Sunday, February 28, 2016

Astros Farm Report: 2/28

I spoke with Jason Burke on the AstrosTurf podcast yesterday. I refuse to listen to myself, but you can right here! We covered a lot of ground related to the Astros minor league system. Give it a listen!

Spring Training is in the air, but the minor leaguers who aren't training in the big league camp have another week with their loved ones before they report. Some of them are getting antsy!

TWEET OF THE WEEK
WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

3-1: OF Hector Roa (21)
3-2: OF James Ramsay (24)

NEWS AND LINKS

Jose de Jesus Ortiz brings you the story of Astros minor league slugger Jon Kemmer who made his debut in Baseball America's 2016 Prospect Handbook at lucky #13.

And Ortiz brings us another story about 22-year old fire-balling RHP David Paulino who made his Prospect debut at #7 in the Astros organization.

Baseball America has the tale of Tyler White coming to the rescue!

Baseball America looks at how their top ranked first base prospects stack up. A.J. Reed leads the way.

MiLB.com weighs in on how the systems rank in position player talent. The Astros are definitely toward the top.

The Fresno Grizzlies bring us Three Amigos themed jerseys. The Grizzlies promotions team is simply amazing in their creativity!

The offseason transaction master list has been updated with the signing of LHP Neal Cotts to a minor league deal.

And in case you missed it, I updated the 2016 Astros minor league coaching list with the various changes that have been announced over the last couple of months.

And finally, last but certainly not least, here is a glimpse of what you're missing if you haven't purchased your copy of the 2016 Houston Farm System Handbook yet!

RHP Ricardo Castro
  • B/T: R/R
  • H/W: 6’3” 187#
  • Born: 1/12/96 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Age on 4/1/16: 20
  • Acquisition: International Free Agent signed in April 2015
  • 2015: 1st season; Dominican Summer League (FRk)

BASIC PITCHING INFO
Year
Level
W-L
IP
G
GS
SV
2015
FRk
1-0
27.2
7
7
0
All
-
1-0
27.2
7
7
0
BASIC STATS PLUS FIP AND BABIP
Year
Level
IP
ERA
FIP
WHIP
AVG
BABIP
2015
FRk
27.2
1.63
2.99
0.940
.196
.254
All
-
27.2
1.63
-
0.940
-
-
BB, SO AND HR STATS
Year
BB/9
SO/9
HR
HRR
HR/9
2015
2.3
8.1
1
1
0.3
All
2.3
8.1
1
1
0.3
Additional 2015 Stats:
  • SO%: 30.1 (21 SOS; 4 SOL)
  • P/S%: NA
  • BQS%: 66.7 (2 of 3)
  • IRS%: N/A
  • SB%: 0.0 (0 of 7)
  • PO: 0
  • DP: 0
  • E: 0
  • High GS: 67

Postseason Stats:
2015 Dominican Summer League Astros Blue Team: 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.600 WHIP in 1 game (5.0IP)


Narrative:
Castro actually started playing in Mexico as a catcher, but in his first professional season pitching, he made quite the statement. The tall, projectable right-hander features a low 90’s fastball and good command. He allowed only seven walks to 25 strikeouts in his 27+ innings of work and held batters to a .196 average (.172 vs. lefties in a limited sample size). Castro showed enough polish in his seven starts (and his one excellent postseason start) that I can see him leapfrogging past the Gulf Coast League in 2016 and going straight to the higher rookie club Greeneville Astros to start the season.

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