Thursday, November 24, 2016

Astros Farm Report: Thanksgiving Edition

A little bit of news, some minor league updates, but first things first ...

TWEET OF THE DAY
WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

11-23: C Alvaro Alvarez (19)
11-24: RHP Francis Martes (21)
11-25: RHP Erasmo Pinales (22)
11-26: OF Renaigel Martis (19)
11-27: LHP Luis Ramirez (21)
11-28: IF Yeuris Ramirez (18)
11-28: RHP Derick Velazquez (23)
11-29: RHP Dean Deetz (23)
11-30: RHP Agapito Barrios (23)

Erasmo Pinales - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

I've updated the Astros 2016-2017 Off-Season Transactions post here. Of particular note, former Astro/Grizzly IF Danny Worth signed a contract worth $700,000 with the SK Wyverns team in South Korea. The Wyverns are being managed by Astros 2016 Bench Coach Trey Hillman. Also of note to Astros and Grizzlies fans, 2012 Astros 2nd round draft pick IF Nolan Fontana was claimed off waivers by the Angels this week. I wish them both the best as they take the next steps in their baseball journeys. (Friend of the blog Larry McCoy is also reporting that Roberto Pena has signed with the White Sox as a minor league free agent, but I haven't seen confirmation of that yet.)

Nolan Fontana - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ASTROS FALL/WINTER LEAGUE UPDATES

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

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE (AFL) - SEASON OVER

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: .171/.280/.271 w/ 4-2B 1HR 6RBI 13R in 20 games
IF Nick Tanielu: .352/.379/.500 w/ 5-2B 1HR 5RBI 7R in 14 games

RHP Francis Martes: 2-1 in 6 starts with a 3.22 ERA/1.299 WHIP in 22.1IP
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: .125/.217/.125 in 14 games
OF Osvaldo Duarte: .000/.000/.000 in 2 games (last played 11/4)
OF Teoscar Hernandez: .143/.143/.286 in 5 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 (last played 11/9)
LHP Reymin Guduan: 0-1 in 9 games with a 6.00 ERA/2.667 WHIP in 2.2IP
RHP Mike Hauschild: 0-1 in 5 starts with a 2.31 ERA/1.329 WHIP in 23.1IP (last played 11/13)
RHP Jordan Jankowski: 0-1 in 7 games with a 4.50 ERA/1.667 WHIP in 6.0IP (last played 11/5)

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)

OF Leo Heras: .257/.357/.441 w/4-2B 6-3B 3HR 14RBI 26R in 37 games

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)

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

Dustin also looked at the Liga Paralela (Venezuelan minor league) a couple days ago to see how a few of our Baby 'Stros are doing.

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LBPRC)

RHP Juan Santos: 0-0 in 3 games with a 3.00 ERA/1.000 WHIP in 3.0IP

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (ABL)

1B Connor MacDonald: .182/.438/.182 in 4 games

NEWS AND LINKS

No Astros minor leaguers were protected at the deadline in advance of the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. Here is the list of the players that the Astros may lose.

Pinstriped Prospects looks at Albert Abreu who the Astros traded to the Yankees as a part of the Brian McCann deal. I'm linking to this mainly because Robert used one of my photos of Abreu for the piece and actually asked my permission. What a concept!

Matt Eddy at Baseball America really dug down deep as he looked at the minor league free agent class. A few former Astros make appearances in the analysis.

And, in anticipation of BA's Prospect Handbook that will come out early next year, they whetted our appetite with the Astros Top 10 prospects. Drumroll please ...

1. RHP Francis Martes
2. OF Kyle Tucker
3. RHP David Paulino
4. RHP Franklin Perez
5. 1B A.J. Reed
6. RHP Forrest Whitley
7. OF Teoscar Hernandez
8. 3B/1B Yulieski Gurriel
9. OF Derek Fisher
10. C Garrett Stubbs

The main analysis is insider only, but the Top Tools list and some other info is available here.

And the Astros announced that their Advanced A affiliate will be playing at Campbell University in Buies Creek (pronounced BOO-ees), North Carolina for the next two seasons as their new stadium in Fayetteville, NC is being built.

And finally, I was feeling a thankful for all of you (and a little nostalgic) last night and I decided to stroll down memory lane by posting some photos from my Astros MiLB trips in 2012. Check out my timeline for those and stay tuned as I intend to continue the journey over the next week or so.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, November 22, 2016

LIDOM

Reymin Guduan was tasked with getting Gigantes out of a rough 5th inning against Licey, but he allowed a hit and issued a couple of walks while failing to record an out in the 10-2 loss.

Teoscar Hernandez was 0-4 as Toros walked off with a 6-5 loss against Águilas.

LIGA PARALELA

Alfredo Angarita singled, drove in a run, and scored twice as the Bravos/Caribes team romped to an 11-1 win over Magallanes.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras went 1-4 in Obregón's 3-1 loss to Los Mochis.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Monday, November 21, 2016

With the Arizona Fall League season over, it's shaping up to be a pretty quiet winter...

LIDOM

Teoscar Hernandez went 0-4 in Toros' 3-1 win over Águilas.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras finished 1-4 with a walk and a run scored as Obregón topped Los Mochis 7-6 in 11 innings.

LIGA PARALELA (VENEZUELA)

Not many Astros players have featured in Venezuela's main league, LVBP, but a few of them are playing in the Liga Paralela, the LVBP's minor league. Here's where they are playing, and their stats:

Bravos/Caribes
IF Alfredo Angarita: 8 games, .333/.333/.500, 3B, RBI, 3 R

Caracas
OF Nestor Tejada: 19 games, .234/.296/.277, 3B, 6 RBI, 7 R, 3 SB
RHP Gabriel Pirela: 1 appearance, 3.86 ERA, 2.1 IP, H, ER, 2 K, 0.43 WHIP

La Guaira
LHP Jose Orta: 1 appearance, 0.00 ERA, IP, BB, 2 K, 1.00 WHIP

Lara
RHP Jonger Ochoa: 1 appearance, 27.00 ERA, 0.1 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB

Ochoa was signed in July 2016; his signing was mentioned in an Astros press release announcing the signing of Anibal Sierra. He'll begin his professional career next season.

Zulia
C Oscar Campos: 10 games, .344/.400/.438, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 6 R, SB
IF Ronaldo Urdaneta: 8 games, .091/.130/.091, R

Monday, November 21, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for November 19-20, 2016

LIDOM

Saturday's games

Andrew Aplin appeared as a defensive replacement in Licey's 3-1 loss to Escogido and grounded out in his only plate appearance in the 9th inning.

Teoscar Hernandez made his LIDOM debut for Toros on Friday and finished a home run shy of the cycle and scored a run in a 3-1 win over Estrellas.

Sunday's games

Toros topped Escogido 4-2; Teoscar went 0-5 with a couple of strikeouts. Aplin was 0-2 in Licey's 3-0 loss to Águilas.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras finished 2-3 with a walk and scored a run in Obregón's 4-3 loss to Hermosillo on Saturday and went 0-4 with a walk and a run scored in an 8-2 win on Sunday.

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Roberto Peña singled and walked before getting lifted for a pinch-hitter in Santurce's 6-5 loss to Mayagüez on Saturday.

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Brisbane took their first series of the year with a 4-2 win over Canberra on Sunday. Connor MacDonald singled to lead off the 6th inning and scored the Bandits' first run on a single from Thomas Milone. MacDonald reached on an error in the 8th and was credited with an RBI on the play.

The Bandits will travel to Perth for a four-game set beginning on Thursday.