Friday, December 2, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wait, it's December already?

LIDOM

Gigantes 11, Licey 6

Reymin Guduan got the final out of the 8th and the first out of the 9th for Gigantes, but he allowed three runs on three hits. Well, two of those runs were inherited runners that were charged to him.

Andrew Aplin came on as a defensive replacement for Licey and went 0-2 with a run scored.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Navojoa 8, Obregón 7 in 11 innings

Leo Heras finished a home run shy of the cycle in five trips to the plate; he tripled in the 6th, doubled in the 8th, hit an RBI single in the 10th, and also stole a base, his 6th of the LMP campaign.

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Melbourne 8, Brisbane 0

Tough night for the Banditos as they were held to just two hits. Connor MacDonald went 0-3 and struck out twice.

LIGA COLOMBIANA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Samir Caraballo, an infielder who played in the Dominican Summer League in 2016, is playing winter ball in his native Colombia with the Leones de Montería.

He is currently 3-20 with a couple of runs scored for his club, slashing .150/.150/.227.

According to the league's Wikipedia page, the Rentería Foundation, led by former Major League shortstop Edgar Renteria, owns and operates the league. As such, former MLB players from Colombia are heavily involved with the league.

The LCBP has four teams: Barranquilla, Sincelejo, Montería, and Cartagena, all of which are located on the Caribbean coast. Population-wise, Montería is slightly larger than Corpus Christi.

Astros Farm Report: 12-2

A preview of the Winter Meetings, but first things first ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

12-2: SS Miguelangel Sierra (19)
12-2: IF Kristian Trompiz (21)
12-4: 1B/OF Jose Abel Hernandez (21)
12-4: RHP Joe Musgrove (24)
12-6: IF Eduardo Guzman (22)
12-6: 1B Taylor Jones (23)
12-6: RHP Franklin Perez (19)
12-7: Frankeny Fernandez (20)
12-8: C Oscar Campos (20)

Taylor Jones - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

There have been zero transactions that I've seen over the last week or so, but that is likely the calm before the storm as the Winter Meetings will be quickly upon us. Here's a reminder of all the transactions that have taken place so far this off-season.

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: .122/.229/.122 in 16 games
OF Osvaldo Duarte: .000/.000/.000 in 2 games (last played 11/4)
OF Teoscar Hernandez: .171/.256/.257 (1-2B 1-3B) in 9 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 10 games with a 12.27 ERA/2.182 WHIP in 3.2IP
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: .269/.370/.449 w/5-2B 7-3B 3HR 15RBI 28R in 43 games

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)

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

Dustin is also keeping an eye on the Liga Paralela (Venezuelan minor league) every day so check in with him to see how a few of our Baby 'Stros are doing there.

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LBPRC)

RHP Juan Santos: 0-0 in 4 games with a 8.10 ERA/1.800 WHIP in 3.1IP

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (ABL)

1B Connor MacDonald: .192/.364/.192 in 8 games

NEWS AND LINKS

It's been a slow news week, but look for that to change next week when the Winter Meetings are held in National Harbor, Maryland. Here's an overview of the meetings, including a link to a detailed schedule of events. And here is a look at the meetings from a minor league perspective. The meetings will, of course, culminate with the Rule 5 Draft which will take place at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, the 8th. Here is my primer on how the Rule 5 Draft works, including a list of players that are at risk for the Astros.

Baseball America weighs in on the top prospects who appeared in the Arizona Fall League in 2016. Astros RHP Francis Martes comes in at #6 on the list.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, November 30, 2016

LIDOM

Licey 4, Toros 1

Teoscar Hernandez went 0-4 for Toros, while Andrew Aplin appeared as a pinch-runner in the 7th for Licey and came around to score one of their three runs in the inning.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Navojoa 5, Obregón 2

Leo Heras went 0-2 and drew a couple of walks for Obregón.

LIGA PARALELA

La Guaira 2, Bravos/Caribes 1

Alfredo Angarita went 0-4 with three strikeouts for the Bravos/Caribes squad.

Lara 7, Caracas 2

Nestor Tejada was 1-3 and scored one of Caracas' two runs.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for November 28-29, 2016

LIGA PARALELA

Nestor Tejada went 0-4 with a walk and two strikeouts in Caracas' 2-2 tie with Caimanes on Monday. He appeared as a pinch-hitter and then took over as the designated hitter on Tuesday, going 0-2 in a 4-4 tie with Aragua.


LIDOM

Tuesday's games

Andrew Aplin came into Licey's game as a defensive replacement in the 5th inning, going 0-1 with a walk in their 5-1 loss to Estrellas.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras went 1-3 in Obregón's 9-1 to Navojoa on Tuesday.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Astros Fall and Winter League Recaps

Results for November 24-27, 2016

How did the Astros playing overseas fare during this Thanksgiving holiday?

LIDOM

Friday's games

Teoscar Hernandez finished 1-3 with a walk and scored a run in Toros' 5-3 win over Águilas. This was the only game that was played that night; the other two were rained out, which has been a problem in the Dominican this season.

Saturday's games

Teoscar went 1-4 and scored on a two-run single from Eugenio Velez, which turned out to be the decisive hit in Toros' 3-2 win over Estrellas.

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

The Brisbane Bandits split their series with Perth this past weekend. Connor MacDonald finished 3-15 with a run scored, two walks, and seven strikeouts. He was 2-3 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, which Perth won 2-1.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras weent 3-10 at the plate as Obregón swept Mexicali in a three-game series, their last one before the All-Star break. Heras also took part in the LMP All-Star Game and got the start in right field, striking out in both of his plate appearances.

LIGA PARALELA

Thursday's games

Nestor Tejada went 2-4 for Caracas in their 5-3 loss to Bravos/Caribes.

Eduardo Guzman was 0-2 in Zulia's 6-5 win over Aragua.

Juan Infante came on as a pinch runner and scored in La Guaira's 7-6 win over the Tigers.

Friday's games

Ronaldo Urdaneta went 1-3 with a double, but it was a long night for Zulia as they got thrashed 15-2 by Lara.