster 8, High Desert 7 in 12 innings

W- Albert Minnis (1-1)
L- Justin Sprenger (1-3)

Lancaster home runs: A.J. Reed (10, solo in 1st), Danry Vásquez (2, solo in 3rd)

With the JetHawks' victory, every Astros affiliate is back above the .500 mark. They tied with 1 in the 9th and walked off with the win in the bottom of the 12th.

Brett Phillips led off the bottom of the 1st with a double and scored the first run of the evening on a J.D. Davis groundout. After the JetHawks got on the board, A.J. Reed extended the lead with a mammoth solo shot, his 10th of the season. James Ramsay hit a sac fly in the 2nd. In the 3rd, Danry led off the inning with his 2nd homer of the year, and after doubling, Reed scored on a wild pitch. Danry struck again with an RBI single in the 4th to give the JetHawks a 6-4 lead.

The Mavs scored 1 apiece in the 5th, the 6th, and the 7th to take the lead. They had a grand opportunity with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the 7th, but 3 straight outs ended that threat. 2 straight singles and an error loaded the bases yet again in the bottom of the 9th, but this time, Brett Booth came through with a sac fly to tie the game at 7. Reed was stranded at 2nd to end the 11th. After Booth struck out to begin the 12th, Ramsay singled, and then Phillips and Danry walked to load the bases for a third time. J.D. Davis was next up, and he finished it off with a single.

Michael Feliz went 4.2 innings, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walking 1, and striking out 4. Keegan Yuhl made his California League debut as the first man out of the bullpen. He went 1.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), issued an intentional walk, and struck out 3. Chris Cotton came on with the bases loaded and 1 out in the 7th, and he successfully extracted the JetHawks from that situation without allowing any runs. 58% Cotton walked 2 and struck out 4 over 2.1 scoreless innings. Albert Minnis tagged in with 2 outs in the 9th. He issued a walk to load the bases, but got out of the inning by striking out Ronald Guzman. Minnis went 3.1 innings and allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3.

Game 2 will be a late-morning game (well, early afternoon in the Central Time Zone). Joe Musgrove gets the start for this game, which will begin at 11 A.M. Pacific.

Quad Cities 8, Clinton 5

W- Kevin Comer (4-0)
L- Patrick Peterson (4-4)
S- Aaron Greenwood (1)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits continue to do what they've been doing to their opposition all season. They are now 16-2 in the month of May. They held an 8-1 lead, but the Lumberkings mounted a late uprising to cut into that lead.

In the 1st, the Banditos got a couple of runs on a couple of sac flies hit by Nick Tanielu and Ryan Bottger. Sean McMullen grounded into a force out that scored D.J. Fisher in the 3rd. OK, every time D.J. Fisher hit a double in this game, he scored. He finished with 3 doubles in 5 at-bats and scored 3 runs. He scored the first run of the game in the 1st... after doubling. He doubled for the 3rd time in the 5th.... and scored on a Tanielu triple.The Bandits busted out for 4 in the 6th thanks to RBI singles from Tanielu and Kristian Trompiz and a 2-run double by Jamie Ritchie. Bottger, Tanielu, Ritchie, and Mott Hyde had 2 hits apiece.

Francis Martes was the third player in the Jarred Cosart deal (the fourth will be drafted in a few weeks). He made his season debut in this game and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5 over 4 innings of work. Kevin Comer tagged in and went 4.2 innings, allowing 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits, walking 2, and striking out 2. Aaron Greenwood also made his 2015 debut with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 9th. He issued a walk to the first man he faced but was able to close it out by recording his first strikeout of the season.

Akeem Bostick will take the mound tonight. He'll face Lukas Schiraldi at 6:30.

Happy Birthday - 5/20

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

2B Jose Fernandez (22)
Fernandez was born May 20, 1993 in Loma de Cabrera, Dajabon, Dominican Republic and signed with the Astros as an international free agent in July 2009. He is currently playing for the High A Lancaster JetHawks.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, May 18, 2015

El Paso 15, Fresno 9

W- Stephen Kohlscheen (2-1)
L- Jonas Dufek (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Max Stassi (4, 2-run in 4th)

The Grizz held a 9-2 lead after 3.5 innings, but they were completely swamped by the Chihuahuas, who ended up scoring the game's final 13 runs to negate an 8-run 4th from the Grizzlies.

Jon Singleton tripled to lead off the 2nd and scored the Grizzlies' first run on a force out.

Matt Duffy kicked things off in the 4th by clearing the bases with a double. One batter later, Alex Presley brought him home with a single. Max Stassi followed with his 4th home run of the season. Nolan Fontana then hit a single, and Robbie Grossman drove him in with a triple. Carlos Correa capped off the scoring with a sac fly. Everyone in the lineup had a hit; everyone scored a run except for Correa.

Can we just say that the pitching staff struggled and leave it at that, please?

Asher Wojciechowski takes on Robbie Erlin later this morning. Well, morning in El Paso, but after noon in the rest of Texas. First pitch is at 11:05 A.M. Mountain.

Corpus Christi 3, San Antonio 1

W- Brian Holmes (1-0, 3-1 season)
L- Colin Rea (1-2)
S- Mike Hauschild (1)

CC home runs: None.

After an outstanding start to the year at Lancaster, Brian Holmes moved on up to Corpus and shined in his AA debut. The Hooks took the series opener and are now on a 7-game winning streak.

Holmes allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 5 innings of work. Mike Hauschild got the 4-inning save, allowing 2 hits and striking out 2.

Andrew Aplin walked in the 1st, stole 2nd (2, 8 season), and scored the first run of the evening on an error that also allowed Tyler White to reach. The Missions tied the game at 1 in the top of the 3rd, but the Hooks regained the lead with a pair in the bottom of the inning. Aplin scored on a fielder's choice hit by Conrad Gregor, and Tyler Heineman ripped an RBI double. White finished 2-4 to push his average to .342. Jon Kemmer finished 2-4 with a double and stole his first 2 bases of the season.

In game 2 of this series, Vince Velasquez will take on Ryan Butler, who was just promoted from the Cali League. First pitch is at 7:05.

Lancaster 2, Inland Empire 1

W- Edison Frias (5-2)
L- Chris Ellis (2-4)
S- Frederick Tiburcio (3)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks only scored 2 runs in each of the last 2 games, but they fought back to split this series by holding the 66ers to 1 run over the final 2 games.

James Ramsay went 2-4 and scored both of Lancaster's runs. He doubled to lead off the game, advanced to 3rd on a groundout, and scored on a wild pitch. In the 3rd, he hit an infield single and scored on a double from Danry Vásquez. 3 of the JetHawks' 4 hits were doubles; Chase McDonald hit one of his own with 1 out in the 6th.

Edison Frias went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Adrian Houser was the first man out; he allowed a hit, walked 4, and struck out 3 over 2 innings. Tyler Brunnemann pitched 1.1 innings; he inherited 2 runners from Houser in the 8th and quelled that uprising from the 66ers. He allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1. He left 2 runners on for Frederick Tiburcio with 1 out in the 9th, and although he issued a walk, he was able to get the final 2 outs of the game.

The JetHawks return home to begin a 3-game series with High Desert tonight at 6:30 Pacific. Michael Feliz takes the mound.

Quad Cities 14, Clinton 10

W- Eric Peterson (2-0)
L- Rohn Pierce (1-2)

QC home runs: None.

No homers, but Sean McMullen has come alive. After a slow start to his season, McMullen is slashing .385/.442/.718 in May with 2 homers and 11 RBI. He finished 4-6 with 2 doubles, 6 RBI, and 3 runs scored. The best team in baseball negated a 6-run 6th from the Lumberkings with 3 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th.

He grounded into a force out in the 1st, and Jamie Ritchie scored the first run of the evening. Both teams traded 4 runs in the 3rd inning. The Banditos' 4 runs in the frame came on a McMullen double, a Jason Martin single, and an error that allowed Martin and Ryan Bottger to score. They put up 4 more in the 6th as McMullen and Bottger hit RBI singles, and another error allowed Nick Tanielu and McMullen to score.

The 6-run 6th from Clinton gave them a 10-9 lead. The Bandits went down in order in the 7th, but their rally caps worked in the 8th inning. Nottingham hit a 1-out single, and he scored the tying run as McMullen struck yet again with a single. After a Bottger walk loaded the bases, Martin put the Bandits ahead with a 2-run single. McMullen provided some insurance in the 9th by ripping a 2-run double. Tanielu (2B, 2 BB, 4 R), Martin (4 RBI, R), and Nottingham (2B, 2 BB, 3 R) finished with 3 hits apiece.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs (all in the 3rd) on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and fanned 7. Jordan Mills bore the brunt of Clinton's 6-run 6th inning; only 2 of those runs were earned. He allowed 4 hits and walked 1. Eric Peterson was next; he walked 1 and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless, and Reymin Guduan struck out the side in order in the 9th.

Chris Lee would have been the starter for tonight's game... but he was just traded to the Orioles for 2 IFA bonus slots. His replacement will take on Patrick Peterson at 6:30.

Astros Minor League Snapshot: Hitting Standouts

Astros minor league players who have hit .300+ so far this season (100 plate appearances minimum) ...

SS Carlos Correa: .369/.438/.664
OF L.J. Hoes: .346/.431/.505
3B Tyler White: .342/.505/.447
2B/OF Tony Kemp: .339/.444/.394
IF Mott Hyde: .330/.415/.470
C Jacob Nottingham: .320/.397/.583
OF Preston Tucker: .320/.378/.650
OF Alex Presley: .317/.340/.356
OF Domingo Santana: .317/.423/.611
OF Brett Phillips: .313/.361/.524
3B Nick Tanielu: .307/.359/.395
OF Derek Fisher: .306/.394/.532
3B J.D. Davis: 303/.362/.492

These catchers haven't met the minimum plate appearances above, but have all had great starts to their seasons as well ...

C Alfredo Gonzalez: .309/.434/.368 in 84 PA
C Tyler Heineman: .309/.378/.395 in 91 PA
C Roberto Pena: .304/.361/.321 in 62 PA

Also of note are 1B/C Jamie Ritchie with his .438 OBP (.280/.438/.402); OF Sean McMullen with his .560 SLG (.298/.358/.560); and A.J. Reed with his .553 SLG (.265/.381/.553).

In case you missed it, here are some of the pitching standouts (posted yesterday).

Astros Minor League Transactions

More movement in the Astros minor league system ...

5-18  RHP Angel Baez released

5-18  RHP Keegan Yuhl assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
5-18  C Brian Holberton placed on the 7-day DL retroactive to 5-15

5-18  LHP Chris Lee traded to the Orioles for international bonus slots
5-19 RHP Francis Martes assigned to Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
5-19 RHP Aaron Greenwood assigned to Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training

Monday, May 18, 2015

Astros Minor League Snapshot: Pitching Standouts

Checking in on the Astros minor league pitching standouts for the season to date (ERA 3.00 or under and WHIP under 1.200):

RHP Chris Devenski: 0.53 ERA  0.882 WHIP  34IP
RHP Lance McCullers: 0.62 ERA  0.897 WHIP  29IP
RHP Daniel Mengden: 1.07 ERA  1.010 WHIP 33.2IP
RHP Joe Musgrove: 1.30 ERA  1.010 WHIP 34.2IP
LHP Bryan Radziewski: 1.41 ERA  0.969 WHIP 32IP
LHP Brian Holmes: 2.37 ERA  0.923 WHIP 30.1IP
RHP Austin Chrismon: 2.65 ERA  1.147 WHIP 34IP

RELIEVERS (minimum 15IP)
RHP Keegan Yuhl: 0.93 ERA  0.879 WHIP 19.1IP
RHP Ryan Thompson: 1.40 ERA  0.983 WHIP 19.1IP
RHP Travis Ballew: 1.47 ERA  0.927 WHIP 18.1IP
LHP Chris Cotton: 1.54 ERA  1.071 WHIP 23.1IP
RHP Jandel Gustave: 2.25 ERA  1.062 WHIP 16.1IP
RHP Richard Rodriguez: 2.25 ERA  0.893 WHIP 28IP
RHP Tyson Perez: 2.50 ERA  0.778 WHIP 18IP
LHP Albert Minnis: 3.00 ERA  0.867 WHIP 15IP

Also of note: LHP Reymin Guduan joined the Quad Cities team late and doesn't have enough innings to qualify for this list, but he has done extremely well in his first five outings: 0.82 ERA and 0.818 WHIP in 11 innings.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, May 17, 2015

Rockets won! Astros won! Every Astros affiliate won! In the words of Ice Cube...

Fresno 2, El Paso 1 in 11 innings

W- Kevin Chapman (2-2)
L- Jay Jackson (0-2)
S- Tyson Perez (3, 4 season)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizz have taken the first 2 in the series from the Chihuahuas as they got a solid performance from their 4 pitchers.

Dan Straily allowed 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 over 6 shutout innings. Jason Stoffel pitched 2 innings and allowed a game-tying homer to Rymer Liriano in the 7th. That was the only hit he allowed; he walked 1 and struck out 2. Kevin Chapman allowed a hit and fanned 1 in 2 scoreless, and Tyson Perez worked around a hit to finish it off, striking out 1.

Both Grizzlies runs were driven in by Matt Duffy. He grounded into a force out in the 4th that scored Domingo Santana and hit an RBI single in the 11th that would turn out to be the difference. Santana scored both runs. He finished 1-2 with 3 walks. Jon Singleton (BB) and Alex Presley (2B) both finished 2-4.

In game 3 of this series, Alex White will take on James Needy. First pitch is at 6:35 Mountain.

Corpus Christi 5, Frisco 2

W- Chris Devenski (4-0)
L- Kyle Lotzkar (1-4)

CC home runs: Jio Mier (2, solo in 3rd)

That's 6 in a row for the Hooks as they came away with a big road series sweep.

Josh Hader got the start and the one run he allowed in his 4 innings was a solo homer to Drew Robinson in the 4th. Hader allowed 3 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Devo allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 4 over 5 innings. I hope you all noticed the sarcasm oozing from above.

Tony Kemp walked to lead off the game. He advanced to 2nd when Andrew Aplin drew a walk, and they successfully executed a double steal. Kemp stole his 8th, while Aplin swiped his 1st with Corpus and 7th overall. Kemp ended up scoring the first run of the day on a wild pitch from Jose Leclerc. Jio Mier finished 2-3 with a double and cranked a solo shot in the 3rd inning. 

The Roughriders managed to tie the game at 2 in the 6th inning, but the Hooks quickly regained their advantage as Telvin Nash hit an RBI single in the 7th. Conrad Gregor added an RBI single in the 8th, and Tyler White, who was plunked earlier in the frame, scored on a wild pitch. White has a .505 on-base percentage so far this season as he's absolutely runnning amok since the door opened for him due to Colin Moran's injury. 

Corpus will head home to begin a 4-game set against San Antonio. They took 3 of 4 from the Missions last weekend. The Hooks have not announced a starter for game 1 yet. Whoever gets the start will face Colin Rea at 7:05.

Lancaster 2, Inland Empire 0

W- Troy Scribner (2-1)
L- Jordan Kipper (1-2)
S- Chris Cotton (4)

Lancaster home runs: Jack Mayfield (3, 2-run in 4th)

The JetHawks got on the board in this series after a couple of frustrating losses. Troy Scribner and two relievers combined on a 3-hit shutout.

Scribner, who entered the day with an ERA over 6 despite holding opposing batters to a .233 average against him, allowed just 1 hit, walked 2, and struck out 8 over 5 shutout innings. His numbers stand to improve due to his good peripherals. 

Albert Minnis and Chris Cotton pitched 2 innings apiece; both allowed a hit. Minnis walked 2 and struck out 2, while Cotton struck out 1 as he recorded his 4th save of the season.

Jack Mayfield finished 2-3, and his 2-run shot in the 4th inning was the only scoring play of the day. Danry Vásquez went 3-4.

The JetHawks have yet to announce a starter for the series finale. Whoever he is, he'll take on Chris Ellis at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 6, Cedar Rapids 5

W- Ryan Thompson (1-0)
L- Zach Tillery (3-1)
S- Eric Peterson (4)

QC home runs: Sean McMullen (3, 2-run in 6th)

At 29-8, the Banditos have the best mark in all of baseball. They've gone 11-1 in their series this season. 

Jake Nottingham, Nick Tanielu, and Sean McMullen drove in 2 runs apiece. Tanielu opened up the scoring with a sac fly in the 3rd. McMullen finished 2-4, and his 3rd home run of the year tied the game at 3 in the 6th inning. After the Kernels re-took the lead with 2 of their own in the bottom of the 6th, Bobby Boyd led off the 7th with a double. Mott Hyde got on base after getting hit by a pitch, but he was erased on a force out. D.J. Fisher took his spot on the basepaths, and he stole 2nd to take the double play out of the equation. Nottingham, who finished 3-4, tied the game with an RBI single. Tanielu followed with his 2nd sac fly of the day to give the River Bandits a 5-4 lead.

The Kernels tied the game with a run in the 8th, but that tie would be short-lived. Boyd went 3-5; all 3 of his hits were doubles. The third one led off the 9th. He moved over to 3rd on a sac bunt from Hyde. Fisher struck out for the 2nd out, but Nottingham came through in a clutch situation by putting Quad Cities in front with an RBI single. The Sheriff hit a double in the 1st, but Fisher was thrown out at home to end the inning. Fisher stole 2 bases, giving him 5 on the year. 

Josh James was all over the place, but he managed to finish 5 innings. He allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, struck out 1, uncorked 2 wild pitches, and hit 4 batters. Ryan Thompson (he's not The Closer because he did not finish the game, but he did get the win) was the first man out of the bullpen; he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits (solo homer) and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Eric Peterson worked around a hit to close out the game, striking out 1 in the 9th.

The 2nd leg of the River Bandits' roadtrip is a 4-game series in Clinton. Brock Dykxhoorn gets the start in game 1; he'll face Tyler Herb at 6:30.

Happy Birthday - 5/17

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LHP Edwin Villarroel (20)
Villarroel was born May 18, 1995 in El Callao, Bolivar, Venezuela, and was signed by the Astros in July 2011. Villarroel played in the Dominican Summer League in 2014 for his third season.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, May 16, 2015

I believe that the 43 innings on Saturday is the high-water mark in terms of innings played in the Astros system this season.

Fresno 5, El Paso 2

W- Richard Rodriguez (3-0)
L- Nick Vincent (1-1)
S- Jordan Jankowski (1)

Fresno home runs: Domingo Santana (8, solo in 6th)

The Grizz used a 3-run 7th to take the opener of the 2nd leg of their roadtrip.

Domingo's homer in the 6th put them on the board and tied the game at 1. With runners on the corners and 2 outs, Jon Singleton hit a ball back to El Paso pitcher Chris Rearick, who wound up botching the play, and as a result, Robbie Grossman and Carlos Correa scored, giving the Grizzlies a 3-1 lead. One batter later, Matt Duffy ripped an RBI double, one of his 2 hits on the evening.

Mr. Correa has recorded a hit in each of his first 5 games at the AAA level; this was his 2nd consecutive multi-hit effort as he finished 3-5 with 2 doubles, one of which drove in a run in the 9th inning, and a stolen base, his first in AAA and 16th of the season. Unfortunately, his perfect record on stolen base attempts is no more after he was caught stealing 3rd after his RBI double. Domingo and Alex Presley both finished 2-4.

Tommy Shirley allowed a run (well, had an inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 8 over 4.2 innings. Richard Rodriguez was nails, although he did allow one of the runners he inherited from Shirley in a bases-loaded situation to score. He allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 2.1 innings. Darin Downs worked around a hit batter to throw a scoreless 8th, but was taken deep by Brett Wallace to begin the bottom of the 9th and then gave up a single after getting the first out of the inning. Jordan Jankowski came on and finished it off, striking out Rocky Gale for out #2 and getting Ramiro Peña to fly out to end it.

Game 2 of this series is at 1:05 Mountain. Dan Straily will take on Jason Lane.

Corpus Christi 15, Frisco 14 in 12 innings

W- Travis Ballew (3-1)
L- Cody Ege (0-1)
S- Jandel Gustave (5)

CC home runs: Tyler White (2, 2-run in 6th)

29 runs, 40 hits, 2 errors, 4 hours, 29 minutes. All of that adds up to a Hooks series win as they withstood 4 Frisco home runs.

Um.... where do I even start? Through 6 innings, the difference was a 2-run 3rd inning for the Roughriders. Both teams traded 2 in the 1st, 1 in the 2nd, 2 in the 5th, and 6 in the 6th. At that point, the Hooks trailed 13-11.

Let me try something different here...

1st inning: Jio Mier RBI double, Andrew Aplin RBI triple
2nd inning: Leo Heras scored on a passed ball.
5th inning: Conrad Gregor RBI groundout, Telvin Nash RBI single
6th inning: Teoscar Hernandez and Jio Mier RBI singles, Tyler White 2-run homer (2), Andrew Aplin 2-run triple
7th inning: Tony Kemp RBI double
8th inning: Conrad Gregor RBI single ties the game at 13.

Everyone in the lineup had a hit. Chan-Jong Moon, who entered the game as a substitution following Tony Kemp's ejection, did not appear at the plate. The 23 hits is one shy of a Hooks record. Aplin led the way by finishing 4-5 with his 2 triples and 3 runs scored. Leo Heras also finished 4-5; he scored 3 runs and stole his 6th base of the season. Jio (2 RBI singles, 4 R, SB [3]), Kemp (2B, RBI, R; ejected in 11th), and White (2B, 2-R HR [2]. 2 R) had 3 hits apiece.

Kyle Westwood went 5 innings and allowed 7 runs on 10 hits (solo and 2 2-run homers) and struck out 2. Angel Báez was the first man out, but he failed to record an out in the 6th. He allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits (3-run homer) and walked 2. Juan Minaya got credit for the 6th inning; he allowed 2 runs of his own on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Dan Minor was next, and he ended up restoring some order to this game as he threw 2 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 1. Travis Ballew struck out 3 over 3 perfect frames. Jandel Gustave got himself in a bit of a jam in the 12th as he attempted to nail down the save; the Roughriders got 1 off of him in the inning to make it a 1-run game. However, he got Joey Gallo to ground into a force out to end the game. Gustave allowed a run on an RBI single and walked 2.

The Hooks will look to sweep the series as Josh Hader faces Jose Leclerc at 4:05.

Inland Empire 3, Lancaster 2

W- Trevor Foss (1-0)
L- Evan Grills (1-4)

Lancaster home runs: Jose Fernandez (3, solo in 7th)

Ugh. Sadly, the 66ers got to Evan Grills in the 9th and walked off with the win. That's the 3rd straight loss for the JetHawks, and all of them have been by 1 run. Actually, their last 4 losses have been by 1 run.

Jose Fernandez scored both Lancaster runs; he tripled to lead off the 5th inning and trotted home with the game's first run on a Brett Phillips double. He drove himself in with his 3rd home run of the season, which led off the top of the 7th inning. Those were his 2 hits; Chase McDonald and Brett Phillips also had 2-hit nights. Danry Vásquez drew a walk to lead off the 4th and ended up stealing his way to 3rd, but he was stranded there. Danry now has 6 swipes. Phillips also stole his 4th base of the season, while James Ramsay stole his 3rd.

Bryan Radziewski allowed 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3 over 5 shutout innings. Evan Grills cruised through 3 innings; prior to the 9th, the only baserunner against him reached on an error in the 7th. But..... the wheels fell off for him in the 9th as he allowed a walk-off bases-clearing double with 1 out. Grills allowed 2 singles to the first 2 batters he faced in the 9th, and the 1 walk he issued also came in the 9th. That walk came after he got Kody Eaves, a product of Pasadena Memorial High School, to pop out for the first out. And then.... the double happened. Grills struck out 3 in 3.1 innings.

Too long, didn't read: Baseball is unbelivably cruel.

In game 3 of this series, Troy Scribner takes on Jordan Kipper. First pitch is at 2:05 Pacific.

Cedar Rapids 4, Quad Cities 3 in 13 innings

W- Randy LeBlanc (3-0)
L- Jordan Mills (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

All good things must come to an end, part 2: The River Bandits saw their 10-game road winning streak go by the wayside.

Jamie Ritchie went 2-5, and his 2-run double put the Banditos on the board in the 3rd and gave them a 2-1 lead. Kristian Trompiz drove in the other Quad Cities run with an RBI triple in the 7th. Thomas Lindauer and Jake Nottingham both doubled, both scored a run, and they both finished with 2 hits.

Austin Chrismon allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and walked 1 over 5 innings. Dan Mengden allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 4 scoreless; his scoreless streak now stands at 25 innings. Reymin Guduan threw 3 more scoreless innings, allowing a hit and walking 1. The Kernels got the winning run off of Jordan Mills on an RBI single with 1 out in the 13th. Mills allowed a double to lead off the inning.

Josh James will face Jared Wilson in the series finale. First pitch is at 2:05.

Happy Birthday - 5/17

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RHP Jordan Jankowski (26)
Jankowski was born May 17, 1989 in McMurray, Pennsylvania, and was drafted by Houston in the 34th round in 2012 out of Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. He is currently pitching out of the bullpen for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies.

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