Saturday, July 8, 2017

Astros Farm Report: 7-8

So many roster moves, so little time ... but first things first!

STANDINGS

Collectively, all of the Astros MiLB affiliates went 34-26 over the last week. Of the full season affiliates, Quad Cities has done the most to improve their stock, winning seven straight games and claiming sole possession of first place. Fresno slipped a bit; after taking 12 in a row, they lost the next three games and dropped one game further behind Reno (D'Backs) in the standings. Buies Creek's 5-2 record for the week was enough to propel them to a tenuous first place standing for the second half, only a half game in front of the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers). And, following a rough trip to Arkansas, the Hooks are back home, hosting the Arkansas teams. Their 3-4 week dropped them to third place in the second half standings, but they are 2-1 in the current homestand and are looking to build on that.

As to the short season teams, the Appy League Greeneville team has been rocking and rolling from 3rd place to first (only a half game in front of the Elizabethton Twins) by going 6-0 for the week. The more advanced Tri-City team has not fared as well; their 3-4 week has dropped them another game behind in the standings, but they are on a two-game win streak. Both the Gulf Coast League (1-5 for the week) and the Dominican Summer League Orange Team (0-6 for the week) have had less than stellar weeks, but the DSL Blue Team's 5-2 record for the week was enough to take them from a tie for third place in the division to a tie for second place.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE/PACIFIC NORTHERN DIVISION
AAA Fresno 2nd 47-41 .534 7.0GB L3

TEXAS LEAGUE/SOUTH DIVISION
AA Corpus 2nd 41-44 .482 9.0GB W1 (Overall)
AA Corpus 3rd 7-8 .467 2.0GB W1 (Second Half)

CAROLINA LEAGUE/SOUTHERN DIVISION
HiA Buies Creek 2nd 47-39 .547 1.5GB L1 (Overall)
HiA Buies Creek 1st 10-6 .625 -.-GB L1 (Second Half)

MIDWEST LEAGUE/WESTERN DIVISION
LoA Quad Cities 1st 49-35 .583 -.-GB W7 (Overall)
LoA Quad Cities 1st 12-4 .750 -.-GB W7 (Second Half)

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE/STEDLER DIVISION
SSA Tri-City T-3rd 7-10 .412 4.0GB W2

APPALACHIAN LEAGUE/WEST DIVISION
Rk+ Greeneville 1st 11-4 .733 -.-GB W6

GULF COAST LEAGUE/EAST DIVISION
Rk GCL Astros 4th 4-6 .400 2.5GB L2

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE/NORTH DIVISION
FRk DSL Orange 8th 10-20 .333 9.5GB L6

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE/NORTHWEST DIVISION
FRk DSL Blue T-2nd 18-12 .600 1.0GB W2

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

MLB.com release regarding the Astros International Signings

7-7: RHP J.B. Bukauskus (1st round pick) signed (assigned to the GCL)
7-7: C Michael Papierski (9th round pick) signed (assigned to Tri-City)
7-7: RHP Kyle Serrano (10th round pick) signed
7-7: RHP Brian Bielak (11th round pick) signed
7-7: RF Jonathan Lacroix (12th round pick) signed
7-7: OF Andres Santana (29th round pick) signed
7-7: RHP Ralph Garza assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
7-7: OF Bryan de la Cruz assigned to Corpus Christi from Tri-City
7-7: RHP Kevin Hill assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
7-7: RHP Robert Corniel assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
7-7: RHP Dayan Diaz optioned to Fresno from Houston
7-7: RHP Casey Coleman (Fresno) released
7-7: LHP Brian Holmes (Fresno) released
7-7: RHP Andrew Thome assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
7-7: RHP Jacob Dorris assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
7-7: OF Chas McCormick (21st round) assigned to Buies Creek from Greeneville
7-7: RHP Jesus Belaguer (23-year old Cuban signed by the Astros in April) assigned to Tri-City from Greeneville
7-7: LHP Yeremi Ceballos (DSL) placed on the 7-day DL
7-7: RHP Christopher Javier (DSL) placed on the 7-day DL
7-6: RHP Jordan Jankowski activated from the Fresno DL
7-6: RHP Nick Hernandez assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
7-6: RHP Erasmo Pinales assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
7-6: RHP Lucas Williams activated from the Quad Cities 7-day DL
7-5: RHP Joe Musgrove recalled to Houston from Fresno
7-5: LHP Ashur Tolliver optioned to Fresno from Houston
7-5: C Trent Woodward placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
7-5: LHP Luis Ramirez assigned to the GCL from Tri-City
7-5: RHP Jheyson Caraballo assigned to the GCL from Greeneville
7-5: RHP Elieser Hernandez (Buies Creek) sent on a rehab assignment to the GCL
7-5: C Ihan Bernal assigned to Corpus Christi from the GCL
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan OF Wilyer Abreu
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan OF Yimmi Cortabarria
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan OF Yefri Carrillo
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan OF Abraham Castillo
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan OF Frankln Pinto
7-4: Agreed to terms with Brazilian OF Victor Mascai (also listed as Victor Coutinho)
7-4: Agreed to terms with Mexican RHP Valente Ballozo
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan RHP Luis Garcia
7-4: Agreed to terms with RHP Flaer Gonzalez
7-4: Agreed to terms with Dominican RHP Alfredi Jimenez
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan RHP Jairo Lopez
7-4: Agreed to terms with Dominican LHP Cristofer Mezquita
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan LHP Ricardo Leon
7-4: Agreed to terms with Dominican SS Enmanuel Morillo
7-4: Agreed to terms with Dominican SS Junior Marte
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan SS Javier Bermudez
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan C Carlos Hurtado
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan C Richard Toro
7-4: Agreed to terms with 3B Marco Van der Wijst (assigned to the DSL 7-7)
7-4: RHP Tyler Ivey assigned to Tri-City from the GCL
7-2: Signed 20-year old Dominican RHP Flaer Gonzalez (assigned to the DSL 7-6)
7-2: Signed 18-year old Venezuelan RHP Hecduar Barcenas
7-2: Signed 19-year old Dominican RHP Alex Blanco (assigned to the DSL 7-7)
7-2: Signed 17-year old Dominican RHP Jose Betances (signed for $300K per Baseball America); assigned to the DSL 7-7)
7-2: Signed 18-year old Dominican RHP Ernesto Jacquez (assigned to the DSL 7-7)
7-2: Signed 17-year old Dominican RHP Manny Ramirez (assigned to the DSL 7-6)
7-2: Signed 16-year old Brazilian RHP Heitor Tokar (No. 50 per Baseball America/listed as 6'7" 250#!!!)
7-2: Signed 17-year old Dominican RHP Diosmerky Taveras (assigned to the DSL 7-7)
7-2: LHP Framber Valdez assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
7-2: RHP Rogelio Armenteros assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
7-2: RHP Forrest Whitley assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
7-2: RHP Cesar Rosado assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
7-2: RHP Matt Ruppenthal (17th round) assigned to Tri-City
7-2: RHP Cristian Javier assigned to Tri-City from Buies Creek
7-2: RHP Juan Robles assigned to Tri-City from Greeneville
7-2: LHP Francisco Villegas assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-2: RHP Jheyson Caraballo assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-2: OF Carlos Diaz (14th round) assigned to the GCL
7-2: RHP Brendan Feldmann (NDFA) assigned to the GCL
7-2: LHP Ashur Tolliver recalled to Houston from Fresno
7-2: RHP Josh James placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
7-2: RHP Charlie Morton on rehab assignment to Corpus Christi
7-1: OF Carmen Benedetti activated from the Quad Cities 7-day DL
7-1: OF Bryan de la Cruz assigned to Tri-City from Quad Cities
7-1: LHP Reymin Guduan optioned to Fresno from Houston
7-1: RHP Dayan Diaz recalled to Houston from Fresno
7-1: RHP David Paulino (Houston) placed on the restricted list

Other draft picks and non-drafted free agents who have signed but haven't been assigned to a team yet: RHP Corbin Martin (2nd round) and RHP Peter Soloman (4th round) plus four of the six players whose signings were announced on July 7th. Six players (out of 42 total) went unsigned at the July 7th deadline; the highest round of those unsigned was the 23rd round.

The Social Media post with info on both draftees and non-drafted free agents is here and all players who have currently signed are indicated in bold.

NEWS AND LINKS

In case you missed it, I checked in on the June Astros MiLB standouts here and I looked at the early Dominican Summer League standouts here.

Baseball America had this insider only take on Franklin Perez's work to tweak his slider.

Friend of the blog LHP Josh Hader got his first major league win against the Yankees last night.


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