The latest happenings down on the farm ...
WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
4-21: RHP Justin Ferrell (22)
4-21: OF Alexander Melendez (21)
4-21: RHP Starlyn Taveras (22)
4-22: RHP Bryan Abreu (19)
It has been a quiet week on the the transaction front. The only move of note was the assignment of RHP Yeyfry del Rosario from extended Spring Training to Corpus Christi. The soon-to-be 22-year old was signed by the Astros in April 2015 after his release from the Blue Jays organization. Del Rosario put up solid but unremarkable numbers for short season Tri-City in 2015. He is the third pitcher, alongside David Schmidt and Edgardo Sandoval, to be fast-tracked to AA Corpus Christi already this season.
4-16: RHP Yeyfry del Rosario assigned to Corpus Christi
Now that the early season rainouts are in the rearview mirror, the Astros full season teams are playing a full slate of games .... with mixed results. Corpus Christi is currently on a 5-game win streak, thanks in large part to great pitching and an offense fueled by Texas League Player of the Week SS Alex Bregman. Quad Cities on the other hand is struggling mightily, particularly at the plate; the team is sporting a collective .186/.277/.275 batting line through their first 12 games. They have lost 5 in a row.
AAA Fresno 2nd 5-5 .500 2.5GB W1
AA Corpus Christi 2nd 8-3 .727 1.0GB W5
A+ Lancaster 4th 4-5 .444 2.5GB L2
A- Quad Cities 8th 2-10 .167 6.0GB L5
NEWS AND LINKS
I am wayyyyyy behind on my reading, but here are a couple of links you might enjoy.
Terri Schlather takes us behind the scenes with the Minute Maid Park field crew.
B.J. Anteola of the Fresno Bee checks in with 3B (and newly converted left fielder) Matt Duffy as he returns to AAA Fresno.
Mike Hauschild is off to a good start with Fresno.
For everything you want to know about the Astros minor leagues but were afraid to ask, check out the 2016 Houston Farm System Handbook.