Saturday, May 21, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, May 20, 2016

Memphis 8, Fresno 7

W- Ryan Sherriff (1-0)
L- Juan Minaya (0-3)
S- Sam Tuivailala (4)

Fresno home runs: Jon Singletin (9, 3-run in 1st), Matt Duffy (2, 3-run in 5th)

The Grizzlies withstood a 5-run 3rd by scoring 3 in the 5th to tie the game, but the Redbirds had the last word in this one by breaking the tie in the bottom of the 5th.

6 of Fresno's 7 runs in this game came on a pair of 3-run homers. Jon Singleton put them on the board first with his 3-run blast in the 1st, and Matt Duffy tied the game at 7 with a 3-run shot of his own in the 5th. Duffy drove in another run when he grounded into a force out that allowed Danny Worth to score in the 3rd. Worth finished 2-4 with a double and scored 3 runs.

Brad Peacock went 2.2 innings and allowed 6 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits (2-run homer), walked 6, and struck out 3. Juan Minaya was the first man out; he pitched 2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and fanned 4. Reymin Guduan allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 1.1 scoreless. César Valdez and Jandel Gustave each pitched a scoreless inning; Valdez allowed a hit and fanned 1 in the 7th, and Gustave struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th.

Brady Rodgers will take the mound for game 3 of this series. He'll go up against Deck McGuire at 6:35.

Corpus Christi 4, Midland 3 in 10 innings

W- Aaron West (2-0)
L- Andrés Avila (1-2)

CC home runs: Nick Tanielu (1, 5 season; 2-run in 7th)

Corpus edged Midland with a run in the first extra frame. This come-from-behind win is their 11th consecutive victory, a new team record.

James Ramsay broke a scoreless tie with an RBI groundout in the 4th. However, the Hounds scored 3 in the bottom of the 4th to take the lead, and that's where it stood until the 7th. J.D. Davis drew a 1-out walk, and one batter later, Nick Tanielu connected for his first Texas League homer to tie the game at 3. Alejandro Garcia ripped a double with 2 outs in the 10th and Teoscar Hernandez came through with an RBI single that turned out to be the game-winner. Garcia and Teoscar (SB [13]) had 2 hits apiece.

Kyle Smith went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 2. Chris Cotton and Aaron West combined to hold the Hounds scoreless for the final 7 innings: Cotton allowed 3 hits and struck out 2 in 2.2 innings, and West allowed 1 hit and walked 1 in 3.1 innings to get the win.

The series continues tonight at 7. David Paulino will start for Corpus; he'll face Raul Alcantara.

High Desert 8, Lancaster 3

W- Tyler Davis (1-0)
L- Matt Bower (0-1, 1-1 season)

Lancaster home runs: None.

Miscues, a quieted offense, and an early 7-0 hole sent the JetHawks to their doom on Friday night. It's not a good sign when you have more errors (4) than hits (3) in a game.

Bryan Muñiz put Lancaster on the board with a 2-run single in the 6th. Garrett Stubbs, whose 16-game hitting streak was snapped, had an RBI groundout in the 9th. Johnny Sewald and Tony Nuñez, who were both making their Lancaster debuts, both singled for the other two Lancaster hits.

Matt Bower went 2.2 innings and allowed 7 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4. Jacob Dorris stopped the bleeding with 4 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 6. Ryan Thompson allowed a run on 3 hits in 1.1 innings.

Dean Deetz will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Adam Quintana at 6:35 Pacific.

Cedar Rapids 9, Quad Cities 0

W- Fernando Romero (1-0)
L- Albert Abreu (0-5)

QC home runs: None.

Yeesh. Jayne, unfortunately, was on hand to witness this bludgeoning. I'm sure she, and the River Bandits, would like to neuralize themselves to forget this one.

Osvaldo Duarte and Christian Correa had the two Quad Cities hits in this one; both were singles. Myles Straw and Arturo Michelena both had 0-fers in their season debuts.

Albert Abreu did not get out of the 1st inning. He allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and both of his outs were recorded via strikeout. Juan Carlos Santos was the first man out; went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Adam Whitt was the only River Bandits pitcher to emerge unscathed; he went 3.1 innings and allowed a hit while fanning 3. Ralph Garza Jr. allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (3-run homer) and struck out 1 in the 8th.

Despite the butt-kicking, baseball provides everyone involved with a fresh start every day. The Banditos will look to bounce back tonight as Jose Luis Hernandez takes on Dereck Rodriguez, son of Iván "Pudge" Rodriguez, at 5.

Five Stars (in Four)

4.

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Corpus Christi
2-5, go-ahead RBI single in 10th, R, SB (13)

3.

Photo from MiLB.com
Jacob Dorris, RHP, Lancaster
4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K

2.

Photo from MiLB.com
Adam Whitt, RHP, Quad Cities
3.1 IP, H, 3 K

1.


Chris Cotton, LHP, and Aaron, West, RHP, Corpus Christi
Cotton: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 K
West: W (2-0), 3.1 IP, H, BB

Friday, May 20, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sweep!



Fresno 4, Memphis 2

W- Joe Musgrove (1-0, 3-1 season)
L- Jeremy Hefner (2-2)
S- James Hoyt (9)

Fresno home runs: Danny Worth (6, 2-run in 5th), Tyler Heineman (2, solo in 9th)

The Grizzlies bounced back from getting swept by coming out on top to start the second leg of their tour of Tennessee.

Joe Musgrove got his first win at the AAA level with 6 solid innings. The only snag he encountered came in the form of a 2-run home run hit by David Washington in the 6th. Musgrove allowed three other hits and struck out 7. Jordan Jankowski, Kevin Chapman, and James Hoyt all threw scoreless innings to finish it off. Jankowski struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 7th, Chapman worked around a walk to strike out the side in the 8th, and Hoyt got his PCL-leading 9th save of the year by working around a walk and a hit in the final inning, striking out 2.

Jack Mayfield opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd, his first RBI in the PCL. The other three Fresno runs came via the longball: Danny Worth smacked a 2-run shot in the 5th, and Tyler Heineman provided some insurance with a solo blast in the 9th. Matt Duffy finished 2-4 with a run scored.

Brad Peacock will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Artie Reyes at 7:05.

Corpus Christi 8, San Antonio 4

W- Michael Freeman (3-1)
L- Ramon Benjamin (0-2)
S- Brendan McCurry (7)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis 3 (7; solo in 4th, 2-run in 8th, 2-run in 9th), Alex Bregman (10, 2-run in 8th)
The Hooks got their 10th win in a row and finished off a sweep of their I-37 rivals. They seized control of this game thanks to a late onslaught and a monster night from J.D. Davis, who became the first Hook since Domingo Santana to hit 3 home runs in a game. 

Davis opened the scoring with his first home run of the evening, a solo shot in the 4th. Corpus erased a 3-1 deficit by busting loose for 5 runs in the 8th. Teoscar Hernandez led off the inning by drawing a walk, and then Alex Bregman tied the game with a 2-run homer. James Ramsay got plunked, and Davis put the Hooks in front with his second homer of the game. Rodrigo Ayarza drove in the final run of the inning with an RBI single. Davis wasn't quite done yet... he capped off the night with another 2-run homer in the 9th. 

J.D. Davis finished 4-5 with 3 runs scored (all on his homers) and is now on a 7-game hitting streak. Trent Woodward went 2-3 with a double and scored a run. Alex Bregman, who finished 2-5, is the first man in the system to hit 10 homers this season. James Ramsay scored 2 runs. 

Keegan Yuhl went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Michael Freeman allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and walked 1 in 1.1 innings, and Brendan McCurry pitched the final 1.2 innings to get the save, allowing a hit and striking out 4.

Tonight, the Hooks will start a 4-game series in Midland. Kyle Smith will face Chris Jensen at 7.

Lancaster 7, Inland Empire 6

W- Yeyfry Del Rosario (1-1, 2-1 season)
L- Nate Fury (0-1)
S- Eric Peterson (2)

Lancaster home runs: Drew Ferguson (3, solo in 1st), Garrett Stubbs (4, 3-run in 6th)

The JetHawks fought back from a 5-1 deficit to sweep the 66ers out of The Hangar.

Elieser Hernandez went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 earned) on 9 hits (3-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Yeyfry Del Rosario allowed 1 run in 2.1 innings; that 1 run was a solo homer from Tim Arakawa in the 8th. Del Rosario allowed two other hits and struck out 4. Eric Peterson struck out 3 over 1.2 perfect innings to get the save.

Drew Ferguson put Lancaster on the board first by smacking a homer to lead off the bottom of the 1st. Inland Empire put up 5 in the 2nd to take the lead, but the JetHawks responded by scoring in their next 4 innings, culminating in Garrett Stubbs' 3-run homer in the 6th inning. In the 3rd, Ferguson added an RBI double to his ledger. Luis Reynoso hit an RBI single in the 4th, and Ferguson scored on a wild pitch in the 5th. Garrett Stubbs completed the comeback by clubbing a 3-run homer in the 6th, extending his hitting streak to 16 games in the process.

Ferguson's 2 hits drove in 2 runs. He also scored 3 runs, drew 2 walks, and stole his 10th base of the season. Jason Martin went 2-4 with 2 runs scored. Ramon Laureano went 0-3, but he still managed to steal 2 bases. Laureano now has 18 stolen bases on the year, which puts him in a tie atop the system with Bobby Boyd and Kyle Tucker.

Tonight, the California League iteration of the Lone Star Series kicks off once again. Matt Bower will start for Lancaster. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities 9, Clinton 4

W- Andrew Thome (2-2)
L- Lukas Schiraldi (3-3)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos took the rubber game of their series by storming out to an 8-0 lead after 2 innings.

Kyle Tucker kicked things off with a 2-run double in the 1st. He later scored when Connor Goedert grounded into a fielder's choice. Anthony Hermelyn scored another run when Dex McCall grounded into a double play. Quad Cities got 4 more in the 2nd thanks to RBI singles from Aaron Mizell, Little Tuck, and Dex McCall, and a sac fly from Osvaldo Duarte. Mizell added an RBI groundout in the 5th for the River Bandits' final run of the evening.

Mizell (2 RBI, 2 R) and McCall (RBI single) had 3 hits apiece. Tucker, who drove in 3 and scored twice, has 11 multi-hit games in the month of May after his 2-5 showing. Bobby Wernes finished 2-4 with a double and scored twice.

In his season debut, Makay Nelson went 4.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 1. Andrew Thome tagged in for 2.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 3. Zac Person allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 over the final 1.2 innings.

Albert Abreu will be on the mound tonight as the River Bandits are starting a 4-game series in Cedar Rapids tonight. First pitch is at 6:35.

Three Stars

Unlike most nights, the #1 star was a fairly easy choice.

3.


Photo by Rich Guill
Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities
2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R 

2.

Drew Ferguson, OF, Lancaster
2-3, 2B, solo HR (3), 3 R, 2 BB, SB (10)

1.

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
4-5, 3 HR (7), 5 RBI, 3 R

Honorable Mentions

Alex Bregman, SS, Corpus Christi: 2-5, 2-R HR (10)
- The Texas League may just celebrate when Bregman can no longer terrorize them.

Joe Musgrove, RHP, Fresno: W (1-0, 3-1 season), 6 IP, 6 H (2-run homer), 2 ER, 7 K
- Home run notwithstanding, Musgrove turned in yet another fine performance as he looks dead-set on finishing 2016 with the big club.

Yeyfry Del Rosario, RHP, Lancaster: W (1-1, 2-1 season). 2.1 IP, 3 H (solo homer), ER, 4 K
- Del Rosario has a 6.06 ERA, but that's because he allowed 8 runs in one outing. Other than that, he's really pitched well in Lancaster. After starting the season with 1 appearance for Corpus, he might finish it with the Hooks.

Aaron Mizell, IF, Quad Cities: 3-5, 2 RBI 2 R
- Mizell is starting to get himself going at the plate.

Garrett Stubbs, C, Lancaster: 3-R HR (4) in 6th, 16-game hitting streak
- Stubbs with the big hit to complete the JetHawks' comeback.

Brendan McCurry, RHP, Corpus Christi: Save (7), 1.2 IP, H, 4 K
- McCurry continues to rack up the strikeouts.

Kevin Chapman, LHP, Fresno: IP, BB, 3 K
- Chapman has struck out the last 8 batters that he's faced.

James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno: Save (9), IP, H, BB, 2 K
- This outing wasn't as clean as his last 4, but when James Hoyt is on the mound, opposing teams' chances of victory are significantly diminished.


Astros Farm Report: 5/20

A transactions post seems like the perfect way to kill time in the St. Louis Airport so here we go!

5-19: OF Alejandro Garcia assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
5-19: 3B Nick Tanielu assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
5-19: IF Antonio Nunez assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
5-19: OF Johnny Sewald assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
5-19: Arturo Michelena assigned to Quad Cities from extended Spring Training
5-19: OF Myles Straw assigned to Quad Cities from extended Spring Training
5-18: IF/LF Rodrigo Ayarza assigned to Corpus Christi from extended Spring Training
5-18: RHP Franklin Perez assigned to Quad Cities from extended Spring Training
5-18: RHP Makay Nelson assigned to Quad Cities from extended Spring Training
5-17: 3B Colin Moran called up from Fresno to Houston
5-17: OF Danry Vasquez placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
5-17: IF Mott Hyde placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
5-17: SS Keach Ballard assigned to Quad Cities from extended Spring Training
5-17: RHP Asher Wojciechowski (Fresno) designated for assignment
5-16: IF Brooks Marlow assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
5-15: RHP Justin Ferrell placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL

Unsurprisingly, Danry Vasquez and Mott Hyde were moved to the Hooks 7-day DL after their terrible collision the other night. Hyde (concussion) will be back when he is deemed to be ready, but Vasquez reportedly suffered a torn ACL in the collision which means that his season is over. We at WTHB wish both of them the very best and a speedy full recovery.

Keep an eye on Franklin Perez who was ranked #21 in the Astros system by Baseball America coming into the 2016 season. Perez won't be 19 until December so he is very young for the Low A level. It will be very interesting to see what he can accomplish.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Hooks remain hot.

Sweep!



Fresno was off

The Grizzlies will start a 4-game set in Memphis tonight at 7:05. Joe Musgrove will make his 2nd start in the PCL; he'll face Jeremy Hefner.

Corpus Christi 5, San Antonio 2

W- Cy Sneed (2-1)
L- Bryan Rodriguez (2-3)
S- Evan Grills (1)

CC home runs: James Ramsay (2, 2-run in 1st), J.D. Davis (4, solo in 5th), Alex Bregman (9, 2-run in 7th)

Corpus Christi took their series over San Antonio by winning a game in which both teams scored all of their runs via the longball. Make it 9 wins in a row for the Hooks.

Cy Sneed went 5 innings, and the 2 runs he allowed came in the form of solo homers hit by Jose Rondon and Chase Jensen. He allowed two other hits and struck out 7. Evan Grills shut it down with 4 scoreless, allowing 3 hits and striking out 2.

James Ramsay put Corpus on the board first with a 2-run homer in the 1st. J.D. Davis hit his 4th homer of the year, a solo shot in the 5th. And finally... Alex Bregman continues his reign of terror in the Texas League. He capped off the scoring with a 2-run blast in the 7th, his 9th of the year. I'm beginning to think that Double-A might be getting a little too easy for him. Bregman (2 R), Davis (2B, solo HR), Trent Woodward, and Chan-Jong Moon all finished 2-4 on the day.

Keegan Yuhl will take the hill as the Hooks look for the sweep. He'll face Michael Kelly at 7:05.

Lancaster 11, Inland Empire 4

W- Ryan Deemes (1-0, 2-0 season)
L- Dixon Llorens (1-1)
S- Brock Dykxhoorn (1)

Lancaster home runs: Garrett Stubbs 2 (3; solo in 1st, 3-run in 4th), Bryan Muñiz (3, 2-run in 7th), Jason Martin (2, solo in 7th)

After the 66ers tied the game at 4 following the top of the 4th, the JetHawks took flight and finished the game on a 7-0 run.

Scott Weathersby went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Ryan Deemes worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 5th. Brock Dykxhoorn allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 to record a 4-inning save.

Garrett Stubbs is now on a 15-game hitting streak, which went completely unnoticed by me. Maybe that's why his streak has lasted this long. He wasted little time in extending his streak by clubbing a solo homer in the 1st to put Lancaster on the board. Jamie Ritchie added an RBI single later in the inning to give the JetHawks a 2-1 lead. The JetHawks added 2 more in the 2nd with a 2-run double from Ramon Laureano. Inland Empire scored 3 in the top of the 4th to tie the game at 4, but Stubbs quickly put Lancaster back in control with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 4th. In the 7th, Bryan Muñiz (2-run) and Jason Martin (solo) smashed back-to-back home runs, and Brooks Marlow capped off the evening with a sac fly in the 8th.

Everyone in the lineup pitched in with a hit; Drew Ferguson led the way in that category by going 3-5. Stubbs, Laureano, Muñiz, and Martin all had 2-hit nights. Ferguson also scored 3 runs, while Stubbs and Luis Reynoso scored 2 runs apiece.

Elieser Hernandez will take the mound as the JetHawks are looking for the sweep. He'll take on Jake Jewell at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities 9, Clinton 3

W- Kevin McCanna (1-2)
L- Kyle Wilcox (1-2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos stormed out to a 5-1 lead after 3 innings and were never really threatened in a wire-to-wire victory.

Kyle Tucker drew a 2-out walk in the 1st; he took Osvaldo Duarte's spot on the bases after Duarte was caught stealing. Little Tuck was successful in his stolen base attempt, however, and he scored the first run of the evening on an Anthony Hermelyn single. Dex McCall led off the 2nd with a double and came around to score when Pat Porter smacked a double off the wall in center. In the 3rd, McCall hit an RBI single. Porter followed by drawing a walk that loaded the bases. Quad Cities got 2 runs out of that situation as Aaron Mizell hit a pop-fly RBI single to bring in McCall, and Johnny Sewald hit a sac fly. In the 6th, Tucker hit an RBI single, stole 2nd, and scored on a single from Connor Goedert. The Banditos added 2 more in the 7th as Mizell hit another RBI single, and Bobby Wernes scored when Tucker grounded into a force out.

Tucker (2 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB [18]), Hermelyn (RBI, R), Goedert (2B, RBI), McCall (2B, RBI, 2 R), and Mizell (2 RBI singles) all had 2 hits in this game. Johnny Sewald was 1-2 with 2 walks and 2 stolen bases (16). Duarte was the only player in the lineup without a hit, but he did walk twice.

Kevin McCanna went 5 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. In his 2016 debut, Franklin Perez went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Ralph Garza finished it off with a 1-2-3 9th, getting a groundout, a popout, and a flyout.

In the rubber game of this series, Makay Nelson will make his 2016 debut. He'll face Lukas Schiraldi at 7.

Four Stars (In Three)

3.

Alex Bregman, SS, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2-R HR (9)


2. O Canada!

Brock Dykxhoorn, RHP, Lancaster
Evan Grills, LHP, Corpus Christi
Dykxhoorn: Save (1), 4 IP, 2 H, 4 K
Grills: Save (1), 4 IP, 3 H, 2 K


1.

Garrett Stubbs, C, Lancaster
2-4, 2 HR (3), 4 RBI, BB; 15-game hitting streak

Honorable Mentions

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi: 2-4, 2B, solo HR (4)
- Davis looks like he's turning the corner after a slow start.

Bryan Muñiz, 1B, Lancaster: 2-4, 2-R HR (3)
- Muñiz is now on a 5-game hitting streak. He's raised his average from .157 to .238 in the last two weeks.

Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB (18)
- Please look forward to Kyle Tucker putting up these numbers in Lancaster later this summer.

Kevin McCanna, RHP, Quad Cities: W (1-2), 5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 4 K
- The Woodlands product turned in a solid start and got plenty of support from his offense.

Ramon Laureano, OF, Lancaster: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI
- Laureano now a .457 on-base percentage. He had a 9-game BB streak snapped, but he's already surpassed his walk total from 2015. That on-base percentage, though.

Corpus Christi Hooks Photos and Video

In the better late than never category, I finally have all my photos from my Corpus trip last month uploaded, labeled and tagged on Flickr and all of the video has been posted on YouTube. Here are a few of my favorites ...






J.D. Davis (and friends)










And this is definitely my favorite video. Watching Reymin Guduan's body language is a treat!


In case you missed any of these, here are the interviews and profile that came from that trip.

Reymin Guduan
Cy Sneed
Brendan McCurry
Alex Bregman

And these are the photos of what Derek Fisher was up to in the dugout.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Nashville 2, Fresno 1

W- Dillon Overton (2-4)
L- Tommy Shirley (3-3)
S- J.B. Wendelken (3)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies were swept in a series for the first time this season as their bats went quiet once again. They've gone 2-9 in their last 11 games.

Max Stassi tripled with 1 out in the 2nd and scored Fresno's only run on an Andrew Aplin groundout. Stassi finished 2-4. They stranded runners on the corners to end an 8th-inning threat.

Tommy Shirley went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Reymin Guduan pitched 0.2 innings (final out of the 6th, first out of the 7th) and was greeted rather rudely by Matt Olson, who hit a go-ahead RBI ground-rule double to put the Sounds in front. Guduan issued an intentional walk to load the bases, but he got out of the inning by striking out Bryan Anderson. After Guduan got the first out of the 7th, Jandel Gustave came in, and he got a popout and a flyout to end the inning. James Hoyt struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th.

Fresno has Wednesday off. Joe Musgrove will start the first game in Memphis on Thursday.

Corpus Christi 2, San Antonio 1 in 13 innings

W- Aaron West (1-0)
L- Rafael De Paula (0-1)
S- Brendan McCurry (6)

CC home runs: Trent Woodward (1, solo in 13th)

Trent Woodward's blast in the top of the 13th and some clutch defense in the bottom half of the inning proved to be the difference in this game. The Hooks extended their winning streak to 8 games as they've really come alive this month.

Alex Bregman put Corpus on the board first with an RBI groundout in the 5th. The Missions tied the game at 1 in the 6th, and that's where it stood until the 13th inning. Conrad Gregor led off and was the first casualty of the inning after he flew out. Trent Woodward, who was 0-5 at the time, stepped in and proceeded to give the Hooks the lead by sending a Rafael De Paula offering into the night.

Chase McDonald and Roberto Peña both had 2 hits, while Chan-Jong Moon went 3-5 with a stolen base (4). Teoscar Hernandez stole 2 bases (12).

Francis Martes turned in 6 solid innings, allowing a run on 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5. Angel Heredia and Aaron West followed with 3 scoreless innings; Heredia, who was making his Texas League debut, allowed 2 hits and struck out 4, while West fanned 2 over 3 perfect innings.

Brendan McCurry was summoned for the save in the 13th. He retired the first man he faced, but then, things got a bit hairy as the next two batters singled off of him. Nelson Ward hit a third consecutive single, and Nick Schulz, who hit the first single, decided to test Teoscar. It did not end well for Schulz, who was cut down at home. After that scare, McCurry pulled himself together and struck out Gabriel Quintana to end the game.

The series continues later this morning. Cy Sneed will start for Corpus; he'll face Bryan Rodriguez at 11:05 A.M.

Lancaster 5, Inland Empire 3

W- Josh James (3-1)
L- Jose Molina (1-2)

Lancaster home runs: None.

A 3-run bottom of the 8th tipped the scales of this game in the JetHawks' favor.

Garrett Stubbs went 2-4 and opened the scoring with a 2-run single in the 3rd. However, Inland Empire quickly responded by scoring 3 in the top of the 4th to take the lead, and that's where this game stood until the bottom of the 8th.

Kristian Trompiz led off the inning with a single. Bobby Boyd followed by legging out a bunt single. Stubbs was the first casualty of the inning, but Drew Ferguson got plunked to load the bases. Nick Tanielu came up and tied the game with a sac fly. Brooks Marlow was next, and he came through with what turned out to be the game-winning hit, a 2-run double. That's a nice way to make a first impression on your new team. Bobby Boyd finished 3-4 with a double and 2 runs scored. Trompiz also scored 2 runs.

Trent Thornton went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and fanned 4. Josh James shut the 66ers down in his 4 innings, allowing just 1 hit while striking out 5.

Scott Weathersby will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Jason Hoppe at 6:35 Pacific.

Clinton 6, Quad Cities 0

W- Zack Littell (2-4)
L- Chris Murphy (3-3)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos' bats went quiet as they dropped the first of this 3-game series to the LumberKings.

Osvaldo Duarte singled and stole a base (5), while Keach Ballard singled and walked in his season debut.

Chris Murphy went 2.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1. Adam Whitt allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 2.2 scoreless, and Yoanys Quiala went 4 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3.

Kevin McCanna will start for Quad Cities tonight. He'll take on Kyle Wilcox at 7.

Three Stars (in Two)

2.

 
Angel Heredia and Aaron West, RHPs, Corpus Christi
Heredia: 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K; Texas League debut
West: W (1-0), 3 IP, 2 K

1.

Josh James, RHP, Lancaster
W (3-1), 4 IP, H, 5 K


Honorable Mentions

James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno: IP, 2 K
- James Hoyt just continues to mow down the Pacific Coast League.

Francis Martes, RHP, Corpus Christi: 6 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 5 K
- Martes turned in his best outing of the year. He's looking to right the ship after stumbling out of the gate.

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Corpus Christi: 1-4, 2 SB (12), outfield assist to prevent tying run from scoring in 13th inning
- Teoscar came up huge on defense to protect the Hooks' lead. That play was a real boost for Brendan McCurry, who was on the ropes at the time.

Brooks Marlow, 2B, Lancaster: Go-ahead 2-R 2B in 8th; California League debut
Trent Woodward, C, Corpus Christi: Go-ahead solo HR (1) in 13th
- Marlow and Woodward came through in the clutch to help their teams win.

Bobby Boyd, OF, Lancaster: 3-4, 2B, 2 R
- Boyd is currently on a 9-game hitting streak. I'd like to see him improve that K:BB ratio a bit, because he can legitimately create chaos on the basepaths.

Adam Whitt, RHP, Quad Cities: 2.2 IP, H, 2 K
- Good outing from Whitt, who is also looking to bounce back from a tough start to his campaign.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, May 16, 2016

The Astros' affiliates had their way against the Padres' affiliates to start the work week.

Nashville 4, Fresno 1

W- Zach Neal (5-1)
L- Mike Hauschild (3-4)
S- J.B. Wendelken (2)

Fresno home runs: Matt Duffy (1, solo in 7th)

The Sounds broke a scoreless tie with 4 in the 6th, and the Grizzlies were unable to respond.

Matt Duffy's solo homer in the 7th was Fresno's only scoring play and one of only three hits on the evening for them. Danny Worth and Jon Singleton had the other two hits; both were singles.

All 4 of Nashville's runs in this game were unearned. Mike Hauschild went 5.1 innings and had 3 inherited runners charged to him. He allowed 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 6. Kevin Chapman got the final 2 outs of the 6th via strikeout, but in between those 2 punchouts, Jon Kemmer's miscue in the field resulted in 3 runs for the Sounds; all of those runs were charged to Hauschild. Chapman also allowed an RBI double with 2 outs in the inning; that run was also unearned. Josh Fields got 2 outs in the 7th, walking 1 and striking out 1, and Juan Minaya allowed a hit and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings.

The Grizzlies will look to avoid the sweep tonight as Tommy Shirley takes the mound. He'll face Dillon Overton at 6:35.

Corpus Christi 8, San Antonio 0

W- Brian Holmes (3-1)
L- Bryce Morrow (0-5)

CC home runs: Alex Bregman (8, 2-run in 9th)

Please keep Danry Vásquez and Mott Hyde in your thoughts! They were both involved in a nasty collision while attempting to field a pop fly in the 1st inning of this game. Both of them had to be taken off the field via ambulance.

As for the game itself, the Hooks completely overwhelmed the Missions to take game 1 of this series.

D.J. Fisher opened up the scoring by ripping an RBI triple. He also scored on the same play thanks to an error. J.D. Davis added an RBI groundout in the 3rd. Alex Bregman had a hand in Corpus Christi's final three scoring plays; he smacked a 2-run double in the 5th, scored on a Teoscar Hernandez sac fly in the 7th, and capped off the night with a 2-run homer in the 9th. He finished 3-4 with 2 doubles, the 2-run shot, and scored 3 runs. Conrad Gregor, who just earned his degree from Vanderbilt, also finished 3-4. D.J. Fisher had a double to go along with his RBI triple. James Ramsay was 0-2, but he walked 3 times and scored 3 times.

Brian Holmes allowed 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Michael Freeman and Chris Cotton threw 2 scoreless innings apiece to finish it off. Freeman allowed a hit, while Cotton allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2.

Francis Martes will start for Corpus tonight. He'll face Luis Diaz at 7:05.

Lancaster 19, Lake Elsinore 0

W- Rogelio Armenteros (1-1, 1-3 season)
L- Thomas Dorminy (1-5)

Lancaster home runs: Bryan Muñiz (2, 2-run in 3rd), Jamie Ritchie (2, grand slam in 4th)

The JetHawks took this series in emphatic fashion, scoring 19 runs in a game for the second time this season. They did all of their damage in the first 4 innings, then called off the dogs.

Everyone in the lineup scored.



While Lancaster's offense laid waste to Lake Elsinore's pitchers, Lancaster's pitchers rendered Lake Elsinore's offense useless as Rogelio Armenteros and two relievers tossed a shutout. Armenteros allowed 4 hits and struck out a career-high 9 over 6 shutout innings. Ryan Thompson allowed a hit and struck out 2 over 1.2 scoreless, and Eric Peterson got the final 4 outs of this one, striking out 3.

Lancaster will now begin a 3-game series with Inland Empire tonight at 6:35 Pacific. Trent Thornton will start game 1.

Quad Cities was off

The River Bandits will begin a 3-game series with Clinton today at 11:00 A.M. They have not announced a starter for this game.

Three Stars

Too many individuals to list, so the winning teams share the honors for this one.

Photos are from Chris Creamer's Sports Logos Page. It is one of the most comprehensive sites for sports logos out there, and I enjoy browsing around there when I'm bored.

Corpus Christi Hooks, W 8-0 @ San Antonio
Alex Bregman: 3-4, 2 2B, 2-R HR (8), 4 RBI
D.J. Fisher: 2-5, 2B, 3B, RBI, R
Brian Holmes: W (3-1), 5 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 K
Michael Freeman: 2 IP, H
Chris Cotton: 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K


Lancaster JetHawks, W 19-0 vs. Lake Elsinore
All players in lineup scored at least 1 run
Nick Tanielu, Jamie Ritchie, and Kristian Trompiz: 4 hits each
Rogelio Armenteros: W (1-1, 1-3 season), 6 IP, 4 H, 9 K
Ryan Thompson: 1.2 IP, H, 2 K
Eric Peterson: 1.1 IP, 3 K


Astros Farm Report: 5/17

It was a good news, bad (terrible) news day on the Astros minor league front. Bad news first.

It was a terrible scene last night in San Antonio last night as Mott Hyde dove for a ball in shallow left field and collided with Danry Vasquez. Hyde was taken to the hospital with a head injury while Vasquez's left leg was splinted and he was carried off the field. I saw no subsequent reports about the extent of their injuries, but send your good thoughts and prayers their way for a quick recovery. Oh, and by the way, Hyde got the out!

In much, much better news, the Astros announced that OF/IF Tony Kemp was being called up to Houston. Kemp, a 5th round 2013 draft pick out of Vanderbilt University, was drafted as a second baseman but has also been playing the outfield the last couple of seasons since second base in Houston is currently occupied by Jose Altuve. Kemp is probably a better second baseman than he is an outfielder at this point (he won the MiLB Gold Glove at second in 2014), but do not discount his abilities. Kemp gets the absolute maximum out of his body that he can, is incredibly smart and will continue to improve.

I first talked to Kemp shortly after he was drafted in 2013 in this interview and again in 2014. At a listed 5'6", he is a huge personality in a little package. He works as hard as anyone I've seen to keep improving. And he always has a smile and a kind word for everyone he meets. There are some players I've met over the years that I root for just a little bit harder than others. Kemp is one of those.

The many faces of Kemp ...



With Conrad Gregor

With Nolan Fontana



With Delino DeShields



Monday, May 16, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, May 15, 2016

Astros affiliates squared off against A's affiliates.

Nashville 6, Fresno 3

W- Henderson Alvarez (1-0)
L- Brady Rodgers (1-3)
S- Patrick Schuster (3)

Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (3, solo in 5th)

Both teams recorded 9 hits, but the Grizzlies were doubled up in this one.

Tony Kemp singled to begin the game and scored the first run of the day on an RBI single from Jon Singleton. Colin Moran finished 2-4 with a solo homer (3) in the 5th, and Andrew Aplin scored on a double play in the 7th.

Brady Rodgers went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 8. Juan Minaya allowed a run on a groundout, a double, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 6th. Josh Fields pitched the 7th and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and walked 1. Reymin Guduan got a strikeout in the 9th, but his victim was able to reach base. Nothing came of it, however, as Guduan promptly got a double play and an inning-ending grounder.

Mike Hauschild will get the start as the Grizz look to get on the board in the series. He'll face Zach Neal at 6:35.

Corpus Christi and Frisco was postponed


Due to rain. This game will be made up when the Hooks visit Frisco later in the season.

The Hooks will head north on I-37 to start a 4-game series with San Antonio. Brian Holmes will start game 1 for Corpus, and he'll face Bryce Morrow at 7:05.

Lake Elsinore 6, Lancaster 3

W- Dinelson Lamet (6-1)
L- Dean Deetz (2-1)
S- Colby Blueberg (6)

Lancaster home runs: Bobby Boyd (2, solo in 3rd)

The JetHawks managed to tie the game at 3 after 4 innings, but the Storm got the last laugh by quickly breaking the tie in the 5th.

Both teams scored a run in the 1st; Lancaster's run came on an RBI single from Ramon Laureano. Bobby Boyd hit his 2nd homer of the year, a solo shot in the 3rd. Kristian Trompiz hit a 1-out double in the 4th and scored on Luis Reynoso's single. Boyd finished 2-4, as did Nick Tanielu, who had a triple.

Dean Deetz went 4.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Jacob Dorris was the first man out and pitched 2.2 innings. One of the two hits he allowed during his outing was a 3-run homer to Trae Santos, which scored both of the runners that he inherited from Deetz. Dorris, who also allowed a triple, walked 1 and struck out 6. Yeyfry Del Rosario allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless.

Lancaster and Lake Elsinore will wrap up their series tonight at 6:35 Pacific. Rogelio Armenteros will start for the JetHawks; Thomas Dorminy will oppose him.

Quad Cities 6, Beloit 0

W- Alex Winkelman (4-1)
L- Xavier Altamirano (2-4)

QC home runs: Johnny Sewald (1, solo in 3rd), Brooks Marlow (2, solo in 4th)

The Banditos avoided the sweep as three pitchers joined forces to throw a 1-hitter.

Alex Winkleman allowed that 1 hit; he also walked 1 and struck out 7 over 6 shutout innings. Jose Luis Hernandez tagged in for 2 innings, walking 1 and striking out 1. Zac Person worked around a walk to complete the shutout, striking out 1 in the 9th.

Johnny Sewald opened up the scoring with his first homer of the year, a solo shot in the 3rd. Brooks Marlow led off the 4th with a solo homer, his 2nd of the season. Quad Cities added 2 in the 5th on an RBI single from Tony Nuñez and a sac fly from Dex McCall, and they tacked on 2 more in the 7th thanks to a 2-run single from Christian Correa. Nuñez finished 2-5 and was the only player on either side to have a multi-hit game. Sewald and Marlow scored 2 runs apiece.

The River Bandits will have Monday off. Tuesday morning, they'll start a 3-game series with the Clinton LumberKings.

Five Stars (in two)

2.

Bobby Boyd, OF, Lancaster, and Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno
Both went 2-4 with a solo homer (Boyd 2, Moran 3) in their respective games.

1. Quad Cities 1-hitter!

The following photos are from Rich Guill. You can follow him on Twitter at QCBandit Photog.

Alex Winkelman, LHP
W (4-1), 6 IP, H, BB, 7 K


Jose Luis Hernandez, RHP
2 IP, BB, K


Zac Person, LHP
IP, BB, K

Honorable Mentions

Yeyfry Del Rosario, RHP, Lancaster: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K
- A scoreless outing at The Hangar deserves a little recognition.

Nick Tanielu, IF, Lancaster: 2-4, 3B
- 5-game hitting streak. What does Nick Tanielu know how to do, again?

Brooks Marlow, 2B, Quad Cities: solo HR (2), 2 R
- Marlow showing the pop that made him Tri-City's home run leader last year.

Astros Farm Report: 5/16

A lot of star performances over the past week, but first things first ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

5-16: RHP Robert Kahana (23)
5-17: RHP Jordan Jankowski (27)
5-18: C Christian Correa (23)
5-18: RHP Angelo Serrano (24)
5-20: IF Jose Fernandez (23)

Tomorrow's Birthday Boy Jordan Jankowski
Photo by Jayne Hansen


TRANSACTIONS/ROSTER MOVES

In addition to the moves I posted on Friday, there have been a few more to report over the last few days.

5-16: OF Preston Tucker optioned to Fresno from Houston
5-15: RHP Edison Frias placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
5-15: 1B Conrad Gregor activated from the temporary inactive list

Gregor was away from the team for a couple days for good reason ...
5-14: C Roberto Pena assigned from Fresno to Corpus Christi
5-13: C Richard Gonzalez assigned to Lancaster from extended Spring Training
5-13: IF/OF Marc Wik placed on the restricted list after testing positive a second time for a drug of abuse

STANDINGS

Fresno has slipped to third place in their division, going 2-4 since my last standings post and are now 5.5 games behind the Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) and one game behind the Reno Aces (Diamondbacks). The Hooks, however, are on a 6-game win streak and have climbed from eight games behind Frisco (Rangers) to only three games behind the the first place team thanks in large part to the Hooks sweep of the RoughRiders over their last four games. The Hooks are now tied with Midland (Oakland) for second. Lancaster has been mostly treading water (3-3 over their last six) and remains in 4th place with Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) and High Desert (Rangers) tied for first, 9.5 games ahead of the JetHawks. Quad Cities has gained a half a game on league leaders Clinton (Mariners), but otherwise remains mostly unchanged in the standings over the past few days.

AAA Fresno 3rd 15-21 .417 5.5GB L2

AA Corpus Christi T2nd 20-15 .571 3.0GB W6

A+ Lancaster 4th 14-20 .412 9.5GB L1

A- Quad Cities 7th 15-20 .429 5.5GB W1

NEWS AND LINKS

Since I first saw man mountain Chase McDonald in Greeneville in 2013, the year he was drafted in the 12th round out of East Carolina University, I have been intrigued. With his massive frame, the first baseman has always shown a great aptitude for power, but there's always been a question (for me) as to whether or not he would be able to control the strikeouts. As with most power hitters, strikeouts will be a part of the trade-off, but finding a good balance makes that power hitter so much more valuable to a team.

With that said, McDonald seems to be figuring out that balance. Through his first 29 games last season, McDonald hit .248/.306/.450 with seven doubles and five home runs, walking 10 times and striking out 40 times. In 29 games this season, he is hitting .232/.350/.505 with three doubles and eight home runs, and has drawn 18 walks while striking out only 28 times. Prior to the season, I had said that a good season from McDonald would land him on Baseball America's Top 30 prospect list next year. That prediction is looking better and better.

Chase McDonald - April 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen


Derek Fisher, another top prospect, likes to go yard.

On the pitching side of things, there have been some stellar performances of late ...



Chris Murphy tossed his first career shutout for the River Bandits.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, May 14, 2016

Let's play 2 in Beloit!

Nashville 9, Fresno 1

W- Chris Smith (2-5)
L- Brad Peacock (0-1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies got smacked in their first foray against a PCL American Conference club.

Max Stassi's RBI double in the 9th was Fresno's only scoring play. Stassi also doubled in the 2nd inning.

Brad Peacock went 5.1 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Jordan Jankowski pitched the final 2.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits while fanning 6.

Brady Rodgers will be on the mound today. He'll take on a rehabbing Henderson Alvarez at 3:05 Eastern.

Corpus Christi 6, Frisco 3

W- David Paulino (1-1)
L- Victor Payano (4-1)
S- Kyle Smith (1)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (3, 2-run in 8th)

The Hooks have taken the first 4 from Frisco. They're really starting to put it all together now.

David Paulino turned in another fine start as he allowed 3 hits and struck out 2 over 5 shutout innings. The Riders spoiled the shutout when they got 3 off of Kyle Smith in the 9th with a double and a 2-run homer. It was a tough ending to Smith's night, especially because his first 3 innings were perfect. But, he pulled himself together and finished the game without any further incidents. Smith walked 1 and struck out 2 in his 4 innings.

Teoscar Hernandez opened the scoring with a 2-run double in the 2nd. Corpus added 2 more in the 5th as Danry Vásquez hit an RBI single and Mott Hyde scored on a balk. In the 8th, J.D. Davis smoked his 3rd homer of the year, a 2-run shot that put the Hooks up 6-0 at that point.

Danry and Davis both had 2-hit nights, Chase McDonald hit a double, walked twice, and scored twice. Alex Bregman was 0-2, but he walked 3 times and scored a run. D.J. Fisher went 3-5 and stole his 4th base of the year.

The Hooks will look for a 5-game sweep as Brian Holmes takes the mound. He'll face Reed Garrett at 2:05.

Lancaster 5, Lake Elsinore 1

W- Elieser Hernandez (1-3)
L- Taylor Cox (0-2)

Lancaster home runs: None.

Lake Elsinore tied the game at 1 in the 6th, but the JetHawks quickly reclaimed control by scoring 6 in the bottom half of the inning.

Matt Bower was absolutely dominant in his California League debut, allowing just 1 hit, walking 2, and striking out 10 over 5 shutout innings. Elieser Hernandez has struggled in his first crack at the Cal League, but he turned a solid performance as the tandem starter, allowing a run on 4 hits and striking out 3 in 4 innings of work.

Nick Tanielu put Lancaster on the board first with an RBI single in the 1st. The JetHawks opened up the bottom of the 6th by loading the bases. Alejandro Garcia grounded into a force out that brought Ramon Laureano home. Kristian Trompiz beat out an RBI infield single, then stole 2nd. The throw down to 2nd was errant, and Garcia took advantage by scoring. Trompiz wound up scoring on an error that allowed Luis Reynoso to reach.

Nick Tanielu and Bobby Boyd both went 2-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. Boyd, who leads the system in steals, now has 18, while Tanielu stole his 3rd.

Dean Deetz will start for the JetHawks today. He'll face Dinelson Lamet at 2:05 Pacific.

Game 1: Beloit 7, Quad Cities 1

W- Boomer Biegalski (4-0)
L- Albert Abreu (0-4)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos got buried in game 1.

They recorded 3 hits in this game; Kyle Tucker had 2 of them, including an RBI single in the 7th. Connor Goedert hit a double.

Albert Abreu went 3+ innings and allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 6. Ralph Garza Jr. pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and fanned 2.

Game 2: Beloit 6, Quad Cities 1

W- Evan Manarino (3-0)
L- Justin Ferrell (1-2)

QC home runs: None.

The River Bandits did not fare much better in game 2, suffering the sweep in the twinbill.

Little Tuck added another 2-hit game. He's on an 8-game hitting streak; 7 of those 8 games have been multi-hit outings. Osvaldo Duarte singled to lead off the 6th and scored the lone Quad Cities run following 3 wild pitches in a row.

Justin Ferrell went 1.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1. Juan Carlos Santos pitched an inning (final out of the 2nd, 2 outs in the 3rd) and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 3 hits and walked 1. Andrew Thome allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 3.1 scoreless.

The Banditos will look to avoid a series sweep as Alex Winkelman takes the hill. He'll face Xavier Altamirano at 2.

Four Stars

3 (tie).

Photo by Rich Guill
Kyle Tucker, OF, Quad Cities
Doubleheader: 4-6, RBI

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-5, 2-R HR (3)


2.

David Paulino, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (1-1), 5 IP, 3 H, 2 K

1.

Photo from MiLB.com
Matt Bower, LHP, Lancaster
5 IP, H, 2 BB, 10 K; California League debut


Honorable Mentions

D.J. Fisher, OF, Corpus Christi: 3-5, SB (4)
- That average looks a bit nicer now. Fisher looks like he's starting to hit his stride.

Elieser Hernandez, RHP, Lancaster: W (1-3), 4 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 K
- Hernandez is still looking to find his footing in a torturous pitching environment. This outing might be a good start.

Max Stassi, C, Fresno: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI
- Solid night for Stassi as he looks to work his way back to Houston.

Nick Tanielu, IF, Lancaster: 2-4, RBI, R, SB (3)
- Nick Tanielu knows how to hit.