Thursday, August 18, 2016

Astros Farm Report: 8-18

Checking in on the playoff pictures, but first things first ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

8-18: C/DH Evan Gattis (30)
8-19: SS Alex De Goti (22)
8-21: OF Derek Fisher (23)
8-22: 1B/3B Brody Westmoreland (21)

Alex De Goti - July 2016

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

In addition to these moves posted on Tuesday, here are a few more moves from the last couple of days.

8-17: OF Kyle Tucker assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
8-17: RHP Devin Raftery assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City
8-17: OF Danry Vasquez released
8-16: RHP Edison Frias placed on the 7-day DL
8-16: RHP Mike Hauschild placed on the 7-day DL
8-16: LHP Brian Holmes placed on the 7-day DL (reported earlier)
8-16: 2B Yulieski Gurriel assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno

STANDINGS/PLAYOFF PICTURE

Let's check in with the teams as they make their final pushes for playoff berths.

AAA Fresno 3rd 66-58 .532 5.0GB L5

Fresno's 5-game losing streak has dropped them to third place in their division, five games behind Tacoma (Mariners) and a half game behind Reno (Diamondbacks). With only 19 games left in the season, their elimination number is at 15. If they don't start winning soon and often, they will all be free to join the big league club when rosters expand on September 1st.

AA Corpus Christi 1st 72-50 .590 0.0GB L1 (Overall)
2nd half: 3rd 25-27 .481 9.0GB L1
(Clinched playoff berth by winning first half)

The Hooks are automatically slated for the playoffs by virtue of winning the first half. Midland (A's) holds a 7-game second half lead over the second place San Antonio (Padres) team and looks likely to be the team that the Hooks will face in the first round of the playoffs. There are 18 games remaining in the season and four of those will be against Midland.

A+ Lancaster 2nd 68-53 .562 4.0GB W1 (Overall)
2nd half: 1st 33-18 .647 0.0GB W1

The JetHawks remain in first place, four games in front of both High Desert (Rangers) and Lake Elsinore (Padres) in the second half. They also lead the wild card standings by a .001 percentage point over Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers). Lancaster will be facing High Desert six times and Lake Elsinore three times over their next 9 games. There are 19 games left in the regular season.

A- Quad Cities 6th 57-64 .471 18.5GB L3 (Overall)
2nd half: 4th 26-26 .500 11.0GB L3

Their current 3-game losing streak has made it very, very, very difficult for the River Bandits to make it to the postseason. They now need to overtake two teams in order to win a wild card with two additional teams breathing down their necks. It's doable, but not if they don't get on a good win streak, like, now! There are 18 games left in the regular season.

SSA Tri-City 3rd 31-26 .544 1.0GB W1

The ValleyCats are one game behind co-leaders Lowell (Red Sox) and Connecticut (Tigers) in the division. They are in fourth place, two and half games back, in the wild card race. This looks to be an exciting stretch run. Tri-City has three games remaining against Lowell and two more against Connecticut in their final 19 games.

Rk+ Greeneville 3rd 27-26 .509 3.0GB W1

The Appy League Astros are now one and a half games behind second place Elizabethton (Twins). Since the first and second place teams in the division advance to the playoffs, Greeneville is still very much in it, particularly considering that the final six games (out of 15 remaining) will be played against Elizabethton.

Rk- GCL 5th 18-27 .400 9.5GB W1

With 11 games left in the regular season, this rookie club has an elimination number of 3 and will likely be officially eliminated from a playoff berth over the next few days.

FRk DSL Blue 2nd 39-19 .672 3.0GB L1

The Astros Blue team is still in second place, .005 percentage points in front of the Royals in the division and in the wild card standings. They have been rained out the last couple of days and any potential makeup games aren't showing on the schedule yet, but their season is currently scheduled to end on August 27th.

FRk DSL Orange 5th 25-35 .417 17.0GB L1
ELIMINATED

The Orange team has officially been eliminated from postseason play.

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