Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Astros Farm Report: Fall/Winter League Updates

Time to catch up with the Astros playing in fall and winter leagues ...

[I took some time off so that I could fully enjoy and savor the Astros World Series run, but I'll be back now with more regular postings. Thanks for your understanding.]


Brendan McCurry - April 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

The Mesa Solar Sox are currently 13-9 and in first place in the AFL East division, a game and a half in front of the Scottsdale Scorpions. Kyle Tucker scuffled a bit to end the month of October going 0-for-9 in the final two games of that month, but he turned that around in his first November appearance for Mesa going 2-for-4 with a double, walk and two runs scored. Tucker was the lone representative of the Astros in the Arizona Fall League Fall-Star game. He went 1-for-1 with a walk to support the AFL East as they won the contest 4-2.

After a rough start to the fall season, Dean Deetz has been turning it around in his two appearances in November, allowing only one hit and no walks while striking out seven in three scoreless innings of work. Similarly, Brendan McCurry has allowed no runs in his last three appearances. After allowing no runs in his first three appearances, Riley Ferrell has allowed four in his last three outings causing his ERA to spike. Framber Valdez's fall season has been a bit of a mixed bag since his excellent first appearance.

The final regular season game will be next Thursday the 16th. If the Solar Sox hold on to first place, they will appear in the Championship game on Saturday the 18th.

RHP Dean Deetz - 6G 6.75 ERA/1.500 WHIP 8.0IP 3BB:17SO
RHP Riley Ferrell - 6G 5.40ERA/1.650 WHIP 6.2IP 7BB;5SO
RHP Brendan McCurry - 5G 4.05 ERA/1.350 WHIP 6.2IP 3BB:5SO
LHP Framber Valdez - 4G/4ST 4.63 ERA/1.886 WHIP 11.2IP 5BB:7SO
1B Yordan Alvarez - 4G .313/.353/.438 3B 1BB:6SO (last played 10/14)
3B/2B Nick Tanielu - 2G .000/.000/.000 (last played 10/16)
OF Kyle Tucker - 16G .203/.309/.305 4-2B 3B 6RBI 8BB:17SO 2SB:0CS


Elieser Hernandez - August 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Elieser Hernandez continues to excel. He is ranked fourth in ERA and second in WHIP for qualified pitchers in the league. Alfredo Angarita started his season with a ten-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 12 of his 15 games.

Aguilas de Zulia (12-11 4th place)
3B Arturo Michelena - Has not appeared yet
SS Kristian Trompiz - 10G .227/.320/.227 3BB:4SO (last played 10/28)
RHP Elieser Hernandez - 5G/5ST 2.11 ERA/0.844 WHIP 21.1IP 6BB:22SO

Bravos de Margarita  (10-13 Tied for 5th)
2B Alfredo Angarita - 15G .327/.407/.385 2B 3B 5RBI 7BB:15SO 3SB:2CS

Leones del Caracas (13-10 Tied for 2nd)
RHP Diosward Gonzalez - 2G 6.75 ERA/2.251 WHIP 1.1IP 2BB:0SO (last played 10/19)
RHP Yoanys Quiala - 4G/2ST 7.45 ERA/1.448 WHIP 9.2IP 5BB:8SO
C Gabriel Bracamonte - 3G .125/.125/.125 0BB:2O (last played 10/28)


Akeem Bostick - April 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Bostick has been busy making up for his first start by putting up a 1.00 ERA and a 0.944 WHIP over his last four starts.

Caneros de la Mochis (11-12 6th place)
RHP Akeem Bostick - 5G/5ST 2.91 ERA/1.107 WHIP 21.2IP 6BB:24SO

Charros de Jalisco (13-10 2nd place)
OF Rico Noel - 2G .200/.200/.200 0BB:3SO (last played 10/12)

Yacquis de Obregon (8-15 8th place)
IF Reid Brignac - 8G .208/.394/.292 2-2B RBI 7BB:7SO


Jumbo Diaz is the only 2017 Astros farm hand who has actually appeared in a LIDOM game so far. He has collected saves in four of his last five appearances for the Toros.

Gigantes del Cibao (11-7 2nd place)
C Eduardo de Oleo - has not played yet

Toros del Este (8-10 Tied for 4th)
RHP Angel Heredia - has not pitched yet
RHP Jumbo Diaz - 7G 4SV 2.70 ERA/1.200 WHIP 6.2IP 2BB:4SO


I haven't seen that the LBPRC winter season has been officially canceled yet, but with the devastation to that island from Hurricane Maria, I find it likely.


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


  1. Any idea why Yordan Alvarez and Tanielu only played a few games? Especially Alvarez? Thanks for any info. I posted this once but it 'disappeared'.. hmm. . Eric

    1. It didn't disappear. You posted on the previous Fall/Winter league update. lol
      No idea about Alvarez. Assume they are playing it safe with Tanielu. But I haven't heard anything one way or the other.

  2. Ok thank you. I saw Tanielu play quite a bit up here in VT when he was on the Tri-City Valleycats, and he was getting better and better until his injury. Meanwhile Alvarez has me more excited, than most are about Tucker, so hopefully there's nothing to worry about. . Carry on :) Eric