Sunday, August 28, 2016

Astros Farm Report: 8-28

A fat lady update on the Astros MiLB playoff hopes, but first things first ...


8-28: LHP Brett Adcock (21)
8-28: RHP Will Harris (32)
8-30: RHP Juan Santos (21)
8-31: LHP Francisco Villegas (19)
8-31: C Marlon Avea (23)
8-31: RHP Ronel Blanco (23)
9-3: C Brandon Benavente (19)
9-4: RHP Pat Neshek (36)
9-4: IF Nick Tanielu (24)
9-5: OF Jason Martin (21)

Jason Martin - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen


The moves have finally slowed down to a trickle after the recent rush of end-of-season promotions.

8-27: RHP Tyler Britton assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities
8-27: RHP Franklin Perez placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL retroactive to 8-25
8-25: RHP Juan Robles assigned from the GCL to Greeneville


Let's check in on the Fat Lady Status for each of the Astros minor league clubs.

AAA Fresno 3rd 69-65 .515 6.0GB W1

Fresno has not yet been eliminated thanks to a 4-game losing streak from the first place Tacoma (Mariners) team, but it is the second place Reno (Diamondbacks) team that has benefited most as they have won four in a row and now lag Tacoma by only 2-1/2 games. With an elimination number of four, Fresno has nine remaining games; four of those games are on the road against Tacoma.

FAT LADY STATUS: The fat lady has finished her vocal warmups and is approaching the stage.


AA Corpus Christi 1st 79-52 .603 0.0GB W2 (Overall)
2nd half: 3rd 32-29 .525 7.0GB W2
(Clinched playoff berth by winning first half)

The Hooks continue to play well down the stretch and recently took three out of four games against their likely first round playoff opponent Midland (A's). There are 9 games remaining in the regular season. The playoffs are slated to start in Corpus Christi on Wednesday, September 7th.

FAT LADY STATUS: With the Hooks guaranteed a first round playoff berth, the fat lady isn't even in the building.


A+ Lancaster 3rd 72-60 .545 5.0GB L3 (Overall)
2nd half: 1st 37-25 .597 0.0GB L3

The JetHawks are threatening to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, taking a comfortable 5-game lead and reducing it to a 3-game lead over two teams, High Desert (Rangers) and Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers). Lake Elsinore (Padres) is four games behind. Lancaster will play one more game on the road against the 55-77 Modesto Nuts and then will have an off-day on Monday before they host Rancho Cucamonga for three games. The final four games will be at home against the 46-86 Inland Empire 66ers.

FAT LADY STATUS: The fat lady just entered the building. The 'Hawks need to hide the keys to her dressing room!


A- Quad Cities 6th 58-73 .443 23.5GB L8 (Overall)
2nd half: 6th 27-35 .435 16.0GB L8

The River Bandits have eight games left in the season. One can only hope that those eight games go a little better than the last eight.

FAT LADY STATUS: The aria is mercifully at an end.


SSA Tri-City 3rd 34-33 .507 7.0GB L2

The ValleyCats have gone 3-7 in their last 10 and are on the brink of elimination. With nine games remaining in the season, their elimination number is three. If they don't win against the first place Lowell Red Sox in their final game against that team today, that number will be reduced to one.

FAT LADY STATUS: As Yogi said, "It ain't over 'til it's over," but the fat lady is about to make her entrance.


Rk+ Greeneville 3rd 30-33 .476 7.0GB L1

With five games left in the season, all of which are against second place Elizabethton (Twins), the Appy Astros elimination number is down to one. They have to win every single remaining game to advance to the playoffs.

FAT LADY STATUS: All the Astros can hope for is that the fat lady develops a sudden case of laryngitis because she is on stage and about to sing.


The fat lady has finished her aria, taken her bows, been given her roses and is now enjoying a post-performance repast for these teams.

Rk- GCL 5th 21-30 .412 10.0GB L1

There are 5 games remaining in their season.

FRk DSL Blue 3rd 42-23 .646 6.5GB W1

FRk DSL Orange 4th 31-37 .456 16.0GB W2

1 comment:

  1. unusual not getting my playoff tix this week :( as Cubs fans used to say there's always next year