Saturday, November 19, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Friday, November 18, 2016

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Connor MacDonald drove in the first of Brisbane's two runs with an RBI single in their 8-2 loss to Canberra.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras went 1-5 and scored a run in Obregón's 5-4, 11-inning loss to Hermosillo.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Thursday, November 17, 2016

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Francis Martes' final appearance of the Arizona Fall League was his best. In five shutout innings, he allowed just two hits, walked two, and struck out seven in Glendale's 3-1 victory over Peoria.

Nick Tanielu capped off a strong showing in Arizona by going 2-4 with an RBI double in the 2nd inning. He would eventually score on a sacrifice fly from Garrett Stubbs.

LIDOM

César Valdéz allowed two hits and struck out four over six shutout frames and got the win as Licey blanked Gigantes 5-0.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras went 2-3 and hit a solo home run in Obregón's 5-3 loss to Navojoa. Heras now has three home runs in the LMP campaign.

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Connor MacDonald was in Brisbane's starting lineup once again, this time at first base. He finished 0-2 with a walk and a strikeout in the Bandits' 8-3 win over Canberra.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, November 16, 2016

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Nick Tanielu had a nice day at the plate, finishing 2-5 with a double and a solo home run in Glendale's 10-0 win over Mesa.

LIDOM

Reymin Guduan got the final out of the 7th in Gigantes' 10-6 loss to Licey.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras opened the scoring with an RBI triple in the 1st inning in Obregón's 5-3 win over Navojoa; he was thrown out at the plate trying for an inside-the-park home run.

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Because Australia is many hours ahead of the Central Time Zone, the ABL has already celebrated its Opening Day.

Connor MacDonald got the start in left field in Brisbane's 3-2 win over Canberra; he was 0-2 with a couple of walks and a couple of strikeouts.

Astros Farm Report: 11-17

Will there be Astros playing in the Arizona Fall League Championship game? That and more in today's Astros Farm Report. But first things first ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

11-16: 2B Alfredo Angarita (20)
11-17: OF Jon Kemmer (26)
11-18: C Anthony Hermelyn (23)
11-18: RHP Yonatan Quintin (20)
11-18: SS Ronaldo Urdaneta (18)
11-19: LHP Framber Valdez (23)
11-21: LHP Chris Cotton (26)

Anthony Hermelyn - May 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

RHP Charlie Morton was signed by the Astros via free agency and was placed on the 40-man roster which now stands at 38.

LHP Evan Grills, a minor league free agent who was originally drafted by the Astros in the 10th round in 2010, was signed by the Rockies.

The 2016-2017 Astros Off-Season Transaction post has been updated here.

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: .200/.304/.200 in 6 games (replaced Laureano on the roster)
OF Jason Martin: .194/.375/.290 w/3-2B 2RBI 9R in 11 games
OF Ramon Laureano: .295/.340/.477 w/ 4-2B 2-3B 8RBI 5SB 12R in 12 games (last played 10/29)
C Garrett Stubbs: .179/.295/.284 w/ 4-2B 1HR 5RBI 13R in 19 games
IF Nick Tanielu: .340/.370/.480 w/ 4-2B 1HR 4RBI 6R in 13 games

RHP Francis Martes: 1-1 in 5 starts with a 4.15 ERA/1.442 WHIP in 17.1IP
RHP Jacob Dorris: 1-1 in 8 games with a 3.38 ERA/2.375 WHIP in 8.0IP
RHP Rogelio Armenteros: 0-0 (1SV) in 8 games with a 11.05 ERA/1.909 WHIP in 7.1IP
RHP David Paulino: 0-0 (1SV) in 5 games with a 0.00 ERA/0.600 WHIP in 5.0IP

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)

OF Andrew Aplin: .147/.231/.147 in 11 games (last played 11/9)
OF Osvaldo Duarte: .000/.000/.000 in 2 games (last played 11/4)
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 (last played 11/9)
LHP Reymin Guduan: 0-1 in 7 games with a 6.75 ERA/1.500 WHIP in 2.2IP
RHP Mike Hauschild: 0-1 in 5 starts with a 2.31 ERA/1.329 WHIP in 23.1IP
RHP Jordan Jankowski: 0-1 in 7 games with a 4.50 ERA/1.667 WHIP in 6.0IP (last played 11/5)
RHP Cesar Valdez (Free Agent): 0-2 in 4 starts with a 4.66 ERA/1.448 WHIP in 19.1IP

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)

OF Leo Heras: .257/.352/.459 w/4-2B 6-3B 2HR 13RBI 21R in 30 games

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)

SS Miguel Sierra: .333/.333/.444 w/1-2B 3RBI in 3 games (last played 11/5)

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LBPRC)

C Roberto Pena (Free Agent): .229/.245/.333 w/5-2B 3RBI 5R in 12 games

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)

The Australian Baseball League started their season today and, because they're halfway around the world, they've already played today's games. Connor MacDonald appeared for the Brisbane Bandits, playing left field and going 0x2 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts in his first appearance.

NEWS AND LINKS

Keep an eye out for Baseball America's Astros Top 10 coming out on Friday. They have the AL East and AL Central up here.

And Friday is also the deadline for Rule 5 protection! Here is my primer explaining the process and identifying the players at risk. And here is Brian MacTaggart's interview with Astros GM Jeff Luhnow regarding some of the players under consideration for protection.

The Arizona Fall League regular season comes to an end today with 5 of 6 teams still vying for a chance to play in the Championship game on Saturday. This post outlines all of the scenarios, but in a nutshell, if Surprise loses their game today and Glendale wins theirs, there will be a few Astros playing for the Championship. The game will be televised on MLB Network starting at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Astros County gives us the inside scoop on the not yet 19-year old RHP Franklin Perez.

Franklin Perez - May 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, November 15, 2016

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Glendale 1, Surprise 0

Nick Tanielu finished 2-4 and drove in the only run of the game with an RBI single in the opening frame. Garrett Stubbs went 0-4, and Alejandro Garcia finished 1-3.

Rogelio Armenteros worked around a couple of hits to throw a scoreless 7th, striking out two, and David Paulino retired the side in order in the 8th.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras hit an RBI triple in the 3rd inning for Obregón in their 10-5 loss to Navojoa.

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Evan Grills turned in another solid start for Santurce and got the win, allowing a run on six hits, walking one, and striking out four in five innings in the Crabbers' 3-1 victory. Roberto Peña doubled and scored a run.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Monday, November 14, 2016

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Mesa 13, Glendale 5

Nick Tanielu doubled to lead off the 4th inning and eventually scored on a Jason Martin groundout. Jacob Dorris pitched the 6th inning, and the one hit he allowed was a three-run home run hit by Ian Happ. Dorris also walked one and struck out one.

And that was it for Astros in the offseason leagues on Monday. Glendale will take on Surprise at 12:35 Mountain.




Monday, November 14, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for the weekend of November 11-13, 2016

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE

Glendale came out with a couple of wins over Scottsdale this weekend.

Francis Martes got the start and the win in the Desert Dogs' 5-2 win on Friday. In four innings, Martes allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits, walked one, and struck out four. David Paulino walked one in a scoreless 6th, and Rogelio Armenteros recorded the final two outs of the 8th inning.

At the plate, Garrett Stubbs finished 1-4 with a run scored, Jason Martin was 0-5, and Nick Tanielu went 1-5.

In the 4-3 win on Saturday, Martin drew a couple of walks and scored a run before getting lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 6th inning. Tanielu singled, walked twice, and drove in the Desert Dogs' first run with a sacrifice fly in the opening frame. Garcia went 0-4 out of the #9 spot.

LIDOM

Friday's games

Reymin Guduan recorded the final out of the 8th with a strikeout in Gigantes' 1-0 loss to Escogido.

Sunday's games

Speaking of Escogido, Mike Hauschild went five innings in his start and allowed an unearned run on two hits, walked four, and struck out one. He did not factor in the decision as Licey scored two runs in the bottom of the 8th to break a 2-2 tie.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Alternate title: The Adventures of Leo Heras. He and Obregón took on Jalisco this weekend.

On Friday, Heras hit an RBI single in the 8th, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, stole third (4), and scored on a sac fly from Ricardo Valenzuela.

In Obregón's rain-shortened 6-1 win on Saturday, Heras walked twice and scored twice. Sunday's game was cancelled.

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Roberto Peña and Santurce took two games over Aguadilla this weekend.

On Friday, the Crabbers won 6-4 in 12 innings. Peña went 2-6 with an RBI double in the 8th. He turned in another two-hit game on Saturday, scoring a run in the 3-0 victory.