Saturday, July 9, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, July 8, 2016

Reno 9, Fresno 4

W- Edwin Escobar (5-2)
L- Tommy Shirley (7-5)

Fresno home runs: Tyle White (6, grand slam in 6th)

Tyler White's grand slam got the Grizzlies back in the game, but the Aces put it away with 3 runs in the 8th.

The grand slam was Fresno's only scoring play. Teoscar Hernandez finished 2-3 and scored on the slam.

Tommy Shirley went 4.1 innings and allowed 6 runs on 9 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 1, and struck out 3. César Valdez was the first man out of the bullpen and allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 1.2 scoreless innings. Kevin Chapman went 1.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 inherited) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Brendan McCurry got the final 2 outs of the 8th, 1 via strikeout, and allowed a run of his own on a 2-run single (1 of those runs was charged to Chapman) and walked 2. Jandel Gustave walked 1 and fanned 1 in a scoreless 9th.

The Grizzlies will close out the series, and the first half, with a doubleheader beginning at 5:05 Pacific. Brad Peacock will face Braden Shipley in game 1, and whoever starts game 2 will take on Cole Johnson.

Springfield 14, Corpus Christi 5

W- Daniel Poncedeleon (5-4)
L- Evan Grills (3-2, 6-3 season)

CC home runs: D.J. Fisher (14, grand slam in 3rd), Garrett Stubbs (1, 7 season; solo in 5th)

The Hooks were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as the Cardinals decided to turn Hammons Field into The Hangar. Well, if you take out the first two innings, it would be a 5-5 tie.

Unfortunately, Evan Grills bore the brunt of Springfield's assault. This is supposed to be a family-friendly site, so I will refrain from posting his line. This is baseball, however, and in this line of work, a night like this can occur for a pitcher. He'll bounce back. Eric Peterson pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 2.

All 5 Hooks runs scored on the two homers: Fisher's slam, and Stubbs' first AA homer. Stubbs finished 2-4 and scored twice.

Kent Emanuel will start the opener of a 3-game series against Tulsa. He'll go up against Chase De Jong at 7:05.

Lancaster 4, Inland Empire 0

W- Rogelio Armenteros (5-2, 5-4 season)
L- Jared Ruxer (0-1)
S- Jacob Dorris (5)

Lancaster home runs: Brooks Marlow (3, 5 season; 2-run in 9th)

Rogelio Armenteros turned in another fantastic start for the JetHawks. Even with the talent that's graduated or on the cusp of the majors, the Astros' farm just keeps rolling along.

Armenteros went 6 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 8. Comer allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings. He left the bases loaded for Dorris, who got him out of trouble in the 8th with a double play. In the 9th, Dorris worked around a walk to complete the shutout, striking out 2.

Trent Woodward opened the scoring by ripping an RBI double in the 1st inning. Tony Nuñez drove in another run with a sac fly in the 5th, and Brooks Marlow provided some insurance with a 2-run blast in the 9th inning. Both of Woodward's hits in this game were doubles. In his first game back from the restricted list, Marc Wik finished 2-4.

In game 2 of this series, Dean Deetz will take on Jake Jewell. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 7, Clinton 1

W- Zac Person (2-1)
L- Nick Neidert (6-2)
S- Justin Ferrell (1)

QC home runs: None.

Both teams scored a run in the 5th, but the Banditos seized control of this game with 3 runs in the 6th. They tacked on 3 more runs in the 7th for good measure.

Their 5th-inning run came in the form of an RBI single from Bobby Wernes. The fun really began in the 6th.

Arturo Michelena led off the 6th with a single and advanced to 3rd on a Dex McCall double. Anthony Hermelyn drew a 1-out walk to load the bases. Quad Cities did not need a ball in play to take the lead, because a couple of wild pitches from Clinton starter Nick Neidert allowed Michelena and McCall to score. Kristian Trompiz added an RBI single to bring in Hermelyn. Quad Cities loaded the bases once again in the 7th, and Hermelyn cleared them with a double in the 7th. Everyone in the lineup had a hit; Wernes finished 2-4.

Franklin Perez allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 3, and fanned 6 over 5 innings. Zac Person allowed a hit in a scoreless 6th, and Justin Ferrell allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 1 over 3 scoreless innings.

Albert Abreu will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Luiz Gohara at 6:00.

Tri-City 7, West Virginia 3

W- Framber Valdez (1-1, 2-1 season)
L- Stephan Meyer (1-2)
S- Juan Carlos Santos (1, 2 season)

TC home runs: Stephen Wrenn (8, 2-run in 4th), Spencer Johnson (1, 3 season; 2-run in 4th)

Both teams had 8 hits in this game, but the ValleyCats' 4-run 4th was the difference in this one.

Those 4 runs in the 4th inning came on a pair of 2-run homers from Stephen Wrenn and Spencer Johnson. In the 6th, Randy César scored on a fielder's choice, and Brauly Mejia and Alex DeGoti added RBI singles. DeGoti (2B, RBI, SB [4]) and Wrenn (2-R HR) both finished 2-5.

Framber Valdez allowed a run on 6 hits and struck out 7 in 6 innings. Juan Carlos Santos pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 7.

Game 2 of this series is at 6:05 Eastern.

Burlington 8, Greeneville 4

W- Travis Eckert (2-0)
L- Carlos Sanabria (0-2)
S- Justin Camp (1)

Greeneville home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (6, solo in 6th), Connor MacDonald (2, 2-run in 7th)

The Appy Astros got buried by a 7-run 3rd inning from the Royals.

Carlos Sanabria went 2.1 innings and allowed those 7 runs (6 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits (3-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 4. Carlos Hiraldo inherited a bases-loaded situation from Sanabria and one of those runners scored, but for the most part, he was able to stop the bleeding. In 4.2 innings, he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 4. Devon Carr allowed a run on 2 hits and fanned 1 in 2 innings.

Connor MacDonald had a solid night on offense; he hit an RBI single in the 5th to put Greeneville on the board and whacked a 2-run homer in the 7th. In between those two hits, Miguelangel Sierra smacked a solo shot in the 6th, his 6th homer of the year. They both finished 2-4; Bryan De La Cruz also finished 2-4. He led off the 5th with a triple and led off the 7th with a single and came home on both of MacDonald's hits.

Diogenes Almengo will start the first of a 3-game series against the Elizabethton Twins. He'll take on Ryan Mason at 6:00 Eastern.

GCL Cardinals 7, GCL Astros 3 in 10 innings

W- Robbie Gordon (1-1)
L- Jose Ramos (0-1, 2-1 season)

GCL home runs: None.

It all went terribly wrong in the first extra frame for the Kissimmee Stros. The Cardinals tied the game with 2 in the 8th and went off in the 10th.

Carlos Machado opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 5th and Joan Mauricio hit an RBI single of his own in the 7th. Machado and Reiny Beltre both went 2-5.

In his 2016 debut, Agapito Barrios allowed 2 hits and walked 1 over 2 scoreless. Alex Winkleman made his second rehab appearance and allowed 3 hits and fanned 4 in 4 scoreless. César Rosado allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 3 innings, and everything unraveled in the 10th. I'll leave it at that.

DSL Astros Blue 7, DSL Dodgers2 1

W- Yonatan Quintin (2-0)
L- Jasiel Alvino (0-2)
S- Javier Navas (1)

Blue home runs: None.

All the scoring was done by 3 players; Nicolás Miranda scored 3 runs, while Ronny Jimenez and Jose Benjamin scored 2 apiece. Miranda (2B), Jimenez (3B, 2 RBI), Benjamin (2B, RBI), and Angel De Leon (2B, 4 RBI) all had 2 hits in the game.

Juan Corniel, Yonatan Quintin, and Javier Navas all pitched 3 innings. Corniel allowed a hit, walked 3, and fanned 3. Quintin's 3 innings were perfect and he struck out 3, and Navas allowed a run on a single, walked 3, and struck out 7.


DSL Red Sox2 3, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Jose Gonzalez (4-0)
L- Humberto Castellanos (0-2)
S- Joan Martinez (7)

Orange home runs: None.

Gilberto Celestino finished 2-3, and his RBI single in the 1st was the Orange team's only scoring play. Ronaldo Urdaneta finished 2-3 with a double.

Humberto Castellanos and Luis Castro both pitched 4 innings. Castellanos allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and fanned 6, while Castro allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 5, and struck out 3.

Friday's Stars

Yonatan Quintin, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (2-0), 3 IP, 3 K
Angel De Leon, OF, DSL Astros Blue: 2-4, 2B, 4 RBI

Photo from MiLB.com
Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, Lancaster
W (5-2, 5-4 season), 6 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 8 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Framber Valdez, RHP, Tri-City
W (1-1, 2-1 season), 6 IP, 6 H, ER, 7 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Connor MacDonald, 1B, Greeneville
2-4, 2-R HR (2), 3 RBI

Friday, July 8, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fresno 14, Reno 0

W- Mike Hauschild (7-7)
L- John Omahen (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Alex Bregman (5, 19 season; solo in 1st), Tyler White (5, 2-run in 3rd), Preston Tucker (8, solo in 8th)

The Grizzlies opened up a new series by dominating the Aces in all facets of the game. They led 4-0 after the 5th, but they turned this one into a laugher in the late innings.

Mike Hauschild and Reymin Guduan combined on a 2-hitter; Hauschild pitched 8 innings and allowed those 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 9, and Guduan struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Everyone in the Fresno lineup recorded a hit and scored a run. Alex Bregman continues to be good at baseball, and Preston Tucker and Tyler White seem to have found themselves at the plate once again after a tough start to their seasons in Houston.



In game 2 of this series, Tommy Shirley will face Edwin Escobar. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 4, Springfield 3

W- Scott Weathersby (1-0, 3-4 season)
L- Justin Wright (0-1)
S- Ryan Thompson (1, 3 season)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks broke a 2-2 tie with a couple of runs in the 9th inning that came off a couple of miscues from the Cardinals.

Prior to that 9th inning, Corpus Christi's only scoring play was a 2-run double from Garrett Stubbs in the 2nd.

Danry Vásquez doubled to lead off the 9th inning, and Chase McDonald joined him on the bases by drawing a walk. Stubbs grounded into a force out that erased McDonald, but an errant throw from Cardinals SS Juan Herrera allowed Danry to score the go-ahead run, and Stubbs advanced to 2nd base. Stubbs advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single from Alejandro Garcia. Danry finished 3-4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored, while Stubbs went 2-4.

Francis Martes went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Scott Weathersby got the win in his Texas League debut, allowing a hit and striking out 3 over 2 scoreless innings. Ryan Thompson allowed an unearned run on 2 hits in the 9th, but he was able to secure the victory.

The Hooks will look for the sweep tonight as Evan Grills gets the start. He'll face Daniel Poncedeleon at 7:10.

Lancaster 9, Visalia 6

W- Trent Thornton (5-4)
L- Brad Keller (6-6)
S- Ryan Deemes (4, 5 season)

Lancaster home runs: Jamie Ritchie (5, 3-run in 2nd)

The JetHawks took the series as they built up an 8-1 lead and withstood a charge from the Rawhide.

Jamie Ritchie's 3-run home run in the 2nd inning put Lancaster on the board first. In the 3rd, Keach Ballard hit a 2-run single. Drew Ferguson hit a sac fly in the 5th, and the JetHawks scored 2 in the 6th on a pair of RBI singles from Bobby Boyd and Jason Martin. Ferguson drove in the final run of the evening with a bases-loaded walk in the 8th. Everyone in the JetHawks lineup had a hit; Martin led the way in that category by going 3-5. He also stole his 11th base of the season. Ritchie and Aaron Mizell had 2 hits apiece, and Ramon Laureano stole 2 bases, giving him 31 on the season.

Trent Thornton allowed 4 runs on 9 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 in 6.2 innings. Gonzalo Sañudo recorded the final out of the 7th and the first out of the 8th and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and walked 1. Ryan Deemes successfully extracted Sañudo from the jam without incurring any further damage, and he proceeded to throw 1.2 perfect innings, striking out 2.

Rogelio Armenteros will start the first of a 4-game series with Inland Empire tonight at 7:05 Pacific. He will go up against Jake Jewell.

Quad Cities 5, Beloit 4

W- Adam Whitt (3-2)
L- Tyler Willman (0-1)

QC home runs; None.

The Snappers scored 2 in the top of the 8th to take a 4-3 lead, but the Banditos rallied with 2 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to take the win and the series.

Quad Cities took the lead with a 3-run 4th inning: Kyle Tucker put them on the board with an RBI double, Arturo Michelena scored on a passed ball, and Anthony Hermelyn added a sacrifice fly.

Hector Roa singled to lead off the 8th, and Myles Straw came in to pinch-run for him. Kristian Trompiz followed with a single, but two consecutive outs following the hits put the River Bandits' rally in jeopardy. However, Arturo Michelena came through with a 2-run single that wound up becoming the game-winning hit. Michelena went 2-4 and was the only player in the Quad Cities lineup with more than one hit.

Matt Bower went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Makay Nelson was the first man out of the Banditos bullpen; he went 2.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Adam Whitt walked 1 over 1.1 scoreless and got the victory.

The River Bandits will begin a 4-game series with Clinton tonight at 7:00. In game 1, Franklin Perez will face Nick Neidert.

Tri-City was off


The ValleyCats will begin a 3-game series tonight against West Virginia at 7:05 Eastern. I originally thought that they were playing on Thursday; I sincerely regret the error.

Greeneville 7, Burlington 6

W- Josue Uribe (1-0)
L- Michael Silva (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Ray Henderson (2, solo in 6th)

The Royals got the jump once play resumed, but the Appy Astros stormed back and walked off with a victory.

Connor MacDonald put Greeneville on the board with an RBI groundout in the 2nd inning, and Ray Henderson led off the 6th with a home run. Business really began to pick up in the bottom of the 8th.

Miguelangel Sierra smacked a triple to lead off the inning and trotted home on a Jonathan Arauz single. Henderson, Frankeny Fernandez, and Bryan De La Cruz all followed by drawing walks. MacDonald hit a sac fly, and Fernandez scored the tying run on an error. Henderson won it in the 9th with a sac fly.

Abdiel Saldaña pitched 1+ inning on Wednesday and allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Ricardo Castro took the mound once the game restarted, and he went 2.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, walking 2, and striking out 4. Angelo Serrano followed with 3 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4. Reggie Johnson allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings, and Josue Uribe allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

Burlington 13, Greeneville 3

W- Geoffrey Bramblett (2-0)
L- Ben Smith (0-1, 0-2 season)

Greeneville home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (5, solo in 1st), Justin Garcia (1, 2-run in 7th)

The Appy Astros settled for the split on Thursday as got smacked in the regularly scheduled game.

All 3 of their runs scored on home runs; Miguelangel Sierra homered to lead off the 1st, and Justin Garcia whacked a 2-run homer in the 7th.

Ben Smith, Salvador Montaño, and Lucas Williams all pitched 2 innings; Smith allowed 5 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Montaño was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen and allowed 2 unearned runs, an RBI single, walked 2, and struck out 1. Williams allowed 6 runs on 6 hits and struck out 1. Colin McKee struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 7th.

In the series finale, Carlos Sanabria will take on Travis Eckert. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 2, GCL Marlins 0

W- Cristian Javier (2-0)
L- Joel Effertz (0-1)
S- Dariel Aquino (2)

GCL home runs: None.

3 Kissimmee Stros pitchers combined on a shutout in this one.

Jorge Guzman allowed a hit, walked 1, and fanned 6 over 3 innings. Cristian Javier tagged in to throw 5 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out 4, and Dariel Aquino struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Oscar Campos opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd, and Wilson Amador added an RBI groundout in the 7th. Joan Mauricio (3B, R, SB [2]) and Reiny Beltre (2B) had 2 hits apiece in this game.

From June 21: DSL Dodgers2 4, DSL Astros Blue 3

W- Luis Pasen (1-0)
L- Juan Cuevas (4-2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team walked off with a loss in a game that began a couple of weeks ago.

Orlando Marquez opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 4th, and Ronny Jimenez hit an RBI single of his own in the 5th inning. César Cortez scored on a passed ball in the 6th inning. Cortez and Nicolás Miranda had 2 hits apiece.

Juan Corniel struck out 4 over 4 perfect innings. Robert Corniel went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 4. Juan Cuevas faced 3 batters in the 9th and failed to retire any of them; the first two singled and the third laid down a sacrifice bunt. On the sac bunt, Cuevas committed an error that allowed the winning run to score.

DSL Dodgers2 3, DSL Astros Blue 2

W- Andres Urbina (1-1)
L- Yeremi Ceballos (1-1)

Blue home runs: None.

In the regularly scheduled game, the Blue team also walked off with a loss.

Their 2 runs both came in the 1st, as Ronny Jimenez scored on passed ball and Angel Tejeda hit an RBI single.

Edwin Fidel allowed a run on a bases-loaded walk, a single, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 1.2 innings. Yulian Frontado got him out of the jam without allowing any more runs. In 3.1 innings, Frontado allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Maikel Sepulveda allowed an unearned run on a passed ball, a single, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 6th, and the winning run scored on a single with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th against Yeremi Ceballos; it was unearned. Ceballos walked 1 and struck out 1.

DSL Red Sox2 7, DSL Astros Orange 2

W- Roberto Medina (1-0)
L- Gerardo Bojorquez (0-3)

Orange home runs: None.

The wheels fell off for the Orange team in the 9th.

Ronaldo Urdaneta hit an RBI single in the 4th and Kendy Moya ripped an RBI double in the 7th. Ramiro Rodriguez, Anthony Rodriguez, and Bernardo Heras all had 2 hits in the game.

Francisco Villegas and Gerardo Bojorquez both pitched 4 innings. Villegas allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Bojorquez's first 3 innings went well, but it all unraveled on him in the 9th as he allowed 5 runs in the inning. In all, he allowed 6 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Gabriel Pirela allowed a hit and struck out 2 in the 9th; a runner that he inherited from Bojorquez scored.

Thursday's Stars


Fresno Grizzlies: W 14-0 vs. Reno
All players in lineup recorded a hit and scored a run.
Mike Hauschild: W (7-7), 8 IP, 2 H, BB, 9 K
Reymin Guduan: IP, K
Alex Bregman: 2-6, solo HR (5, 19 season), 3 RBI
Preston Tucker: 4-6, 2 2B, solo HR (8), 4 R
Tyler White: 4-4, 2-R HR (5), 3 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Jorge Guzman (pictured), RHP, GCL Astros: 3 IP, H, BB, 6 K
Cristian Javier, RHP, GCL Astros: W (2-0), 5 IP, 4 H, 4 K
Dariel Aquino, RHP, GCL Astros: Save (2), IP, 2 K

Jamie Ritchie, C, Lancaster
2-4, 3-R HR (5)

Danry Vásquez, OF, Corpus Christi
3-4. 2 2B, 2 R

Arturo Michelena, IF, Quad Cities
2-4, go-ahead 2-RBI single in 8th, R

Astros MiLB Alumni: 1B Jimmy Van Ostrand

Those who didn't follow the Astros farm system prior to 2012 may not be familiar with Jimmy Van Ostrand. Drafted by the Astros in the 8th round in 2006 out of California Polytechnic (San Luis Obispo), the Vancouver, British Columbia native toiled in the Astros system for six seasons, playing mostly first base. Van Ostrand played a whopping 331 games for the Hooks, earning him the unofficial title of Mayor of Corpus Christi. In 2012, Van Ostrand played for Team Canada in the Pan American Games, helping to secure a win in the gold medal game by driving in both of Team Canada's runs. Van Ostrand was inducted, along with the rest of that 2011 Team Canada Senior National  team into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012.

Jimmy Van Ostrand

I reached out to Van Ostrand to find out what he's been doing since his time with the Astros.

JH: Can you fill us in on what you've been doing since you were with the Astros?

JVO: I continued playing for two more seasons after my release by the Astros. In 2012, I spent a month with the Sugar Land Skeeters before being picked up by the Washington Nationals. In 2013, I returned to the Nationals splitting my time between AA/AAA. In January of 2014, I became the Volunteer Assistant Coach at Boston College and spent two seasons with the team before joining the staff at University of Arizona last July as the Director of Player Development.

JH: What one memory (or more) have you taken with you from your time in the Astros organization?

JVO: There are countless memories that I have with me from the 6 years I spent playing in the Astros Organization. Most of my favorite ones involve time with teammates whether it was in Tri-City, Lexington, Salem or Corpus Christi. A couple that jump out are floating the river near Salem with "The Legion" or playing golf on the off day in Corpus where Mark Ori got attacked by fire ants and ended up looking like Will Smith in Hitch!

JH: What life lesson(s) have you learned from your time playing minor league and independent league ball?

JVO: My years spent in minor league baseball and the lessons learned have a major impact on the person I am today. I think the biggest ones from minor league baseball are the ability to work with a variety of people from all kinds of different backgrounds. Another huge benefit from my time in baseball is the ability to adapt and adjust to a number of situations and maintain an ability to focus and perform in stressful situations.

JH: What advice would you give a player whose MLB dream gets cut short?

JVO: It is always going to be tough when you are no longer able to compete regardless of the reason for that happening. I think the best advice I'd have is to acknowledge that disappointment head on but at the same time taking time to reflect on all the other benefits that have come thanks to the process of attempting to make a career out of a game.

JH: What would you like to say to the friends and fans you made along the way?

JVO: Thank you!! I truly enjoyed my tie in professional baseball and continue to be blessed with the ability to remain connected to the game on a daily basis. The game holds a very special place in my heart but a huge part of that are the friends and fans who have made the experience so enjoyable every step of the way.

JH: And finally, you know I had to ask ... can you tell me about the Bachelorette experience?

JVO: Well... It was a short lived one at best haha. Somebody nominated me for the show so I was contacted by a member from their casting department to gauge my interest. At the time I was a free agent but didn't have any offers so they arranged for me to meet with the producers when I was travelling through LA. A few days later things worked out signing back with the Nationals and it turned out filming would conflict with spring training so that was basically the end of that!

Thank you for your time, Jimmy, and best of luck with this next part of your baseball life!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Fresno 5, Sacramento 2

W- Brendan McCurry (1-0, 3-4 season)
L- Clayton Blackburn (5-7)
S- James Hoyt (22)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (4, solo in 2nd)

The Grizzlies scored 3 in the bottom of the 7th, which allowed them to take control of this game and allowed them to take the series.

Tyler White opened the scoring with a solo home run in the 2nd inning. This would be Fresno's only scoring play until the 7th inning.

Colin Moran drew a 1-out walk to spark the rally. Jon Kemmer joined him on the bases after hitting a single, and Moran scored the tying run on an Andrew Aplin single. One batter later, Max Stassi put the Grizz in front with a 2-run double. Moran capped off the scoring with an RBI single in the 8th. Stassi finished 2-3 from the #9 spot in the order.

Joe Musgrove went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 6. Brendan McCurry pitched 2 perfect innings to get his first win at the AAA level. Josh Fields worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, and James Hoyt struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th to close it out.

Tonight, the Grizzlies will begin a 4-game series with Reno. Mike Hauschild will get the start, and he'll take on John Omahen at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 7, Springfield 5

W- Cy Sneed (4-2)
L- Johnny Walter (0-1)
S- Aaron West (11)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (7, 9 season; 2-run in 1st)

The Hooks stormed out of the gate with a 6-0 lead and hung on to the victory by withstanding a late charge from the Cardinals.

Jack Mayfield whacked a 2-run home run in the 1st to open the scoring. He singled to lead off the 3rd inning and scored on an RBI double from J.D. Davis. Later in the 3rd, Chase McDonald ripped an RBI double of his own, and Mott Hyde smacked a 2-run double. Mayfield drove in the Hooks' final run of the evening with a sacrifice fly in the 8th inning. He and Davis had 3 hits apiece, while Hyde finished 2-3.

Cy Sneed allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4 in 6.1 innings. Albert Minnis recorded the final two outs of the 7th and the first out of the 8th. Minnis was lifted for Aaron West after issuing back-to-back walks following the first out, and those walks turned into runs after he left. West got the final two outs of the 8th, but in between those outs, he allowed an RBI double and an RBI single, which allowed both of the runners he inherited from Minnis to score. Despite that scare, West closed out the game without any further incidents, getting three groundouts to finish it off.

In game 2 of this series, Francis Martes will take on Luke Weaver. First pitch is at 7:10.

Lancaster 10, Visalia 7

W- Josh James (7-2)
L- Cody Reed (0-4)
S- Jacob Dorris (4)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks took the lead in the series as they stormed out to a 7-0 lead after the 2nd inning and successfully held off the Rawhide.

The JetHawks scored 10 runs in this game and did not have an extra-base hit. Bryan Muñiz opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st inning. Lancaster parlayed a bases-loaded, no out situation to begin the 2nd inning into 6 runs. Jamie Ritchie, Brooks Marlow, and Tony Nuñez reached on a single, a walk, and a bunt single respectively, and Johnny Sewald walked in the first run of the frame. Ramon Laureano and Muñiz followed with 2-run singles, and Muñiz scored on a balk. Drew Ferguson drove in a run with a groundout in the 4th, and in the 7th, Lancaster got RBI singles from Nuñez and Sewald.

Laureano, Muñiz, and Nuñez all finished with 2 hits in the game, while Marlow and Bobby Boyd scored 2 runs apiece.

Josh James went 6 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 5. Andrew Thome got one out in the 7th with a strikeout, but he also allowed 2 runs on 4 hits. Jacob Dorris allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 5 to get the save.

Trent Thornton will start the series finale. He'll face Brad Keller at 6:35 Pacific.

Beloit 2, Quad Cities 0

W- Boomer Biegalski (5-4)
L- Yoanys Quiala (1-6)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos' bats couldn't muster up any support for Yoanys Quiala, who was forced to take the L despite a solid outing.

Quiala allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 7 innings of work. Chris Murphy allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless innings.

Kyle Tucker and Osvaldo Duarte both doubled. Their two-baggers were Quad Cities' only extra-base hits in the game.

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

State College 7, Tri-City 5 in 11 innings

W- Eric Carter (1-0)
L- Carlos Sierra (0-2)

TC home runs: Ryne Birk (2, solo in 9th), Chuckie Robinson (1, solo in 11th)

The ValleyCats forced extra innings once again, but another walk-off victory was not in the cards because the Spikes scored 3 in the top of the 11th to regain control of the game.

Ryne Birk put Tri-City on the board with a sac fly in the 5th inning. Birk struck again in the 7th as he ripped an RBI double. Brauly Mejia drove in another run in the 7th with a groundout. With the ValleyCats down to their final out, Birk tied the game at 4 with a solo homer. Chuckie Robinson pulled a run back in the bottom of the 11th with a solo home run, his first as a pro. Birk had a huge night as he finished 4-5, a triple shy of the cycle. Robinson finished 2-5 with a double to go along with his homer and scored twice.

Erasmo Pinales went 5 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 3, and fanned 2. Sebastian Kessay was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen, and in 2.1 innings, he allowed a 3-run homer to Tommy Edman in the 7th, which was the only run-producing hit he allowed. Kessay allowed 3 other hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Carlos Sierra pitched 3 innings and had 2 inherited runners charged to him in the 11th. He allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 1. Howie Brey got the final two outs of the 11th, but not before he allowed the two runners he inherited from Sierra to score, and a runner of his own scored as well. Brey allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

The ValleyCats are now on the road. Their first stop is Morgantown, West Virginia, where they'll begin a 3-game series against the Black Bears tonight at 7:05 Eastern.

Greeneville 0, Burlington 0 in the top of the 2nd

This game was suspended due to the weather. The remaining 8 innings of this game will be completed tonight beginning at 5:00 Eastern. Tonight's regularly scheduled game will be a 7-inning contest.

Kort Peterson singled to lead off the 2nd inning for Burlington before play was halted. Abdiel Saldaña allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 1+ inning.

GCL Astros 8, GCL Mets 1

W- Leovanny Rodriguez (1-1, 2-1 season)
L- Luis De Los Santos (1-1)
S- Enoli Paredes (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros got solid performances on the mound from Leovanny Rodriguez and Enoli Paredes as they cruised to the win.

Rodriguez allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings, and Paredes allowed a run on a triple, walked 1, and struck out 6 in the final 4 innings.

The GCL team opened up with 2 runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings. In the 2nd, Juan Piñeda drove in the first run of the day with an RBI groundout, and Wilson Amador added an RBI infield single. Troy Sieber added an RBI single in the 3rd, and Reiny Beltre ripped an RBI double. Sieber added an RBI double to his ledger in the 5th inning, and in the 7th, Brody Westmoreland whacked a 2-run triple and scored on a wild pitch.

Sieber and Beltre had 2 hits apiece, while Westmoreland and Carlos Machado scored 2 runs apiece.

The Kissimmee Stros are taking on the Marlins today.

DSL Marlins 3, DSL Astros Blue 1

W- Gabriel Baez (2-1)
L- Ronel Blanco (3-1)
S- Willi Garcia (1)

Blue home runs: None.

Ronny Jimenez finished 3-4 with a stolen base (5) and scored the Blue team's only run on a Jose Benjamin single in the 6th inning. The Blue team had an opportunity for a comeback bid in the 8th, but they left the bases loaded.

Ronel Blanco went 4.1 innings and had 2 inherited runners charged to him. He also allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Juan Carlos Lopez (the Astros recently signed a pitcher named Juan Pablo Lopez) pitched the final 4.2 innings and allowed a run of his own on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7.

The Blue team traveled to the Dodgers complex to take on the Dodgers 2 today.

DSL Mets2 15, DSL Astros Orange 8

W- Jaison Vilera (1-1)
L- Ezequiel Madera (0-2)

Orange home runs: Gilberto Celestino (1, solo in 6th)

The Orange team got pummeled, but they showed some fight by scoring 6 in the 9th to make the final margin a little more respectable.

Gilberto Celestino hit his first career home run, a solo shot in the 6th. Darlin Figueroa added an RBI single in the 7th. In the 9th, Figueroa added a 2-run triple to his ledger. Fredy Medina and Hector Martinez hit RBI singles, and Bernardo Heras hit a 2-run double. Martinez and Figueroa both finished 2-5.

Carlos Espinoza was the only Orange team pitcher with a scoreless outing, although he did allow the runner that he inherited from Ezequiel Madera to score. In 1.1 innings, Espinoza walked 3 and struck out 3.

The Orange team is facing the Red Sox 2 today.

Wednesday's Stars

Leovanny Rodriguez, RHP, GCL Astros: W (1-1, 2-1 season), 5 IP, 2 H, 4 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Enoli Paredes, RHP, GCL Astros
Save (1), 4 IP, H, ER, BB, 6 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Ryne Birk, 2B, Tri-City
4-5, 2B, solo HR (2), 3 RBI

Jack Mayfield, IF, Corpus Christi
3-5, 2-R HR (7, 9 season), 3 RBI, 2 R

Photo from MiLB.com
Chuckie Robinson, C, Tri-City
2-5, 2B, solo HR (1; 1st of pro career), 2 R

Yoanys Quiala, RHP, Quad Cities
L (1-6), 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 earned), BB, 5 K

Astros MiLB Transactions/Roster Moves

TRANSACTIONS/ROSTER MOVES

7-6: RHP Scott Weathersby assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
7-6: IF/OF Marc Wik activated from the restricted list
7-6: LHP Framber Valdez assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City
7-6: RHP Juan Santos assigned from Quad Cities to Tri-City
7-6: LHP Zac Person activated from the Quad Cities DL
7-6: SS Abraham Toro-Hernandez assigned to Greeneville
7-6: RHP Josue Uribe assigned from Tri-City to Greeneville
7-6: LHP Ben Smith assigned from Tri-City to Greeneville
7-6: RHP Bryan Abreu assigned from Greeneville to GCL
7-6: OF Norberto Castellanos assigned to DSL Blue team (22-year old Cuban signing)
7-6: RHP Angel Matos assigned to DSL Blue team (18-year old signed out of the Dominican in May)
7-6: LHP Juan Pablo Lopez signed by the Astros (17-year old out of Mexico)
7-6: RHP Jose Luis Bravo signed by the Astros (18-year old out of Mexico)
7-5: RHP Dylan James released
7-4: C Garrett Stubbs assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
7-4: C Marlon Avea assigned from Corpus Christi to Lancaster

Also, reports are that LHP Brett Adcock (4th round 2016) suffered a knee injury while fielding a bunt and was placed on the 60-day DL. He is out for the season, but expected to participate in fall instructional league. Adcock joins 11th rounder RHP Chad Donato on the DL. At the time of the draft, Donato was said by Baseball America to have a strained UCL.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Sacramento 6, Fresno 4

W- Steven Okert (4-2)
L- Kevin Chapman (2-4)
S- Jean Machi (2)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Tacos bullpen faltered late.

Brady Rodgers had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 9 hits, walking 2, and striking out 4. Jordan Jankowski struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 7th. It was a rough 8th inning for Kevin Chapman, as Sacramento scored 3 runs on 4 hits against him to take the lead in the inning. Chapman struck out 2. Jandel Gustave worked around 2 hits to throw a scoreless 9th.

Preston Tucker opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st inning. Both teams scored 2 runs in the 5th inning; Fresno's 2 runs came on a pair of RBI doubles from Tucker and Tyler White. Tony Kemp hit an RBI single in the 9th to pull a run back. Tucker (2 2B, 2 RBI, R), Kemp (RBI, 2 R, SB [8]), and Teoscar Hernandez (R) all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Joe Musgrove will take on Clayton Blackburn in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Tulsa 14, Corpus Christi 6

W- Tim Shibuya (1-5)
L- Keegan Yuhl (7-2)

CC home runs: Conrad Gregor (6, solo in 2nd), Jack Mayfield 2 (6, 8 season; solo in 8th, 2-run in 9th)

The Hooks dropped the series as they were buried by another late onslaught from the Drillers. Tulsa led 4-2 after the 5th inning, but they left Corpus in the dust afterwards, finishing the game on a 10-4 run.

In his first Texas League plate appearance, Garrett Stubbs hit an RBI single in the 1st inning to tie the game at 1. Conrad Gregor smacked a solo homer in the 2nd inning. Jack Mayfield led off the bottom of the 8th with a homer, and Gregor later added an RBI double to his ledger. Mayfield struck again in the 9th with a 2-run homer. Gregor and Mayfield both finished with 2 hits, as did Chase McDonald and Danry Vásquez.

Keegan Yuhl pitched 5 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits (solo homer) and struck out 6. Kyle Smith was the first man out of the Corpus Christi bullpen; he allowed 5 runs on 4 hits (3-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Michael Freeman and Aaron West both pitched an inning; Freeman allowed 3 runs in the 8th; all of them came on a 3-run home run hit by Cody Bellinger. Freeman allowed 3 other hits and struck out 2. West allowed 2 runs on 2 groundouts, a double, and walked 1 in the 9th.

After hosting Springfield and Tulsa, the Hooks will travel to those two cities for a couple of 3-game series. Their first stop is Springfield, and Cy Sneed will start the series opener. First pitch is at 6:30.

Visalia 10, Lancaster 6

W- Max Duval (1-0)
L- Brock Dykxhoorn (5-3)

Lancaster home runs: Jason Martin 2 (15; solo in 5th, solo in 6th)

An 8-1 deficit proved to be too much for the JetHawks to overcome.

Johnny Sewald put Lancaster on the board by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the 2nd inning. Jason Martin led off the 5th with a homer, and Lancaster proceeded to add 3 more runs in the inning as Brooks Marlow hit a 2-run double and came around to score on a single from Aaron Mizell. Martin struck again in the 6th with his 2nd solo shot of the game. Martin and Mizell had 2 hits apiece.

Tough night for Brock Dykxhoorn, who felt the brunt of the notorious Lancaster Effect in his 5 innings. He allowed 8 runs on 11 hits (solo and 2-run homers) and struck out 1. Kevin McCanna pitched the final 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.

Josh James will start game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities 2, Beloit 1

W- Ralph Garza Jr. (3-3)
L- Rob Huber (1-3)

QC home runs: None.

Beloit scored a run in the top of the 8th to tie the game, but the Banditos immediately un-tied it by scoring in the bottom of the 8th. That run turned out to be the difference.

Osvaldo Duarte doubled to lead off the 4th inning. He advanced to 3rd on a Kyle Tucker infield single and scored the first run of the evening on a single from Pat Porter. Tucker hit a 2-out single in the 8th, and Connor Goedert and Porter eventually joined him on the bases after singling and getting hit by a pitch, respectively. Christian Correa drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk. Little Tuck and Goedert had 2 hits apiece.

Jose Luis Hernandez scattered 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 5 shutout innings. David Schmidt and Ralph Garza Jr. both pitched 2 innings; Schmidt faced 2 batters in the 8th, but did not retire either of them; the leadoff man singled and he also hit a batter. Schmidt had an inherited runner charged to him when Skye Bolt hit a sac fly against Garza. He walked 1 and struck out 1. Garza did not allow any runs of his own, although he allowed a single in the 9th inning.

In game 3 of this series, Yoanys Quiala will face Angel Duno. First pitch is at 7:00.

Tri-City 6, State College 5 in 12 innings

W- Sean Stutzman (1-0)
L- Max Almonte (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

According to the ValleyCats' game recap, this is the third time in the last four seasons that they've walked off with a victory on July 5. In this walk-off win, the ValleyCats erased a 5-1 deficit with 4 runs in the 9th and won it on a bases-loaded walk in the 12th inning.

Jake Rogers put Tri-City on the board with an RBI single in the 8th. The real fun began in the bottom of the 9th.

Ryne Birk led off with a double, and Daz Cameron and Ronnie Dawson joined him on the bases after hitting a single and getting hit by a pitch, respectively. Stephen Wrenn hit a 2-run single to cut the deficit to 5-3. Randy César laid down a sacrifice bunt, which allowed Dawson and Wrenn to advance a base, and Taylor Jones came through with a 2-run single to tie the game at 5.

Both teams were quiet in the extra innings, but Tri-City's top of the order sparked the winning rally in the bottom of the 12th. Birk reached on an error with 2 outs in the inning, and once again, Daz and Dawson loaded the bases with a walk and a single, respectively, and Wrenn won it by drawing ball four. César finished 2-3 and was the only player in the ValleyCats' lineup with a multi-hit game.

Ryan Hartman allowed 5 hits and struck out 1 over 4 scoreless innings. Dustin Hunt was the first man out of the bullpen, and in 3 innings, he allowed 4 runs on 5 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and fanned 1. Chris Cotton struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 8th. Luis Ramirez allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 2 in the 9th inning, and Sean Stutzman threw 3 perfect innings to get the win, striking out 4.

Erasmo Pinales will start the final game of this series. He'll face Bryan Dobzanski at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 10, Kingsport 3

W- Tyler Britton (2-1)
L- Jordan Humphreys (1-2)

Greeneville home runs: Vicente Sanchez (2, 3-run in 6th), Ray Henderson (1, 2-run in 8th)

The Appy Astros earned the split with a show of force.

Greeneville seized control of this game with 4 runs in the 5th inning. Connor MacDonald led off the inning with a single, and then Ruben Castro and Chaz Pal followed with RBI doubles to give the Appy Astros the lead. Ray Henderson added an RBI single and eventually scored when Tyler Wolfe hit into a fielder's choice. Vicente Sanchez clubbed a 3-run homer in the 6th inning. MacDonald ripped an RBI double in the 7th, and Henderson capped off the big night with a 2-run homer in the 8th, his first as a pro. Wolfe (RBI, R, SB [3]), MacDonald (2B, RBI, R), and Henderson (HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) all finished with 2 hits in the game.

Nathan Thompson allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 2.1 scoreless innings. Tyler Britton was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen; he went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits and fanned 4. Bryan Abreu allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 3 in 1.2 innings, and Devin Raftery allowed 3 hits and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless.

Tonight, the Appy Astros will welcome the Burlington Royals to Pioneer Park for a 3-game series. Abdiel Saldaña will get the start; first pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Nationals 8, GCL Astros 4

W- Matt Grace (1-0)
L- Moreno Polanco (0-1)
S- Sterling Sharp (1)

GCL home runs: Troy Sieber (1, 2-run in 4th)

The Kissimmee Stros were behind the eight-ball early and could not recover.

Troy Sieber hit his first pro home run, a 2-run shot in the 4th inning. In the 9th, Jonathan Matute ripped an RBI double, and Joan Mauricio added an RBI single. Sieber finished 2-4.

Moreno Polanco got the start, but failed to record an out. He allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 3 inherited runners charged to him). a hit, and walked 2. He also hit 2 batters. Cris Santamaria technically pitched 2 scoreless innings, walking 2, but all 3 runners he inherited from Polanco scored. He plunked a batter with the bases loaded, and then he allowed an RBI groundout, but he committed an error that allowed another run to score. Jorge Alcala allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 5 over 4 scoreless innings, and Hansel Paulino pitched 2 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3.

The Kissimmee Stros will take on the Mets today.

DSL Astros Blue 7, DSL Marlins 1

W- Felipe Tejada (1-0)
L- Miguel De Los Santos (0-2)
S- Carlos Perdomo (2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team stormed out of the gate with a 6-0 lead and tacked on the extra point with a run in the 8th.

An error in the 2nd inning allowed Angel Tejeda and Carlos Canelon to score the first runs of the day. Jose Miguel Hernandez added an RBI single, and Alfredo Angarita smacked an RBI double. Samir Caraballo added a 2-run single in the 3rd inning. Ronny Jimenez drove in the final run of the day with an RBI double in the 8th inning.

Felipe Tejada allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 over 5 shutout innings. Jesus Bernaez allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 6th, and Carlos Perdomo allowed an unearned run, walked 2, and fanned 3 in 3 scoreless innings.

DSL Mets2 8, DSL Astros Orange 2

W- Daniel Guzman (1-1)
L- Diosward Gonzalez (1-2)
S- Miguel Ramirez (1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team got buried by a 4-run top of the 9th.

Yeuris Ramirez's 2-run triple in the 6th was their only scoring play.

Diosward Gonzalez allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and struck out 1 in 3 innings. Michael Richez walked 3 and fanned 1 over 2 scoreless, and Kilvio Peralta allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 4 innings.

Tuesday's Stars

Jorge Alcala, RHP, GCL Astros: 4 IP, H, 2 BB, 5 K

Jack Mayfield, IF, Corpus Christi
2-3, 2 HR (6, 8 season), 3 RBI

Jason Martin, OF, Lancaster
2-5, 2 solo HR (15)

Jose Luis Hernandez, RHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, 6 H, BB, 3 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Ray Henderson, C, Greeneville
2-3, HR (1), 3 RBI, 2 R

Photo from MiLB.com
Sean Stutzman, LHP, Tri-City
W (1-0), 3 IP, 4 K

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, July 4, 2016

Fresno 4, Sacramento 1

W- César Valdez (6-1)
L- Adalberto Mejia (1-1)
S- James Hoyt (21)

Fresno home runs: Alex Bregman 2 (4, 18 season; 2-run in 3rd, solo in 8th)

Alex Bregman provided the fireworks for Fresno on the 4th. He's not bad at baseball.

Bregman whacked a 2-run homer in the 3rd inning and led off the 8th with another home run. Later in the 8th, Teoscar Hernandez capped off the evening with an RBI triple. Bregman (2 HR), Hernandez (2B, 3B, RBI), and Matt Duffy all finished 2-4 at the plate.

César Valdez allowed a run on 6 hits and struck out 5 in 7 innings. Brendan McCurry allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 8th inning, and James Hoyt struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th to record the save.

Brady Rodgers will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Joan Gregorio at 7:05 Pacific.

Tulsa 10, Corpus Christi 2

W- Chase De Jong (9-4)
L- Edison Frias (3-1)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (13, solo in 2nd)

The Hooks got buried by a late onslaught from the Drillers.

J.D. Davis finished 2-4 and smacked a solo home run in the 2nd inning to open the scoring. Roberto Peña scored the other Hooks run in the 8th inning when D.J. Fisher reached on an error; Fisher was credited with an RBI on the play.

Edison Frias went 6 innings and allowed 3 unearned runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Eric Peterson pitched 2.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 earned, 2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits and struck out 1, and Ryan Thompson got the final 2 outs of the 9th, but not before he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and walked 1.

In the series finale, Keegan Yuhl will take on Tim Shibuya. First pitch is at 6:05.

Lancaster 9, Visalia 7

W- Ryan Deemes (3-1, 4-1 season)
L- Jency Solis (1-1)

Lancaster home runs: Johnny Sewald (2, 3 season; solo in 1st)

The JetHawks made a thrilling comeback to snatch the victory from the Rawhide.

Johnny Sewald led off the bottom of the 1st with a home run. Both teams scored 2 in the 2nd; Lancaster's 2 runs scored by way of an RBI single from Brooks Marlow and a sac fly from Drew Ferguson. Visalia took a 7-3 lead into the bottom of the 7th, and that was where the JetHawks started their rally.

Bryan Muñiz ripped a 2-run double in the 7th to cut the Rawhide lead to 7-5. Jamie Ritchie led off the 8th by drawing a walk, and Ferguson joined him on the bases after getting plunked. Sewald came through with an RBI single to make it a one-run game. Tony Nuñez went down on strikes for the 2nd out of the inning, but Bobby Boyd put the JetHawks in the lead with a 2-run single, and Muñiz put the finishing touches on the comeback with an RBI double. Sewald finished 3-4 with 3 runs scored.

Akeem Bostick went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 10 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Kevin Comer and Ryan Deemes both pitched 2 innings; Comer allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer) and struck out 5, while Deemes allowed a hit and struck out 1.

Brock Dykxhoorn will start game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities 9, Beloit 1

W- Elieser Hernandez (4-2, 5-6 season)
L- Michael Murray (3-2)

QC home runs: Kristian Trompiz (1, 2-run in 2nd)

Elieser Hernandez and Makay Nelson joined forces on a 1-hitter as the Banditos cruised to a victory.

Hernandez allowed that hit, walked 1, and struck out 10 over 8 shutout innings. The 10 strikeouts tied a career high for Hernandez; he also struck out 10 for Tri-City on July 4 last year. Beloit spoiled the shutout with a sac fly against Makay Nelson in the 9th. Nelson issued a walk to Edwin Diaz, who scored on the sac fly.

Dex McCall opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. In the 2nd, Kristian Trompiz smacked his first home run of the year, a 2-run homer. Myles Straw hit an RBI single in the 4th, and Anthony Hermelyn was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 7th inning. Quad Cities turned this one into a laugher in the 8th as they tacked on 4 more runs: Trompiz ripped an RBI triple, McCall chipped in with a 2-run single, and Hermelyn capped off the scoring with an RBI double.

Straw (RBI, 2 R) and Connor Goedert (2B, 3 R) both finished 3-4, while Trompiz (2B, HR, 3 RBI), McCall (3 RBI), and Osvaldo Duarte (BB, R) had 2 hits in the game.

In game 2 of this series, Jose Luis Hernandez will face Dustin Hurlbutt. First pitch is at 7.

State College 9, Tri-City 7

W- Steven Farinaro (2-0)
L- Kevin Hill (0-1)
S- Eric Carter (2)

TC home runs: None.

Both teams had 15 hits in the game, but the Spikes topped the ValleyCats in the column that matters the most.

Tri-City responded to State College's 3-run top of the 1st by capitalizing on a bases-loaded, no out situation in the bottom of the inning, turning it into 4 runs. Stephen Wrenn ripped a 2-run double, and Randy César followed with a 2-run single. The Spikes responded to that outburst with 2 runs in the 2nd inning, and that turned out to be the difference. Ryne Birk hit a 2-run single in the 6th inning, and in the 8th, Alex DeGoti grounded into a fielder's choice that allowed Brauly Mejia to score.

César and Chuckie Robinson both finished 3-4, while Birk and Wrenn had 2 hits apiece.

Kevin Hill allowed 5 runs on 7 hits (solo homer) in 2 innings. Austin Nicely was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen, and the 2 runs he allowed in his 4 innings came on solo homers. Nicely allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 2. Chris Cotton walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 7th inning. Josue Uribe got 2 outs in the 8th and allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits and walked 1. Nick Hernandez allowed 2 hits and walked 2 in 1.1 innings.

Ryan Hartman will start game 2 of this series, He'll face Ronnie Williams at 7:00 Eastern.

Kingsport 7, Greeneville 3

W- Ronald Guedez (1-0)
L- Devon Carr (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (4, solo in 3rd)

The K-Mets seized control of this game by scoring 5 runs in the top of the 8th.

Tyler Wolfe put Greeneville on the board with an RBI groundout in the 2nd inning, and Miguelangel Sierra whacked a solo homer in the 3rd. Chaz Pal added an RBI groundout in the 7th. Jonathan Arauz finished 2-4.

Patrick Sandoval went 4.2 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Diogenes Almengo was the first man out, and he allowed a run on a wild pitch, a single, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 2.1 innings. The 8th inning turned out to be a nightmare for Devon Carr, as he allowed 5 runs while only getting 1 out in the inning. Lucas Williams stopped the bleeding by getting the final 2 outs of the inning. Williams, who issued a walk in his 1.2 innings, also threw a scoreless 9th.

The last game of this series will be in Kingsport. Nathan Thompson will take on Jordan Humphreys at 7:00 Eastern.

DSL Astros Blue 2, DSL Athletics 1

W- Jheyson Caraballo (2-0)
L- Jose Mora (0-2)
S- Johsson Arias (4)

Blue home runs: None.

Nicolás Miranda opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Angel Tejeda had the other 2 hits for the Blue team, one of which was an RBI single in the 4th.

Jheyson Caraballo allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 5 shutout innings. Yeremi Ceballos threw 1.1 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 3, and fanning 2, and Johsson Arias allowed an unearned run, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1.

DSL Phillies2 6, DSL Astros Orange 3

W- Adrian Acosta (3-0)
L- Asael Uribe (1-2)
S- Luis Ramirez (5)

Orange home runs: None.

Enmanuel Valdez smacked a 2-run triple in the 1st inning. Ramiro Rodriguez scored on a wild pitch in the 5th inning. The other 2 hits belonged to Gilberto Celestino.

Asael Uribe went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 8 hits and struck out 2. Willy Collado allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 innings, and Miguel Matos allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and fanned 1 in 3 innings.

Monday's Stars


Johnny Sewald, OF, Lancaster
3-4, solo HR (2, 3 season), 2 RBI, 3 R

Alex Bregman, SS, Fresno
2-4, 2 HR (4, 18 season), 3 RBI

Kristian Trompiz, SS, Quad Cities
2-4, 3B, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI

César Valdez, RHP, Fresno
W (6-1), 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 5 K

Elieser Hernandez, RHP, Quad Cities
W (4-2, 5-6 season), 8 IP, H, BB, 10 K (tied career high)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, July 3, 2016

Salt Lake 7, Fresno 3

W- David Huff (2-3)
L- Brad Peacock (2-4)

Fresno home runs: Alex Bregman (2, 16 season; 3-run in 5th)

The Grizzlies were foiled in their bid to sweep the series because they fell into an early 7-0 hole.

Alex Bregman's 3-run home run in the 5th was Fresno's only scoring play.

Brad Peacock went 5 innings and allowed 7 runs on 10 hits (9 singles and a double), walked 2, and struck out 6. Reymin Guduan recorded 2 outs in the 6th, 1 via strikeout, and walked 3. Jordan Jankowski extracted him from a bases-loaded situation without incurring any damage. Jankowski ended up pitching 2 innings, walking 1 and fanning 3. Kevin Chapman issued a walk in the 8th but was able to get the final out of the inning.

Tonight, the Grizzlies return home to begin a 4-game series with Sacramento. César Valdez will face Adalberto Mejia at 6:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 12, Tulsa 6

W- Albert Minnis (1-0)
L- Scott Barlow (3-5)

CC home runs: Roberto Peña (6, solo in 2nd)

The Hooks provided some early fireworks as they jumped out to a 10-2 lead after 4 innings.

James Ramsay led off the bottom of the 1st with an infield single and advanced to 2nd on an error. He scored the first run of the evening on another Tulsa error following a Mott Hyde single. Conrad Gregor and Nick Tanielu grounded into force outs that allowed Hyde and D.J. Fisher to score. Roberto Peña led off the bottom of the 2nd with a home run, and Hyde later added an RBI single.

In the 4th, Gregor drew a bases-loaded walk, Tanielu smacked a 2-run double, and Danry Vásquez added a 2-run single. Tanielu scored on a double play in the 7th, and Gregor finished off the scoring with an RBI double in the 8th.

Everyone in the Corpus lineup had a hit; Danry led the way in that category by finishing 3-4. Tanielu (2B, 3 RBI, 2 R), J.D. Davis (2 R), Hyde (RBI, R), and Ramsay (2 R) all finished with 2 hits in the game.

Kent Emanuel went 4.2 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 7 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Michael Freeman allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in an inning (final out of 5th, 2 outs in 6th). Albert Minnis allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 2 in 2.1 innings, and Ryan Thompson threw a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Edison Frias will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Chase De Jong at 7:05.

Lake Elsinore 3, Lancaster 2

W- Walker Lockett (3-3)
L- Dean Deetz (4-4)
S- Colby Blueberg (11)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks had to settle for a split as they couldn't capitalize on a couple of massive opportunities in the late innings.

Keach Ballard hit an RBI groundout in the 2nd inning to open the scoring. However, the Storm responded with 3 in the bottom half of the inning. Jason Martin smacked an RBI triple with 1 out in the 7th inning, but he was left at 3rd in the end. Lancaster had the bases loaded in the top of the 9th, but again, they couldn't push any runs across. Ramon Laureano and Jason Martin (2B, 3B, RBI) had 2 hits apiece; the two of them had all 4 of Lancaster's hits in this game. Bryan Muñiz walked twice and scored both Lancaster runs.

Dean Deetz pitched 2 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned; all 3 runs scored in the 2nd inning), walked 3, and struck out 3. 2 of those runs scored on an error, and the other came on a sac fly. Gonzalo Sañudo and Scott Weathersby pitched 3 innings apiece; Sañudo allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and fanned 4, while Weathersby allowed 2 hits and struck out 3.

Akeem Bostick will be on the mound tonight as the JetHawks start a 4-game series with Visalia. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Kane County 2, Quad Cities 1

W- Austin Mason (1-0)
L- Adam Whitt (2-2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos walked off with a loss in this game, and a loss in the series.

After 14 zeroes on the scoreboard, this game finally got its first run in the top of the 8th as Osvaldo Duarte tripled with 2 outs in the inning and trotted home on a single from Dex McCall. Duarte finished 2-3 and was the only player on either side to have a multi-hit game.

Albert Abreu dominated the Cougars as he allowed just 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 over 8 shutout innings. However, Kane County got to Adam Whitt for the winning runs with 1 out in the 9th inning. Whitt recorded that one out with a strikeout.

Tonight, the River Bandits will begin a 4-game series with Beloit. Elieser Hernandez will take on Michael Murray at 6:00.

Tri-City 10, Hudson Valley 0

W- Hector Perez (2-0)
L- Spencer Moran (1-1)
S- Enrique Chavez (1)

TC home runs: Stephen Wrenn (7, 2-run in 1st), Ryne Birk (1, solo in 3rd), Daz Cameron (2, 2-run in 6th)

The ValleyCats won this series from the Renegades by dominating them in all facets of the game.

They dominated the pitching aspect of baseball by not allowing any runs. Hector Perez allowed just 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 over 5.2 shutout innings, and Enrique Chavez allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over the final 3.1 innings to complete the shutout.

Tri-City dominated the offensive aspects of baseball by scoring 10 runs on 14 hits. Stephen Wrenn continued his rampage on New York-Penn League pitchers by opening the scoring with a 2-run home run in the 1st inning. Ryne Birk's first pro home run was a solo blast in the 3rd.

The ValleyCats scored 2 in the 4th, 5th, and the 6th: Brauly Mejia and Alex DeGoti hit RBI single in the 4th. Wrenn and Taylor Jones smacked RBI doubles in the 5th, and Daz Cameron whacked a 2-run homer in the 6th. Jones capped off Tri-City's dominant offensive showing with another RBI double in the 9th. Every position player who appeared for Tri-City had a hit, the three home run hitters and Jones' two doubles led the way. Rodrigo Ayarza, who subbed in for Birk at second base in the 7th, singled in his only plate appearance. Daz also stole his 8th base with Tri-City; he now has 12 stolen bases on the season.

Tonight, Tri-City will start a 3-game series with State College. Kevin Hill will start game 1, and he'll face Steven Farinaro at 6:30 Eastern.

Kingsport 11, Greeneville 0

W- Max Wotell (1-0)
L- Carlos Hiraldo (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

It was a forgettable Sunday for the Appy Astros.

They were held to 4 hits in this game; Spencer Johnson and Wander Franco split that total between themselves.

Carlos Hiraldo only recorded 2 outs in the 1st inning. He allowed 5 runs on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 1. Reggie Johnson pitched 2 innings and allowed 3 unearned runs on 3 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 2. Carlos Sanabria allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and fanned 6 in 5.1 innings, and Angelo Serrano worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Patrick Sandoval will start game 3 of this series. He'll take on Thomas Szapucki at 4:00 Eastern.

Game 1: GCL Astros 5, GCL Cardinals 1

W- Gabriel Valdez (1-0)
L- Jacob Schlesener (0-2)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros took the first of 2 from the Cardinals behind a strong pitching performance.

Gabriel Valdez allowed 1 hit and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. The Cardinals spoiled the shutout with a run off of Dariel Aquino in the 7th inning. Aquino allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

An error in the 2nd inning allowed Jorge Martinez and Reiny Beltre to score the first runs of the day. Troy Sieber hit an RBI single in the 3rd inning. Andy Piñeda added an RBI single in the 6th, and Carlos Machado drove in the Kissimmee Stros' final run of game 1 with an RBI single in the 7th. Beltre and Machado both finished 2-4.

How did the GCL team fare in game 2?

Game 2: GCL Astros 3, GCL Cardinals 0

W- César Rosado (1-0, 1-1 season)
L- Mike O'Reilly (0-1)
S- Jose Ramos (1, 2 season)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros got another solid performance on the mound as they swept the doubleheader.

César Rosado allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. Manuel Gonzalez and Jose Ramos finished off the shutout; Gonzalez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 6th, and Ramos struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 7th inning.

All of the scoring in this game was done in the 4th inning, as Reiny Beltre smacked a 2-run double and came around to score on a Brandon Benavente single. Beltre had a solid day as he went 5-7 in the 2 games. Benavente finished 2-2.

Sunday's Stars



Albert Abreu, RHP, Quad Cities
8 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K

Jason Martin, OF, Lancaster
2-3, 2B, 3B, RBI

Photo by Bryan Green
Hector Perez, RHP, Tri-City
W (2-0), 5.2 IP, 2 H, BB, 6 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Enrique Chavez, RHP, Tri-City
Save (1), 3.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Ryne Birk, 2B, Tri-City
2-4, 2B, solo HR (1), 2 R


Photo from MiLB.com
Stephen Wrenn, OF, Tri-City
2-5, 2B, HR (7), 3 RBI, 2 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Daz Cameron, OF, Tri-City
2-5, 2-R HR (2), 2 R, SB (8, 12 season)

Photo by Bryan Green
Reiny Beltre, 3B, GCL Astros
Game 1 of doubleheader: 2-4, 2 R
Game 2 of doubleheader: 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Nick Tanielu, IF, Corpus Christi
2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Gabriel Valdez, RHP, GCL Astros
W (1-0), 5 IP, H, 6 K in game 1 of doubleheader

Photo by Bryan Green
César Rosado, RHP, GCL Astros
W (1-0, 1-1 season), 5 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K in game 2 of doubleheader

Astros Farm Report: Supersized July 4th Edition

Lots of links, a mini-soapbox, a favorite former Astro and more, but first things first ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

7-4: 3B Bobby Wernes (22)
7-6: OF Hector Martinez (18)
7-6: OF Preston Tucker (26)
7-7: RHP Diosward Gonzalez (21)
7-8: LHP Sean Stutzman (23)
7-9: RHP Edgardo Sandoval (20)
7-10: C Ruben Castro (20)

Birthday Boy Bobby Wernes - May 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

TRANSACTIONS/ROSTER MOVES

7-2: C Alfredo Gonzalez traded to the White Sox for cash
7-1: LHP Alex Winkelman to GCL for rehab assignment
6-30: RHP Reggie Johnson assigned from the GCL to Greeneville
6-30: OF Teoscar Hernandez assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
6-30: SS/3B Alex Bregman assigned from Corpus Christi to Fresno
6-30: IF Jack Mayfield assigned from Fresno to Corpus Christi
6-30: LHP Albert Minnis assigned from Lancaster to Corpus Christi
6-30: RHP David Paulino placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL retroactive to 6-28
6-28: IF Chan-Jong Moon assigned from Fresno to Corpus Christi
6-28: LHP Chris Cotton to Tri-City on a rehab assignment
6-27: Astros signed FA RHP Manuel Gonzalez (released by Padres 6-15); assigned to the GCL 6-28
6-27: RHP Gonzalo Sanudo assigned from Corpus Christi to Lancaster

Also, according to Baseball America, the Astros signed the following international free agents as a part of the July international signing period:

SS Freudis Nova, Dominican Republic, #5 ranked prospect
SS Yorbin Ceuta, Venezuela, #11 ranked prospect
RHP Angel Macuare, Venezuela, #40 ranked prospect
C Nerio Rodriguez, Dominican Republic, #43 ranked prospect
SS Deurys Carrasco, Dominican Republic, #46 ranked prospect
SS Jeury Castillo, Dominican Republic
RHP Jairo Solis, Venezuela
C Jose Alvarez, Venezuela
RHP Angel Ortega, Venezuela
RHP Ronny Garcia, Dominican Republic
SS Sean Mendoza, Venezuela
OF Leonardo Gonzalez, Venezuela

And, finally, I've updated the 2016 draft list by noting the players who have yet to sign (as of 7/3) according to Baseball America. The signing deadline is July 15th.

STANDINGS

Since we last checked in on the standings, Fresno has gone 6-3 and is now above .500. In addition, they have crept somewhat closer to the division-leading Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) and now only lag behind the second place Reno Aces (Diamondbacks) by one game.

The Hooks are 4-3 in their last seven and have dropped to second place in the second half standings, one game behind Midland (Oakland). However, they are assured of a playoff berth regardless of what happens in the second half by virtue of winning the first half.

Lancaster is 5-5 since we last looked, 6-5 in the second half. They are currently in a three-way tie, along with High Desert (Rangers) and Lake Elsinore (Padres) for second place in the second half. Those three teams are one game behind Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) and one game ahead of Inland Empire (Angels). It's shaping up to be an interesting second half race!

Like Lancaster, Quad Cities is also 5-5 since we last checked and are also in a three-way tie albeit for fourth place instead of second place in the second half. Clinton (Mariners) is currently dominating in the second half with Beloit (A's) and Wisconsin (Brewers) three games behind, and Quad Cities, Burlington (Angels) and Cedar Rapids (Twins) one game further behind. As a matter of fact, only two games separate the second place team and the eighth place team so Quad Cities will have to play markedly better than .500 in order to separate themselves from the pack.

After stumbling out of the gate, the ValleyCats are 6-4 in their last ten and are four games behind division-leading Lowell (Red Sox) and two games behind Connecticut (Tigers) and are tied with Vermont (A's).

Greeneville is 4-6 in their last 10 and trail division leaders Johnson City (Cardinals) by four games. Likewise, the Gulf Coast League Astros have started their season 4-6, but they only lag the front running Nationals by two games.

The DSL Blue team slipped to second place after going 4-4 in their last 8 games (they had only lost one game prior to that) and are now a half game behind the DSL Red Sox 1 team. The DSL Orange Astros are still in second place after going 3-4 in their last seven, but have dropped further behind the first place Red Sox 2 team. I'm sensing a theme here. The Red Sox 1 team is currently on an 11 game win streak and the Red Sox 2 team is on a 6 game win streak.

AAA Fresno 3rd 41-40 .506 4.5GB L1

AA Corpus Christi 1st 53-27 .663 0.0GB W2 (Overall)
2nd half: 2nd 6-4 .600 1.0GB W2
(Clinched playoff berth by winning first half)

A+ Lancaster 3rd 40-40 .500 8.5GB L2 (Overall)
2nd half: T2nd 6-5 .545 1.0GB L2

A- Quad Cities 8th 36-44 .450 11.5GB L2 (Overall)
2nd half: T4th 5-6 .455 4.0GB L2

SSA Tri-City T3rd 8-9 .471 4.0GB W1

Rk+ Greeneville 4th 4-7 .364 4.0GB L1

Rk- GCL 5th 4-6 .400 2.0GB W2

FRk DSL Blue 2nd 19-5 .792 0.5GB L1

FRk DSL Orange 2nd 14-10 .583 5.0GB W1

RANDOM FORMER ASTROS MINOR LEAGUER UPDATE

After being traded to the Braves in January 2015, 3B Rio Ruiz had an inconsistent season with their AA affiliate, but continued to show signs of promise with a couple of strong months interspersed with the not-so-good months. This piece from the Atlanta Journal Constitution looks at Ruiz's disappointing 2015 season and what he took from that. Apparently, the powers-that-be saw enough from Ruiz in Spring Training that they decided to promote him to AAA in 2016. Ruiz came on strong in April, then followed with a lackluster May but bounced back and has hit .302/.391/.365 since the beginning of June for AAA Gwinnett. And having just turned 22, he is around four and a half years younger than the average AAA International League position player.

NEWS AND LINKS

I've fallen behind in my reading, but here are a few articles of note you may have missed ...

Quad Cities 3B Bobby Wernes talks about his (and the team's) first half struggles.

The San Diego Union-Tribune checks in with Lancaster C Garrett Stubbs.

Greeneville 1B Chase MacDonald makes history.

Friend of the Blog Bryan Tostel brings it in this piece on minor league pay. (As Bryan notes, minor leaguers are also not paid for spring training other than a small per diem and, unless things have changed over the last year or so, they also receive no pay for fall instructional league. On top of that, they generally have to pay for their own bats and gloves, etc. And they have to pay regular clubhouse dues to the clubby for cleaning their uniforms, bringing in lunch and the like. In other words, as bad as their sub-minimum wage salary looks on the surface, it's really even much worse.)

2016 15th Round Draft pick SS Alex DeGoti has been a baseball frequent flyer since he was 10 years old.

In case you missed it, here were my June Players of the Month.

Righthanders Brady Rodgers, James Hoyt and Mike Hauschild were named to the PCL All-Star team. As a side note, Hauschild's good season has not received the notice that it deserves because it has been somewhat overshadowed by Rodgers fine season. Hauschild has been a solid, reliable workhorse since he entered the system in 2012.

And last, but certainly not least, SS/3B Alex Bregman and RHP Joe Musgrove have been selected to represent the Astros in the Futures Game.

One final note ... I really enjoyed getting to know C Alfredo Gonzalez a little bit over the last few years and it was my genuine pleasure watching him behind the plate. I know that I will miss him and so will the pitchers that he caught over the years. However, opposing runners will be happy to see him gone. I wish him nothing but the best in his new chapter with the White Sox organization.

Alfredo Gonzalez - April 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen