Friday, December 23, 2016

Astros Winter League Recaps

Results for December 21 and 22, 2016

LIDOM

Teoscar Hernandez went 0-5 with two strikeouts over the last two games, but Toros knocked off Licey twice, winning 5-2 on Wednesday and walking off with a 3-2 win on Thursday.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Leo Heras finished 0-4 as Obregón's 9th-inning rally in Culiacán fell just short on Wednesday; they dropped that game by a final of 6-4. He went 1-4 in a 4-2 loss on Thursday.

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Santurce topped Aguadilla twice, winning 6-3 on Wednesday and 10-1 on Thursday.

Drew Ferguson tripled and scored twice from the top of the Santurce lineup in Wednesday's contest. On Thursday, he finished 2-3 and scored two more runs out of the leadoff spot.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Astros Winter League Recaps

Results for December 19 and 20, 2016

LIDOM

Monday: Toros 2, Escogido 1

Teoscar Hernandez reached on an error in the 2nd and scored on a two-run double from Alen Hanson. His one hit was a double in the 4th inning.

Tuesday: Toros 5, Estrellas 4 in 10 innings

Teoscar laid down a sacrifice bunt that drove in a run in the 2nd inning and singled in the 4th.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Tuesday: Culiacán 3, Obregón 2 in 11 innings

Leo Heras drew three walks in this game, one of which came with the bases loaded in the 4th inning. His one hit was a bunt single in the 1st that loaded the bases, but Obregón was unable to capitalize on the situation.

LIGA VENEZOLANA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Monday: La Guaira 5, Aragua 3

Marwin Gonzalez went 0-2 with a walk.

Tuesday: Magallanes 3, Bravos 1

Jared Mortensen threw a 1-2-3 6th inning for Magallanes.

LIGA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL ROBERTO CLEMENTE

Tuesday: Santurce 4, Carolina 1

Drew Ferguson went 1-3 at the top of the Santurce lineup.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Astros Farm Report: 12/20

No fake news here! Just a chance to catch up with the Baby 'Stros ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

12-20: 3B Abraham Toro-Hernandez (20)
12-21: LHP Yeremi Ceballos (18)
12-23: RHP Scott Weathersby (25)
12-27: C Ray Henderson (21)
12-27: RHP Tyson Perez (27)

Abraham Toro-Hernandez - August 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

The transaction front has slowed down a bit. The cumulative offseason transaction list has been updated with the following moves and can be found here.

12-19: C Juan Centeno signed to a minor league contract with a spring training invite
12-19: RHP Jose Rivera assigned to the DSL (19-year old Dominican signed 10/19)
12-19: RHP Luis de Paula assigned to the DSL (20-year old Dominican signed 11/4)

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)
(Final regular season game is Thursday 12/22)

OF Andrew Aplin: .114/.216/.114 in 19 games
OF Osvaldo Duarte: .000/.000/.000 in 6 games (only 4 at bats)
OF Teoscar Hernandez: .164/.239/.230 w/2-2B 1-3B 3RBI 6R in 17 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: 1-1 with 1 save in 14 games with a 6.75 ERA/2.250 WHIP in 8.0IP
*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)

*Claimed by the Rangers in the Rule 5 draft

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE (LMP)
(Regular season ends Friday, 12/30)

OF Leo Heras: .267/.373/.456 w/8-2B 8-3B 5HR 22RBI 38R in 58 games

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)
(Regular season ends Thursday, 12/29)

IF Marwin Gonzalez: .174/.269/.174 in 14 games
SS Miguel Sierra: .333/.333/.444 w/1-2B 3RBI in 3 games (last played 11/5)

RHP Jared Mortensen: 0-0 in 2 games with a 3.86 ERA/1.286 WHIP in 2.1IP

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)
(Regular season ends Friday, 12/30)

C Juan Centeno: .235/.327/.282 with 4-2B 9RBI in 26 games
OF Drew Ferguson: .211/.250/.368 with 1HR 1RBI in 5 games

RHP Juan Santos: 0-0 in 5 games with a 6.23 ERA/1.616 WHIP in 4.1IP

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (ABL)
(Regular season ends Sunday, 1/29/17)

1B Connor MacDonald: .172/.286/.241 with 1-2B 1HR 10RBI 6R in 19 games

NEWS AND LINKS

You can tell it's been a slow news week when the top Astros stories are the signing of a back-up catcher, the sighting of a new Astros minor leaguer in winter ball (Drew Ferguson) and a bird problem at the Astros new Spring Training facility. (You may need a hat to shield yourself from more than the sun at spring training games!) Let's hope the same won't be said of the stadium being built for the Astros new High A team in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where the Astros officially signed a 30-year lease last week.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Astros Winter League Recaps

Results for December 16-18, 2016

LIDOM

Friday: Toros 6, Águilas 0

Teoscar Hernandez went 1-4 with two strikeouts.

Saturday: Licey 2, Gigantes 1

Andrew Aplin appeared as a pinch-runner in the 8th and finished the game in left field. He did not have a plate appearance.

Saturday: Toros 5, Águilas 3

Teoscar went 0-4. He also went 0-4 in Toros' 6-1 loss to Escogido on Sunday.

LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO

Obregón took on Los Mochis this weekend, here's how Leo Heras fared.

Heras was 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in a 5-2 win on Friday. He went 0-3 in an 8-2 loss on Saturday, and on Sunday, he hit an RBI single that accounted for Obregón's only run in a 3-1 defeat.

LIGA VENEZOLANA DE BEISBOL PROFESIONAL

Now, let's check in on Marwin Gonzalez.

He went 0-4 on Friday as Aragua topped Caracas 8-6 and 0-2 with a walk and a run scored in their 9-2 win over La Guaira on Sunday.

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE

Next, we'll check up on Connor MacDonald, who is back in his homeland with the Brisbane Bandits.

The Bandits played a doubleheader with Adelaide on Saturday; MacDonald went 1-3 in game 1, which was a 4-3 win for the Bite. He went 0-2 with a walk in game 2, a 3-0 Brisbane victory. MacDonald finished 0-4 with a run scored as the Bite won 6-4 on Sunday.