Saturday, September 3, 2016

Astros Farm Report: 9/3

Bringing you the Astros MiLB Players of the month, but first things first ...

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

Another flurry of late season moves, including the 9/1 roster expansion for the major league club:

Brady Rodgers - May 2015

9-2: Astros selected the contract of Fresno RHP Brady Rodgers (3rd round 2012 pick, PCL Pitcher of the Year and all-around good guy)
9-2: Astros recalled Fresno IF Tyler White
9-2: Astros recalled Fresno RHP Jandel Gustave
9-2: Astros recalled Fresno RHP James Hoyt
9-2: LHP Framber Valdez assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster
9-2: RHP Abdiel Saldana assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities
9-2: RHP Tyson Perez (Fresno) sent to Tri-City on rehab assignment
9-1: IF Chan Jong Moon (Fresno) activated from the DL
9-1: RHP Josh James placed on the Lancaster 7-day DL
8-31: RHP Tyson Perez (Fresno) sent to GCL on rehab assignment
8-30: RHP Brad Peacock optioned from Houston to Fresno
8-30: RHP Tyler Britton assigned from Quad Cities to Tri-City
8-29: RHP Mike Hauschild (Fresno) activated from the DL

STANDINGS/PLAYOFF PICTURE

Two teams in the playoffs, six teams out of contention and one team wonders what might have been.

AAA Fresno 3rd 70-70 .500 9.0GB L4
ELIMINATED

Fresno lost three of four to the first place team (Tacoma/Mariners) this week and was officially eliminated from playoff contention. They have three games remaining in the season on the road in Sacramento.

AA Corpus Christi 1st 82-55 .599 0.0GB L2 (Overall)
2nd half: 3rd 35-32 .522 7.5GB L2
(CLINCHED PLAYOFF BERTH by winning first half)

The Hooks have three games left against San Antonio on the road before hosting South Division Playoff Games 1 and 2 against Midland (A's) starting Wednesday, September 7th. Games 3, 4 and 5 (if all are necessary) will be played in Midland from Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11th. The North Division matchup hasn't been decided yet as the two Arkansas teams are currently tied in the second half and are battling each other for the next three games to determine who will play first half winner Springfield.

A+ Lancaster 3rd 75-62 .547 5.0GB W1 (Overall)
2nd half: 1st 40-25 .597 0.0GB W1
(CLINCHED PLAYOFF BERTH)

The JetHawks clinched a playoff berth last night and now have a magic number of 1 to win the second half which would assure home-field advantage for the 3-game South Division playoff mini-series which will start on Wednesday vs. Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers). If the JetHawks win the second half, Game 1 will be in Rancho Cucamonga and Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) will be at home at The Hangar. High Desert, as first half winner, will then host the winner of the mini-series starting Saturday. Bakersfield (Mariners), Visalia (Diamondbacks) and San Jose (Giants) will be fighting for the North Division title. Lancaster has three games remaining against Inland Empire (47-90).

A- Quad Cities 7th 60-76 .431 23.5GB L1 (Overall)
2nd half: 7th 29-38 .433 16.0GB L1
ELIMINATED

The River Bandits final three games of the season are on the road against Burlington (66-71).

SSA Tri-City 3rd 37-36 .507 9.0GB W2
ELIMINATED

The ValleyCats were eliminated this week and have three games remaining in their season. They will host Staten Island (41-31) for their home finale today before hitting the road to face Connecticut (39-34) for their last two games.

Rk+ Greeneville 3rd 33-34 .493 5.5GB W3
ELIMINATED/SEASON OVER

One wonders what might have been. The Greeneville Astros needed to win all five of the final five games with Elizabethton to advance to the playoffs. An egregiously bad call on Sunday changed that game from a W to an L for the Appy Astros. Greeneville went on to win the next three and the final game was cancelled due to wet grounds. It would have been fun to see this very young, very exciting team force a deciding game on the final day of the season. Well, that's baseball.

Rk- GCL 5th 22-31 .415 10.5GB W1
ELIMINATED/SEASON OVER

FRk DSL Blue 3rd 42-23 .646 6.5GB W1
ELIMINATED/SEASON OVER

FRk DSL Orange 4th 31-37 .456 16.0GB W2
ELIMINATED/SEASON OVER

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AUGUST PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

This was a very difficult proposition this month. Not only were there a ton of great performances to choose from, there was so much movement from promotions that it was hard to keep track of it all! With that said, let's celebrate the success of these players ...

FRESNO

Starting Pitcher of the Month
RHP Cesar Valdez - 5G/5ST  34.0IP  3-0  1.85 ERA/1.147 WHIP  2BB/35SO

Relief Pitcher of the Month
RHP Jandel Gustave - 9G  10.1IP  1-1/2SV  2.70 ERA/0.900 WHIP  6BB/8SO  .088BA

Position Player of the Month (Tie)
IF Danny Worth - 25G  .337/.411/.543  10-2B  3HR  10RBI  1SB:1CS
OF Jon Kemmer - 31G  .280/.338/.568  10-2B  1-3B  8HR  25RBI  4SB:4CS

Honorable mention goes to OF Alejandro Garcia who hit .400/.442/.450 in his first 12 games with Fresno.

Jandel Gustave - June 2016


CORPUS CHRISTI

Starting Pitcher of the Month
RHP Francis Martes - 5G/5ST  33.1IP  3-1  2.16 ERA/0.840 WHIP  5BB/37SO  .190BA

Honorable mention goes to RHP Cy Sneed (2.27 ERA/0.947 WHIP in 31.2IP) and RHP Trent Thornton (2.25 ERA/1.050 WHIP in 40.0IP).

Honorable mention also goes to LHP Evan Grills who split August between Corpus Christi and Fresno. He had a 2.61 ERA and a 0.823 WHIP in his three starts (20.2IP) with Corpus prior to his 8/21 promotion to Fresno.

Relief Pitcher of the Month
RHP Ryan Thompson - 8G  14.2IP  2-0/2SV  1.84 ERA/1.091 WHIP  4BB/7SO  .226BA

Position Player of the Month
OF Ramon Laureano - 24 G  .318/.414/.529  4-2B  1-3B  4HR  9RBI  6SB:2CS  14BB/20SO

Honorable mention goes to 3B J.D. Davis (.284/.336/.529 with 8-2B/1-3B/5HR/18RBI in 27G), C Garrett Stubbs (.304/.375/.571 in 15 games) and IF Antonio Nunez (.320/.417/.340 in 16 games).

Ramon Laureano - June 2016

LANCASTER

Starting Pitcher of the Month
RHP Jose Hernandez - 4G/4ST  25.2IP  3-1  3.51 ERA/1.325 WHIP  5BB/24SO

Relief Pitcher of the Month
RHP Andrew Thome - 7G  13.1IP  0-0/2SV  1.35 ERA/0.975 WHIP  3BB/9SO  .217BA

Position Player of the Month
C/IF Trent Woodward - 23G  .313/.440/.463  6-2B  2HR  15RBI  19BB/20SO

Honorable mention goes to OF Drew Ferguson who hit .446/.492/.804 in 14 games with Lancaster prior to his 8/20 promotion to Corpus Christi.

Honorable mention also goes to a pair of players who split their Augusts between Quad Cities and Lancaster and had fantastic combined numbers at those two venues: OF Kyle Tucker (.311/.393/.563 in 26 games) and OF Myles Straw (.385/.454/.481 in 24 games).

Andrew Thome - May 2016

QUAD CITIES

Starting Pitcher of the Month
RHP Albert Abreu - 3G/1ST  13.0IP   0-0/1SV  0.69 ERA/1.154 WHIP  6BB/14SO  .205BA
(Promoted to Lancaster 8/21)

Relief Pitcher of the Month
LHP Zac Person - 6G  14.1IP  0-0  1.26 ERA/1.047 WHIP  7BB/16SO  .160BA

Honorable mention goes to LHP Sebastian Kessay who split his August between Tri-City and Quad Cities and managed a 1.35 ERA and a 1.049 WHIP in his first three appearances with Quad Cities following his promotion.

Position Player of the Month
1B Dex McCall - 25G  .295/.352/.411  6-2B  1-3B  1HR  17RBI

Honorable mention goes to 3B Bobby Wernes (.315/.403/.389 in 15 games).

Dex McCall - May 2016

TRI-CITY

Pitcher of the Month (Tie)
LHP Ryan Hartman - 6G/2ST  20.1IP  2-0  1.77 ERA/0.689 WHIP  3BB/20SO  .155BA
RHP Abdiel Saldana - 6G/2ST  20.1IP 0-1/1SV  1.33 ERA/0.846 WHIP  2BB/24SO  .200 BA

Honorable mention goes to RHP Carlos Sanabria who split his August between Greeneville and Tri-City, putting up a 2.10 ERA and a 0.896 combined between the two venues.

Position Player of the Month
OF Ronnie Dawson - 29G  .294/.368/.422  5-2B  1-3B  2HR  16RBI  3SB:1CS

Ryan Hartman - July 2016

GREENEVILLE

Pitcher of the Month
RHP Cristian Javier - 6G/3ST  21.2IP  1-1  2.08 ERA/1.015 WHIP  10BB/22SO  .162BA

Honorable Mention goes to RHP Lupe Chavez who split August between the GCL and Greeneville and put up a 0.66 ERA and 0.950 WHIP in 13.2 innings between the two venues.

Position Player of the Month
IF Stijn Van Der Meer - 19G  .301/.386/.370  3-2B  1-3B  8RBI  3SB:1CS

Honorable mention goes to OF Luis Payano (.283/.344/.491 in 17 games) and OF Chaz Pal (.283/.344/.491 in 11 games).

Cristian Javier - August 2016

GULF COAST LEAGUE

Pitcher of the Month
RHP Enoli Paredes - 5G/1ST  13.0IP  0-0/1SV  1.38 ERA/0.923 WHIP  4BB/21SO  .174BA

Position Player of the Month
OF Jose Benjamin - 18G  .311/.344/.475  6-2B  2-3B  9RBI  6SB:4CS

Honorable mention goes to OF Andy Pineda who hit .316/.350/.395 in 11 games in August prior to his promotion to Tri-City.

DSL ORANGE

Pitchers of the Month (Tie)
LHP Maikel Sepulveda - 4G/4ST  20.1IP  1-0  1.77 ERA/1.131 WHIP  6BB/16SO  .221BA
RHP Yohan Ramirez - 4G/4ST  16.1IP   1-1  1.69 ERA/1.063 WHIP  6BB/9SO  .180BA 

Position Player of the Month
DH/1B Yordan Alvarez - 16G  .341/.474/.500  2-2B  1-3B  1HR  4RBI

DSL BLUE

Pitcher of the Month
LHP Yeremi Ceballos - 7G  13.2IP  1-0  1.32 ERA/0.878 WHIP  5BB/12SO

Position Player of the Month
SS Anibal Sierra - 19G  .317/.463/.556  5-2B  2-3B  2HR  11HR  1SB:3CS  13BB/15SO

Friday, September 2, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, September 1, 2016


Tacoma 2, Fresno 1 in 14 innings

W- Paul Fry (3-1)
L- Eury De La Rosa (0-3)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies walked off with the loss on Thursday to drop their penultimate series of the season.

Colin Moran opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 7th, which turned out to be Fresno's only scoring play. Max Stassi and Jon Kemmer finished with 2 hits apiece.

David Paulino started it off by allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 5 over 5 shutout innings. Aaron West was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen, and in 2 innings, he allowed a hit and struck out 3. Brendan McCurry allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 2 in the 8th. Albert Minnis was next; he allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 2 innings. Jordan Jankowski walked 2 and struck out 2 in a scoreless 12th, and Eury De La Rosa pitched 2+ innings; he faced 3 batters in the 14th and failed to retire any of them, and he also allowed the winning run. De La Rosa allowed 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1.

The Grizzlies will close out 2016 with a 4-game series in Sacramento. Evan Grills will start game 1, and he'll face Dan Slania at 7:05 Pacific.

Frisco 3, Corpus Christi 0

W- Connor Sadzeck (10-8)
L- Francis Martes (9-6)
S- Jefri Hernandez (1)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks offense was held in check on Thursday as they could only muster up 3 hits against Frisco starter Connor Sadzeck. Once their bullpen came in, they didn't fare any better either; they only had one baserunner in the final 3.1 innings.

Drew Ferguson, Ramon Laureano, and Roberto Peña had the hits, all of which were singles.

Francis Martes went 3.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Ryan Deemes was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen and he allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2.2 scoreless, and Ryan Thompson threw 2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and striking out 3.

Rogelio Armenteros will start the series finale, and he'll go up against Jack Snodgrass at 7:05.

Rancho Cucamonga 6, Lancaster 3

W- Mitchell White (1-0)
L- Ralph Garza Jr. (1-1, 6-5 season)

Lancaster home runs: Kyle Tucker (2, 8 season; solo in 1st), Aaron Mizell (7, 9 season; solo in 9th)

The JetHawks were rocked late by the Quakes, who scored all 6 of their runs in the final 2 innings.

Kyle Tucker opened up the scoring with a solo shot in the 1st inning. Marc Wik finished 2-4 with an RBI single in the 5th, and Aaron Mizell pulled a run back with a solo homer in the 9th. Mizell finished 3-3 on the night and scored 2 of the 3 Lancaster runs.

Jose Luis Hernandez turned in an outstanding performance, allowing just 5 hits and striking out 8 over 7 shutout innings. The Quakes got to Ralph Garza Jr. however; in 1.2 innings, he allowed 6 runs (4 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits (2-run homer) and walked 1. Alex Winkelman allowed a hit and got the final out of the 9th, but the damage was done.

The JetHawks will close out the regular season with a 4-game series against Inland Empire. A win will clinch a wild card spot. Game 1 will start at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities 3, Kane County 2

W- David Schmidt (4-3, 5-4 season)
L- Carlos Hernandez (7-11)
S- Justin Ferrell (2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos only had 3 hits in this one, but they managed to emerge victorious.

Hector Perez went 3.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him), a single, walked 6, and struck out 5. David Schmidt allowed 4 hits and struck out 3 in 3.2 innings, and Justin Ferrell struck out 2 over 2 perfect innings to get the save.

Quad Cities scored a couple of runs in the 1st thanks to some miscues from the Cougars. Bobby Wernes doubled to lead off the inning and ended up scoring the first run of the evening on a botched force out attempt that allowed Stephen Wrenn to reach base safely. Kristian Trompiz, who walked and advanced to 3rd on the error, scored on a passed ball as Wrenn stole 2nd. The Cougars tied the game at 2 with a run in the 4th inning, but Pat Porter put the River Bandits back in front with a sac fly in the 5th. Wernes, Trompiz, and Wrenn were in the top third of the lineup, and they had the 3 Quad Cities hits.

Enrique Chavez will start the River Bandits' home finale. He'll take on Sam McWilliams at 7:00.

Tri-City 4, Staten Island 3

W- Angelo Serrano (1-2, 2-3 season)
L- David Sosebee (2-2)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats stunned the Yankees with 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to walk off with the win.

Makay Nelson turned in his best outing as a pro with 5 no-hit innings, walking 1 and striking out 2. Edgardo Sandoval tagged in for 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Angelo Serrano struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Chuckie Robinson opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. This was their only scoring play until the bottom of the 9th; in the meantime, Staten Island took a 3-1 lead.

Rodrigo Ayarza led off the bottom of the 9th with a single, and Carmen Benedetti joined him on the bases with a single. Robinson's sac bunt attempt failed, but Ronnie Dawson drew a walk to load the bases, and Taylor Jones delivered the game-winner, a double that sent everyone home happy.

Ayarza finished 3-4 with a triple and 2 runs scored, while Robinson and Jones had 2 hits apiece.

Tri-City and Staten Island will continue their series at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville and Elizabethton was cancelled

Due to wet grounds. As Thursday was the final day of the Appalachian League regular season, this game will not be made up, and so, the Appy Astros will finish 2016 with a 33-34 record.

The GCL Astros' final game was cancelled, as well.

Thursday's Stars


Makay Nelson, RHP, Tri-City
5 IP, BB, 2 K

Taylor Jones, 1B, Tri-City
2-3, walk-off 3-R 2B in 9th

Rodrigo Ayarza, UTIL, Tri-City
3-4, 3B, 2 R

David Paulino, RHP, Fresno
5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K

Photo by Rich Guill
Jose Luis Hernandez, RHP, Lancaster
7 IP, 5 H, 8 K 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tacoma 5, Fresno 0

W- Joe Wieland (13-6)
L- Chris Cotton (0-1, 1-2 season)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies were kept off the board, and the Rainiers put this game away with 3 runs in the 6th.

Alejandro Garcia had 2 of Fresno's 3 hits in this game, which were all singles. Tyler Heineman had the other single.

Brady Rodgers was pulled after 2 innings, walking 1 and striking out 4. Chris Cotton was the first man out, and in 3 innings, he allowed an unearned run on a groundout, a single, and walked 2. Reymin Guduan only recorded one out in the 6th; he allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him), a single, and walked 2. Kevin Chapman allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 in 1.2 innings, and James Hoyt allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 8th.

David Paulino will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Jarrett Grube at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 4, Frisco 2

W- Trent Thornton (3-1, 10-5 season)
L- Ryne Slack (2-4)
S- Jacob Dorris (3, 13 season)

CC home runs: None.

Trent Thornton delivered yet another fine performance on the mound and the Hooks doubled up the Roughriders to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Thornton allowed 2 runs on 8 hits and struck out 2 in his 8 innings, and Jacob Dorris struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th to get the save.

Drew Ferguson led off the 4th with a triple and scored the Hooks' first run on a sac fly from Mott Hyde. Frisco re-took the lead with a run in the 5th, but Corpus scored the final three runs of the game.

Ferguson drew a two-out walk in the 6th and scored the tying run on a Conrad Gregor triple. J.D. Davis drew a bases-loaded walk in the 7th, and Roberto Peña drove in the final run of the evening with a groundout in the 8th. Ferguson and Nick Tanielu finished with 2 hits apiece in this game.

In game 3 of this series, Francis Martes will face Connor Sadzeck. First pitch is at 7:05.

Lancaster 15, Rancho Cucamonga 1

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (10-4)
L- Felipe Gonzalez (3-7)

Lancaster home runs: Jason Martin (23, 3-run in 8th)

The JetHawks turned this game into a laugher by scoring 11 runs in the final 3 innings.

Everyone in the starting 9+1 scored a run, and Jason Martin, fresh off a 2-homer night, launched another home run.


Brock Dykxhoorn dominated on the mound, allowing 3 hits, walking 2, and striking out 8 over 7 shutout innings. Rancho spoiled the shutout by scoring a run off of Juan Carlos Santos in the 8th. In 2 innings, Santos allowed 6 hits and struck out 1. 

In the series finale, Akeem Bostick will face Chris Anderson. First pitch is at 6:35 Pacific.

Kane County 5, Quad Cities 2

W- Alex Gunn (1-0)
L- Framber Valdez (1-3, 4-4 season)
S- Austin Mason (3)

QC home runs: Stephen Wrenn (3, 12 season; 2-run in 3rd)

Stephen Wrenn's homer gave the Banditos a 2-1 lead, but that was their only scoring play of the game, and the Cougars scored the final 4 runs of the game to win on Wednesday. Bobby Wernes finished 2-4 out of the leadoff spot.

Framber Valdez allowed 3 runs (2 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 6.2 innings. Nick Hernandez got the final out of the 7th and the first two outs of the 8th; he allowed 2 unearned runs that scored after he left, 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Zac Person struck out 1 over the final 1.1 innings.

Hector Perez will start game 2 of this series. He'll go up against Carlos Hernandez at 7:00.

Vermont 5, Tri-City 3

W- Heath Bowers (3-7)
L- Erasmo Pinales (2-3)
S- Dalton Sawyer (3)

TC home runs: Connor Goedert (2, 7 season; solo in 3rd)

The ValleyCats tied the game at 3 in the top of the 6th... but the Lake Monsters quickly broke the tie with a 2-run home run in the bottom of the inning. 

Connor Goedert's solo blast in the 3rd inning put Tri-City on the board and tied the game at 1 at that point. Vermont responded with 2 in the bottom of the 3rd to regain the lead, but the ValleyCats clawed their way back into it, as Rodrigo Ayarza hit an RBI single in the 5th and Taylor Jones ripped an RBI double in the 6th. Ayarza went 2-4 out of the leadoff spot.

Jorge Alcala went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 9. Erasmo Pinales pitched 2 innings, and the 2 runs he allowed came on a home run hit by JaVon Shelby in the 6th inning. Pinales allowed one other hit, walked 2, and struck out 3. Devin Raftery threw a 1-2-3 9th; he got 2 groundouts and recorded a strikeout.

The ValleyCats are back at The Joe for their final home series of the season. Makay Nelson will start the first of a 3-game series with Staten Island at 7:00 Eastern, and he'll go up against his fellow Utahn, Kolton Mahoney.

Greeneville 6, Elizabethton 2

W- Jorge Guzman (2-3, 3-4 season)
L- Domenick Carlini (1-7)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros jumped out to a 5-0 lead to win their penultimate game of the season.

Juan Robles went 3 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Jorge Guzman was the first man out of the bullpen, and all he did in his 4 innings was allow 2 hits and strike out 5. The Twins spoiled the shutout with 2 runs off Reggie Johnson; both of them were unearned. Johnson allowed 2 hits and fanned 2 in his 2 innings of work.

Stijn van der Meer doubled to lead off the bottom of the 1st inning. He advanced to 3rd when Frankeny Fernandez laid down a sacrifice bunt and scored the first run of the evening on an Abraham Toro sac fly. In the 4th, Jonathan Arauz hit a sac fly and Ruben Castro added a 2-run single. Van der Meer hit a one-out single in the 5th and dashed home on a Frankeny Fernandez triple. Castro, who finished 2-4, capped off the scoring with an RBI triple in the 9th. Chaz Pal (2B, R) and van der Meer (2B, 2 R) also finished with 2 hits.

The Appy Astros will wrap up their season tonight at 7:00 Eastern. Diogenes Almengo will take on Jose Martinez.

GCL Astros 5, GCL Marlins 0

W- Bryan Abreu (2-4, 2-5 season)
L- Edward Cabrera (2-6)
S- Hansel Paulino (2)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros busted out for 4 runs in the 4th, and 4 pitchers combined to keep the Marlins off the board.

Tyson Perez made his 2016 debut in the second-to-last game of the season, and he allowed a hit and struck out 1 in a scoreless 1st inning. Bryan Abreu was the first man out, and in 3 innings, he allowed 3 hits and struck out 5. Ronel Blanco allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4 over 2.2 scoreless, and Hansel Paulino walked 1 and struck out 4 over the final 2.1 innings.

Bernardo Heras opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 4th inning, and Brody Westmoreland followed with an RBI single of his own. L.P. Pelletier capped off the scoring in the inning with a 2-run single, and Jose Benjamin ripped an RBI double in the 5th. Benjamin finished 3-4, while Pelletier and Wander Franco both went 2-4.

This game served as the GCL Astros' season finale; today's game with the Cardinals was cancelled due to wet grounds.

Wednesday's Stars

Jose Benjamin, OF, GCL Astros: 3-4, 2B, RBI, R

Lancaster JetHawks
W 15-1 vs. Rancho Cucamonga
Kyle Tucker: 4-5, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
Jason Martin: 3-5, 2B, 3-R HR (23), 4 RBI, 2 R
Aaron Mizell: 2-4, 3B, 3 RBI, R
Brock Dykxhoorn: W (10-4), 7 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 8 K

Jorge Guzman, RHP, Greeneville
W (2-3, 3-4 season), 4 IP, 2 H, 5 K

Ruben Castro, C, Greeneville
2-4, 3B, 3 RBI

Trent Thornton and Jacob Dorris, RHPs, Corpus Christi
Thornton: W (3-1, 10-5 season), 8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 K
Dorris: Save (3, 13 season), IP, 2 K

Getting to Know Astros CF Frankeny Fernandez

When I spoke with Greeneville Astros Manager Josh Bonifay this week about his centerfielder, the first words that came to mind were, "Exciting young player." Later that evening, I would find that the words "Most Valuable Player" could also be used to describe Frankeny Fernandez as the 19-year old Dominican earned those honors for the Greeneville club.

Frankeny Fernandez - August 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Fernandez had a terrific freshman season in the Dominican Summer League in 2014, but was unable to replicate that in 2015. However, he displayed enough tools that I looked for a comeback year in 2016 and he didn't disappoint. Bonifay described Frankeny's season, "He's just been tremendous here all year. He's been a leader in the clubhouse. He leads our team in runs scored. He leads our team in RBIs. Tied for second in doubles with 10. I think he's got four homers, two triples [three after Wednesday's game]. He has 18 bags, going to try to get him to 20 bags [he accomplished this on Tuesday].

"He's been our most consistent player all year. The batting average isn't as high as you'd want, but when the game is on the line, you don't want anybody else at the plate. He's been just outstanding for us. Good leader. Good communicator. He helps with the staff in bridging the gap with some of the Latin players with the language barrier sometimes. Just very exciting. I love having him out in centerfield."

I really enjoyed getting to know Fernandez. He has an outgoing, charismatic personality and obviously loves playing baseball. And knowing that he mastered English in just one year should tell you everything you need to know about his work ethic. I would never, ever bet against his success.




Best of luck, Frankeny, and thank you for your time!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tacoma 5, Fresno 3

W- David Rollins (5-0)
L- Jandel Gustave (3-3)
S- Andrew Kittredge (6)

Fresno home runs: Danny Worth (11, solo in 4th), Nolan Fontana (3, solo in 5th)

The Grizzlies tied the game at 3 in the top of the 8th.... only to see the Rainiers re-take the lead following Mike Freeman's 2-run homer off of Jandel Gustave in the bottom of the inning.

Danny Worth put Fresno on the board with a solo homer in the 4th, and Nolan Fontana led off the 5th with a home run. In the 8th, Colin Moran hit an RBI single that tied the game at that point. D.J. Fisher finished 3-4 with a double and stole a base (2, 25 season).

César Valdez went 7 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3. Jandel Gustave walked 1, struck out 1, and allowed the go-ahead 2-run homer in the 8th, which was the only hit that he allowed in the inning.

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

Corpus Christi 6, Frisco 5

W- Eric Peterson (5-3, 6-3 season)
L- Ariel Jurado (1-3)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks edged the Riders on Tuesday, scoring a run in the top of the 9th to break a 5-5 tie.

Bobby Boyd tripled to lead off the game and opened the scoring on a Preston Tucker groundout. In the 3rd, Boyd hit an RBI double, and Corpus got two more RBI doubles in the 4th from James Ramsay and Roberto Peña, who drove in 2. Peña, whose 3 hits were all doubles, hit another one in the top of the 9th, advanced to 3rd on a groundout, and scored the go-ahead run on a Nick Tanielu single. Boyd, Tanielu, Ramon Laureano, and Conrad Gregor all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Cy Sneed had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 10 hits and striking out 6. Michael Freeman came on for the 7th but failed to retire any of the 3 batters he faced; Freeman allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits and hit a batter. Eric Peterson took ownership of the final 3 innings. He allowed a sac fly to the first man he faced, which allowed one of the two runners he inherited from Freeman to score, but nothing more after that. Peterson allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Trent Thornton will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Scott Carroll at 7:05.

Lancaster 5, Rancho Cucamonga 4

W- Chris Murphy (1-1, 6-8 season)
L- Kevin Brown (0-1)
S- Andrew Thome (3, 7 season)

Lancaster home runs: Jason Martin 2 (22; 2-run in 2nd, solo in 4th)

The JetHawks were doubled up in the hit column (12-6), but they won in the column that matters...

Johnny Sewald led off the bottom of the 1st with a double, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and opened the scoring on a Kyle Tucker groundout. Trent Woodward led off the 2nd with a double, and Jason Martin followed by launching his first home run of the night. Martin whacked his second homer, a solo shot in the 4th inning that put Lancaster up 4-3. Rancho tied the game with a run in the 7th, but Sewald came through with what turned out to be the game-winner, an RBI single in the 8th.

Sewald (2B, RBI, R), Woodward (2B, R), and Martin (2 HR) all finished with 2 hits in the game.

Josh James went 5.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Alex Winkelman came out for an inning of work; he got the final two outs of the 6th and the first out of the 7th. He had an inherited runner charged to him, allowed 2 hits and struck out 1. Chris Murphy allowed a hit and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings, and Andrew Thome worked around a hit to close out the win, striking out 1.

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

Quad Cities was off

The River Bandits will kick off their final home series of 2016 against Kane County tonight at 7. Framber Valdez will face Emilio Vargas

Vermont 7, Tri-City 1

W- Brandon Bailey (2-1)
L- Austin Nicely (5-4)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats were dominated on Tuesday; they were held to just 2 hits in the game. Miguelangel Sierra scored the only Tri-City run on an error in the 2nd inning. Bryan De La Cruz and Marcos Almonte had the hits, which were both singles.

Austin Nicely allowed 5 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 5, and struck out 1. Howie Brey was the first man out, and he walked 2 and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings. Ryan Hartman pitched the final 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer) and struck out 4.

Tri-City and Vermont will wrap up their series at 7:05 Eastern.

Greeneville 10, Elizabethton 8

W- Devon Carr (3-3)
L- Colton Davis (0-2)
S- Lucas Williams (1)

Greeneville home runs: Luis Payano (6, solo in 7th)

The Twins scored 3 in the bottom of the 8th to take a 4-3 lead, but the Appy Astros put up 7 in the top of the 9th to take the lead and withstood a furious rally in the bottom of the 9th to escape with the win.

Frankeny Fernandez got plunked with one out in the 1st. He then stole his way to 3rd and scored the first run of the game on a sac fly from Ray Henderson. Abraham Toro tripled in the 4th and scored on a Carlos Machado groundout, and Luis Payano smacked a solo homer in the 7th.

Machado was the first man to reach in the huge 9th inning; he drew a one-out walk, then advanced to 3rd on a single from Reiny Beltre. Payano was hit by a pitch to load the bases, which prompted a pitching change. Stijn van der Meer promptly put Greeneville back in front with a 2-run double. Fernandez was intentionally walked to re-load the bases, but Henderson made the Twins regret that decision with a 2-run single. Toro added a 2-run single of his own, and Machado drove in Greeneville's final run of the evening with an RBI single in his second plate appearance of the inning.

Toro (3B, 2 RBI, 2 R) and Machado (RBI, R) had 3 hits apiece, while van der Meer was 2-5 out of the leadoff spot.

Cristian Javier went 5 innings and allowed a run on a single, walked 3, and struck out 4. Ben Smith was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen, and in 2.2 innings, he allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him), an RBI single, walked 4, and struck out 4. Devon Carr got the final out of the 8th and the first two outs of the 9th; he allowed a grand slam to Caleb Hamilton in the 9th. Lucas Williams recorded the final out of the game.

Juan Robles will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Domenick Carlini at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Mets 7, GCL Astros 2

W- Nicolas Debora (4-2)
L- Felipe Tejada (1-1, 2-1 season)
S- Enmanuel Berihuete (1)

GCL home runs: None.

Wander Franco went 2-3 with a double and scored the Kissimmee Stros' first run on an Orlando Marquez sac fly in the 7th. He drew a base-loaded walk in the 8th to bring in their other run. César Rosado hit a batter and struck out 4 over the first 2 innings.

Tuesday's Stars

Abraham Toro-Hernandez, 3B, Greeneville
3-5, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Roberto Peña, C, Corpus Christi
3-4, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

Jason Martin, OF, Lancaster
2-3, 2 HR (22), 3 RBI

Cristian Javier, RHP, Greeneville
5 IP, H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, August 29, 2016

Fresno 5, Tacoma 1

W- Mike Hauschild (9-10)
L- Zach Lee (7-13)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies started off their final roadtrip of the season on a winning note.

Mike Hauschild allowed 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. Albert Minnis and Jordan Jankowski both pitched 2 innings out of the Fresno bullpen. Minnis allowed Tacoma's only run on 2 hits and walked 1, while Jankowski walked 1 and struck out 4.

D.J. Fisher led off the game with a double and scored the first run of the evening on a Danny Worth double. Colin Moran followed with a single that brought in Worth. In the 2nd inning, Jon Kemmer hit an RBI single and Nolan Fontana added a sacrifice fly. Fisher hit another double in the 4th that allowed Fontana to score. Fontana led the way in the hit column on Monday, going 3-4 with 2 runs scored and a stolen base. Fisher (2 2B, RBI, R), Moran, and Tyler Heineman all finished with 2 hits in the game.

In game 2 of this series, César Valdez will face Sam Gaviglio. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

San Antonio 6, Corpus Christi 3

W- Seth Simmons (3-3)
L- Kent Emanuel (5-4)
S- Jake Smith (1)

CC home runs: Drew Ferguson (2, 16 season; solo in 1st)

Both teams had three innings in which they scored a run, but the difference here was a 3-run 2nd inning from the Missions.

Drew Ferguson led off the bottom of the 1st with a home run. Bobby Boyd drew a one-out walk in the 4th, stole his way to 3rd, and scored on a sac fly from Mott Hyde. Boyd tripled to lead off the 7th inning and scored on a Nick Tanielu single. With the two stolen bases, Boyd now has 37 on the season.

Kent Emanuel went 5 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1. Kyle Smith was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen, and in 3 innings, he allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Jacob Dorris struck out the side in order in the 9th inning.

The Hooks will finish the regular season on the road. Cy Sneed will start the first of a 4-game series in Frisco against a rehabbing Colby Lewis. First pitch is at 7:05.

Lancaster was off

The JetHawks will begin a 3-game series with Rancho Cucamonga tonight at 6:35 Pacific.

Quad Cities 2, Wisconsin 1 in 10 innings

W- Adam Whitt (4-6)
L- Miguel Sanchez (1-1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos walked off in the first extra frame to snap their 9-game losing streak.

Bobby Wernes led off the bottom of the 1st with a double and scored the first run of the game on a single from Dex McCall. The Rattlers scored a run in the top of the 2nd to tie the game, and that was where it stood until the 10th inning. McCall was involved in both of Quad Cities' scoring plays; he led off the 10th with a single and scored the winning run on a single from Hector Roa. Wernes finished 3-4 out of the leadoff spot, while McCall, Roa, and Arturo Michelena all had 2 hits in the game.

Matt Bower went 5.1 innings and allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. Sebastian Kessay allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 2.2 scoreless, and Adam Whitt struck out 2 over 2 perfect innings.

The River Bandits have today off. Their final home series will be 3 games against Kane County starting tomorrow at 7:00. Framber Valdez will face Emilio Vargas.

Tri-City 3, Vermont 0

W- Dustin Hunt (1-1)
L- Dakota Chalmers (5-3)
S- Abdiel Saldaña (1, 2 season)

TC home runs: None.

There was only one inning in which runs were scored, and the ValleyCats did all of it.

All three Tri-City runs came in the 3rd inning: Ronnie Dawson ripped a 2-run double, and he came around to score on a single from Taylor Jones. Carmen Benedetti finished 2-3.

Meanwhile on the mound... Carlos Sanabria, Dustin Hunt, and Abdiel Saldaña collaborated on the shutout effort. Sanabria allowed 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 6 in his 4 innings. Hunt walked 2 and struck out 2 in 2 innings, and Saldaña allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 over the final 3 innings.

Austin Nicely will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Logan Shore at 7:05 Eastern.

Greeneville 2, Elizabethton 1

W- Ricardo Castro (3-2)
L- Clark Beeker (0-1)
S- Dariel Aquino (1, 4 season)

Greeneville home runs: Ray Henderson (3, solo in 1st)

The Appy Astros salvaged a game from this series with a strong showing on the mound.

Ray Henderson opened the scoring with a solo homer in the 1st, and after the Twins tied the game in the 4th, Jonathan Matute re-established Greeneville's advantage with an RBI single in the 4th.

Lupe Chavez and Ricardo Castro started it off with 4 strong innings apiece. Chavez allowed Elizabethton's only run on a groundout in the 4th, a hit, walked 3, and struck out 6. Castro allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 4. Dariel Aquino walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th to get the save.

Greeneville will finish up its season with a 3-game series in Elizabethton. Cristian Javier will face Alex Schick at 7:00 Eastern.

Monday's Stars


From top: Guadalupe Chavez, Ricardo Castro, and Dariel Aquino, RHPs, Greeneville
Chavez: 4 IP, H, ER, 3 BB, 6 K
Castro: W (3-2), 4 IP, H, 3 BB, 4 K
Aquino: Save (1, 4 season), IP, BB, K

From top: Carlos Sanabria, Dustin Hunt, and Abdiel Saldaña, RHPs, Tri-City
Photos of Sanabria of Saldaña were taken by Bryan Green.
Sanabria: 4 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 K
Hunt: W (1-1), 2 IP, 2 BB, 2 K
Saldaña: Save (1, 2 season), 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K



Photo by Rich Guill
Hector Roa, OF, Quad Cities
2-5, walk-off RBI single in 10th inning

Matt Bower, LHP, Quad Cities
5.1 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Derek Fisher, OF, Fresno
2-5, 2 2B, RBI, R

Mike Hauschild, RHP, Fresno
W (9-10), 5 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K

Monday, August 29, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sacramento 8, Fresno 6

W- Matt Reynolds (1-0)
L- Aaron West (0-2, 5-4 season)
S- Jean Machi (12)

Fresno home runs: Max Stassi (7, 3-run in 2nd)

The Grizzlies coughed up a 6-1 lead in their final home game of the season.

Max Stassi opened up the scoring with his 3-run home run in the 2nd inning. Fresno scored their other 3 runs in the 4th inning on a pair of RBI singles from Alejandro Garcia and Stassi, and Andrew Aplin scored on a wild pitch. Danny Worth went 3-4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored, and Garcia (RBI, 2 R) and Stassi (HR, 4 RBI) had 2 hits apiece.

Keegan Yuhl went 5.1 innings and allowed 6 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 9 hits (2-runs and a solo homer) and struck out 8. Aaron West got the final two outs of the 6th via strikeout, but he allowed 2 runs, one of which was charged to Yuhl and allowed Sacramento to take the lead, on 2 hits and walked 1. Brendan McCurry allowed 2 hits in a scoreless 7th, Kevin Chapman came on for the 8th and an error resulted in an unearned run. He allowed a hit and walked 2 in the inning. James Hoyt walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th.

The Grizzlies will close out the 2016 season with a roadtrip. Brady Rodgers will start the first of a 4-game series in Tacoma at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 6, San Antonio 0

W- Dean Deetz (1-0, 7-5 season)
L- Daniel McCutchen (1-1)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (21, solo in 2nd), Chase McDonald (17, solo in 5th)

Dean Deetz emerged victorious in his Texas League debut, joining forces with Ryan Deemes and Kevin Comer to toss a shutout.

Deetz allowed 6 hits and struck out 9 in 6 innings of work. Deemes allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 in 2 scoreless, and Comer allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 9th.

J.D. Davis led off the bottom of the 2nd with a home run that put Corpus on the board first. Chase McDonald also led off an inning with a home run; he launched his in the 5th. An error in the 6th allowed Davis and Nick Tanielu to score. Drew Ferguson, who reached on the play (which was scored a fielder's choice) and advanced to 2nd on the error, came around to score on a single from McDonald. Davis scored the final run of the evening on an error in the 8th that allowed James Ramsay to reach. Davis (2B, solo HR, 3 R), McDonald (solo HR, 2 RBI), and Mott Hyde all finished with 2 hits in the game.

In the series finale, Kent Emanuel will take on Seth Simmons. First pitch is at 7:05. This will be the final game at Whataburger Field in the 2016 regular season.

Modesto 3, Lancaster 2 in 11 innings

W- Troy Neiman (7-4)
L- Alex Winkelman (0-5, 5-7 season)

Lancaster home runs: None.

The JetHawks scored a run in each of the first two innings, and then they were held off the scoreboard for the rest of the night and ended up walking off with a loss in their final road game of the regular season.

Trent Woodward ripped an RBI double in the 1st inning to open the scoring, and Keach Ballard hit an RBI single in the 2nd to bring in the other Lancaster run. Woodward went 2-4 on the night.

Scott Weathersby went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Kevin McCanna tagged in to throw 4.2 scoreless, allowing 4 hits, walking 2, and striking out 6. The Nuts scored the winning run with an RBI single off of Alex Winkelman with one out in the 11th. This was the only hit that Winkelman allowed in his 1.2 innings, and he issued 2 walks, one of which was intentional.

After a day off, the JetHawks will begin their final homestand of the season with 3 games against Rancho Cucamonga starting Tuesday and 4 with Inland Empire beginning on Friday.

Wisconsin 6, Quad Cities 3

W- Alex Farina (5-2)
L- Tyler Britton (0-1, 3-3 season)

QC home runs: None.

Both teams finished with 7 hits in the game, but the Banditos lost in the column that counts. They have dropped 9 consecutive games.

Both teams scored 2 runs in the 1st inning; Quad Cities' 2 came in the form of a 2-run double from Dex McCall, who finished 3-4 and was a home run short of the cycle. He tripled to lead off the 8th and scored on a Hector Roa single. Kristian Trompiz finished 2-3 and walked twice.

In his Quad Cities debut, Tyler Britton allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 1. Carlos Sierra was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen, and he allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 7. Justin Ferrell struck out 2 over 2 perfect innings.

The Banditos will look to stop their slide as Matt Bower takes the mound. He'll face Miguel Diaz at 7:00.

Lowell 9, Tri-City 6

W- Kevin Steen (3-4)
L- Kevin Hill (1-4)

TC home runs: Taylor Jones (7, 3-run in 4th), Rodrigo Ayarza (2, solo in 5th)

And now, the ValleyCats have been pushed to the brink. One more loss, and they will be eliminated from playoff contention in the New York-Penn League.

Taylor Jones put Tri-City on the board with a 3-run homer in the 4th inning, and Rodrigo Ayarza whacked a solo shot in the 5th. Ronnie Dawson smacked an RBI double in the 9th and came around to score on a single from Jones, who finished 3-5 on the night along with Carmen Benedetti, who hit 2 doubles. Dawson and Brauly Mejia both finished with 2 hits and 2 runs scored.

Kevin Hill went 3 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits (3-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 1. Salvador Montaño allowed 3 runs, a hit, and walked 7 in 2 innings, and Sean Stutzman allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 3 in 4 innings.

Carlos Sanabria will start the first of a 3-game series in Vermont. He'll take on Dakota Chalmers at 7:05 Eastern.

Elizabethton 8, Greeneville 7

W- Quin Grogan (2-2)
L- Reggie Johnson (3-3)

Greeneville home runs: Luis Payano (5, solo in 2nd)

The Twins scored 2 in the top of the 9th to take the lead. The Appy Astros ended up stranding the tying run on 1st base, and with the loss, they have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Chaz Pal opened the scoring with a 2-run double in the 1st inning, and Luis Payano launched a solo homer in the 2nd. Jonathan Matute scored in the 5th when Ruben Castro hit into a fielder's choice,

After Elizabethton scored two in the top of the 7th to take a 6-4 lead, Greeneville responded with 3 in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead. Jonathan Arauz walked to lead it off, and Castro joined him on the bases after getting plunked. Abraham Toro hit into a force out attempt that was botched, which allowed Arauz to score. Reiny Beltre hit an RBI groundout, and Toro wound up scoring on a wild pitch. Payano went 2-4, while Arauz scored twice.

Forrest Whitley went 3 innings and allowed a run on a single, walked 1, and struck out 6. Colin McKee allowed a solo home run to Amaurys Minier and walked 1 in the 4th inning. Luis Ramirez and Carlos Hiraldo both pitched 2 innings; Ramirez allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and struck out 3, and Hiraldo allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Reggie Johnson took ownership of the 9th, and the runner that he inherited from Hiraldo scored, in addition to a run of his own. Johnson allowed 3 hits and struck out 2 in the inning.

In the series finale, Lupe Chavez will face Clark Beeker at 7:00 Eastern.

Sunday's Stars


Forrest Whitley, RHP, Greeneville
3 IP, H, ER, BB, 6 K

Luis Payano, OF, Greeneville
2-4, 3B, solo HR (5)

From top: Dean Deetz, Ryan Deemes, and Kevin Comer, RHPs, Corpus Christi
Deetz: W (1-0, 7-5 season), 6 IP, 6 H, 9 K
Deemes: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Comer: IP, H, BB, K

Max Stassi, C, Fresno
2-4, 3-R HR (7), 4 RBI

Danny Worth, IF, Fresno
3-4, 2 2B, 2 R

Taylor Jones, 1B, Tri-City
3-5, 3-R HR (7), 4 RBI

Kevin McCanna, RHP, Lancaster
4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K

Dexture McCall, 1B, Quad Cities
3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, R; finished HR shy of cycle

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fresno 6, Sacramento 2

W- Evan Grills (1-1, 9-7 season)
L- Matt Cain (1-1)

Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (10, solo in 5th)

The Grizzlies went off on Matt Cain by scoring 5 runs in the 3rd inning.

Evan Grills was excellent in his 6.2 innings; he allowed 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 8. Mac Williamson spoiled the shutout with a 2-run homer off of Jordan Jankowski in the 8th. Jankowski allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings, and Jandel Gustave walked 2 in a scoreless 9th.

Andrew Aplin led off the big 3rd inning with a double, advanced to 3rd on a bunt single from Nolan Fontana, and scored the first run of the night on a Tyler White single. Jon Kemmer smacked an RBI double, and although White was thrown out at home when Alejandro Garcia grounded into a fielder's choice, Colin Moran was able to come through with an RBI single, and Garcia scored on an error that allowed Jon Singleton to reach. Max Stassi brought in the 5th and final run of the inning with an RBI single. Moran, who finished 3-4, led off the 5th with a homer for the final Fresno run. White went 2-5 out of the leadoff spot.

Keegan Yuhl will start the Grizzlies' final home game of 2016. He'll face Clayton Blackburn at 5:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 5, San Antonio 1

W- Rogelio Armenteros (2-0, 8-6 season)
L- Kyle Lloyd (6-7)
S- Ryan Thompson (3, 5 season)

CC home runs: None.

Rogelio Armenteros shined on the mound once again, and he and Ryan Thompson shackled the Missions offense. Meanwhile, the difference in this game was a 4-run 4th inning in the Hooks' favor.

Armenteros went 6 innings, and the one run he allowed came off a solo homer hit by Luis Tejada to begin the 5th. He allowed 5 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Thompson walked 1 and struck out 1 over the final 3 innings.

Nick Tanielu led off the 4th with a double and scored the first run of the night when Preston Tucker followed with a single. Tucker wound up scoring on an error that allowed Conrad Gregor to reach. Drew Ferguson and James Ramsay drove in runs with a single and a groundout, respectively. Ferguson hit a one-out double in the 6th and advanced to 3rd on an error. Ramsay brought him home with a sac fly. Tucker and Ferguson had 2 hits apiece.

Dean Deetz will make his Corpus debut tonight. He'll face Daniel McCutchen at 6:05.

Modesto 8, Lancaster 6

W- Logan Cozart (2-5)
L- Chris Murphy (0-1, 5-8 season)
S- Luis Niebla (16)

Lancaster home runs: Jason Martin (20, solo in 2nd)

This game was tied at 4 after the 4th inning, but the Nuts seized control with 3 runs in the 8th.

Aaron Mizell doubled in the 1st and put Lancaster on the board first by scoring on a passed ball. Jason Martin smacked a solo homer with two outs in the 2nd inning. Both teams scored 2 runs in the 4th; Jamie Ritchie smoked an RBI double and Osvaldo Duarte had a sac fly for the JetHawks. Trent Woodward scored on a botched force out attempt in the 8th, and Bryan Muñiz scored on a wild pitch in the 9th. Muñiz, Woodward, and Ritchie all had 2 hits on the night.

Albert Abreu went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4. Ralph Garza Jr. was the first man out of the Lancaster bullpen; he went 3 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Chris Murphy allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in the 8th.

Scott Weathersby will start the series finale, and he'll take on former Texas Longhorn Parker French at 6:05 Pacific.

Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities 2

W- Jordan Desguin (1-1)
L- Yoanys Quiala (2-11)
S- Nate Griep (22)

QC home runs: Spencer Johnson (2, 10 season; solo in 5th)

The River Bandits have scored just 12 runs during their 8-game losing streak.

Spencer Johnson put Quad Cities on the board with by leading off the 5th inning with a homer, and Pat Porter hit an RBI double in the 6th inning. Dex McCall was thrown out at the plate trying to score the tying run.

Yoanys Quiala went 7 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Zac Person walked 2 and struck out 3 over 1.2 scoreless innings, and David Schmidt got a groudout to record the final out of the 9th inning.

Tyler Britton will make his Quad Cities debut today, and he'll face Jake Drossner at 1:15.

Lowell 5, Tri-City 1

W- Daniel Zandona (5-2)
L- Angelo Serrano (0-2, 1-3 season)

TC home runs: Alex De Goti (2, solo in 9th)

All of the scoring in this game was done in the 9th inning. Unfortunately, the Spinners had the more productive half of the 9th inning.

Alex De Goti's homer in the 9th spoiled Lowell's shutout bid. Bryan De La Cruz finished 2-3.

Edgardo Sandoval went 5 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Makay Nelson was the first man out, and in 2.2 innings, he allowed a hit, walked 4, and struck out 3. Angelo Serrano pitched 1.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits (2-run homer) and walked 1.

Kevin Hill will start the series finale. First pitch is at 5:00 Eastern.

Elizabethton 1, Greeneville 0

W- Tyler Wells (5-2)
L- Patrick Sandoval (2-3)
S- Patrick McGuff (9)

Greeneville home runs: None.

There was one run in this game... and it did not belong to Greeneville. And now, the Appy Astros are on the brink. As Jayne mentioned in today's Farm Report, they'll have to win out to make the playoffs.

Abraham Toro hit a double and stole a base, his 2nd of the season.

Patrick Sandoval went 5 innings and allowed the only run of the game on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Diogenes Almengo walked 1 and struck out 4 over the final 4 innings.

In game 2 of this series, Forrest Whitley will take on Ryan Mason. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.

GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Astros 1

W- Franyel Casadilla (5-2)
L- Leovanny Rodriguez (2-6, 3-6 season)

GCL home runs: None.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the 2nd inning and the Kissimmee Stros couldn't respond.

Gilberto Celestino's sac fly in the 3rd was their only scoring play.

Leovanny Rodriguez allowed 5 runs on 7 hits and struck out 3 over 1.2 innings. Enoli Paredes allowed a hit and struck out 7 over 3.1 innings in relief. Saul Martinez walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 6th. Bryan Abreu was next, and he struck out 2 over 2.1 perfect innings. Manuel Gonzalez recorded the final 2 outs of the 9th via strikeout.

From August 10: DSL Astros Blue 4, DSL Dodgers2 3 in 14 innings

W- Robert Corniel (1-1)
L- Leowis Blanco (2-2)

Blue home runs: Anibal Sierra (2, 3-run in 4th)

The Blue team got outhit 15-6 and walked off with the win.

Anibal Sierra's 3-run homer came all the way back on August 10. Nestor Tejada won the game with an RBI single in the 14th.

Yulian Frontado pitched 3 innings after play resumed and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Yeremi Ceballos allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 8 over 5 scoreless. Robert Corniel allowed 3 hits and walked 1 over 2 innings.

Saturday's Stars

Yeremi Ceballos, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 5 IP, H, 2 BB, 8 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Diogenes Almengo, RHP, Greeneville
4 IP, BB, 4 K

Rogelio Armenteros and Ryan Thompson, RHPs, Corpus Christi
Armenteros: W (2-0, 8-6 season), 6 IP, 6 H (solo HR allowed), ER, BB, 5 K
Thompson: Save (3, 5 season), 3 IP, BB, K

Edgardo Sandoval, RHP, Tri-City
5 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K

Evan Grills, LHP, Fresno
W (1-1, 9-7 season), 6.2 IP, 5 H, BB, 8 K

Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno
3-4, solo HR (10), 2 RBI, 2 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Enoli Paredes, RHP, GCL Astros
3.1 IP, H, 7 K

Astros Farm Report: 8-28

A fat lady update on the Astros MiLB playoff hopes, but first things first ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

8-28: LHP Brett Adcock (21)
8-28: RHP Will Harris (32)
8-30: RHP Juan Santos (21)
8-31: LHP Francisco Villegas (19)
8-31: C Marlon Avea (23)
8-31: RHP Ronel Blanco (23)
9-3: C Brandon Benavente (19)
9-4: RHP Pat Neshek (36)
9-4: IF Nick Tanielu (24)
9-5: OF Jason Martin (21)

Jason Martin - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

The moves have finally slowed down to a trickle after the recent rush of end-of-season promotions.

8-27: RHP Tyler Britton assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities
8-27: RHP Franklin Perez placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL retroactive to 8-25
8-25: RHP Juan Robles assigned from the GCL to Greeneville

STANDINGS/PLAYOFF PICTURE

Let's check in on the Fat Lady Status for each of the Astros minor league clubs.

AAA Fresno 3rd 69-65 .515 6.0GB W1

Fresno has not yet been eliminated thanks to a 4-game losing streak from the first place Tacoma (Mariners) team, but it is the second place Reno (Diamondbacks) team that has benefited most as they have won four in a row and now lag Tacoma by only 2-1/2 games. With an elimination number of four, Fresno has nine remaining games; four of those games are on the road against Tacoma.

FAT LADY STATUS: The fat lady has finished her vocal warmups and is approaching the stage.

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AA Corpus Christi 1st 79-52 .603 0.0GB W2 (Overall)
2nd half: 3rd 32-29 .525 7.0GB W2
(Clinched playoff berth by winning first half)

The Hooks continue to play well down the stretch and recently took three out of four games against their likely first round playoff opponent Midland (A's). There are 9 games remaining in the regular season. The playoffs are slated to start in Corpus Christi on Wednesday, September 7th.

FAT LADY STATUS: With the Hooks guaranteed a first round playoff berth, the fat lady isn't even in the building.

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A+ Lancaster 3rd 72-60 .545 5.0GB L3 (Overall)
2nd half: 1st 37-25 .597 0.0GB L3

The JetHawks are threatening to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, taking a comfortable 5-game lead and reducing it to a 3-game lead over two teams, High Desert (Rangers) and Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers). Lake Elsinore (Padres) is four games behind. Lancaster will play one more game on the road against the 55-77 Modesto Nuts and then will have an off-day on Monday before they host Rancho Cucamonga for three games. The final four games will be at home against the 46-86 Inland Empire 66ers.

FAT LADY STATUS: The fat lady just entered the building. The 'Hawks need to hide the keys to her dressing room!

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A- Quad Cities 6th 58-73 .443 23.5GB L8 (Overall)
2nd half: 6th 27-35 .435 16.0GB L8
ELIMINATED

The River Bandits have eight games left in the season. One can only hope that those eight games go a little better than the last eight.

FAT LADY STATUS: The aria is mercifully at an end.

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SSA Tri-City 3rd 34-33 .507 7.0GB L2

The ValleyCats have gone 3-7 in their last 10 and are on the brink of elimination. With nine games remaining in the season, their elimination number is three. If they don't win against the first place Lowell Red Sox in their final game against that team today, that number will be reduced to one.

FAT LADY STATUS: As Yogi said, "It ain't over 'til it's over," but the fat lady is about to make her entrance.

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Rk+ Greeneville 3rd 30-33 .476 7.0GB L1

With five games left in the season, all of which are against second place Elizabethton (Twins), the Appy Astros elimination number is down to one. They have to win every single remaining game to advance to the playoffs.

FAT LADY STATUS: All the Astros can hope for is that the fat lady develops a sudden case of laryngitis because she is on stage and about to sing.

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The fat lady has finished her aria, taken her bows, been given her roses and is now enjoying a post-performance repast for these teams.

Rk- GCL 5th 21-30 .412 10.0GB L1
ELIMINATED

There are 5 games remaining in their season.

FRk DSL Blue 3rd 42-23 .646 6.5GB W1
ELIMINATED/SEASON OVER

FRk DSL Orange 4th 31-37 .456 16.0GB W2
ELIMINATED/SEASON OVER