Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Astros Farm Report: 12/13

A brief Farm Report as I take a break from my Russian lessons ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

12-13: LHP Austin Nicely (22)
12-14: OF Wilson Amador (20)
12-14: C Carlos Canelon (22)
12-14: 1B/OF Connor Goedert (23)
12-14: IF Kendy Moya (18)
12-14: C Chuckie Robinson (22)
12-16: OF Jose Benjamin (21)
12-16: OF Bryan de la Cruz (20)
12-18: RHP Edison Frias (26)
12-19: C Jorge Martinez (20)

Chuckie Robinson - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

There have been numerous transactions since I last wrote. Thankfully, Dustin has been keeping the cumulative offseason transaction list updated in my absence. You can find it here. As a reminder, here are the most recent transactions:

12-9: IF Reid Brignac signed to a minor league contract with a spring training invite
12-9: LHP Cionel Perez - Cuban pitcher signed to a minor league contract
12-8: RHP Jared Mortensen claimed in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft
12-8: C Eduardo de Oleo claimed in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft
12-8: RHP Mike Hauschild claimed by the Rangers in the Rule 5 draft
12-5: OF Carlos Beltran signed as a free agent
12-5: LHP Ashur Tolliver claimed off waivers from the Angels
12-3: LHP C.J. Riefenhauser signed to a minor league contract with a spring training invite

ASTROS FALL/WINTER LEAGUE UPDATES

Here is how your Astros have fared thus far in fall/winter league play:

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE (AFL) - SEASON OVER

OF Alejandro Garcia: .200/.304/.200 in 6 games (replaced Laureano on the roster)
OF Jason Martin: .194/.375/.290 w/3-2B 2RBI 9R in 11 games
OF Ramon Laureano: .295/.340/.477 w/ 4-2B 2-3B 8RBI 5SB 12R in 12 games (last played 10/29)
C Garrett Stubbs: .171/.280/.271 w/ 4-2B 1HR 6RBI 13R in 20 games
IF Nick Tanielu: .352/.379/.500 w/ 5-2B 1HR 5RBI 7R in 14 games

RHP Francis Martes: 2-1 in 6 starts with a 3.22 ERA/1.299 WHIP in 22.1IP
RHP Jacob Dorris: 1-1 in 8 games with a 3.38 ERA/2.375 WHIP in 8.0IP
RHP Rogelio Armenteros: 0-0 (1SV) in 8 games with a 11.05 ERA/1.909 WHIP in 7.1IP
RHP David Paulino: 0-0 (1SV) in 5 games with a 0.00 ERA/0.600 WHIP in 5.0IP

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)

OF Andrew Aplin: .114/.216/.114 in 18 games
OF Osvaldo Duarte: .000/.000/.000 in 6 games (only 4 at bats)
OF Teoscar Hernandez: .146/.222/.220 (1-2B 1-3B) in 11 games
C Max Stassi: .400/.400/.400 in 2 games (last played 10/22)

RHP Edison Frias: 0-0 in 2 games with a 4.50 ERA/0.500 WHIP in 2.0IP (last played 11/9)
LHP Reymin Guduan: 1-1 with 1 save in 13 games with a 6.43 ERA/2.286 WHIP in 7.0IP
*RHP Mike Hauschild: 0-1 in 5 starts with a 2.31 ERA/1.329 WHIP in 23.1IP (last played 11/13)
RHP Jordan Jankowski: 0-1 in 7 games with a 4.50 ERA/1.667 WHIP in 6.0IP (last played 11/5)

*Claimed by the Rangers in the Rule 5 draft

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)

OF Leo Heras: .280/.385/.484 w/7-2B 8-3B 5HR 21RBI 36R in 52 games

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)

IF Marwin Gonzalez: .259/.355/.259 in 8 games
SS Miguel Sierra: .333/.333/.444 w/1-2B 3RBI in 3 games (last played 11/5)

Dustin is also keeping an eye on the Liga Paralela (Venezuelan minor league) every day so check in with him to see how a few of our Baby 'Stros are doing there.

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LBPRC)

RHP Juan Santos: 0-0 in 4 games with a 8.10 ERA/1.800 WHIP in 3.1IP

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (ABL)

1B Connor MacDonald: .174/.291/.261 with 1-2B 1HR 9RBI in 15 games

NEWS AND LINKS

Yes, I've been really, really lazy lately so I'm just going to link you to Astros County's info on the minor league players that the Astros picked up in the Rule 5 draft last week. He also touches on what the Astros lost in RHP Mike Hauschild who was picked up in the major league phase of the draft by the Rangers.

I'm also going to weigh in on Hauschild. I have followed him closely since I first saw him in 2012 in Greeneville shortly after he was drafted in the 33rd round out of Dayton University. He stood out on that team for his work ethic and his high socks. The high socks have mostly gone away, but the work ethic remains. He isn't what you would call a sexy pitcher, but he is a workhorse innings-eater who rarely sees the DL. He is never too high or too low and will carry the same demeanor whether he's pitching a shutout or getting shelled by the opposition. He just quietly goes about his business and gets lots of groundball outs. I wrote once that Hauschild isn't a Lamborghini. He's more like a Ford F-150. A Lamborghini is fun, but in the end, a Ford is reliable and a lot less trouble.

Hauschild worked with Doug Brocail when he coached in the Astros minor league system so it came as no surprise to me that the Rangers drafted him in the Rule 5 draft. Brocail now heads that staff and knows what he'll be getting with Hauschild. He can anchor the end of a rotation or he could end up as I had always envisioned from him as a really good long man. Whatever transpires, I am happy for Mike that he is getting this opportunity. I always root a little bit harder for the late round draft picks and the non-drafted guys, especially when they are quality individuals like Mike.

Mike Hauschild - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

And speaking of the Rule 5 draft, I am finally going to have to update my primer now that MLB has tweaked it. Baseball America has the scoop here.

Tony Kemp and his brother Corey were honored by their high school.

And John Sickels rolled out his Astros Top 20 prospects yesterday.

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