Saturday, October 22, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Friday, October 21, 2016

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Peoria 8, Glendale 2

W- Dylan Unsworth (2-0)
L- Chris Anderson (0-2)

Glendale home runs by Astros players: None.

Garrett Stubbs finished 2-3 with a double and scored one of the Desert Dogs' two runs. Jacob Dorris walked two and struck out the side in the 6th inning.

Glendale will face Surprise at 12:35 Mountain.

LIDOM

Licey 4, Escogido 3

Andrew Aplin got the start in center for Licey and finished 0-4.

César Valdéz got the start, and in 4.2 innings, he allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits and struck out 4. Old friend Tommy Shirley got Valdéz out of a jam by getting the final out of the 5th inning.

Gigantes 4, Águilas 0

Jordan Jankowski allowed a hit and struck out 2 in a scoreless 9th for Gigantes.

Estrellas 5, Toros 3

Max Stassi got the start behind the plate for Toros and finished 1-4.

In today's slate of games in the Dominican Republic, Licey and Gigantes will kick off the day at 4:00 Atlantic. The other two games will start at 7:30; Escogido will face Estrellas, while Toros will take on Águilas/

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Hermosillo 6, Obregón 3

Hermosillo won this game despite only getting three hits. Leo Heras went 2-4 with a double in the 1st inning and an RBI single in the 5th inning. He eventually came around to score later in the frame.

These two teams will play again at 6:00 Mountain.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Thursday, October 20, 2016

Happy LIDOM Opening Day!

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Glendale 3, Mesa 2

W- Ryan Brinley (1-0)
L- John Stilson (0-1)
S- Rogelio Armenteros (1)

Glendale home runs by Astros players: None.

Ramon Laureano got the start in center field and in three at-bats out of the #3 spot in the order, he doubled, scored a run, and stole a base (4). Garrett Stubbs was behind the plate and went 0-2 with a walk and scored a run.

Rogelio Armenteros worked around a walk to get the save, striking out two.

The Desert Dogs will take on Peoria at 12:35 Mountain.

LIDOM

Águilas 4, Gigantes 2

The two clubs representing the Cibao region kicked off a new season in the Dominican, and Águilas came out on top thanks to four runs in the seventh inning.

Reymin Guduan came on to pitch the eighth inning for Gigantes, allowing a single and getting the first out of the frame with a strikeout, which was the only out that he recorded.

All six clubs in LIDOM will be in action tonight. Licey will take on Escogido at 7:15 Atlantic, Gigantes and Águilas will square off again at 7:30, and Estrellas will face Toros at 7:30.

*Atlantic Time is one hour ahead of Eastern Time.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Obregón 11, Navojoa 8

Leo Heras finished 1-4 with a triple and two runs scored for Obregón.

The Yaquis are in Hermosillo tonight. First pitch is at 7:30 Mountain.

Astros in the Fall and Winter Leagues

Here is the master list of all players in the Houston Astros organization who will be playing baseball in the fall and the winter.

I promise I'll do a better job of trying to keep track of the offseason leagues this year. Last year was a bit nuts on my end...

LIGA VENEZOLANA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Aguilas de Zulia
C Oscar Campos
SS Kristian Trompiz

Caribes de Anzoategui
Manager Omar Lopez

Tigres de Aragua
SS Miguelangel Sierra

Also, old friend Richard Hidalgo is serving as an assistant hitting coach for Magallanes.

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

The Astros' prospects in Arizona are playing for the Glendale Desert Dogs.

Hitting Coach Darryl Robinson
RHP Rogelio Armenteros
RHP Jacob Dorris
RHP Francis Martes
RHP David Paulino
C Garrett Stubbs
IF Nick Tanielu
OF Ramon Laureano
OF Jason Martin
OF Alejandro Garcia; replaced Laureano

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Brisbane Bandits
1B/OF Connor MacDonald

LIGA DE BEISBOL DE LA REPUBLICA DOMINICANA (LIDOM)

Estrellas Orientales

Gigantes del Cibao

Leones del Escogido

Tigres del Licey

Toros del Este

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO (LMP)

Yaquis del Obregón
OF Leo Heras

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE (PUERTO RICO)

Cangrejeros de Santurce
C Ruben Castro
C Roberto Peña
OF Nestor Muriel

Gigantes de Carolina
RHP Juan Carlos Santos

Indios de Mayagüez
RHP Josh James (listed as a reserve player)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Astros Farm Report: 10-17

Checking in on the Fall and Winter Leagues, but first things first ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

10-17: OF Myles Straw (22)
10-18: RHP Riley Ferrell (23)
10-18: LHP Patrick Sandoval (20)
10-18: RHP Carlos Sierra (22)
10-18: RHP Andrew Walter (26)
10-20: C Ihan Bernal (20)
10-21: RHP Manual Gonzalez (22)
10-22: SS Joan Mauricio (20)
10-23: RHP Gerardo Bojorquez (19)

Patrick Sandoval - August 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Friend of the Blog Wallee Wright is back with some first-hand observations about the Astros participating in the Arizona Fall League!

Wednesday, October 12th

Today was the home opener in Mesa, Spring Training home of the Cubs and A's, so both teams featured Chicago players ... and once again, a lone position player from the Astros was starting - Ramon Laureano. Ramon is clearly too good at this point for the other AA players on the opposition ... first at bat, a two-hopper to the third baseman, playing behind the bag, and when the third-sacker nonchalantly played the ball Ramon beat the throw to first and scored a batter later on a home run. Second at bat, a laser over the center fielder's head, one-hopping the 410 sign for a triple, then scoring on a sac fly ... third at bat another laser splitting the left and center fielders, one-hopping the fence for a ground rule double.

Ramon Laureano - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Ramon Laureano was a man among boys in that game ... the balls he hit for the triple and double looked and sounded like batting practice home runs - you almost expected the hide to fly loose from the core. I did not stay for more since Laureano was the whole show in a very dull game at a second-rate ball park surrounded by obnoxious Cubbie fans.

Friday, October 14th

Interesting evening, sitting amongst the New Yawkers, like an evening watching Friends ... no Tebow on the field but two or three Tebow jerseys on youngish ladies in the stands. Jason Martin powdered a ball to left center his first time up, one-hopping the wall ... the league is getting an introduction to Jason and Ramon Laureano - both those young men really square up the ball. Forewarned is forearmed though ... by Martin's third time up the left and center fielders were playing well back and his high fly to left center was corralled on the warning track. In an odd move in the sixth the Glendale manager, Aaron Rowland, pinch hit Laureano for his DH ... odd because his DH was two-for-two with a double at that point. Ramon made him look good nonetheless with a base hit to right for an RBI ... Laureano was one-for-two on the evening, Martin was two-for-four. Rogelio Armenteros made a cameo appearance as an informal batting practice pitcher in the Scottsdale fourth inning ... he throws hard but does not appear to know how to pitch - one powder river pitch went off the catcher's glove and nearly knocked the home plate umpire down.

General Observations on Week One

To summarize the week for our guys: hitting, great; catching, good; and pitching, not so great - though a very small sample.

Garrett Stubbs got three starts during the week, catching two of the Desert Dogs five games and DH-ing the other ... only two-for-eleven hitting, though with a home run and a walk, but he threw out three of five steal attempts. Jason Martin, who is apparently the Astros' Taxi Squader, sneaked into one game going two-for-four with a double and a walk ... the double was a rocket to left center that jumped the fence. Ramon Laureano did not see action until Wednesday, but played in every one of the remaining four during the week ... small wonder, all he did was go eight-for-fourteen with two infield and two outfield singles, two doubles, two triples, two walks and, just for variety's sake, three stolen bases. Ramon leads the league in batting average and triples, is tied for the lead in stolen bases, and is second in OPS ... not so bad for a 2014 sixteenth round pick. [Laureano is hitting .571/.588/1.000 in his first four games.] Nick Tanielu has not appeared and may not be healthy or in Arizona.

Rogelio Armenteros endured a really rough inning-and-two-thirds in two appearances ... enough said. Francis Martes had a similarly tough inning-and-two-thirds in a start ... though 1.2 innings is hardly a reasonable sample to make an assessment of their ability to compete successfully at this level. Jacob Dorris and David Paulino each threw one inning this week, each giving up a hit but no runs ... Dorris also earned a relief win while striking out two batters.

Wallee Wright

As a side note, in Jacob Dorris' one appearance, he was throwing his specialty ...

WINTER LEAGUES

Play has also started in the Venezuelan Winter League and the Mexican Pacific League, but the only Astros farmhand to participate so far is OF Leo Heras who spent the majority of his 2016 season on loan to the Mexican League. In five games for Obregon, he is hitting .118/.250/.353 (his only two hits so far have been a double and a home run).

The Dominican Winter League is scheduled to start on Thursday. Those rosters haven't been published yet, but I have seen that Fresno OF Andrew Aplin will be participating, as well as Fresno RHPs Mike Hauschild and Jordan Jankowski.

Fall/Winter League Start Dates
Venezuelan Winter League (LVBP) - 10/9
Arizona Fall League (AFL) - 10/11
Mexican Pacific League (LMP) - 10/11
Dominican Winter League (LIDOM) - 10/20
Puerto Rican Winter League (LBPRC) - 10/27
Australian Baseball League (ABL) -11/7 (Exhibitions start 11/7; season starts 11/17)

NEWS AND LINKS

LEAGUE TOP PROSPECTS

Baseball America finished rolling out their League by League Top 20 prospects. Here are the Astros minor (and some now major) leaguers who made the cut.

Gulf Coast League
#20: RHP Lupe Chavez

Appalachian League
#14: SS Miguelangel Sierra

New York-Penn League
#19: OF Daz Cameron

Midwest League
#4: OF Kyle Tucker
#10: RHP Franklin Perez
#14: RHP Albert Abreu

California League
#20: OF Ramon Laureano

Texas League
#1: SS Alex Bregman
#3: RHP Francis Martes
#5: RHP David Paulino
#9: OF Teoscar Hernandez
#18: OF Derek Fisher

Pacific Coast League
#8: 1B A.J. Reed
#9: RHP Joe Musgrove
#14: OF Teoscar Hernandez

THE MILBYS

Voting for the annual MiLBy Awards is open through October 5th. Vote early and vote often!!! You can vote for the Astros system, the Hooks, the JetHawks, James Hoyt, Alex Bregman and Joe Musgrove in various categories. Old WTHB friends Brett Phillips and Josh Hader are also in the mix.