Sunday, January 10, 2016

Astros Farm Report: 1-10

A couple of Hooks get honored, a few coaching changes and more, but first things first ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

1-10: RHP Gonzalo Sanudo (24)
1-10: SS/2B Antonio Nunez (23)
1-11: 3B Randy Cesar (21)
1-12: Ricardo Castro (20)
1-13: RHP Andrew Thome (23)
1-15: OF Daz Cameron (19)
1-15: OF Edgar Lorenzo (19)
1-15: RHP Yoanys Quiala (22)

Also, I missed one birthday from last week. RHP Brendan McCurry, who was obtained in the Jed Lowrie trade with Oakland earlier this offseason, turned 24 on Thursday, January 7th.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

A heavily bearded Travis Ballew and his girlfriend Nicki, and the newlywed Jankowskis got to spend a little quality time together in Puerto Rico last week.
  FALL/WINTER LEAGUE STATS

Here is how the Astros players participating in fall and winter leagues have fared to date (through Saturday, the 9th, unless otherwise noted):

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE - FALL LEAGUE ENDED 11/21
3B J.D. Davis - .279/.329/.456 in 17 games
OF Derek Fisher - .254/.397/.424 in 17 games
IF Chan-Jong Moon - .093/.241/.116 in 13 games
1B A.J. Reed - .231/.326/.385 in 11 games
LHP Chris Cotton - 1.17 ERA/0.783 WHIP in 8 games (7.2IP)
LHP Brian Holmes - 1.13 ERA/1.250 WHIP in 6 games (16.0IP)
LHP Albert Minnis - 2.31 ERA/1.200 WHIP in 9 games (11.2IP)
RHP Keegan Yuhl - 7.88 ERA/1.625 WHIP in 8 games (8.0IP)

New Astro Brendan McCurry, obtained in the Jed Lowrie trade, went 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA and a 1.125 WHIP in 11 games (13.1 IP) in the Arizona Fall League.

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE - REGULAR SEASON ENDED 12/21
OF Andrew Aplin - .278/.325/.444 in 10 games
C Tyler Heineman - .190/.288/.224 in 19 games
OF Teoscar Hernandez - .275/.295/.375 in 17 games
OF Eury Perez - .236/.250/.273 in 16 games
1B/DH Tyler White - .297/.421/.494 in 44 games
RHP Jake Buchanan - 2.01 ERA/0.830 WHIP in 7 games (31.1IP)
LHP Reymin Guduan - 4.22 ERA/1.875 WHIP in 13 games (10.2IP)
RHP Jandel Gustave - 2.87 ERA/1.277 WHIP in 14 games (15.2IP)
RHP Angel Heredia - 13.50 ERA/2.500 WHIP in 2 games (2.0IP)
RHP Jordan Jankowski - 16.20 ERA and 2.400 WHIP in 2 games (1.2IP) - moved to LBPRC
RHP Juan Minaya - 12.79 ERA/2.842 WHIP in 6 games (6.1IP)
RHP Cesar Valdez - 2.52 ERA/0.960 WHIP in 5 games (25.0IP)

Teoscar Hernandez got a little more playing time later in the week for the Toros del Este in the Dominican Winter League playoffs after starting the week with a couple of pinch hit appearances earlier in the week. For the week, he was 6-for-18 with a double, solo home run, two RBI, three runs scored and two strikeouts in six games. Eury Perez appeared in three games for Escogido and was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and a walk. The Toros and Escogido are tied for second in the playoffs, but Licey has been dominating so far.

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE - REGULAR SEASON ENDED 12/30
IF Arturo Michelena - .083/.083/.083 in 8 games (only 12 at-bats)
IF Kristian Trompiz - 2 games as pinch runner; no at-bats
OF Danry Vasquez - .276/.338/.392 in 57 games
RHP Chris Devenski - 5.21 ERA/1.579 in 5 games (19.0IP)
RHP James Hoyt - 1.86 ERA/1.035 WHIP in 19 games (19.1IP)

Danry Vasquez's season with Caracas came to an end last night as his team lost the first round of the playoffs to the Magallanes, but he went out with a bang, going 2-for-3 with a solo home run in his final game. For the week, Vasquez was 4-for-9 with a home run, three RBI, a run scored and two strikeouts.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE - REGULAR SEASON ENDED 12/29
OF Leo Heras - .301/.410/.493 in 44 games
RHP Octavio Acosta - 1.98 ERA and 1.463 WHIP in 8 games (13.2IP)
RHP Enrique Chavez - 9.00 ERA/3.000 WHIP in 1 game (1.0IP)
RHP Jose Hernandez - 1.39 ERA/1.021 WHIP in 8 games (32.1IP)
RHP Juan Robles - 4.02 ERA/1.277 WHIP in 10 games (15.2IP)
RHP Gonzalo Sanudo - 3.60 ERA/1.200 WHIP in 17 games (15.0IP)

Leo Heras's Obregon team won the first round four games to two and will advance to the semifinals starting today. Heras was 5-for-16 with two doubles, two runs, a walk and four strikeouts in four games over the week.

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (thru Sunday)
C Jake Bowey - .103/.186./.103 in 12 games
IF Jared Cruz - .091/.091/.091 in 7 games
1B Connor MacDonald - .156/.264/.267 in 19 games
IF/OF Marc Wik - .333/.479/.440 in 47 games
RHP Kevin Comer - 16.88 ERA/4.499 WHIP in 4 games (2.2IP)

Mark Wik continues to shine Down Under. For the week, he went 5-for-13 with three doubles, three RBI, five walks, three strikeouts, four runs scored and a stolen base in four games. His team, the Adelaide Bite, is currently in third place, six games behind Brisbane and three games behind Canberra. The ABL playoffs don't start until the end of the month.

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE - REGULAR SEASON ENDED 12/30
C Ruben Castro - 1.000/.1.000/.1.000 in 1 game (1AB)
OF Edwin Medina - .281/.342/.313 in 26 games (32AB)
OF Alexander Melendez - .250/.333/.375 in 8 games (8AB)
OF Nestor Muriel - .000/.000/.000 in 1 game (3AB)
C Roberto Pena - .159/.205/.203 in 24 games
C Max Stassi - .280/.333/.520 in 8 games
RHP Travis Ballew - 2.19 ERA/1.338 WHIP in 20 games (24.2IP)
RHP Jordan Jankowski - 1.80 ERA/1.000 WHIP in 6 games (5.0IP)
RHP Juan Santos - 12.00 ERA/4.000 WHIP in 3 games (3.0IP)

Roberto Pena appeared in two games for Santurce last week. He was 3-for-5 with a solo home run, RBI and two runs scored. Pena's teammate Travis Ballew appeared in three games and allowed no hits and three walks while striking out one in three innings of work.

Jordan Jankowski pitched 2.1 innings (2 games) for Caguas, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three. Edwin Medina was 1-for-2 with a strikeout in two games for Mayaguez.

Santurce, Caguas and Mayaguez are all tied at 2-2 in the playoffs.

NEWS AND LINKS

It has been a quiet week on the Astros minor league front. The Astros announced a few changes to their minor league coaching and development staffs which I weighed on (very) briefly here. When I get a chance, I'll update the full coaching staff list with what we now know.

RHP Chris Devenski and OF Jon Kemmer will be among those honored at this Thursday's South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet as Corpus Christi Hooks Pitcher and Player of the Year for 2015. Dave Clark, former Hooks Manager and former Astros third base coach, will be a special guest.

Rachel Balkovec, Astros minor league Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, shares her philosophy on coaching. Spoiler alert: That big muscle in a player's head is as (or more) important than the rest of them.

Chris Carter signed with the Brewers last week.

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