Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Astros Fall/Winter League Update: 10/11

While the Astros are ALCS bound, let's check in on a few Astros minor leaguers who are currently playing in fall and winter leagues.

Kyle Tucker - August 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen


The Mesa Solar Sox fell 7-4 to the Scottsdale Scorpions in the first night of AFL play. Three Astros minor leaguers got their feet wet. Kyle Tucker was the starting centerfielder and went 1-for-3 with a walk, RBI, stolen base and scored a run while starting 1B Yordan Alvarez was 0-for-3 with a walk; both players struck out once. RHP Brendan McCurry came out of the 'pen to start the 4th inning and only lasted two-thirds of an inning. He struck out the first batter but then promptly hit a batter, issued a walk, single and sac fly; he exited the game after allowing two runs. Mesa will be playing day games for the rest of the week through Saturday with an off day on Sunday.

As a reminder, here is the info posted previously regarding the Arizona Fall League ...

The Arizona Fall league will start play on Tuesday, October 10th and will conclude with the Championship game on November 18th. The full schedule can be found here. The Astros will be represented on the Mesa Solar Sox by the following players:

RHP Dean Deetz
RHP Riley Ferrell
RHP Josh James - no longer showing on the roster
RHP Brendan McCurry
LHP Framber Valdez
1B Yordan Alvarez
3B/2B Nick Tanielu
OF Kyle Tucker

2017 Buies Creek Manager Omar Lopez will be the Manager for the team and former Astros farmhand and legendary minor league home run hitter Mike Hessman will be one of the hitting coaches. Hessman is now a minor league hitting coach in the Tigers system. The full team roster can be found here.


The LVBP started yesterday as well with a limited number of Astros seeing action. I have listed those players who have shown up on rosters so far. Some of those may be reserves.

Aguilas de Zulia
3B Arturo Michelena
SS Kristian Trompiz

Trompiz appeared as a pinch runner only in Zulia's 5 to 4 win over Magallanes.

Bravos de Margarita
2B Alfredo Angarita

In his first game for Margarita, Angarita was 3-for-5 with an RBI and scored twice in Margarita's 12-3 win over Caribes.

Leones del Caracas
RHP Diosward Gonzalez
RHP Yoanys Quiala
C Gabriel Bracamonte

None of these players appeared in Tuesday's game.


Bostick is the only Astros player I've seen show up on the rosters so far. The first game of the season for the LMP was yesterday as well.

Caneros de la Mochis
RHP Akeem Bostick

Bostick got the start for the Caneros. Things were mostly uneventful in the first inning, but the second did not go quite as well. Fly out, single, single, hit batter, single, grand slam --- ouch! Bostick lasted 3.2 innings, allowing the five runs in the second inning and striking out six. He allowed seven total hits including the grand slam, no walks, one wild pitch and one hit batter, but ended up not factoring into the decision in the 7-6 loss to Mexicali.


Rosters not posted yet. Games set to start on 10/13.


I haven't seen any information as to whether or not there will be a winter league season in Puerto Rico, but with the devastation to that island from Hurricane Maria, I find it doubtful.


The Australian Baseball League will start their schedule with exhibition games on November 9th and will continue play through early/mid February.

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