Monday, October 31, 2016

Astros Farm Report: 10-31

Checking in on Astros playing in fall/winter leagues plus a personal note, but first things first ...


10-31: OF/IF Tony Kemp (25)
11-1: OF/1B Spencer Johnson (23)
11-3: C Bernardo Heras (21)
11-5: RHP Devon Carr (24)
11-5: LHP Albert Minnis (25)
11-6: RHP Juan Robles (19)

Spencer Johnson - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen


The only move I've seen over the last week was the assignment of 16-year old Venezuelan SS Sean Mendoza to the DSL Astros. Mendoza was signed in July at the start of the International signing period and will turn 17 on June 2nd of next year.


Most of the fall and winter leagues are now playing except for the Australian Baseball League which is scheduled to start their regular season on November 17th. Let's see how your Astros have fared through Sunday's games.


OF Jason Martin: .385/.556/.615 w/3-2B 1RBI 5R in 5 games
OF Ramon Laureano: .295/.340/.477 w/ 4-2B 2-3B 8RBI 5SB 12R in 12 games
C Garrett Stubbs: .205/.279/.333 w/ 2-2B 1HR 4RBI 7R in 11 games
IF Nick Tanielu: .143/.143/.143 in 2 games

RHP Francis Martes: 0-1 in 3 starts with a 7.27 ERA/1.961 WHIP in 8.2IP
RHP Jacob Dorris: 1-1 in 5 games with a 0.00 ERA/2.063 WHIP in 5.1IP
RHP Rogelio Armenteros: 0-0 (1SV) in 4 games with a 22.09 ERA/3.000 WHIP in 3.2IP
RHP David Paulino: 0-0 in 2 games with a 0.00 ERA/1.000 WHIP in 2.0IP


OF Andrew Aplin: .167/.286/.167 in 6 games
OF Osvaldo Duarte: .000/.000/.000 in 1 game
C Max Stassi: .400/.400/.400 in 2 games

RHP Edison Frias: 0-0 in 1 game with a 0.00 ERA/1.000 WHIP in 1.0IP
LHP Reymin Guduan: 0-0 in 4 games with a 0.00 ERA/1.800 WHIP in 1.2IP
RHP Mike Hauschild: 0-1 in 2 starts with a 1.93 ERA/1.286 WHIP in 9.1IP
RHP Jordan Jankowski: 0-1 in 5 games with a 7.36 ERA/2.182 WHIP in 3.2IP
RHP Cesar Valdez: 0-0 in 2 starts with a 2.89 ERA/1.286 WHIP in 9.1IP


OF Leo Heras: .238/.314/.476 w/3-2B 3-3B 2HR 6RBI 12R in 17 games


SS Miguel Sierra: .375/.375/.500 w/1-2B 3RBI in 2 games


C Roberto Pena: .444/.444/.667 w/2-2B 2R in 2 games

LHP Evan Grills: 1-0 in 1 start with a 3.60 ERA/1.000 WHIP in 5.0IP
RHP Juan Santos: 0-0 in 1 game with a 9.00 ERA/2.000 WHIP in 1.0IP


My work life over the past two years has been a roller coaster of epic proportions with some ups, but also some huge (yuge?) free falls as well. The last couple of months have been particularly taxing and exhausting. And the last couple of weeks in which I had one co-worker (deservedly) fired and his promoted replacement quit resulted in my getting dumped on from every direction and has left my head spinning. As much as I would like to put out a 2017 Houston Farm System Handbook, it simply isn't in the cards for me this year. The idea of writing it all up completely exhausts me at this point.

However, the good news is that I have already completed a ton of the research that I have done each of the last two years in preparation for writing the book and I will continue to pull that all together and share a lot of it with my readers at some point this winter. The main thing I need right now is a little breathing room. I'll still be writing, but it will be when I have the time and the energy to do so. I don't want to burn myself out because I love writing about the minor leagues and I don't want it to become something I have to do rather than something I want to do.

So I am asking my faithful, brilliant and extremely sexy readers to bear with me over the next few weeks as my output may be somewhat sporadic. Hopefully, I will be refreshed and rejuvenated in time for the 2017 season. Keep coming back for weekly farm reports, Dustin's winter league recaps and an occasional interview while I get some sleep and catch my breath.


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