WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
I had previously posted that Lancaster 1B Bryan Muniz will turn 23 today and Venezuelan OF Carlos Machado will turn 18 today. Here are the other upcoming birthdays for this week.
6-6: IF Nolan Fontana (25)
6-6: RHP Hector Perez (20)
6-7: C Oliver Toribio (20)
6-8: C Vicente Mota (22)
6-8: C Roberto Pena (24)
6-10: OF Pat Porter (23)
6-11: RHP Ryan Deemes (23)
6-11: OF Nestor Muriel (18)
Aside from a flurry of moves in preparation for the start of the DSL season on Saturday, there haven't been many moves since I last posted. Dustin wrote an excellent primer on the DSL Astros teams. Check it out here.
6-3: C Richard Gonzalez who spent limited time with Lancaster this season was released
6-1: 17-year old Dominican IF Kendy Moya signed by the Astros
5-31: 2B/OF Aaron Mizell assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
5-31: IF Kristian Trompiz assigned from Lancaster to Quad Cities
5-26: 17-year old Panamanian RHP Rhandall Sanchez signed by the Astros
It's been 9 days since we last checked in on the standings. Let's see how things have gone for the farm crews. Fresno is still in third place after going 3-5-1 (Dustin explains the tie in this recap). They still trail the division-leading Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) and the second place Reno Aces (Diamondbacks). The Hooks, on the other hand, have parlayed a 5-3 record over their last eight games into a first place positioning. However the lead is tenuous with Frisco (Rangers) only trailing by a half a game. Lancaster has been on a roll! They have gone 8-2 in the last nine days, including the completion of a rain-shortened game from April. They are still in third place, but they have gained three games on division leader High Desert (Rangers) and four games on Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers). Plus they are back over .500 and on a 4-game win streak! Quad Cities continues to scuffle, going 3-6 in their last nine games.
AAA Fresno 3rd 24-30 .444 8.5GB L2
AA Corpus Christi 1st 33-21 .611 0.0GB L1
A+ Lancaster 3rd 29-26 .527 4.5GB W4
A- Quad Cities 8th 23-32 .418 8.0GB L2
Here are a couple of links that you may have missed ...
An interview with then River Bandit and now JetHawk RHP Andrew Thome
Steve Batterson of the Quad Cities Times gets the scoop on the other Correa in the Astros system.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
The photos from my Iowa trip in which I was able to check in on the River Bandits in Cedar Rapids are up and (mostly) labeled. Here are a few of my favorites.
Sidearmer Adam Whitt sports the high socks look
Dexture McCall says 'Hey'
Albert Abreu certainly looks the part of a top prospect
Anthony Hermelyn catches the Kernels' Brad Hartong
out at the plate
The Dancing with the Stars judges give
LHP Zac Person all 10's on his extension
Osvaldo Duarte gets a great jump out of the box
Since I wasn't at the games in time for batting practice, I only got a couple of videos.