Saturday, June 11, 2016

Astros Draft Picks/Undrafted Free Agents on Social Media

Congratulations to the Houston Astros draft class of 2016! What the Heck, Bobby? would like to wish you nothing but the best in your endeavors as you begin your own personal journeys to Minute Maid Park.

This page contains the Twitter accounts of the 2016 draft class. Accounts for non-drafted free agents will also be included here. In the event that they are not on Twitter, their Instagram accounts (if they have one) will be listed instead. Some of them may not even be on Twitter, either.

Players who remain unsigned (as per Baseball America) as of 7/3/16 are in red. The signing deadline is July 15th.

Round 1: Forrest Whitley, RHP, Alamo Heights High School (San Antonio) - @ForrestWhitley; his account is private.
Round 2: Ronnie Dawson, OF, Ohio State - @ronniedawsonn
Round 3: Jake Rogers, C, Tulane - @_JROG_
Round 4: Brett Adcock, LHP, Michigan - @brett_adcock; his account is private.
Round 5: Abraham Toro-Hernandez, 3B, Seminole State College (Oklahoma) - on Instagram @abtoro13
Round 6: Stephen Wrenn, CF, Georgia - on Instagram @swwrenn; his account is private.
Round 7: Tyler Buffett, RHP, Oklahoma State - @Candyman1111
Round 8: Nick Hernandez, RHP, Houston - @NicholasHer14
Round 9: Ryan Hartman, LHP, Tennessee Wesleyan - @Ryanhartman21
Round 10: Dustin Hunt, RHP, Northeastern - @Dhunt45
Round 11: Chad Donato, RHP, West Virginia - @ChadDonato; has not tweeted since 2012
Round 12: Carmen Benedetti, LHP, Michigan - @Carmatron32
Round 13: Ryne Birk, 2B, Texas A&M - @RynoBirk
Round 14: Carson LaRue, RHP, Cowley Community College (Kansas) @CarsonLaRue1@LaRue_Carsonn
Round 15: Alex Degoti, SS, Barry - @alexdegoti
Round 16: Spencer Johnson, LF, Missouri State - @BigJohnson_34
Round 17: Brian Howard, RHP, Texas Christian
Round 18: Colin McKee, RHP, Mercyhurst - @colin_mckee
Round 19: Taylor Jones, 1B, Gonzaga
Round 20: Louis-Philippe Pelletier, 2B, Seminole State College (Oklahoma) - on Instagram @lp_pelletier24/Twitter @lppelletier
Round 21: Chuckie Robinson, C, Southern Mississippi - @Crob_20
Round 22: Ray Henderson-Lozano, C, Grayson College - @raypanda27
Round 23: Tyler Britton, RHP, High Point - @tbritton_3
Round 24: Troy Sieber, 1B, Saint Leo (Florida) - @TroySieber
Round 25: Kevin Hill, RHP, South Alabama - @kevinhill42
Round 26: Avery Tuck, CF, Steele Canyon High School, Spring Valley, California - @averytuck04
Round 27: Nathan Thompson, LHP, Oklahoma Baptist - @natethomp17
Round 28: Johnny Ruiz, 2B, Miami - @johnnyruiz4
Round 29: Elliott Barzilli, 3B, Texas Christian - @barzilli16
Round 30: Brody Westmoreland, 3B, College of Southern Nevada - @BrodyWest17
Round 31: Howie Brey, LHP, Rutgers - @HowieBrey1
Round 32: Darius Vines, RHP, St. Bonaventure High School, Ventura, California - @dariustorawboy
Round 33: Toby Handley, CF, Stony Brook - @_TobyHandley_
Round 34: Stijn van der Meer, SS, Lamar - @Stijn18vdMeer
Round 35: Nick Slaughter, C, Klein High School (Klein) - @nick_slaughter1
Round 36: Ian Hardman, RHP, Seminole State College (Oklahoma)
Round 37: Anthony DeFrancesco, 3B, Red Mountain High School (Mesa, Arizona)
Round 38: Chaz Pal, OF, South Carolina-Aiken - @chazpal
Round 39: Tyler Wolfe, IF, Kansas State - @twolfie3
Round 40: Lucas Williams, RHP, Central Missouri - @LooWill23

Undrafted Free Agents

Sean Stutzman, LHP, Dallas Baptist - @megastutz28
Reggie Johnson, RHP, Hampden-Sydney College - @ReggieHSC; his account is private.
Devin Raftery, RHP, Nova Southeastern - @RafD_11
Devon Carr, LHP, Florida Atlantic - @Carrpiece; his account is private.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, June 10, 2016

Salt Lake 6, Fresno 3

W- Kyle McGowin (3-2)
L- Brad Peacock (0-3)
S- Al Alburquerque (8)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (8, solo in 2nd)

A 3-run 5th was the difference in this game for the Bees.

A.J. Reed put Fresno on the board with a solo shot in the 2nd, his 8th of the season. Danny Worth drew a bases-loaded walk in the 3rd, and Nolan Fontana hit an RBI groundout in the 7th. Reed also hit a triple to go with his homer.

Brad Peacock went 5 innings and allowed 4 unearned runs on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Jandel Gustave allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Jordan Jankowski struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th, and Josh Fields did the same in the 9th.

César Valdez will start game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Midland 7, Corpus Christi 6 in 10 innings

W- Kyle Finnegan (1-1)
L- Brendan McCurry (1-3)

CC home runs: Nick Tanielu (3, 7 season; solo in 10th)

An error in the 10th inning proved to be costly for the Hooks, who were foiled in their bid to sweep the series.

Alex Bregman put Corpus on the board and in the lead with a 2-run single in the 3rd inning. The Hooks scored 3 in the 4th on a 2-run single from Alejandro Garcia and an RBI single from Teoscar Hernandez. The Hounds scored 4 in the 5th to tie and took the lead with 2 in the 10th. Nick Tanielu led off the bottom of the 10th with a homer to cut the deficit to one run, but the next three Hooks hitters went down in order.

Tanielu finished 3-5 and scored twice, while Teoscar finished 2-4 with the RBI single and 2 stolen bases (22).

Edison Frias allowed 4 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 4, and fanned 8 in 4.2 innings. Evan Grills allowed a run on 5 hits and struck out 2 in 4.1 innings, and Brendan McCurry was charged with the loss. The 2 Midland runs in the 10th were unearned; he allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 1.

Tonight, the next round of the I-37 Rivalry begins as the San Antonio Missions are in Corpus to start a 4-game series. Cy Sneed will get the start for Corpus, and he'll take on Aaron Northcraft at 7:05.

Visalia 4, Lancaster 1

W- Josh Taylor (2-5)
L- Brock Dykxhoorn (4-2)
S- Bud Jeter (7)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks dropped a rather non-descript game to fall to 1-4 against Visalia this season.

Luis Reynoso's RBI single in the 2nd was Lancaster's only scoring play. Bobby Boyd and Ramon Laureano had 2 hits apiece; Laureano also stole his 25th base of the season.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Jacob Dorris allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings, and Kevin Comer fanned 2 over 1.2 perfect innings.

Scott Weathersby will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Brad Keller at 7:00 Pacific.

Burlington 3, Quad Cities 1

W- Sam Holland (2-0)
L- Yoanys Quiala (0-4)

QC home runs: Pat Porter (3, solo in 2nd)

The Banditos were stung by a 2-run bottom of the 8th that broke a 1-1 tie in the Bees' favor.

Pat Porter's solo blast in the 2nd inning was Quad Cities' only scoring play. Connor Goedert and Kristian Trompiz both hit doubles for the Bandits.

Chris Murphy went 5 innings and allowed a run on 6 hits while striking out 4. Yoanys Quiala allowed those 2 go-ahead runs, which were unearned. He pitched 3 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1.

In game 2 of this series, Franklin Perez will get the start. He'll face Ronnie Glenn at 6:30.

DSL Astros Blue 2, DSL Red Sox1 0 in 10 innings

W- Jheyson Caraballo (1-0)
L- Antonio Police (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

After losing 2-0 on Thursday, the Blue team got even with the Red Sox with a 2-0 win in extra innings.

Leovanny Rodriguez and Jheyson Caraballo joined forces on a 3-hitter, and they both pitched 5 innings. Rodriguez allowed a hit and struck out 4, while Caraballo allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 3.

Cesar Cortez's 2-run triple in the 10th was the only scoring play of the game. Ronny Jimenez went 2-4 and scored one of those runs; Nicolas Miranda came on as a pinch-runner and scored the other run.

The Blue team is currently playing the Royals.

DSL Astros Orange 10, DSL Phillies2 4

W- Asael Uribe (1-0)
L- Wilerik Diaz (0-2)
S- Jose Ramos (1)

Orange home runs: Jose Abel Hernandez (1, 2-run in 2nd)

The Orange team jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back in a comfortable win.

Jose Abel Hernandez's 2-run shot in the 2nd opened up the scoring for Team Orange. They got 2 more in the inning on a pair of RBI singles from Ronaldo Urdaneta and Kendy Moya. In the 3rd, Renaigel Martis drew a bases loaded walk, and Jose Abel stole home. Enmanuel Valdez ripped an RBI double in the 4th and scored on a Hector Martinez groundout. In the 8th, Martinez grounded into a fielder's choice that allowed Moya to score, and Gilberto Celestino scored the final run of the day on a wild pitch. Moya and Martinez both had 2 hits on the day.

Hansel Paulino went 4 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Asael Uribe worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out 1. Michael Richez allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and walked 1 in the 6th, and Jose Ramos got the 3-inning save, allowing an unearned run on 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1.

The Orange team is currently playing the Mets 2.

Four Stars (in three)

3.

A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno
2-4, 3B, solo HR (8)

2.

Nick Tanielu, IF, Corpus Christi
3-5, solo HR (3, 7 season), 2 R

1. Leovanny Rodriguez and Jheyson Caraballo, RHPs, DSL Astros Blue
Rodriguez: 5 IP, H, 4 K
Caraballo: W (1-0), 5 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K

Honorable Mentions

Hector Martinez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB (1)
- The youngster has gotten off to a fine start. He's still far from being a finished product, but could flirt with coming stateside with a good couple of month.

Chris Murphy, RHP, Quad Cities: 5 IP, 6 H, ER, 4 K
- Murphy has been a rather dependable member of the Quad Cities rotation.

Cesar Cortez, OF, DSL Astros Blue: Go-ahead 2-RBI 3B in 10th
- Clutch.

Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Corpus Christi: 2-4, RBI, 2 SB (22)
- Teoscar has recorded hits in 9 of his last 10 games.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, June 9, 2016

Salt Lake 12, Fresno 10 in 10 innings

W- Geoff Broussard (1-1)
L- James Hoyt (3-3)
S- Al Alburquerque (7)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies managed to erase an early 9-1 deficit.... only to see the Bees win it with 2 in the first extra frame.

Preston Tucker drove in the first run of the evening on a sacrifice fly in the 1st inning. Tyler Heineman hit an RBI single in the 4th. Fresno scored 2 runs in the 5th thanks to a double from A.J. Reed. They scored 3 in the 6th, thanks to an RBI double from Andrew Aplin, who later scored when Tucker grounded into a force out. Colin Moran also hit an RBI single in the 6th. The Grizz scored 3 more in the 7th as Aplin and Danny Worth hit RBI singles; Aplin later scored on an error that allowed Tucker to reach.

Aplin (2B, 2 RBI, 3 R) and Worth (RBI, R) both finished 3-5. Reed (2B, 2 RBI, R), Jon Singleton (2B, R), and Nolan Fontana (R) had 2 hits apiece in this game.

Tommy Shirley got shelled in his 2.1 innings. We'll just leave it at that. Chris Cotton was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen; he went 2.2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 1. Reymin Guduan allowed 2 hits and fanned 2 over 2 scoreless. Jordan Jankowski got a popout and a couple of groundouts in a 1-2-3 8th. James Hoyt pitched 1.2 innings, and the only hit that he allowed was rather costly, as it was the tiebreaking 2-run single in the 10th. He walked 4 and struck out 5. Kevin Chapman got the final out of the 10th inning.

In game 2 of this series, Brad Peacock will take on Kyle McGowin. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 7, Midland 0

W- Francis Martes (3-2)
L- Joel Seddon (1-6)

CC home runs: Alejandro Garcia (1, 2-run in 2nd), Chase McDonald (10, solo in 4th), Conrad Gregor (2, solo in 4th)

An early offensive outburst was enough to secure the win, and Francis Martes had his best start of the season as he and Eric Peterson combined to keep the RockHounds off the scoreboard.

Martes allowed 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 9 over 6.2 shutout innings, and Peterson allowed 2 hits and fanned 2 over the final 2.1 innings.

Alex Bregman tripled with 1 out in the 1st and scored the game's first run on a double from D.J. Fisher. Alfredo Gonzalez hit a 1-out double in the 2nd, and one batter later, Alejandro Garcia clubbed his first home run of the season to put Corpus up 3-0. Chase McDonald and Conrad Gregor led off the 4th with back-to-back solo shots, and Bregman smacked a 2-run double later in the inning. Everyone in the lineup had a hit; Teoscar Hernandez and Bregman had 2 apiece.

The Hooks will look for the sweep as Edison Frias takes the mound. He'll face Corey Walter at 7:05.

Visalia 5, Lancaster 1

W- Shelby Miller (1-0)
L- Trent Thornton (2-3)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks couldn't recover from an early 5-0 deficit, and their bats went silent.

Lancaster only got 3 hits in this game, and Jason Martin's RBI triple in the 7th was their only scoring play. Ramon Laureano, who scored the only JetHawks run, stole his 24th base of the season.

Trent Thornton was victimized by the longball in his 4.1 innings; all 5 of Visalia's runs off of him scored on a couple of 2-run homers hit by Marty Herum and a solo shot from Oscar Hernandez. He allowed 4 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Josh James tagged in to strike out 5 over 2.2 perfect innings, and Yeyfry Del Rosario struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th.

Brock Dykxhoorn will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Josh Taylor at 7:00 Pacific.

Quad Cities 5, Beloit 2

W- Elieser Hernandez (2-0, 3-4 season)
L- Kevin Johnson (0-1)
S- Jose Luis Hernandez (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos took 2 of 3 from the Snappers as they got out to an early lead and got solid performances on the mound from the Hernandezes.

Elieser allowed a run on 3 hits and fanned 5 in 5 innings of work. Jose Luis pitched the final 4 innings, and the only run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Justin Higley in the 8th. He allowed 4 other hits and struck out 4.

Myles Straw led off the bottom of the 1st with a single. He advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch and a passed ball and scored the first run of the game on an RBI single from Osvaldo Duarte. In the 2nd, it was Straw's turn to drive in a run, and he did so with an RBI single. Duarte added an RBI triple to his ledger in the 7th, and he trotted home on a Keach Ballard double.

Straw and Duarte wreaked havoc from the top of the order as they combined to go 5-8 (Straw 3-4, Duarte 2-4) with 3 RBI (Duarte 2, Straw 1) and 4 runs scored; they both scored twice. Duarte also stole his 10th base of the season.

The River Bandits will spend the weekend in Burlington. Chris Murphy will start the first of 3 games against the Bees; he'll go up against Jared Ruxer at 6:30.

DSL Red Sox1 2, DSL Astros Blue 0

W- Carlos Cortes (1-0)
L- Juan Corniel (0-1)
S- Angel Padron (1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team outhit the Red Sox 7-4, but unfortunately, they couldn't push across any runs.

Angel Tejeda reached in all 4 of his plate appearances, going 3-3 with a walk. Alfredo Angarita finished 2-3 with a walk.

Javier Navas threw 4 no-hit innings, walking 2 and striking out 5. Yeremi Ceballos worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out 1. Juan Corniel pitched 3 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Robert Corniel allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in the 9th.

The Blue team will travel to the Red Sox complex as they look to avenge their first loss of the season. First pitch is at 10:30 AM Eastern.

DSL Astros Orange 3, DSL Phillies2 2

W- Luis Castro (1-0)
L- Leonel Aponte (0-1)
S- Cosme Zapata (1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team won despite getting held to two hits.

All 3 of their runs came in the 5th inning. Bernardo Heras put them on the board with an RBI single. One batter later, he and Felix Lucas both scored on an errant pickoff throw. Vicente Mota's single to lead off the 2nd was the Orange team's only other hit.

Humberto Castellanos went 4 innings and allowed a run on a groundout, a single, and walked 2. Luis Castro allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 2, and fanned 3 in 4 innings, and Cosme Zapata finished it off with a 1-2-3 9th.

These two teams will play again today at the Astros' complex. First pitch is at 10:30 AM Eastern.

Three Stars

3.

Andrew Aplin, OF, Fresno
3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R

2.

Josh James, RHP, Lancaster
2.2 IP, 5 K

1.

Francis Martes, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (3-2),6.2 IP, 5 H, BB, 9 K


Honorable Mentions

Elieser Hernandez, RHP, Quad Cities: W (2-0, 3-4 season), 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 5 K
Jose Luis Hernandez, RHP, Quad Cities: Save (1), 4 IP, 5 H (solo HR), ER, 4 K
- After a nightmare start to his season in Lancaster, Elieser looks like he's gotten some of his momentum and confidence back. He's still 20, so he has some time.
- Jose Luis had his second straight 4-inning outing in which he allowed 1 run.

Myles Straw, OF, Quad Cities: 3-4, RBI, 2 R
Osvaldo Duarte, OF/2B, Quad Cities: 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB
- This is a crazy fast duo at the top of the order for the River Bandits. The Astros have some legitimate burners in the lower levels of the system.

Alex Bregman, SS, Corpus Christi: 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, R
- After a slight lull, Bregman is on a nice little 3-game hitting streak. He posted his 2nd consecutive 2-hit game.

Javier Navas, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 4 IP, 2 BB, 5 K
- Nice first game for the Venezuelan lefty.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The two domestic farm teams in action on Wednesday squared off against a couple of A's farm teams.

The two DSL teams have stormed out of the gate.

Fresno was off

The Grizzlies will start a 4-game series with Salt Lake tonight at 7:05 Pacific. Tommy Shirley will face Nate Smith.

Corpus Christi 6, Midland 3


W- David Paulino (3-2)
L- Jake Sanchez (1-3)
S- Aaron West (6)

CC home runs: Chase McDonald (9, solo in 5th), J.D. Davis (10, 2-run in 6th), D.J. Fisher (11, 3-run in 7th)

The Hooks topped the RockHounds with a show of power.

Kent Emanuel went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. David Paulino tagged in for 3 innings, walking 1 and striking out 3. Aaron West worked around a couple of hits to get the save.

All 6 Corpus Christi runs were scored via the home run, and they finished a grand slam shy of the home run cycle. Chase McDonald put them on the board with his solo shot in the 5th. J.D. Davis tied the game at 3 with a 2-run homer in the 6th, and D.J. Fisher put the Hooks in front with his 3-run blast in the 7th. McDonald and Alex Bregman (2 R, SB [4]) both finished 2-4.

Francis Martes will start game 3 of this series. He'll take on Joel Seddon at 7:05.

Lancaster was off

The JetHawks are in Visalia to start a 4-game set. Trent Thornton will face a rehabbing Shelby Miller at 7 Pacific.

Beloit 11, Quad Cities 3

W- Michael Murray (2-1)
L- Justin Ferrell (1-3)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos fell behind 6-0 after 3 innings and never really threatened the Snappers.

Justin Ferrell went 2.2 innings and allowed 6 runs on 7 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 2. Makay Nelson was the first man out of the bullpen; the only run that he allowed in 4.1 innings was a solo homer from Ryan Howell. Nelson allowed three other hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. Adam Whitt allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 2 innings.

Keach Ballard put Quad Cities on the board with an RBI single in the 4th. Kristian Trompiz's 2-run single in the 5th was the River Bandits' only other scoring play. Trompiz (2 RBI, SB [2, 6 season]). Bobby Wernes (BB, R), and Dex McCall (2B, R) all finished with 2 hits in this game.

Elieser Hernandez will start the series finale. He'll take on James Naile at 7:00.

DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Phillies1 4 in 10 innings

W- Juan Cuevas (3-0)
L- Alfredo Benitez (0-1)

Blue home runs: Jose Benjamin (1, 2-run in 5th)

The Blue team jumped out to a 4-0 lead, which the Phillies erased to force extras. No matter... they walked off with the win in the first extra frame.

Angel Tejeda opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 4th. Samir Caraballo hit a 1-out double in the 5th and scored when César Cortez reached on an error and advanced to 3rd. One batter, Jose Benjamin ripped a 2-run homer. Carlos Canelon was the hero in the 10th as he delivered a walk-off double. Canelon also doubled to lead off the 5th but was thrown out at 3rd trying to stretch it into a triple. He also drew 3 walks. Tejeda went 2-5.

Edwin Fidel went 4 innings and allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 5. Jesus Bernaez worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 5th. Yulian Frontado allowed 4 runs on 6 hits in 4 innings, and Juan Cuevas threw a 1-2-3 10th.

The Blue team will start a 2-game series with the Red Sox 1. First pitch is at 10:30 AM Eastern.

DSL Astros Orange 12, DSL Rays2 9

W- Cristofer Melendez (2-0)
L- Ender Gonzalez (0-1)
S- Carlos Espinoza (1)

Orange home runs: Anthony Rodriguez (1, 3-run in 8th), Vicente Mota (1, solo in 8th)

The Orange team used a couple of longballs in the 8th to take control of this one.

Juan Infante put the Orange team on the board first with a sac fly in the 2nd. Later in the inning, Fredy Medina hit a 2-run single. Infante added an RBI double to his ledger in the 4th and scored on a groundout from Jose Miguel Hernandez. They got 2 more in the 5th on a couple of RBI singles from Vicente Mota and Felix Lucas. The Rays broke a 7-7 tie with a run in the 7th.

Medina singled to lead off the 8th and was lifted for Ronaldo Urdaneta, who stole 2nd and advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch. Gilberto Celestino walked to bring up Anthony Rodriguez, who put the Orange team in front with a pinch-hit 3-run homer. Mota added a solo blast. Ramiro Rodriguez hit an RBI triple in the 9th to bring in the Orange team's final run of the day.

On his 22nd birthday, Mota finished 3-5 with the solo homer, the RBI single, and 2 runs scored. Felix Lucas also finished 3-5; he hit a double to go along with his RBI single and scored a run.

Francisco Villegas and Gerardo Bojorquez both pitched 3 innings. Villegas, who got the start, allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 3. Bojorquez allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and fanned 3. Cristofer Melendez allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 in 2.1 innings, and Carlos Espinoza got the final 2 outs for the save. He allowed 2 hits, one of which allowed 1 of the runners he inherited from Melendez to score.

The Orange team will travel to the Phillies' complex to take on the Phillies 2. First pitch is at 10:30 AM Eastern.

Three Stars

3.

D.J. Fisher, OF, Corpus Christi
Go-ahead 3-R HR (11) in 7th

2.

David Paulino, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (3-1), 3 IP, BB, 3 K

1. Vicente Mota, C, DSL Astros Orange: 3-5, 2B, solo HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 R

Honorable Mentions

Edwin Fidel, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 4 IP, H, 2 BB, 5 K
- Solid first game.

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi: Game-tying 2-R HR (10) in 6th
- Davis had been in a bit of a lull since his monster May. Hopefully that homer gets him back in the saddle.

Chase McDonald, 1B, Corpus Christi: 2-4, solo HR (9)
- Good bounceback effort from McDonald after having to wear the golden sombrero on Sunday.

Fredy Medina, 3B, DSL Astros Orange: 2-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Carlos Canelon, C, DSL Astros Blue: 2-2, 2 2B, RBI, 3 BB

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The A teams walked off with wins in their games and everyone won!



Fresno 7, El Paso 1

W- Mike Hauschild (5-6)
L- Frank Garces (1-1)

Fresno home runs: Danny Worth (8, 2-run in 3rd), Jon Singleton (14, 2-run in 5th)

The Tacos did something the Grizzlies were unable to do in this series by defeating the Chihuahuas.

Danny Worth opened up the scoring in the 3rd with a 2-run homer. Colin Moran added an RBI single in the 4th, and then Jon Singleton ripped a 2-run homer of his own in the 5th. Worth added a triple to his ledger in the 6th and scored on a sac fly from Preston Tucker, who drove in the final run of the day with another sacrifice fly in the 8th inning.

The top third of the order of Nolan Fontana (2-5), Colin Moran (3-5), and Danny Worth (2-3) combined to go 7-13 with a home run (Worth's), 3 RBI (Worth 2, Moran 1), 4 runs scored (Worth 2, Moran and Fontana 1), and 2 walks (both drawn by Worth).

Mike Hauschild went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. Josh Fields and Jandel Gustave followed with 2 scoreless innings apiece. Fields struck out 3 over 2 perfect innings, while Gustave allowed a hit, walked 1, and fanned 1.

Fresno has today off; they will welcome Salt Lake to Chukchansi Park for a 4-game series starting tomorrow.

Corpus Christi 6, Midland 1

W- Keegan Yuhl (5-1)
L- Daniel Gossett (0-2)

CC home runs: Nick Tanielu (2, 6 season; solo in 6th)

The Hooks came alive in the middle innings and Keegan Yuhl shut the Hounds down.

Yuhl allowed just 3 hits and struck out 7 over 5 shutout innings. Kyle Smith and Michael Freeman pitched 2 innings apiece out of the bullpen. Smith allowed a hit and struck out 1, and Freeman allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.

D.J. Fisher led off the 4th with a single. He then stole 2nd and scored the first run of the game on a single from Conrad Gregor. With 1 out in the 5th, Chan-Jong Moon and Teoscar Hernandez hit singles. Alex Bregman followed by hitting a single of his own. Moon and Teoscar scored, and Bregman advanced to 3rd on a throwing error from Midland CF Brett Vertigan. Bregman scored on Fisher's groundout. Nick Tanielu led off the 6th with a homer, and later in the inning, Moon reached on an error that allowed James Ramsay to score. Gregor finished 2-4 with a double and an RBI.

Kent Emanuel will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Raul Alcantara at 7:05.

Lancaster 3, Modesto 2

W- Ryan Deemes (2-0, 3-0 season)
L- Jerry Vasto (0-1)

Lancaster home runs: Bryan Muñiz (7, 2-run in 8th)

The JetHawks scored all 3 of their runs in the final 2 innings and completed the sweep in walk-off fashion.

The only run that Rogelio Armenteros allowed in his 6.2 innings of work came on a solo homer from Dom Nuñez in the 5th. He allowed two other hits, walked 2, and struck out 9. Kevin Comer pitched an inning (final out of the 7th, 2 outs in the 8th) and allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1. Ryan Deemes struck out 1 over 1.1 perfect innings and got the win.

It took 8 innings for Lancaster to get on the board, but when they did, they managed to draw even. Bryan Muñiz did the honors by clubbing a 2-run homer in the 8th to tie the game at 2. Brooks Marlow led off the bottom of the 9th with a single and made way for Aaron Mizell, who advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch. Johnny Sewald walked, and the two of them advanced a base on a sac bunt from Luis Reynoso. Bobby Boyd was given a free pass to 1st base to set up a force out at any base, but Garrett Stubbs was the hero as he came through with the walk-off RBI single. Stubbs finished 3-5, while Marlow also had a 3-hit night.

After a day off, the JetHawks will travel to Visalia to start a 4-game series.

Quad Cities 5, Beloit 4

W- David Schmidt (1-0)
L- Armando Ruiz (2-2)

QC home runs: Osvaldo Duarte (1, solo in 5th)

The Banditos fought back from an early 3-0 deficit to take the lead. Beloit managed to tie the game in the 8th, but extra innings would not be needed as Quad Cities walked off with the win.

Bobby Wernes put Quad Cities on the board with an RBI single in the 3rd inning. Osvaldo Duarte hit his first homer of the season, a solo shot in the 5th. The Banditos took the lead in the 6th thanks to an RBI double from Kyle Tucker and an RBI single from Dex McCall. Connor Goedert singled to lead off the 9th and advanced to 2nd on a sac bunt from Keach Ballard. Duarte went down on strikes for the 2nd out of the inning, but Wernes was the hero as he delivered the game-winning RBI single. Duarte (solo HR, 2 R) and Wernes (2 RBI singles) both had 2 hits at the bottom of the order.

Albert Abreu went 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 2 hits, walked 5, and struck out 4. Ralph Garza Jr. tagged in to throw 4 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3. David Schmidt was at the center of a particularly contentious moment in the 8th when he was called for a balk that allowed the Snappers to have two runners in scoring position. Quad Cities pitching coach Chris Holt was not pleased with that decision to say the least, and after saying his piece, he got tossed. After that balk call, Beloit tied the game at 4 with an RBI single. Schmidt went 2 innings and allowed one other hit while fanning 1.

Justin Ferrell will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Michael Murray at 7.

DSL Astros Blue 8, DSL Phillies1 7

W- Maikel Sepulveda (1-0)
L- Moises Nolasco (0-1)
S- Juan Lopez (1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team jumped out to an 8-1 lead and then held off a furious rally from the Phillies to get the win.

Alfredo Angarita led off the game with a single. He advanced to 2nd on a single from Cesar Cortez and tagged up on a Jose Benjamin flyout. Cortez stole 2nd, and on the errant throw down, Angarita was able to score the first run of the day. Angel De Leon brought Cortez home with a single. De Leon added an RBI double to his ledger in the 3rd, although he was the final out of the inning when he tried to stretch it into a triple. The Blue team got 4 in the 4th as Nicolas Miranda ripped an RBI double. He later scored on a wild pitch. Angarita added an RBI infield single and Cortez drove in another run with a groundout. Ronny Rafael added an RBI single in the 5th.

Angarita (RBI, R), Benjamin (2B, R, SB [1]), and De Leon (2B, 2 RBI) all had 2 hits in this game.

Maikel Sepulveda went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 1. Harlen Florencio allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and walked 2 in the 6th, and Juan Lopez got the 3-inning save, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 2.

These two teams are currently playing at the Astros complex.

DSL Astros Orange 8, DSL Rays2 7

W- Gabriel Pirela (1-0)
L- Joel Peguero (0-1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team got outhit 8-5 but won in the column that matters most. They scored 2 runs in the 8th to take the lead and held off a Rays rally in the 9th to get the victory. They did their damage off of walks, as they drew 17 of them. Only in the Dominican Summer League.

Hector Martinez, Alvaro Alvarez, and Ronaldo Urdaneta all walked to lead off the 2nd inning. Martinez scored the first run of the day when Jose Miguel Hernandez grounded into a force out. Kendy Moya added to the lead by smacking a 2-run triple. Ramiro Rodriguez added a 2-run double in the 4th. Gilberto Celestino hit an RBI single in the 6th, and Enmanuel Valdez hit an RBI double and scored on a double play in the 8th.

It's rather hard to win when your pitchers issue 9 walks while only striking out 1, but this is the Dominican Summer League, where lines like these occur more often than not.

Diosward Gonzalez went 2.2 innings and allowed 2 hits and had the Orange team's only strikeout. Michael Richez went 1.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and walked 3. Kilvio Peralta allowed a hit and walked 3 over 2 scoreless. Jacques Sambo came on for the 7th allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) and walked 2. Gabriel Pirela allowed an unearned run of his own on 3 hits and walked 1 in 2.1 innings.

These two teams are currently playing at the Rays' complex.

Four Stars (in three)

3.

Photo from MiLB.com
Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, Lancaster
6.2 IP, 3 H (solo HR), ER, 2 BB, 9 K

2.

Keegan Yuhl, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (5-1), 5 IP, 3 H, 7 K

1. Walk-off heroes!

Garrett Stubbs, C, Lancaster
3-5, walk-off RBI single in 9th, R

Bobby Wernes, 3B, Quad Cities
2-3, walk-off single in 9th, 2 RBI

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, June 6, 2016

Relatively quiet night for the domestic affiliates, but there were some dramatics in the DSL.

El Paso 6, Fresno 2

W- Daniel McCutchen (6-3)
L- Joe Musgrove (2-2, 4-3 season)

Fresno home runs: None.

A 5-run 6th for El Paso sent the Grizzlies to their 4th consecutive loss.

Fresno outhit El Paso 12-10, but all of their hits were singles, and only one person drove in the runs. Winning games in this fashion can be rather tough. Eury Perez finished 3-4 with RBI singles in the 7th and the 9th. Tyler Heineman also went 3-4, and Preston Tucker finished 2-4.

Joe Musgrove pitched well through the first 5 innings, but the wheels fell off for him in the 6th as he allowed 5 runs. Ultimately, Musgrove went 6 innings and allowed 6 runs on 9 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 5. Chris Cotton, Kevin Chapman, and James Hoyt pitched scoreless innings; Cotton worked around a hit to do so in the 7th, striking out 1. Chapman and Hoyt struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 8th and 9th, respectively.

The Grizzlies will look to avoid the sweep today as Brady Rodgers takes the mound. He'll take on Frank Garces at 11:05 A.M. Pacific.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks will begin a 4-game series with Midland tonight at 7:05. Keegan Yuhl will face Daniel Gossett.

Lancaster 8, Modesto 7

W- Ryan Thompson (2-1)
L- Yoely Bello (1-1)

Lancaster home runs: Ramon Laureano (3, 3-run in 7th)

The JetHawks erased a 5-2 deficit with a 5-run 7th, but saw the Nuts tie the game with 1 in the 8th and 1 more in the 9th. Despite that, they managed to walk off with the win.

Dean Deetz went 4.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits (3-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 5. Andrew Thome was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen; he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and fanned 2. Ryan Thompson pitched 2 innings, and the one run he allowed came on a solo homer from Troy Stein that tied the game at 7 in the 9th. Thompson allowed one other hit and struck out 2.

Garrett Stubbs put Lancaster on the board with a 2-run double in the 3rd, which was their only scoring play until the 7th inning.

Luis Reynoso led it off in painful fashion as he got plunked. After Drew Ferguson lined out, Stubbs drew a walk to bring up Ramon Laureano, who clubbed a 3-run homer to tie the game at 5. Lancaster added 2 more runs on RBI doubles from Jason Martin and Jamie Ritchie. Bryan Muñiz was hit by a pitch with 1 out in the 9th, advanced to 2nd on a Ritchie single, and scored the winning run on a single from Tony Nuñez, who came in to pinch-hit. Laureano (2B, 3-R HR), Drew Ferguson (R, SB [13]), and Ritchie (2B, RBI, 2 BB) all had 2 hits in this game.

The JetHawks will look for the sweep tonight as Rogelio Armenteros takes the mound. He'll face Parker French, a UT alum, at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities was off

The River Bandits will start a 4-game series with Beloit at 7. Albert Abreu will go up against Evan Manarino.

DSL Astros Blue 11, DSL Dodgers2 9


W- Juan Cuevas (2-0)
L- Andres Urbina (0-1)

Blue home runs: Angel De Leon (1, grand slam in 4th)

The Blue team scored 7 in the final 2 innings to sweep their first series of the season. They won this game despite their pitchers issuing 14 walks and their offense only managing 4 hits. Only in the Dominican Summer League.

Angel De Leon put them on the board and in front with a grand slam in the 4th. This was their 2nd hit of the contest and resulted in their only runs until the 8th inning. In the meantime, the Dodgers scored the next 7 runs to take a 9-4 lead heading into the 8th.

Nicolas Miranda led off the 8th with an infield single, which was their third hit of the game and their only hit in the inning. Angel Tejeda walked and Ronny Rafael got plunked to load the bases. Nestor Tejada drove in a run in painful fashion as he got plunked. Samir Caraballo followed by reaching on an error that wound up clearing the bases; he was credited for 1 RBI on the play. He scored the tying run on another error that allowed Juan Piñeda to reach. Tejada had the 4th and final hit of the day for the Blue team, and it was a go-ahead 2-run double that turned out to be the game-winner. Piñeda had the first hit of the game, which came in the 4th. 10 different players scored a run for the Blue team.

Felipe Tejada went 3 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. Juan Corniel allowed 2 runs, a hit, walked 3, and struck out 1 in the 4th. Johsson Arias worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out 1. Carlos Perdomo, Ezequiel Madera, and Juan Cuevas all pitched 1.1 innings. Perdomo was first; he allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Madera also walked 3 and struck out 2, but he allowed 1 hit and had a scoreless outing. Cuevas allowed 2 hits.

The Blue team will be at the Phillies complex for a game today. First pitch is at 10:30 A.M. Eastern.

DSL Astros Orange 6, DSL Rangers2 5 in 10 innings

W- Cristofer Melendez (1-0)
L- Emmanuel Betances (0-1)

Orange home runs: Ramiro Rodriguez (1, 2-run in 8th)

Ramiro Rodriguez came off the bench and gave the Orange team a lifeline with his 2-run homer, and then they walked off with the W, sweeping the Rangers 2 in their opening series. Well, an Astros team beat a Rangers team yesterday, after all.

Vicente Mota opened up the scoring by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the 1st. Fredy Medina added an RBI single in the 2nd, and Gilberto Celestino scored on a wild pitch in the 5th to tie the game at 3. The Rangers got 2 in the top of the 7th to re-take the lead, but the Orange team pulled even again thanks to Rodriguez's first career home run. Bernardo Heras ended it with an RBI single in the first extra frame. 10 different players recorded one hit apiece. Celestino, who had one of those 10 hits, also drew 3 walks, stole 2 bases, and scored twice.

Cesar Rosado went 3 innings and allowed 3 unearned runs, 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Carlos Espinoza was the first man out; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless. Miguel Matos allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 1.2 innings. Cosme Zapata allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 2.1 scoreless, and Cristofer Melendez threw a 1-2-3 10th.

The Orange team will start a 2-game set with the Rays 2 today. First pitch is at 10:30 A.M. Eastern.

Four Stars

4.


Eury Perez, OF, Fresno
3-4, 2 RBI

3.

Photo by Bryan Green
Nestor Tejada, OF, DSL Astros Blue
1-3, go-ahead 2-R 2B in 9th, 3 RBI, R

2.

James Hoyt, RHP, Fresno
IP, 2 K

1.

Ramon Laureano, OF, Lancaster
2-4, 2B, 3-R HR (3)

Honorable Mentions

Ramiro Rodriguez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: Pinch-hit 2-R HR (1) in 8th
- Clutch,

Cosme Zapata, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 2.1 IP, H, K
- With the go-ahead run on 3rd with 1 out in the 9th, Zapata got a strikeout and a lineout to keep the game tied.

Garrett Stubbs, C, Lancaster: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
- Stubbs is currently on a 6-game hitting streak and has recorded a hit in 9 of his last 10 games.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Astros Farm Report: 6-6

A couple of roster moves and a brief video in today's abbreviated Astros Farm Report

TRANSACTIONS/ROSTER MOVES

6-5: RHP Kevin Comer activated from the 7-day DL
6-3: RHP Justin Ferrell activated from the 7-day DL

It was a surprise for me to see Kevin Comer headed to the bullpen shortly before yesterday's game. Comer disappeared to the DL back in April and I hadn't heard another word about him since. According to Comer, he had a shoulder issue and has been rehabbing in Kissimmee. I hope to see him back in action while I'm in Lancaster. I would love to see Comer get consistent back-end relief work. I think he will really shine in that role.

Gabriel Bracamonte - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Another pending move is the addition of  C Gabriel Bracamonte here in Lancaster. He hasn't been added to the roster yet, though. When I saw him in his catcher's gear, I was confused because his build was not that of Garrett Stubbs or Jamie Ritchie. He reminds me of Roberto Pena, build-wise. Let's hope he's as proficient behind the plate as Pena is.

LAGNIAPPE

One thing I'd been eager to see in person was RHP Jacob Dorris whose unorthodox pitching style has been known to baffle many a hitter. I was not disappointed in the least. Here is Dorris with one of his hapless victims from Sunday.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, June 5, 2016

El Paso 10, Fresno 6

W- Michael Dimock (1-0)
L- César Valdez (2-1)

Fresno home runs: Max Stassi (2, 2-run in 5th)

The Grizzlies trailed 10-0 after 3.5 innings as they got bludgeoned by an El Paso attach that churned out 23 hits.

César Valdez basically took one for the team in his 5 innings. He allowed 10 runs on 18 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 3. Jordan Jankowski and Reymin Guduan both threw 2 scoreless innings; Jankowski allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3, and Guduan allowed a hit.

Jon Singleton put Fresno on the board with an RBI single in the 4th. Later in the inning, Jack Mayfield ripped a 2-run double, and he eventually scored when Preston Tucker grounded into a force out. Max Stassi hit his 2nd homer of the season, a 2-run homer in the 5th. Preston Tucker and Jon Kemmer had 2 hits apiece.

Joe Musgrove will be on the hill for game 3 of this series. He'll face Daniel McCutchen at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 3, Northwest Arkansas 2

W- Brian Holmes (4-2)
L- Ashton Goudeau (1-2)
S- Brendan McCurry (12)

CC home runs: James Ramsay (3, solo in 4th)

The Hooks finished their first tour of Arkansas with a 5-1 record; they swept the Travelers and took 2 of 3 from the Naturals.

Brian Holmes had an excellent day on the mound, allowing 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out a season-high 8 over 5 shutout innings. Cy Sneed tagged in for 3 innings; he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits (6 singles and a double) and struck out 2. Brendan McCurry struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th to record his 12th save of the season.

Corpus was outhit 10-7, but they outscored Northwest Arkansas, and that's what matters most. D.J. Fisher opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd. James Ramsay led off the 4th with a solo blast. Alfredo Gonzalez followed with a double and came around to score on an RBI single from Alejandro Garcia. Teoscar Hernandez went 2-4 and extended his hitting streak to 6 games.

The Hooks have Monday off; they'll start a 4-game series with Midland on Tuesday.

Lancaster 15, Modesto 8

W- Matt Bower (2-1, 3-1 season)
L- Ryan Castellani (1-6)

Lancaster home runs: Jason Martin 2 (10; 2-run in 2nd, 2-run in 5th), Bobby Boyd (5, solo in 1st), Bryan Muñiz (6, solo in 7th), Ramon Laureano (2, 2-run in 8th)

The JetHawks went nuts with the home run stroke on Sunday, launching 5 of them.

Bobby Boyd led off the bottom of the 1st with a solo shot. In the 2nd, Jason Martin hit his first 2-run homer of the day and Garrett Stubbs later added a 2-run single. Boyd walked to start the 5th and dashed home on a Stubbs double. Later in the inning, Martin clubbed his second 2-run shot. In the 6th, Stubbs hit another 2-run single and Boyd scored on a double play. Bryan Muñiz led off the bottom of the 7th with a homer, and Ramon Laureano drove in Lancaster's final runs of the day with a 2-run homer.

Boyd reached in all 5 of his plate appearances; he singled, homered, walked 3 times, scored 5 runs, and stole 2nd base (26) as part of a double steal with Johnny Sewald in the 2nd. Stubbs (2B, 5 RBI, R) and Muñiz (HR, 2 RBI, 3 R) both had 3 hits, while Laureano (2-R HR), Martin (2 2-R HR), and Tony Nuñez (2B, R, SB [4, 13 season]) had 2 hits on the day. Johnny Sewald scored twice; while Boyd took 2nd, Sewald took 3rd. That stolen base makes Sewald the 4th player in the system to steal 20 bases this season.

Matt Bower went 6.1 innings and allowed 7 runs on 12 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Jacob Dorris pitched the final 2.2 innings, and the only run he allowed was a solo homer to Josh Fuentes in the 9th. Dorris allowed one other hit and struck out 6.

The series continues tonight at 6:35 Pacific as Dean Deetz faces Yency Almonte.

Burlington 5, Quad Cities 4

W- Tyler Watson (1-0)
L- Kevin McCanna (2-3)
S- Zach Hartman (7)

QC home runs: Connor Goedert (4, solo in 3rd)

The Banditos suffered the sweep as they dropped yet another one-run game despite outhitting the Bees 11-7. Quad Cities manager Omar Lopez.... was not pleased. (QC Times, via Astros County's Monday Morning Hot Links)

The Bees scored 5 in the 5th to take a 5-3 lead. The Banditos managed to pull a run back in the 9th, but they couldn't get over the hump. They left two runners in scoring position to end the 4th, runners on the corners to end the 8th.

Christian Correa put Quad Cities on the board first with a 2-run single in the 1st. Connor Goedert ripped a solo homer in the 3rd, his 4th of the year. Myles Straw led off the bottom of the 9th with a triple and scored on an 1-out RBI single from Kyle Tucker, who was stranded there to end the game. Straw, Tucker, and Correa all finished 2-4 on the day. Little Tuck also stole his 23rd base of the season.

Kevin McCanna went 4.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (1 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him), 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 8. Adam Whitt got the final out of the 5th with a strikeout, but not before allowing the runner he inherited from McCanna and a run of his own to score. Whitt allowed 3 hits. Franklin Perez finished the game with 4 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 6.

The River Bandits have today off. They will begin a 3-game series with Beloit tomorrow.

From Saturday: DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Dodgers2 3

W- Juan Cuevas (1-0)
L- Johan Mena (0-1)
S- Jheyson Caraballo (1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team took control with 4 runs in the 6th. They only put 2 balls in play that entire inning and drew 5 walks.

Alfredo Angarita and Ozziel Sanchez-Galan walked, and Cesar Cortez singled to load the bases. Angarita scored the Blue team's first run on a wild pitch, and Jose Benjamin followed with a sac fly that scored Sanchez-Galan. Cortez scored on a wild pitch, as did Orlando Marquez. Cortez grounded into a force out in the 7th that allowed Angel Tejeda to score.

Leovanny Rodriguez allowed a run on 5 hits and struck out 7 in 4.1 innings. Juan Cuevas threw 1.2 perfect innings, striking out 1, and Jheyson Caraballo allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and struck out 5.

Six Stars (in no particular order)

Brian Holmes, LHP, Corpus Christi
W (4-2), 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 8 K

Franklin Perez, RHP, Quad Cities
4 IP, 2 H, 6 K

Garrett Stubbs, C, Lancaster
3-5, 2B, 5 RBI, R

Bobby Boyd, OF, Lancaster
2-2, solo HR (5), 5 R, 3 BB

Jason Martin, OF, Lancaster
2-4, 2 2-R HR (10)

Bryan Muñiz, 1B, Lancaster
3-4, solo HR (6), 2 RBI, 3 R

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Astros Farm Report: 6-5

Catching you up on what's happening in the Astros minors, plus a few photos and videos.

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

I had previously posted that Lancaster 1B Bryan Muniz will turn 23 today and Venezuelan OF Carlos Machado will turn 18 today. Here are the other upcoming birthdays for this week.

6-6: IF Nolan Fontana (25)
6-6: RHP Hector Perez (20)
6-7: C Oliver Toribio (20)
6-8: C Vicente Mota (22)
6-8: C Roberto Pena (24)
6-10: OF Pat Porter (23)
6-11: RHP Ryan Deemes (23)
6-11: OF Nestor Muriel (18)

TRANSACTIONS/ROSTER MOVES

Aside from a flurry of moves in preparation for the start of the DSL season on Saturday, there haven't been many moves since I last posted. Dustin wrote an excellent primer on the DSL Astros teams. Check it out here.

6-3: C Richard Gonzalez who spent limited time with Lancaster this season was released
6-1: 17-year old Dominican IF Kendy Moya signed by the Astros
5-31: 2B/OF Aaron Mizell assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
5-31: IF Kristian Trompiz assigned from Lancaster to Quad Cities
5-26: 17-year old Panamanian RHP Rhandall Sanchez signed by the Astros

STANDINGS

It's been 9 days since we last checked in on the standings. Let's see how things have gone for the farm crews. Fresno is still in third place after going 3-5-1 (Dustin explains the tie in this recap). They still trail the division-leading Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) and the second place Reno Aces (Diamondbacks). The Hooks, on the other hand, have parlayed a 5-3 record over their last eight games into a first place positioning. However the lead is tenuous with Frisco (Rangers) only trailing by a half a game. Lancaster has been on a roll! They have gone 8-2 in the last nine days, including the completion of a rain-shortened game from April. They are still in third place, but they have gained three games on division leader High Desert (Rangers) and four games on Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers). Plus they are back over .500 and on a 4-game win streak! Quad Cities continues to scuffle, going 3-6 in their last nine games.

AAA Fresno 3rd 24-30 .444 8.5GB L2

AA Corpus Christi 1st 33-21 .611 0.0GB L1

A+ Lancaster 3rd 29-26 .527 4.5GB W4

A- Quad Cities 8th 23-32 .418 8.0GB L2

LINKS

Here are a couple of links that you may have missed ...


An interview with then River Bandit and now JetHawk RHP Andrew Thome

Steve Batterson of the Quad Cities Times gets the scoop on the other Correa in the Astros system.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

The photos from my Iowa trip in which I was able to check in on the River Bandits in Cedar Rapids are up and (mostly) labeled. Here are a few of my favorites.

Sidearmer Adam Whitt sports the high socks look

Dexture McCall says 'Hey'

Albert Abreu certainly looks the part of a top prospect

Anthony Hermelyn catches the Kernels' Brad Hartong
out at the plate


The Dancing with the Stars judges give
LHP Zac Person all 10's on his extension


Osvaldo Duarte gets a great jump out of the box

Since I wasn't at the games in time for batting practice, I only got a couple of videos.



Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, June 4, 2016

Happy DSL Opening Day!

El Paso 10, Fresno 5

W- Carlos Pimentel (5-3)
L- Brad Peacock (0-2)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies had a 3-2 lead after 5 innings, but El Paso seized control of this game by finishing it on an 8-2 run.

Fresno got on the board first with 3 runs in the 1st thanks to an Andrew Aplin RBI single and a 2-run double from Colin Moran. Jon Kemmer hit an RBI double in the 7th, and Matt Duffy drove in another run with a sac fly in the 8th.

Jack Mayfield led the Grizz in the hit column, going 3-5 with 2 doubles. Kemmer (2B, RBI) and Andrew Aplin (2B, 2 R, SB [11]) both finished 2-4.

Brad Peacock went 5.1 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits (2 solos and a 2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Jandel Gustave pitched an inning (final 2 outs of the 6th, 1 out in the 7th) and had 2 inherited runners charged to him; he also walked 2 and fanned 1. Kevin Chapman got 2 outs in the 7th, but not before allowing the 2 runners he inherited from Gustave to score. He also allowed 3 runs of his own on 3 hits and walked 2. Chris Cotton was the only Fresno pitcher to emerge unscathed; he allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless.

César Valdez will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Aaron Northcraft at 1:05 Pacific.

Northwest Arkansas 2, Corpus Christi 1

W- Jake Junis (5-3)
L- Evan Grills (1-1, 4-2 season)
S- Kevin McCarthy (10)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks' bats fell silent in this one. Despite that, they had a couple of opportunities to tie the game in the final innings. Unfortunately, Alex Bregman was stranded at 3rd to end the 8th, and Nick Tanielu was left at 2nd to end the game.

Their only scoring play came on a Roberto Peña sac fly in the 7th. Nick Tanielu's double was the Hooks' only extra-base hit, while Teoscar Hernandez singled and stole a base (18).

Evan Grills allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and struck out 6 in 5 innings. Edison Frias allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 over 3 scoreless.

Brian Holmes will start for Corpus as they wrap up their tour of Arkansas. He'll face Ashton Goudeau at 2:05.

Lancaster 7, Modesto 4

W- Scott Weathersby (2-3)
L- Carlos Polanco (1-4)
S- Ryan Deemes (3, 4 season)

Lancaster home runs: Brooks Marlow (2, 4 season; 2-run in 1st)

The JetHawks jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first 3 innings and got some crucial insurance runs late to secure the win.

Brooks Marlow opened the scoring with a mammoth 2-run homer in the 1st. Luis Reynoso ripped a double in the 2nd and Jamie Ritchie scored on the ensuing error. In the 3rd, Drew Ferguson hit an RBI single, and Ramon Laureano scored on a wild pitch. The Nuts scored 3 in the 6th and 1 in the 7th to make things way too close for comfort, but Laureano came through with a 2-run single in the 8th to seal the game.

Everyone in the lineup recorded a hit; Reynoso (2B, R), Johnny Sewald (R), and Garrett Stubbs (2 R, 2 BB, SB [9]) had 2 hits each.

Scott Weathersby tossed 5 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 5. Brock Dykxhoorn went 3 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and struck out 3. Ryan Deemes worked around a hit to close it out; he induced a double play to end the game.

In game 2 of this series, Matt Bower will take on Ryan Castellani. First pitch is at 2:05 Pacific.

Burlington 4, Quad Cities 1

W- Jared Ruxer (3-1)
L- Yoanys Quiala (0-3)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos' bats have gone cold; they've scored just 2 runs as they've dropped the first 2 games in this series.

Their only scoring play was an RBI groundout from Anthony Hermelyn in the 9th.

Yoanys Quiala pitched well, but unfortunately, he had to take the L. He went 7 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits (2 solo homers hit by Brandon Sanger) and struck out 2. Juan Carlos Santos went 1.1 innings and had an inherited runner charged to him; he allowed a hit and walked 2. David Schmidt got the final 2 outs of the 9th, but not before he allowed the runner that he inherited from Santos to score. Schmidt also allowed a run of his own on 2 hits.

The River Bandits will look to avoid the sweep as Kevin McCanna takes the mound. He'll face Ronnie Glenn at 1:15.

DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Dodgers2 3

W- Juan Cuevas (1-0)
L- Johan Mena (0-1)
S- Jheyson Caraballo (1)

Blue home runs: None.

One of the quirks of the Dominican Summer League is that although games start at 10:30 A.M. Eastern, the games are never live-tracked and results are never posted once the game is completed. They usually pop up later in the evening, or it may take a couple of days before they show up on MiLB.com.

Since there apparently isn't a box score available, I will update this post once I see it.

DSL Astros Orange 7, DSL Rangers2 1

W- Jose Ramos (1-0)
L- Jeifry Nuñez (0-1)

Orange home runs: Enmanuel Valdez 2 (2; 2-run in 1st, solo in 9th), Hector Martinez (1, solo in 1st)

Two homers in the 1st inning set the tone for the Orange team.

After Ramiro Rodriguez walked to lead off the game, Enmanuel Valdez launched a 2-run homer in his first professional plate appearance. Hector Martinez clubbed a solo shot later in the 1st. Martinez led off the 4th with a double and scored on an RBI single from Vicente Mota. Later in the 4th, Ramiro Rodrigurez drew a bases-loaded walk, and Valdez added a sac fly to his ledger. Valdez capped off an outstanding debut with a solo homer in the 9th inning.

Valdez, Martinez (2B, solo HR, 2 R), and Mota (2B, RBI, R) all finished 2-4. Gilberto Celestino got the start in CF and went 1-4 with a walk out of the #3 spot in the lineup.

Hansel Paulino walked 1 and struck out 5 over 4 scoreless. Jose Ramos went 4 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and fanned 7. Gabriel Pirela worked around a walk and a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

The DSL has Sundays off. The Blue team will take on the Dodgers 2 once again, while the Orange team will play the Rangers 2 again Monday morning.

Three Stars

3. Hansel Paulino, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 4 IP, BB, 5 K

2.

Photo by Bryan Green
Scott Weathersby, RHP, Lancaster
W (2-3), 5 IP, 3 H, 5 K

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Video from Antonio Puesán
Enmanuel Valdez, 2B, DSL Astros Orange
2-4, 2 HR (2), 4 RBI; first professional game

Honorable Mentions

Edison Frias, RHP, Corpus Christi: 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K
- Frias has thrown 2 scoreless appearances since coming off the DL.

Andrew Aplin, OF, Fresno: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, SB (11)
- 5 of Aplin's last 6 games have been multi-hit games.

Hector Martinez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-4, 2B, solo HR (1), 2 R
- Despite being one of the youngest players on the Orange team last year, Martinez wasn't too shabby in his debut season. It will be very interesting to track his progress.