Saturday, April 23, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for April 21-22, 2016

Well.... let's see if the Astros' system has some better luck against the Rangers system.

Fresno

The Grizzlies had to settle for the split as they lost the final 2 games of their series with Salt Lake.

Jon Singleton's big night on Thursday wasn't enough to propel the Grizz to victory as they fell 9-6. The game was tied at 4 at one point, but the Bees went on a 5-2 run from the 6th-8th innings to seize control. Singleton went 4-4 and scored half of Fresno's runs in this one.

Brad Peacock allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 4 innings. Jandel Gustave was the only Fresno pitcher to have a scoreless outing as he worked around a hit in the 9th to do so; he fanned 2 in the process.

Not much went right for Fresno on Friday... when you have more errors than hits, then it's definitely not your night. They dropped the series finale 8-1. Eury Perez had 2 of Fresno's 3 hits, and he scored their only run of the evening on a Nolan Fontana sac fly in the 3rd.

Asher Wojciechowski allowed 6 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and fanned 6 in 3.2 innings. César Valdez went 3.1 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits while striking out 4. Juan Minaya pitched the final 2 innings, allowing an unearned run on a double, walking 1, and striking out 4.

Fresno will start a 4-game series in Reno tonight at 6:35 Pacific. Brady Rodgers will be on the mound.

Corpus Christi

Unfortunately, it appears that the effects of the Astros getting swept in South Oklahoma is afflicting their minor league affiliates in their battle with the Rangers' affiliates. The Hooks have dropped their first 2 games against Frisco.

On Thursday, they couldn't recover from a 5-0 deficit after 2 innings and could only muster up 2 hits in a 5-2 defeat. One of those 2 hits was a 2-run homer from D.J. Fisher, his first in the Texas League.

The bullpen managed to throw 7 scoreless innings, but again, the bats went quiet. Michael Freeman allowed a hit and fanned 2 in 2 innings, David Paulino allowed just 1 hit and struck out 6 in 4 innings, and Reymin Guduan worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 2.

In Friday's game, the Hooks also fell behind early and were never really in it, losing 9-3. Jack Mayfield hit a solo shot in the 8th, his 3rd homer of the season. Fisher was 2-5 with a double and an RBI.

Rough night for Francis Martes... and we'll leave it at that. Brian Holmes allowed a solo homer to Alex Burg, which was the only run he allowed in 4 innings of work. He allowed 3 other hits and struck out 6. Brendan McCurry struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Edison Frias will look to get the Hooks on the board in the series as he takes the mound tonight. He'll face Victor Payano at 7:05.

Lancaster

It really does feel like there's some sort of trickle-down effect going on, because the JetHawks have also lost their first 2 games to High Desert, which is a... Rangers affiliate. Sheesh.

Lancaster couldn't hold on to a 5-2 lead in Thursday's contest. Nick Tanielu and Bobby Boyd both homered in the 1st inning; it's the first home run of the year for the two of them. Tanielu finished 2-4.

Dean Deetz got the start, and in 4.2 innings, he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 6, and struck out 2.

The JetHawks tied the game at 4 with 2 runs in the top of the 8th.... only to see the Mavericks break the game wide open with 7 runs in the bottom of the 8th. That big inning proved to be the difference as Lancaster went down 11-4.

Jason Martin went 3-4 with a triple and scored twice. Marc Wik hit an RBI double in the 2nd and was credited with an RBI after reaching on an error in the 8th.

Trent Thornton went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 5. Yeyfry Del Rosario was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen and was the only JetHawks pitcher to not allow a run, throwing a scoreless 6th with 2 strikeouts. He did face a bases-loaded situation with a hit and a couple of walks, but he escaped unscathed.

In game 3 of this series, Josh James will take on Cole Wiper. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities

The River Bandits took the first 2 games in their series Kane County as they extended their winning streak to 4.

On Thursday, they won by a final count of 4-3 in 10 innings. Anthony Hermelyn reached base safely in all 4 of his plate appearances, going 3-3 and drawing a walk. 2 of those 3 hits were doubles. Kyle Tucker went 2-5 with a double and an RBI single in the 7th; an error following his RBI single resulted in another run for Quad Cities. Dex McCall also had a 2-hit game; his RBI single in the 2nd opened the scoring. Brooks Marlow was 3-5 and scored what turned out to be the game-winning run on a passed ball in the 10th.

Matt Bower allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 9 in 4 innings. Zac Person worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 5th. Chris Murphy allowed 2 hits over 3 scoreless frames, and Andrew Thome allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in 2 innings to get the win.

The Banditos were held to 3 hits on Friday, but they managed to escape with a 3-2 win. Bobby Wernes' groundout in the 6th produced the only RBI for Quad Cities; Tony Nuñez and Brooks Marlow scored on errors in the 3rd and the 6th, respectively.

Sebastian Kessay has had a rough start to his 2016, but he took a big step in the right direction as he allowed just 1 hit (a double), an unearned run, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 4 innings. Ryan Deemes got the win as he worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out 1. Kevin McCanna got the 4-inning save as he allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4.

Rogelio Armenteros will start game 3 of this series; he'll face Taylor Clarke at 1.

*Three Stars and Honorable Mentions will return in Saturday's recaps.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fresno 3, Salt Lake 2

W- Michael Feliz (1-0)
L- Tyler Skaggs (0-1)
S- James Hoyt (4)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (1, 2-run in 4th)

Jon Kemmer's 1st homer of the year proved to be the difference in a game where both pitching staffs only allowed 3 hits per side.

An error in the 3rd allowed Roberto Peña to score the first run of the evening. Kemmer's 2-run shot came in the 4th and was the Grizzlies' only extra-base hit of the evening.

Michael Feliz went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (both scored on a double) on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Juan Minaya worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 6th. César Valdez threw 2 scoreless, allowing a hit (a triple) and striking out 2, and James Hoyt locked it down, striking out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Brad Peacock will take the mound for game 3 of this series; he'll face Chris Jones at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi was off


The Hooks will begin a 4-game series against Frisco tonight at 7:05. Kyle Smith will take on Connor Sadzeck.

Lancaster 6, Rancho Cucamonga 3

W- Evan Grills (1-0)
L- Tommy Bergjans (1-1)
S- Riley Ferrell (3)

Lancaster home runs: None.

Well, the JetHawks did allow 2 home runs in this game, but Rancho only got 3 runs off of those blasts, and as a result, they avoided the sweep.

In the meantime, they jumped out to a 4-0 lead, as Alejandro Garcia grounded into a force out that scored Nick Tanielu in the 3rd. Tanielu swatted a 2-run double in the 4th, then stole 3rd and scored on the errant throw down. In the 7th, Ramon Laureano hit an RBI single, and Kristian Trompiz provided some insurance with an RBI single of his own in the 8th.

Tanielu, who finished 3-4, hit 2 doubles and scored twice. The stolen base was his 2nd theft of the year. Laureano finished 2-4.

Evan Grills went 5 innings, and the only run he surrendered came on a solo homer from Yusniel Diaz. Grills allowed 4 other hits, walked 1, and fanned 3. Yeyfry Del Rosario allowed 2 hits and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless. Angel Heredia served up a 2-run homer to Johan Mieses in the 8th. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out the side. Riley Ferrell finished it off by striking out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

The California League iteration of the Astros-Rangers rivalry kicks off once again, as the JetHawks will make the jaunt over to Adelanto to take on High Desert for 4 games. Dean Deetz will start game 1, and he'll be going up against Colin Wiles. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities 5, Wisconsin 2

W- Jacob Dorris (1-0)
L- David Lucroy (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos broke a 2-2 tie with 3 in the 8th to win the rubber game of this series. Both of their series wins have come on the road.

Albert Abreu went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Jacob Dorris shut it down, allowing just 1 hit, walking 1, and striking out 4 over 3.1 scoreless to get the W.

Bobby Wernes opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 3rd, and he came around to score on a Daz Cameron single. Johnny Sewald led off the 8th with a double. He then stole 3rd (4) and scored the go-ahead run on a Connor Goedert single. Brooks Marlow provided the insurance with an RBI double, and an error on the play allowed Goedert to come home.

Everyone in the Quad Cities lineup had a hit; Aaron Mizell and Tony Nuñez had 2 apiece.

The second leg of the River Bandits' current roadtrip takes them to suburban Chicago, where they'll play 4 against Kane County. In the opener, Matt Bower will go against Justin Donatella. First pitch is at 6:30.

Three Four Stars

3.

James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno
Riley Ferrell, RHP, Lancaster
Hoyt: Save (4), IP, 2 K
Ferrell: Save (3), IP, K


2.

Photo from MiLB.com
Jacob Dorris, RHP, Quad Cities
W (1-0), 3.1 IP, H, BB, 4 K

1.

Nick Tanielu, IF, Lancaster
3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB (2)


Honorable Mentions

Yeyfry Del Rosario, RHP, Lancaster: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 K
- Del Rosario is still young (he'll turn 22 next Wednesday), so time's still very much on his side. The Astros gave him another shot after the Blue Jays cast him aside, and he's done a commendable job so far.

Michael Feliz, RHP, Fresno: W (1-0), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
- A solid rebound after a tough first start in his return to Fresno.

Albert Abreu. RHP, Quad Cities: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K
- The ERA may be rather unsightly thanks to a bad inning in his prior start, but Albert Abreu's peripheral stats really jump out. Other than that inning in which he got knocked around, I'd say he's been as good as advertised.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Former Astros in the Independent Leagues

It's time for one of my favorite posts of the season. I love seeing what former Astros players show up in independent leagues. So without further ado, let's take a look. There are a couple of surprises!

Josh Zeid - June 2012
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ATLANTIC LEAGUE (Games start 4/21)

Bridgeport Bluefish
RHP David Carpenter (2011-2012 Astros)
OF Ruben Sosa (2011 23rd round pick, 2011-2014 Astros farm system)

And according to this, Roger Clemens will be a "Guest Manager" for the Bluefish.

Long Island Ducks
LHP Darin Downs (2014 Astros)

New Britain Bees
RHP Josh Zeid (2013-2014 Astros)

Somerset Patriots
RHP Mickey Storey (2012 Astros)

Sugarland Skeeters
C Chris Wallace (2010 16th Round, 2010-2013 Astros farm system)
RHP Fernando Nieve (2006, 2008 Astros)

York Revolution
1B/DH Telvin Nash (2009 3rd round pick, 2009-2015 Astros farm system)

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION (Games start in May)

Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks
RHP Travis Ballew (2012 23rd round pick, 2012-2015 Astros farm system)

Fargo-Moorhead sold the contract of OF Drew Muren (2011 22nd round pick, 2011-2013 Astros farm system) to the Diamondbacks and he is currently playing for their AAA team in Reno as a pitcher.

St. Paul Saints
OF Michael Burgess (2013 Astros farm system)
RHP Mark Hamburger (2013 Astros farm system)

Sioux Falls Canaries
LHP Joe Bircher (2012 10th round pick, 2012-2013 Astros farm system)

Winnipeg Goldeyes
RHP Zach Dando (2011 22nd round pick, 2011-2013 Astros farm system)
OF Reggie Abercrombie (2008 Astros)
RHP Jailen Peguero (2002-2006, 2010 Astros farm system)

LHP Alex Sogard had originally signed with Wichita in March, but his contract was sold to the Orioles later that month.

CAN-AM LEAGUE (Games start in May)

Ottawa Champions
RHP Austin Chrismon (2013 26th round pick, 2013-2015 Astros farm system)
IF Albert Cartwright (2007 36th round pick, 2007-2010 Astros farm system)

Quebec Capitales
LHP Jordan Mills (2013 28th round pick, 2013-2015 Astros farm system)

Rockland Boulders
C Marcus Nidiffer (2010 Astros farm system)

Sussex County Miners
OF Jay Austin (2008 2nd round pick, 2008-2012 Astros farm system)

FRONTIER LEAGUE (Games start in May)

Washington Wild Things
RHP Zac Grotz (2015 28th round pick, 2015 Astros farm system)

PECOS LEAGUE (Games start in May)

Tucson Saguaros
RHP Aaron Vaughn (2014 Astros farm system)

White Sands Pupfish
2B Will Dupont (2014 Astros farm system)

All of the rosters aren't complete, particularly for the teams that don't start until May, and I probably missed a player here or there as well. Feel free to leave info in the comments if you spot a player in the independent leagues!

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Could Corpus Christi sweep their roadtrip?

Fresno 3, Salt Lake 0

W- Tommy Shirley (2-0)
L- Zach Nuding (1-1)
S- James Hoyt (3)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Tacos blanked the Bees for the 1st time this season (they also shut out Salt Lake once as the Grizzlies), and once again, Tommy Shirley was on the mound for the combined shutout.

Shirley allowed 6 hits, walked 1, and fanned 3 in 6.2 innings of work. He left with some traffic on the bases for Kevin Chapman, who kept the shutout intact by getting the final out of the 7th via strikeout. Jandel Gustave threw a 1-2-3 8th, striking out 1, and James Hoyt worked around a walk to finish off the shutout.

Fresno got their first run in the 4th on a double steal involving Tyler Heineman, who stole home, while Jon Kemmer took 2nd. Colin Moran went 2-4 with an RBI single in the 5th, and he wound up scoring the Tacos' final run of the evening when Nolan Fontana drew a bases-loaded walk in the 8th.

Danny Worth extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the 5th.

In game 2 of this series, Michael Feliz will face Tyler Skaggs. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Springfield 6, Corpus Christi 3

W- Trey Nielsen (1-2)
L- Keegan Yuhl (0-1)
S- Ronnie Shaban (3)

CC home runs: None.

Unfortunately, the answer was no. The Hooks were foiled in their bid to sweep the Cardinals after the wheels fell out from under them in the 5th, when Springfield scored 6 in the frame.

A 5-1 roadtrip is a great result, though, and the Hooks got their revenge by taking 2 of 3 in Springfield after the Cardinals did so in Corpus last week.

It was going extremely well for Keegan Yuhl, but it all unraveled on him in the 5th. Ultimately, Yuhl allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 in 4.2 innings. Joe Musgrove pitched the final 3.1 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits (2-run homer; 1 run was charged to Yuhl) and striking out 4.

Corpus Christi's 3 runs all came in the 7th as Jack Mayfield was plunked with the bases loaded. Conrad Gregor and J.D. Davis followed with a sac fly and an RBI single, respectively. Davis finished 3-4, while Teoscar Hernandez went 2-4 with a run scored and 2 stolen bases (3).

If you were wondering where Alex Bregman was, he got the day off, so Springfield's pitchers were spared from his wrath.

The Hooks have today off. Tomorrow, the Texas League incarnation of the Astros-Rangers rivalry kicks off as they welcome the Frisco Roughriders to Whataburger Field.

Rancho Cucamonga 10, Lancaster 6

W- Grant Holmes (2-0)
L- Elieser Hernandez (0-2)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks scored the game's final 6 runs, but a 10-0 deficit proved to be too much for them to overcome.

Nick Tanielu put Lancaster on the board in the 5th with a 2-run single, and one batter later, Drew Ferguson followed that up with an RBI single. Ramon Laureano whacked a 2-run double in the 6th, and he added another RBI double to his ledger in the 8th. Bobby Boyd went 2-5 with 2 runs scored and stole yet another base; he's now up to 7.

Elieser Hernandez went 1.2 innings and allowed 6 runs on 6 hits (2 solos and a 3-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 1. Eric Peterson was the first man out; he allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits and fanned 2 in 2.2 innings. Ryan Thompson allowed 3 hits and struck out 3 over 3.2 innings. He didn't allow a run that was charged to him, but he did allow the runner he inherited from Peterson to score. Riley Ferrell worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 2.

The JetHawks will look to avoid the sweep as Evan Grills takes the mound. He'll face Tommy Bergjans at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities 4, Wisconsin 2

W- Adam Whitt (1-0)
L- David Burkhalter (0-1)
S- Ralph Garza Jr. (1)

QC home runs: Aaron Mizell (1, 2-run in 4th)

0-11 with runners in scoring position? No problem for the Banditos. Yes, that's not ideal, but technically, 2 runners who were in scoring position did score; they just didn't score on hits.

Aaron Mizell's 2-run shot in the 4th put Quad Cities on the board and in the lead. Tony Nuñez drew a walk in the 6th, and Kyle Tucker tripled and later scored on an error that allowed Connor Goedert to reach in the 7th; Goedert, who was making his season debut, was credited with an RBI on the play. Dex McCall went 3-4 and scored twice, while Mizell finished 2-3.

Jose Luis Hernandez went 4.2 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Adam Whitt was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen; he allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. Ralph Garza locked it down with 3 scoreless, allowing a hit and fanning 1.

Albert Abreu will start the series finale. He'll take on Jon Perrin at 6:35.

Three Stars

3.

Ramon Laureano, OF, Quad Cities
2-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R, 2 BB


2.

Photo from MiLB.com
Aaron Mizell, 2B/OF, Quad Cities
2-3, 2-R HR (1)

1.

Tommy Shirley, LHP, Fresno
W (2-0), 6.2 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K

Honorable Mentions

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Corpus Christi: 2-4, R, 2 SB (3)
- Teoscar is now on an 8-game hitting streak after going hitless in the first series of the season.

Ryan Thompson, RHP, Lancaster: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 K
- Coming out of the bullpen to stop the bleeding is definitely a star-worthy performance, so I feel a bit guilty leaving him off.

Ralph Garza Jr., RHP, Quad Cities: Save (1), 3 IP, H, K
- As the season goes on, I think the bullpen is going to emerge as a real area of strength for the Banditos. Garza might be the best of the bunch, in my opinion.

Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno: 2-4, RBI, R
- He's come out of the chute firing on all cylinders. I hope Moran continues to force the issue with his bat.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, April 18, 2016

The upper-level affiliates all won, while it was a tough night for the A teams.

Fresno 4, Las Vegas 3

W- Mike Hauschild (1-1)
L- Stolmy Pimentel (0-2)
S- Jordan Jankowski (1)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (3, 2-run in 1st)

The Grizz earned the split behind a solid outing from Mike Hauschild.

Hauschild went 7 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Edwar Cabrera came on for the 8th and got into a pickle while only recording 1 out. Cabrera ended up loading the bases with 3 walks, and then allowed a 2-run single. Jordan Jankowski came on to put out the fire, which he did. Jankowski, who got a 5-out save, allowed a hit and a walk in the 9th, but nothing came of that; inducing a double play helped him close it out.

A.J. Reed drove in 3 of Fresno's 4 runs; he opened up the scoring with a 2-run shot in the 1st and added a sac fly to his ledger in the 7th. Danny Worth went 3-3 and ripped an RBI double in the 3rd.

Tonight, Fresno will kick off a 4-game series with Salt Lake. Tommy Shirley gets the nod in game 1; he'll take on Zach Nuding at 6:35 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 6, Springfield 0

W- Cy Sneed (1-0)
L- Mike Mayers (1-1)
S- Edison Frias (1)

CC home runs: Teoscar Hernandez (1, 3-run in 7th)

The Hooks got a measure of revenge on the Cardinals by taking this series after Springfield took 2 of 3 in Corpus last week.

Cy Sneed and Edison Frias joined forces for a shutout in this game. Sneed allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 5 innings of work, while Frias pitched the final 4 frames, allowing 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 7.

Alex Bregman opened up the scoring by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the 2nd. This would be the only run of the game until Teoscar Hernandez smacked a 3-run shot in the 7th to provide a little more breathing room. Ronnie Mitchell added an RBI single in the 8th, and Conrad Gregor capped off the scoring with an RBI triple in the 9th.

Bregman drew 2 walks and stole a base (2). J.D. Davis went 2-4 with a double and scored a run, and Mott Hyde finished 3-4 with 2 runs scored at the bottom of the order.

The Hooks will look for the sweep today, and they're set to get underway in a little bit. Keegan Yuhl will be on the mound, and he'll take on Trey Nielsen. First pitch is at 11:10.

Rancho Cucamonga 12, Lancaster 5

W- Bubby Rossman (1-0)
L- Scott Weathersby (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks were put to the sword as they served up 5 homers to Rancho.

Garrett Stubbs opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st. Later in the inning, Ramon Laureano scored on a balk. Bobby Boyd went 2-5 with an RBI single in the 4th. Jose Fernandez hit a 1-out double in the 6th, and 2 wild pitches later, he added another run. Nick Tanielu scored on a double play in the 7th. Fernandez finished 3-4 with 2 runs scored, while Tanielu (3B, R) and Marc Wik (2B) had 2-hit games.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 4.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Scott Weathersby allowed 7 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits (2-run and 3-run homers), walked 2, and struck out 1 in 3 innings, and Kevin Comer allowed 2 runs on 2 hits (both solo homers) and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings.

Evan Grills gets the start in game 2 of this series. He'll face Grant Holmes at 6:35 Pacific.

Wisconsin 6, Quad Cities 2

W- Freddy Peralta (1-0)
L- Alex Winkelman (1-1)
S- Nate Griep (1)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits couldn't recover after they surrendered 5 runs in the 1st.

Tony Nuñez led off the game with a single, and then he proceeded to steal his way to 3rd and scored the first run of the game on the errant throw down to 3rd. Daz Cameron hit a 2-out triple in the 6th and scored on an error that allowed Kyle Tucker to reach.

Alex Winkelman allowed 5 runs (all in the 1st) on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 4.2 innings. Rogelio Armenteros pitched the final 3.1 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 4.

Game 2 of this series will be at 12:05. Jose Luis Hernandez will face David Burkhalter.

Three Four Stars

3.

Mike Hauschild, RHP, Fresno
W (1-1), 7 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 7 K


2.


Danny Worth, IF, Fresno
3-3, 2B, RBI, R

1.


Cy Sneed, RHP, and Edison Frias, RHP, Corpus Christi
Sneed: W (1-0), 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K
Frias: Save (1), 4 IP, 4 H, BB, 7 K


Honorable Mentions

A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno: 1-3, 2-R HR (3), 3 RBI
- Reed has hit a bit of a rough patch that's seen his average dip, but even then, he's still making productive outs.

Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, Quad Cities: 3.1 IP, 2 H ER, 4 K
- Armenteros has yet to issue a walk this season.

Mott Hyde, 2B, Corpus Christi: 3-4, 2 R
Jose Fernandez, 2B, Lancaster: 3-4, 2B, 2 R
- The #9 hitters had solid games for their clubs.

Astros Farm Report: 4/19

The latest happenings down on the farm ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

4-21: RHP Justin Ferrell (22)
4-21: OF Alexander Melendez (21)
4-21: RHP Starlyn Taveras (22)
4-22: RHP Bryan Abreu (19)

TRANSACTIONS/ROSTER MOVES

It has been a quiet week on the the transaction front. The only move of note was the assignment of RHP Yeyfry del Rosario from extended Spring Training to Corpus Christi. The soon-to-be 22-year old was signed by the Astros in April 2015 after his release from the Blue Jays organization. Del Rosario put up solid but unremarkable numbers for short season Tri-City in 2015. He is the third pitcher, alongside David Schmidt and Edgardo Sandoval, to be fast-tracked to AA Corpus Christi already this season.

4-16: RHP Yeyfry del Rosario assigned to Corpus Christi

STANDINGS

Now that the early season rainouts are in the rearview mirror, the Astros full season teams are playing a full slate of games .... with mixed results. Corpus Christi is currently on a 5-game win streak, thanks in large part to great pitching and an offense fueled by Texas League Player of the Week SS Alex Bregman. Quad Cities on the other hand is struggling mightily, particularly at the plate; the team is sporting a collective .186/.277/.275 batting line through their first 12 games. They have lost 5 in a row.

AAA Fresno 2nd 5-5 .500 2.5GB W1

AA Corpus Christi 2nd 8-3 .727 1.0GB W5

A+ Lancaster 4th 4-5 .444 2.5GB L2

A- Quad Cities 8th 2-10 .167 6.0GB L5

NEWS AND LINKS

I am wayyyyyy behind on my reading, but here are a couple of links you might enjoy.

Terri Schlather takes us behind the scenes with the Minute Maid Park field crew.

B.J. Anteola of the Fresno Bee checks in with 3B (and newly converted left fielder) Matt Duffy as he returns to AAA Fresno.

Mike Hauschild is off to a good start with Fresno.

For everything you want to know about the Astros minor leagues but were afraid to ask, check out the 2016 Houston Farm System Handbook.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, April 17, 2016

Alex Bregman continues his reign of terror in the Texas League.

Las Vegas 3, Fresno 0

W- Sean Gilmartin (1-0)
L- Brady Rodgers (0-1)
S- Chasen Bradford (1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies' bats went silent for the first time this season.

Colin Moran finished 2-4.

Brady Rodgers had a solid outing, but with the offense MIA, he could only take the loss. Rodgers allowed a run on 7 hits and struck out 4 in 6 innings of work. Kevin Chapman allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings, and Jandel Gustave struck out 1 in 1.2 innings.

Mike Hauschild will get the start in the final game of the series. He'll face Stolmy Pimentel at 12:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 3, Springfield 2

W- Yeyfry Del Rosario (1-0)
L- Josh Lucas (0-1)
S- Aaron West (1)

CC home runs: Alex Bregman (5, 2-run in 7th)

How about that Alex Bregman. His 2-run blast proved to be the difference as Corpus came out on top in game 1 of this series.

The only hit that Brian Holmes surrendered in 5.2 innings of work was a 2-run homer from Harrison Bader in the 3rd. Other than that, he was fantastic, walking 1 and striking out 5 in that timeframe. Yeyfry Del Rosario struck out 2 over 1.1 perfect innings to get the W in his season debut. Aaron West got into a bit of a predicament in the 9th when Springfield had runners on the corners with 1 out against him, but he buckled down and got the final 2 outs without incident. West, who got the 2-inning save, allowed 3 hits and fanned 3.

The other Corpus run came on a J.D. Davis sac fly in the 6th. Mr. Bregman finished 3-4 and also stole a base (1), while Teoscar Hernandez went 2-5 out of the leadoff spot.

Cy Sneed gets the start in game 2 of this series; he'll take on Mike Mayers at 6:30.

High Desert 7, Lancaster 2

W- Cole Wiper (2-0)
L- Josh James (1-1)
S- Austin Pettibone (1)

Lancaster home runs: Bryan Muñiz (1, solo in 7th)

The JetHawks had to settle for the split as they couldn't keep the Mavericks' bats in check.

Nick Tanielu drove in Lancaster's first run with an RBI double in the 6th, and Bryan Muñiz smacked a solo homer in the 7th. Bobby Boyd and Jason Martin both finished with 2 hits and a stolen base. Boyd now has 5 thefts on the year, while Martin has 3.

Josh James allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3 in 3.1 innings. Ryan Thompson was the first man out, and he struck out 4 over 1.2 perfect innings. Trent Thornton pitched the final 4 innings, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits (solo and 2-run homers) and striking out 7.

The JetHawks will now welcome Rancho Cucamonga to The Hangar for a 3-game series starting at 6:35 Pacific. Brock Dykxhoorn will take on Andrew Sopko.

Kane County 5, Quad Cities 2

W- Junior Garcia (1-1)
L- Kevin McCanna (0-1)
S- Keegan Long (3)

QC home runs: Brooks Marlow (1, solo in 5th)

The Banditos suffered the sweep as they just couldn't get much of anything going on offense. They've been held to less than 5 runs in all but 1 of their games so far. The good news is that it's still early, so they can still get themselves going.

Their 2 runs in this game both came in the 5th, as Brooks Marlow led off the frame with a solo shot, and Osvaldo Duarte later added an RBI double. Dex McCall went 2-3 and scored on Duarte's double.

Kevin McCanna went 3.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 10 hits (8 singles and a double), walked 2, and struck out 3. Andrew Thome was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and went 4 innings, allowing a run on an infield single in the 5th. He walked 1 and struck out 3. Jacob Dorris got the final 4 outs and allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1.

The River Bandits will now embark on a roadtrip. Hopefully that'll give them some time to clear their heads and get some wins. Their first stop: Appleton, Wisconsin, where they'll play 3 against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. In game 1, Alex Winkelman will face Marcos Diplan. First pitch is at 6:35.

Three Stars

3.

Brian Holmes, LHP, Corpus Christi
5.2 IP, H (2-run HR), 2 ER, BB, 5 K

2.

Ryan Thompson, RHP, Lancaster
1.2 IP, 4 K

1.


Alex Bregman, SS, Corpus Christi
3-4, go-ahead 2-R HR (5) in 7th

Honorable Mentions

Brady Rodgers, RHP, Fresno: L (0-1), 6 IP, 7 H, ER, 4 K
- Good performance despite the tough-luck loss.

Andrew Thome, RHP, Quad Cities: 4 IP, H, ER, BB, 3 K
- Thome continues to be a steady presence in the River Bandits bullpen.

Osvaldo Duarte, SS, Quad Cities: 1-4, 2B, RBI
- Duarte has been a bright spot in a tough start for Quad Cities.

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Corpus Christi: 2-5, R
- Teoscar is off to a nice start as he's looking to put a tough 2015 in the rear-view mirror.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, April 16, 2016

Corpus Christi with the....



Las Vegas 7, Fresno 5 in 11 innings

W- Paul Sewald (1-0)
L- James Hoyt (0-1)
S- Jeff Walters (1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies rallied from a 5-1 deficit to force extras.... only to see the 51s come out on top in the end.

Tony Kemp tripled to lead off the bottom of the 1st, and he scored Fresno's first run on a Danny Worth sac fly. This would be the only Grizzlies run for a while... in the meantime, Vegas jumped out to a 5-1 lead. That would be the scoreline heading into the bottom of the 9th.

Colin Moran led off the inning with a walk, and he made it to 3rd, thanks to an error that allowed Roberto Peña to reach and advance to 2nd. Andrew Aplin and Tony Kemp then followed with RBI singles to draw Fresno closer. Worth walked to load the bases, but A.J. Reed was the 2nd casualty of the inning when he went down on strikes. However, Matt Duffy came through with a 2-run single to tie the game at 5. Sadly, the offense looked as though they ran out of gas in extras, as they went down in order in both the 10th and the 11th.

Tony Kemp was the only man in the Fresno lineup with a multi-hit game, going 3-6 with the triple, the RBI single, and scoring twice. 

Tough night for Fresno's pitchers as they issued 14 walks in this one. Asher Wojciechowski went 3.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 6, and struck out 3. In what's become a familiar sight in the early going, Edwar Cabrera was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen, and all he did was strike out 3 over 2.2 innings. Jordan Jankowski allowed an unearned run, a hit, walked 3, and all 4 outs he recorded came by way of the strikeout. Juan Minaya allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless. James Hoyt didn't allow a hit, but the 51s' 2 go-ahead runs were charged to him. He walked 4 (1 intentionally) and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. César Valdez came on in a bases-loaded situation and got the final 2 outs of the 11th, but not before he allowed 2 of the 3 runners he inherited from Hoyt to score. Valdez allowed a hit and walked 1.

The series continues this afternoon as Brady Rodgers takes on Sean Gilmartin. First pitch is at 1:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 5, Tulsa 4

W- David Schmidt (1-0)
L- Ralston Cash (0-1)
S- Brendan McCurry (1)

CC home runs: Chase McDonald (3, solo in 7th)

The Corpus Christi Hooks became the first team in the organization to sweep an opponent in 2016 thanks to a comeback win in the series finale.

They were behind the 8-ball early after Francis Martes got taken deep for a 3-run homer by Alex Verdugo. Fortunately, Martes was able to limit the damage to just that homer. In 4 innings, he allowed 3 other hits, walked 4, and struck out 8. David Schmidt allowed a run on 3 hits in 2 innings, while Reymin Guduan struck out 2 over 2 perfect frames. Brendan McCurry worked around a hit to close it out. 

Alex Bregman put the Hooks on the board with an RBI double in the 5th. After Tulsa got 1 in the bottom of the 5th to push their lead to 4-1, Corpus tied the game with 3 in the 6th thanks to a couple of RBI singles from Bregman and Trent Woodward, and an RBI groundout from Teoscar Hernandez. In the 7th, Chase McDonald came through with what turned out to be the game-winning hit, a solo shot. Woodward (2B, RBI, 2 R) and McDonald both posted 3-hit games, while Bregman has recorded a hit in every game he's played this season. 

The Hooks are in Springfield today, where they'll start a 3-game set with the Cardinals. Brian Holmes takes the mound in game 1; he'll take on Corey Baker at 4:10.

Lancaster 3, High Desert 2

W- Kevin Comer (1-1)
L- David Ledbetter (1-1)
S- Angel Heredia (1)

Lancaster home runs: None.

In the California League incarnation of the Astros-Rangers rivalry, the JetHawks have taken the first 2 games of this series by flummoxing the Mavericks' bats. 

High Desert managed to chip away at Lancaster's 3-0 lead, but Kevin Comer and Angel Heredia stood firm to secure the win. Akeem Bostick allowed 2 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3 over 4.2 scoreless. Comer allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 3 over 2.1 innings, and Heredia allowed a run on a double, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 2 innings.

Marc Wik opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 2nd, and Ramon Laureano struck in the 3rd with a 2-run single. The two of them, along with Drew Ferguson, had 2 hits apiece; Wik's other hit was a double, while Laureano also stole a base (2). This was Ferguson's 3rd 2-hit game in a row.

In game 3 of this series, Josh James will take on Cole Wiper. First pitch is at 2:05 Pacific.

Kane County 5, Quad Cities 4

W- Justin Donatella (2-0)
L- Sebastian Kessay (0-2)
S- Cameron Gann (2)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits mounted a furious comeback.... that fell just short.

All 4 Quad Cities runs came in the bottom of the 8th. Tony Nuñez started the rally by drawing a 1-out walk, and he then advanced to 2nd on a Johnny Sewald single. One batter later, Daz Cameron put the Banditos on the board with an RBI double. Osvaldo Duarte followed with a 2-run single, and Anthony Hermelyn ripped an RBI double. Daz finished 2-4, as did Brooks Marlow. 

Sebastian Kessay pitched 2+ innings and allowed 5 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Ryan Deemes put out the fire and went on to throw 4 scoreless, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 3. Ralph Garza Jr. allowed a hit and fanned 3 over 3 scoreless.

Quad Cities will look to avoid the sweep as Kevin McCanna gets the start. He'll take on former Astros farmhand Junior Garcia at 1:15.

Three Four Stars

3.

 
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Ryan Deemes, RHP, Quad Cities
4 IP, 2 H, 3 K

Ralph Garza Jr., RHP, Quad Cities
3 IP, H, 3 K

2.

Trent Woodward, C/1B, Corpus Christi
3-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R

1.

Chase McDonald, 1B, Corpus Christi
3-4, go-ahead solo HR (3) in 7th

Honorable Mentions

Tony Kemp, UTIL, Fresno: 3-6, 3B, RBI, 2 R
- It's not impossible to keep Tony Kemp off the bases, but it's highly improbable, because he'll find a way to get there.

Edwar Cabrera, LHP, Fresno: 2.2 IP, 3 K
- Cabrera has allowed just 1 hit in his first 4 outings (6.1 IP).

Alex Bregman, SS, Corpus Christi: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI
- So far, he's making AA look effortless. 

Reymin Guduan, LHP, Corpus Christi: 2 IP, 2 K
- 4 scoreless appearances to open the season.

Ramon Laureano, OF, Lancaster: 2-3, 2 RBI, SB (2), BB

Daz Cameron, OF, Quad Cities: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R
- Daz is off to a rather slow start, but that's usually the case with younger players in full-season ball for the first time and in colder weather. Definitely an encouraging outing, and hopefully it gives him some momentum on offense going forward.