Saturday, June 17, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, June 16, 2017

Let's play two in Midland!

Fresno 15, Albuquerque 14

W- Trent Thornton (4-2, 5-4 season)
L- Shane Carle (0-3)
S- Brendan McCurry (1)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (8, led off game), Preston Tucker (12, 2-run in 6th), Reid Brignac (7, 2-run in 7th), Tyler White (9, 3-run in 7th), Colin Moran (14, 2-run in 7th)

The Grizzlies assumed their Tacos persona in a road game for the first time ever to counter the Isotopes, who became the Green Chile Cheeseburgers for one night. Yeah, that rolls off the tongue nicely. Anyway, this game was an absolute nightmare if you are a fan of pitcher's duels. 29 runs, 42 hits, 9 of which were homers.

The Tacos erased a 6-1 deficit and then had to hang on for dear life in the bottom of the 9th.

Tyler White extended his hitting streak to 10 games. All 10 have been multi-hit games. This will definitely be one of the more ridiculous non-Dominican Summer League box scores you'll see this season:



The pitching staff got demolished. As the old adage goes... some things are probably better left unsaid. Fortunately, the Tacos did slightly more damage.

Fresno is finally home. They'll host the three teams they played during their long sojourn, only in a slightly different order. El Paso will be the first guests at Chukchansi Park. Mike Hauschild will start against Tyrell Jenkins at 7:05 Pacific.

Game 1: Corpus Christi 6, Midland 2

W- Akeem Bostick (4-1, 6-2 season)
L- Evan Manarino (1-3)

CC home runs: Jack Mayfield (5, 6 season; 3-run in 1st), J.D. Davis (17, solo in 3rd), Kyle Tucker (2, 11 season; solo in 5th)

The Hooks started off the twinbill with a bang, sending 3 out of the park.

Jack Mayfield launched a 3-run homer to open the scoring. Ramon Laureano doubled to lead off the 2nd and scored on a Tony Nuñez RBI single, the only Corpus run that didn't score on a home run. J.D. Davis led off the 3rd with a homer, and Kyle Tucker smacked one to start the 5th. Mayfield finished 3-4 in game 1, while Davis (2B, solo HR) and Nuñez (RBI, SB) had 2 hits apiece.

Akeem Bostick went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 8 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Jacob Dorris struck out 1 over the final 2 innings; he faced one batter over the minimum because he hit a batter.

Game 2: Corpus Christi 4, Midland 3

W- Kent Emanuel (3-3)
L- Lou Trivino (6-1)
S- Andrew Thome (4, 5 season)

CC home runs: None.

Corpus swept the doubleheader behind a 3-run 6th inning.

Jason Martin singled to lead off game 2. He then stole 2nd (2, 11 season) and scored the first run of this game on an error that allowed J.D. Davis to reach safely. This was the Hooks' only run until the 6th; in the meantime, Kenny Wilson hit a 2-run homer in the 4th to put the Hounds in front.

Davis, Jon Singleton (singles), and Garrett Stubbs (BB) loaded the bases to start the top of the 6th inning. Davis scored on a Ramon Laureano groundout and Trent Woodward followed by lashing a 2-run double to give Corpus a 4-2 lead. Martin (3B, R, SB) and Singleton both went 2-4 in the nightcap.

Kent Emanuel went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 8 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 2. Andrew Thome pitched the last 2 innings and didn't face too much trouble, although he was greeted with a single that allowed one of Emanuel's runners to score. That was the only hit that Thome allowed and he struck out 3.

Alex Winkelman will get the start tonight as Corpus Christi looks for the sweep. He'll face Ben Bracewell at 7:00.

Buies Creek and Winston-Salem was postponed

Due to rain. A doubleheader will start at 4:00 Eastern. Hector Perez faces Dane Dunning in game 1, and Ryan Hartman gets the start in game 2 against Luis Martinez.

Quad Cities 5, Beloit 3

W- Forrest Whitley (2-2)
L- Mitchell Jordan (1-7)
S- Salvador Montaño (1)

QC home runs: Yordan Alvarez (8, 2-run in 1st), Daz Cameron (6, solo in 4th), Marcos Almonte (8, solo in 5th)

With this win and Cedar Rapids' loss, Quad Cities has moved into a tie for 2nd (and the wild-card spot in the division) with two games remaining in the Midwest League 1st half. Both teams are 1.5 games behind Kane County.

Yordan Alvarez whacked a 2-run homer in the 1st to open the scoring. Chuckie Robinson doubled to lead off the 4th, advanced to 3rd on a Ronnie Dawson single, and scored on a sac fly from Taylor Jones. One batter later, Daz Cameron launched a solo shot. Marcos Almonte started off the 5th with a solo blast. The Banditos had another opportunity to inflict more damage after Almonte's homer but couldn't cash in on a bases-loaded, one out situation. They also squandered a bases-loaded, no out situation in the 9th, but they still managed to get the win, so I'll ix-nay the plaining-comay. Almonte finished 2-5 on the night. Jonathan Arauz went 3-4 and scored a run.

Carlos Sanabria pitched 4.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5. Forrest Whitley was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and went 3.2 innings, allowing 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 8. He came out for the 9th but allowed singles to the first two men he faced, which prompted Salvador Montaño's entrance. Montaño took ownership of the 9th and finished off the game by striking out the next three batters. He did uncork a wild pitch to put both of Whitley's runners in scoring position, but he got himself together.

Yohan Ramirez takes on Zack Erwin in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00.

DSL Astros Blue 2, DSL Royals 0

W- Ronaldo Marrero (1-0)
L- Delvin Capellan (1-1)
S- Denilson Lugo (1)

Blue home runs: None.

Ronaldo Marrero's transition into a pitcher seems to be going well. He and Denilson Lugo combined to throw a 2-hit shutout Friday morning.

Marrero allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 5 innings, while Lugo allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 2 the final 4 frames.

Yorbin Ceuta scored the first run of the day on a passed ball in the 1st inning. Anthony Rodriguez hit an RBI single in the 6th.

DSL Pirates 7, DSL Astros Orange 2

W- Oliver Garcia (1-0)
L- Jesus Bernaez (0-1)

Orange home runs: None.

Rough day in the field for Team Orange.

Leonardo Gonzalez scored the first run of the game on an error following a Jose Carrillo single. Renaigel Martis drove in the Orange team's only other run with a groundout in the 6th.

Jesus Bernaez only lasted 2 innings and allowed 5 runs (2 earned, 3 inherited runners charged to him), 2 hits, walked 5, and struck out 3. Angel Ortega allowed an unearned run and walked 2 in the 3rd. Asael Uribe pitched the last 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Ronaldo Marrero, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (1-0), 5 IP, H, 3 K
Denilson Lugo, LHP, DSL Astros Blue: Save (1), 4 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 K

Asael Uribe, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 5 IP, 3 H, unearned run, 2 BB, 2 K

Fresno Grizzlies, dba Fresno Tacos
W 15-14 @ Albuquerque
15 R, 20 H, E
Tyler White: 5-6, 3-R HR (9), 6 RBI
Jon Kemmer: 3-4, solo HR (8), 2 RBI, 4 R
Colin Moran: 3-6, 2-R HR (14), 2 R
Preston Tucker: 2-6, 2-R HR (12)

Photo by Bryan Green
Marcos Almonte, UTIL, Quad Cities
2-5, solo HR (8)

Salvador Montaño's photo from MiLB.com
Quad Cities River Bandits bullpen
4.2 IP, 4 H, BB, 11 K
Forrest Whitley: W (2-2), 3.2 IP, 4 H, BB, 8 K
Salvador Montaño: Save (1), IP, 3 K

Jack Mayfield, IF, and J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
Mayfield: 3-4, 3-R HR (5, 6 season) in game 1 of doubleheader
Davis: 3-7, solo HR (17), 2 R (combined stats from both games of doubleheader)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Astros Farm Report: 6-16

Checking in on Astros MiLB standings, roster moves, All-Stars and more ...

Rogelio Armenteros - Texas League All-Star
Photo by Jayne Hansen

STANDINGS

It's been a couple of weeks since we checked in on all of the affiliates at once. Since then, the Astros' four full-season affiliates have gone 29-26 collectively. In addition, the two DSL teams have started up and have a cumulative record of 11-11. Short Season A Tri-City will start on Monday the 19th at Connecticut. Rookie League Greeneville will start Thursday the 22nd at home. And the Gulf Coast League team will be the last team to get started on Monday the 26th.

Despite going 9-5 over the last two weeks, Fresno hasn't been able to get any traction on Reno and they remain 10 games behind the Diamondbacks affiliate. The Hooks (5-8 over the same span) have fallen below .500 and have been eliminated from contention in the first half of the season with San Antonio (Padres) earning the first half crown. Buies Creek (6-8 over their last 14 games) dropped out of first place thanks in large part to a red-hot Myrtle Beach team (Cubs). The BC Astros have also been eliminated from the first half with Myrtle Beach clinching a first half title. The River Bandits (9-5 over their last 14 games) are still alive in the first half by the skin of their teeth, thanks to taking two of three from Cedar Rapids (Twins) and forcing them into second place. Kane County (D'Backs) took first place in the division while the now second and third place teams fought it out. But with three teams jockeying for position, three games left to go and an elimination number of two, a lot of things will have to fall right for the Quad Cities crew to prevail in the first half.

AAA Fresno 3rd 32-35 .478 10.0GB L2
AA Corpus 3rd 31-34 .477 7.5GB W1
HiA Buies Creek 2nd 36-31 .537 5.0GB W1
LoA Quad Cities 3rd 35-30 .538 1.5GB W2
DSL Orange: T-4th 5-6 .455 5.0GB W2
DSL Blue: T-3rd 6-5 .545 2.0GB W2

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.

6-15: Astros signed RHP Elian Rodriguez (20-year old Cuban)
6-15: RHP Andrew Walter assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
6:14: OF Derek Fisher called up to Houston from Fresno (RHP Jandel Gustave moved to the 60-day DL in the corresponding 40-man roster move)
6-14: RHP Kyle Smith assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
6-13: RHP Dean Deetz placed on the Fresno 7-day DL (retroactive to 6/10)
6-12: 2B Jonathan Matute assigned to the GCL from the DSL
*6-10: RHP Akeem Bostick (Corpus Christi) activated from suspension
*6-10: 1B Jon Singleton (Corpus Christi) activated from suspension
6-9: LHP Ashur Tolliver activated from the Fresno DL
6-9: RHP Ralph Garza assigned to Buies Creek from Fresno

*I do not know the nature of the Singleton and Bostick suspensions, but I do know that Singleton recently served a 3-day suspension for a more-or-less minor infraction of club rules.

LINKS AND NEWS

The AAA All-Star game will take place on July 12th in Tacoma, Washington and voting is ongoing. Tony DeFrancesco has been announced to manage the PCL in the All-Star game.

The Texas League All-Star game will take place on June 27th in Frisco, Texas. Seven Hooks players were named to the squad: RHP Kyle Smith (since promoted to AAA), OF Drew Ferguson, 1B Jon Singleton, C Garrett Stubbs, RHP Rogelio Armenteros, IF Jack Mayfield and 3B J.D. Davis.

The Carolina League All-Star game will be held on June 20th in Salem, Virginia. Buies Creek will be represented by RHP Nick Hernandez, RHP Franklin Perez, RHP Yoanys Quiala and OF Myles Straw.

The Midwest League All-Star game will take place on June 20th in Midland, Michigan with three River Bandits named to the squad: DH/1B/OF Yordan Alvarez, RHP Carson LaRue and RHP Enoli Paredes.

In case you missed it, Dustin and I pulled together social media info for the new draft class.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, June 15, 2017

Albuquerque 12, Fresno 11 in 10 innings

W- Carlos Estevez (1-2)
L- Jordan Jankowski (1-2)

Fresno home runs: Reid Brignac 2 (6; solo in 3rd, solo in 6th) Teoscar Hernandez 2 (7; 3-run in 5th, solo in 9th), Jon Kemmer (7, 2-run in 6th), Tyler White (8, solo in 6th)

Six homers were not enough for Fresno on Thursday... because they couldn't hold a 10-4 lead. After the top of the 6th, the Isotopes closed this game on an 8-1 run, which culminated in them walking off with the win in the first extra frame.

Tyler White went 4-6 to extend his hitting streak to 9 games, all of which have been multi-hit efforts.


In his AAA debut, Kyle Smith went 4.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 8 hits (solo homer), walked 2 (1 intentionally), and struck out 4. Kevin Comer was the first man out of the Grizzlies bullpen and got Smith out of the 5th without further damage. Unfortunately, he got himself into some trouble in the 6th (the first 3 men he faced all reached) and Ashur Tolliver couldn't extract him from that predicament. Comer allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and had 3 inherited runners charged to him. Tolliver got 2 outs in the 6th and allowed a hit, walked 2, and a run of his own. Tyson Perez got the final out of the 6th and pitched the 7th. The 2 runs he allowed came on a homer from Ryan McMahon. Perez allowed one other hit and walked 1. Aaron West worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 2. Jordan Jankowski pitched 1+ innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out the side in the 9th. He did not record an out in the 10th.

The Grizzlies wrap up their longest roadtrip of the year at 7:05 Mountain. Trent Thornton will face Matt Flemer.

Corpus Christi 11, Midland 3

W- Cy Sneed (5-4)
L- Grant Holmes (5-6)
S- Ryan Thompson (3)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks put up crooked numbers in 5 of the first 6 innings and pounded out 17 hits in their assault. None of those 17 hits was a homer. 


Cy Sneed had a bare minimum quality start, allowing 8 hits, walking 1, and striking out 2. Ryan Thompson pitched the final 3 innings to get the save and allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2.

Corpus and Midland will play two on Friday to make up Wednesday's game, which was rained out. Akeem Bostick takes on Evan Manarino in game 1, which starts at 4:30. Kent Emanuel starts game 2.

Buies Creek 4, Winston-Salem 1

W- Framber Valdez (1-3, 1-4 season)
L- Brannon Easterling (4-4)

BC home runs: None.

Two lefties turned in fine performances on the mound for the Carolina Stros.

Matt Bower started it off by striking out 5 over 4 perfect frames. Framber Valdez has pitched well in 2017 but had yet to break into the win column... until he allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 5 innings. 

Rodrigo Ayarza opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. He advanced to 2nd on the relay throw home, moved to 3rd on a Stephen Wrenn infield single, and scored on Spencer Johnson's sac fly. Johnson scored on an error that allowed Alex De Goti to reach in the 5th. Ayarza hit another RBI single in the 8th to cap off the evening. Myles Straw finished 3-4 with 2 steals (17).

Hector Perez takes on Dane Dunning in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 5, Cedar Rapids 4

W- Erasmo Pinales (2-1)
L- Alex Robinson (1-5)

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

The Banditos kept themselves in the playoff picture after taking this series from the Kernels. 

Both teams scored twice in the 1st; Quad Cities' 2 runs came on a Yordan Alvarez RBI single and a Ronnie Dawson groundout. Taylor Jones launched a solo homer in the 4th and added an RBI single to his ledger in the 5th. After Cedar Rapids tied the game at 4 in the 8th, Alvarez put the Banditos back in front with a sac fly in the bottom of the 8th. 

Jones (solo HR, 2 RBI), Alvarez (2 RBI), and Chuckie Robinson (SB, R) all finished with 2 hits on the evening. 

Gabriel Valdez allowed 2 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings of work, striking out 6. Kevin Hill was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and pitched 1.1 innings; he allowed a hit, had an inherited runner charged to him in the 8th, walked 1, and struck out 1. Erasmo Pinales got the final 1.2 innings and allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1. That one hit that Pinales allowed was an RBI single to Jaylin Davis that tied the game. Banditos manager Russ Steinhorn thought they got Davis at 2nd and vehemently argued his case. Unfortunately, his efforts proved to be fruitless and he ended up getting tossed.

Quad Cities will wrap up the first half with 3 games in Beloit. Game 1 starts at 7:00.

DSL Astros Blue 2, DSL Royals 1 in 6.5 innings

W- Antonio Pujols (2-0)
L- Brian Abreu (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

This game was called early due to rain. Good thing the Blue team went ahead beforehand.

César Cortez hit a sac fly to put the Blue team on the board in the 3rd inning. Ronaldo Urdaneta walked in the go-ahead run in the top of the 7th.

Angel Macuare went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. Antonio Pujols allowed a hit and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless.

DSL Astros Orange 6, DSL Pirates 1 in 5 innings

W- Carlos Perdomo (1-0)
L- Noe Toribio (1-1)

Orange home runs: Ramiro Rodriguez (2, 3-run in 5th)

This game was also called early because of rain. Good thing this game went 5 innings so it counts in the standings.

Deury Carrasco scored the first run of the day on a Ramiro Rodriguez groundout in the 1st. Leonardo Gonzalez scored on a double play in the 2nd. Jeury Castillo stole home in the 4th and Rodriguez smacked a 3-run homer in the 5th. Freudis Nova, the highly-touted Dominican infielder, went 1-3 and scored a run in his pro debut.

Diosward Gonzalez pitched 4.1 innings and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Carlos Perdomo got the last two outs of the 5th, one via strikeout. He also issued a walk and hit a batter. 

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Angel Macuare, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 4 IP, 3 H, unearned run, 2 BB, 7 K
Ramiro Rodriguez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 1-3, 3-R HR (2), 4 RBI

Buies Creek Astros pitchers
W 4-1 vs. Winston-Salem
9 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 12 K
Matt Bower: 4 IP, 5 K; perfect outing
Framber Valdez: W (1-3, 1-4 season), 5 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 7 K

Corpus Christi Hooks
W 11-3 @ Midland; 11 R, 17 H
Drew Ferguson: 3-6, 2B, RBI, 2 R
J.D. Davis: 3-6, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Jack Mayfield: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Trent Woodward: 3-4, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Gabriel Valdez, RHP, Quad Cities
6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 6 K

Yordan Alvarez's photo from MiLB.com
Yordan Alvarez, 1B, and Taylor Jones, 1B, Quad Cities
Alvarez: 2-3, 2 RBI; go-ahead sac fly in 8th
Jones: 2-4, solo HR (5), 2 RBI

Tyler White, IF, and Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Fresno
White: 4-6, solo HR (8), 3 R
Hernandez: 3-5, 2 HR (7; solo and 3-run)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Revenge of the DSL Astros.

Albuquerque 7, Fresno 3

W- Ryan Carpenter (3-5)
L- David Martinez (3-7)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies scored a couple of runs late to give themselves a lifeline, but the Isotopes got 3 in the 8th to put this game away.

Tyler White doubled to lead off the 6th and scored Fresno's first run on a Preston Tucker single. White added an RBI single to his ledger in the 7th, and Tony Kemp had an RBI single in the 9th. The top third of the order, which was Kemp, White, and Tucker, all finished 2-5. Alejandro Garcia scored 2 of the Grizzlies' 3 runs.

David Martinez went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 4. Aaron West worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 7th, striking out 1. Brendan McCurry allowed 3 runs in the 8th, all of which were unearned, on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 8th inning.

Kyle Smith makes his AAA debut at 7:05 Mountain. He'll face Barry Enright.

Corpus Christi and Midland was postponed

Due to rain. This game will be made up Friday as part of a doubleheader.

Brock Dykxhoorn takes on Grant Holmes tonight at 7.

Potomac 4, Buies Creek 2

W- Grant Borne (2-2)
L- Jorge Alcala (1-3, 3-3 season)
S- Ronald Peña (1)

BC home runs: Randy César (1, 4 season; solo in 9th)

Both teams scored in two innings, but the Nationals put up a crooked number in both of their scoring innings.

Jorge Alcala went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Justin Ferrell allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 2.1 scoreless, and Ralph Garza got the final two outs of the 8th via strikeouts.

Buies Creek got one in the 1st on a Spencer Johnson RBI single and one in the 9th on a Randy César solo blast. That was César's first Carolina League homer.

The Carolina Stros head home to start a 3-game series with Winston-Salem at 7:00 Eastern. Framber Valdez is listed as the starter on MiLB.com. Not sure if that's accurate. Whoever starts will take on Brannon Easterling.

Quad Cities 7, Cedar Rapids 1

W- Cionel Perez (4-3)
L- Domenick Carlini (3-5)

QC home runs: Yordan Alvarez (7, solo in 5th)

The Cubans played an integral role in the Banditos' big win on Wednesday.

Cionel Perez allowed 7 hits (all singles) and struck out 6 in 5.1 innings of work. Abdiel Saldaña allowed the only Cedar Rapids run in the 7th on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Erasmo Pinales struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Taylor Jones opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Yordan Alvarez added a 2-run single in the 2nd and Ray Henderson hit an RBI single in the 3rd. Alvarez launched a solo homer to lead off the 5th and Chuckie Robinson capped off Quad Cities' night with a 2-run single in the 6th. Alvarez finished 3-3, while Jones and Marcos Almonte had 2 hits apiece.

The River Bandits and Kernels wrap up their series at 6:35. Gabriel Valdez will face Clark Beeker.

DSL Astros Blue 15, DSL Rays1 4

W- Nivaldo Rodriguez (1-0)
L- Angel Ramirez (0-1)
S- Fredis Guerrero (1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team cruised to a big win behind a 15-run, 15-hit assault.


Nivaldo Rodriguez allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 9 over 5 shutout innings. Fredis Guerrero allowed 4 runs on 8 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 4 innings.

DSL Astros Orange 10, DSL Rays2 5

W- Luis De Paula (1-0)
L- Eduardo Perez (0-1)

Orange home runs: Jeury Castillo (1, solo in 6th)

The DSL Astros got a measure of revenge on the Rays by winning both meetings after the Rays took Tuesday's games. After the Rays 2 scored 4 in the top of the 8th to take a 5-4 lead, Team Orange hit back for 6 in the bottom of the inning to regain control.


Christian Mejias allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 4.2 innings. Ronny Garcia got the last out of the 5th. Jose Alberto Rivera went 2.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (3-run homer), walked 3, and struck out 2. Luis De Paula walked 2 and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Nivaldo Rodriguez, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (1-0), 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 9 K
Angel Tejeda, 1B, DSL Astros Blue: 4-4, 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 3 R

Jeury Castillo, IF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-3, solo HR (1), 2 RBI, 3 R
Photo by Rich Guill
Cionel Perez, LHP, Quad Cities
W (4-3), 5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Yordan Alvarez, 1B, Quad Cities
3-3, solo HR (7), 3 RBI, 2 R

Buies Creek Astros bullpen
3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K
Justin Ferrell: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K
Ralph Garza: 0.2 IP, 2 K

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Astros took on the Rays... in the Dominican Republic.

Fresno 10, Albuquerque 9

W- Reymin Guduan (4-3)
L- Carlos Estevez (0-2)
S- Jordan Jankowski (6)

Fresno home runs: Colin Moran (13, 2-run in 1st)

The Grizzlies withstood a 5-run 3rd from the Isotopes and managed to take an 8-6 lead. That lead was unfortunately short-lived, but they scored a pair in the 8th to regain control.

Colin Moran opened the scoring with a 2-run shot in the opening inning. Jon Kemmer ripped an RBI double in the 4th to get a run back following Albuquerque's 3rd-inning outburst. In the 5th, D.J. Fisher ripped an RBI double and Moran brought him in with a single. Tony Kemp added a 2-run single in the 6th. White walked, and they both advanced a base on a balk. Fisher hit a single to bring Kemp home, but White was thrown out at home to end the inning. He got his revenge in the 8th with a 2-run double that turned out to be the game-winning hit.

Kemp (2 RBI, 2 R, SB) and Moran (2-R HR, 3 RBI) both finished with 3 hits on the night. White (2 2B, 2 RBI, R), Fisher (2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB), and Teoscar Hernandez (2 R) posted 2-hit games. Fisher now has 13 thefts on the season, while Kemp has 11.

Casey Coleman went 6 innings and allowed 6 runs on 8 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Ashur Tolliver was the first man out of Fresno's bullpen, but he failed to record an out in the 7th. He allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits and walked 1. As a result, Reymin Guduan took ownership of the 7th. He was greeted with an RBI single but got himself together to throw 2 innings. Guduan also allowed a single in the 8th. Jordan Jankowski got a strikeout in a 1-2-3 9th inning and got the save.

David Martinez gets the start in game 2 of this series. He'll take on Ryan Carpenter at 7:05 Mountain.

San Antonio 8, Corpus Christi 4

W- Enyel De Los Santos (3-3)
L- Josh James (3-3)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks were swept out of San Antonio. The Missions blew them away on Tuesday with a 7-run 3rd inning.

Tony Nuñez finished 3-4 and opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd inning. This would be Corpus Christi's only scoring play until the 7th; in the meantime, the Missions went off and took an 8-1 lead. In the 7th, Drew Ferguson hit an RBI single. He and Nuñez (who singled) both scored on an error that also allowed Jamie Ritchie to reach safely.

Josh James pitched 2.1 innings and allowed 6 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Riley Ferrell was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen and threw 2.2 innings, allowing a run of his own on 4 hits and fanning 3. Sean Stutzman allowed an RBI single in the 6th, which was the only hit that he allowed in his 2 innings of work. Stutzman also walked 2 and struck out 3. Andrew Thome worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1.

The Hooks are now in Midland, where they'll start a 4-game series tonight at 6:30. Brock Dykxhoorn faces Joel Seddon to start it off.

Buies Creek 5, Potomac 1

W- Yoanys Quiala (5-1)
L- Luis Reyes (5-6)
S- Sebastian Kessay (2)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros got a career night from their starting pitcher to get on the board in this series.

Yoanys Quiala turned in the best start of his career on Tuesday as he allowed just 4 hits while striking out 6 over 8 shutout innings. Andrew Walter got 1 out in the 9th via strikeout and had an inherited runner (unearned) charged to him when Sebastian Kessay issued a bases-loaded walk that spoiled the shutout. Kessay got the last two outs of the game without further incident, striking out Edwin Lora to finish it.

Rodrigo Ayarza put Buies Creek on the board first with an RBI double in the 1st. He'd come around to score on a Randy César single. César hit another RBI single in the 5th. Spencer Johnson doubled to lead off the 8th and scored on a Pat Porter RBI infield single. Myles Straw walked to start the 9th and came home on Ayarza's second RBI double of the evening.

Straw (2B, 2 R), Ayarza (2 2B, 2 RBI, R), Johnson (2B, R), and César (2 RBI) all had 2 hits on the evening; for Straw, it's the 6th consecutive game in which he had 2 hits.

Buies Creek and Potomac will wrap up their series at 7:05 Eastern as Jorge Alcala faces Grant Borne.

Cedar Rapids 10, Quad Cities 5

W- Sean Poppen (5-1)
L- Carson LaRue (7-2)
S- Hector Lujan (5)

QC home runs: Yordan Alvarez (6, 2-run in 3rd)

Both teams put up crooked numbers in all of the innings in which they scored. The problem here is that the Kernels posted more crooked numbered innings.

Carson LaRue pitched 3.2 innings and allowed 6 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Dustin Hunt was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1 in 4.1 innings. Cedar Rapids' 2 runs in the 9th came on a homer from Jermaine Palacios off of Lucas Williams, who allowed a triple, a single, and walked 2.

Daz Cameron doubled to lead off the 3rd, stole 3rd (14) and scored on the ensuing error. Two batters later, Yordan Alvarez launched a 2-run homer. In the 8th, Jonathan Arauz hit an RBI infield single and Daz added a sac fly. Chuckie Robinson went 2-5 with a double and scored a run.

Cionel Perez starts game 2 of this series. He'll take on Domenick Carlini at 6:35.

DSL Rays1 7, DSL Astros Blue 0

W- Wilson Garcia (2-0)
L- Freylin Garcia (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team did not put up any resistance against the Rays 1.

Angel Tejeda and Freddy Chirino both singled. That was all she wrote on offense.

Freylin Garcia allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4 in 4 innings. Fabricio Reina got the first out of the 5th with a strikeout. That, unfortunately, was as good as it got for him as he allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits and walked 2. Christopher Javier walked 1 and struck out 2 in 2.2 innings. Gustavo Almonte got 2 outs in the 8th and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Bryan Solano was the last man out of the Blue team bullpen, and in 1.1 innings, he allowed a hit and fanned 2.

These two teams play again at 10:30 AM Eastern.

DSL Rays2 9, DSL Astros Orange 8

W- Rodolfo Sanchez (1-0)
L- Miguel Matos (0-1)
S- Jose Roca (1)

Orange home runs: Ramiro Rodriguez (1, solo in 3rd)

The Rays 2 went on a 9-0 run after the Orange team stormed out to a 6-0 lead. Team Orange cut the deficit to one run, but that was as close as they could get.

An error in the 1st inning allowed Hector Martinez and Deury Carrasco to score the first two runs of the day. Samir Caraballo scored another run in the opening frame when Jose Carrillo beat a double play bid. In the 3rd, Ramiro Rodriguez smacked solo homer, Leonardo Gonzalez hit an RBI single, and Luis Barajas scored on an error. Gonzalez hit another RBI single in the 8th and scored on Martinez's groundout. Carrasco went 3-5 with a triple.

Cristofer Melendez went 3.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2. Fredy Medina struck out 2 in 1.1 perfect innings, and Miguel Matos allowed 4 runs on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3 in 3 innings.

These two teams play again at 10:30 AM Eastern.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Freylin Garcia, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: L (0-1), 4 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Yoanys Quiala, RHP, Buies Creek
W (5-1), 8 IP, 4 H, 6 K

Rodrigo Ayarza, UTIL, Buies Creek
2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R

Antonio Nuñez, IF, Corpus Christi
3-4, RBI, R

Colin Moran, 3B, Derek Fisher, OF, Tony Kemp, UTIL, and Tyler White, IF, Fresno
Moran: 3-5, 2-R HR (13), 3 RBI
Fisher: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB (13)
Kemp: 3-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB (11)
White: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R; go-ahead 2-RBI 2B in 8th

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Astros Draft Picks/Undrafted Free Agents on Social Media

Congratulations to the Houston Astros draft class of 2017! What the Heck, Bobby? would like to wish you nothing but the best in your endeavors as you begin your own personal journeys to Minute Maid Park.

This page contains the Twitter accounts of the 2017 draft class. Accounts for non-drafted free agents will also be included here. In the event that they are not on Twitter, their Instagram accounts (if they have one) will be listed instead. If you find a player on social media that we have missed, please leave a note in the comments.

I will update my Astros Player Twitter list as each player officially signs. Those who have signed are shown in bold.

Round 1, Pick 15: J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina - @JBukauskas22
Round 2, Pick 53: Joe Perez, 3B, Archbishop McCarthy HS (Fort Lauderdale, FL) - @_jperez22 (committed to Miami)
Round 2, Pick 56: Corbin Martin, RHP, Texas A&M - @martin_corbin
Competitive Balance Round B, Pick 75: JJ Matijevic, 2B, Arizona - @TweetinJ_23
Round 3, Pick 91: Tyler Ivey, RHP, Grayson CC, Dennison, TX - @_TylerIvey
Round 4, Pick 121: Peter Solomon, RHP, Notre Dame - @hundopete
Round 5, Pick 151: Nathan Perry, C, Bassett HS (VA) - @natejack6 (committed to High Point)
Round 6, Pick 181: Jake Adams, 1B, Iowa, @Jakeadams23
Round 7, Pick 211: Parker Mushinski, LHP, TCU - @communitypark12
Round 8, Pick 241: Corey Julks, CF, Houston - @CoreyJulks (protected account)
Round 9, Pick 271: Mike Papierski, C, LSU - @mpappy14
Round 10, Pick 301: Kyle Serrano, RHP, Tennessee - @kserrano11
Round 11, Pick 331: Brandon Bielak, RHP, Notre Dame - @bbielak12 (protected account)
Round 12, Pick 361: Jonathan Lacroix, OF, Seminole State
Round 13, Pick 391: Jacob Meyers, OF, U of Nebraska-Lincoln - @jake_meyers4
Round 14, Pick 421: Carlos Diaz, OF, Colegio Angel David HS (PR) (committed to Broward Community College)
Round 15, Pick 451: Kyle Davis, 2B, West Virginia University - @K__B__D (protected account)
Round 16, Pick 481: Adrian Tovalin, 3B, Azusa Pacific University (CA) - @adriantovalin9 (protected account)
Round 17, Pick 511: Matt Ruppenthal, RHP, Vanderbilt - @mattrupp17
Round 18, Pick 541: Tim Hardy, LHP, Tusculum College - @timhardy47
Round 19, Pick 571: Roman Garcia, 1B, U of San Diego - @rgarcia1995 (protected account)
Round 20, Pick 601: Hunter Martin, RHP, Tennessee
Round 21, Pick 631: Chas McCormick, OF, Millersville (PA) - @Chazzyfizz (protected account)
Round 22, Pick 661: Patrick Mathis, RF, Texas - @Patrick_Mathis_
Round 23, Pick 691: Brett Bond, C, Missouri - @BonderBaby22 (protected account)
Round 24: Pick 721: Alex House, RHP, Florida Atlantic - @alexhouse8
Round 25, Pick 751: Marty Costes, OF, Maryland - @MartyCostes
Round 26, Pick 781: Josh Rojas, 2B, Hawaii - @JoshRojass
Round 27, Pick 811: Adam Bleday, LHP, UPenn - @AdamBleday
Round 28, Pick 841: Richard Slenker, 3B, Yale - @rslenk9 (protected account)
Round 29, Pick 871: Andres Santana, CF, Doral Academy (Miami) - @andres_jr16 (committed to Florida International)
Round 30, Pick 901: Cody Bohanek, SS, Illinois-Chicago - @BO_flex20
Round 31, Pick 931: Cole Watts, LHP, Skyline College (CA) - @colewattsizzle (committed to South Alabama)
Round 32, Pick 961: Martin Figueroa, C, Rhode Island - @marty_figue
Round 33, Pick 991: Reid Russell, OF, Lamar - @reidrussell17 (protected account)
Round 34, Pick 1021: Noel Pinto, LHP, Connors State College (OK) - @pinto1705 (committed to Southeastern [FL])
Round 35, Pick 1051: Trei Cruz, SS, Episcopal HS (Houston) - @CruzTrei (committed to Rice)
Round 36, Pick 1081: Josh Breaux, C, McLennan Community College - @Big_Boshy
Round 37, Pick 1111: Matt Merrill, RHP, home-schooled (Oklahoma City) - @mattmerrill14 (committed to Pittsburg State)
Round 38, Pick 1141: Trey Cumbie, LHP, Houston - @TreyCumbie
Round 39, Pick 1171: Colton Shaver, 3B, BYU - @ColtonSshaver (protected account)
Round 40, Pick 1201: Chase Farrell, RHP, Valencia HS (CA) - @crfarrell20 (committed to UCLA)

Undrafted Free Agents

Austin Kerns, LHP, Oklahoma - @AustinKerns (protected account)
Brendan Feldmann, RHP, Lindenwood, MO - @BrendanFeldmann
Kit Scheetz, LHP, Virginia Tech - @lilscheetzy
Chauncey Nuñez, RHP, Doral Academy (Miami) - @Chauncey_10
Tanner Duncan, RHP, East Carolina (club baseball player) - @Duncanonyou
Thomas Lowery, LHP, UAB - @thethomaslowery
Sean Johnson, RHP, Ole Miss - @seanjohn_33
Carlos Pimentel, RHP, University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma - @BlanqooPimentel

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, June 12, 2017

Fresno was off

OK... I couldn't sleep until 1 and woke up at 5 to finish off Sunday's recaps. I didn't see the part where Fresno had Monday off.

Casey Coleman takes on Thad Weber in the first of a 4-game series in Albuquerque. First pitch is at 7:05 Mountain.

San Antonio 7, Corpus Christi 3

W- Kyle McGrath (1-1)
L- Jacob Dorris (1-2)

CC home runs: None.

The wheels fell off late for the Corpus bullpen as the Missions went off for 5 in the bottom of the 8th to seize control of this game.

Jon Singleton opened the scoring with a sac fly in the opening frame. J.D. Davis finished 3-4 with RBI singles in the 6th and the 8th. Jason Martin also finished 3-4 and scored 2 of Corpus Christi's 3 runs.

The two runs that Rogelio Armenteros allowed in his 5.2 innings of work came on a homer hit by Stephen McGee (not the former Texas A&M quarterback) in the 3rd. Armenteros allowed 3 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Jacob Dorris went 1.2 innings and had 3 inherited runners charged to him in the 8th inning. He allowed a single, walked 2, and struck out 2. Ryan Thompson got the final two outs of the 8th, one via strikeout, but allowed all 5 San Antonio runs (again, 3 were charged to Dorris). Thompson allowed 2 runs of his own on 2 hits.

The Hooks will look to avoid the sweep as Josh James takes the mound. He'll take on Christian Friedrich at 7:05.

Potomac 12, Buies Creek 4


W- Nolan Sanburn (1-1)
L- Howie Brey (0-2)

BC home runs: Dex McCall (4, solo in 3rd)

The Carolina Stros were buried by an 8-run 4th from the Nationals.

Brett Adcock went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Howie Brey had to wear it in the 4th as he allowed all 8 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits (solo and 3-run homres) and walked 1. Ryan Hartman restored order with 3 scoreless innings, walking 1 and striking out 2. The 2 runs that Andrew Walter allowed in the 8th came on a homer hit by Ian Sagdal. He allowed one other hit in the inning.

3 of Buies Creek's 4 runs came in the 3rd. Dex McCall led it off with a homer. Ryne Birk added an RBI single and Stephen Wrenn added a sac fly. Alex De Goti scored on a wild pitch/Rodrigo Ayarza walk in the 7th. Myles Straw went 2-4 to extend his hitting streak to 6 games and his 2-hit game streak to 5.

Yoanys Quiala gets the start in game 2 of this series and he'll go up against Luis Reyes at 7:05 Eastern.

Beloit 1, Quad Cities 0

W- Zack Erwin (1-0)
L- Ronel Blanco (2-1, 2-2 season)
S- Xavier Altamirano (2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos were foiled in their bid to sweep the series as they got held off the scoreboard.

Ronel Blanco went 4.2 innings and allowed the only run of the game, which scored on a double play in the 2nd. He allowed 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 5. Yohan Ramirez allowed a hit and walked 1 over 3.1 scoreless innings.

Marcos Almonte and Carmen Benedetti both doubled. That was all for the Quad Cities offense.

Quad Cities will start a 3-game series with Cedar Rapids at 6:35. Carson LaRue will face Sean Poppen.

DSL Astros Blue 7, DSL Marlins 1

W- Yeremi Ceballos (1-0)
L- Leudy Martinez (0-2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team cruised to the win on Monday.

Anthony Rodriguez opened the scoring with a 2-run double in the 1st inning. The Blue team got 2 more in the 2nd as César Cortez hit a sac fly and Yorbin Ceuta scored on a wild pitch. Angel Tejeda smacked a 2-run double in the 5th and Cortez hit an RBI single in the 6th. Ceuta, Cortez, and Kendy Moya all finished with 2 hits on the day; Cortez also walked twice and reached in all four of his plate appearances.

Yulian Frontado allowed 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 1 over 4.1 scoreless innings. Jean Reyes got the final 2 outs of the 5th, one via strikeout. Yeremi Ceballos pitched the last 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5.

The Blue team takes on the Rays 1 at 10:30 AM Eastern.

DSL Astros Orange 7, DSL Cubs1 4

W- Wender Oberto (1-0)
L- Yan De La Cruz (0-2)
S- Jervic Chavez (1)

Orange home runs: None.

Team Orange seized control with 5 runs in the 6th inning.

Hector Martinez scored the first run of the day on a wild pitch in the 1st inning. This would be the Orange team's only run until they went off in the 6th.

Kelvin Perez reached on an error to lead off the inning, advanced to 2nd on Ramiro Rodriguez single, and scored on a Samir Caraballo single. Deury Carrasco walked to load the bases. Michael Garcia went down on strikes for the first out, but Gerry Castillo came through with a bases-clearing triple. Castillo scored on an error that allowed Jeury Castillo to reach. Rodriguez doubled in the 7th and scored the last run of the day on Carrasco's single.

Jairo Solis went 3 innings and allowed 4 runs (1 earned), a double, walked 1, and struck out 3. Wender Oberto and Jervic Chavez finished with 6 scoreless innings out of the bullpen: Oberto allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 4 innings and Chavez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2 innings to earn the save.

The Orange team will play the Rays 2 at 10:30 AM Eastern.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

César Cortez, OF, DSL Astros Blue: 2-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 R

Wender Oberto, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: W (1-0), 4 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K
Jervic Chavez, LHP, DSL Astros Orange: Save (1), 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K

Photos from MiLB.com
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers
L 1-0 @ Beloit
8 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 BB, 5 K
Ronel Blanco: L (2-1, 2-2 season), 4.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 BB, 5 K
Yohan Ramirez: 3.1 IP, H, BB

Ryan Hartman, LHP, Buies Creek
3 IP, BB, 2 K

J.D. Davis, 3B, and Jason Martin, OF, Corpus Christi
Davis: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Martin: 3-4, 2B, 2 R

Monday, June 12, 2017

Quad Cities River Bandits: Two Month Report Card

Two months plus into the minor league season, let's see how the Astros full season affiliates are shaping up. Today, we'll look at the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits ...

Forrest Whitley - August 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

STANDINGS

33-28 (12-10 in April; 14-15 in May; 7-3 in June)
Third Place (out of eight teams in the division; elimination number for winning first half at 7)
2 Games Behind
29-20 within the Division
19-13 at Home
14-15 on the Road
7-3 in Last 10 Games

TEAM BATTING

.260 AVG: 4th out of 16 teams
.337 OBP: T-3rd
.434 SLG: 1st
.771 OPS: 2nd
122 Doubles: 1st
14 Triples: 14th
69 Home Runs: 1st
223 Walks: 5th
526 Strikeouts: 9th
54 Stolen Bases: 9th

TEAM PITCHING

3.58 ERA: 5th out of 16 teams
1.275 WHIP: 5th
46 Home Runs Allowed: T-5th
224 Walks: 4th
556 Strikeouts: 5th

INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE LEADERS
.292 AVG: T-20th in the Midwest League
.487 SLG: 15th
.808 OPS: 20th
7 Home Runs: T-20th

.475 SLG: 19th
12 Doubles: T-19th
32 RBI: T-16th

OF Carmen Benedetti
12 Doubles: T-19th
31 Walks: T-4th

OF Ronnie Dawson
12 Doubles: T-19th

IF Rodrigo Ayarza
7 Home Runs: T-20th

OF Daz Cameron
13 Stolen Bases: T-12th (4 Caught Stealing)

RHP Carson LaRue
2.18 ERA: 8th
0.936 WHIP: 3rd

Don't be fooled by the lack of individual league leaders on the Quad Cities team. They are to a large part a victim of their own success. On the offensive side, they lost IF Rodrigo Ayarza (.316/.345/.544), OF Stephen Wrenn (.288/.363/.431) and 3B Randy Cesar (.302/.368/.462) to promotions in May. Similarly, three of the River Bandits top pitching performers were also promoted in May: LHP Brett Adcock (1.14 ERA/0.930 WHIP), RHP Jorge Alcala (2.03 ERA/0.903 WHIP) and  LHP Ryan Hartman (2.72 ERA/1.160 WHIP).

The good news is that recent additions 1B/LF/DH Yordan Alvarez (.356/.450/.589) and SS Jonathan Arauz (.321/.387/.393) are already keeping the Banditos offense humming along nicely. The pitching side of the equation hasn't always gone as smoothly with top prospects RHP Forrest Whitley (3.78 ERA/1.350 WHIP) and LHP Cionel Perez (5.05 ERA/1.178 WHIP) having mixed results early on. But Perez has shown vast improvement and Whitley should continue to do so as well. They are joined in the rotation by league leader LaRue and by RHP Enoli Paredes (2.11 ERA/0.887 WHIP) who is currently on the DL, and are supported by solid bullpen pitchers RHP Lucas Williams (2.45 ERA/1.318 WHIP) and RHP Erasmo Pinales (3.18 ERA/1.200 WHIP).

With seven games remaining in the first half, the Bandits are only two games out of first place and will be playing three of those games against the first place Cedar Rapids (Twins) team. With a little cooperation from second place Kane County (D'Backs), Quad Cities still has a decent chance of coming out on top in the first half of the season.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, June 11, 2017

Fresno 11, El Paso 5

W- Mike Hauschild (3-1)
L- Tyrell Jenkins (4-7)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (11, 3-run in 5th), Tony Kemp (3, solo in 6th), Colin Moran (12, solo in 9th)

The Grizz stormed out to a 6-0 lead after the 1st inning, which gave them enough of a cushion to withstand El Paso scoring 5 runs in the 5th (3) and the 6th (2).

Tony Kemp and Tyler White led off the game with singles and Preston Tucker joined them on the bases after drawing a walk. Colin Moran opened the scoring by sending them all home with a double. Moran moved to 3rd on an A.J. Reed single and scored on a Juan Centeno single. Reed came home on a double from Teoscar Hernandez. The homers represented the last five Fresno runs: Reed launched a 3-run blast in the 5th, Kemp smacked a solo shot in the 6th, and Moran capped off the evening with a solo homer in the 9th.

Kemp (solo HR, 2 R), White (R), Moran (solo HR, 4 RBI, 3 R), and Reed (3-R HR, 2 R) all had 2 hits on the night. Reed homered in all three games of this series.

Mike Hauschild went 5.2 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits (solo and 3-run homers), walked 2, and struck out 5. Aaron West got the final out of the 6th without incident. Ashur Tolliver, Kevin Comer, and Reymin Guduan all pitched a scoreless inning: Tolliver allowed a hit and struck out 2 in the 7th, Comer allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 in the 8th, and Guduan allowed a hit and struck out 2 in the 9th.

Albuquerque will be the final stop on the Grizzlies' longest roadtrip of the season. Casey Coleman starts game 1 against Thad Weber at 7:05 Mountain.

San Antonio 4, Corpus Christi 2

W- Michael Kelly (6-1)
L- Alex Winkelman (0-1, 2-1 season)
S- Brad Wieck (3)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks managed to mount a little uprising in the late innings but ultimately couldn't complete the comeback.

Arturo Michelena put Corpus on the board with an RBI single in the 8th. Corpus had the bases loaded with nobody out in the 9th, but all they could get was one run when J.D. Davis scored on a Garrett Stubbs GIDP.

Alex Winkelman allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3 in 4.1 innings. Kent Emanuel followed by striking out 2 in 3.2 perfect innings.

Rogelio Armenteros takes the mound as Corpus looks to get on the board in this edition of the I-37 rivalry. He'll face Kyle Lloyd at 7:05.

Buies Creek 4, Wilmington 0

W- Franklin Perez (3-0)
L- Scott Blewett (3-5)

BC home runs: Ryne Birk (6, 2-run in 5th)

The Carolina Stros earned the split with a shutout on Sunday.

After hitting a rough patch following a DL stint, Franklin Perez got himself back in the saddle by allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 6 over 5 shutout frames. Devon Carr allowed 3 hits and struck out 1 in 3 innings, and Nick Hernandez worked around a couple of walks in the 9th to complete the shutout, striking out 1.

Myles Straw and Ryne Birk had 2 hits and drove in 2 runs apiece: Straw had a pair of RBI singles in the 5th and the 9th, while Birk smacked a 2-run homer in the 5th. Pat Porter finished 2-3 with a double and scored 2 of their 4 runs.

Buies Creek's roadtrip continues with a stop in Potomac, Maryland, for a 3-game set with the Nationals. Brett Adcock gets the call in game 1 and he'll face Nolan Sanburn at 7:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 4, Beloit 0

W- Salvador Montaño (1-1)
L- Mitchell Jordan (1-6)

QC home runs: Daz Cameron (5, 2-run in 5th), Taylor Jones (4, solo in 7th)

The Banditos got a 2-hit shutout to take the series on Sunday.

Forrest Whitley didn't allow a hit and struck out 7 in his 4.2 innings of work, but he did issue 4 walks. Salvador Montaño was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 3.1 innings. Kevin Hill worked around a couple of walks in the 9th to complete the shutout, striking out 2.

Carmen Benedetti scored the first run of the day on an error following a Yordan Alvarez single. It turned out to be the only run that Quad Cities would need, but getting a few more never hurts. Daz Cameron launched a 2-run homer in the 5th and Taylor Jones capped off the day with a solo shot to begin the 7th.

Quad Cities will look for the sweep as Ronel Blanco takes the hill. He'll face Zack Erwin at 7:00.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Salvador Montaño's photo from MiLB.com
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers
W 4-0 @ Beloit
9 IP, 2 H, 7 BB, 11 K
Forrest Whitley: 4.2 IP, 4 BB, 7 K
Salvador Montaño: W (1-1), 3.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K
Kevin Hill: IP, 2 BB, 2 K

Buies Creek Astros pitchers
W 4-0 @ Wilmington
9 IP, 5 H, 4 BB, 8 K
Franklin Perez: W (3-0), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K
Devon Carr: 3 IP, 3 H, K
Nick Hernandez: IP, 2 BB, K

Ryne Birk, 2B, and Myles Straw, OF, Buies Creek
Birk: 2-5, 2-R HR (6)
Straw: 2-3, 2 RBI; 5-game hitting streak (4 straight 2-hit games)

Kent Emanuel, LHP, Corpus Christi
3.2 IP, 2 K; perfect outing

A.J. Reed, 1B, and Colin Moran, 3B, Fresno
Reed: 2-5, 3-R HR (11), 2 R; HR in all 3 games vs. El Paso
Moran: 2-4, 2B, solo HR (12), 4 RBI, 3 R; 3 HR in last 2 games, 7-game hitting streak

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Buies Creek Astros: Two Month Report Card

Two months plus into the minor league seasons, let's see how the Astros full season affiliates are shaping up. Today, we'll look at the High A Buies Creek Astros ...

Yoanys Quiala - May 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

STANDINGS

33-29 (16-8 in April; 14-15 in May; 3-6 in June)
Third Place (out of five teams in the division; elimination number for winning first half at 6)
3 Games Behind
27-19 within the Division
11-12 at Home
22-17 on the Road
3-7 in Last 10 Games

TEAM BATTING

.250 AVG: 6th out of 10 teams
.337 OBP: 3rd
.386 SLG: 4th
.723 OPS: 3rd
112 Doubles: 3rd
24 Triples: 2nd
40 Home Runs: 9th
255 Walks: 1st
537 Strikeouts: T-2nd
63 Stolen Bases: 3rd

TEAM PITCHING

3.99 ERA: 6th out of 10 teams
1.248 WHIP: 2nd
49 Home Runs Allowed: 3rd
212 Walks: 3rd
573 Strikeouts: 1st

INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE LEADERS
.311 AVG: 8th in the Carolina League
.420 OBP: 1st
33 Runs: T-12th
5 Triples: 5th
39 Walks: 3rd
15 Stolen Bases: T-4th (3 Caught Stealing)

OF Kyle Tucker (since promoted to Corpus Christi)
.288 AVG: 20th
.379 OBP: 10th
.554 SLG: 5th
.932 OPS: 3rd
31 Runs: T-17th
12 Doubles: T-14th
4 Triples: T-6th
9 Home Runs: T-6th
43 RBI: 4th
24 Walks: T-19th
13 Stolen Bases: T-9th (5 Caught Stealing)

OF Jason Martin (since promoted to Corpus Christi)
.454 SLG: 9th
.848 OPS: 12th
34 Runs: T-8th
7 Home Runs: T-11th
29 RBI: T-18th
9 Stolen Bases: 18th (5 Caught Stealing)

4 Triples: T-6th
29 RBI: T-18th

1B Dex McCall
32 Walks: T-6th

RHP Yoanys Quiala
2.68 ERA: 5th
0.974 WHIP: 3rd
53 Strikeouts: T-16th

LHP Framber Valdez (promoted to Corpus Christi 6/10)
53 Stikeouts: T-16th

RHP Nick Hernandez
7 Saves: 4th (1.46 ERA/0.811 WHIP)

With eight games left before the All-Star break, Buies Creeks' elimination number for the first half stands at six. It's not impossible for them to win the first half but it's not likely if they have any more four-game losing streaks as they recently did in early June.

The BC Astros had been extremely dominant to start the season and only recently tailed off (and fell out of first place), going 3-7 since the promotions of Kyle Tucker and Jason Martin to Corpus Christi. The good news is that the mid-May promotions of C Jake Rogers (.347/.440/.613) and 3B Randy Cesar (.273/.324/.318) are starting to pay off and the more recent addition of OF Stephen Wrenn and IF Alex De Goti should help as well.

Similarly, the contributions of RHP Akeem Bostick and LHP Alex Winkelman have been missed since their promotions to Corpus Christi. RHP Hector Perez has had decent success since his late April promotion to Buies Creek, but LHP Brett Adcock and LHP Ryan Hartman have yet to replicate their success at the lower level at this point (although I expect both of the lefties to start catching up to their competition soon). And top prospect RHP Franklin Perez (3.00 ERA/0.750 WHIP), who has only made six appearances so far this season, will leave his stamp on the team as he presumably gets more playing time.

The BC Astros should continue to stabilize and improve as some of the newer players get their feet under them so I fully expect them to remain in contention for the foreseeable future. However, the Astros will likely continue to challenge players to higher levels of competition and Buies Creek will see a lot of movement later this summer as the newly drafted players start to push their elders up or out.