Saturday, June 3, 2017

May Astros MiLB By the Numbers ...

Looking at the Astros MiLB teams in May by the numbers ...

Derek Fisher - July 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen


  • 98 mph: The velocity of Fresno RHP Francis Martes' final (105th) pitch of the night on 5/26
  • 60: Percent of base runners caught stealing by Corpus Christi C Garrett Stubbs (53% for the season)
  • 53-63: Collective record of the four Astros MiLB full season teams in May
  • 50: Percent of base runners caught stealing by Quad Cities C Jake Rogers (50% for the season)
  • 41: Hits by Fresno OF Derek Fisher (that's just in May!)
  • 33: Strikeouts by Corpus Christi RHP Rogelio Armenteros in 27.1IP
  • 32: Strikeouts by Buies Creek RHP Hector Perez in 24.1IP (2.96 ERA/1.110 WHIP)
  • 32: Strikeouts by Buies Creek/Corpus Christi LHP Alex Winkelman in 25.1IP
  • 31: Number of innings Quad Cities went scoreless before breaking out with a 15R/15H performance on 5/21
  • 30.2: Innings pitched by Quad Cities RHP Enoli Paredes (most in the system in May) while compiling a 1.76 ERA and 0.848 WHIP and throwing 5 no-hit innings his last time out
  • 28: Numbers of days into the season before the first Astros MiLB ejection (Buies Creek Manager Omar Lopez) for this ...




  • 24: RBI by Fresno OF Derek Fisher
  • 24: Walks by Corpus Christi 1B Jon Singleton (48 for the season through the end of May)
  • 23 Games: Hit streak (for games in which he had a plate appearance) by Corpus Christi OF Drew Ferguson (from April 29th through May 26th)
  • 20: Runs scored by Buies Creek (now Corpus Christi) OF Jason Martin
  • 19 Games: Hit streak by Fresno C Juan Centeno from 4/16 through the end of May (which has already been extended to 21 games through 6/2; also hit safely in 2 MLB games in the middle of his Fresno streak)
  • 17 Games: Hit streak by Derek Fisher (from 4/25 through 5/14)
  • 14.3: Percent of inherited runners allowed to score by Fresno LHP Reymin Guduan (1 of 7)
  • 12.9: Strikeouts per nine innings by Corpus Christi RHP Cy Sneed (30 in 21.0IP)
  • 12: Doubles hit by Fresno 2B Tony Kemp (only collected one double in April)
  • 11: Appearances out of the bullpen by Fresno RHP Kevin Comer
  • 11: Strikeouts by Quad Cities LHP Brett Adcock in 6IP on 5/4 (since promoted to Buies Creek)
  • 10 Games: Loss streak by Corpus Christi in early May
  • 9 Games: Streak in which Quad Cities OF Carmen Benedetti drew at least one walk (5-13 to 5-26)
  • 8: Times Fresno lost the series opener until finally winning one on 5/11
  • 8: Home runs by Fresno OF Derek Fisher (13 through first two months of the season)
  • 8: Outfield assists by Corpus Christi OF Ramon Laureano (11 for the season)
  • 7: No-hit innings by Quad Cities LHP Cionel Perez on 5/22 (1 walk, 10 strikeouts)
  • 7: Shut out innings by Fresno RHP David Martinez on 5/28 (after averaging 4ER per appearance in his prior 8 outings)
  • 7: Stolen bases by Buies Creek (now Corpus Christi) OF Kyle Tucker and Ramon Laureano
  • 7: Home runs hit by Buies Creek in one game (5/7)
  • 6: Innings in which Quad Cities RHP Carlos Sanabria was perfect on 5/30
  • 5: Hits by Tony Kemp in one game for Fresno on 5/14, including three doubles (Fresno SS Reid Brignac was 4-for-4 with three doubles a week later on 5/21)
  • 4: Wins from Quad Cities RHP Carson LaRue (to one loss in five appearances)
  • 3: Saves by Buies Creek RHP Nick Hernandez
  • 3: Home runs hit by Jason Martin in one game (for Buies Creek on 5/7 in the 1st, 2nd and 4th innings)
  • 2: Home runs in one game, including a Grand Slam, for Quad Cities IF/OF Marcos Almonte on 5/4; Quad Cities IF Rodrigo Ayarza (5/21), Jake Rogers for (5/24) and Quad Cities C Chuckie Robinson (5/29) are also members of the 2HR Game club
  • 2: Games in a row in which Kyle Tucker hit 2 home runs in each game (5/6 and 5/7)
  • 2: Pickoffs in one game by Quad Cities LHP Ryan Hartman on 5/7 (since promoted to Buies Creek)
  • 1: Immaculate inning (3 strikeouts on 9 pitches) for Fresno RHP Dayan Diaz on 5/20
  • 1: Moving truck hit by an A.J. Reed walk-off blast on 5/17



  • 1.32: ERA by Corpus Christi RHP Rogelio Armenteros in 27.1 IP (6 games/5 starts; 1.061 WHIP)
  • 1.10: ERA by Fresno RHP Kevin Comer in 11 appearances (16.1 IP; 1.102 WHIP)
  • 1.08: ERA by Corpus Christi RHP Kyle Smith in 25 IP (5 games/4 starts; 1.040 WHIP)
  • 0.71: ERA by Buies Creek/Corpus Christi LHP Alex Winkelman in 25.1 IP (6 games/3 starts; 1.184 WHIP)
  • 0.00: ERA by Buies Creek RHP Nick Hernandez in 7 appearances (7 IP)


  • 1.000: WHIP by Buies Creek LHP Sebastian Kessay in 7 appearances (1.93 ERA in 14 IP) and Buies Creek LHP Howie Brey in 6 appearances (3.00 ERA in 9 IP)
  • 0.943: WHIP by Quad Cities RHP Erasmo Pinales in 7 appearances (2.31 ERA in 11.2 IP)
  • 0.926: WHIP by Quad Cities RHP Carson LaRue (2.33 ERA in 27 IP)
  • 0.870: WHIP by Buies Creek RHP Yoanys Quiala (3.91 ERA in 23 IP)
  • 0.848: WHIP by Quad Cities RHP Enoli Paredes in 30.2 IP
  • 0.286: WHIP by Buies Creek RHP Nick Hernandez in 7 appearances (batters hit 0.45 against him)


  • 1.088: OPS by Fresno OF Derek Fisher in 27 games
  • 1.045: OPS by 1B/OF/DH Yordan Alvarez in his first 15 games with Quad Cities
  • 1.037: OPS by Corpus Christi OF Drew Ferguson in 25 games
  • .667: SLG by Derek Fisher in 27 games
  • .550+ SLG Club for May: Jake Rogers (.595 in 23 games), Yordan Alvarez (.585 in 15 games), Jason Martin (.583 in 28 games), Kyle Tucker (.569 in 27 games), Fresno 3B Colin Moran (.563 in 18 games) and Drew Ferguson (.552 in 25 games)
  • .486: OBP by Drew Ferguson in 25 games
  • .400+ OBP Club for May: Carmen Benedetti (.468 in 19 games), Yordan Alvarez (.460 in 15 games), Buies Creek OF Myles Straw (.434 in 25 games), Derek Fisher (.421 in 27 games), Jon Singleton (.415 in 25 games), Fresno C Max Stassi (.413 in 19 games), Juan Centeno (.404 in 12 games) and Corpus Christi C Trent Woodward (.403 in 16 games)
  • .400: BA by Juan Centeno in 12 games
  • .379: BA by Drew Ferguson in 25 games
  • .377: BA by Yordan Alvarez in 15 games
  • .369: BA by Derek Fisher in 27 games

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, June 2, 2017

Fresno 4, Tacoma 1

W- Kevin Comer (2-1)
L- Chase de Jong (2-3)
S- Jordan Jankowski (5)

Fresno home runs: Reid Brignac (4, 2-run in 7th), Jon Kemmer (6, solo in 7th)

The Grizzlies got a fine pitching performance Friday night.

Leonys MartĆ­n and Zach Shank led off the game with singles off Casey Coleman. These would end up being Tacoma's only two hits of the evening. Shank's was an RBI single, which was the only run Coleman allowed in his 6 innings. He also walked 2 and struck out 7. Kevin Comer walked 1 and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless, and Jordan Jankowski struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Juan Centeno put Fresno on the board with an RBI single in the 3rd, which extended his hitting streak to 20 games. Reid Brignac broke the tie with a 2-run blast in the 7th and Jon Kemmer capped off the evening by launching a solo homer. D.J. Fisher went 2-4 and was the only player on either side to finish with a multi-hit game.

David Martinez will start game 3 of this series. He'll go up against Tyler Cloyd at 7:05 Pacific.

Tulsa 5, Corpus Christi 4

W- Yaisel Sierra (4-0)
L- Andrew Thome (3-3, 3-4 season)

CC home runs: Jon Singleton (9, 2-run in 3rd)

The Drillers scored 3 in the 9th to walk off with the win. This here is an example of getting the victory snatched from right under you.

Jon Singleton opened the scoring with a sac fly in the opening inning and then launched a 2-run homer in the 3rd. Ramon Laureano doubled to lead off the 9th and scored on a Jack Mayfield single. The two of them both finished 2-4 with a stolen base. Laureano now has 13 stolen bases, while Mayfield has 4 on the season. J.D. Davis went 2-3 and scored a run. Kyle Tucker has a hit in all four games he's played with Corpus and also stole a base, his first with the Hooks and 14th on the season.

Brock Dykxhoorn went 4.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 6, and struck out 4. Sean Stutzman was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen and allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 over 2.2 scoreless innings. Riley Ferrell got a double play to end the 8th inning. He came out for the 9th, but the first two men reached against him, which prompted Andrew Thome's entrance. Thome retired the first two Drillers he faced, but three straight singles gave Tulsa the win. Ferrell allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and had two inherited runners charged to him. Thome allowed 3 hits, a run of his own, and struck out 1.

Kyle Smith faces Walker Buehler at 7:05 in game 2 of the series.

Buies Creek 3, Carolina 2


W- Carlos Sierra (1-0, 1-1 season)
L- Freddy Peralta (0-3)
S- Nick Hernandez (7)

BC home runs: None.

The Mudcats tied the game with a pair in the top of the 7th but the Carolina Stros regained the advantage with a run after stretch time.

Anthony Hermelyn opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning and Stephen Wrenn added a sac fly. Rodrigo Ayarza ripped an RBI double in the 7th to put Buies Creek back in front. Anibal Sierra went 2-3 with a double and scored the go-ahead run.

Yoanys Quiala went 6.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned); both runs were inherited and charged to him following a wild pitch from Carlos Sierra and a passed ball on Hermelyn. He also allowed 2 hits, walked 5, and struck out 6. Sierra walked 1 and struck out 3 over 1.2 innings, and Nick Hernandez worked around a hit and a walk to earn the save, striking out the side in the 9th.

Framber Valdez starts the series finale. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 5, Kane County 4

W- Lucas Williams (1-1)
L- Ryan Burr (1-2)

QC home runs: Chuckie Robinson (5, grand slam in 8th)

This, on the other hand, is what you would call snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. All 5 Quad Cities runs came in the 7th and the 8th after Kane County took a 4-0 lead into the 7th inning stretch.

Gabriel Valdez went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Ronel Blanco was the first man out of the Banditos bullpen and went 2.1 innings, allowing 2 unearned runs on 2 hits, walking 2, and fanning 1. Lucas Williams allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 over 1.2 scoreless.

Ray Henderson's RBI double put Quad Cities on the board in the 7th inning. The fun started in the 8th. Jonathan Arauz singled to lead off the inning, but the rally was on the verge of never happening when Gabriel Bracamonte and Daz Cameron struck out. Ronnie Dawson kept the inning alive by walking and Yordan Alvarez also drew a walk to bring up Chuckie Robinson, who promptly cleared the bases and put Quad Cities in front with a grand slam. Alvarez finished 2-3 to extend his hitting streak to 8 games.

Cionel Perez will start game 2 of this series. He'll take on Jon Duplantier at 6:35.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photo by Rich Guill
 Chuckie Robinson, C, Quad Cities
Go-ahead grand slam (5) in 8th

Jon Singleton, 1B, Corpus Christi
1-2, 2-R HR (9), 3 RBI

Casey Coleman's picture from the Iowa Cubs' Flickr page, taken by Chris Donahue
Fresno Grizzlies pitchers
W 4-1 vs. Tacoma
9 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB, 12 K
Casey Coleman: 6 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Kevin Comer: W (2-1), 2 IP, BB, 3 K
Jordan Jankowski: Save (5), IP, 2 K

2017 Dominican Summer League Astros Primer

The Dominican Summer League will begin its season today. This is the only foreign rookie league affiliated with Minor League Baseball since the Venezuelan Summer League ceased operations following the 2015 season.

Since I'm known to be lazy, I will copy and paste what I wrote from last year.

As the name implies, the league is located in the Dominican Republic, and all 30 Major League teams have bases set up throughout the country. The rosters of these teams primarily consist of international signings from Latin America and the Caribbean, and for many of these players, it is their first foray into professional baseball. They have spent countless hours preparing for this day, and today, they finally have an opportunity to showcase their skills. Although this is the lowest rung on the Minor League ladder, these players are just like the guys in Corpus or Quad Cities: They're chasing their dreams of becoming Major League Baseball players.

For many of us, this is the first time that we have heard of guys like Jonger Ochoa, Angel Macuare, Jervic Chavez, or Nerio Rodriguez. It may not be the last time, either. From here, Minute Maid Park seems like it's a universe away and many of these players may never advance past this league. Even Corpus Christi feels like a world away.

On the other hand, some of these kids may emerge to become top prospects, and we will be able to talk about them in the same vein as Carlos Correa, Lance McCullers, Kyle Tucker, and Franklin Perez. Some may even become stars in the majors, whether it is with the Astros or another organization. We are seeing some of these DSL alums such as Framber Valdez, Hector Perez, Marcos Almonte, and Yordan Alvarez begin to make an impact in the system.

You just never know who might emerge from this level to become an impact player. You may not know their names yet, but you might end up remembering a few of them a few years from now. Oz Ocampo and his team are excellent at what they do, and that is infusing young talent into the Houston Astros organization.

We at What the Heck, Bobby? would like to wish the Dominican Summer League Astros best of luck on the upcoming season. We hope to see some of you guys in Houston down the road, as well.

The Houston Astros field two teams in the Dominican Summer League, which underwent a bit of a realignment this offseason. They will be one of nine teams with more than one DSL affiliate in 2017. First up... a look at the Blue team.

DSL ASTROS BLUE

The Blue team will play in the Dominican Summer League Northwest Division against the A's, Braves, Dodgers 1, Marlins, Rays 1, Red Sox, and Royals.

In 2016, they finished 42-23. While that is an outstanding record, they somehow missed the DSL playoffs. They will start their campaign against the Braves at 10:30 AM Eastern. All DSL games will begin at 10:30 AM Eastern.

Yorbin Ceuta, a highly touted infielder from Venezuela, will be one of the feature attractions in the Blue team lineup. He signed for $1 million last July 2 and has been a proven performer on the international circuit. Fellow Venezuelan RHP Angel Macuare was cited as a sleeper in the 2017 Baseball America Prospect Handbook.

Asterisk: Player bats/throws left-handed
Italics: Player is making professional debut
Bold: Player is a switch-hitter

All players are Dominican unless stated otherwise. If there is signing information available for the player, it will be listed as well.

Coaching Staff

Manager: Charlie Romero
Pitching Coach: Rick Aponte
Hitting Coaches: Omar Rosario and Evaristo Lantigua
Coach: Erik Acevedo Rojas
Athletic Trainer: Ambiorix Reyes
Strength & Conditioning: Miguel Angel Cabrera

Charlie Romero begins his second stint with the Blue team; he managed the club in 2015.

Pitchers

Gustavo Almonte (6/3/1998); Astros' transaction page says he signed June 1. The contract may have been formalized on this date, he may have signed before June 1.
Yulian Frontado (Venezuela, 12/29/1998); signed March 2016
Freylin Garcia (12/6/1997); signed July 2016, was eligible to play immediately after signing
Ronny Garcia (12/2/1999); signed July 2016
Fredis Guerrero (2/16/1996); signed December 2016
Jose Antonio Hernandez (Venezuela, 6/18/1999); signed May 2016
Denilson Lugo* (nationality unknown, 12/22/1997); signed February 2017
Angel Macuare (Venezuela, 3/3/2000); signed July 2016 for $695,000
Ronaldo Marrero (2/7/1996); signed May 2017, originally signed by Phillies in 2013 as an IF
Angel Matos (7/21/1997); signed May 2016
Jonger Ochoa (Venezuela, 1/16/1997); signed July 2016
Kilvio Peralta (3/6/1997); signed March 2016
Antonio Pujols* (1/27/1998); signed September 2016
Fabricio Reina (nationality unknown, 2/26/2000); signed March 2017
Jean Reyes (Venezuela, 12/1/1997); signed May 2016
Nivaldo Rodriguez (Venezuela, 4/16/1997); signed June 2016
Oscar Severino (2/26/1998); signed July 2016
Renny Ugarte (Venezuela, 2/27/1997); signed September 2016
Nathanael Ventura (nationality unknown, 12/15/1995); signed February 2017

Catchers

Brandon Benavente (Venezuela, 9/3/1997); signed July 2014 for $262,500
Freddy Chirino (Venezuela, 12/15/1999); signed December 2016
Nerio Rodriguez Jr. (9/21/1999); born in New York, signed July 2016 for $450,000
Rhandall Sanchez (Panama, 11/29/1998); signed May 2016

Infielders

Alfredo Angarita (Venezuela, 11/16/1996); signed November 2015
Yorbin Ceuta (Venezuela, 1/14/2000); signed July 2016 for $1 million
Jonathan Matute (Venezuela, 4/28/1997); signed July 2013 for $215,000
Kendy Moya (12/14/1998); signed sometime before June 2016
Yeuris Ramirez (11/28/1998); signed July 2015 for $500,000
Anthony Rodriguez (7/23/1996); signed February 2015
Ozziel Sanchez-Galan (Panama, 10/30/1997); signed July 2014
Ronaldo Urdaneta (Venezuela, 11/18/1998); signed July 2015 for $60,000

Outfielders

Luis Coronel (Venezuela, 7/11/1997); signed June 2016
CĆ©sar Cortez (Panama, 4/1/1999); signed July 2015 for $100,000
Ronny Rafael (10/14/1997); signed July 2014 for $1.5 million
Angel Tejeda* (1/22/1997); signed May 2015

DSL ASTROS ORANGE

The Orange team will play in the DSL North Division alongside the Cubs 1, Dodgers 2, Indians, Pirates, Rangers 1, Rays 2, and a combined team consisting of players from the Indians and Brewers academies.

In 2016, the Orange team finished with a 31-37 record. Their first game in 2017 will be against the combined Indians/Brewers squad at 10:30 AM Eastern.

Freudis Nova will start his pro career with the Orange team. He signed with Houston for $1.2 million after a deal with the Marlins fell through. Nova has been touted as the best athlete in the 2016-17 international class. Also, Jairo Solis could be an arm to watch. Solis saw his stuff tick up after signing; his fastball has reportedly reached 94.

Bryan Solano is apparently the first Costa Rican to sign with a Major League club in eight years. He's starting off the season on the restricted list.

Asterisk: Player bats/throws left-handed
Italics: Player is making professional debut
Bold: Player is a switch-hitter

Coaching Staff

Manager: Carlos Lugo
Pitching Coaches: Gerardo Olivares and Darwin Peguero
Hitting Coach: RenƩ Rojas
Coaches: Alejandro Martinez and Selin Aquino
Athletic Trainer: Roman Rendon
Strength & Conditioning: Mike Myers and Geremias Guzman

Pitchers

Jesus Bernaez (Venezuela, 5/6/1997); signed March 2016
Jervic Chavez* (Venezuela, 2/8/1997); signed July 2016
Luis De Paula (11/15/1996); signed November 2016
Christopher Javier (7/16/1998); signed June 2016
Ronny Jimenez (9/19/1994); signed prior to 2015 season, former infielder converting to pitcher
Miguel Matos (9/29/1996); signed December 2015
Fredy Medina (9/26/1997); signed July 2015, former infielder converting to pitcher
Christian Mejias (Venezuela, 5/19/1999); signed June 2016
Cristofer Melendez (9/16/1997); signed July 2014
Wender Oberto (Venezuela, 12/9/1999); signed November 2016
Angel Ortega (Venezuela, 11/18/1999); signed July 2016 for $180,000
Carlos Quintero (Venezuela, 1/11/2000); signed December 2016
Jose Alberto Rivera (2/14/1997); signed October 2016
Mauricio Santana (2/3/1997); signed July 2015 for $17,000
Bryan Solano (Costa Rica, 1/25/1998); signed March 2017, currently on restricted list
Jairo Solis (Venezuela, 12/22/1999); signed July 2016 for $450,000
Asael Uribe (5/4/1996); signed March 2016

Catchers

Jose Alvarez (Venezuela, 6/4/2000); signed July 2016 for $195,000
Luis Barajas (Mexico, 7/13/1998); signed January 2017
Jose Carrillo (Venezuela, 1/24/1998); signed May 2015
Gerry Castillo (10/3/1997); signed May 2016
Kelvin Perez (Venezuela, 12/8/1998); signed June 2016

Infielders

Samir Caraballo (Colombia, 9/12/1998); signed November 2015
Deury Carrasco* (9/20/1999); signed July 2016 for $480,000
Jeury Castillo* (1/14/2000); signed July 2016 for $400,000
Michael Garcia (9/10/1997); signed May 2016
Sean Mendoza (Venezuela, 6/2/2000); signed July 2016
Freudis Nova (1/12/2000); signed July 2016 for $1.2 million

Outfielders

Euclides Chavez* (Venezuela, 7/1/1997); signed April 2016
Leonardo Gonzalez* (Venezuela, 5/27/2000); signed July 2016
Hector Martinez (7/6/1998); signed July 2014 for $300,000
Renaigel Martis* (CuraƧao, 11/26/1997); signed November 2015
Ramiro Rodriguez (Panama, 2/2/1998); signed October 2015

BY THE NUMBERS

68 total players (35 Blue, 33 Orange) representing 7 countries; 3 players of unknown origin
10 players born in 2000
Youngest: Jose Alvarez, born June 4, 2000
Oldest: Ronny Jimenez, born September 19, 1994
Largest bonus: Ronny Rafael, signed for $1.5 million in 2014

Friday, June 2, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, June 1, 2017

The upper minors clubs came out on top, but the A teams had tough evenings.

Fresno 12, Tacoma 9

W- Brian Holmes (1-2)
L- Rob Whalen (0-3)
S- Dayan Diaz (1)

Fresno home runs: Juan Centeno (1, 3-run in 5th), D.J. Fisher (14, 2-run in 6th)

The Rainiers scored 6 in the 3rd to take a 7-1 lead, but Fresno turned the tables by closing this game on an 11-2 run that included a 6-run inning of their own.

Both sides scored a run in the opening frame; the Grizzlies' run came on a Teoscar Hernandez RBI single. Tacoma's outburst forced the Grizz to chip away for a bit; they got a run back on Tony Kemp's RBI groundout in the 3rd and 2 more in the 4th when Juan Centeno hit an RBI single and A.J. Reed scored on a wild pitch. Things got fun in the 5th inning.

Alejandro Garcia kicked off the proceedings with a double and scored on a single from Preston Tucker to cut the deficit to one run. D.J. Fisher went down on strikes for the second out, but Teoscar kept the line moving with a single, and Colin Moran got plunked to load the bases. Reed came through with a 2-run single and Centeno delivered the haymaker with a 3-run blast. Tacoma got two runs back in the 6th, but Fisher got them back when he launched a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 6th.

Centeno (3-R HR, 4 RBI) and Garcia (2B, 3 R) both finished 3-4 on the evening, while Reed (2B, 2 RBI, 2 R), Fisher (2B, 2-R HR, 2 R), and Teoscar (RBI, R) all had 2 hits apiece. Centeno extended his hitting streak with Fresno to 19 games.

Francis Martes and Brian Holmes both threw 2.2 innings. Martes got the start and allowed 7 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 4, and struck out 2. Holmes allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Brendan McCurry followed with 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 3, and Dayan Diaz retired all 4 Tacoma hitters he faced to get the save.

Casey Coleman takes on Chase de Jong in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 6, Springfield 4

W- Cy Sneed (4-4)
L- Matt Pearce (5-3)
S- Andrew Thome (3, 4 season)

CC home runs: Ramon Laureano (3, 2-run in 5th)

The Hooks withstood a 4-run 6th inning to avoid the sweep.

Cy Sneed went 5.1 innings and the 4 runs he allowed all came on a couple of homers in the 6th. Oscar Mercado took him deep to lead off the inning and Anthony Garcia launched a 3-run shot off of him with one out. Only Mercado's homer was an earned run, however. Sneed allowed 3 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Ryan Thompson recorded a strikeout over 1.2 scoreless; he faced one more batter thanks to an error. Andrew Thome got the two-inning save, allowing a hit and striking out 1.

Ramon Laureano opened up the scoring with his 2-run blast in the 5th inning. Corpus looked like they were going to go down in order in the 6th, but a couple of singles from Jack Mayfield and Laureano kept the inning alive. Bryan MuƱiz walked to load the bases for Tony NuƱez, who came through with a 2-run single. One batter later, Drew Ferguson added an RBI infield single. J.D. Davis brought in a crucial insurance run with a sac fly in the 9th inning.

Mayfield and Laureano both finished 3-4 with 2 runs scored. Ferguson (2B, RBI, R), NuƱez (2 RBI), and Jamie Ritchie all finished with 2 hits apiece.

Corpus is spending this weekend in beautiful Tulsa, Oklahoma. Brock Dykxhoorn will start game 1 and he'll face Josh Sborz at 7:05.

Carolina 6, Buies Creek 3

W- Marcos Diplan (3-2)
L- Jorge Alcala (1-2, 3-2 season)
S- Nate Griep (11)

BC home runs: None.

The Mudcats got to Jorge Alcala in the 6th inning to take control.

Alcala had a decent outing up until the 6th, then the walks proved to be his doom. In 5.2 innings, he allowed 4 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him), 2 hits (solo homer), walked 5, and struck out 2. Ralph Garza Jr. couldn't get Alcala out of the bases-loaded predicament as Cooper Hummel greeted him with a 2-run single right after he came on. In 2.1 innings, Garza allowed 2 runs (1 earned) of his own on 3 hits and struck out 2. Nick Hernandez walked 1 and struck out the side in the 9th.

Stephen Wrenn scored the first run of the evening when Jake Rogers stole 2nd on a wild pitch; he reached by beating out a double play attempt. Rodrigo Ayarza hit a 2-run double in the 6th inning.

Buies Creek and Carolina will continue their series tonight at 7:00 Eastern as Yoanys Quiala goes up against Freddy Peralta.

Cedar Rapids 11, Quad Cities 1

W- Sean Poppen (4-1)
L- Dustin Hunt (0-4)

QC home runs: None.

The Kernels took the series by busting this game wide open with 5 runs in the 4th inning.

Ray Henderson's RBI single in the 7th was Quad Cities' only scoring play in this one. Yordan Alvarez extended his hitting streak to 7 games with a double to lead off the 4th.

Dustin Hunt went 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (solo HR), walked 2, and struck out 3. Erasmo Pinales came out for the 4th inning but could only get one out, allowing 5 runs (4 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits and walking 2. Carson LaRue tagged in for 3.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Salvador MontaƱo worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1.

Gabriel Valdez will get the start in the first of a 3-game series with Kane County. He'll take on Curtis Taylor at 6:35.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Juan Centeno's photo taken by Bryan Green
Juan Centeno, C, and Derek Fisher, OF, Fresno
Centeno: 3-4, 3-R HR (1), 4 RBI; 19-game hitting streak
Fisher: 2-4, 2B, 2-R HR (14)

Ramon Laureano, OF, Corpus Christi
3-4, 2B, 2-R HR (3), 2 R

Andrew Thome, RHP, Corpus Christi
Save (3, 4 season), 2 IP, H, K

Nick Hernandez, RHP, Buies Creek
IP, BB, 3 K
29 K in 19.2 IP this season

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Swept... but the Astros won, so it wasn't all bad news.

Fresno was off

Francis Martes will get the start in the first of a 4-game set against Tacoma at 7:05 Pacific. He'll take on Rob Whalen.

Springfield 5, Corpus Christi 4

W- Dakota Hudson (3-2)
L- Rogelio Armenteros (2-2)
S- Tyler Bray (1)

CC home runs: Kyle Tucker (1, 10 season; solo in 8th)

The Hooks fought back late but a 3-run 6th from the Cardinals put the game just out of their reach.

Garrett Stubbs scored Corpus Christi's first run when he came home on a double play in the 5th. Jon Singleton scored another run on a double play in the 7th, and one batter later, Trent Woodward hit an RBI single. Kyle Tucker launched his first Texas League homer in the 8th, a solo shot that cut the deficit to one run. He and Stubbs both finished 2-4 on the evening.

Rogelio Armenteros went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Josh James pitched the last 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and struck out 3.

Corpus will look to avoid the sweep as Cy Sneed gets the start. He'll face Matt Pearce at 7:10.

Carolina 9, Buies Creek 8

W- Quintin Torres-Costa (5-1)
L- Ryan Hartman (3-2)
S- Nate Griep (10)

BC home runs: None.

The Mudcats came out on top in a topsy-turvy affair.

Ryan Hartman got roughed up in his Carolina League debut; he only went 3.2 innings and allowed 6 runs on 6 hits (3-run homer), walked 4, and struck out 1. Howie Brey was the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen and went 1.1 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on a sac fly and an error, a double, walked 3, and struck out 2. The one run that Brett Adcock allowed in his 4 innings was a solo homer hit by Isan Diaz in the 6th. He allowed 2 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 4.

Spencer Johnson put the Carolina Stros on the board with a 2-run triple in the 2nd inning and came home on a single from Dex McCall. In the 3rd, Alex De Goti ripped an RBI double and scored on an error that allowed McCall to reach. Buies Creek got a pair of RBI singles from Anibal Sierra and Myles Straw in the 5th. McCall ripped an RBI double in the 9th, but De Goti was thrown out at home trying to score the tying run, which ended the game.

McCall (2B, RBI, R), Jake Rogers (2B, 3 R), and De Goti (RBI, 2 BB, 3 R) finished with 2 hits apiece. Stephen Wrenn, who was also making his Carolina League debut along with De Goti and Hartman, went 1-5 and stole a base, his 9th of the year.

Game 2 of this series has Jorge Alcala taking on Marcos Diplan. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Cedar Rapids 3, Quad Cities 0

W- Colton Davis (3-1)
L- Yohan Ramirez (0-1)
S- Hector Lujan (2)

QC home runs: None.

Rough night for the Banditos offense as they only had 3 hits and struck out 17 times.

Daz Cameron doubled, which was their only extra-base hit. The other two hits were singles from Taylor Jones and Yordan Alvarez.

Enoli Paredes walked 1 and struck out 5 over 5 no-hit innings. The Kernels got to Yohan Ramirez in his 2.2 innings; he allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Salvador MontaƱo got the final out of the 8th.

Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids will wrap up this series at 6:35.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photo by Bryan Green
Enoli Paredes, RHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, BB, 5 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Kyle Tucker, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2B, solo HR (1, 10 season)

Alex De Goti, SS, Buies Creek
2-3, 2B, RBI, 3 R, 2 BB; Carolina League debut
Photo by Rich Guill
Brett Adcock, LHP, Buies Creek
4 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Astros Farm Report: 6-1

Updated Astros MiLB roster moves and current team standings, but first things first ...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THESE JUNE ASTROS BABIES

Hector Perez - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

6-1: RHP Aaron West (27)
6-1: RHP Jared Mortensen (29)
6-2: RHP Diogenes Almengo (22)
6-3: RHP Chad Donato (22)
6-4: LHP Kent Emanuel (25)
6-5: OF Carlos Machado (19)
6-5: 1B Bryan Muniz (24)
6-6: RHP Hector Perez (21)
6-7: C Oliver Toribio (21)
6-8: C Vicente Mota (23)
6-10: OF Pat Porter (24)
6-11: RHP Ryan Deemes (24)
6-11: OF Nestor Muriel (19)
6-12: 3B Nicholas Miranda (21)
6-13: RHP Leovanny Rodriguez (21)
6-15: RHP Mike Fiers (32)
6-16: LHP Matt Bower (23)
6-17: LHP Yhoan Acosta (22)
6-19: LHP Sebastian Kessay (24)
6-19: RHP Collin McHugh (30)
6-21: OF Alejandro Garcia (26)
6-21: RHP Saul Martinez (22)
6-21: RHP Colin McKee (23)
6-22: RHP Cesar Rosado (21)
6-22: 1B Troy Sieber (22)
6-23: RHP Robert Corniel (22)
6-24: 2B Brooks Marlow (24)
6-25: RHP Juan Lopez (20)
6-26: RHP Ryan Thompson (25)
6-28: RHP Michael Feliz (24)
6-30: RHP Rogelio Armenteros (23)

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.

Updating the moves posted yesterday with even more moves!!!

David Paulino - April 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

6-1: 2B L.P. Pelletier retired
*Pelletier was the Astros' 20th-round draft pick last year. He spent his one season in the GCL.
5-31: LHP Reymin Guduan called up to Houston
5-31: IF Alex De Goti assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
5-31: IF Rodrigo Ayarza assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
5-31: LHP Ryan Hartman assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
5-31: SS Jonathan Arauz activated from the restricted list and assigned to Quad Cities
5-31: RHP Yohan Ramirez assigned to Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
5-30: RHP David Paulino recalled to Houston
5-30: RHP Jordan Jankowski optioned to Fresno (called up on 5-28)
5-30: RHP Ryan Thompson assigned to Corpus Christi from Fresno
5-30: RHP Dean Deetz assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi (Check out my recent interview with Deetz here.)
5-30: OF Alejandro Garcia assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
5-30: LHP Albert Minnis (Corpus Christi) retired
5-30: OF Jason Martin assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
5-30: OF Kyle Tucker assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
5-30: OF Stephen Wrenn assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
5-30: 2B Arturo Michelena assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
5-29: LHP Ashur Tolliver placed on the Fresno 7-day DL (retroactive to 5-27)
5-29: RHP Brendan McCurry assigned to Fresno (from the restricted list)
5-28: OF Bobby Boyd (Corpus Christi) retired
5-28: SS Mott Hyde (Corpus Christi) retired - confirmed earlier reports
5-28: RHP Dean Deetz activated from the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
5-27: C Juan Centeno optioned to Fresno
5-27: RHP Jordan Jankowski optioned to Fresno
5-26: SS Alex DeGoti activated from the Quad Cities 7-day DL

STANDINGS

The Astros' four full-season affiliates have not changed substantially over the last week in which their cumulative record was 14-12.

Fresno had the best record at 5-1 for the week, but they still lag far behind Reno and Tacoma as they languish in 3rd place in their division. The good news (aside from the 5-1 record for the week) is that they have put a bit more distance between themselves and the cellar-dwelling Sacramento team. Corpus Christi's 3-3 record for the week caused them to fall a game further behind the division-leading San Antonio team. Buies Creek is still in first place after their 2-5 week, but they now have the Carolina Mudcats (1.5GB) and Myrtle Beach Pelicans (2.0GB) breathing down their necks. Quad Cities (4-3 for the week) have held steady in third place for several weeks now, but have two teams only a half game behind them in the standings.

AAA Fresno 3rd 23-30 .434 10.0GB W3
AA Corpus 3rd 26-26 .500 4.0GB L3
HiA Buies Creek 1st 30-23 .566 0.0GB L1
LoA Quad Cities 3rd 26-25 .510 3.0GB L1

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fresno 8, Albuquerque 2

W- Mike Hauschild (1-1)
L- Matt Flemer (2-4)

Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker 2 (10; solo in 2nd, 2-run in 8th), D.J. Fisher (13, 2-run in 1st)

Fresno won a Taco Tuesday game for the first time this season as Preston Tucker bludgeoned the 'Topes with a pair of homers.

I'm not what sure what the Rangers did to Mike Hauschild while he was there, but he hasn't had the greatest start to his 2017. He did turn in his best outing of the season on Tuesday, however, going 6 innings and allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, walking 3, and striking out 3. Kevin Comer, Dayan Diaz, and Tyson Perez all threw a scoreless inning out of the bullpen. Comer was first and worked around a couple of hits and got a strikeout in the 7th. Diaz and Perez both allowed a hit and struck out 1 in the 8th and the 9th, respectively.

D.J. Fisher's 2-run blast in the 1st put the Tacos on the board first. This was his third consecutive game with a homer. The elder Tucker clubbed a solo shot in the 2nd inning. Tony Kemp hit an RBI single in the 5th and added an RBI triple to his ledger in the 7th. One batter later, he trotted home on Tyler White's single. Tucker capped off the evening by whacking a 2-run homer in the 8th.

Kemp went 3-4 and finished a home run shy of the cycle. Tucker's two hits were both homers, and Juan Centeno also had two hits in his return to Fresno.

The Grizzlies have today off. They'll start a 4-game series with Tacoma on Thursday.

Springfield 4, Corpus Christi 3

W- Kevin Herget (1-2)
L- Jacob Dorris (1-1)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (12, solo in 6th)

The Hooks kicked off this roadtrip by walking off with a loss in the Ozarks. 

Jack Mayfield opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 2nd inning. Later in the frame, Drew Ferguson drove in a run in painful fashion when he got plunked with the bases loaded. J.D. Davis smacked a solo homer in the 6th. Mayfield (2B, RBI) and Garrett Stubbs both finished 2-4. In their Texas League debuts, Kyle Tucker went 1-4 and Jason Martin was 0-2 with a walk.

Kent Emanuel went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3. Alex Winkelman was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 2 innings. The Cardinals got the winning run off Jacob Dorris with a swinging-bunt RBI single with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. Dorris allowed one other hit and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings.

Game 2 of this series has Rogelio Armenteros facing Dakota Hudson at 6:30.

Buies Creek was off

The Carolina Stros are back home and they will begin a 4-game series with Carolina tonight at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 8, Cedar Rapids 2

W- Carlos Sanabria (1-2)
L- Eduardo Del Rosario (4-3)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos pounded out 16 hits while Carlos Sanabria flirted with a perfect game.

Sanabria was perfect through 6 and ultimately went 6.2 innings. The two runs he allowed came on a homer hit by Jermaine Palacios in the 7th inning. The three hits he allowed all occurred to lead off the inning. He also walked 1 and struck out 7. Abdiel SaldaƱa retired all four Cedar Rapids hitters he faced, striking out one of them, and Lucas Williams worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Yordan Alvarez scored the first run of the evening when Marcos Almonte drove him in with a single in the opening frame. Osvaldo Duarte chipped in with an RBI single in the 4th, and then Quad Cities blew this one wide open with 4 in the 5th.

Chuckie Robinson led off the big 5th with a single, advanced to 2nd on a sac bunt from Almonte, and scored on a Ronnie Dawson double. Dawson advanced to 3rd on a Wander Franco groundout, then Daz Cameron walked and stole 2nd. Taylor Jones came through with a 2-run single which prompted the Kernels to make a pitching change. Jones advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch and Duarte greeted the new Cedar Rapids pitcher with an RBI double. Almonte ripped an RBI double in the 6th and Robinson scored the final Quad Cities run of the game on Franco's groundout.

Dawson and Alvarez both finished with 3 hits and 2 runs scored. Duarte and Almonte both had 2 hits and drove in 2. Robinson also finished with 2 hits on the night; he scored twice and walked twice.

The Banditos and Kernels will continue their series at 6:35. Neither team has announced their starters for this game, so I'm assuming (probably incorrectly) that Quad Cities has a pending transaction.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

What on earth is happening here.
Tony Kemp (seated), 2B, Fresno
3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R; finished HR shy of cycle

Photo by Bryan Green
Carlos Sanabria, RHP, Quad Cities
6.2 IP, 3 H (2-R HR allowed), 2 ER, BB, 7 K
Perfect through 6 innings

Yordan Alvarez's and Marcos Almonte's photos taken by Rich Guill
Ronnie Dawson, OF, Yordan Alvarez, 1B, and Marcos Almonte, UTIL, Quad Cities
Dawson: 3-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Alvarez: 3-4, 2B, 2 R, BB
Almonte: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Preston Tucker, OF, Fresno
2-4, 2 HR (10), 3 RBI

Mike Hauschild, RHP, Fresno
W (1-1), 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Astros MiLB Roster Moves/Transactions

Lots of moves in the Astros system as some players retire and others get booted up to the next level ...

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.

I'm back from vacation and there's a lot of catching up to do on the transaction front. In case you missed last week's moves, Dustin recapped them in the last Astros Farm Report.

David Paulino - April 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

5-31: IF Alex De Goti assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
5-31: IF Rodrigo Ayarza assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
5-31: LHP Ryan Hartman assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
5-31: SS Jonathan Arauz activated from the restricted list and assigned to Quad Cities
5-31: RHP Yohan Ramirez assigned to Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training
5-30: RHP David Paulino recalled to Houston
5-30: RHP Jordan Jankowski optioned to Fresno (called up on 5-28)
5-30: RHP Ryan Thompson assigned to Corpus Christi from Fresno
5-30: RHP Dean Deetz assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi (Check out my recent interview with Deetz here.)
5-30: OF Alejandro Garcia assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
5-30: LHP Albert Minnis (Corpus Christi) retired
5-30: OF Jason Martin assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
5-30: OF Kyle Tucker assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
5-30: OF Stephen Wrenn assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
5-30: 2B Arturo Michelena assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
5-29: LHP Ashur Tolliver placed on the Fresno 7-day DL (retroactive to 5-27)
5-29: RHP Brendan McCurry assigned to Fresno (from the restricted list)
5-28: OF Bobby Boyd (Corpus Christi) retired
5-28: SS Mott Hyde (Corpus Christi) retired - confirmed earlier reports
5-28: RHP Dean Deetz activated from the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
5-27: C Juan Centeno optioned to Fresno
5-27: RHP Jordan Jankowski optioned to Fresno
5-26: SS Alex DeGoti activated from the Quad Cities 7-day DL

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, May 29, 2017

Sweep!



Fresno 10, Albuquerque 3

W- Trent Thornton (2-2, 3-4 season)
L- Barry Enright (2-1)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (7, 2-run in 5th), D.J. Fisher (12, 3-run in 8th)

Trent Thornton shackled the 'Topes and the offense pounded out 15 hits in a Memorial Day romp.

Thornton allowed just 1 run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 6 innings of work. Reymin Guduan allowed a run on a double, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 7th, and Brendan McCurry pitched the final 2 innings, allowing a solo homer to Jordan Patterson in the 9th. McCurry also allowed 3 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in his season debut. He had to sit out the first 50 games of the year after a positive test for methamphetamine in the off-season.

Teoscar Hernandez put Fresno on the board with an RBI single in the 3rd. Colin Moran and A.J. Reed followed with RBI singles of their own, and Preston Tucker added a sacrifice fly. Reed whacked a 2-run homer in the 5th. Jon Kemmer and Tony Kemp both walked to lead off the 8th. Kemmer then stole 2nd and scored on an error following a Tyler White single. One batter later, D.J. Fisher sent one off the batter's eye for a 3-run home run.

Fisher reached in all five of his plate appearances on the evening, going 3-3 with a couple of walks and a couple of runs scored. His 12 homers tops the system. Teoscar (RBI, R) and Moran (RBI, 2 R) also finished with 3 hits on the evening. Reed (2-R HR, 3 RBI) and Kemp (2 R) had 2 hits apiece.

Fresno and Albuquerque will wrap up their series at 6:35 Pacific as Mike Hauschild goes up against Matt Flemer.

Corpus Christi was off

Kent Emanuel gets the start for the Hooks as they kick off a 3-game series in Springfield tonight at 6:30.

Buies Creek 13, Frederick 4

W- Justin Ferrell (4-3)
L- Cristian Alvarado (2-6)

BC home runs: Ryne Birk (5, 3-run in 2nd), Kyle Tucker (9, solo in 6th)

The Carolina Stros earned the split with a 13-run, 17-hit assault in the finale. They outscored the Keys 13-2 the rest of the way after falling behind 2-0 after the opening inning.

Franklin Perez went 3.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (both in the 1st) on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Sebastian Kessay was the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen, and the two runs he allowed in his 1.1 innings came on a homer hit by Yermin Mercedes in the 5th. Kessay also allowed 2 other hits and struck out 2. Justin Ferrell allowed 4 hits and struck out 4 over 3.1 scoreless, and Nick Hernandez got a strikeout in a 1-2-3 9th.

Buies Creek scored 4 runs in the 2nd, all with 2 outs in the inning. Jason Martin ripped an RBI double and Ryne Birk followed by launching a 3-run homer. Pat Porter smacked an RBI double in the 3rd and came around to score on Arturo Michelena's single. Jake Rogers hit a sac fly in the 4th and Kyle Tucker cranked a solo shot in the 6th. In the 7th, Anthony Hermelyn drew a bases-loaded walk and Rogers ripped a 2-run double. Michelena capped it off in the 9th with a 2-run single.

Rogers (2B, 3 RBI) and Porter (2B, RBI) both finished the day with 3 hits and 2 runs scored. Martin (2B, RBI, 2 R), Birk (3-R HR, 2 R, SB), Little Tuck (solo HR, 2 R, 2 BB, SB), Michelena (3 RBI), and Anibal Sierra (2 R) all finished with 2 hits. Hermelyn drew 3 walks.

Buies Creek is back home and they have today off. They'll start a 4-game series with Carolina tomorrow.

Quad Cities 7, Beloit 3

W- Ronel Blanco (1-0, 1-1 season)
L- Matt Milburn (2-4)

QC home runs: Chuckie Robinson 2 (4; solo in 2nd, 2-run in 4th), Wander Franco (2, solo in 2nd), Carmen Benedetti (1, solo in 7th)

After Beloit battered them with three homers on Sunday, the Banditos returned the favor on Memorial Day.

Yordan Alvarez opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st and Carmen Benedetti scored another run when Rodrigo Ayarza grounded into a double play later in the frame. Chuckie Robinson turned in his first multi-homer game as a pro: he and Wander Franco hit back-to-back solo shots in the 2nd, and then he smacked a 2-run homer in the 4th. Benedetti hit a solo shot in the 7th for the final Quad Cities run; he and Robinson both had two hits on the evening.

Forrest Whitley went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Ronel Blanco and Kevin Hill picked him up out of the bullpen and combined to allow just one run the rest of the way. Blanco went 4 innings and allowed that one run on a solo homer hit by Kyle Nowlin in the 7th. He also allowed 3 other hits and struck out 6. Hill allowed a hit, walked 1, and fanned 3 over 2 scoreless to finish the game.

Quad Cities will start a 3-game series in Cedar Rapids tonight at 6:35. It's a pretty big series in store for the Banditos as they sit 3 games behind the division-leading Kernels.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Follow the Buies Creek Astros on Twitter @bcreekastros
Buies Creek Astros 
W 13-4 @ Frederick
13 R, 17 H, E
Ryne Birk: 2-6, 3-R HR (5), SB (5)
Kyle Tucker: 2-4, solo HR (9), 2 R
Jake Rogers: 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R
Pat Porter: 3-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Arturo Michelena: 2-5, 3 RBI
Justin Ferrell: W (4-3), 3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 K

Chuckie Robinson, C, and Carmen Benedetti, 1B/OF, Quad Cities
Robinson: 2-3, 2 HR (4), 3 RBI; 1st career multi-HR game
Benedetti: 2-4, 2B, solo HR (1), 2 R

Quad Cities River Bandits bullpen
6 IP, 5 H (solo HR allowed), ER, BB, 9 K
Ronel Blanco (not pictured): W (1-0, 1-1 season), 4 IP, 4 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 6 K
Kevin Hill (above): 2 IP, H, BB, 3 K

Trent Thornton, RHP, Fresno
W (2-2, 3-4 season), 6 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K

Derek Fisher, OF, A.J. Reed, 1B, Teoscar Hernandez, OF, and Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno
Fisher: 3-3, 3-R HR (12), 2 R, 2 BB
Reed: 2-5, 2-R HR (7), 3 RBI
Hernandez: 3-5, RBI, R
Moran: 3-5, RBI, 2 R

Monday, May 29, 2017

My First Minor League Baseball Game

On Sunday, I went down to Corpus Christi to watch the Hooks take on the Tulsa Drillers at Whataburger Field. I had originally intended to get some lunch and watch the Astros at home, but after I got my food I suddenly had an urge to make the drive down to Corpus. I don't know how that thought emerged, but before I knew it, I was passing through Edna, Victoria, and points in between on my way to the Coastal Bend.

Dean Deetz got the start and showed why A.J. Hinch mentioned him as someone who could help the Astros in some form this season. Tulsa did get to him for a few runs early but he showed legit swing-and-miss stuff with 9 strikeouts in his five innings of work.

The bullpen finished with 4 scoreless innings. Sean Stutzman started the year as a fill-in in Fresno and acquitted himself well, but he's turned himself into a key piece of the Corpus bullpen. He doesn't have eye-popping stuff, but he just gets the job done. Riley Ferrell is having a bit of an up-and-down season, but it is worth remembering that he's working his way back from a procedure to remove an aneurysm from his throwing shoulder. Ferrell has been thought of as someone who could become an asset in the Astros bullpen with his fastball-slider combo and as he continues to progress to full health, his numbers and stuff should see an uptick.

It was a tough night for the offense as they couldn't get much off of Tulsa starter Walker Buehler, who imposed his will with an upper-90s fastball. Jack Mayfield did take him deep in the 5th for a solo homer that turned out to be Corpus Christi's only run of the evening. Despite the tough night, the Hooks still threatened. Bryan MuƱiz singled and Kristian Trompiz drew a walk to lead off the 8th inning. Drew Ferguson stepped up and just missed tying the game with a 2-run double before he got plunked to load the bases. Trompiz made a few nice plays in the field.

But alas... the Hooks couldn't cash in on a golden opportunity. Alejandro Garcia singled to bring the tying run to the plate in the 9th, but he was left there to end the night. And so, the Corpus Christi Hooks fell 3-1 to the Tulsa Drillers on the Sunday before Memorial Day.

I've read my fair share of stories from Jayne and others about the Minor League Baseball experience, but I never had the opportunity to witness it firsthand until Sunday evening. It was a packed house on Sunday and it was a day before a holiday, so naturally, there was a buzz about the stadium throughout the night.

Whataburger Field is a top-notch facility and I stand by my statement that it is one of the most picturesque venues in all of Minor League Baseball. I'll definitely make some more trips down to Corpus Christi in the future; obviously, I'll have to plan them out. I know for sure that I'll be back when Kyle Tucker gets the call, though.

But... even on a completely unscheduled trip, I had plenty of fun. The folks in the Coastal Bend have really embraced the Hooks as an integral part of their community and I'm glad I had a chance to partake in the festivities.

So, in closing... I'd like to leave you with a few shots and videos I took during the game. I've also put some of them on Instagram but for whatever reason, I can't get an embed code for my own Instagram posts. What?





Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, May 28, 2017

Fresno 7, Albuquerque 0

W- David Martinez (2-6)
L- Ryan Carpenter (2-4)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (6, solo in 5th), D.J. Fisher (11, 2-run in 6th), Max Stassi (3, 2-run in 7th), Preston Tucker (8, 2-run in 8th)

There was no scoring in the first four innings, but the Grizzlies changed that in a hurry when they homered in each of the next four frames. On the mound, three pitchers combined to throw a four-hit shutout.

David Martinez started it off with 7 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 4, and striking out 8. Kevin Comer and Tyson Perez both threw an inning to complete the shutout. Comer walked 1 and struck out 1 in the 8th, and Perez worked around a couple of hits in the 9th to finish off the game.

A.J. Reed broke a 0-0 tie in the 5th with a solo home run. D.J. Fisher smacked a 2-run homer in the 6th, and Max Stassi and Preston Tucker followed suit in the 7th and the 8th, respectively. Fisher finished 2-4 and also hit a double. Reed scored twice.

The Grizzlies and Isotopes will continue their series at 4:05 Pacific as David Paulino takes on Barry Enright.

Tulsa 3, Corpus Christi 1

W- Walker Buehler (1-0)
L- Dean Deetz (4-2)
S- Shea Spitzbarth (1)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (3, 4 season; solo in 5th)

Well, I ended up watching a loss in my first minor league baseball game. I really enjoyed the atmosphere, though.

Corpus was foiled in their bid to sweep the series, but they ended up taking 2 of 3 from Springfield and the Drillers on this homestand. This was a night dominated by the pitchers; both staffs combined to strike out 28 while the Drillers issued the only two walks of the evening.

The Hooks were held in check by Tulsa's pitchers and yet... they still weren't totally out of it. Unfortunately, they squandered a bases-loaded, no out situation in the 8th. Drew Ferguson just missed getting a game-tying 2-run double; the ball was just foul down the left-field line. He eventually got plunked to load 'em up. Alejandro Garcia singled in the 9th to bring the tying run up to the plate, but again, nothing came of that.

Jack Mayfield launched a solo homer in the 5th for the only Corpus run. Ferguson's double to lead off the 6th was their only other extra-base hit.

Dean Deetz went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 9. Sean Stutzman and Riley Ferrell combined to throw 4 scoreless out of the bullpen; Stutzman allowed 3 hits and fanned 4 over 2.2 innings, while Ferrell threw 1.1 perfect innings, striking out 2.

The Hooks have Memorial Day off. They'll begin a 3-game series in Springfield on Tuesday.

Buies Creek 4, Frederick 0

W- Hector Perez (3-2, 4-3 season)
L- Reid Love (1-1)

BC home runs: None.

After issuing 9 walks in his first three Carolina League appearances (9.2 IP), Hector Perez has issued just one in his next three, spanning 17.2 innings. On Sunday, he and Carlos Sierra combined on a 2-hit shutout. With this win, the Astros organization also went 2-0 against the Orioles on Sunday.

Perez allowed just one hit and struck out 9 in 6.2 innings. Sierra finished it off by allowing a hit and striking out 1 over the final 2.1 innings. The 9 strikeouts tie a career-high for Perez; he also struck out 9 for Quad Cities on August 13 last year.

Anibal Sierra opened the scoring with a 2-run single in the 5th inning. Pat Porter, who scored one of those runs, added an RBI single in the 6th, and Ryne Birk ripped an RBI double in the 7th for Buies Creek's final run. Birk finished 3-5 on the evening, while Porter and Jake Rogers had two hits apiece.

Franklin Perez will start the series finale and he'll face Cristian Alvarado. First pitch is at 2:00 Eastern.

Beloit 7, Quad Cities 5

W- Ty Damron (3-4)
L- Salvador MontaƱo (0-1)
S- Sam Sheehan (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos fought back to try and erase a 7-2 deficit but couldn't complete the task. The Snappers got to Quad Cities' pitching staff for 3 homers on Sunday.

Cionel Perez went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 7. Salvador MontaƱo allowed a walk and one hit in the 6th, but that one hit was a 2-run homer to Miguel Mercedes that put Beloit in front. Gabriel Valdez pitched the final 3 innings and allowed 3 runs on 3 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 2.

Daz Cameron singled to lead off the bottom of the 1st, advanced to 3rd on an Alex De Goti single, and scored the first run of the game on a single from Marcos Almonte. De Goti moved to 3rd on a double play and then stole home. Unfortunately, Quad Cities was held off the scoreboard until the 7th, when Chuckie Robinson ripped a 2-run double. Osvaldo Duarte hit an RBI single in the 8th. Almonte and Robinson finished with 2 hits apiece.

Forrest Whitley will start the finale and he'll take on Matt Milburn at 5:15.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Fresno Grizzlies pitchers
W 7-0 vs. Albuquerque
9 IP, 4 H, 5 BB, 9 K
David Martinez: W (2-6), 7 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 8 K
 Kevin Comer: IP, BB, K
Tyson Perez: IP, 2 H

Derek Fisher, OF, Fresno
2-4, 2B, 2-R HR (11)

Buies Creek Astros pitchers
W 4-0 @ Frederick
9 IP, 2 H, 10 K
Hector Perez: W (3-2, 4-3 season), 6.2 IP, H, 9 K (tied career-high)
Carlos Sierra: 2.1 IP, H, K
Perez has 22 strikeouts and 1 walk in his last 17.2 innings pitched.

Ryne Birk, 2B, and Pat Porter, 1B/OF, Buies Creek
Birk: 3-5, 2B, RBI, R
Porter: 2-3, 2B, RBI, R

Corpus Christi Hooks bullpen
4 IP, 3 H, 6 K
Sean Stutzman: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 K
Riley Ferrell: 1.1 IP, 2 K

Chuckie Robinson, C, Quad Cities
2-4, 2B, 2 RBI