Sunday, January 17, 2016

Astros Farm Report: 1/17

Lots O' Links this week, but first things first ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

1-17: OF Kyle Tucker (19)
1-18: SS Osvaldo Duarte (20)
1-19: IF Ford Stainback (23)
1-20: LHP Ben Smith (23)
1-21: RHP David Schmidt (23)
1-22: RHP Mike Hauschild (26)
1-22: RHP Jose Montero (23)
1-22: OF Angel Tejeda (19)
1-23: RHP Keegan Yuhl (24)

TWEET OF THE WEEK

I usually reserve my tweet of the week for Astros-related fare, but this is just too good not to pass on!

FALL/WINTER LEAGUE STATS

Here is how the Astros players participating in fall and winter leagues have fared to date (through Saturday, the 16th, 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 is representing the Toros as the only Astros player currently playing in the Dominican League playoffs. He went 7-for-24 with three doubles, two RBI, two walks, 10 strikeouts and scored three runs in 6 games played over the last week and is hitting .311 in the playoffs. The Toros loss last night put them in a tie for second place with Escogido going into the last regularly scheduled day of the Round Robin today. If the Toros win and Escogido loses, the Toros will face Licey in the Championship finals (and vice versa for Escogido). If both teams lose or both win, they will face off one last time to see who will face Licey in the finals. The Toros will play the fourth place Estrellas today while Escogido faces the first place Licey team.

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)

No Astros are still active in the Venezuelan playoffs, but Astros minor league Manager Omar Lopez is managing the Caribes who are currently tied 2-2 with the Magallanes in the semifinals.

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 leads Mazatlan 3-2 in the semifinals. Game 6 will be this afternoon with Game 7 on Monday if necessary. The Championship series is scheduled to start on Wednesday. Heras was 3-for-13 with a double, two RBI, two strikeouts and he scored one run in four games last week; he is hitting .250 in the postseason.

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (thru Sunday)
C Jake Bowey - .089/.180./.089 in 14 games
IF Jared Cruz - .091/.091/.091 in 7 games
1B Connor MacDonald - .156/.264/.267 in 19 games
IF/OF Marc Wik - .319/.466/.417 in 51 games
RHP Kevin Comer - 16.88 ERA/4.499 WHIP in 4 games (2.2IP)

Marc Wik had a bit of a slow week for the Bite, going 2-for-13 with an RBI, three walks, three strikeouts, two runs and a caught stealing, but he is still in the top 10 in the Australian Baseball League in multiple categories. Wik is first in walks (43BB:31SO), in the top five in batting average, on-base percentage, runs scored, doubles and stolen bases, and he also ranks 10th in the league in OPS. Jake Bowey saw some game action for Perth over the last week, but didn't have much to show for it. He was 0-for-6 in two games with one walk and two strikeouts.

Going into the final regular season of play next weekend, Wik's Adelaide Bite is in third place, trailing the second place team by three games and Bowey's Perth Heat is in fifth place, 10 games behind the leader. The Bite should advance to the first round of playoffs which pits the number two and number three seeds against each other.

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)

The Round Robin playoffs in Puerto Rico end on Wednesday. Edwin Medina has played sparingly for tournament leader Mayaguez, but did score a run in his one pinch running appearance over the week. Jordan Jankowski made two appearances for second place Caguas last week, allowing two runs (inherited runners scored) on no hits and three walks, and striking out one over a total of 2.2 innings. Santurce trails Caguas by only one half a game. Travis Ballew made his final appearance last night for Santurce, pitching one final perfect inning before heading home this morning. Ballew allowed one hit and no walks in his three appearances last week (3.1IP) and did not allow a single run during the playoffs. Roberto Pena is also representing Santurce; he was 1-for-8 with two strikeouts in two games for them over the last week.

NEWS AND LINKS

Joe Musgrove was one of the Astros players attending the Rookie Career Development Program. Here he talks about enjoying the ride he's been on as a professional player.

Jon Kemmer and Chris Devenski, among others, were honored at last week's South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet. They clean up good!

A.J. Reed knows that baseball is a game of adjustments.

J.J. Cooper at Baseball America talks about the Astros minor leaguers winning ways. And Cooper also released his Top 10 Astros prospect list. He answers questions about the Astros top prospects here.

Grizzlies Manager Tony DeFrancesco, C Tyler Heineman and RHP James Hoyt will appear at the Hot Stove Gala in Fresno next month.

And I missed this piece on everyone's favorite utility player Joe Sclafani on his time playing for Team USA in Taiwan this past November.

2016 Greeneville Manager Josh Bonifay shared some good news on Saturday with a little help from his daughter Cora ...


Last but not least (and a hat tip to Astros County), the minor league pay lawsuit is moving along and it's getting bigger! And that brings us full circle back to that Tweet of the Week.

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