Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Astros Farm Report: 8-1

Birthdays, standings, roster moves/transactions and a couple of former Astro updates ...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THESE AUGUST ASTROS BABIES

Jonathan Arauz - August 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

8-1: RHP Kevin Comer (25)
8-2: RHP Dustin Hunt (23)
8-3: OF Drew Ferguson (25)
8-12: RHP Jesus Balaguer (24)
8-12: RHP Tanner Duncan (23)
8-12: RHP Kevin Hill (25)
8-16: RHP Peter Solomon (21)
8-18: C Evan Gattis (31)
8-19: IF Alex DeGoti (23)
8-19: OF Fildex Perfecto (19)
8-21: OF Derek Fisher (24)
8-22: DH Reid Russell ( 22)
8-24: RHP Alex House (21)
8-28: LHP Brett Adcock (22)
8-28: RHP Will Harris (33)
8-31: RHP Ronel Blanco (24)

STANDINGS

Collectively, all of the Astros MiLB affiliates went 33-30 over the last eight days. The biggest news is that Fresno, going 6-2 during that period, went from a tie with Reno (D'Backs) to first place, two games in front of Reno. On the other side of the coin, Quad Cities (2-5) dropped to second place, one-half game behind the very hot Beloit (A's) team. Corpus Christi (3-5) remains in second place, but have dropped another game behind San Antonio (Padres) in the second half standings with the third and fourth place teams nipping at their heels. Buies Creek is 4-4 in their last eight games and remains in roughly the same position as last report; however, second place is now occupied by Carolina (Brewers), with that team trailing by six.

All of the short season teams managed at least a .500 record over the last eight days. Greeneville (5-3) remains in second place, but the Elizabethton Twins have been padding their lead with a 5-game win streak. Tri-City (4-3) is still in third place, but have picked up a game on the leader. The GCL Astros have gone 3-3 since last report which has been good enough to keep them in second place, but not enough to keep them from falling further behind the GCL Nationals, owners of a 7-game win streak. Both the DSL Astros Orange team (3-3) and the Blue team (3-2) have improved their standings a tiny bit, but are in roughly the same position as last report; with that said, the Orange team did go from 8th place to 7th place, so there's that.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE/PACIFIC NORTHERN DIVISION
AAA Fresno 1st 69-44 .596 -.-GB W1

TEXAS LEAGUE/SOUTH DIVISION
AA Corpus 2nd 52-56 .481 11.0GB L3 (Overall)
AA Corpus 2nd 18-20 .474 4.0GB L3 (Second Half)

CAROLINA LEAGUE/SOUTHERN DIVISION
HiA Buies Creek 1st 62-46 .574 -.-GB W1 (Overall)
HiA Buies Creek 1st 25-13 .658 -.-GB W1 (Second Half)

MIDWEST LEAGUE/WESTERN DIVISION
LoA Quad Cities 1st 59-46 .562 -.-GB L1 (Overall)
LoA Quad Cities 2nd 22-15 .595 0.5GB L1 (Second Half)

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE/STEDLER DIVISION
SSA Tri-City 3rd 18-21 .462 3.5GB W1

APPALACHIAN LEAGUE/WEST DIVISION
Rk+ Greeneville 2nd 21-16 .568 3.0GB W1

GULF COAST LEAGUE/EAST DIVISION
Rk GCL Astros 2nd 16-12 .571 3.0GB L2

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE/NORTH DIVISION
FRk DSL Orange 7th 17-29 .370 10.5GB L1

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE/NORTHWEST DIVISION
FRk DSL Blue 3rd 25-21 .543 5.0GB L2

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

Teoscar Hernandez - April 2013
Photo by Jayne Hansen

7-31: OF Teoscar Hernandez (Fresno) traded to Toronto, along with Houston OF Nori Aoki, for LHP Francisco Liriano
7-31: 1B A.J. Reed recalled to Houston from Fresno
7-31: RHP Jumbo Diaz signed by Houston and assigned to Fresno; 33-year old with 173 bullpen appearances over 4 seasons in the majors with the Reds and Rays
7-31: RHP Michael Feliz recalled to Houston from Corpus Christi
7-30: LHP Reymin Guduan recalled to Houston from Fresno
7-29: IF Colin Walsh signed with Houston and assigned to Corpus Christi; 27-year old who played 38 MLB games in 2016 for Milwaukee
7-29: 3B Tyler Wolfe (Corpus Christi) released
7-29: RHP Ronaldo Marrero assigned to Tri-City from the GCL
7-29: DH Reid Russell assigned to Greeneville from Tri-City
7-19: SS Enmanuel Valdez (GCL) activated from the suspended list
7-28: 1B Connor MacDonald (Tri-City) released
7-27: RHP Michael Feliz optioned to Corpus Christi from Houston
7-27: C Abraham Toro-Hernandez assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
7-27: RHP Ricardo Castro (Tri-City) activated from the suspended list
7-27: C Gabriel Bracamonte assigned to Tri-City fromQuad Cities
7-27: 1B Colton Shaver assigned to Tri-City from Greeneville
7-26: RHP Will Harris sent to Buies Creek on a rehab assignment
7-26: RHP Cesar Rosado placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL
7-26: RHP Jesus Balaguer assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
7-25: LHP Ashur Tolliver outrighted to Fresno
7-25: RHP James Hoyt optioned to Fresno from Houston
7-25: OF Derek Fisher recalled to Houston from Fresno
7-25: RHP Andrew Walter (Corpus Christi) released
7-25: OF Kyle Tucker activated from the Corpus Christi DL
7-25: 3B Wander Franco assigned to the GCL from Quad Cities
7-24: IF Jack Mayfield assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
7-24: RHP Kyle Smith (Fresno) released
7-24: 3B Tyler Wolfe assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek

A complete list of all published July roster moves/transactions can be found here.

FORMER ASTROS FARM HAND UPDATES

RHP Troy Scribner, traded to the Angels in March 2016 for cash considerations, is the latest Friend of the Blog to make his major league debut. Signed by the Astros in June 2013 as a non-drafted free agent out of Sacred Heart University (CT), Scribner bucked the odds by not only making it to the bigs, but also earning a win in his first appearance. I interviewed Scribner in late July 2014 (and I more or less predicted that he would make it). Congratulations to Troy!!

RHP Aaron West, released by the Astros in July, was quickly picked up by the Mariner's organization and has been assigned to their AA Arkansas affiliate. West was first drafted by the Astros in the 17th round in 2012 and quickly became a fan favorite. We at WTHB wish Aaron nothing by the best.

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