Saturday, May 20, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, May 19, 2017

Welcome to the Carolina League, Jorge Alcala!

Fresno 10, Memphis 2

W- Kevin Comer (1-0)
L- Luke Weaver (3-1)

Fresno home runs: D.J. Fisher (10, solo in 7th)

Memphis starter Luke Weaver allowed just one run in his four starts prior to this contest. The Grizzlies tagged him for 6 runs in the first two frames; 4 of those runs were earned. Fresno scored 4 more in the 7th for good measure as they took game 1 from the Redbirds.

Mike Hauschild went 4.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 8 hits, walked 5, and struck out 3. The bullpen picked him up and finished this one off with 4.2 scoreless innings.

Kevin Comer was first; he got Hauschild out of a bases-loaded predicament in the 5th and went on to throw 1.2 perfect frames, striking out 2. Reymin Guduan followed with 2 innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3. Aaron West worked around a hit to finish the game, striking out 1 in the 9th.

D.J. Fisher and Teoscar Hernandez hit one-out singles in the 1st inning to bring up Colin Moran, who put the Grizz on the board with an RBI single. Teoscar wound up scoring on a wild pitch, and Tyler White, who was at the plate at the time, wound up ripping an RBI double. Reid Brignac and Andrew Aplin led off the 2nd with singles; Brignac eventually scored on a Tony Kemp groundout. Fisher reached on a fielder's choice and Teoscar singled and advanced to 2nd on the play. They both scored on an error that allowed Moran to reach; he ended up moving to 3rd on another error on the play.

Fisher led off the 7th with a homer. The Grizzlies then got an RBI single from A.J. Reed, an RBI double from Juan Centeno, and a run-scoring groundout from Brignac. Centeno extended his hitting streak to 16 games with that two-bagger. Fisher (solo HR, 3 R), Teoscar (RBI, 2 R), Moran (RBI, 2 R), Reed (2B, RBI, R), and Andrew Aplin all finished with two hits on the evening. Fisher is the first man in the system to hit 10 home runs this year.

Francis Martes will go up against Marco Gonzales in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 2, Frisco 1 in 10 innings

W- Josh James (3-1)
L- Joe Filomeno (0-2)
S- Andrew Thome (2, 3 season)

CC home runs: Jon Singleton (8, solo in 2nd), Antonio Nuñez (2, solo in 10th)

Nine innings wasn't enough to decide the outcome of this game, but the Hooks only needed one extra inning to do just that.

The two solo shots you see above were the Hooks' only scoring plays of the game. Tony Nuñez entered this season with zero career home runs; he now has two after sending one out in the first extra frame to put Corpus in front. Drew Ferguson went 2-4 with a stolen base (9); he is now on a 16-game hitting streak. He appeared as a pinch-runner on May 11 but did not have a plate appearance, so his streak is technically still active.

Rogelio Armenteros issued a walk and struck out 5 in 5 shutout innings. Josh James tagged in for 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on a wild pitch, 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Andrew Thome earned the save with a 1-2-3 10th; he got two groundball outs and struck out Drew Vettleson to end the game.

Cy Sneed gets the call in game 2. He'll face Ariel Jurado at 7:05.

Buies Creek 7, Down East 1

W- Jorge Alcala (1-0, 3-0 season)
L- Wes Benjamin (2-4)
S- Sebastian Kessay (1)

BC home runs: Spencer Johnson (1, 4 season; 3-run in 5th), Ryne Birk (3, 2-run in 7th)

Make it 2-0 for the Astros system over the Rangers on Friday night.

The Carolina Stros broke a 0-0 game wide open by scoring 4 runs in the 5th inning. Three of those runs came off the bat of one Spencer Johnson, who connected for his first Carolina League home run.

Before Johnson launched that 3-run homer off Wes Benjamin, Ryne Birk opened the scoring with a sac fly. Jason Martin went 3-4 with a sac fly in the 6th, and Birk capped off the scoring with a 2-run blast in the 7th. Johnson and Myles Straw both finished 2-4. After a terrible slump that saw his average drop to .218 on May 10, Birk has responded with hits in 7 of his last 8 games.

Jorge Alcala was a winner in his first Carolina League start; he went 6 innings, and the one run he allowed came on a solo homer hit by Josh Altmann in the 6th. Alcala allowed 2 other hits, walked 3, and fanned 6. Sebastian Kessay struck out 2 over 3 perfect frames to finish off the game.

Yoanys Quiala will take on Richelson Peña in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.

Kane County 5, Quad Cities 0

W- Jon Duplantier (4-0)
L- Enoli Paredes (0-3)
S- Jake Winston (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos are not enjoying their time in Chicago's suburbs... they were blanked for the second consecutive night.

Rodrigo Ayarza went 2-4 and was the only player on either side to finish with a multi-hit game. Ayarza also extended his hitting streak to 8 games. Stephen Wrenn tripled, which was Quad Cities' only extra-base hit of the evening.

Enoli Paredes went 4.1 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. Ronel Blanco extracted him from a bases-loaded jam in the 5th and then got victimized by some not-good defense in the 7th; Quad Cities committed 3 errors in the bottom of the 7th which led to 4 runs, all of which were unearned. Blanco went 2.2 innings and allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Salvador Montaño threw a 1-2-3 8th.

Ryan Hartman gets the start in game 3. First pitch is at 6:30.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Jorge Alcala's photo by Bryan Green
Buies Creek Astros pitchers
W 7-1 @ Down East
9 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 3 BB, 8 K
Jorge Alcala: W (1-0, 3-0 season), 6 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 3 BB, 6 K
Sebastian Kessay: Save (1), 3 IP, 2 K


Photo by Rich Guill
Spencer Johnson, 1B, Buies Creek
2-4, 3-R HR (1, 4 season)

Ryne Birk, 2B, Buies Creek
1-3, sac fly, 2-R HR (3), 3 RBI

Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers
W 2-1 (10 innings) @ Frisco
Rogelio Armenteros: 5 IP, BB, 5 K
Josh James: W (3-1), 4 IP, 5 H, unearned run, BB, K
Andrew Thome: Save (2, 3 season), IP, K

Antonio Nuñez, IF, Corpus Christi
Go-ahead solo HR (2) in 10th

Derek Fisher, OF, Fresno
2-5, solo HR (10), 3 R

Fresno Grizzlies bullpen
W 10-2 vs. Memphis
4.2 IP, 4 H, BB, 6 K
Kevin Comer: W (1-0), 1.2 IP, 2 K
Reymin Guduan: 2 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K
Aaron West: IP, H, K

Friday, May 19, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, May 18, 2017

Nashville 13, Fresno 3

W- Dan Mengden (1-1)
L- Trent Thornton (1-2, 2-4 season)

Fresno home runs: Max Stassi (2, solo in 3rd), D.J. Fisher (9, 2-run in 8th)

The Grizzlies were buried by a 13-run, 19-hit onslaught from the Sounds on Wednesday.

All three Fresno runs came on the two home runs you see above.

Trent Thornton bore the brunt of the assault in his 4 innings... I'll leave it at that, but he did strike out 6 without issuing a walk. Silver linings. Brian Holmes also went 4 innings; he allowed 4 runs on 10 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 5. Andrew Aplin got 3 groundouts in the 9th inning.

Hopefully, Fresno will have a little more luck against the other Tennessee team: Memphis is in town for the weekend. Mike Hauschild is being called upon to start game 1, and he'll go up against Luke Weaver at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 6, San Antonio 1

W- Dean Deetz (4-1)
L- Kyle Lloyd (4-4)

CC home runs: None.

Corpus earned the split as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead and Dean Deetz shined yet again.

The one run that Deetz allowed in his 7 innings of work came on a home run hit by Nick Schulz in the 6th. He allowed 4 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Albert Minnis pitched a 1-2-3 8th, and Jacob Dorris worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Ramon Laureano opened the scoring with a 2-run single in the 1st inning. Garrett Stubbs came through in a bases-loaded situation in the 2nd with a 2-run single of his own. Bobby Boyd added an RBI groundout in the 3rd, and Jon Singleton capped off the evening with an RBI single in the 7th. Singleton (RBI, R), J.D. Davis (2B, R, SB), Laureano (2 RBI, SB), and Tony Nuñez (SB, R) all finished with two hits on the evening.

The Hooks' road trip concludes with four in Frisco. Rogelio Armenteros will face Connor Sadzeck at 7:05.

Myrtle Beach 7, Buies Creek 1

W- Justin Steele (2-3)
L- Matt Bower (2-1)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as the Pelicans roughed up Matt Bower.

Bower went 4.2 innings and allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits (2-run and 3-run homers) and struck out 4. Carlos Sierra tagged in to throw the final 3.1 innings and allowed a run on a sac fly, a single, walked 2, and fanned 4.

Anthony Hermelyn's RBI single in the 1st was Buies Creek's only scoring play of the game. Kyle Tucker finished 3-4.

Buies Creek will finish up this road trip where they started: in Kinston. Justin Ferrell will start the opener and he'll face Wes Benjamin at 7:00 Eastern.

Kane County 1, Quad Cities 0

W- Cody Reed (3-1)
L- Carlos Sanabria (0-1)

QC home runs: None.

Both teams posted just three hits in this game, but the Cougars got the game's only run.

The Banditos' three hits were singles from Rodrigo Ayarza, Marcos Almonte, and Yordan Alvarez.

Forrest Whitley allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. The one hit he allowed came in his final inning of work. Carlos Sanabria pitched the final 3 innings and allowed the only run of the game on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2.

Enoli Paredes will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Seven Lakes alum and former Rice Owl Jon Duplantier at 6:30.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Dean Deetz, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (4-1), 7 IP, 5 H (solo HR allowed), ER, BB, 4 K

Forrest Whitley, RHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, H, BB, 6 K

Carlos Sierra, RHP, Buies Creek
3.1 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Ramon Laureano, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2 RBI, SB (11)

Kyle Tucker, OF, Buies Creek
3-4; 1.031 OPS this season

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Quad Cities with the...



Fresno 6, Nashville 5

W- Dayan Diaz (2-0)
L- Simon Castro (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (4, solo in 8th), A.J. Reed (5, walk-off 2-run in 9th)

The Grizzlies walked off with the win as A.J. Reed launched a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th.
David Paulino turned in a bare minimum quality start, allowing 3 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walking 2, and striking out 6. Ashur Tolliver recorded a strikeout in a 1-2-3 7th. Jordan Jankowski allowed an unearned run on a double and struck out 1 in the 8th, and Dayan Diaz allowed a solo homer to Chris Parmelee in the 9th. He also allowed one other hit in the frame.

D.J. Fisher put Fresno on the board with an RBI double in the 5th inning. Colin Moran ripped an RBI double in the 6th, and Reid Brignac added a sac fly later in the frame which tied the game at 3. The Sounds regained the lead with a run in the top of the 8th, but Jon Kemmer re-tied the game by smacking a solo homer, his 4th of the year. Parmelee's homer put Nashville back in front in the 9th, but Reed had other ideas. Preston Tucker drew a walk to lead off the 9th, and Reed sent the Chukchansi Park crowd home happy with a 2-run blast that hit a truck that was backing up.

Fisher finished 3-5 with a couple of doubles and a stolen base (6). Reed, Moran, and Kemmer all had 2 hits on the afternoon.

The series concludes at 7:05 Pacific as Trent Thornton faces off against Dan Mengden.

San Antonio 5, Corpus Christi 3

W- Brett Kennedy (3-2)
L- Kent Emanuel (1-3)
S- Trey Wingenter (3)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (9, solo in 4th)

The Hooks had something cooking in the 8th but their rally fell short.

J.D. Davis finished 3-5 and put Corpus on the board by leading off the 4th with a home run. In his first game since being activated from the DL, Tony Nuñez went 3-4 with an RBI single in the 8th. Kristian Trompiz drove in another run in the 8th with a groundout. Trent Woodward went 2-4.

Kent Emanuel went 5.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits (3-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 6. Ryan Thompson allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings, and Sean Stutzman walked 2 and struck out 1 in the 8th.

Dean Deetz will start the series finale. He'll take on Kyle Lloyd at 7:05.

Buies Creek 6, Myrtle Beach 2

W- Brett Adcock (1-1, 2-1 season)
L- Thomas Hatch (0-4)

BC home runs: None.

The Astros put up the only crooked-numbered inning of this game, which allowed them to take the series from the Pelicans.

Brett Adcock got roughed up in his Carolina League debut but rebounded with a solid outing. He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Alex Winkelman tagged in to throw 3.1 scoreless, allowing 5 hits (all singles), walking 2, and striking out 7. Howie Brey faced two Pelicans in the 9th and struck them both out to end the game.

Jake Rogers opened the scoring with an RBI triple in the opening frame. Anibal Sierra doubled to lead off the 2nd, then advanced to 3rd when Arturo Michelena laid down a sacrifice bunt and managed to reach base safely. After Myles Straw became the first casualty of the 2nd inning, Ryne Birk walked to load the bases for Rogers, who drew a walk to bring Sierra home. Kyle Tucker followed with a 2-run single. Dex McCall hit a sac fly in the 5th, and Little Tuck capped off the evening with an RBI single in the 6th. Straw and Tucker had two hits apiece.

Matt Bower will take the mound as Buies Creek looks for the sweep. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Quad Cities 6, Burlington 3

W- Cionel Perez (2-2)
L- Erik Manoah (0-2)
S- Erasmo Pinales (2)

QC home runs: None.

Not even the rain could keep the Banditos from sweeping the Bees out of Modern Woodmen Park.

Ray Henderson put Quad Cities on the board first with an RBI single in the 1st. Carmen Benedetti followed by lashing an RBI double. The River Bandits scored 4 in the 4th on a sac fly from Taylor Jones, an RBI groundout from Wander Franco, and a 2-run single from Osvaldo Duarte. Henderson (RBI, R), Benedetti (2B, RBI, R), and Duarte (2 RBI, 2 SB) all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Gabriel Valdez went 4 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits and struck out 7. Cionel Perez also threw 4 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and fanning 2. Erasmo Pinales struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th to get the save.

Forrest Whitley will start the first game of a 4-game series in Kane County that starts at 6:30. He'll be opposed by Cody Reed.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

A.J. Reed, 1B, Fresno
2-4, walk-off 2-R HR (5), 2 R

Derek Fisher, OF, Fresno
3-5, 2 2B, RBI, SB (6)

Alex Winkelman, LHP, Buies Creek
3.1 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 K
Photo by Rich Guill
Kyle Tucker, OF, Buies Creek
2-4, 3 RBI

 Carmen Benedetti, OF/1B, Quad Cities
2-3, 2B, RBI, R

Osvaldo Duarte, UTIL, Quad Cities
2-4, 2 RBI, 2 SB (4, 7 season)

Photo by Bryan Green
Gabriel Valdez, RHP, Quad Cities
4 IP, 4 H, ER, 7 K

Astros Farm Report: 5-18

Lots of moves in the Astros system, but first things first ...

STANDINGS

After collectively going 6-20 over the previous stretch, our farmhands have righted the ship with a collective 13-10 record since last we checked in with them.

Fresno's pitching woes have certainly taken their toll this season. They have gone 2-4 over the last six games and have dropped even further behind in the standings. Corpus Christi finally got off the schneid after losing a disheartening 10 straight and have managed a more respectable 3-2 since breaking that streak. Buies Creek is channeling their inner-Astros as they remain in first place and have increased their lead over the second place team to four games. Quad Cities has been hanging in third place for a while, hovering around the .500 mark, but are currently on a three-game win streak.

AAA Fresno 3rd 16-24 .400 9.5GB W1
AA Corpus 3rd 18-21 .462 5.0GB L1
HiA Buies Creek 1st 25-15 .625 0.0GB W3
LoA Quad Cities 3rd 19-18 .514 3.0GB W3

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

Note: The Astros have been moving players back and forth to either Tri-City or Extended Spring Training as a means of managing their rosters. I won't be including those moves in this list if I believe that they are only being made on paper for roster management.

Randy Cesar - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

5-17: RHP Ryan Thompson assigned to AA Corpus Christi from AAA Fresno
5-17: Jorge Alcala assigned to HiA Buies Creeks from LoA Quad Cities
5-17: RHP Carlos Sanabria assigned to LoA Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
5-16: LHP Albert Minnis assigned to AA Corpus Christi (had started the season on the DL)
5-16: RHP Keegan Yuhl released (Fresno)
5-16: IF Antonio Nunez activated from the AA Corpus Christi DL
5-16: LHP Mike Freeman released (Corpus Christi)
5-16: RHP Eric Peterson released (Corpus Christi)
5-15: RHP Ryan Thompson activated from the AAA Fresno DL
5-15: RHP Dayan Diaz optioned to AAA Fresno from Houston (called up 5-14 as 26th player for the double-header)
5-15: 1B Spencer Johnson assigned to HiA Buies Creek from LoA Quad Cities
5-15: C Jake Rogers assigned to HiA Buies Creek from LoA Quad Cities
5-15: 3B Randy Cesar assigned to HiA Buies Creek from LoA Quad Cities
5-15: SS Osvaldo Duarte assigned to LoA Quad Cities from HiA Buies Creek
5-15: 3B Wander Franco assigned to LoA Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
5-15: 1B Yordan Alvarez assigned to LoA Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
5-14: OF Teoscar Hernandez optioned to AAA Fresno (had been rehabbing at Fresno)
5-14: LHP Patrick Sandoval assigned to HiA Buies Creek from Extended Spring Training
5-13: 3B Colin Moran activated from the AAA Fresno DL
5-12: SS Alex De Goti placed on the LoA Quad Cities 7-Day DL
5-12: RHP Yohan Ramirez assigned to HiA Buies Creek from Extended Spring Training
5-12: RHP David Paulino optioned to AAA Fresno

In addition, these players are known to be on the DL:

RHP Angel Heredia (60-day DL)
RHP Jose Luis Hernandez
RHP Brady Rodgers (TJ Surgery 5-2; out for season)
2B Nick Tanielu (60-day DL)
RHP Andrew Walter

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Nashville 11, Fresno 6

W- Jharel Cotton (1-0)
L- David Martinez (1-5)

Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (5, solo in 2nd), Tyler White (3, 3-run in 4th)

A 7-run 4th from the Sounds doomed the Tacos. Fresno has lost every game they've played as the Tacos so far.

David Martinez got roughed up... and I think some things are better left unsaid. Tyson Perez was the first man out of the bullpen and went 1.2 innings; the two runs he allowed came on a homer hit by Jaycob Brugman in the 5th. Perez allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Reymin Guduan allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 over 2 scoreless. Aaron West and Andrew Aplin both pitched a scoreless inning; West allowed 2 hits and fanned 2 in the 8th, while Aplin worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Colin Moran put the Tacos on the board with a solo shot in the 2nd inning. Tyler White pulled three runs back in the 4th when he clubbed a homer. Fresno got a pair in the 9th on a couple of RBI doubles from A.J. Reed and Juan Centeno, who extended his hitting streak to 15 games. He, Tony Kemp, and Teoscar Hernandez all finished with 2 hits on the night.

Game 3 of this series will start at 12:05 Pacific. David Paulino will make his second appearance of the year and he'll take on Daniel Gossett.

Corpus Christi 4, San Antonio 1

W- Kyle Smith (1-1)
L- Enyel de los Santos (2-1)
S- Andrew Thome (1, 2 season)

CC home runs: Jon Singleton (7, solo in 4th), J.D. Davis (8, solo in 5th)

The Hooks got some crucial insurance runs in the 9th to take game 2 of this iteration of the I-37 Series.

Jon Singleton opened the scoring with a solo blast in the 4th inning, and J.D. Davis smacked one of his own in the 5th. He added an RBI double to his ledger in the 9th and came around to score on a single from Ramon Laureano. Davis was the only player in the Corpus lineup with a multi-hit game.

Kyle Smith allowed a run on 6 hits and struck out 4 in 5 innings of work. Carlos Hiraldo and Andrew Thome both pitched 2 scoreless innings; Hiraldo allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3, while Thome allowed 2 hits and fanned 2 to get the save.

Kent Emanuel will face Brett Kennedy in game 3. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 5, Myrtle Beach 1

W- Hector Perez (2-1, 3-2 season)
L- Adbert Alzolay (3-1)
S- Yohan Ramirez (1)

BC home runs: Jason Martin (6, 2-run in 1st)

Hector Perez turned in his best outing of the year and Yohan Ramirez shut the door as the Carolina Stros have taken the first two games in a four-game set in the Grand Strand.

Perez has had some issues with walks this year but this was his first walk-free appearance. He threw 6 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and striking out 7. The Pelicans spoiled the shutout with a run against Ramirez in the 9th, but he managed to pull himself together to finish the game. In 3 innings, he allowed that run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

Myles Straw walked to lead off the game and came around to score when Jason Martin launched a 2-run homer to open the scoring. Buies Creek got 2 more in the 2nd as Arturo Michelena smacked a 2-run double. The Astros' last scoring play of the evening came in the 8th when Eduardo de Oleo hit an RBI infield single.

Brett Adcock will look to get himself back on track after a rough introduction to the Carolina League. He'll go up against Thomas Hatch at 7:05 Eastern.

Quad Cities 8, Burlington 1

W- Lucas Williams (1-1)
L- Joe Gatto (2-3)

QC home runs: Yordan Alvarez (1, solo in 8th)

The Banditos improved to .500 as they knocked the Bees around again.

Osvaldo Duarte walked to lead off the bottom of the 1st. He then stole 2nd and scored the first run of the day on a Chuckie Robinson triple. Yordan Alvarez had a nice outing; he ripped an RBI double in the 2nd and then scored on a sac fly from Duarte. Rodrigo Ayarza followed with an RBI single. Carmen Benedetti ripped an RBI double in the 4th, and Robinson added an RBI single to his ledger in the 7th. Alvarez capped it off with a solo blast in the 8th, his first homer of the year.

The bottom third of the Quad Cities lineup, which consisted of Alvarez, Taylor Jones, and Benedetti, all finished with two hits on the afternoon and accounted for all of the doubles the club hit and 5 of the 8 runs they scored. Robinson also finished with two hits; he now has a 6-game hitting streak.

Dustin Hunt pitched 3.2 innings and allowed a hit, walked 3, hit 2 batters, and struck out 4. Kevin Hill was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 2.1 innings. Lucas Williams allowed a hit over 2 scoreless, and Salvador Montaño worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 9th.

Quad Cities and Burlington will wrap up this series at 6:35 as Forrest Whitley takes on Erik Manoah.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photos by Rich Guill
Yordan Alvarez, 1B, Quad Cities
2-3, 2B, solo HR (1), 2 RBI, 3 R

Carmen Benedetti, OF/1B, Quad Cities
2-3, 2 2B, RBI, R
Photo by Rich Guill
Chuckie Robinson, C, Quad Cities
2-4, 3B, 2 RBI

Hector Perez, RHP, and Yohan Ramirez (not pictured), RHP, Buies Creek
Perez: W (2-1, 3-2 season), 6 IP, 5 H, 7 K
Ramirez: Save (1), 3 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 3 K

Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers: W 4-1 @ San Antonio
9 IP, 10 H (9 singles, 1 double), ER, 2 BB, 9 K
Kyle Smith: W (1-1), 5 IP, 6 H, ER, 4 K
Carlos Hiraldo: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K
Andrew Thome: Save (1, 2 season), 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2B, solo HR (8), 2 RBI, 2 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Juan Centeno, C, Fresno
2-4, 2B, RBI
Currently on 15-game hitting streak

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, May 15, 2017

Nashville 4, Fresno 1

W- Chris Bassitt (1-0)
L- Casey Coleman (1-2)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizz dropped game 1 to the Sounds, but they spoiled the shutout, at least.

Tony Kemp doubled to lead off the 9th and scored the Grizzlies' only run on a Preston Tucker sac fly. Teoscar Hernandez and Juan Centeno had 2 hits apiece; Centeno extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Casey Coleman went 5.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (2 solo shots), walked 2, and struck out 6. Kevin Comer was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 2.1 innings. Ryan Thompson allowed a hit, issued an intentional walk, and plunked another guy, but he managed to throw a scoreless 9th.

The series continues at 6:35 Pacific as David Martinez goes up against Jharel Cotton.

San Antonio 2, Corpus Christi 0

W- Michael Kelly (2-1)
L- Brock Dykxhoorn (0-3)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks offense went MIA in game 1.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 5.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 10 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Riley Ferrell followed with 2.1 scoreless, allowing a hit and striking out 3.

Drew Ferguson and Garrett Stubbs had the only two Corpus hits; Stubbs hit a double.

Kyle Smith will take the mound in game 2. He'll face Enyel de los Santos at 7:05.

Buies Creek 4, Myrtle Beach 2

W- Sebastian Kessay (3-1)
L- Tommy Thorpe (2-2)
S- Ralph Garza Jr. (2)

BC home runs: Anthony Hermelyn (1, 2-run in 7th)

Business picked up after 6 innings of no scoring as both sides scored twice in the 7th inning. Buies Creek, however, had the final say as they scored two more in the 8th.

Anthony Hermelyn opened the scoring with a 2-run homer in the 7th inning. Anibal Sierra walked to lead off the 8th, advanced to 2nd on a passed ball, and scored the go-ahead run on a Jason Martin double. Martin scored the final run of the evening on a double from Myles Straw. Ryne Birk and Randy César had 2 hits apiece.

Framber Valdez tossed 6 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5. Sebastian Kessay pitched the 7th inning and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits (solo homer) and struck out 1. Ralph Garza Jr. allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 over the final 2 innings to record the save.

Elieser Hernandez would have started game 2... but he was just placed on the DL. His replacement will face Adbert Alzolay at 7:05 Eastern.

Quad Cities 7, Burlington 1


W- Carson LaRue (4-1)
L- Travis Herrin (0-3)
S- Abdiel Saldaña (1)

QC home runs: Chuckie Robinson (2, solo in 4th), Taylor Jones (2, solo in 5th)

It was a nice day for the Banditos: They got a couple of fine pitching performances, scored in four straight innings, and inched closer to .500.

Carson LaRue and Abdiel Saldaña joined forces to take down Burlington; LaRue allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7 in 6 innings, and Saldaña allowed a hit, walked 2, and fanned 3 over the final 3 innings.

No one in the Quad Cities lineup stood out on offense, but they did their part and also took advantage of a couple of gaffes in the field. Chuckie Robinson opened the scoring with a solo blast in the 4th inning, his second straight game with a homer. Taylor Jones launched a solo shot in the 5th,

Rodrigo Ayarza led off the 6th by drawing a walk and scored on an error following a sac bunt from Marcos Almonte. Robinson, who joined Ayarza on the bases after walking, moved to 3rd on the Bees' miscue and scored on a sac fly from Yordan Alvarez. Stephen Wrenn ripped an RBI double in the 7th and ended up scoring thanks to an error on the play. Almonte capped off the afternoon with a sac fly later in the inning.

The River Bandits and the Bees will continue their series with another afternoon outing. Dustin Hunt will take on Joe Gatto at 11:00 AM.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Framber Valdez, LHP, Buies Creek
6 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K

Abdiel Saldaña's photo by Bryan Green
Carson LaRue, RHP, and Abdiel Saldaña, RHP, Quad Cities
LaRue: W (4-1), 6 IP, 3 H, unearned run, 2 BB, 7 K
Saldaña: Save (1), 3 IP, H, 2 BB, 3 K

Riley Ferrell, RHP, Corpus Christi
2.1 IP, H, 3 K

Kevin Comer, RHP, Fresno
2.1, H, BB, 3 K

Chuckie Robinson, C, Quad Cities
1-2, solo HR (2), 2 R, 2 BB
HR in 2nd straight game

Monday, May 15, 2017

Getting to Know Astros/Hooks RHP Dean Deetz

Corpus Christi Hooks RHP Dean Deetz is a rare breed, a starting pitcher who conveys just the right amount of cockiness without taking himself too seriously. Perhaps being humbled in his first professional season after being drafted in the 11th round in 2014 out of Northeast Oklahoma A&M College played a factor, but I suspect that his ability to laugh at himself comes naturally.

Dean Deetz - April 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen

In that first professional season, Deetz compiled an 8.88 ERA and a 1.934 WHIP in 25.1 innings, walking 6.8 batters per nine innings. Fast forward to 2017 and Deetz has a 1.30 ERA and a 0.867 WHIP through his first 27.2 innings of work and has reduced his walk rate to 2.6 batters per nine innings. In his last outing, Deetz allowed two earned runs, equaling his total for the prior five appearances combined.

When I talked to Deetz recently, I asked him about his season to date, what he's working on and his journey to this point in his career. When asked what's going well for him this season, Deetz said, "I'm just throwing strikes and just throwing good pitches through the zone, making them swing the bat. And my stuff's good enough that I can attack hitters and they're not going to hit the ball hard. They're just going to put the ball in play and I'll get some outs."

Deetz continued, "My slider's working the best for me and probably my fastball. I started using my changeup a lot the last game. I'm probably going to use it more throughout the season now so hopefully that will be better for me."

Hooks Pitching Coach Dave Borkowski agreed, "He's pounding the zone and he seems a little bit more under control. A lot more competitive sliders ... they are more strikes out of his hand, disappearing at the plate, making it a little bit more effective pitch."

Deetz can throw the heat, but he understands that he has to tread a fine line between velocity and control, "The hardest I've thrown so far this year is 97 (he sits 93 to 95). I feel like I throw more strikes when I'm not trying to throw hard, but I also feel like I throw less strikes when I'm aiming and (consciously) not trying to throw hard. I've got to find a little happy medium or I'm wild both ways."

When he first started pitching, he told me, "I thought I could come in and just throw as hard as I can right past everyone and it would be fine and that's not how it worked. That's what I did in junior college and it worked out great. It didn't work out good here (in the pros). Everyone hits a fastball."

As far as what Deetz is working on, he said, "Pitching, like knowing what counts I want to throw certain stuff against certain hitters and I still need to work on being able to throw my fastball at different heights to make my other pitches look like they're fastballs for longer. Recently we've been working on it. It's getting better, but to pitch in the big leagues, I'm going to need to figure that out a little more."

One of the challenges that Deetz and many others in the Astros system have had to face was pitching in the decidedly hitter-friendly and pitcher-punishing confines of The Hangar at the Astros former High A affiliate in Lancaster, California. Of that time, Deetz said, "That was awful. I hated baseball then. That was so bad. Everyone wanted to pitch at away games. No one wanted to pitch at home. That place was so bad." Does he resent that other Astros pitchers coming up through the system won't have to survive The Hangar? "I tell them. You guys are so lucky that you don't have to go to Lancaster and they're like, 'Dude this place (Corpus Christi) is so bad.' (I tell them), 'No, Lancaster was way worse to play.' You throw one ball. It gets touched in the air and goes out of the park," said Deetz.

Which of his Hooks teammates stand out for him? Deetz responded, "I would say Ramon (Laureano), but I've been playing with Ramon for so long that when he does crazy stuff, it's just normal for me. Let's say J.D. (Davis). I love him. He's cool. He's a cool guy. He's quiet, but when we're playing he's very talkative. He's a good team guy. I consider him kind of a leader on the team. It's just crazy to watch him do what he can do."

What has he learned that he wishes he had known when he was drafted? "It doesn't matter how hard you throw. It just matters if you throw strikes. If I had known that in junior college, it probably would have been a lot better. I probably wouldn't have walked a hundred million people. Now that I've figured it out, it makes pitching a lot easier."

I was going to leave the interview there, but this picture prompted me to ask one last question ...



I asked Deetz if he realized that his hair style had started to resemble a porcupine. I wasn't sure that he'd appreciate my comparison, but he surprised me, "That's the best part! I'm growing this thing out forever. I like looking goofy. People are like, 'What is this dude doing?' I don't know. I'm just doing something. I don't care about it," Deetz laughed.

Thank you for your time, Dean, and you keep doing you!

Other Recent Interviews:
RHP Akeem Bostick
LHP Mike Freeman
3B J.D. Davis
OF Drew Ferguson

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, May 17, 2017

Oklahoma City 14, Fresno 5

W- Trevor Oaks (1-1)
L- Francis Martes (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (4, solo in 2nd)

The Dodgers jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the 3rd and then buried the Grizzlies with 5 runs in the 6th and 4 more in the 8th.

Colin Moran put Fresno on the board with a solo homer in the 2nd that tied the game at 1. The game wouldn't be tied for long because OKC scored a pair in the bottom of the 2nd to regain control. Tony Kemp doubled to lead off the 6th and scored on a D.J. Fisher double. Kemp hit an RBI double in the 7th and an RBI single in the 9th. Jon Kemmer added a sac fly later in the 9th. Kemp finished 5-5 with 3 doubles; he had half of the Grizzlies' 10 hits.

Francis Martes only went 3 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 4, and struck out 3. Brian Holmes was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and allowed 3 runs, all of which were inherited runners charged to him. He also allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 2.1 innings. Ashur Tolliver was next; he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and walked 2 in 1.2 innings. Aaron West allowed 4 runs on 6 hits in the 8th.

The Grizzlies return home to start a 4-game series with Nashville. Casey Coleman takes on Chris Bassitt at 6:35 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 4, Midland 0

W- Cy Sneed (2-3)
L- James Naile (1-1)
S- Jacob Dorris (2)

CC home runs: Jon Singleton (6, 2-run in 6th)

Both teams recorded 8 hits in this game... only one of them scored. The Hooks battled back in this series; first, they ended a 10-game losing streak on Saturday and then they earned the split with a shutout win on Mother's Day.

Cy Sneed and two relievers combined on the shutout: Sneed allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 9 in 5.1 innings of work. Mike Freeman was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen; he came on after Sneed got into a jam in the 6th got the final two outs of the frame without incident. He got the first out of the 7th but was pulled after allowing a couple of hits soon after. Jacob Dorris got him out of the predicament without incident; Dorris went on to throw 2.2 innings, allowing 3 hits and fanning 4 to earn the save.

J.D. Davis drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the 1st, advanced to 3rd on a Jon Singleton single, and scored the first run of the day on a passed ball. Singleton whacked a 2-run homer in the 6th and Garrett Stubbs capped off the afternoon with an RBI single. Singleton and Ramon Laureano both finished with two hits on the day.

The Hooks are heading up I-37 to start a series with San Antonio. First pitch is at 7:05.

Down East 10, Buies Creek 6

W- Ricardo Rodriguez (3-1)
L- Patrick Sandoval (0-1)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros were foiled in their bid to sweep the series after the Wood Ducks scored 5 in the bottom of the 9th, the last 4 of which came on a grand slam.

Ryne Birk has scuffled badly after a pretty good start, so he's looking to get himself back on track. A 4-5, 3 RBI performance is a solid rebound. He opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 4th inning. Jason Martin hit into a fielder's choice that scored Osvaldo Duarte in the 5th.

Arturo Michelena led off the 7th with a double and came around to score on a single from Anthony Hermelyn. Before Hermelyn's single, Kyle Tucker got plunked. Little Tuck stole 3rd, then Pat Porter drew a walk to load the bases for Birk, who came through with a 2-run single. Myles Straw tripled to lead off the 9th and scored when Tucker grounded out. Porter, Straw (3B, R), and Dex McCall all finished with 2 hits on the day.

Yoanys Quiala went 5.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Patrick Sandoval made his season debut and allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. The first two batters of the 9th reached against Sandoval, which prompted Carlos Sierra to enter the game. Sierra got an out on a sacrifice bunt, then issued an intentional walk and another walk that tied the game. The Wood Ducks won the game thanks to a walk-off grand slam from Josh Morgan, which was the only hit he allowed.

Framber Valdez will start the first game of a 4-game set in Myrtle Beach. He'll take on Ryan Kellogg at 7:05 Eastern.

Quad Cities was off

The Banditos are back home and they will begin a 3-game series with Burlington at 11:00 AM. Carson LaRue will get the start.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Tony Kemp, 2B, Fresno
5-5, 3 2B, 2 RBI, R

Ryne Birk, 2B, Buies Creek
4-5, 3 RBI

Jon Singleton, 1B, Corpus Christi
2-3, 2-R HR (6)

Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers: W 4-0 vs. Midland
9 IP, 8 H, BB, 13 K
Cy Sneed: 5.1 IP, 3 H, BB, 9 K
Michael Freeman: IP, 2 H
Jacob Dorris: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 K

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, May 13, 2017

Fresno 6, Oklahoma City 4

W- Reymin Guduan (3-3)
L- Jair Jurrjens (3-1)
S- Jordan Jankowski (4)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies scored in four consecutive innings and withstood an 8th-inning rally to take the lead in the series.

Fresno got on the board in the 4th thanks to a pair of RBI doubles from A.J. Reed and Reid Brignac. Preston Tucker smacked a 2-run double in the 5th to put them in front, and they added a run in the 6th on a Tony Kemp RBI single and one more in the 7th on an RBI double from Tyler White.

Everyone in the starting 9+1 recorded a hit. D.J. Fisher led the way in that category by going 3-5. He extended his hitting streak to 16 games and also scored and stole a base. Kemp and Reed both finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Mike Hauschild went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs; Max Muncy tripled in the 1st and ended up scoring on a wild pitch. The other run came on a solo homer hit by Ike Davis. Those were the only two hits that Hauschild allowed; he also walked 2 and struck out 4.

Reymin Guduan and Tyson Perez both pitched 2 innings; Guduan turned in a scoreless outing, walking 2 and striking out 1. The two runs Perez allowed came on a home run hit by O'Koyea Dickson in the 8th. Tyson allowed one other hit, walked 1, and fanned 2. Jordan Jankowski worked around a couple of walks, one of which was intentional, to close out the game; he struck out Drew Maggi to end the game.

The Grizzlies and Dodgers will conclude their series at 2:05. Francis Martes will face Trevor Oaks.

Corpus Christi 7, Midland 1

W- Rogelio Armenteros (2-1)
L- Cody Stull (1-2)

CC home runs: Jon Singleton (5, grand slam in 6th)

The Hooks snapped their 10-game losing streak thanks to a 6-run 6th that was punctuated by Jon Singleton's grand slam.

Josh James threw 5 innings and allowed just one run on a sac fly, a double, walked 4, and struck out 4. Rogelio Armenteros tagged in to throw 3 scoreless, allowing 3 hits, walking 2, and striking out 5. Andrew Thome threw a 1-2-3 9th.

All six runs in that big 6th inning came with two outs. Ramon Laureano drew a walk to keep the inning alive. He then stole 2nd and scored Corpus Christi's first run on a single from Kristian Trompiz. Drew Ferguson followed with a single, and Bobby Boyd singled to bring in Trompiz. J.D. Davis legged out an infield single to load the bases for Singleton, who promptly cleared them with a salami. He capped off the night with an RBI double in the 8th.

Ferguson and Davis both finished 3-5 with a run scored on the evening. Singleton (2B, grand slam, 5 RBI), Boyd (RBI, 2 R, SB), and Trompiz (RBI, R) all had two hits.

Cy Sneed will start the series finale. He'll go up against James Naile at 2:05.

Buies Creek 4, Down East 2

W- Justin Ferrell (3-2)
L- Wes Benjamin (2-3)
S- Nick Hernandez (6)

BC home runs: Dexture McCall (2, solo in 3rd)

Buies Creek put up the only crooked-numbered inning in this game and that turned out to be the difference. In 14 head-to-head meetings across the Majors and two minor league levels, the Astros organization is 10-4 against the Rangers organization. (Fresno and Round Rock have yet to play each other in the Pacific Coast League.)

The one run that Justin Ferrell surrendered in his 5 innings of work came on a solo home run from Josh Morgan in the 2nd inning. He allowed two singles, walked 1, and struck out 4. Matt Bower allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 3 innings of work. Nick Hernandez struck out a pair and worked around a hit and a walk to close it out for the second night in a row.

Morgan put the Wood Ducks on the scoreboard first, but their lead wouldn't last long because Dex McCall led off the 3rd with a homer. Two batters later, Arturo Michelena singled and Jason Martin followed with a triple to put the Astros in the lead. Martin scored on a Kyle Tucker groundout in the 5th. Myles Straw led off the 8th with a triple and Little Tuck capped off the evening by bringing him in with a single. Martin, Straw, and Michelena all finished 2-4 with a run scored; both of Martin's hits went for extra bases.

The Astros will look for the sweep as Yoanys Quiala takes the mound. He'll go up against Richelson Peña at 2:00 Eastern.

Dayton 10, Quad Cities 9 in 11 innings

W- Patrick Riehl (1-1)
L- Erasmo Pinales (0-1)

QC home runs: Chuckie Robinson (1, 2-run in 8th), Rodrigo Ayarza (5, 3-run in 9th)

The Banditos successfully erased a 5-run deficit in this game to force extra innings.... only to see the Dragons complete the sweep as they walked off with the win.

Rodrigo Ayarza kicked off his huge night with an RBI single in the 1st inning. Carmen Benedetti ripped an RBI double in the 5th that tied the game at 2, but then Dayton put up 5 in the bottom of the 5th to put them firmly in control. Ray Henderson smacked an RBI double in the 7th. The Dragons responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the 7th to re-establish their 5-run lead, but Chuckie Robinson and Ayarza had other ideas. Robinson smacked a 2-run homer in the 8th to cut the deficit to three runs, and then down to their final out, Ayarza tied the game with a 3-run home run to send it into extra innings. Ayarza wasn't done; he hit an RBI single in the top of the 11th that gave Quad Cities a 9-8 lead. He finished 4-5 on the evening. Marcos Almonte went 3-5 with a stolen base (2) and scored a run.

Ryan Hartman went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. Ronel Blanco got the first two outs of the 5th via strikeout, but he got tagged for 5 runs on 6 hits. Enoli Paredes threw 5.1 innings in order to stop the bleeding; the one hit he allowed was a solo homer to Hector Vargas in the 7th. Paredes also walked 2 and struck out 2. Erasmo Pinales got two outs in the 11th; he needed to get three. The Dragons got him for 2 runs on 2 hits and he also issued a couple of walks.

Quad Cities has today off. They'll return to action Monday morning as they begin a 3-game series with Burlington.

Saturday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Rodrigo Ayarza, IF, Quad Cities
4-5, 3-R HR (5), 5 RBI

Photo by Bryan Green
Enoli Paredes, RHP, Quad Cities
5.1 IP, H (solo HR), ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Justin Ferrell, RHP, Buies Creek
W (3-2), 5 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), ER, BB, 4 K


Jason Martin, OF, Buies Creek, and Kristian Trompiz, IF, Corpus Christi
Martin: 2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, R
Trompiz: 2-4, RBI, R

Jon Singleton, 1B, Corpus Christi
2-3, 2B, grand slam (5), 5 RBI

Bobby Boyd, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, RBI, 2 R, SB (3)

Corpus Christi pitchers: W 7-1 vs. Midland
9 IP, 4 H, ER, 6 BB, 9 K
Josh James: 5 IP, H, ER, 4 BB, 4 K
Rogelio Armenteros: W (2-1), 3 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K
Andrew Thome: IP; 2 groundouts, 1 line drive out