Saturday, July 18, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, July 16, 2015 and Friday, July 17, 2015

Apologies for the late start. Let's start off with a little Pan Am Games action, shall we?

Thursday: Dominican Republic 6, United States 4

Josh Hader entered the game in the top of the 9th for Team USA. He got an out with a strikeout, but he also allowed 2 runs on 3 hits.

Thursday: Canada 11, Puerto Rico 4

Roberto Peña went 0-2 with 2 strikeouts for Puerto Rico.

No Astros players appeared in Friday's action. The United States topped Canada 4-1, while Puerto Rico defeated Nicaragua 5-3.

Canada topped the preliminary group with a 5-1 record, and the US, Cuba, and Puerto Rico followed with 4-2 records. These 4 teams are in the medal round. Both semifinal games will take place today. The US will take on Cuba. This game is in progess. In the other semi, Puerto Rico will face Canada at 7:05 Eastern.

And now, Thursday's, and Friday's, minor league slate. Let's play 2 in Wisconsin!

Thursday: Fresno 10, El Paso 9

W- Jordan Jankowski (5-2)
L- Jason Lane (7-6)
S- Kevin Chapman (8)

Fresno home runs: Matt Duffy (11, inside-the-park solo in 5th), Domingo Santana (13, solo in 5th)

The Grizzlies came out on top in a shootout.

Nolan Fontana put Fresno on the board with an RBI single in the 2nd. Later in the inning, Max Stassi added a sac fly. Tony Kemp kicked off the 3rd by drawing a walk.

Kemp stole 2nd (9, 24 season) and scored the first of 5 runs in the inning on a single from Jonathan Villar. Domingo Santana and Robbie Grossman followed with RBI singles, and Fontana smacked a 2-run double. Villar hit his 2nd RBI single of the evening in the 4th. In the 5th inning, Matt Duffy and Domingo hit back-to-back solo homers... but one of them left the park. Duffy's didn't. He showed off his wheels as he scampered 360 feet to score himself. One batter later, Domingo hit the conventional home run by sending it over the wall.

Domingo finished 3-4 with 3 runs scored, while Duffy (2B, ITP solo HR, 3 R), Fontana (2B, 3 RBI), and Villar (2 RBI singles) had 2 hits apiece.

Asher Wojciechowski went 4.2 innings and allowed 7 runs on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Jordan Jankowski pitched 1.1 perfect innings for the win. Jose Veras worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1. James Hoyt struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th, and things got a bit hairy for Kevin Chapman in the 9th as El Paso got 2 runs (both unearned) off of him. Chapman allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2. He shook off the cobwebs and secured the win.

Friday: Fresno 8, El Paso 2


W- Dan Straily (7-6)
L- Chris Smith (1-5)

Fresno home runs: Domingo Santana (14, solo in 7th)

Dan Straily had a solid outing and the Grizz delivered the final 3 nails in the coffin in the 8th.

Straily allowed 2 solo homers to Casey McElroy and the Cody Decker. He allowed 5 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 9 over 7 innings. Jake Buchanan worked around 2 hits to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1. Jason Stoffel worked around 2 walks in the 9th to finish the game.

Robbie Grossman put Fresno on the board by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the 1st. One batter later, Nolan Fontana hit a sac fly to give them a lead that they would not relinquish. Matt Duffy and Max Stassi hit RBI singles in the 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Domingo Santana hit his 2nd homer in as many nights with a solo shot in the 7th, and in the 8th, Jonathan Villar hit an RBI groundout, Duffy added another RBI single, and Domingo ripped an RBI double to close out the scoring.

Duffy, Domingo, Stassi, and Tony Kemp had 2 hits apiece. Kemp also stole a base, giving him 10 with Fresno and 25 on the year.

The Grizzlies will also be giving out Nolan Ryan jerseys tonight as Brett Oberholtzer takes on Daniel McCutchen at 7:05 Pacific.

Thursday: Frisco 7, Corpus Christi 0

W- Jose Leclerc (4-4)
L- Brian Holmes (3-4, 5-5 season)

CC home runs: None.

Well, not much to report here. Chan-Jong Moon's single was the only Hooks hit.

Brian Holmes went 2.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. Juan Minaya was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 4 in 3 innings. Travis Ballew allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and fanned 2 in 2.1 innings.

Friday: Frisco 7, Corpus 6 in 10 innings

W- David Martinez (2-4)
L- Reymin Guduan (1-2, 4-5 season)

CC home runs: Conrad Gregor (5, 3-run in 5th)

Both teams scored 1 in an inning, and they both scored 5 in an inning. The difference was a Frisco run in the first extra frame that gave them the win.

Jon Kemmer put Corpus on the board with an RBI single in the 3rd. The Hooks were down 6-1 entering the 5th, but they wasted little time in erasing that deficit. A.J. Reed poked an RBI single through the right side of the infield, and Conrad Gregor cut it to 1 with his 5th homer of the year. Chan-Jong Moon hit an infield single, and an error on the play allowed Jio Mier to come home with the tying run. The Hooks loaded the bases with 3 walks in the 8th, but came away empty-handed. Kemmer, Gregor, and Alfredo Gonzalez all finished 2-5.

Adrian Houser allowed 6 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 5, and struck out 2. Chris Cotton allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 3.1 scoreless innings, but he did allow the 2 runners he inherited from Houser to score. Jandel Gustave walked 1 and struck out 4 over 2 scoreless. Travis Ballew struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th. The run that scored off of Reymin Guduan was unearned. He allowed a hit and struck out 1 in the 10th.

In the series finale, Michael Feliz will take on Frank Lopez. First pitch is at 7:05.

Thursday: Lancaster 10, Inland Empire 6

W- Jordan Mills (1-0, 2-2 season)
L- Victor Alcantara (4-7)

Lancaster home runs: Jake Nottingham (4, 14 season; solo in 5th), D.J. Fisher (9, 15 season; 2-run in 8th)

The JetHawks pounded out 15 hits in their win Thursday evening.

J.D. Davis opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Ronnie Mitchell added a 2-run single later in the inning. Davis popped into a force out that scored Mott Hyde in the 3rd. In the 4th, D.J. Fisher hit a sac fly and Chase McDonald hit an RBI single. Jake Nottingham whacked his 4th homer in the California League (14 season) in the 5th inning. Mitchell hit an RBI single in the 7th, and finally, Fisher smacked a 2-run homer, his 9th with Lancaster and 15th of the year.

McDonald and Mitchell had 3 hits apiece. James Ramsay (2 R), Mott Hyde (2 BB, 3 R), and Nottingham (solo homer) had 2 hits each.

Keegan Yuhl allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4 in 3.2 innings. Andrew Walter was the first man out of the bullpen; he allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings. Jordan Mills allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 2 over 2.2 innings, and Albert Minnis got the final 4 outs of the game. He allowed a hit and struck out 1.

Friday: Inland Empire 4, Lancaster 0

W- Sean Newcomb (5-1)
L- Bryan Radziewski (2-3, 3-3 season)
S- Alan Busenitz (1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks dropped the series as they got blanked.

James Ramsay went 3-4 at the bottom of the order. In his California League debut, Jamie Ritchie hit a double in 4 at-bats.

Bryan Radziewski pitched well, but he received no run support. The southpaw from The U allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 7 innings of work. Aaron Greenwood allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer) and walked 1 in the 8th.

The 2nd leg of this current roadtrip will put the JetHawks in San Jose for 4 games. In the opener, Troy Scribner will take on Jason Forjet at 6:00 Pacific.

Friday Game 1: Quad Cities 4, Wisconsin 2

W- Michael Freeman (1-1)
L- Cody Ponce (0-1)

QC home runs: Jason Martin (7, solo in 2nd)

A couple of runs ended Francis Martes' day prematurely, but Michael Freeman cleaned house.

The 2 runs that Martes allowed were unearned. He allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Freeman allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 2.1 innings.

Even in a breakout season, not many people are talking about Jason Martin. He's having an excellent season as one of the youngest players in the Midwest League. Martin opened up the scoring with a solo homer in the 2nd inning. He also hit a triple in game 2.

The Banditos got a couple in the 3rd on RBI doubles from Nick Tanielu and Ramon Laureano, and Ryan Bottger hit a triple in the 4th and wound up scoring himself on an error. Tanielu and Bottger both finished 2-3.

Friday Game 2: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities 2

W- David Burkhalter (3-5)
L- Christian Powell (2-1)
S- Luke Curtis (2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos very nearly came back, but they had to settle for a split as they left the tying run on 2nd to end the game.

Their 2 runs both came in the 7th on a Garrett Stubbs sac fly and an RBI single from Luis Reynoso.

Christian Powell allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 7 in 5 innings. Eric Peterson allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in the 6th.

The River Bandits will begin a 3-game set with Cedar Rapids. Justin Ferrell will take on Sam Gibbons at 6:00.

Thursday: Vermont 10, Tri-City 7

W- Bubba Derby (1-0)
L- Adam Whitt (2-1)
S- James Naile (2)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats' bullpen suffered a meltdown late as the Lake Monsters scored 5 over the final 2 innings.

Tri-City took control with 5 in the 3rd inning. With the bases loaded and 1 out, Bryan Muñiz put the ValleyCats on the board with a 2-run single. Dex McCall added an RBI single, and Kolbey Carpenter put them in the lead with a 2-run single. Carpenter grounded into a force out that scored McCall in the 5th, and McCall added another RBI single to his ledger in the 6th inning. Carpenter finished 3-5, and McCall went 2-5 with 2 runs scored.

Rogelio Armenteros allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits, walked 1, and fanned 5 over 4 innings. Zach Davis allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings. Yeyfry Del Rosario had 2 inherited runners charged to him in 1.1 innings. He allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Adam Whitt allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and struck out 1 in 2 innings.

Friday: Tri-City 9, Vermont 2


W- Scott Weathersby (1-1)
L- Kyle Friedrichs (0-1)

TC home runs: Brooks Marlow (3, 3-run in 7th)

The ValleyCats busted this game open with a 5-run 7th inning.

With the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 3rd, Dex McCall opened up the scoring with a 2-run single, and an error on the play allowed Bryan Muñiz to score. Muñiz scored on a wild pitch in the 7th. Later in the inning, Anthony Hermelyn hit an RBI single, and the big hit of the night was Brooks Marlow's 3-run homer. McCall finished 4-5 and closed the scoring with an RBI single in the 8th. Hermelyn (RBI single, R), Marlow (3-run homer), Pat Porter (R), and Johnny Sewald (2B, 2 BB, 2 R) had 2 hits apiece. Sewald, Aaron Mizell (2 apiece), and Muñiz (3) drew all 7 walks issued by Vermont pitchers.

Trent Thornton went 4 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Scott Weathersby allowed a solo homer to Gabriel Santana in the 5th, which was the only run he allowed in his 3.2 innings. Weathersby allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Steve Naemark struck out 1 over 1.1 perfect frames.

Agapito Barrios will open up a new series with Aberdeen. It's Star Wars night at The Joe. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Thursday: Johnson City 7, Greeneville 4

W- Jhonatan Escudero (1-0)
L- Makay Nelson (0-2)
S- Sasha Kuebel (2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros fell behind early. They dented the lead a little, but the Cardinals built just enough separation.

Makay Nelson allowed 5 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Chris Murphy went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 3. Andrew Thome allowed a hit and fanned 2 over 2 scoreless, and Samil De Los Santos worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 9th.

Kevin Martir put Greeneville on the board with an RBI double in the 2nd inning. In the 3rd inning, Connor Goedert drove in another run on a groundout, and Brauly Mejia added an RBI single. Martir grounded into a force out that scored Mejia in the 8th.

Friday: Johnson City 5, Greeneville 4 in 11 innings

W- Juan Caballero (2-1)
L- Joselo Pinales (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Marlon Avea (1, solo in 5th)

The Appy Astros dropped the last 2 games of the series after winning the first game 5-0.

Marlon Avea's homer put Greeneville on the board in the 5th inning. Ford Stainback added an RBI single in the 6th, and in the 8th, Osvaldo Duarte hit an RBI single, and Brauly Mejia tied the game with an RBI groundout. Duarte and Stainback both went 2-5 from the top of the order, while Randy Cesar went 2-4 with a double.

Jose Hernandez went 3.2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Alejandro Solarte allowed a solo homer to Malik Collymore in the 5th inning, the only run he allowed in 1.1 innings. Solarte allowed one other hit. Yhoan Acosta allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and struck out 4 in 2.1 innings. Jacob Dorris struck out 3 over 2.2 perfect innings, and Joselo Pinales allowed the winning run on 2 hits and walked 1. The Cardinals won with 1 out in the 11th.

Salvador Montaño will start the first of a 3-game series against Kingsport. He'll take on Audry German at 6:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros

The Kissimmee Stros allowed 2 runs in the 9th and lost 3-2 to the Phillies on Thursday, but they scored 5 runs in the final third of the game to top the Yankees 1 8-6 on Friday.

On Thursday, Rodrigo Ayarza had an RBI single, and Wander Franco ripped an RBI double. Daz Cameron finished 2-4 with 2 steals (6).

Carlos Hiraldo allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 4 innings.

Ayarza (1) and Franco (1) both finished 2-5, and both of them hit 2-run homers against the Yankees; Ayarza's came in the 8th and tied the game at 6. Kyle Tucker smacked his 2nd homer of the GCL season in the 7th inning, a solo shot. Connor MacDonald and Bryan De La Cruz joined Ayarza and Franco in the 2-5 club.

3 relievers combined to throw 6.2 innings of no-hit ball. Adonis Peña struck out 1 over 2.2 perfect innings, Jose Rosario walked 2 and struck out 1 in 2 innings, and Junior A. Garcia walked 1 and struck out 1 in 2 innings to get the win.

DSL Astros Blue

The Blue team swept the A's, winning 12-4 on Thursday and 4-3 on Friday.

They pounded out 18 hits on Thursday; Oscar Campos and Edgar Lorenzo both finished 3-6. Lorenzo led the way with 4 RBI. Yoanys Quiala allowed 2 hits and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. The Cuban defector is having a strong start to his career after coming on board in June.

On Friday, Orlando Marquez smacked a 3-run homer (3) in the 3rd, and Cristopher Luciano hit a solo shot in the 6th, his 2nd of the year. Leovanny Rodriguez allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Dariel Aquino struck out 1 as he got the 2-inning save.

DSL Astros Orange

The Orange team also whipped on the Nationals, winning 18-4 on Thursday and 3-1 on Friday.

On Thursday, they scored in 7 of their 8 innings. The big one was an 8-run 4th inning.


Marcos Almonte's 3-run homer (5) in the 6th was enough to give them the 3-1 win on Friday. Jose Ramos allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 4 innings of work.

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Happy Birthday - 7/18

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

IF/OF Marc Wik (23)
Wik was born July 18, 1992 in Fremont, California, and was drafted in the 21st round in 2012 out of Chabot College in Hayward, California. He is currently playing for the Advanced A Lancaster JetHawks.

Marc Wik - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Astros Minor League Roster Moves

A few more moves since this last post ...

FRESNO
7-20: OF Leo Heras assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno

CORPUS CHRISTI
7-20: RHP Joe Musgrove activated from the DL

LANCASTER
7-20: RHP Francis Martes assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
7-16: C/1B Jamie Ritchie assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
7-15: LHP Albert Minnis activated from the DL

QUAD CITIES
7-16: C Garrett Stubbs assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities

GREENEVILLE
7-17: RHP Lachlan Madden assigned from the GCL to Greeneville
7-20: RHP Brandon Culbreth retired

Culbreth, an 8th-round pick in 2011, had returned to action after missing all of the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

GCL ASTROS
7-19: RHP Thomas Eshelman assigned to the GCL

Eshelman was the Astros' 2nd-round pick last month out of Cal State Fullerton.

DSL ASTROS ORANGE
7-20: OF Darlin Figueroa assigned to the DSL Orange team

Figueroa will turn 20 on September 9. Country of origin unknown.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Checking in on Former Astros Playing Independent Ball

Earlier this week, we checked in with a few former Astros playing in the Atlantic League. Today, we check in on the American Association, Can-Am League, Frontier League and others.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION

Fargo-Moorhead (ND) Redhawks

.261/.330/.361 in 47 games
Drafted by Houston in the 22nd round in 2011
Played in the Astros system from 2011 through 2013

0.00 ERA and 0.500 WHIP in 2 games (2 IP)
Drafted by Houston in the 8th round in 2004
Played in the Astros system from 2004 to 2010

Sioux Falls (SD) Canaries

3.59 ERA and 1.177 WHIP in 9 starts (52.2 IP)
Drafted by Houston in the 10th round in 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 to 2013

.184/.225/.342 in 11 games (subsequently released)
Originally drafted by the Tigers in the 4th round in 2009
Played in the Astros system in 2012 and 2013

St. Paul (MN) Saints

.317/.345/.563 in 42 games
Drafted by Houston in the 1st round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 through 2012

LHP Alex Sogard (27)
1.35 ERA and 1.200 WHIP in 23 games (13.1 IP)
Drafted by Houston in the 22nd round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 to 2014

Alex Sogard - April 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) Goldeyes

5.89 ERA and 1.582 WHIP in 16 games (18.1 IP); subsequently released
Drafted by Houston in the 37th round in 2009
Played in the Astros system from 2009 through 2014

Kansas City (KS) T-Bones

.307/.365/.449 in 46 games
Drafted by Houston in the 23rd round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 through 2012

Adam Bailey - June 2012
Photo by Jayne Hansen


7-1 with a 5.13 ERA and a 1.542 WHIP in 9 starts (47.1 IP)
Drafted by Houston in the 4th round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 to 2014

1.17 ERA and 0.587 in 3 starts (15.1 IP)
Drafted by Houston in the 1st round in 1998
Played in the Astros system from 1998 to 2002

Interestingly enough, it appears that Nannini had retired from 2009 through 2013 before playing in independent ball in 2014 and 2015. He was originally slated to play in the Mount Rainier Professional Baseball League before that league ceased operations earlier this year.

Lincoln (NE) Saltdogs

.304/.390/.478 in 35 games
Drafted by Houston in the 7th round in 2008
Played in the Astros system from 2008 through 2011

Grand Prairie (TX) Airhogs

2.73 ERA and 1.416 WHIP in 25 games (29.2 IP)
Drafted by Houston in the 32nd round in 2011
Played in the Astros system from 2011 through 2013

Laredo (TX) Lemurs

0.87 ERA and 1.306 WHIP in 21 games (20.2 IP)
Drafted by Houston in the 4th round in 2009
Only played one season in 2009 before going on the DL; was released in June 2013

1.800 ERA and 3.500 WHIP in 2 games (2 IP); subsequently released
Drafted by Houston in the 9th round in 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 to 2015

Wichita (KS) Wingnuts

0.68 ERA and 0.975 WHIP in 13 games (13.1 IP); subsquently signed with the Mexican League
Originally drafted by the Rangers in the 10th round in 2005
Played in the Astros system from 2009 to 2011

CAN-AM LEAGUE

Rockland (Pomona, NY) Boulders

.259/.369/.541 in 41 games
NDFA signed by the Astros in 2010
Played in the Houston system in 2010

Sussex County (Augusta, NJ)

.233/.253/.375 in 45 games
Claimed off waivers from the Marlins in 2007
Played in the Astros system from 2008 through 2009

Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) Champions

.246/.290/.404 in 14 games
Drafted by Houston in the 36th round in 2007
Played in the Astros system from 2007 to 2010

*Playing 3B for Ottawa; played 2B in the Astros system

Les Capitales de Quebec (Quebec, Canada)

4.91 ERA and 1.527 WHIP in 12 games (18.1 IP)
Drafted by Houston in the 15th round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 to 2014

FRONTIER LEAGUE

Lake Erie (Avon, OH) Crushers

RHP Ryan Connolly (24)
On the 60-day DL
NDFA signed by the Astros in 2013
Played in the Astros system in 2013

RHP Zach Morton (25)
3.55 ERA and 1.342 WHIP in 6 starts (25.1 IP)
Drafted by Houston in the 32nd round in 2013
Played in the Astros system from 2013 to 2015

Traverse City (MI) Beach Bums

OF Jay Austin (24)
.311/.345/.417 in 32 games
Drafted by Houston in the 2nd round in 2008
Played in the Astros system from 2008 through 2012

Joliet (IL) Slammers

6.60 ERA and 1.649 WHIP in 11 games/7 starts (43.2 IP); subsequently released
NDFA signed by Houston in 2014
Played in the Astros system in 2014

Rockford (IL) Aviators

.182/.182/.227 in 5 games
Originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 16th round in 2012
Played in 6 games for the Gulf Coast League Astros in 2016

MOUNT RAINIER PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE (LEAGUE FOLDED IN LATE MAY OR EARLY JUNE)

Oregon City (OR) Mud Turtles

4.00 ERA and 1.444 WHIP in 2 games (9 IP) before the league folded
Drafted by Houston in the 11th round in 2010
Played in the Astros system from 2010 through 2012 as a third baseman

PACIFIC ASSOCIATION

San Rafael (CA) Pacifics

.266/.329/.414 in 33 games
Drafted by Houston in the 18th round in 2012
Played in the Astros system from 2012 through 2014

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Pan Am Games: Puerto Rico 8, Colombia 7

The Puerto Ricans scored 5 in the 7th and walked off with the win with 2 in the bottom of the 9th inning. Roberto Peña went 0-4 for Puerto Rico.

At 3-1, Puerto Rico and the United States are both tied for 2nd. They're both looking up at Canada, who is undefeated in their 4 preliminary round games. The U.S. beat Nicaragua 6-0, holding them to 2 hits.

The Americans will face the Dominican Republic at 12:05 Eastern, while Puerto Rico will take on Canada at 7:05 Eastern.

Everyone (except Fresno) got back to it last night.

AAA All-Star Game: International League 4, Pacific Coast League 3

The IL All-Stars made a comeback with 3 runs in the top of the 9th.

Tyson Perez came on in the 5th for the PCL and worked around a hit to throw a scoreless frame, striking out 2.

The Grizzlies are back in action tonight as they will begin a 4-game series with El Paso. Asher Wojciechowski will start game 1 against Jason Lane at 7:05 Pacific.

Frisco 9, Corpus Christi 5

W- Lendy Castillo (2-0)
L- Chris Devenski (7-2)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks had a disastrous 6th inning as the Roughriders scored 7 runs in the frame to seize control.

Alfredo Gonzalez put Corpus on the board by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the 5th. Brett Phillips followed with a 2-run single. In the 6th, Colin Moran hit an RBI single, and Alfredo pulled a run back in the 9th with an RBI single. Moran and Gonzalez had 2 hits apiece.

Chris Devenski went 5.1 innings and allowed 6 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 10 hits and struck out 8. Reymin Guduan faced 4 batters in the 6th and walked all of them. He allowed 3 runs (2 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him). Aaron West was technically unscathed, but he allowed 2 of the 3 runners he inherited from Guduan to score. In 2.2 innings, West allowed 2 hits and struck out 1.

In game 2 of this series, Brian Holmes will face Jose Leclerc. First pitch is at 7:05.

Inland Empire 3, Lancaster 2

W- Jeremy Rhoades (1-0)
L- Dan Mengden (2-1, 6-2 season)
S- Geoff Broussard (9)

Lancaster home runs: Marc Wik (7, solo in 3rd)

The JetHawks had a golden opportunity fall by the wayside in the 8th inning.

Marc Wik put the JetHawks on the board and tied the game at 1 with a solo shot in the 3rd, hit 7th of the year. For a time, that was the only hit on the board for Lancaster. The other JetHawks run came on an RBI single from Ronnie Mitchell in the 7th. Wik finished 2-3 and doubled to lead off the 8th, but he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. James Ramsay singled and Mott Hyde was plunked later in the inning, but they were both stranded.

Akeem Bostick allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 5 innings of work. Dan Mengden pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7.

In game 3 of this series, Keegan Yuhl will face Victor Alcantara. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 2, Wisconsin 1 in 10 innings

W- Ryan Thompson (3-2)
L- Angel Ventura (3-4)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos were outhit 11-6, but they won in the column that matters. They scratched across a run in the first extra frame.

Bobby Boyd led off the game with a single, stole his way to 3rd, and scored the first run of the game on an Alex Bregman groundout. The Timber Rattlers got a run in the 3rd to tie the game. That's how it stood until the top of the 10th.

Sean McMullen hit a triple with 1 out in the 10th and scored the go-ahead run on a single from Drew Ferguson. Both McMullen and Ferguson finished 2-4, and Boyd ended up stealing 3 bases (23). Ferguson was playing his first game as a River Bandit.

Josh James went 4.2 innings and allowed a run on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. In his Quad Cities debut, Elieser Hernandez allowed 3 hits and struck out 5 over 3.1 scoreless. Ryan Thompson allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless and got the W.

Francis Martes will be on the mound for the Banditos tonight. He'll take on Zach Hirsch at 7:05.

Tri-City 6, Vermont 5

W- Zac Grotz (1-0, 2-0 season)
L- John Gorman (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats walked off with the win thanks to a single from Dex McCall in the bottom of the 9th.

McCall, who finished 3-5, opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. He later scored on an RBI single from Garrett Stubbs. In the 2nd, Aaron Mizell hit a sac fly, and Anthony Hermelyn added an RBI single. Pat Porter tripled with 1 out in the 6th and scored himself on a wild pitch.

Garrett Stubbs finished 2-4, while Johnny Sewald went 1-3 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base (15).

Zac Person went 3 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Kevin McCanna allowed 3 unearned runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and fanned 5 over 2.2 innings. Ralph Garza Jr. was next up... he allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 2.1 innings. Zac Grotz struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th and got the win when McCall ended the game.

In game 2 of this series, Rogelio Armenteros takes on Chris Kohler. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 5, Johnson City 0

W- Junior Garcia (2-0)
L- Ronnie Williams (1-1)
S- Ryan Deemes (1)

Greeneville home runs: Osvaldo Duarte (2, 2-run in 2nd)

The Appy Astros won their 2nd consecutive 5-0 game as the pitching was once again excellent. Junior Garcia and 2 relievers combined on a 5-hit shutout.

Garcia allowed 3 hits and struck out 2 over 5 innings. Devonte German worked around a hit in the 6th and struck out 2. Ryan Deemes allowed a hit and struck out 1 to earn a 3-inning save.

Brauly Mejia opened the scoring by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the 1st, and Justin Garcia added an RBI groundout. Osvaldo Duarte smacked a 2-run homer in the 2nd, his 2nd of the year. Connor Goedert drove in the final run of the evening with a groundout in the 9th.

Makay Nelson will be on the mound tonight for Greeneville. He'll face Julio Mateo at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 3, GCL Phillies 2

W- Hector Perez (1-0)
L- Edgar Garcia (1-1)
S- Lachlan Madden (3)

GCL home runs: None.

Wander Franco opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st, and Connor MacDonald, who finished 2-4, followed with an RBI single. Daz Cameron went 2-4 with a stolen base (4) and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 8th.

Carlos Sanabria went 5 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. In his U.S. debut, Hector Perez allowed a run on a sac fly, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 3 innings. It got a little hairy for Lachlan Madden as the Phillies got 3 hits off of him in the 9th. However, 2 of the 3 outs recorded in the inning were runners thrown out at home.

DSL Phillies 5, DSL Astros Blue 0

W- Randy Alcantara (6-0)
L- Hansel Paulino (1-2)

Blue home runs: None.

Edgar Lorenzo finished 2-4 as the Blue team was held off the scoreboard.

In his first career appearance, Ricardo Castro allowed a hit and struck out 5 over 4 shutout innings. Hansel Paulino allowed an unearned run on 2 hits in 3 innings of work.

DSL Mariners2 3, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Raul Pedie (6-0)
L- Josue Uribe (1-2)

Orange home runs: Marcos Almonte (3, solo in 7th)

Almonte's homer was the only Orange run. He finished 2-4. Miguelangel Sierra went 2-3 with a double and 2 walks.

Cristian Javier got the start and allowed 3 hits while striking out 4 over 4 shutout innings. Gabriel Valdez allowed a solo homer to Angel Jimenez in the 7th, which was the only hit he allowed in 4 innings. He struck out 2. The Mariners got to Josue Uribe for 2 in the 9th.

Happy Birthday - 7/16

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

3B Reiny Beltre (19)
Beltre was born July 16, 1996 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic and was signed by the Astros in 2014. He is currently playing on the Gulf Coast League Astros team after a late June promotion from the Dominican Summer League.

C Jake Bowey (19)
Bowey was born July 16, 1996 in Perth, Western Australia, and was signed by Houston as an international free agent in July 2013. He is currently playing for the Gulf Coast League Astros.

Jake Bowey - May 2014
Photo Courtesy of Bryan Green

SS Keach Ballard (23)
Ballard was born July 16, 1992 in Durant, Oklahoma, and was drafted by the Astros in the 31st round in 2015 out of Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He is currently playing for the short season A Tri-City ValleyCats.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Not everybody was off... this was the complex league's day.

Pan Am Games: Puerto Rico 12, Cuba 6

Roberto Peña finished 1-5 with an RBI. The results page on the official Pan Am Games website does not specify what kind of hit the player recorded.

Puerto Rico will take on Colombia today. First pitch is at 5:35 Eastern.

GCL Astros 7, GCL Pirates 6 in 11 innings

W- Starlyn Taveras (1-1)
L- Jen-Lei Liao (1-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros erased a 6-3 deficit and walked off with the win in extras.

Kyle Tucker hit an RBI single in the 1st to open the scoring, and Joan Mauricio hit a 2-run single in the 2nd. In the 6th inning, Ruben Castro hit an RBI single, Nestor Muriel drew a bases-loaded walk, and Daz Cameron added a sac fly. Reiny Beltre scored the winning run on an error following a Daz flyout in the 11th. Bryan De La Cruz finished 2-5 with 2 runs scored.

Junior A. Garcia was the 5th GCL Astros pitcher to appear, and he allowed a hit while striking out 2 over 3 scoreless innings. Starlyn Taveras struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 11th inning and got the win.

DSL Phillies 7, DSL Astros Blue 6

W- Anderson Nuñez (1-0)
L- Cristofer Melendez (2-3)
S- Steiner Carmona (3)

Blue home runs: None.

Both teams scored 2 in an inning, and they both scored 3 in an inning. The difference was the Phillies scoring 2 in the 8th, and the Blue team scoring 1 in the 9th. The Blue team left the bases loaded to end the game.

Angel De Leon finished 2-2 with an RBI triple in the 1st, and one batter later, he scored on a passed ball. Andy Piñeda scored on an error and also stole his 21st base of the season. The Blue team got a pair of RBI infield singles from Ozziel Sanchez-Galan and Andy Piñeda. Edgar Lorenzo hit an RBI single in the 9th to cut the deficit to 1.

Luis Castro was the first reliever for the Blue team; he allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 over 3 scoreless innings.

DSL Astros Orange 12, DSL Mariners2 7

W- Diosward Gonzalez (2-0)
L- Ricardo Reyes (1-2)

Orange home runs: Randy Vasquez (2, solo in 8th)

The Orange team put the momentum in their corner with a 7-run 6th.

Carlos Machado opened the scoring in the 2nd by scoring on a passed ball. Their 3 runs in the 5th came on a 2-run double from Anthony Rodriguez, who scored on a double from Randy Vasquez.

Machado scored the first run of the 6th on an error. Miguelangel Sierra ripped an RBI double. Rodriguez followed with a sac fly, and Vasquez added an RBI single. Machado came on for the 2nd time in the 6th inning and ended up hitting a bases-clearing triple.Vasquez and Machado both finished 3-5, while Sierra, Rodriguez, Jose Carrillo, and Angel Tejeda had 2 hits apiece.

Diosward Gonzalez was the 3rd pitcher in for the Orange team and got the win after throwing 2.1 scoreless innings. He walked 2 and struck out 2.

Happy Birthday - 7/15

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

RHP Mark Appel (24)
Appel was born July 15, 1991 in Houston, Texas, and was drafted by the Astros in the first round (first overall) in 2013 out of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. He is currently playing for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies.

Mark Appel - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

LHP Carlos Hiraldo (19)
Hiraldo was born July 15, 1996 in Altimira, Dominican Republic and was signed by Houston as an international free agent in November 2013. He is currently playing for the Gulf Coast League Astros.

OF Ramon Laureano (21)
Laureano was born July 15, 1994 in Miami, Florida, and was drafted by Houston in the 16th round in 2014 out of Northeast Oklahoma A&M College. He is currently playing for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits.

OF/Baserunning Coach Tim Garland (45)
Garland was born July 15, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland. He is in his third season coaching in the Astros organization, his first as an outfield coach for the Quad Cities River Bandits and a baserunning development specialist for the Astros minor league system.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, July 13, 2015

Let's start off with a little Pan Am Games action.


Sunday: United States 5, Cuba 2

Not sure how I forgot about this game, but I did. Josh Hader got the save for Team USA as he struck out the side in order in the 9th inning.

The Americans are back in action tomorrow as they take on Nicaragua in the first game of the day.

Monday: Cuba 8, Puerto Rico 1

Roberto Peña got the start behind the plate for Puerto Rico and finished 2-4.

Team Puerto Rico will be in action later this afternoon as they take on the Dominican Republic. First pitch is at 5:35 Eastern.

And now, your regularly scheduled minor league recaps.

Corpus Christi 9, Springfield 5

W- R.J. Alaniz (2-1)
L- Arturo Reyes (5-5)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks swept the Cardinals out of Corpus a week after they got swept out of Springfield.

On offense, they got 4 2-run innings in a row and added 1 more run in the 8th.

Brett Phillips kicked things off when he ripped a 2-run double in the 3rd. Alfredo Gonzalez got in on the fun with a 2-run double of his own in the 4th. It was his birthday, so it was only appropriate that he did, right?

Colin Moran added an RBI single in the 5th, and A.J. Reed scored on a wild pitch later in the inning. In the 6th, Reed chipped in with a 2-run single. Jio Mier scored the Hooks' final run of the evening on a wild pitch in the 8th. Alfredo finished 3-4 at the bottom of the order, while A.J. Reed went 2-4.

R.J. Alaniz allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3 in 5.1 innings. Juan Minaya was excellent in his 2.2 innings of relief as he whiffed 5. The Cardinals got to Travis Ballew for 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits in the 9th. However, he pulled himself together and secured the win. Ballew struck out 1 in the inning.

The Hooks have today off. Tomorrow, they'll begin a 4-game set with Frisco.

Lancaster 9, High Desert 3

W- Tyler Brunnemann (4-1)
L- Anyelo Leclerc (1-3)

Lancaster home runs: D.J. Fisher (8, 14 season; 2-run in 3rd)

This game was tied 3-3 after 3 innings, but the JetHawks took flight late and left the Mavs in the dust. They broke the tie with 3 in the 6th and scored 3 more.

Chase McDonald put the JetHawks on the board with an RBI single in the 1st. D.J. Fisher went deep in the 3rd to tie the game at 3. That's where the game stood until the 6th, when J.D. Davis hit a 1-out single. Ronnie Mitchell brought him home with an RBI triple, and Jake Nottingham and Brian Holberton followed with RBI singles. Mitchell added a 2-run single in the 7th, and McDonald smacked an RBI double in the 8th.

Everyone in the JetHawks lineup had a hit; McDonald (2B, 2 RBI, R, 2 BB), Davis (2 R, BB), Mitchell (3B, 3 RBI, R), and Nottingham (2B, RBI, R) had 2 hits apiece.

Austin Chrismon went 5.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 6. Tyler Brunnemann allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 1.1 innings for the win. Aaron Greenwood allowed 2 hits and fanned 3 over the final 2 innings.

After an off day, the JetHawks will begin a 3-game set with Inland Empire on Wednesday.

Burlington 3, Quad Cities 2

W- Justin Anderson (6-6)
L- David Paulino (1-2, 2-2 season)
S- Eduardo Paredes (14)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos held the Bees to 4 hits, but they still lost because baseball.

Sean McMullen opened up the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st, and Trent Woodward scored on a force out in the 5th.

David Paulino went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 7. Jorge Perez and Riley Ferrell pitched 2 scoreless innings apiece. Perez allowed a hit, walked 2, and fanned 1, while Ferrell allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2.

The Bandits will begin a 3-game set in Wisconsin on Wednesday.

State College 7, Tri-City 2

W- Pedro Echemendia (2-1)
L- Harold Arauz (0-2)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as the Spikes opened the game on a 7-1 run.

Dex McCall opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Their only other run came on an RBI double from Brooks Marlow in the 8th.

Harold Arauz went 2.2 innings and allowed 5 runs on 8 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. David Schmidt was the first man out; he allowed a run on a groundout, a single, and walked 2 in 1.1 innings. In his Tri-City debut, Alex Winkelman went 1.2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Zach Davis struck out 2 over 1.1 perfect innings, and Yeyfry Del Rosario worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th.

The ValleyCats will return to action on Wednesday when they begin a 3-game series with Vermont.

Greeneville 5, Pulaski 0

W- Erasmo Pinales (1-0)
L- Drew Finley (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Brauly Mejia (2, 3-run in 1st)

The Appy Astros won the series as Erasmo Pinales and 3 relievers combined to throw a 3-hit shutout.

Pinales allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 4 over 5 innings. Juan Delis faced a bases loaded situation with a hit and 2 walks in the 5th, but he kept the Yankees off the scoreboard. He struck out 2. Cris Santamaria threw 2 perfect innings, and Jacob Dorris finished it by working around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

All 5 of Greeneville's runs in this game came with 2 outs. Brauly Mejia opened the scoring with a bang as he clubbed a 3-run homer in the 1st. Ford Stainback added a 2-run single in the 3rd. Gabriel Bracamonte went 2-3 with a double.

Greeneville will begin a 3-game set with Johnson City on Wednesday.

GCL Pirates 7, GCL Astros 2

W- Gerardo Navarro (3-0)
L- Jose Rosario (1-4)
S- Cristian Mota (1)

GCL home runs: None.

Kyle Tucker went 2-4. Wander Franco hit a sac fly in the 1st and Rodrigo Ayarza added an RBI single in the 2nd.

3 relievers combined to throw 6 scoreless innings. Adonis Peña walked 1 and struck out 1 over 2 innings. Edgardo Sandoval allowed a hit and struck out 2 in 3 innings, and Starlyng Sanchez struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th.

DSL Astros Blue 7, DSL Rays 6

W- Gabriel Pirela (2-4)
L- Francisco Peña (2-4)
S- Dariel Aquino (4)

Blue home runs: Jose Hernandez (1, solo in 4th)

The Blue team scored 2 in the top of the 9th to take the lead.

Edgar Lorenzo went 2-3 with an RBI single in the 3rd. He also had a double. Orlando Marquez hit a 2-run double in the 7th inning.

Jorge Alcala was the first man out for the Blue team; he allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and fanned 3 in 3.1 innings. Gabriel Pirela allowed 2 runs, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 3 innings, and Dariel Aquino notched his 4th save of the year, working around a hit to do so.

DSL Astros Orange 13, DSL Cardinals 11

W- Juan Cuevas (1-4)
L- Will Changarotty (1-2)
S- Ezequiel Madera (1)

Orange home runs: Marcos Almonte (2, solo in 1st)

The Orange team saw their lead suddenly cut to just 1 run as the Cardinals scored 5 in the top of the 8th, but they restored that margin with 5 in the bottom of the 8th.

Marcos Almonte put the Orange team on the board with a solo homer in the 1st. Randy Vasquez went 4-4 and added an RBI single later in the inning. Almonte grounded into a force out in the 2nd that allowed Jose Carrillo to score. In the 3rd, Oliver Toribio hit an RBI double, Carlos Machado had an RBI single, and Angel Tejeda ripped a 2-run triple. Tejeda later scored on a wild pitch.

Toribio added an RBI single to his ledger in the 8th. Vasquez scored on a wild pitch. With the bases loaded, Carrillo was plunked, and Tejeda drew a walk. Almonte added an RBI single to close out the scoring in the inning. He, Anthony Rodriguez, Toribio, Machado, and Tejeda had 2 hits apiece.

Checking in on Former Astros Playing in the Atlantic League

Checking in on a few former Astros playing in the independent Atlantic League this summer ...

Jobduan Morales - May 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

SOMERSET PATRIOTS

OF Michael Burgess (26)
.247/.260/.419 in 24 games
Played in 98 games for Corpus Christi in 2013

RHP Mickey Story (29)
2.76 ERA and 0.788 WHIP in 8 games/8 starts (45.2 IP)
Played in the Astros system in 2011 and 2012 for Oklahoma City and Houston

LONG ISLAND DUCKS

RHP Hector Ambriz (31)
1.29 ERA and 0.857 WHIP in 7 games (7 IP)
Played in the Astros system in 2012 and 2013 for Oklahoma City and Houston

Ambriz was subsequently signed by the Nationals in May and released by them in June.

RHP Sergio Perez (30)
0.77 ERA and 0.943 WHIP in 6 games/2 starts (11.2 IP)
Played in the Astros system from 2006 to 2012

LHP Darin Downs (30)
Signed with the Ducks on 7/13
Played in the Astros system in 2014 and 2015 (2014 for the Astros)

SOUTHERN MARYLAND BLUE CRABS

1B Daryle Ward (40)
.249/.288/.308 in 55 games
Played in the Astros system from 1997 to 2002 (1998 to 2002 for the Astros)

RHP Fernando Nieve (32)
1.82 ERA and 0.932 WHIP in 20 games (24.2 IP)
Played in the Astros system from 2001 to 2008 (2006 and 2008 for the Astros)

Nieve was subsequently sold to Campeche in the Mexican League.

LANCASTER BARNSTORMERS

RHP C.J. Fick (29)
2.45 ERA and 0.909 WHIP in 2 games/2 starts (11 IP)
Played in the Astros system in 2012 and 2013 (2012 for the Astros)

Fick's contract was subsequently sold to Taiwan where he is currently playing.

C M.P. Cokinos was signed by the Barnstormers in April, but was subsequently placed on the inactive list and has not played for that team.

BRIDGEPORT BLUEFISH

C Jobduan Morales (24)
.254/.333/.341 in 41 games
Played in the Astros system from 2012 to 2015

RHP Sammy Gervacio (30)
3.94 ERA and 1.348 WHIP in 26 games (29.2 IP)
Played in the Astros system from 2005 to 2011 (2009 and 2010 for the Astros)

SUGAR LAND SKEETERS

OF Edwin Gomez (23)
.184/.231/.184 in 16 games
Played in the Astros system in 2012 and 2013

Gomez was subsequently released.

OF Willy Taveras (33)
.250/.307/.330 in 48 games
Played for the Astros from 2004 to 2006

C Chris Wallace (27)
.267/.295/.419 in 68 games
Played in the Astros system from 2010 to 2013

YORK REVOLUTION

1B Telvin Nash (24)
.231/.259/.365 in 15 games
Played in the Astros system from 2009 to 2015

I'll check in later on in the week (I hope) with one or two of the other independent leagues.

Astros Minor League Roster Moves

A few Astros minor league moves to report from the last couple of days ...

CORPUS CHRISTI HOOKS
7/13: OF Leo Heras activated from the 7-day DL
7/12: OF Brandon Meredith released
7/12: 1B A.J. Reed assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi

QUAD CITIES RIVER BANDITS
7/14: OF Drew Ferguson assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities (19th round 2015)
7/12: RHP Elieser Hernandez assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities

TRI-CITY VALLEYCATS
7/14: 2B/OF Aaron Mizell assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City (32nd round 2015)

GREENEVILLE ASTROS
7/16: C Christian Correa assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7/15: LHP Matt Bower assigned to Greeneville (23rd round 2015; signed 7/14)

GULF COAST LEAGUE ASTROS
7/15: C Brian Pena assigned from Greeneville to the GCL
7/13: RHP Hector Perez assigned from the DSL to the GCL
7/12: RHP Gerald Benzant released

Happy Birthday - 7/14

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

LHP Salvador Montano (21)
Montano was born July 14, 1994 in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic and was signed by the Astros as an international free agent in November 2013. He is currently playing for the Rookie League Greeneville Astros.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, July 12, 2015

Fresno 5, Sacramento 3

W- Mike Hauschild (3-2, 8-3 season)
L- Tommy Hanson (0-2)
S- Jason Stoffel (1)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (2, 8 season; 2-run in 1st), Domingo Santana (12, solo in 4th)

The Grizzlies closed out their 1st half by taking 4 of 5 from the RiverCats on the road.

Tyler White and Domingo Santana both homered and both drove in 2. White's homer put Fresno up 2-0 in the 1st inning. Domingo hit a solo homer in the 4th and added an RBI single in the 5th. Nolan Fontana had an RBI single in the 9th and drew 2 walks. In addition to his homer, White walked 3 times and scored 3 runs. Domingo and Andrew Aplin had 2 hits apiece, and Joe Sclafani finished 3-5.

Mike Hauschild allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 over 7 innings. Jason Stoffel got the 2-inning save as he allowed a run on 3 hits and fanned 3.

The AAA All-Star Game will take place on Wednesday, July 15, from Werner Park in Papillion, Nebraska, home of the Omaha Storm Chasers.

Corpus Christi 6, Springfield 3

W- Kyle Westwood (6-3)
L- Andrew Morales (4-5)
S- Chris Cotton (3, 7 season)

CC home runs: Jon Kemmer (11, 2-run in 4th)

The Hooks got a measure of revenge on the Cardinals by winning this series; Springfield swept the Hooks last week when they were in Missouri.

A.J. Reed's first plate appearance in the Texas League was a double to lead off the 2nd. He advanced to 3rd on a Colin Moran single and scored the Hooks' first run of the evening on an RBI single from Alfredo Gonzalez. Moran was picked off 2nd, but Danry Vásquez took his place on the bases with a single. A wild pitch allowed both Alfredo and Danry to advance a base. Brett Phillips followed with a 2-run single. Jon Kemmer whacked his 11th homer of the season, a 2-run shot in the 4th that put Corpus up 5-1. Kemmer led off the bottom of the 7th with a walk and came all the way around to score on an RBI double from Moran.

Phillips and Kemmer had 2 hits apiece, while Moran went 3-4.

Kyle Westwood had a solid night as he allowed 2 runs on 5 hits (4 singles and a solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 2 in 7.1 innings of work. Aaron West allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2 over 1.1 innings, and Chris Cotton struck out Derek Gibson for the final out of the game.

R.J. Alaniz will be on the mound for the Hooks tonight as they look for the sweep. He'll take on Arturo Reyes at 7:05.

High Desert 8, Lancaster 6

W- Ryne Slack (7-1)
L- Kevin Comer (1-3, 6-4 season)
S- Adam Parks (1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks took a 4-2 lead into the 7th, only to see the Mavericks score 5 in the top of the inning to take the lead. They couldn't quite recover from that flurry of runs.

Mott Hyde reached on an error in the 1st and scored the first run of the game on a D.J. Fisher triple. Chase McDonald was plunked with the bases loaded in the 6th to tie the game at 2, and Ronnie Mitchell followed with a 2-run single to give Lancaster the lead. McDonald drove in 2 runs in a considerably less painful fashion with a single in the 8th. James Ramsay was 2-5 with a double at the top of the order. Hyde, J.D. Davis, and Jake Nottingham scored 2 runs apiece.

Kevin Comer went 6.2 innings and allowed 5 runs on 9 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 5. Andrew Walter allowed 3 runs on 3 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and fanned 2 in 2.1 innings. He uncorked a wild pitch that allowed a run to score in the 9th. Omar Lopez voiced his displeasure at the safe at home call and was given the boot.

Austin Chrismon will be on the mound for the series finale. He'll face David Ledbetter at 6:30 Pacific.

Quad Cities 3, Burlington 2

W- Justin Ferrell (2-2)
L- Keynan Middleton (4-6)
S- Angel Heredia (4)

QC home runs: Sean McMullen (5, solo in 2nd)

The Banditos got a fantastic performance from Justin Ferrell, who flirted with a no-hitter for 7 innings.

Ferrell ultimately went 7.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4. He lost the no-hitter when Natanael Delgado doubled to lead off the 8th inning. The 2 runs came on an RBI single and a sac fly. Angel Heredia was summoned for the save, and things started off rather shaky. The Bees greeted Heredia with 2 singles to load the bases with 1 out, but he clamped down and got the final 2 outs of the inning without incident. He followed with a 1-2-3 9th. In all, those 2 singles to begin his outing were the only hits that Heredia allowed, and he struck out 2 in 1.2 innings.

Bobby Boyd led off the 1st with a single, and an errant pickoff throw allowed him to advance to 3rd. He scored the first run of the day on a Jamie Ritchie groundout. Sean McMullen cranked a solo shot with 2 outs in the 2nd. That was his 5th homer of the year. Ryan Bottger walked to lead off the 7th and came around to score on a Kristian Trompiz double. McMullen, Bottger, Boyd, and Ramon Laureano all had 2-hit games.

In the series finale, David Paulino will take on Justin Anderson. First pitch is at 7:00.

Tri-City 3, State College 0

W- Dean Deetz (3-1)
L- Landon Beck (1-2)
S- Juan Carlos Santos (2)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats took the series as Dean Deetz, Agapito Barrios, and Juan Carlos Santos combined on a 5-hit shutout.

Deetz allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and whiffed 4 over 5 innings. Barrios allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 2.2 innings. He left the bases loaded for Santos in the 8th, but Santos was able to avert disaster. He retired all 4 Spikes batters he faced with 2 groundouts and 2 flyouts to secure the win.

Pat Porter was the ValleyCats offense. He finished 3-4 and opened up the scoring by ripping a 2-run double in the 2nd. He added an RBI single in the 7th. Drew Ferguson finished 2-4 and scored 2 of Tri-City's 3 runs.

The ValleyCats will look for the sweep as Harold Arauz faces Carson Cross. First pitch is at noon Eastern.

Greeneville 5, Pulaski 2

W- Salvador Montaño (1-1)
L- Juan Jimenez (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Randy Cesar (2, 2-run in 8th)

A late uprising from the Appy Astros netted them the victory.

For 6 innings, they were held in check by Nestor Cortes, who allowed just 3 hits. When the time came for the bullpen, though, Greeneville pounced. It all started in the 7th inning as Randy Cesar and Kevin Martir drew walks. Myles Straw reached on an error to load 'em up, and Osvaldo Duarte made the Yankees pay for that miscue as he sent everyone home with a triple that put the Appy Astros in the lead. Cesar, who finished 2-3, provided the insurance with a 2-run homer in the 8th, his 2nd of the season. He also had a double to go along with his homer.

Albert Abreu went 5 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and fanned 4. Salvador Montaño allowed a solo homer to Hoy-Jun Park in the 6th, which was the only run he allowed in his 4 innings. Montaño allowed 3 other hits, walked 3, and struck out 5.

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

Random Observations: RHP Akeem Bostick and RHP Austin Chrismon

A Tale of Two Pitchers ...

RHP Akeem Bostick was promoted from Quad Cities to Lancaster on June 28th. In three appearances (two starts) since then, he has a 2.30 ERA and a 1.277 WHIP in 15.2 innings. Pretty good, right? BUT all of those starts have been on the road and none have been at either of the two most hitter-friendly parks in the League (Lancaster and High Desert).

RHP Austin Chrismon was promoted from Quad Cities to Lancaster on June 14th. In five appearances (three starts) since the promotion, he has a 4.12 ERA and 1.583 WHIP in 24 innings. Fairly mediocre, right? HOWEVER, Chrismon has a terrific record of 3-0 with a 0.47 ERA and a 1.158 WHIP in his three starts on the road. At Lancaster's home ballpark, The Hangar, Chrismon has not fared quite so well; he is 0-1 with a 18.00 ERA and a 3.200 WHIP in 2 relief appearances (5 IP).

The moral of the story? Context is always important. It will be interesting to see if Chrismon can start adjusting better to his home ballpark (he's scheduled to start at home tonight) and whether or not Bostick will become another pitching victim of The Hangar when he finally pitches there in a game situation.

Minor League Snapshot: Domestic Short Season Standouts

It's time to take a quick look at the Astros domestic short season teams and see which players have gotten off to a good start in their first few weeks of play ...

WARNING: SMALL SAMPLE SIZES AHEAD!!!

Connor Goedert - July 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Batting Average (minimum of 10 games)
.432 in 11 games: 3B Bobby Wernes for Tri-City (30th round 2015)
.429 in 18 games: 1B/DH Connor Goedert for Greeneville (15th round 2014)
.352 in 16 games: OF Drew Ferguson for Tri-City (19th round 2015)
.342 in 19 games: IF/OF Aaron Mizell for Greeneville (32nd round 2015)
.320 in 17 games: DH/1B Dexture McCall for Tri-City (30th round 2014)
.305 in 22 games: OF Johnny Sewald for Tri-City (14th round 2015)

On-Base Percentage
.543: 3B Bobby Wernes
.487: 1B/DH Connor Goedert
.476 in 10 games: OF Vicente Sanchez for GCL (Int'l FA from Dom. Rep. in 2nd season)
.444: OF Drew Ferguson
.414: OF Johnny Sewald

Slugging Percentage
.700: 1B/DH Connor Goedert
.630: OF Drew Ferguson
.533 in 13 games: OF Hector Roa for Tri-City and Greeneville (FA signed 6/12)
.486: 3B Bobby Wernes
.480: DH/1B Dexture McCall

Other Stats of Note
OF Johnny Sewald: 14 stolen bases in 22 games
1B/DH Connor Goedert: 8 doubles and 19 RBI in 18 games

Dean Deetz - July 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ERA (minimum of 9 IP)
0.59 ERA in 15.1 IP (4 games/3 starts): LHP Junior Garcia for Greeneville (Int'l FA from Dom. Rep. signed 10/12)
0.75 ERA in 12 IP (4 games/1 start): RHP Ryan Deemes for Greeneville (36th round 2015)
0.93 ERA in 19.1 IP (4 games/4 starts): RHP David Paulino for Tri-City and Quad Cities after a quick promotion (obtained in 7/13 Jose Veras trade with Detroit)
0.93 ERA in 9.2 IP (7 games): LHP Steve Naemark for Greeneville and Tri-City (40th round 2015)
0.96 ERA in 9.1 IP (5 games): LHP Carlos Hiraldo for GCL (Int'l FA from Dom. Rep. signed 11/13)
1.20 ERA in 15 IP (4 games/2 starts): RHP Moreno Polanco for GCL (Int'l FA from Dom. Rep. in 2nd season)
1.20 ERA in 15 IP (4 games/2starts): RHP Edgardo Sandoval for GCL (Int'l FA from Panama in 2nd season)
1.23 ERA in 22 IP (5 games/4 starts): RHP Dean Deetz for Tri-City (11th round 2014)
1.31 ERA in 20.2 IP (5 games/2 starts): RHP Elieser Hernandez for Tri-City [promoted to Quad Cities yesterday] (Int'l FA from Venezuela signed in 11/11)
1.54 ERA in 11.2 IP (3 games/2 starts): RHP Erasmo Pinales for Greeneville (Int'l FA from Dom. Rep. signed in 2012)
1.69 in 10.2 IP (4 games/1 start): RHP Agapito Barrios for Tri-City (Int'l FA from Panama signed 7/10)
1.80 ERA in 10 IP (4 games/1 start): RHP Chris Murphy (24th round 2015)

WHIP
0.517 WHIP in 9.2 IP (6 games): RHP Adam Whitt for Tri-City (16th round 2015)
0.700 WHIP: RHP Chris Murphy
0.726 WHIP: RHP Elieser Hernandez
0.750 WHIP: RHP Ryan Deemes
0.857 WHIP in 9.1 IP (6 games): RHP Zac Grotz (28th round 2015)
0.857 WHIP: RHP Erasmo Pinales
0.857 WHIP: LHP Carlos Hiraldo
0.931 WHIP: LHP Steve Naemark
0.933 WHIP: RHP Edgardo Sandoval
0.955 WHIP in 14.2 IP (4 games/2 starts): RHP Diogenes Almengo for GCL
0.983 WHIP: RHP David Paulino
1.043 WHIP: RHP Junior Garcia
1.091 WHIP: RHP Dean Deetz

Other Stats of Note
RHP Elieser Hernandez: 30 strikeouts in 20.2 IP


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Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

C Alfredo Gonzalez (23)
Gonzalez was born July 13, 1992 in Santa Teresa del Tuy, Miranda, Venezuela, and signed with the Astros as an international free agent in July 2008. He is currently playing for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks.

Alfredo Gonzalez - May 2015
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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, July 11, 2015

Baseball at the Pan Am Games in Toronto kicked off on Saturday.

Pan Am Games: Puerto Rico 10, United States 9

Roberto Peña got the start behind the plate and went 0-4.

The Americans will play Cuba tonight at 7:05 Eastern, while Puerto Rico will take on Cuba on Monday at 12:05 Eastern.

And now, I begin your regularly scheduled minor league recaps.

Fresno 7, Sacramento 3

W- Brady Rodgers (8-4)
L- Jack Snodgrass (1-2)

Fresno home runs: Matt Duffy (10, 2-run in 1st), Max Stassi (10, solo in 2nd)

The Grizz got a pretty solid outing from Brady Rodgers as they clinched a series win over the guys who played for them last year.

Brady Rodgers allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and struck out 8 over 7 innings. The only Sacramento hitter who did anything against Brady was Adam Duvall... who hit 3 solo homers. Jose Veras (8th) and Jordan Jankowski (9th) both threw a perfect inning, and they both struck out 2.

The homers opened up the scoring. Matt Duffy put Fresno up 2-0 with his blast in the 1st, and Max Stassi followed with a solo shot in the 2nd. In the 6th inning, Andrew Aplin grounded into a force out that scored Domingo Santana, and Jonathan Villar smacked a 2-run double. Stassi added an RBI single in the 9th for the final run of the evening. He, Villar, and Nolan Fontana had 2 hits apiece.

The Grizzlies also went 8-8 in stolen base attempts; Andrew Aplin went 0-3, but he managed to steal 3 bases (9, 21 season). Villar stole 2 (10), while Joe Sclafani (2), Robbie Grossman (6), and Fontana (4) stole 1.

In the series finale, and their final game before the AAA All-Star break, Mike Hauschild will face Tommy Hanson at 1:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 6, Springfield 4

W- Reymin Guduan (1-1, 4-4 season)
L- Ryan Sherriff (0-1)
S- Jandel Gustave (11)

CC home runs: Jon Kemmer (10, solo in 2nd), Jack Mayfield (2, 9 season; solo in 7th)

The Astros don't play the Cardinals as often as they used to (thanks a lot, Bud), so I guess the Grizzlies, Hooks, River Bandits, ValleyCats, and Appy Astros will have to settle for beating their counterparts in the Minors.

Springfield took a 4-3 lead in the 6th, but the Hooks responded by retaking the lead in the bottom of the inning. No lead (and win) for you, farm team of cheaters!

Jon Kemmer's solo homer in the 2nd put the Hooks on the board. He led off the 4th with a double and scored on a Jio Mier sac fly. Colin Moran added an RBI single in the 5th inning. Brett Booth has delivered some big hits for the Hooks as of late; he responded to Aledmys Diaz's 3-run homer that gave the Cardinals the lead with a 2-run single in the bottom of the 6th that put the Hooks back on top. And finally, Jack Mayfield widened the lead with a solo homer in the 7th.

Kemmer finished 3-4 with the solo homer and hit another double in the 7th inning. At the bottom of the order, Danry Vásquez and Brett Booth had 2 hits apiece.

Michael Feliz went 5 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Reymin Guduan allowed the 3-run homer to Diaz in the 6th. He went 1.2 innings and allowed one other hit, walked 2, and struck out 1. Travis Ballew pitched an inning (final out of the 7th and 2 outs in the 8th) and allowed a hit and walked 3, but he kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard. He struck out 1. Jandel Gustave got the 4-out save, whiffing 1 in the process.

In game 2 of this series, Kyle Westwood will take on Andrew Morales. First pitch is at 6:05.

High Desert 7, Lancaster 3

W- Trey Lambert (3-2)
L- Edison Frias (8-3)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (14, solo in 2nd)

The Mavs took this game as they managed to created a little bit of separation late between the JetHawks and themselves.

Chase McDonald put Lancaster on the board in the 2nd with a solo shot, his 14th. Ronnie Mitchell followed with a triple, and he scored on a Mott Hyde groundout. Jake Nottingham hit an RBI single in the 5th. J.D. Davis finished 2-3 with a walk.

Edison Frias went 2.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Jordan Mills allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 1.1 innings. Troy Scribner allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 6 in 3.1 innings. Albert Minnis allowed 3 hits and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings.

Kevin Comer will get the start in game 2 of this series. He'll face Connor Sadzeck at 5:00 Pacific.

Burlington 8, Quad Cities 5

W- Michael Bolaski (5-6)
L- Michael Freeman (0-1)
S- Eduardo Paredes (13)

QC home runs: Jason Martin (6, 2-run in 3rd)

The Banditos were able to withstand a 5-run 2nd by scoring 5 of their own spread out over the first 3 innings, but some poor defense let them down late in this one.

Nick Tanielu opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st, and Ramon Laureano added an RBI groundout. Alex Bregman added an RBI single in the 2nd, and Jason Martin whacked a 2-run homer in the 3rd that tied the game at 5. Bregman finished 3-5, while Tanielu, Martin, and Luis Reynoso had 2 hits apiece.

Brandon McNitt went 6 innings and allowed 5 runs on 9 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 5. Michael "The" Freeman was stung by that bad defense, as they led to 3 unearned runs in 2 innings. Freeman allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 2. Eric Peterson worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Justin Ferrell will be on the mound for game 2 of this series. He'll take on Keynan Middleton at 5:15.

Tri-City 8, State College 7

W- Adam Whitt (2-0)
L- Kender Villegas (0-1)

TC home runs: Brooks Marlow (2, 3-run in 4th), Dex McCall (2, 2-run in 7th)

The ValleyCats successfully erased a 5-1 deficit, and after the Spikes tied the game in the bottom of the 7th, Tri-City retook the lead with 1 in the 8th.

Bobby Wernes scored the first run of the game on an error that allowed Keach Ballard to reach. Brooks Marlow put a huge dent in the State College lead with a 3-run homer in the 4th inning. Dex McCall put the ValleyCats in the lead with a 2-run homer in the 7th. Drew Ferguson singled, stole 2nd (1), and scored on a double from Wernes. In response to State College tying the game in the 7th, Johnny Sewald hit a 1-out single in the 8th, stole 2nd (13), advanced to 3rd on an Edwin Medina single, and scored the go-ahead run on a Cesar Carrasco sac fly. Medina and Ferguson had 2 hits and a stolen base (Medina has 5 now) apiece, while Wernes finished 3-5.

Trent Thornton allowed 5 runs on 10 hits (9 singles and a double) in 2.2 innings. Zac Grotz was the first man out and allowed a hit and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. Scott Weathersby went 2.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits and struck out 2. Steve Naemark got the 2nd out of the 7th inning with a strikeout, but he also allowed a single that scored 1 of the 2 runners he inherited from Weathersby. Adam Whitt allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 2.1 innings to get the win.

In game 2 of this series, Dean Deetz will take on Landon Beck. First pitch is at 6:05 Eastern.

Pulaski 9, Greeneville 3

W- Eduardo Rivera (1-0)
L- Yhoan Acosta (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Luis Payano (2, solo in 3rd)

The Appy Astros fell behind 6-0 in the 2nd and never really got into this game. Well, they did have an opportunity to claw back into this game when they had the bases loaded in the 3rd, but they could only muster up 1 run.

Luis Payano led off that 3rd inning with his 2nd homer of the year. Myles Straw followed with a single. He moved to 2nd on a Ford Stainback single, went to 3rd on an Aaron Mizell walk, and scored on a wild pitch. Straw scored 2 of Greeneville's 3 runs; he came home on a Connor Goedert double in the 7th. Ford Stainback finished 2-4.

Yhoan Acosta went 1.2 innings and allowed 6 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. Joselo Pinales allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 over 2.1 innings. Alejandro Solarte went 2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits and walked 1. Andrew Thome allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless, and Samil De Los Santos allowed a single, and then allowed a 2-run homer to Nathan Mikolas in the 9th. He did strike out the side, so that was a sliver of a silver lining.

Albert Abreu will be on the mound for Greeneville tonight. First pitch is at 6:00.

GCL Astros 3, GCL Yankees2 2

W- Carlos Hiraldo (1-0)
L- Christian Morris (0-1)
S- Lachlan Madden (2)

GCL home runs: None.

Wander Franco went 2-3, and his RBI double in the 1st opened the scoring. He added an RBI single in the 3rd. Daz Cameron hit an RBI single of his own in the 4th. Ruben Castro went 2-2 with a run scored.

Moreno Polanco allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 over 4 shutout innings. Junior A. Garcia allowed a single and a run on a groundout in the 5th. Carlos Hiraldo allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 2.2 innings, and Lachlan Madden allowed an unearned run, walked 1, and struck out 1 as he got the 4-out save.

DSL Rays 14, DSL Astros Blue 1

Uh.... pass?

DSL Cardinals 7, DSL Astros Orange 3

W- Estailin Tejada (1-0)
L- Yan De La Cruz (0-1)

Orange home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (3, 2-run in 8th)

The Orange team scored 3 in the 8th to take a 3-2 lead, but the Cardinals responded with 5 in the bottom of the 8th.

Miguelangel Sierra tied the game at 2 with a 2-run homer, and Felix Lucas put them in the lead with an RBI double.

Jose Ramos allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 over 5 shutout innings, but the bullpen couldn't close the deal after the offense woke up in the 8th.