Monday, August 22, 2016

Astros Farm Report: 8-22

Looking at the playoff picture for the various Astros MiLB teams, but first things first ...

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

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

8-21: IF Yulieski Gurriel called up to Houston from Fresno
8-21: IF Tyler White optioned from Houston to Fresno
8-21: LHP Evan Grills assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
8-20: IF Jack Mayfield activated from the Fresno 7-day DL
8-20: IF Keach Ballard assigned from Fresno to Lancaster
8-19: RHP David Paulino assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
8-19: LHP Eury de la Rosa assigned to Fresno
8-19: RHP James Hoyt optioned from Houston to Fresno
8-19: RHP Brad Peacock recalled from Fresno to Houston
8-19: LHP Albert Minnis assigned from Fresno to Corpus Christi
8-19: OF Drew Ferguson assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
8-18: RHP Albert Abreu assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
8-18: RHP Nick Hernandez assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities
8-18: RHP Enrique Chavez assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities
8-18: RHP Agapito Barrios placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL retroactive to 8-17

STANDINGS/PLAYOFF PICTURE

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

AAA Fresno 3rd 67-61 .523 7.0GB L3

Going 2-8 in the last 10 has not helped Fresno's chances of making the playoffs. The revolving door between Fresno and Houston, along with pitching injuries, has been a bad combination. With 15 games left in the season, Fresno's elimination number is down to 10. It's looking increasingly likely that the Grizzlies will be free to join the big league club when rosters expand on September 1st (or at least when their season ends on September 5th)

AA Corpus Christi 1st 75-51 .595 0.0GB W1 (Overall)
2nd half: 3rd 28-28 .500 9.0GB W1
(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 an 8-game second half lead over the second place San Antonio (Padres) team and is almost certain to be the team that the Hooks will face in the first round of the playoffs. The Hooks are off today as they travel back from Arkansas and will host Midland for a 4-game series starting Tuesday. There are 14 games remaining in the regular season. The playoffs are slated to start in Corpus Christi on Wednesday, September 7th.

A+ Lancaster 3rd 71-55 .563 3.0GB W1 (Overall)
2nd half: 1st 36-20 .643 0.0GB W1

The JetHawks remain in first place, increasing their lead to five games in front of High Desert (Rangers) and five and half games in front of Lake Elsinore (Padres) in the second half, but falling to one-half game behind Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) in the wild card race. Lancaster will be off on Monday before hosting High Desert for four games over three days starting Tuesday. There are 14 games left in the regular season.

A- Quad Cities 6th 58-67 .464 21.5GB L2 (Overall)
2nd half: 5th 27-29 .482 14.0GB L2

Although they haven't been officially eliminated from the postseason, in reality the Banditos really need to sweep the second place Cedar Rapids (Twins) on the road starting tonight in order to remain in the conversation. Their elimination number now stands at 10 with 14 games remaining in the season.

SSA Tri-City 3rd 32-28 .533 3.5GB L2

The ValleyCats have fallen to three and a half games behind Lowell (Red Sox) and one and a half games behind Connecticut (Tigers) in the division. They are in fourth place, two games back, in the wild card race. Tri-City has three games remaining against Lowell and two more against Connecticut in their final 16 games which will be played over 15 days.

Rk+ Greeneville 3rd 28-29 .491 5.5GB L2

The Appy League Astros have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games and have fallen to five and a half games behind Johnson City (Cardinals) and three games behind second place Elizabethton (Twins). Since the first and second place teams in the division advance to the playoffs, Greeneville still has a chance since they play the final six games (out of 11 remaining) against Elizabethton.

Rk- GCL 5th 20-28 .417 10.0GB W1
ELIMINATED

There are 8 games remaining in their season.

FRk DSL Blue 3rd 39-23 .629 6.5GB L5

The Astros Blue team picked a bad time to fade. After losing five in a row, they have gone from playoff contention to an elimination number of four with six games left in the season. They can still make it, but a whole lot of things need to go right.

FRk DSL Orange 4th 28-36 .438 17.0GB L1
ELIMINATED

The Orange team has officially been eliminated from postseason play.

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