Monday, December 4, 2017

Astros Farm Report: 12/4

Checking in on the Astros playing in Winter Leagues and some news and links, but first things first ...

WISHING A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

Oscar Campos - August 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

12-4: RHP Joe Musgrove (25)
12-6: RHP Freylin Garcia (20)
12-6: 1B Taylor Jones (24)
12-7: OF Frankeny Fernandez (21)
12-8: C Oscar Campos (21)
12-8: C/DH Kelvin Perez (19)
12-9: RHP Wender Oberto (18)
12-10: RHP Chauncey Nunez (19)

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE (AFL) - SEASON OVER

The Mesa Solar Sox ended their fall campaign with a 16-13-1 record to lead the East, but ultimately fell 8-2 to the West in the Arizona Fall League Championship game on 11/18.

RHP Dean Deetz - 8G 4.91 ERA/1.182 WHIP 11.0IP 4BB:23SO
RHP Riley Ferrell - 9G 4.66 ERA/1.552 WHIP 9.2IP 9BB:7SO
RHP Brendan McCurry - 5G 4.05 ERA/1.350 WHIP 6.2IP 3BB:5SO (last played 10/30)
LHP Framber Valdez - 6G/6ST 3.20 ERA/1.627 WHIP 19.2IP 8BB:14SO
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 - 22G .214/.305/.310 6-2B 3B 9RBI 9BB:22SO 2SB:0CS

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE (LVBP)

No active Astros players played over the last week.

Other Astros minor leaguers may be and likely are still with the teams and working out with them even if they aren't getting any playing time. In years past, the Liga Paralela (the Venezuelan version of the minor league) featured many Astros minor leaguers, but due to the current economic issues in Venezuela, the league was roughly cut in half and very few Astros players are participating this year.

Aguilas de Zulia (22-23 5th place)
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 (last played 11/6)

Bravos de Margarita  (19-27 7th place)
2B Alfredo Angarita - 29G .304/.396/.337 2B 3B 8RBI 13BB:27SO 4SB:3CS (last played 11/26)

Leones del Caracas (27-20 2nd place)
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 (last played 10/31)
C Gabriel Bracamonte - 3G .125/.125/.125 0BB:2O (last played 10/28)

MEXICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LMP)

Akeem Bostick - April 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Akeem Bostick pitched a brilliant game on Saturday, but was deprived of the win as his Los Mochis teammates couldn't breach the run column until the ninth inning. Bostick allowed two singles, a ground-rule double and a walk over six shutout innings, throwing 57 of his 78 pitches for strikes with four swinging strikeouts. He lowered his ERA from 3.09 to 2.61.

Jacob Dorris appeared twice this past week, but he would probably prefer to forget the first of those two outings in which an intentional walk to load the bases was immediately following by a bases clearing triple from former Astro Jason Bourgeois. His second outing was a little quieter as he allowed one hit over a scoreless two-thirds of an inning.

Caneros de la Mochis (18-29 8th place)
RHP Akeem Bostick - 9G/9ST 2.61 ERA/1.105 WHIP 38IP 12BB:44SO
OF Drew Ferguson - 4G .056/.056/.111 0BB:8SO (last played 11/24)

Naranjeros de Hermosillo (25-22 Tied for 3rd place)
RHP Jacob Dorris - 7G 9.82 ERA/2.318 WHIP 7.1IP 8BB:2SO

AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE (ABL)

Rodrigo Ayarza - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Last week I noted that utility switch-hitter Rodrigo Ayarza had yet to draw a walk in his time in Adelaide. He must have heard me because he walked four times in his last four games as he went 3-for-11 with four runs scored, three strikeouts and an outfield assist in those games. Ayarza continues to provide a solid contribution to the Bite despite that team's dismal performance in the standings.

Adelaide Bite (2-10 6th place)
Rodrigo Ayarza - 12G .277/.333/.511 5-2B 2HR 4RBI 4BB:15SO

DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LIDOM)

Reymin Guduan showed up on the Gigantes roster this week. In his first game, he allowed two singles and a walk without recording an out and was charged with one run after he left the game. Yesterday's game went a bit better as Guduan got two quick ground outs before walking a runner and getting lifted.

Reymin Guduan - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Gigantes del Cibao (20-18 3rd place)
LHP Reymin Guduan - 2G 13.50 ERA/5.997 WHIP 0.2IP 2BB:0SO

PUERTO RICAN WINTER LEAGUE (LBPRC)

The LBPRC has set January 6 as their target date to begin play.


NEWS AND LINKS

Very few roster moves have been posted so far this winter, but Dustin and I are keeping up with all of them here.

The Twelve Days of Astros (World Series style).

As I reported last week, several Astros minor leaguers were playing in the Pan-Am U-23 Baseball Tournament, including SS Jonathan Arauz (Panama) and RHP Yohan RamirezRHP Robert Corniel and UTIL Marcos Almonte for the Dominican Republic. According to Quad Cities former Manager Russ Steinhorn, SS Osvaldo Duarte and 3B Randy Cesar were also on the Dominicana squad. The tournament concluded over the weekend with Venezuela defeating Mexico for the gold. The Dominican Republic team lost in the bronze match to Puerto Rico, but will advance (along with those other teams) to the U-23 World Baseball Cup in 2018.


The World Baseball Softball Confederation site has more info on the tournament.

The Rule 5 Draft isn't until next week, but with Jeff Luhnow indicating recently that he may be looking for a Christmas bargain, here are the top available Rule 5 prospects he may be considering. Happy Shopping! And here is the info on the Astros that could be taken in the draft.

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