Saturday, June 27, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, June 26, 2015

Late-inning heroics in Reno, while Alex Bregman made the jump into pro ball.

Fresno 4, Reno 1

W- Tyson Perez (1-2)
L- Jhoulys Chacín (1-1)

Fresno home runs: None.

For 8 innings, the Grizzlies had nothing going for them on offense. What's that saying again? Better late than never?

All 4 of their runs came in the top of the 9th inning. Jonathan Villar kicked things off with a double with 1 out in the inning. One batter later, Alex Presley tied the game with an RBI triple. Matt Duffy followed by giving Fresno the lead with an RBI single. Later, Robbie Grossman added a 2-run single for insurance. Villar and Grossman finished with 2 hits apiece.

Mike Hauschild pitched 6+ innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. He left 2 runners on in the 7th for Kevin Chapman, who issued a walk, but got out of the inning without conceding any runs. He struck out 1. Tyson Perez struck out 2 over 2 perfect frames to earn the win.

Next up is a day-night doubleheader. Game 1 will be at 1:05 Pacific, and Mark Appel will make his AAA debut as he goes up against Gabriel Arias. Dan Straily will take on Justin Marks in game 2, which begins at 7:05 Pacific.

Frisco 10, Corpus Christi 8

W- Jefri Hernandez (1-0)
L- Travis Ballew (3-2)
S- David Martinez (8)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks battled back from a 6-0 deficit and scored 5 after stretch time to take an 8-6 lead.... only to see the Roughriders steal the lead back with 4 in the top of the 9th.

Brett Phillips got on the board in the 5th as he ripped a 2-run triple. He wound up scoring on a passed ball. In the 7th, Tyler White hit an RBI single, and an error allowed Maverick and Colin Moran to both score. Jon Kemmer added a sac fly, and Danry Vásquez hit an RBI single.

Kyle Westwood went 4.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 10 hits (9 singles and a double), walked 1, and struck out 2. R.J. Alaniz was the first man out; he went 3.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits (3-run homer that allowed the 2 runners he inherited from Westwood to score) and struck out 3. Travis Ballew got the final 2 outs of the 9th, but, in addition to allowing the 2 runners he inherited from Alaniz to score, he allowed 2 runs (1 earned), a triple, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Adrian Houser will get the start in game 3 of this series. He'll face Frank Lopez at 7:05.

Lancaster 8, Bakersfield 1

W- Austin Chrismon (2-1, 6-2 season)
L- Eddie Campbell (3-3)
S- Dan Mengden (1)

Lancaster home runs: A.J. Reed (19, 2-run in 1st)

The JetHawks scored in the first 5 innings and fine mound performances from Austin Chrismon and Dan Mengden to get the win.

A.J. Reed opened things up with a bang as he whacked a 2-run home run in the 1st inning, his 19th homer of the year. The JetHawks got RBI singles in the 2nd and 3rd from Ronnie Mitchell and Alfredo Gonzalez, respectively. In the 4th inning, Marc Wik stole 2nd, and on the ensuing errant throw, Mitchell scored. Mitchell struck again in the 5th as responded to a bases-loaded situation by ripping a 2-run double. Mott Hyde drove in the final run of the evening with a sac fly. Mitchell (2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, R), Reed (2-R HR, 2 R), and Chase McDonald (BB, R) finished with 2 hits apiece.

Austin Chrismon went 5 innings and allowed a run on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Dan Mengden finished it off as he walked 2 and struck out 5 over the final 4 innings.

In game 3 of this series, Bryan Radziewski will face Dan Altavilla. First pitch is at 7:45 Pacific.

Quad Cities 4, Cedar Rapids 3 in 10 innings

W- Eric Peterson (4-3)
L- Randy LeBlanc (5-1)
S- Angel Heredia (2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos offense took a little time to get going, but they got off the ground late and got on the board in this series with an extra-inning win.

The big story coming out of the Midwest League was Alex Bregman. The #2 overall pick decided to hit the ground running after signing, and the Astros obliged by sending him to the River Bandits. He served as the DH in his pro debut and hit 2nd. He finished 1-5.

Jamie Ritchie put Quad Cities on the board with an RBI groundout in the 7th. Bobby Boyd came through in a big situation with a 2-run single in the 8th that tied the game at 3. Ramon Laureano hit a 1-out triple in the 10th, and Kristian Trompiz put them ahead with a sac fly. Jason Martin finished 3-5, while Nick Tanielu (R), Laureano (3B, R), and Boyd (3B, 2 RBI, R) all went 2-5.

Josh James went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. Also making his pro debut was 7th-rounder Michael Freeman. He allowed a run, a hit, and walked 1 in 2 innings. Eric Peterson pitched 2 innings and allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2. Angel Heredia struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 10th to finish things off.

In the series finale, Brock Dykxhoorn will face Keaton Steele at 6:35.

Staten Island 7, Tri-City 4

W- Sean Carley (1-1)
L- Yeyfry Del Rosario (2-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats scored 4 in the 2nd to take the lead, but the Yankees scored 5 unanswered to take this one.

Cesar Carrasco cleared the bases with a double, and he came around to score on a bunt single from Keach Ballard that reached the outfield.

Dean Deetz went 3.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Joselo Pinales got the final out of the 4th. Agapito Barrios was next; he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless. Yeyfry Del Rosario allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits and struck out 2, and Zach Davis allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings.

Harold Arauz will look to bounce back from a rough first start as he takes the mound in the series finale. He'll face Ethan Carnes at 7:00 Eastern.

Danville 4, Greeneville 0 in 8.5 innings

W- Stephen Moore (1-0)
L- Alejandro Solarte (0-1)
S- Sean McLaughlin (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

This game was called with 2 outs in the top of the 9th due to lightning. Danville got the breakthrough late as they scored 1 in the 8th and added 3 more in the 9th.

Connor Goedert went 2-2 with a double. Osvaldo Duarte, Myles Straw, and Aaron Mizell recorded the other hits.

Salvador Montaño had a solid 2015 debut as he allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5 over 5 shutout innings. Brandon Culbreth allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless. This was his first appearance for the organization since August 28, 2013. The Braves got to Alejandro Solarte for their 4 runs, which he allowed in 1.2 innings. Only one of them was earned, however. Solarte allowed 6 hits and struck out 2. Juan Delis was supposed to come on, but lightning nixed that plan.

Erasmo Pinales will be on the mound for the Appy Astros in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Pirates 4, GCL Astros 2

W- Gerardo Navarro (1-0)
L- Luis Ramirez (0-2)
S- Jen-Lei Liao (1)

GCL home runs: None.

It's been tough sledding in the early going for the Kissimmee Stros. Both teams got runs in the 2nd and the 3rd innings, but it was the Pirates that had the final say in this one.

Jared Cruz hit an RBI single in the 2nd, and Frankeny Fernandez was credited with an RBI after an error allowed Vicente Sanchez to score in the 3rd.

Carlos Sanabria went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Starlyng Sanchez struck out 1 over 2 perfect frames. Luis Ramirez allowed 2 runs on 6 hits in 3 innings, and Lachlan Madden threw a 1-2-3 9th, striking out 1.

The GCLstros are in Bradenton to take on these very same Pirates. The game will start shortly.

DSL Indians 7, DSL Astros Blue 3

W- Jean Carlos Mejia (2-1)
L- Felipe Tejada (0-1)
S- Ramon Tineo (1)

Blue home runs: None.

Well, the best team in the DSL got swept by the last-place team in their division. It happens....

Their 3 runs came in the 9th as Andy Piñeda drew a bases-loaded walk, Cristopher Luciano hit a sac fly, and Ozziel Sanchez-Galan scored on a wild pitch. Jose Benjamin finished 2-3. They drew 11 walks, but they couldn't take advantage of the free baserunners.

Felipe Tejada went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (all on a 3-run homer) on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 6. Luis Castro allowed 3 runs (2 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits and walked 2 in 1+ inning. Luidin Toribio pitched 2.1 innings and allowed a run, a hit, walked 3, and struck out 2. Jacques Sambo got the final 2 outs of the 9th, striking out 1.

The Blue team is currently at the Royals complex.

DSL Angels 13, DSL Astros Orange 7

W- Raymundo Gonzalez (3-3)
L- Ezequiel Madera (0-1)
S- Jefry Yan (1)

Orange home runs: Hector Martinez (2, 2-run in 2nd), Randy Vasquez (1, solo in 8th)

Well, the Orange team held a 6-0 lead after the 5th, but the Angels went off on a 13-1 run to close the game.

Hector Martinez opened the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 2nd and later added an RBI groundout in the 4th. Brandon Benavente laid down a sacrifice bunt, and on the ensuing error, Miguelangel Sierra scored. Felix Lucas later added a sac fly. Sierra hit a sac fly in the 5th. Randy Vasquez connected for his first career homer in the 8th. Juan Fuente went 2-5 with a double and a run scored.

Bryan Abreu kicked things off with a fantastic start as he allowed 2 hits and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Unfortunately, his effort was kicked to the wayside as the bullpen couldn't back him up. Let's just leave it at that.

The Orange team is currently taking on the Rangers 1.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Help Wanted!

I need help! But then if you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you probably already know that. I'm looking for someone who could help out by writing a weekly link post, gathering up interesting columns, interviews and profiles about the Astros minor league teams and their players. The schedule would be totally up to you and, if you like writing and have some great ideas for posts about Astros MiLB land, you would certainly be welcome to participate in that way as well.

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Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thursday's slate marked the first time that every team in the Houston Astros organization, from the Major League club all the way down to the 2 Dominican Summer League clubs, was in action.

Sacramento 7, Fresno 5

W- Matt Cain (1-2)
L- Brady Rodgers (5-4)
S- Erik Cordier (5)

Fresno home runs: Jon Singleton 2 (17; 2-run in 4th, 2-run in 8th), Andrew Aplin (2, solo in 7th)

The Grizz dropped the series to their former Major League overlords as their homers weren't enough.

All 5 Fresno runs were the product of home runs. Jon Singleton whacked a couple of 2-run shots, and the other was a solo homer from Andrew Aplin.

Brady Rodgers went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 10 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 2. James Hoyt was the first man out; he allowed 3 runs (1 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 2 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3. Jose Veras allowed 2 hits in 1.2 innings, and Jason Stoffel threw a 1-2-3 9th.

The Grizzlies will now kick off a roadtrip. First up is 5 in Reno, which includes a doubleheader on Saturday. In game 1, Mike Hauschild will get the start. He'll face Jhoulys Chacín at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 3, Frisco 1

W- Brian Holmes (2-2, 4-3 season)
L- Cody Bell (2-8)
S- Jandel Gustave (9)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks took game 1 of this series thanks to a fine performance from 3 relievers who held the Roughriders hitless over the final 3.2 innings.

Brian Holmes got the start and in 5.1 innings, the only run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Alex Burg. He allowed 4 other hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Aaron West tagged in and struck out 2 over 2 perfect innings. Chris Cotton got 2 outs in the 8th, striking out 1. It got a bit hairy as Jandel Gustave issued 2 walks in the 9th, but he averted disaster and secured the win.

Jon Kemmer went 2-4 and opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd. Later in the inning, Tyler White added a sac fly. Chan-Jong Moon doubled to lead off the 7th, advanced to 3rd on a Brett Phillips groundout, and scored on a balk. Phillips, in his AA debut, started in CF and went 0-3 from the #2 spot in the order.

In game 2 of this series, Kyle Westwood will face Jose Leclerc. First pitch (as always) is at 7:05.

Lancaster 8, Bakersfield 6 in 10 innings

W- Kevin Comer (1-2, 6-3 season)
L- Emilio Pagán (2-6)
S- Reymin Guduan (4)

Lancaster home runs: J.D. Davis (11, solo in 10th), James Ramsay (7, solo in 10th)

The JetHawks opened up the 2nd half with a win in Bakersfield's New Deal-era ballpark as they withstood a 5-run 3rd inning from the Blaze. J.D. Davis and James Ramsay hit back-to-back solo shots in the first extra frame to put the JetHawks in front.

D.J. Fisher finished 2-5 and put Lancaster on the board first with a 2-run single in the 3rd inning. He'd come around to score on an A.J. Reed RBI single. The Blaze put up 5 to take the lead, but it would be short-lived as the JetHawks responded with a pair in the 4th: Mott Hyde hit an RBI groundout, and Jose Fernandez scored on a wild pitch. Lancaster re-took the lead in the 5th on an RBI infield single from Ronnie Mitchell. Bakersfield got 1 in the 7th to tie the game at 6, and that's where both teams stood heading into extras. Reed grounded out to begin the 10th, but J.D. Davis and James Ramsay would be the heroes late as their solo homers off of Emilio Pagán put the JetHawks in the lead. Reed and Mitchell joined Fisher in finishing 2-5.

Edison Frias allowed 5 unearned runs on 7 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 4 in 4.2 innings. Andrew Walter allowed a hit and got the final out of the 5th with a K. Kevin Comer went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on a groundout, a single, walked 1, and struck out 3. Reymin Guduan worked around a hit and a walk to close out the game; he struck out the side in the 10th.

In game 2 of this series, Austin Chrismon will take on Eddie Campbell. First pitch is at 7:45 Pacific.

Cedar Rapids 4, Quad Cities 3

W- Luke Bard (5-0)
L- Jorge Perez (1-1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos let this one slip away late as the Kernels scored all 4 of their runs in the final 2 innings.

Jake Nottingham opened up the scoring with an RBI groundout in the 1st. Ramon Laureano ripped an RBI triple in the 2nd. After Cedar Rapids scored 3 in the 8th to take the lead, Thomas Lindauer hit an RBI single in the 9th to tie the game at 3. However, that tie was short-lived, as the Kernels walked off with the win. Lindauer finished 2-3.

Justin Ferrell allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 4 shutout innings. Jordan Mills worked around 2 hits to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out 1. Jorge Perez went 3.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and struck out 2.

Josh James will get the start in game 3 of this series. He'll go up against Ethan Mildren at 6:35.

Tri-City 6, Staten Island 0

W- Trent Thornton (1-0)
L- Luis Cedeño (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats emerged victorious in their first game at The Joe as 4 pitchers combined to throw a 1-hitter.

David Paulino walked 2 and struck out 6 over 4.1 shutout innings. Zach Davis inherited 2 runners, but got the final 2 outs of the 5th without incident. Trent Thornton allowed the only hit and struck out 4 in 3 innings of work, and Juan Carlos Santos worked around 2 walks to finish the game, striking out 1.

Keach Ballard went 2-4 and kicked things off with a 2-run single in the 2nd inning. One batter later, Johnny Sewald added an RBI single. Sewald, who finished 3-4 with a steal (4), hit another RBI single in the 4th, and added a sac fly in the 6th. Pat Porter scored the final run of the evening on a wild pitch in the 8th. He scored 2 runs, and so did Dex McCall, who went 2-4 with a double. Kolbey Carpenter finished 2-4 with a run scored.

In game 2 of this series, Dean Deetz will take on Matt Borens. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 2, Bristol 1 in 12 innings

W- Cris Santamaria (1-0)
L- Dan Urbina (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Osvaldo Duarte (1, solo in 1st)

One night after walking off with a 2-1 loss in extras, the Appy Astros walked off with a 2-1 win in extras in their home opener.

Osvaldo Duarte scored the first run and the last run of the game: He led off the bottom of the 1st with the first home run of his career and scored the winning run in the 12th on a sac fly from Arturo Michelena after drawing a walk with 1 out in the inning.

Brian Peña went 2-5, while Kevin Martir and Myles Straw hit doubles. Aaron Mizell stole his 3rd base of the season.

Albert Abreu opened up with 3 scoreless. He allowed 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Makay Nelson, Chris Murphy, and Zac Grotz pitched 2 innings apiece; Nelson allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 2, Murphy allowed 2 hits and struck out 3, and Grotz allowed a hit and struck out 2. Jacob Dorris went 2.2 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. He got into a bit of a jam in the 12th, but Cris Santamaria got him out of it by getting the final out of the inning.

Greeneville will be home for the weekend. Tonight, they welcome the Danville Braves to Pioneer Park. Salvador Montaño will get the start for the Appy Astros; first pitch is at 7:00 Eastern. A lanky lefty, Montaño struck out 87 in the Dominican Summer League last year, the 2nd-highest total in all of the DSL.

GCL Yankees2 10, GCL Astros 2

W- Daris Vargas (1-0)
L- Enrique Chavez (0-1, 2-1 season)

GCL home runs: None.

Many of these kids on the GCL squad are new arrivals from the DSL, and they're getting a rather rude welcome from the Gulf Coast League.

The Kissimmee Stros' only 2 runs came in the 6th, as Kyle Tucker hit a single, and an error on the play allowed Joan Mauricio and Jonathan Matute to score. Mauricio stole his first base of the season.

Enrique Chavez went 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (solo homer) and walked 1. Junior Alberto Garcia, who is not related to the Junior Garcia currently in Greeneville, allowed a run on 2 hits in the 4th. Diogenes Almengo pitched 1.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits and struck out 1. Adonis Peña allowed a run on 2 hits in 1.1 innings. Gerald Benzant got 1 out in the 8th and allowed a run, a single, and walked 3. Carlos Hiraldo got the final 2 outs of the 8th.

The Kissimmee Stros will host the Pirates later today. First pitch is at noon Eastern.

DSL Indians 7, DSL Astros Blue 4

W- Hector Figueroa (2-0)
L- Hansel Paulino (1-1)
S- Alejandro Izaguirre (2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team was undone by 6 errors.

They scored 2 in the 2nd as Carlos Canelon was plunked with the bases loaded, and Andy Piñeda hit a sac fly. Cristopher Luciano scored on an error in the 3rd. Luciano scored again in the 9th, this time on a wild pitch. Angel De Leon went 2-3 with 2 walks and a run scored. Andy Piñeda stole his 15th base of the season.

Jorge Guzman went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits and struck out 4. Hansel Paulino pitched 3 innings and allowed 6 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits and struck out 2. Cristofer Melendez worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th.

These teams are playing again today.

DSL Angels 5, DSL Astros Orange 4 in 11 innings


W- Jorge Tavarez (2-2)
L- Gabriel Pirela (1-4)

Orange home runs: Felix Lucas (2, 2-run in 9th)

The Orange team couldn't hold off a late rally from the Angels and walked off with the loss.

Marcos Almonte scored the first run of the game on a double play in the 4th inning. He hit an RBI single in the 8th to break a 1-1 tie. Felix Lucas extended the lead with a 2-run homer in the 9th, his 2nd of the season. Randy Vasquez finished 2-5, while Juan Fuente went 3-4 with a run scored and 4 stolen bases (9).

Juan Robles allowed an unearned run, a hit, walked 2, and struck out 9 in 5 innings. Juan Cuevas allowed 3 runs (2 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits and struck out 3 in 3.1 innings. Gabriel Pirela went 2 innings (the Angels scored the winning run with 1 out in the 11th) and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.

These teams are playing again today.

Happy Birthday - 6/26

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

RHP Ryan Thompson (23)
Thompson was born in Turner, Oregon on June 26, 1992, and was drafted by the Astros in the 23rd round in 2014 out of Campbell University (Buies Creek, North Carolina). He is currently playing for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits team.


Ryan Thompson - July 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

WTHB Under-the-Radar Roster Update

It has been a while since we've checked in on the WTHB Under-the-Radar Roster. Let's take a look at their progress.

Kyle Westwood - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

STARTING PITCHERS:

7-1 with 1 save in 13 games (9 starts) for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
1.23 ERA and 0.955 WHIP in 66 IP (16 BB:55 SO)

Devenski had one rough outing last week and literally doubled his total of earned runs for the season from four to eight before bouncing back with a more Devenski-like outing this week. He has been lights out all season, but apparently he will need to obtain compromising pictures of Jeff Luhnow with a goat in order to receive a promotion. That he has been passed over time and again is, to me, inexplicable.

3-5 in 12 games (8 starts) for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
6.55 ERA and 1.545 WHIP in 44 IP (14 BB:35 SO)

Grills is still struggling at The Hangar, Lancaster's home ballpark, where he has a 9.55 ERA and a 1.985 WHIP as compared to a 3.63 ERA and a 1.119 WHIP on the road. He is currently on the DL.

1-2 with 2 saves in 5 games (3 starts) for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits and 8 games (6 starts) for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks (promoted on 5/8)
3.14 ERA and 1.291 WHIP in 57.1 IP (19 BB:33 SO)

Radziewski has been struggling somewhat with a tough June and will be looking to turn things around as he comes back from the All-Star break.

RHP Troy Scribner
2-3 in 13 games (9 starts) for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
5.40 ERA and 1.463 WHIP in 53.1 IP (30 BB:61 SO)

Scribner is another pitcher who hopes to benefit from the All-Star break as he puts a couple of rough June outings in the rearview mirror.

5-3 with 3 saves in 13 games (7 starts) for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
4.13 ERA and 1.376 WHIP in 56.2 IP (11 BB:28 SO)

On the other hand, June has been very good to Kyle Westwood (2.79 ERA and 1.138 WHIP in four appearances).

STARTING RESERVES:

6-2 with 1 save in 10 games (8 starts) for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks and 2 games (2 starts) for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies (promoted 6/14)
3.41 ERA and 1.269 WHIP in 60.2 IP (12 BB:42 SO)

LHP Brian Holmes
3-3 with 1 save in 7 games (4 starts) for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks and 6 games (5 starts) for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks (promoted 5/18)
2.61 ERA and 1.091 WHIP in 58.2 IP (20 BB:72 SO)

BULLPEN:

3-0 with 2 saves in 25 appearances for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
4.32 ERA and 1.272 WHIP in 41.2 IP (15 BB:50 SO)

RHP Jordan Jankowski
3-2 with 1 save in 29 appearances for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies
4.01 ERA and 1.782 WHIP in 33.2 IP (20 BB:37 SO)

Jankowski appears to have finally gotten his walks under control (3 in 9 appearances in June vs. 11 in 10 appearances in May), but hasn't quite put all of the pieces together in his time at AAA yet.

2-1 in 11 appearances for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks and 11 appearances for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies (promoted 5/23)
2.67 ERA and 1.154 WHIP in 30.1 IP (7 BB:27 SO)

RHP Tyson Perez
0-2 with 6 saves in 3 appearances for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks and 22 appearances for the AAA Fresno Grizzles (promoted 4/21)
2.15 ERA and 0.784 WHIP in 29.1 IP (6 BB:20 SO)

Perez has been Mr. Consistent out of the bullpen since his promotion to Corpus Christi last season. He has carried last year's success forward quite nicely.

RHP Eric Peterson
3-3 with 4 saves in 16 appearances for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
3.45 ERA and 1.500 WHIP in 28.2 IP (13 BB:36 SO)

Peterson has not gotten regular work thus far in June and the rust has shown.

3-1 in 11 games (7 starts) for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies
3.07 ERA and 1.049 WHIP in 41 IP (11 BB:37 SO)

I originally listed Shirley as a reliever on this roster because he has been used as both a starter and a reliever; however, his last three appearances were in a starting capacity. Unfortunately, those three outings were followed by a stint on the DL. He has not pitched since May 29th.

1-2 with 2 saves in 21 appearances for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
3.94 ERA and 1.395 WHIP in 29.2 IP (9 BB:32 SO)

BULLPEN RESERVES:

1-2 with 1 save in 6 appearances for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits and 13 appearances for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks (promoted first of May)
3.81 ERA and 1.231 WHIP in 26 IP (9 BB:30 SO)

Let's just say that Minnis didn't have a very good month of June so far and leave it at that.

RHP Daniel Minor - Released
0-1 in 7 appearances for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
3.48 ERA and 1.355 WHIP in 10.1 IP (7 BB:8 SO)
Minor was the victim of the depth of the Astros minor league system. There simply weren't enough innings to go around (particularly when the starting rotation was performing well), and Minor found himself to be the odd man out. He has since joined the Independent League Laredo Lemurs in the American Association.

CATCHERS:

Tyler Heineman S/R
.306/.350/.374 in 22 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks and 16 games for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies (promoted 5/22)
10-2B; 13 RBI; 1 SB; 9 BB; 7 SO
44% Caught Stealing (10 SB; 8 CS)

Heineman has only struck out once in 16 games for Fresno and only 7 times all season.

Alfredo Gonzalez R/R
.346/.430/.434 in 13 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits and 24 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks (promoted on 5/7)
4-2B; 1-3B; 2 HR; 22 RBI; 3 SB; 1CS; 19 BB; 27 SO
60% Caught Stealing (10 SB; 15 CS)

Gonzalez is definitely among the top 5 best players in the system that nobody's heard of. Start paying attention to him!

CATCHING RESERVES:

Jacob Nottingham R/R
.330/.387/.560 in 56 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
18-2B; 1-3B; 10 HR; 44 RBI; 1 SB; 1 CS; 16 BB; 48 SO
52% Caught Stealing (14 SB; 15 CS)

Nottingham is on fire at the plate! His Midwest League All-Star selection was well deserved.

INFIELDERS:

1B/3B Matt Duffy R/R
.278/.331/.437 in 62 games for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies
13-2B; 1-3B; 8 HR; 53 RBI; 1 SB; 16 BB; 47 SO

Duffy started off the season a little slowly, but appears to be in full Duffy mode now. He is hitting .296/.358/.481 through 20 games in June.

1B/DH Chase McDonald R/R
.278/.347/.521 in 45 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
14-2B; 9 HR; 27 RBI; 1 SB; 18 BB; 61 SO

Following a disappointing May, McDonald is back with a hot bat in June.

3B Nick Tanielu R/R
.298/.346/.400 in 57 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
12-2B; 2-3B; 2 HR; 30 RBI; 2 CS; 17 BB; 36 SO

Another Midwest League All-Star, Tanielu has been solid all season.

SS/2B Mott Hyde R/R
.296/.379/.417 in 50 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits and 12 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks (promoted 6/9)
21-2B; 2-3B; 1 HR; 29 RBI; 4 SB; 4 CS; 30 BB; 45 SO

Hyde was also an All-Star, but his promotion to Lancaster kept him from participating in this week's Midwest League All-Star game.

2B/SS Kristian Trompiz R/R
.249/.276/.383 in 56 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
11-2B; 2-3B; 4 HR; 21 RBI; 1 SB; 1 CS; 7 BB; 45 SO

Trompiz is almost two and a half years younger than the average Midwest League position player and it has shown at times.

IF Joe Sclafani S/R
.254/.355/.299 in 38 games for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies and 3 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks (currently at Fresno)
2-2B; 2-3B; 10 RBI; 1 SB; 1 CS; 19 BB; 21 SO

Sclafani was hitting better from the right earlier in the season, but now he seems to favor the left (.274/.365/.321).

INFIELD RESERVES:

3B/1B Tyler White R/R
.281/.411/.416 in 55 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
6-2B; 6HR; 36 RBI; 1 SB; 38 BB; 31 SO

SS/2B Chan Moon S/R
.261/.335/.363 in 17 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks, 30 games for AA Corpus Christi and 2 games for AAA Fresno (currently at Corpus Christi)
8-2B; 1-3B; 2 HR; 16 RBI; 14 SB; 2 CS; 18 BB; 33 SO

James Ramsay - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

OUTFIELD:

LF/RF Brandon Meredith R/R (on the DL)
.268/.355/.415 in 33 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
4-2B; 1-3B; 4 HR; 21 RBI; 2 SB: 4 CS; 16 BB; 27 SO

Meredith last played on June 4th and is currently on the DL.

RF/LF Ronnie Mitchell L/L
.232/.349/.419 in 47 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
9-2B; 1-3B; 6 HR; 18 RBI; 1 SB; 2 CS; 29 BB; 38 SO

Mitchell had a very forgettable month of May, but has been bouncing back in June. He has vastly improved his OBP from May (.293) to June (.423) by drastically cutting down on his strikeouts.

CF/LF Bobby Boyd L/R
.266/.321/.332 in 57 games for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits
10-2B; 2-3B; 16 RBI; 13 SB; 6 CS; 17 BB; 57 SO

CF/RF James Ramsay L/L
.309/.364/.466 in 61 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
15-2B; 1-3B; 6 HR; 32 RBI; 5 SB; 4 CS; 21 BB; 44 SO

Ramsay has had a dramatic turnaround at the plate since last we checked in with him. He has been hitting in excess of .330 since getting through his subpar April.

OF/IF Marc Wik L/R
.250/.396/.384 in 36 games for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks
4-2B; 1-3B; 3 HR; 14 RBI; 5 SB; 1 CS; 26 BB; 40 SO

Wik has been doing a good Luis Valbuena impression in May. In 12 games, he has 8 hits (.205 batting average), but 6 of those hits were for extra bases (.538 slugging percentage).

OUTFIELD RESERVES:

RF/LF Jon Kemmer L/L
.316/.392/.535 in 45 games for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks
7-2B; 9 HR; 30 RBI; 2 SB; 1 CS; 16 BB; 46 SO

Kemmer also had a slow start to his season, but has turned that around dramatically, hitting .397/.435/.635 so far in June (18 games).

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

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Corpus Christi gets in the win column for the first time in the 2nd half.

Sacramento 2, Fresno 0

W- Nik Turley (2-2)
L- Jake Buchanan (3-2)
S- Mike Broadway (6)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies' bats went silent as they were kept off the scoreboard.

All they got were 2 singles from Alex Presley and Joe Sclafani. Tony Kemp's 25-game hitting streak came to an end.

Jake Buchanan went 5.2 innings and allowed a run on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Richard Rodriguez was the first man out and allowed a hit in 1.1 innings. Jordan Jankowski worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 2, and Tyson Perez allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in the 9th.

In the series finale, Brady Rodgers will take on Matt Cain. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 8, San Antonio 3

W- Joe Musgrove (2-0, 9-1 season)
L- Bryan Rodriguez (3-9)

CC home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (7, solo in 1st), Tyler White (6, 2-run in 3rd), Jon Kemmer (9, solo in 6th)

The Hooks might have lost 3 of 5 in the series with San Antonio, but they sent the Missions back up I-37 with a loss.

Teoscar Hernandez kicked things off with a solo homer in the 1st. Danry Vásquez and Roberto Peña hit RBI singles in the 2nd, as did Teoscar, who finished 3-3 with 2 walks and 2 steals (19). Jon Kemmer led off the 3rd with a single, and one batter later, Tyler White sent out his 6th of the year. White, who also finished with a 3-hit night, added an RBI single to his ledger in the 4th. Kemmer led off the 6th with his 9th home run of the year. He finished 2-5. Danry and Peña both had 2 hits from the bottom of the order.

Joe Musgrove tossed 7 strong innings as he allowed a run on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Juan Minaya pitched the final 2 innings and allowed a 2-run homer to Duanel Jones in the 9th. He allowed one other hit.

The Hooks welcome Frisco to Whataburger Field for 4 beginning tonight at 7:05. Brian Holmes will be on the mound in game 1; he'll take on Jose Leclerc.

Lancaster was off

The JetHawks are in Bakersfield to kick off the 2nd half. First pitch is at 7:45 Pacific.

Quad Cities was off

The River Bandits will begin the 2nd half in Cedar Rapids. Justin Ferrell will take on Felix Jorge at 6:35.

Brooklyn 2, Tri-City 1 in 12 innings

W- Carlos Valdez (1-0)
L- Joselo Pinales (0-1)

The ValleyCats dropped series #2 with a tough extra-innings loss.

Their 1 run came in the 3rd as Johnny Sewald stole 3rd (3) and scored on an error. Kolbey Carpenter finished 3-6 with a steal (1).

Rogelio Armenteros allowed 3 hits and struck out 7 over 5 shutout innings. Elieser Hernandez went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and struck out 6. Joselo Pinales went 2.1 innings and allowed the winning run, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2.

The ValleyCats return home to play in front of their fans for the first time in 2015, and their first opponents at The Joe will be the Staten Island Yankees. David Paulino will get the start. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Bristol 4, Greeneville 3 in 10 innings

W- Palmer Betts (1-0)
L- Juan Delis (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros took the lead with 1 in the top of the 10th, only to see Bristol walk off with the win in the bottom of the inning.

Their other 2 runs both came in the 4th as Myles Straw scored on a wild pitch and Justin Garcia proceeded to smack an RBI double. Osvaldo Duarte hit an RBI single in the 10th to put Greeneville up 3-2 at that point.

Aaron Mizell went 2-4 with 2 steals (2), and Myles Straw finished 1-3 with 2 walks.

Yhoan Acosta pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Ryan Deemes threw 4 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and fanning 2. Juan Delis got 2 outs in the 10th, but couldn't close it out. He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and walked 1.

The series concludes by shifting to Pioneer Park for the Appy Astros' home opener. Albert Abreu will be on the mound for Greeneville; he'll take on Marek Minarik at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Yankees2 5, GCL Astros 2

W- Omar Luis (1-0)
L- Jose Rosario (0-1, 3-2 season)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros got out on the right foot, but the Yankees 2 scored the game's final 5 runs.

Joan Mauricio finished 2-3 with an RBI double in the 2nd. An error on that double allowed Reiny Beltre to score, as well.

Edgardo Sandoval allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4 in 4 innings. Jose Rosario, who is making the jump stateside after starting out with the DSL Blue team, went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and walked 1. Starlyn Taveras allowed 2 unearned runs on 2 hits and walked 1 in the 8th, and Starlyng Sanchez threw a 1-2-3 9th.

These two teams will play again in Tampa at noon Eastern.

DSL Astros Blue and DSL Athletics was postponed

I suppose they'll make this game up the next time they play each other.

The Blue team is playing the Indians today, weather permitting.

DSL Nationals 7, DSL Astros Orange 3

W- Yordani Garcia (1-1)
L- Jose Ramos (0-1)
S- Francys Peguero (3)

Orange home runs: None.

Well.... it's been tough sledding for the Orange team this season.

Juan Fuente put the Orange team on the board in the 1st by scoring on a double play. Miguelangel Sierra finished 2-5 and scored on a wild pitch in the 3rd. And, in the 7th, Randy Vasquez drew a bases-loaded walk that brought Fuente home.

Jose Ramos went 3.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4. Maikel Sepulveda was the first man out; he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 over 3.1 innings. Harlen Florencio allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and walked 1 in the 8th.

The Orange team is currently at the Angels complex to take on.... well, the Angels.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Astros Minor League Roster Moves

[Moving this post back up to the top of the page] This post will cover moves made between June 24 and June 30.

FRESNO
6-28: LHP Brett Oberholtzer optioned to Fresno
6-26: 1B Jon Singleton recalled to Houston
6-25: RHP Richard Rodriguez traded to Orioles for player to be named later or cash
6-24: RHP Mark Appel assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno

CORPUS CHRISTI
6-28: RHP Michael Feliz recalled to Houston
6-24: OF Brett Phillips assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi

LANCASTER
6-24: RHP Akeem Bostick assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster

QUAD CITIES
6-28: C Trent Woodward assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities
6-28: RHP Riley Ferrell assigned to Quad Cities
6-27: RHP David Paulino assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
6-26: SS Alex Bregman assigned to Quad Cities
6-26: SS Thomas Lindauer released

TRI-CITY
6-28: LHP Steve Naemark assigned to Tri-City from Greeneville
6-27: 3B Bobby Wernes assigned to Tri-City
6-27: SS Jeffry Santos released
6-26: LHP Zac Person assigned to Tri-City

A couple of 2015 draft picks are headed up to the New York-Penn League...

GREENEVILLE
6-24: IF Ford Stainback signed as a non-drafted free agent and assigned to Greeneville

GCL
6-25: C Ruben Castro assigned to GCL from Lancaster



The master list of 2015 draft picks and NDFA's has been updated here.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, June 22, 2015, and Tuesday, June 23, 2015

All-Star Tuesday!

Happy Appalachian League Opening Day!

Tuesday: Fresno 6, Sacramento 2

W- Luis Cruz (4-2)
L- Chris Stratton (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Jon Singleton (15, solo in 6th)

The Giants fans in Fresno had something to cheer about early on, but this night belonged to the Grizzlies.

Luis Cruz shook off 2 early solo homers and had a nice outing. He allowed 2 singles, walked 3, and struck out 6 in 7 innings of work. Mitch Lambson worked around 2 hits to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1, and Kevin Chapman struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Fresno took control in the bottom of the 2nd as Tony Kemp hit an RBI single to extend his hitting streak to 26 games. An error on that play allowed Andrew Aplin to score another run. Matt Duffy added a 2-run single later on in the inning. Max Stassi hit a sac fly in the 3rd, and Jon Singleton capped off the scoring with his 15th home run of the season in the 6th inning. Kemp finished 2-4 and is now hitting .385 in 13 games with the Grizz.

In game 2 of this series, Jake Buchanan will take on Nik Turley at 7:05 Pacific.

Monday: San Antonio 4, Corpus Christi 3 in 14 innings

W- Adam Cimber (3-2)
L- Aaron West (3-4)

CC home runs: None.

The Missions got 1 before the second 7th-inning stretch to nip the Hooks.

Colin Moran finished 2-6 with a double and opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Teoscar Hernandez added an RBI groundout in the 3rd, and a double play in the 5th inning allowed Chan-Jong Moon to score. Jon Kemmer finished 2-6.

Chris Devenski went 5 innings and the only run he allowed came in the form of a Hunter Renfroe solo homer. Devo allowed 3 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. In his AA debut, Adrian Houser went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Jandel Gustave allowed 2 hits and walked 1 in the 9th, but he tightroped out of that predicament unscathed. Chris Cotton struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 10th. Juan Minaya allowed 3 hits and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless, and Aaron West pitched 2 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3.

Tuesday: San Antonio 5, Corpus Christi 2

W- Colin Rea (2-2)
L- Michael Feliz (1-2, 2-3 season)
S- Tayron Guerrero (7)

CC home runs: Brett Booth (1, 2 season; 2-run in 8th)

The Hooks dropped their 3rd straight to the Missions and dropped the series. This was the first game of the 2nd half, but since the Hooks already won the 1st half, they're already in the playoffs.

Their only runs came off the bat of Brett Booth, who whacked a 2-run homer in the 8th inning. The other extra base hit for the Hooks was a double by Jon Kemmer.

Michael Feliz went 5 innings and the only run he allowed came off a solo shot from Yeison Asencio in the 5th. He allowed 3 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Josh Hader allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 2.1 innings. Travis Ballew inherited 2 runners from Hader, but neither of them scored. He went 1.2 innings and allowed a run of his own on 2 hits and struck out 3.

In the series finale, Joe Musgrove will take on Bryan Rodriguez. First pitch is at 7:05.

California League-Carolina League All-Star Game: California League 9, Carolina League 2

The three JetHawks, Brett Phillips, A.J. Reed, and Jack Mayfield all started for the Cal League.

Phillips was in CF and led off, He hit a sac fly in the 3rd and an RBI single in the 4th.
Reed served as the designated hitter and hit 5th. He finished 1-3 with a walk.
Mayfield was the shortstop and went 0-2 from the 7 spot in the order.

The JetHawks will begin the 2nd half tomorrow in Bakersfield, home to the latest starts in Minor League Baseball (well, if you're in the Central and Eastern time zones): 7:45 Pacific.

Midwest League All-Star Game: East 5, West 0

The West team only had 3 hits, and Jake Nottingham had 2 of them. Jamie Ritchie replaced him behind the plate and went 0-2, striking out each time. Nick Tanielu got the start at 3B and went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts.

The River Bandits will kick off the 2nd half tomorrow in Cedar Rapids. First pitch is at 6:35.

Monday: Brooklyn 14, Tri-City 0

W- Matt Blackham (1-0)
L- Harold Arauz (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

Ew.

The ValleyCats were held to 4 hits, 2 of which were doubles hit by Drew Ferguson and Richard Gonzalez.

Harold Arauz allowed 6 runs on 8 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 3 in 2.2 innings. Zach Davis got the final out of the 3rd via strikeout, but not before allowing a run. Davis failed to retire any of the 4 batters he faced. An inherited runner was charged to him, and he allowed 3 hits and issued a walk. Austin Nicely went 3 innings and allowed an unearned run, a hit, walked 2, and struck out 2. Juan Carlos Santos allowed 5 runs (3 earned), a double, walked 3, and struck out 1 in the 7th. Joselo Pinales was the only Tri-City pitcher to throw a scoreless outing; he allowed a hit and struck out 2 in the 8th.

Tuesday: Tri-City 11, Brooklyn 4

W- Yeyfry Del Rosario (2-0)
L- Kevin Canelon (0-1)

TC home runs: Trent Woodward (1, solo in 4th), Cesar Carrasco (1, solo in 6th)

The ValleyCats got even as they jumped out to a 6-2 lead after 3 innings and never looked back.

Trent Woodward opened up the scoring with an RBI groundout in the 1st. One batter later, Bryan Muñiz smacked a 2-run double. This was the beginning of a huge night for Muñiz. He hit a single in the 3rd to load the bases. The ValleyCats' 3 runs in the 3rd came on 3 RBI singles hit by Cesar Carrasco, Kolbey Carpenter, and Alex Melendez. Woodward whacked his 1st homer of the season with 2 outs in the 4th. Carrasco hit a home run of his own with 2 outs in the 6th. Muñiz finished 5-6; his 5th hit of the night was an RBI single in the 9th inning. He advanced to 3rd on an RBI double from Carrasco and scored the final run of the evening on a wild pitch. The 4-5-6 of Woodward, Muñz and Carrasco combined to go 11-18 with 3 doubles, 2 homers, 8 RBI, and 6 runs scored. Woodward and Carrasco both went 3-6. Carpenter and Melendez were both 2-5.

The first 4 pitchers to appear for Tri-City threw 2 innings apiece. Scott Weathersby was first; he allowed 2 runs (both on a 2-run homer) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Ralph Garza Jr. allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Kevin McCanna allowed a run on 3 hits. Yeyfry Del Rosario was perfect as he struck out 3, and Adam Whitt struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Rogelio Armenteros gets the start in the series finale, which starts at 7:00 Eastern.

Tuesday: Greeneville 7, Bristol 6

W- Samil De Los Santos (1-0)
L- Mervin Del Rosario (0-1)
S- Alejandro Solarte (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros got the win against the Pirates, and themselves. They overcame 6 errors to come out on top in their season opener.

The first RBI of Greeneville's 2015 season belongs to Myles Straw, who hit an RBI double in the 3rd inning to open the scoring. Aaron Mizell got the distinction of scoring the first run of the season. Randy Cesar added an RBI single in the 4th. Osvaldo Duarte hit a 1-out double in the 5th and wound up scoring on an error. Arturo Michelena tripled to lead off the 6th inning and scored on a sac fly from Cesar. In the 7th, Duarte scored on an RBI groundout from Kevin Martir, and Justin Garcia poked a groundball through the left side of the Bristol infield for an RBI single. Duarte scored on another Bristol error in the 9th.

Osvaldo Duarte finished 2-4 with a double, 2 steals (2), and 3 runs scored. In addition to his RBI double, Myles Straw walked twice and stole a base (1).

Junior Garcia went 2.1 innings and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Cris Santamaria was the first man out; he allowed a run, a double, and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings. Devonte German came on for the 5th. He got 2 outs in the inning, but not before he allowed 3 runs (all unearned; 2 inherited runners charged to him), a hit, and walked 2. Samil De Los Santos struck out 3 in 1.1 innings, but he allowed 2 of the runners he inherited from German in a bases-loaded situation to score. Alex Winkelman walked 1 and fanned 3 in 2 innings, and Alejandro Solarte worked around a solo homer from Erik Lunde to close it out.

Yhoan Acosta will get the start in game 2 of this series. He'll face Trey Supak, a La Grange native, at 7:00 Eastern.

Monday: GCL Tigers 4, GCL Astros 0

W- Logan Longwith (1-0)
L- Luis Ramirez (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros were held to 1 hit in their first outing of the year. That one hit was a single hit by Bryan De La Cruz.

Luis Ramirez went 3 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. Carlos Hiraldo allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 1 over 2 scoreless, and Carlos Sanabria allowed 3 runs (all on home runs) on 2 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 3 in 3 innings.

Tuesday: GCL Tigers 4, GCL Astros 1

W- Taylor Hicks (1-0)
L- Abdiel Saldaña (0-1)
S- Ryan Milton (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros got off the schneid, run-wise, but they came out on the short end in both of their encounters with the Tigers.

Joan Mauricio singled to lead off the 1st, advanced to 3rd on a couple of groundouts, and scored on a wild pitch.

Abdiel Saldaña went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Moreno Polanco also went 4 innings; he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Lachlan Madden threw a 1-2-3 9th.

The Kissimmee Stros will begin a 2-game set with the Yankees 2 in Kissimmee at noon Eastern.

Monday: DSL Astros Blue 7, DSL Phillies 3

W- Michel Martinez (2-0)
L- Joel Cabrera (0-3)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team was held to 6 hits, but they outscored the Phillies, so they rendered that point moot.

Cristopher Luciano opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. He stole 2nd (2) and came around to score on a double from Angel De Leon. In the 5th inning, Andy Piñeda hit into a fielder's choice that allowed Oscar Campos to score. Luciano later added a sac fly. The Blue team's 3-run 7th came in the form of a bases-loaded walk drawn by Orlando Marquez and a 2-run single from Jose Benjamin. Luciano and Juan Piñeda scored 2 runs apiece.

Michel Martinez allowed 2 unearned runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 over 5 innings. Yoanys Quiala allowed a solo homer to Edwin Rodriguez, which was the only hit and run he allowed in his 3 innings. He struck out 5. Dariel Aquino allowed a hit in a scoreless 9th.

Tuesday: DSL Astros Blue 6, DSL Athletics 3

W- Joel Belboder (3-0)
L- Jhenderson Hurtado (1-1)
S- Framber Valdez (2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team won this game despite being held to 3 hits. They were out-errored 4-0, though.

Ronny Jimenez hit a sac fly in the 2nd inning. They took full advantage of Jhenderson Hurtado's wildness in the 4th inning as they got their 3 runs in the inning without putting a ball in play against him. Only in the DSL. Jimenez and Jose Benjamin scored on wild pitches, and Andy Piñeda scampered home before the A's caught Wilson Amador stealing 2nd. Benjamin scored all the way from 1st on an errant pickoff throw in the 6th. Orlando Marquez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 9th.

Edwin Villarroel went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Joel Belboder was the first man out; he allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 4 innings. Framber Valdez closed it out with a 2-inning save; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and fanned 1.

The best team in the DSL is playing the Athletics again.

Monday: DSL Mariners2 5, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Alvaro Fernandez (1-0)
L- Gabriel Valdez (1-3)
S- Raul Pedie (1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team got on the board first, but the Mariners 2 scored 5 unanswered to take this one.

Brandon Benavente led off the 2nd with a double, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on an error following a Ronny Rafael flyout. Benavente finished 2-3. Hector Martinez also had a 2-hit day.

Gabriel Valdez went 4.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Cristian Javier allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings, and Yonatan Quintin walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 8th.

Tuesday: DSL Nationals 2, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Ramses Rosario (1-1)
L- Franklin Perez (0-1)
S- Nector Ramirez (1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team left a runner on 3rd 3 times.

Marcos Almonte hit a double with 2 outs in the 5th, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on another wild pitch.

Franklin Perez went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Luis Vasquez allowed a hit, walked 3, and fanned 3 over 3 scoreless, and Josue Uribe finished with 3 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 1.

These two teams are playing again at the Nationals' complex.

Happy Birthday - 6/24

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

2B Brooks Marlow (22)
Marlow was born on June 24, 1993 in Giddings, Texas and was drafted by the Astros in the 29th round in 2015 out of the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. He is currently playing with the Short Season A Tri-City ValleyCats.

Manager Lamarr Rodgers (44)
Rodgers was born June 24, 1971 in Los Angeles, California. He is in his first season with the Astros organization and is currently the Manager of the Greeneville Astros Rookie League team.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Meet the Greeneville Astros

The Greeneville Astros will kick off their 2015 campaign tomorrow evening as they travel to Bristol to take on the Pirates. Who will begin their careers/continue their road to Houston in the Appalachian League? Well, this post will help you, and another resource that will prove to be valuable is the just-updated Houston Farm System Handbook, now available at a new low price! But first, a little information.

Greeneville is located in the far reaches of East Tennessee, in the Appalachian Mountains. The town prides itself on being the only "Greeneville" in America; it was named for Nathanael Greene, a general in the American Revolution. Former President Andrew Johnson, Abraham Lincoln's successor, considered Greeneville his hometown.

The Appy Astros play at Pioneer Park, on the campus of Tusculum College, the oldest college in the state of Tennessee. They are in the West division of the Appalachian League, which also features the Bristol Pirates, the Elizabethton Twins, the Kingsport Mets, and the Johnson City Cardinals.

(I know linking to Wikipedia is generally frowned upon, but this isn't a scholarly article...)


And now, without further ado, your 2015 Greeneville Astros (as of this moment)!

Italics - Player bats/throws left-handed
Asterisk - Player is a switch-hitter

Coaching Staff

Manager - Lamarr Rogers
Hitting Coach - César Cedeño
Pitching Coach - Josh Miller

Pitchers

Albert Abreu - International free agent, 2013, DSL Blue
Yhoan Acosta - Signing date unknown; GCL/DSL Orange
Brandon Culbreth - 8th round, 2011 draft, Forsyth Country Day School, Lewisville, North Carolina; did not play in 2014 as he was recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Samil De Los Santos - International free agent, 2011; Greeneville/GCL
Ryan Deemes - 36th round, 2015 draft, Nicholls State; making pro debut
Juan Delis - International free agent, 2010; Greeneville/GCL
Devonte German - 11th round, 2013 draft, Bishop Manogue High School, Reno, Nevada; Greeneville
Zac Grotz - 28th round, 2015 draft, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; making pro debut
Salvador Montaño - International free agent, 2013; DSL Blue
Chris Murphy - 24th round, 2015 draft, Millersville University of Pennsylvania; making pro debut
Steve Naemark - 40th round, 2015 draft, Angelo State; making pro debut
Makay Nelson - 20th round, 2015 draft, College of Southern Idaho; making pro debut
Erasmo Pinales - International free agent, 2012; DSL Orange/Blue
Cris Santamaria - Signing date unknown; GCL/DSL Orange
Ben Smith - 17th round, 2014 draft, Coastal Carolina; making pro debut, did not play in 2014 as he was recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Alejandro Solarte - Acquired from Blue Jays (along with Will Dupont) in June 2014 for Adron Chambers
Alex Winkelman - 21st round, 2015 draft, Southeast Missouri State; making pro debut

Catchers

Marlon Avea - International free agent, 2010; GCL
Gabriel Bracamonte - International free agent, 2014; DSL Orange
Kevin Martir - 18th round, 2015 draft, Maryland; making pro debut
Brian Peña - International free agent, 2012; GCL

Infielders

Randy Cesar - International free agent, 2011; Greeneville/GCL
Osvaldo Duarte - International free agent, 2013; GCL/DSL Orange
Connor Goedert - 15th round, 2014 draft, Neosho County Community College
Arturo Michelena - International free agent, 2011; GCL

Outfielders

Rodrigo Ayarza* - Minor league free agent signing, 2014; DSL Orange/Blue
Justin Garcia - 17th round, 2015 draft, Nova Southeastern; making pro debut
Brauly Mejia - International free agent, 2012; Quad Cities/GCL
Aaron Mizell - 32nd round, 2015 draft, Georgia Southern; making pro debut
Luis Payano - International free agent, 2012; GCL
Myles Straw - 12th round, 2015 draft, St. John's River State College; making pro debut

Quad Cities River Bandits: Minor League Snapshot

The Quad Cities River Bandits, the Astros Low A full season affiliate, is currently on their All-Star break after compiling a league best 45-23 record (.662 win percentage), winning a first half title and ensuring a playoff berth in the postseason. Their closest division rival is Cedar Rapids (Twins); the Kernels are 5.0 games behind the Banditos going into the break.

The Midwest League All-Star game will be held on June 23rd with C Jacob Nottingham, 3B Nick Tanielu, and C/1B Jamie Ritchie representing the River Bandits. 2B Mott Hyde and RHP Austin Chrismon were also named to the squad but have since been promoted to Lancaster and won't be participating.

Here is how the team stacks up against other teams in the league in various categories ...

Jacob Nottingham - July 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen


TEAM OFFENSE
.266 BA - 4th of 16 teams
.350 OBP - 1st
.394 SLG - 2nd
127 2B - T2nd
43 HR - 4th
292 BB - 1st
550 SO - 6th

C Jacob Notthingham
.330 BA - 3rd in the league
.387 OBP - 9th
.560 SLG - 1st
72 Hits - T9th
18 2B - 6th
10 HR - T5th
44 RBI - T3rd

1B/C Jamie Ritchie
.435 OBP -1st in the league
59 BB - 1st

2B Mott Hyde (since promoted to Lancaster)
.385 OBP - 10th in the league

In addition, C Alfredo Gonzalez and OF Derek Fisher had offensive numbers that would have put them among the league leaders had they not been promoted to Lancaster.

TEAM PITCHING
2.75 ERA - 2nd of 16 teams
1.149 WHIP - 1st
188 BB - 12th
556 SO - 5th

None of the Quad Cities pitchers are top 10 league leaders in ERA or WHIP, but that is more due to the fact that so many pitchers from the team were promoted to Lancaster early on (RHP Joe Musgrove, LHP Bryan Radziewski, LHP Albert Minnis, LHP Reymin Guduan and RHP Keegan Yuhl) and many of the rest don't have enough innings to qualify. RHP Austin Chrismon, who was only very recently promoted to Lancaster, came close with his 2.96 ERA and 1.027 WHIP. RHP Daniel Mengden also had a very impressive 1.16 ERA and 0.983 WHIP in his time with Quad Cities prior to his promotion.

Those left behind (or added to replace the promoted players) with Top 10 worthy ERA and/or WHIP include: RHP Joshua James (2.67 ERA/1.111 WHIP); RHP Akeem Bostick (1.50 ERA and 0.762 WHIP); and RHP Francis Martes (1.16 ERA and 0.935 WHIP). RHP Christian Powell, RHP Aaron Greenwood, RHP Angel Heredia and RHP Justin Ferrell have also done well in their limited work at the level.

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Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, June 21, 2015

Goodbye, 1st half.

Let's play 2 in Corpus Christi!

Las Vegas 4, Fresno 2

W- Chase Bradford (2-2)
L- Jason Stoffel (3-1)

Fresno home runs: None.

Well, that stunk. The 51s swiped the win from right under the Grizzlies' noses thanks to a grand slam with 2 outs in the top of the 9th.

Asher Wojciechowski was fantastic as he threw 7 shutout innings, allowing 6 hits and striking out 5. James Hoyt tossed a 1-2-3 8th, and Jason Stoffel came on to close out the game. Grande Rojo had his difficulties, although he managed to record 2 outs via strikeout. Unfortunately, everything came crashing down upon him when Brooks Conrad hit a grand slam to put Vegas in the lead. Jose Veras allowed a hit and got a strikeout to end the 9th, but the damage was done.

Fresno's 2 runs came in the 4th as Tyler Heineman opened up the scoring with an RBI double, and Tony Kemp brought him home with a single. That single extended Kemp's hitting streak to 24 games. He and Heineman had 2 hits apiece.

The Grizzlies will now welcome Sacramento to Chukchansi Park for 3 beginning tonight at 7:05. Luis Cruz will face Chris Stratton in game 1.

Game 1: Corpus Christi 2, San Antonio 1

W- Mark Appel (5-1)
L- Justin Hancock (6-3)

CC home runs: None.

Mark Appel went the distance as the Hooks came out on top in the first game of this Sunday twinbill. He allowed an unearned run on 4 hits and struck out 6.

The Hooks' 2 runs both came on sacrifice flies. Colin Moran hit the first one in the 1st inning, and Jon Kemmer's in the 3rd proved to be the difference. Danry Vásquez went 2-3, while Teoscar Hernandez stole 2 bases, giving him 17 on the year.

Game 2: San Antonio 3, Corpus Christi 1

W- Stephen Kohlscheen (2-0)
L- Kyle Westwood (5-3)
S- Tayron Guerrero (6)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks had to settle for a split thanks to one Hunter Renfroe, who took Kyle Westwood deep twice.

Westwood, who also went the distance, allowed everything: 3 runs on 6 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 3.

The only Corpus run came in the 1st when Jon Kemmer hit an RBI single.

In game 3 of this 5-game set, Chris Devenski will face Casey Kelly. First pitch is at 7:05.

Lake Elsinore 7, Lancaster 5

W- Ronald Herrera (5-5)
L- Troy Scribner (2-3)
S- Jason Jester (2)

Well, both teams had an inning in which they scored 2 runs and an inning in which 3 runs. The difference was Lake Elsinore's 2 runs in the top of the 7th.

Troy Scribner went 6 innings and allowed 3 hits. Unfortunately, 2 of those 3 hits were home runs, and the Storm got 5 runs off of him. He walked 3 and struck out 6. Tyler Brunnemann was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen; he allowed 2 runs on 2 hits (solo homer) in 2 innings. Keegan Yuhl worked around a hit as he threw a scoreless 9th.

Jose Fernandez whacked a 2-run triple in the 2nd that tied the game at 2. In the 7th, A.J. Reed drew a bases-loaded walk, and J.D. Davis followed with a 2-run single. Davis finished 3-4 with a double and a run scored. Reed finished 2-3 with 2 walks and a run scored.

The California-Carolina League All-Star Game will be held Tuesday at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga. The Lancaster JetHawks will be represented by Jack Mayfield, A.J. Reed, and Brett Phillips.

Quad Cities 3, Burlington 1

W- Brandon McNitt (1-2)
L- Justin Anderson (4-5)

QC home runs: Jason Martin (3, solo in 6th)

The Banditos closed out the 1st half with the win, and the playoff berth, as Akeem Bostick and Brandon McNitt combined to throw a 4-hitter.

Bostick went 5 innings and allowed a run in the 5th on a double play. He also allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. McNitt finished it off by allowing a hit and striking out 4 over 4 scoreless.

Jake Nottingham put Quad Cities on the board with an RBI groundout in the 5th. Jason Martin put them in the lead with his solo home run in the 6th. Nottingham, who finished 3-4, singled to lead off the 7th, stole 2nd (1), advanced to 3rd on a passed ball, and scored on a Ryan Bottger strikeout that got away.

The Midwest League All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday in Peoria. The Quad Cities River Bandits will be represented by Jamie Ritchie, Jake Nottingham, and Nick Tanielu. Mott Hyde and Austin Chrismon were also initially named to the West Division All-Star team, but they were recently promoted to Lancaster.

Connecticut 1, Tri-City 0

W- Eudis Idrogo (1-0)
L- Dean Deetz (0-1)
S- Jordan Smith (1)

TC home runs: None.

Well, the ValleyCats were foiled in their attempt to sweep series #1 as their bats were held in check.

Bryan Muñiz went 2-3 with a double. The other hit was a double belonging to Kolbey Carpenter.

Dean Deetz went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Joselo Pinales got 2 outs in the 6th and allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 1. He left the bases loaded for Agapito Barrios, who prevented a disaster from occurring. He went 2.1 innings and allowed 2 hits while striking out 2.

The second leg of Tri-City's season-opening roadtrip will take them to Coney Island, where the Brooklyn Cyclones await. Harold Arauz will get the start in game 1 as he looks to continue to build upon his strong U.S. debut in 2014. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Happy Birthday - 6/22

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

RHP Cesar Rosado (19)
Rosado was born on June 22, 1996 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and signed with the Astros prior to the 2015 season. He is currently playing for the Dominican Summer League Astros.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Meet the GCL Astros

The Gulf Coast League Astros had its roster updated on the MiLB website. Their season will kick off tomorrow in Lakeland as they'll be traveling to take on the Tigers.

The GCL Astros play their games at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, although the games actually take place on the back fields. They are in the GCL Northeast division, with the Braves, the Tigers, and the Yankees 2. Most GCL games will take place at noon Eastern, although there will be several early start times at 10 A.M.

The bulk of the roster is mainly DSL players making their U.S. debuts this season. This is the roster as it appears (as of this moment) on MiLB.com. What's after the hyphen is how the Astros acquired the player, and where he played in 2014.

Italics - player bats/throws left-handed
Asterisk - player is a switch-hitter

Coaching Staff

Manager - Marty Malloy
Hitting Coach - Vinny Lopez
Pitching Coach - Hector Mercado

Pitchers

Gerald Benzant - International free agent, 2013; DSL Orange/Blue
Junior Garcia - Signing date unknown, making professional debut; not to be confused with another Junior Garcia, who played in the GCL and Tri-City in 2014
Carlos Hiraldo - International free agent, 2013; DSL Blue
Dylan James - undrafted free agent (West Texas A&M), 2014; making professional debut
Lachlan Madden - International free agent, 2014; DSL Blue
Adonis Peña - Signing date unknown; DSL Orange
Carlos Pizzolato - International free agent, 2013; DSL Orange
Moreno Polanco - Signing date unknown; DSL Blue
Luis Ramirez - International free agent, 2014; DSL Blue
Abdiel Saldaña - International free agent, 2013; DSL Orange/Blue
Carlos Sanabria - Signing date unknown; DSL Orange/Blue
Edgardo Sandoval - Signing date unknown; DSL Orange
Starlyn Taveras - International free agent, 2013; DSL Orange

Catchers

Ihan Bernal -  International free agent, 2014; DSL Orange/Blue
Jake Bowey - International free agent, 2013; GCL/DSL Blue
Christian Correa - undrafted free agent, Nicholls State, 2015; making professional debut
Jorge Martinez - 25th round, 2015 draft, Carlos Beltrán Baseball Academy; making professional debut

Infielders

Jared Cruz - acquired as PTBNL on 9/5/14 from Braves to complete trade for Andrew Robinson, which occurred 7/3/14; GCL Braves
Wander Franco - International free agent, 2013; DSL Blue
Connor MacDonald - International free agent, 2012; however, he did not debut until 2014.
Jonathan Matute - International free agent, 2013; DSL Blue
Joan Mauricio - International free agent, 2013; GCL/DSL Blue

Outfielders

Bryan De La Cruz - International free agent, 2013; DSL Orange/Blue
Frankeny Fernandez - International free agent, 2013; DSL Orange/Blue
Edgar Lorenzo - International free agent, 2013; DSL Orange/Blue
Nestor Muriel - 6th round, 2015 draft, Carlos Beltrán Baseball Academy; making professional debut
Vicente Sanchez - International free agent, 2014; DSL Orange
Nestor Tejada - International free agent, 2013; GCL/DSL Blue
Kyle Tucker - 1st round (5th overall), 2015 draft, Plant High School (Tampa); making professional debut

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, June 19, 2015 and Saturday, June 20, 2015

Happy New York-Penn League Opening Day!

Friday: Las Vegas 11, Fresno 5

W- Matt Bowman (4-8)
L- Mike Hauschild (1-1, 6-2 season)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies got on the board first, then got buried by the 51s.

Nolan Fontana opened up the scoring with an RBI double in the 2nd. 11 Vegas runs later, the Grizzlies finally got back on the scoreboard with 4 in the 8th, as Jonathan Villar hit an RBI double, Jon Singleton added an RBI single, Matt Duffy scored on a wild pitch, and Alex Presley hit an RBI groundout. Singleton finished 3-3.

Mike Hauschild allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 9 hits (2 3-run homers) and struck out 3 in 4.2 innings. Richard Rodriguez retired all 4 batters he faced, striking out 3. Jose Veras allowed a 3-run homer to Johnny Monell in the 7th. Jason Stoffel allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 8th, and Mitch Lambson struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Saturday: Fresno 7, Las Vegas 2

W- Dan Straily (6-5)
L- Darin Gorski (4-6)

Fresno home runs: Matt Duffy (8, 2-run in 1st)

The Grizzlies took the lead in the series as they got 3 2-run innings.

The first 2-run inning came in the 1st and came in the form of Matt Duffy's 8th home run of the year. In the 4th, Nolan Fontana hit a sac fly and Tony Kemp added an RBI single. And finally, Robbie Grossman ripped an RBI double and Alex Presley, who finished 3-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 walks, hit an RBI single in the 5th. Duffy tacked on one more in the 8th with a sac fly.

Dan Straily went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs (both scored on solo homers) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Jordan Jankowski, Kevin Chapman, and Tyson Perez brought it home as they all threw a scoreless inning. Jankowski allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 in the 7th, Chapman allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 8th, and Perez walked 1 in the 9th.

In the series finale, Asher Wojciechowski will take on Rainy Lara at 6:05 Pacific.

Friday: Corpus Christi 7, Frisco 6

W- Aaron West (3-3)
L- David Martinez (1-4)
S- Chris Cotton (2, 6 season)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks navigated their way out of trouble late to take the series over the Roughriders.

Everyone in the lineup had a hit, and Andrew Aplin led the way with a 4-5 night. He also scored 2 runs. Jio Mier went 3-5 with a double and a run scored, and Conrad Gregor went 2-4.

Corpus got on the board in the 1st thanks to a pair of RBI singles from Conrad Gregor and Jon Kemmer. Frisco led 5-2 after the 4th, but the Hooks managed to tie the game with 3 in the 5th. Tyler White smacked a 2-run double and later scored on a sac fly from Roberto Peña. They got 2 more runs on a Danry Vásquez RBI single in the 7th and a Jio Mier RBI single in the 8th.

Joe Musgrove went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits (2 2-run homers), walked 1 (!!!), and struck out 2. Musgrove issued just his 3rd walk all season. Aaron West allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 3 scoreless. Travis Ballew got 1 out in the 9th via K. He also allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and left a bases-loaded situation for Chris Cotton, who was able to secure the win. Cotton struck out 1.

Saturday: Corpus Christi 2, Frisco 1

W- R.J. Alaniz (1-0)
L- Cody Ege (1-2)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks got the sweep behind a fine night at the plate from Jon Kemmer and a timely hit late.

Kemmer finished 4-4 and put Corpus on the board first with an RBI single in the 1st. The Roughriders tied the game at 1 in the 6th, but Tyler White untied the game with an RBI single in the 7th. White also drew 3 walks.

Brian Holmes threw 5 shutout innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. R.J. Alaniz allowed a run on 6 hits and struck out 1 over 4 innings.

The Hooks kick off a series with San Antonio with a doubleheader beginning at 5:05. Mark Appel will take on Justin Hancock in game 1, and Kyle Westwood will face Aaron Northcraft in game 2.

Friday: Lake Elsinore 6, Lancaster 4

W- Matt Shepherd (2-4)
L- Austin Chrismon (1-1, 5-2 season)
S- Jordan Hershiser (1)

Lancaster home runs: J.D. Davis (10, 2-run in 6th)

The Storm struck late and caught the JetHawks by surprise.

D.J. Fisher opened up the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st inning. J.D. Davis added to the Lancaster lead with his 10th homer of the year, a 2-run shot in the 6th. Unfortunately, the Storm scored 4 in the 8th, and the only response Lancaster could muster up was an A.J. Reed sac fly. James Ramsay went 3-4 with a double and a run scored. Davis was 2-4, and in his season debut, Ruben Castro was 2-4 with a double.

Dan Mengden started it off with 5 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 4, and striking out 6. Unfortunately, the Storm pounded Austin Chrismon in his 2.2 innings. Chrismon allowed 5 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. Tyler Brunnemann got the final out of the 8th and 1 out in the 9th and had an inherited runner charged to him. He walked 1 and struck out 1. Reymin Guduan allowed a sac fly that allowed the runner he inherited from Brunnemann to score. Guduan got the final 2 outs of the 9th, striking out 1.

Saturday: Lake Elsinore 12, Lancaster 8

W- Zech Lemond (4-4)
L- Andrew Walter (0-1)
S- Eric Yardley (13)

Lancaster home runs: Brett Phillips (15, solo in 1st), A.J. Reed (18, 2-run in 3rd)

JetHawks pitchers had a forgettable night as they issued 12 walks and allowed 12 runs.

Brett Phillips kicked things off with his 15th homer of the year. A.J. Reed followed with an RBI single later in the 1st inning. Reed struck again in the 3rd as he sent another ball onto the freeway. The 2-run homer was his 18th of the season. Jack Mayfield scored on a wild pitch in the 7th, and James Ramsay followed with an RBI single. Ronnie Mitchell clubbed a 2-run double in the 9th. The JetHawks threatened for more as Brian Holberton reached on an error to put runners at the corners, but Phillips couldn't come through, as they caught him looking at strike 3 to end the game. Reed finished 3-5, while Ramsay (RBI, R, SB [5]) and D.J. Fisher (2B, R) had 2 hits apiece.

Bryan Radziewski went 2.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 6, and struck out 2. Andrew Walter was the first man out; he pitched 2 innings (final out of the 3rd, the 4th, and 2 outs in the 5th) and allowed 3 runs (all inherited runners that were charged to him in the 5th), 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Albert Minnis was unable to bail Walter out of a bases-loaded situation. Minnis pitched 1.2 innings and allowed 2 runs of his own, 5 hits, and walked 2. Frederick Tiburcio came on with the bases loaded and 1 out in the 7th and got the final 2 outs without any further damage. He ultimately went 2.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Reymin Guduan faced 1 batter and got Kyle Gaedele to ground out to end the 9th.

In the final game of the 1st half, Troy Scribner will take on Ronald Herrera at 2:00 Pacific.

Friday: Quad Cities 8, Burlington 3

W- Eric Peterson (3-3)
L- Jonah Wesely (4-2)

QC home runs: Ryan Bottger (4, solo in 5th)

After the Bees scored 1 in the 5th to tie the game at 3, the Banditos responded with 5 in the bottom half to seize control.

Christian Powell went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Eric Peterson tagged in for 3 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Ryan Thompson walked 1 and fanned 2 in 2 innings.

Thomas Lindauer hit an RBI double in the 2nd to put the River Bandits on the board. Ryan Bottger added an RBI double of his own in the 3rd, and in the 4th, Ramon Laureano scored on a wild pitch. Bottger kicked things off in the 5th inning with his 4th homer of the year. Alex Hernandez hit an RBI double, and Luis Reynoso followed with and RBI single. Lindauer scored on an error as Jamie Ritchie reached on a fielder's choice. And finally, Jason Martin capped things off with an RBI single. Laureno finished 3-4 with 3 runs scored. Martin also finished with 3 hits, while Hernandez, Bottger, and Reynoso had 2 hits apiece.

Saturday: Burlington 2, Quad Cities 1

W- Austin Robichaux (6-2)
L- Francis Martes (1-2)
S- Jordan Piche (2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos got the tying run on 2nd, but he was stranded there to end the game.

The person who represented that tying run was Ryan Bottger, who got there by way of an RBI double that spoiled the Bees' shutout bid. He finished 3-4.

Francis Martes took the hard-luck loss; he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walked 2, and set a new career high with 9 strikeouts in 6 innings of work. Aaron Greenwood allowed 3 hits and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless, and Angel Heredia worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

The River Bandits will bid adieu to the 1st half of the Midwest League season this afternoon as Akeem Bostick takes the mound. He'll take on Jeremy Rhoades at 1:15.

Friday: Tri-City 3, Connecticut 2 in 10 innings

W- Yeyfry Del Rosario (1-0)
L- Jack Fischer (0-1)
S- Juan Carlos Santos (1)

TC home runs: None.

Game 1 of the New York-Penn League season went to extras, and Anthony Hermelyn was the hero.

Cesar Carrasco smacked a 2-run double in the 4th to put the ValleyCats in the lead. The Tigers got 1 in the 8th to tie the game at 2, and that's how it stood heading into extra innings. Hermelyn, however, came through by poking a single through the left side of the infield with 2 outs. Alex Melendez, who scored the go-ahead run, finished 2-4.

Rogelio Armenteros, the defector from Cuba, went 4.2 innings and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 6. Elieser Hernandez was the first man out; he allowed an unearned run (inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits and struck out 6 in 2.2 innings. Yeyfry Del Rosario allowed a hit and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings, and Juan Carlos Santos closed out the first win of 2015 with a 1-2-3 10th, striking out 1.

Saturday: Tri-City 4, Connecticut 0

W- David Paulino (1-0)
L- Spenser Watkins (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

4 pitchers combined on a 6-hitter and the offense got a pair of 2-run innings as the ValleyCats took series #1 of the 2015 half-season.

Like he did in game 1, Cesar Carrasco drove in 2 runs. He opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Later in the inning, Bryan Muñiz ripped an RBI double. In the 5th, Carrasco drove in another run with a fielder's choice, and Anthony Hermelyn scored on a wild pitch. Hermelyn went 2-5 and scored 2 of Tri-City's 4 runs. Garrett Stubbs and Kolbey Carpenter also finished with 2 hits.

David Paulino, making his Astros organizational debut after spending much of 2013 and all of 2014 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, pitched 5 shutout innings and allowed 4 hits while striking out 4. Trent Thornton allowed a hit and struck out 3 in his first 2 innings as a professional. Zach Davis worked around a hit and a walk as he threw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1, and Adam Whitt's first professional inning was a 1-2-3 9th, and he struck out 1.

The ValleyCats will look for the sweep as Dean Deetz will take on Eudis Idrogo at 4:05 Eastern.

Friday: DSL Astros Blue 12, DSL Rays 6

W- Jose Rosario (3-1)
L- Cristopher Sanchez (0-1)

Blue home runs: Reiny Beltre (3, 3-run in 5th)

The Blue team fell behind 6-0 after 3 innings, but that deficit was promptly erased and they scored the final 12 runs of the game.

Cristopher Luciano started it off in the 4th by drawing a walk. He made his way to 3rd thanks to a couple of wild pitches, and scored the Blue team's first run on a single from Ronny Jimenez. After an Oscar Campos single loaded the bases, Ozziel Sanchez-Galan hit an RBI single, and an error on the play allowed Jimenez to score. Reiny Beltre drove in another run in painful fashion as he was plunked. Another error allowed Sanchez-Galan and Juan Piñeda to score.

In the 5th inning, Campos smacked an RBI triple, Sanchez-Galan added a sac fly, and Beltre probably enjoyed his RBIs in the frame a little more as he whacked a 3-run homer. Luciano ripped an RBI double in the 8th for the final run of the day.

Felipe Tejada allowed 6 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits (2 2-run homers) and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Jose Rosario applied the torniquet as he allowed just 1 hit, walked 1, and struck out 6 in 4 innings. Cristian Javier struck out 3 over 2 scoreless. Jacques Sambo walked 2 in the 9th, but nothing came of those walks. He struck out 2.

Saturday: DSL Phillies 2, DSL Astros Blue 0 through 4 innings

This game was suspended due to rain. The Blue team was having a rough day in the field as they committed 5 errors.

Hector Perez pitched all 4 innings (to this point) and allowed 2 unearned runs, a single, walked 1, and struck out 5.

Andy Piñeda is 1-1 with a stolen base, his 13th of the season.

These two teams play again tomorrow, so I imagine that they'll finish this game then.

Friday: DSL Astros Orange 3, DSL Cardinals 1

W- Juan Robles (1-0)
L- David Oca (2-1)
S- Juan Cuevas (1)

Orange home runs: Hector Martinez (1, solo in 7th)

The Orange team was outhit 9-4, but they scored more runs, so getting outhit was a moot point.

Their 2 runs in the 1st came on an RBI groundout from Randy Vasquez, and an error that allowed Juan Fuente to score. Hector Martinez went deep for the first time in his career in the 7th inning.

Juan Robles went 5 innings and allowed a run on 8 hits (all singles) and struck out 1. Juan Cuevas finished it off, allowing a hit and striking out 2 over 4 innings.

Saturday: DSL Mariners2 6, DSL Astros Orange 1 through 3.5 innings

This game was also suspended due to rain. The Mariners 2 just rattled off a 6-run 4th inning.

Anardo Peralta singled to lead off the 3rd and eventually scored on a passed ball. Miguelangel Sierra has a double.

Cesar Rosado allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck otu 4 in 3 innings. Bryan Abreu allowed 3 runs on 3 hits (2-run homer) and walked 2 in the 4th.

These teams play again tomorrow, so I imagine that they'll finish this game then.