Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Astros Farm Report: 8-30

For obvious reasons, those of us in Houston haven't been overly focused on baseball the past few days, but I think it's important to start bringing back my little piece of normal to the equation. My heart breaks for my City and the people in it who have lost so much and I will do what I can to help over the next weeks, months and years. And that starts with this tiny step towards normal.

There are many, many opportunities to contribute financially toward the Harvey recovery. And if you wish to volunteer, here are several Texas organizations that you can contact. This recovery will take a long time so do what you can, give what you can.

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

8-29: C Carlos Canelon assigned to Tri-City from Corpus Christi
8-28: RHP Kevin Comer placed on the 7-day DL
8-27: RHP James Hoyt optioned to Fresno from Houston
8-27: 1B Troy Sieber placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL
8-26: C Eduardo de Oleo assigned to Corpus Christi from Fresno
8-25: OF Carlos Machado assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
8-25: RHP Cristofer Melendez (DSL) released
8-24: LHP Tony Sipp sent to Fresno for a rehab assignment
8-24: RHP Michael Feliz sent to Fresno for a rehab assignment
8-24: SS Carlos Correa sent to Fresno for a rehab assignment
8-24: RHP Will Harris sent to Fresno on a rehab assignment
8-24: RHP Lance McCullers sent to Fresno on a rehab assignment
8-24: C Juan Centeno optioned to Fresno from Houston
8-24: RHP Cesar Rosado (Quad Cities) activated from the DL
8-23: RHP Angel Heredia (Corpus Christi) sent to Tri-City for a rehab assignment
8-23: 2B Nick Tanielu (Corpus Christi) sent to the GCL for a rehab assignment
8-22: OF Myles Straw assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
8-22: Ronnie Dawson assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
8-22: RHP Dustin Hunt (Quad Cities) released
8-22: SS/2B Cody Bohanek assigned to Quad Cities from Greeneville
8-22: OF J.J. Matijevic assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City

A complete(ish) list of August transactions/roster moves to date can be found here.

STANDINGS

Collectively, all of the Astros MiLB affiliates combined went 25-35 over the last week, but several are still in the postseason hunt (at least theoretically).  Fresno has gone 3-4 since the last update and are clinging to any postseason hopes by a thread as they trail Reno (D'Backs) by three and a half games with only six games to play (all road games against .500+ teams) while all of Reno's remaining games are against a sub-.500 team. Not impossible, but increasingly unlikely. Corpus Christi is in even worse shape; with another six days in the season, it will only take one Hooks loss or one Missions win to officially eliminate them from the postseason. After going 3-4 over their last seven games, Buies Creek is still in the driver's seat as they lead Down East (Rangers) by four games with six games left on the schedule. But to make things interesting, their final four games are against Down East. Quad Cities (4-3 in their last seven games) first clinched a playoff berth and then clinched the division and home field advantage since my last update. The Banditos will have the luxury of getting their squad ready for the playoffs with six games still to play in the regular season.

On the short season side, Tri-City didn't benefit from a schedule that saw them playing 10 games in eight days; their 2-8 record over that time frame dropped them to third place with nine games left on the regular season schedule. A lot of things will have to go right for the ValleyCats if they wish to extend their season beyond September 7th. Greeneville can't catch the division leader, but they don't have to since both the first and second place teams advance to the postseason. They are currently tied with Johnson City with two games left to play. Johnson City is coming off a five-game losing streak and is hosting the East Division leader for their final two games while Greeneville (3-5 over their last eight) is on the road playing the Princeton Rays (29-36) who are on a four-game win streak. In the event of a tie between Greeneville and Johnson City, Greeneville owns the season series between the two teams and will advance. The GCL (2-3 since last report) have officially been eliminated from the post season and will be playing their final game of the season on Saturday. The two DSL teams ended their seasons on Saturday.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE/PACIFIC NORTHERN DIVISION
AAA Fresno 2nd 74-62 .544 3.5GB L2

TEXAS LEAGUE/SOUTH DIVISION
AA Corpus 3rd 61-70 .466 13.0GB W3 (Overall)
AA Corpus 3rd 27-34 .443 6.0GB W3 (Second Half)

CAROLINA LEAGUE/SOUTHERN DIVISION
HiA Buies Creek 1st 73-60 .549 -.-GB W2 (Overall)
HiA Buies Creek 1st 36-27 .571 -.-GB W2 (Second Half)

MIDWEST LEAGUE/WESTERN DIVISION
LoA Quad Cities 1st 78-54 .591 -.-GB L1 (Overall)
LoA Quad Cities 1st 41-23 .641 -.-GB L1 (Second Half)

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE/STEDLER DIVISION
SSA Tri-City 3rd 32-35 .478 5.5GB L1

APPALACHIAN LEAGUE/WEST DIVISION
Rk+ Greeneville 3rd 33-32 .508 6.5GB L1

GULF COAST LEAGUE/EAST DIVISION (ELIMINATED FROM POSTSEASON)
Rk GCL Astros 3rd 25-25 .500 6.5GB L1

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE/NORTH DIVISION (ELIMINATED FROM POSTSEASON/SEASON OVER)
FRk DSL Orange 7th 27-44 .380 16.5GB W2

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE/NORTHWEST DIVISION (ELIMINATED FROM POSTSEASON/SEASON OVER)
FRk DSL Blue 5th 38-33 .535 9.0GB W1

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