Friday, November 11, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Thursday, November 10, 2016

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Surprise 3, Glendale 1

Garrett Stubbs had two at-bats and hit a double in one of them. Jason Martin appeared as a pinch-hitter in the 9th and grounded out.

Francis Martes will get the start for Glendale today as they take on Scottsdale in the late game. First pitch is at 6:35 Mountain.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras went 2-5 and scored a run in Obregón's 6-5, 12-inning victory over Mazatlán.

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Roberto Peña went 0-4 with two strikeouts and a stolen base in Santurce's 3-1 loss to Carolina. Evan Grills, who took the loss, went four innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and struck out two.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, November 10, 2016

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Everyone in Glendale's lineup recorded a hit in their 10-0 romp over Salt River. Nick Tanielu finished 2-5 and scored two runs. Garrett Stubbs singled and scored the Desert Dogs' first run on a Courtney Hawkins double in the 2nd inning, and he drew a bases-loaded walk in the 4th. Alejandro Garcia finished 1-5 out of the #9 spot in the order.

LIDOM

Andrew Aplin went 1-4 out of the leadoff spot for Licey in their 5-0 loss to Toros. César Valdéz, who got the start and took the loss, went five innings and allowed three runs on seven hits, walked one, and struck out two.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras went 0-3 with a couple of walks and a strikeout in Obregón's 4-3, 10-inning win over Mazatlán.

Astros Farm Report: 11/10

Fall/winter league info, a reminder about the Rule 5 and Laureano gets some love, but first things first ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

11-9: OF Juan Infante (20)
11-11: 2B Ryne Birk (22)
11-11: OF Andy Pineda (20)
11-11: OF Johnny Sewald (23)
11-13: RHP Chris Devenski (26)
11-14: LHP Nathan Thompson (23)

Ryne Birk - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

I started up the cumulative 2016-2017 off-season transaction post which you can find here. I'll pin this to the sidebar and keep it updated throughout the off-season.

FALL/WINTER LEAGUE UPDATES

Here is how your Astros have fared thus far in fall/winter league play:

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE (AFL)

OF Alejandro Garcia: .231/.375/.231 in 4 games (replaced Laureano on the roster)
OF Jason Martin: .300/.481/.450 w/3-2B 1RBI 8R in 7 games
OF Ramon Laureano: .295/.340/.477 w/ 4-2B 2-3B 8RBI 5SB 12R in 12 games
C Garrett Stubbs: .179/.303/.286 w/ 3-2B 1HR 5RBI 12R in 16 games
IF Nick Tanielu: .333/.355/.400 w/ 2-2B 1RBI 4R in 8 games

RHP Francis Martes: 0-1 in 4 starts with a 4.73 ERA/1.500 WHIP in 13.1IP
RHP Jacob Dorris: 1-1 in 7 games with a 0.00 ERA/2.429 WHIP in 7.0IP
RHP Rogelio Armenteros: 0-0 (1SV) in 6 games with a 14.29 ERA/2.118 WHIP in 5.2IP
RHP David Paulino: 0-0 (1SV) in 3 games with a 0.00 ERA/0.667 WHIP in 3.0IP

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)

OF Andrew Aplin: .133/.229/.133 in 10 games
OF Osvaldo Duarte: .000/.000/.000 in 2 games
C Max Stassi: .400/.400/.400 in 2 games (last played 10/22)

RHP Edison Frias: 0-0 in 2 games with a 4.50 ERA/0.500 WHIP in 2.0IP
LHP Reymin Guduan: 0-1 in 6 games with a 7.71 ERA/1.715 WHIP in 2.1IP
RHP Mike Hauschild: 0-1 in 4 starts with a 2.95 ERA/1.364 WHIP in 18.1IP
RHP Jordan Jankowski: 0-1 in 7 games with a 4.50 ERA/1.667 WHIP in 6.0IP
RHP Cesar Valdez (Free Agent): 0-1 in 3 starts with a 4.40 ERA/1.395 WHIP in 14.1IP

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)

OF Leo Heras: .256/.350/.456 w/4-2B 4-3B 2HR 10BI 17R in 25 games

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)

SS Miguel Sierra: .333/.333/.444 w/1-2B 3RBI in 3 games

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LBPRC)

C Roberto Pena (Free Agent): .200/.226/.300 w/3-2B 2RBI 3R in 8 games

LHP Evan Grills (Free Agent): 2-0 in 2 starts with a 1.64 ERA/0.909 WHIP in 11.0IP
RHP Juan Santos: 0-0 in 1 game with a 9.00 ERA/2.000 WHIP in 1.0IP (last played 10/29)

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (ABL) - starts regular season 11/17

NEWS AND LINKS

Friend of the Blog Ian Madden came up with this report about how current and former Aussie Astros did in the U23 World Baseball Cup:
As you may be aware the U23 World Baseball cup was just played in Monterrey Mexico. Just to update you, Australia won Silver beaten by Japan. In the Australian side was Connor MacDonald who won the home run award -- he had a great competition belting 2 home runs in the game against Panama, and 4 in total for the duration. Others to mention were ex-Astros Jared Cruz and Lachlan Madden. It was good to see both current and past Astros in a very good Australian side that came into the competition as the under dogs making it through to the Gold Medal match only to come up against the number 1 ranked Japanese side.

MacDonald was also named the tournament's All-World Team first baseman.

Bobby DeMuro of the Knuckleball Blog has a serious man-crush on Astros up-and-coming OF Ramon Laureano.

And speaking of Ramon Laureano, MiLB released their all-organization Astros minor league team with Laureano as a member. Three of the players named made their major league debuts in 2016.

As a reminder, the deadline for protecting player's in advance of December's Rule 5 draft is November 18th this year (as the 20th falls on a weekend). Here is my primer on the draft, along with the Astros players who will be eligible.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for November 7-8, 2016

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Glendale lit up the scoreboard on Monday with a 15-3 waxing of Peoria. Most of the damage was done by non-Astros players, but Garrett Stubbs walked twice and scored twice. Nick Tanielu missed out on the party, going 0-2. Rogelio Armenteros retired the side in order in the 8th inning, striking out 1.

Tuesday was the exact opposite for the Desert Dogs as they got smacked by Scottsdale 13-3. Alejandro Garcia hit an RBI single in the 8th inning, and Jason Martin singled, scored a run, and stole two bases. Jacob Dorris struck out two in a scoreless 6th inning, working around a walk and a single to put up that zero.

LIDOM

Licey topped Escogido 3-2 on Tuesday. Andrew Aplin finished 1-2 with a walk for Licey. Mike Hauschild got the start for Escogido and allowed a run on four hits, walked two, and struck out six in 5.2 innings.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras went 0-2 with a walk and a run scored in Obregón's 4-2 win over Mazatlán on Tuesday.

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Roberto Peña was 0-4 in Santurce's 2-0 win over Carolina on Monday.

2016-2017 Astros Off-Season Transactions

I'm starting up the ongoing Astros off-season transaction list to keep track of the comings and goings at both the major and minor league levels. I'll keep the post updated throughout the winter with a link on the sidebar of the blog.

40-MAN ROSTER MOVES (Currently stands at 38 as of 9:00 AM April 9)

3-21: C Max Stassi cleared waivers and outrighted to AAA Fresno
3-18: C Max Stassi placed on waivers
3-13: LHP Kevin Chapman claimed off waivers by Braves
3-12: LHP Kevin Chapman reportedly placed on waivers
12-5: LHP Ashur Tolliver claimed off waivers from Angels
12-5: OF Carlos Beltrán signed as a free agent
11-23: OF Josh Reddick signed as a free agent
11-23: IF Nolan Fontana claimed off waivers by Angels
11-22: 1B Jon Singleton cleared waivers and outrighted to AAA Fresno
11-17: C Brian McCann acquired in trade from Yankees
11-16: RHP Charlie Morton signed as a free agent
11-5: LHP Reymin Guduan added to the 40-man roster
11-4: RHP Pat Neshek traded to Phillies for a PTBNL
11-3: C Jason Castro elected free agency
11-3: RHP Doug Fister elected free agency
11-3: OF Colby Rasmus elected free agency
11-3: 3B Luis Valbuena elected free agency
11-3: OF Norichika Aoki claimed off waivers from the Mariners

NEW TO THE SYSTEM

OF Norichika Aoki - Waiver Claim from Mariners
C Jose Mario Barajas - 18-year-old from Mexico signed on January 10
OF Carlos Beltrán - Free Agent signing
IF Reid Brignac - Minor league free agent signing (invited to Spring Training)
C Juan Centeno - Minor league free agent signing (invited to Spring Training)
C Freddy Chirino - 17-year-old from Venezuela signed on December 5
RHP Luis de Paula - 20-year old from the Dominican Republic signed November 4th
RHP Dayan Diaz - Minor league free agent signing (invited to Spring Training)
RHP Fredis Guerrero - 20-year-old from the Dominican Republic signed on December 7
LHP Denilson Lugo - 19-year-old signed February 13
RHP David Martinez - former Astro signed to MiLB free agent contract
C Brian McCann - Acquired from Yankees for RHP Jorge Guzman and RHP Albert Abreu
RHP Charlie Morton - Free Agent signing
RHP Jared Mortensen - Rule 5 draft pick from Rays (Minor league phase)
C Eduardo de Oleo - Rule 5 draft pick from D-Backs (Minor league phase)
RHP Wender Oberto - 17-year-old from Venezuela signed on November 17
LHP Cionel Perez - Cuban pitcher signed to a minor league contract
LHP Antonio Pujols - 18-year-old from the Dominican Republic signed on September 26
RHP Carlos Quintero - 17-year-old from Venezuela signed on December 20
OF Josh Reddick - Free Agent signing
RHP Fabricio Reina - 17-year-old signed March 22
LHP C.J. Riefenhauser - Minor league free agent signing (invited to Spring Training) - released
RHP Jose Rivera - 19-year old from the Dominican Republic signed on October 19th
RHP Bryan Solano - 19-year-old from Costa Rica signed March 30
LHP Ashur Tolliver - Waiver claim from Angels
RHP Renny Ugarte - 19-year-old from Venezuela signed on September 2
3B Oliver Van Der Wijst - 19-year-old from the Dominican Republic signed on March 8
LHP Nathanael Ventura - 21-year-old signed February 13

NO LONGER IN THE SYSTEM (Includes Free Agents who may be re-signed)

RHP Albert Abreu - Traded to Yankees for Brian McCann
C Marlon Avea - Released
IF Keach Ballard - Released
RHP Agapito Barrios - Released
3B Kolbey Carpenter - Released
C Jason Castro - MLB Free Agent - Signed with the Twins
LHP Kevin Chapman - Claimed off waivers by Braves
LHP Chris Cotton - Released
OF Angel De Leon - Released
LHP Eury de la Rosa - MiLB Free Agent
RHP Doug Fister - MLB Free Agent
IF Nolan Fontana - Claimed off waivers by Angels
1B Connor Goedert - Released
RHP Manuel Gonzalez - Released
1B Conrad Gregor - Released
LHP Evan Grills - MiLB Free Agent - Signed with the Rockies
IF Eduardo Guzman - Released
RHP Jorge Guzman - Traded to Yankees for Brian McCann
RHP Mike Hauschild - Selected by Rangers in major league phase of Rule 5 draft
C Tyler Heineman - Traded to Brewers for PTBNL or cash
OF Leo Heras - Released
OF Edgar Lorenzo - Released
1B Cristopher Luciano - Released
C Jorge Martinez - Released
C Kevin Martir - Released
RHP Kevin McCanna - Released
1B Chase McDonald - Released
OF Brauly Mejia - Released
2B Aaron Mizell - Released
2B Chan Moon - MiLB Free Agent
RHP Chris Murphy - Released
RHP Makay Nelson - Released (had been placed on restricted list a week earlier)
RHP Pat Neshek - Traded to Phillies for cash
LHP Austin Nicely - Released
OF Chaz Pal - Released
C Roberto Pena - MiLB Free Agent - Signed with the White Sox
LHP Zac Person - Released
LHP Bryan Radziewski - Released
OF James Ramsay - Released
OF Colby Rasmus - MLB Free Agent - Signed with the Rays
LHP C.J. Riefenhauser - granted unconditional release during Spring Training
OF/1B Hector Roa - Released
RHP Juan Santos - Released
RHP David Schmidt - Released
RHP Angelo Serrano - Released
OF Nestor Tejada - Released
RHP Josue Uribe - Released
3B Luis Valbuena - MLB Free Agent - Reportedly signing with the Angels
RHP Cesar Valdez - MiLB Free Agent - Signed with the Athletics
3B Bobby Wernes - Released
RHP Adam Whitt - Released
IF/OF Marc Wik - Reportedly retired during the offseason
IF Danny Worth - MiLB Free Agent - Signed with the SK Wyverns (South Korea)

OTHER MOVES

4-4: SS Jonathan Arauz suspended 50 games for testing positive for methamphetamine
12-22: RHP Brendan McCurry suspended 50 games for testing positive for methamphetamine
1-13: RHP Makay Nelson suspended 50 games for testing positive for an amphetamine - released

Monday, November 7, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Sunday, November 6, 2016

LIDOM

Licey 8, Águilas 2

Andrew Aplin was 0-3, but he hit a sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning and scored two runs.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Obregón 4, Culiacán 2

Leo Heras finished 3-4 with a two-run single in the 3rd inning for the Yaquis.

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Carolina 4, Santurce 3

Roberto Peña drove in the game's first run with an RBI single in the 4th; it was also his only hit of the game.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for November 4-5, 2016

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Glendale defeated Peoria 5-1 on Friday.

Garrett Stubbs got the start behind the plate and doubled, walked, and scored a run. Nick Tanielu finished 2-4 with a double, and Alejandro Garcia singled, walked, and scored a run.

In Saturday's Fall Stars Game, Francis Martes came on for the 5th inning and allowed three runs on three hits; two of those runs scored on a home run hit by Ryan McMahon.

The Glendale Desert Dogs will be back in action on Monday when they take on Peoria.

LIDOM

Friday's games

Reymin Guduan got Alberto Tirado out of a predicament by recording the final two outs in the 7th inning of Gigantes' 8-2 win over Licey.

Osvaldo Duarte entered Estrellas' game with Escogido in the 10th inning as a pinch-runner. He was caught trying to steal second base for the final out of the inning.

Saturday's games

Guduan ended up taking the loss against Estrellas after a rough 6th inning. He was the first man out of the bullpen, but he committed an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt which allowed the two runners he inherited from Alec Asher to score. He issued a walk to the only other batter he faced, and the two runners he left on both came around to score. Jordan Jankowski got the final out of the 6th and worked around a couple of singles to throw a scoreless 7th. In 1.1 innings, Jankowski struck out two.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras went 2-4 with a run scored in Obregón's 8-1 win over Culiacán on Friday and went 0-4 with a couple of strikeouts in a 2-1 loss on Saturday.

LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Miguelangel Sierra came on as a pinch-hitter in Aragua's game with Magallanes on Saturday and struck out

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

On Friday, Santurce suffered their first loss of the season as they were no-hit by Mayagüez. Roberto Peña went 0-3.