Saturday, March 11, 2017

Spring Training Leaders: 3/11/17

Checking in on the Spring Training stats for a few of the Astros who aren't a lock* to make the opening day roster ...

One caveat: Spring Training stats, especially early on are somewhat meaningless. Pitchers are working on specific pitches, tweaking their delivery and simply getting their arms back up to speed. Hitters are working on their timing in the box, tweaking their stances/load and are looking for specific pitches/locations they want to work on either hitting to the opposite field, laying off of altogether or the like. Don't make too much out of bad ST stats. But the flip side of that is that a young player who does particularly well in ST against much older and more experienced competition will put himself on the radar of the front office and the MLB coaching staff as did Tyler White in 2016. So ST stats are mostly meaningless, but not completely.

Jandel Gustave - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Let's take a look at the pitchers first.

Obviously, these are all small itty-bitty teeny-weeny sample sizes but there are a few Astros pitchers who have not allowed a hit or a run so far, including RHP Dayan Diaz (1.0IP), RHP James Hoyt (2.0IP), LHP Albert Minnis (1.0IP) and RHP Trent Thornton (0.2IP).

However, of those pitchers having thrown a minimum of four innings so far this season, these are your early leaders:

RHP Jandel Gustave
4G 4.0IP 0.00ERA 0.500WHIP 1BB 5SO .083AVG

LHP Framber Valdez
3G 4.0IP 0.00ERA 0.750WHIP 1BB 4SO .154AVG

RHP Joe Musgrove
3G/3ST 8.0IP 1.13ERA 1.000WHIP 2BB 7SO .214AVG

RHP Michael Feliz
4G 5.1IP 3.38ERA 0.750WHIP 0BB 4SO .222AVG

RHP David Paulino
3G 7.0IP 3.86ERA 1.143WHIP 1BB 4SO .250AVG

Colin Moran - September 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

And now for the position players who are leading the pack early on (minimum 12 AB) ...

3B Colin Moran
16AB .438/.526/.875 1-2B 2HR

OF Alejandro Garcia
14AB .429/.500/.429

3B J.D. Davis
13AB .385/.529/.462 1-2B

OF Derek Fisher
12AB .333/.529/.500 2-2B 5SB

2B/LF Tony Kemp
21AB .333/.364/.381 1-2B

1B A.J. Reed
22AB .318/.400/.773 1-2B 3HR

*It's highly likely that some of these players will be on the opening day roster, but since those on this list who are on the 40-man roster all have options remaining, they will be the easiest to send to AAA to start the season.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Playing Pepper 2017: Astros Edition

Each year Daniel Shoptaw aka @Cardinal70 reaches out to the blogging community of all the MLB teams and asks a few questions about the upcoming season. This year @AstrosCounty@AstrosCTH and I participated. You can find our random Astros thoughts and predictions here.

SPOILER ALERT: We all really, really, really want the Astros to beat the South Oklahoma Ramgers this year!!!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March Astros Birthdays

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to our March Astros Babies ...

Josh James - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

3-1: OF Hector Roa (22)
3-2: OF James Ramsay (25)
3-8: RHP Joshua James (24)
3-10: IF Mott Hyde (25)
3-12: C Orlando Marquez (21)
3-13: RHP Abdiel Saldana (21)
3-13: C Randy Vasquez (21)
3-14: IF Marwin Gonzalez (28)
3-15: C Max Stassi (26)
3-16: LHP Reymin Guduan (25)
3-21: OF Andrew Aplin (26)
3-22: RHP Adam Whitt (24)
3-24: RHP Jacob Dorris (24)
3-28: OF Marcos Almonte (21)
3-30: 3B Alex Bregman (23)
3-30: RHP Willy Collado (19)
3-30: OF Jake Marisnick (26)

Reymin Guduan - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Monday, March 6, 2017

2017 Astros Consensus Top Prospect List

Now that most of the major Top Prospect lists have been released, let's see how the consensus shakes out. (Here is the consensus list from 2016.)

Francis Martes - April 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

In order to be included on this list, a player had to be included in three out of four of the top prospect lists compiled by Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, MLB Pipeline and Minor League Baseball (John Sickels). Note that all four lists agreed on the top three in order.

1. RHP Francis Martes
2. OF Kyle Tucker
3. RHP David Paulino
4. RHP Franklin Perez
5. RHP Forrest Whitley
6. OF Derek Fisher
7. OF Teoscar Hernandez
8. OF Ramon Laureano
9. C Garrett Stubbs
10. OF Daz Cameron
11. SS Miguelangel Sierra
12. 3B J.D. Davis
13. RHP Jandel Gustave
14. 3B Colin Moran

Garrett Stubbs - June 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Players who were named on two of the four lists included (in order of cumulative rankings):

IF Yulieski Gurriel
1B A.J. Reed
OF Gilberto Celestino
SS Anibal Sierra
LHP Cionel Perez
OF Ronnie Dawson
IF Jonathan Arauz
SS Freudis Nova
C Jake Rogers
OF Jason Martin
1B Yordan Alvarez
RHP Brady Rodgers
OF Stephen Wrenn
RHP James Hoyt

Ronnie Dawson - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Jonathan Arauz - August 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Five players graduated from the 2016 cumulative list (Alex Bregman, Joe Musgrove, Michael Feliz, Tyler White and Tony Kemp). Two players are no longer with the organization (Albert Abreu and Matt Duffy). And four players dropped off the list (Jon Kemmer, Riley Ferrell, Akeem Bostick and Andrew Aplin). The biggest movers on the list were Franklin Perez who jumped from #16 to #4 and Daz Cameron who dropped from #4 to #10 (after missing the final two months of the season with a broken finger).