Saturday, July 1, 2017

Astros Farm Report: 7-1

So many roster moves, so little time ... but first things first!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THESE JULY ASTROS BABIES

Brock Dykxhoorn - April 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen

7-1: OF Euclides Chavez (20)
7-2: RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (23)
7-2: SS Cody Bohanek (22)
7-3: RHP Casey Coleman (30)
7-6: OF Hector Martinez (19)
7-6: OF Preston Tucker (27)
7-7: RHP Diosward Gonzalez (22)
7-7: C Nathan Perry (18)
7-8: LHP Sean Stutzman (24)
7-9: RHP Edgardo Sandoval (21)
7-10: C Ruben Castro (21)
7-11: OF Luis Coronel (20)
7-12: LHP Tony Sipp (34)
7-13: C/OF Luis Barajas (19)
7-14: LHP Salvador Montano (23)
7-15: LHP Carlos Hiraldo (21)
7-15: OF Ramon Laureano (23)
7-15: OF Carlos Diaz (18)
7-16: 3B Reiny Beltre (21)
7-16: RHP Christopher Javier (19)
7-20: RHP Lucas Williams (23)
7-21: RHP Angel Matos (20)
7-22: RHP Angel Heredia (25)
7-23: 3B/1B Anthony Rodriguez (21)
7-28: RHP Jorge Alcala (22)

STANDINGS

Collectively, all of the Astros MiLB affiliates went 34-28 over the last eight days. Fresno has done the most to improve their stock, winning eight straight and climbing five games up in the standings into second place in their division. During that same time frame, Corpus Christi was 2-3, falling into a second place tie in the second half. Buies Creek and Quad Cities have each gone 5-3 over the last eight games and are both in good position starting the second half.

As to the short season teams, Tri-City's recent 2-5 record has dropped them to third place, but there is still a lot of baseball left to play in their season and the new draft picks are looking to make their mark. Greeneville is also in third place after their recent 4-4 record, but are only one game behind the division leader. Unlike recent seasons, the GCL 'Stros have gotten off to a good start with their 3-1 record. The DSL Blue team (3-4 in the past week) has dropped in the standings, but remain only one-half game out of first place. The Orange team, however, lost more ground in the standings with their 2-5 week.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE/PACIFIC NORTHERN DIVISION
AAA Fresno 2nd 43-38 .531 6.0GB W8

TEXAS LEAGUE/SOUTH DIVISION
AA Corpus 2nd 38-40 .487 9.0GB L2 (Overall)
AA Corpus T-2nd 4-4 .500 2.0GB L2 (Second Half)

CAROLINA LEAGUE/SOUTHERN DIVISION
HiA Buies Creek T-2nd 42-37 .532 3.5GB W3 (Overall)
HiA Buies Creek T-2nd 5-4 .556 0.5GB W3 (Second Half)

MIDWEST LEAGUE/WESTERN DIVISION
LoA Quad Cities 3rd 42-35 .545 2.5GB L1
LoA Quad Cities T-3rd 5-4 .556 1.0GB L1

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE/STEDLER DIVISION
SSA Tri-City 3rd 4-6 .400 3.0GB W1

APPALACHIAN LEAGUE/WEST DIVISION
Rk+ Greeneville 3rd 5-4 .556 1.0GB L1

GULF COAST LEAGUE/EAST DIVISION
Rk GCL Astros T-1st 3-1 .750 -.-GB W2

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE/NORTH DIVISION
FRk DSL Orange 5th 10-14 .417 8.0GB L1

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE/NORTHWEST DIVISION
FRk DSL Blue T-3rd 13-10 .565 0.5GB L1

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

7-1: RHP Charlie Morton on rehab assignment to Corpus Christi
6-30: RHP Collin McHugh on rehab assignment to Corpus Christi
6-30: 1B Vicente Mota (Greeneville) released
6-29: 2B Josh Rojas (26th round) assigned to Quad Cities
6-29: OF Jacob Meyers (13th round) assigned to Tri-City
6-29: RHP Cristian Javier assigned to Buies Creek from Tri-City
6-29: LHP Yhoan Acosta assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
6-29: RHP Tyler Ivey (3rd round) assigned to the GCL
6-29: RHP Carlos Pimental (NDFA) assigned to the GCL
6-28: RHP Humberto Castellanos assigned to the GCL from Greeneville
6-28: RHP Corbin Martin (2nd round) agreed to terms
6-27: RHP Jordan Jankowski placed on the Fresno 7-day DL
6-27: LHP Cole Watts (31st round) assigned to Greeneville
6-27: RHP Tanner Duncan (NDFA) assigned to the GCL
6-27: C Nathan Perry (5th round) assigned to the GCL
6-27: RHP Matthew Merrill (37th round) assigned to the GCL
6-27: RHP Ronaldo Marrero assigned to the GCL from DSL
6-26: RHP Dean Deetz activated from the Fresno 7-day DL
6-26: RHP Mike Hauschild placed on the Fresno 7-day DL
6-26: RHP Humberto Castellanos assigned to Greeneville from Tri-City
6-26: RHP Ronny Jimenez (DSL) released
6-25: LHP Parker Mushinski (7th round) assigned to Tri-City
6-25: 1B J.J. Matijevic (competitive balance pick) assigned to Tri-City
6-25: OF Frankeny Fernandez assigned to Greeneville from Tri-City
6-25: RHP Leovanny Rodriguez assigned to Greeneville from Tri-City
6-25: SS Joan Mauricio assigned to Greeneville from Tri-City
6-25: LHP Austin Kerns (NDFA) assigned to Greeneville
6-25: RHP Felipe Tejada assigned to Greeneville from Tri-City
6-25: 3B Richard Slenker (28th round) assigned to the GCL
6-24: RHP Lucas Williams placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL (retroactive to 6-23)
6-24: RHP Hunter Martin (20th round) assigned to Tri-City
6-24: OF Reid Russell (33rd round) assigned to Tri-City
6-24: RHP Alex House (24th round) assigned to Tri-City
6-24: RHP Joe Musgrove optioned to Fresno
6-24: RHP Jordan Jankowski recalled to Houston from Fresno
6-24: LHP Sean Stutzman assigned to Buies Creek from Corpus Christi
6-24: LHP Devon Carr assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
6-23: RHP Dayan Diaz optioned to Fresno
6-23: LHP Reymin Guduan recalled to Houston from Fresno
6-23: OF Corey Julks (8th round) assigned to Tri-City
6-23: C Ruben Castro assigned from Tri-City to Greeneville
6-23: 1B Dex McCall assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
6-23: 1B Bryan Muniz (Corpus Christi) released
6-23: 1B/DH/OF Yordan Alvarez assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
6-23: OF Pat Porter (Buies Creek) released

Plus, here are your 2017 Gulf Coast League Astros (I've noted the assignment of this year's draft picks above).

Other draft picks and non-drafted free agents who have either signed or agreed to terms but haven't been assigned to a team yet: RHP Corbin Martin (2nd round), RHP Peter Soloman (4th round), CF Carlos Diaz (14th round) and RHP Matt Ruppenthal (17th round). Twelve players remain unsigned with a deadline of July 7th.

And Dustin has updated the Social Media post with info on non-drafted free agents here and all players who have currently signed are indicated in bold.

And, finally, in case you missed it, I looked in on former Astros who are currently playing in Independent and Foreign Leagues.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, June 30, 2017

How did the Astros system close out June?

Fresno 8, Sacramento 7

W- Tyson Perez (3-0)
L- Roberto Gomez (1-5)
S- Kevin Comer (4)

Fresno home runs: Preston Tucker (13, solo in 7th), Tyler White (13, solo in 8th)

The Grizzlies got 4 runs in the first two innings against a rehabbing Madison Bumgarner. After struggling out of the gate, Fresno appears to have found their form

Colin Moran opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st inning. Fresno got to MadBum for 3 in the 2nd thanks to a Tony Kemp RBI single, a Tyler White sac fly, and a D.J. Fisher RBI double.

The Grizz scored one run in the 5th-8th innings: Max Stassi ripped an RBI double in the 5th. Kemp added another RBI single to his ledger in the 6th, then Preston Tucker and Tyler White whacked solo homers in the 7th and the 8th, respectively. Kemp (2B, 2 RBI, 2 R), Tucker (solo HR), and Alejandro Garcia (2 2B, 2 R) all finished 3-5.

Casey Coleman went 5.2 innings and allowed 6 runs on 11 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Tyson Perez pitched 2 innings and allowed a run (inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits and fanned 2. Kevin Comer got a 4-out save, allowing 2 hits and striking out 2.

Dean Deetz faces Tyler Beede in game 2 of the series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Northwest Arkansas 8, Corpus Christi 7


W- Richard Lovelady (1-0)
L- Ryan Thompson (0-2, 0-3 season)

CC home runs: J.D. Davis (19, 2-run in 5th)

The Hooks dropped another one-run game to drop this series in Springdale.

Corpus got a pair in the 1st on a J.D. Davis RBI single and a sac fly from Jon Singleton. Davis grounded into a force out in the 3rd inning and an error on the play allowed Drew Ferguson to score. Ferguson walked to lead off the 5th and Davis smacked a 2-run homer. Jason Martin added a 2-run double later in the inning.

Ferguson (3 R), Kyle Tucker (2B, R), Davis, Jack Mayfield, Garrett Stubbs, and Martin (2-RBI 2B) all finished with 2 hits on the night.

Collin McHugh allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and walked 1 in the 1st inning. Josh James came on to throw 5 innings, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, walking 2, and striking out 4. Ryan Thompson pitched 2.2 innings and allowed the winning run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.

Corpus Christi will look to avoid the sweep as Alex Winkelman gets the start. He'll take on Foster Griffin at 6:05.

Buies Creek 2, Potomac 1

W- Franklin Perez (4-2)
L- Luis Reyes (5-8)
S- Ryan Hartman (1, 2 season)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros scored their 2 runs in the 1st and got shut out the rest of the way, but Franklin Perez and Ryan Hartman picked them up.

Perez allowed just 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 5 shutout innings. Hartman threw the final 4 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5.

Yordan Alvarez opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Two batters later, Taylor Jones ripped an RBI double. Jones and Ryne Birk both finished 3-4 on the night.

Hector Perez takes on Nolan Sanburn in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.

Burlington 4, Quad Cities 3

W- Erik Manoah (3-5)
L- Carson LaRue (8-3)
S- Blake Smith (6)

QC home runs: Josh Rojas (1, solo in 5th), Ronnie Dawson (8, solo in 6th)

The Banditos scored in more innings than the Bees, but Burlington's one four-run inning topped Quad Cities' three one-run innings.

Josh Rojas led off the 5th with his first homer as a pro. Ronnie Dawson went 2-4 and smacked a solo homer in the 6th inning. Dawson doubled to lead off the 9th and scored on a Daz Cameron single.

Carson LaRue went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits (3-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 3. Ronel Blanco tagged in for 3 innings and allowed 2 hits while striking out 4.

Cionel Perez starts game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:30.

Tri-City 1, Connecticut 0 before play was suspended

Due to rain. This game will continue at a later date.

Kristian Trompiz opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 4th inning. Carlos Hiraldo allowed 2 hits and struck out 4 over the first 4 innings.

Patrick Sandoval will start the first of a 3-game series with Staten Island. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Johnson City 7, Greeneville 3

W- Alvaro Seijas (1-0)
L- Cole Watts (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Adrian Tovalin (1, solo in 8th)

The Appy Cardinals used a pair of 3-run innings to take this game and the series.

Adrian Tovalin opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st, and Wilson Amador hit an RBI single of his own in the 2nd inning. Tovalin launched the first homer of his pro career, a solo shot, in the 8th. He and Roman Garcia both went 2-4 on the evening.

Cole Watts hit the first two batters he faced, then issued two straight walks to bring in Johnson City's first run. He allowed two more runs on a sac fly and a single. Hansel Paulino allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 5.2 innings. Austin Kerns pitched the 7th and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits and walked 1. Willy Collado worked around a double and a walk to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 2.

The Appy Astros will start a 3-game series with the Kingsport Mets to begin a new month. First pitch of game 1 is at 6:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 4, GCL Nationals 0

W- Francisco Villegas (1-0, 2-0 season)
L- Nelson Galindez (0-1)

GCL home runs: Carlos Machado (1, solo in 6th)

Three pitchers combined to throw a shutout.

Juan Pablo Lopez and Francisco Villegas both threw 4 shutout frames. Lopez allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2, while Villegas allowed just 1 hit and fanned 7. Carlos Pimental struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Enmanuel Valdez opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 3rd and scored on a Carlos Machado single. Machado launched a solo homer in the 6th, the first home run of his career. Jose Benjamin tripled in the 8th and scored on the ensuing error. Machado (solo HR, 2 RBI) and Orlando Marquez (2B) both had 2 hits on the day.

DSL Rays1 3, DSL Astros Blue 2

W- Jose Alejandro (1-0)
L- Freylin Garcia (0-3)

Blue home runs: None.

As the old saying goes.... turnabout is fair play.

Both Blue team runs came off errors; Ronaldo Urdaneta scored the first run of the day in the 1st and Leonardo Gonzalez scored on another gaffe in the 7th. Urdaneta and Yeuris Ramirez both went 2-4.

Renny Ugarte allowed a run on a double play, walked 4, and struck out 2 in 5 innings of work. Freylin Garcia went 3.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

DSL Rays2 10, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Rodolfo Sanchez (2-0)
L- Fabricio Reina (0-1)

Orange home runs: None.

Um... safe to say that the Rays 2 didn't take kindly to getting no-hit on Friday.

Ramiro Rodriguez went 2-3 with a double and scored Team Orange's only run on an error in the 8th.

Mauricio Santana allowed a hit and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless. The guys behind him didn't fare as well. Fabricio Reina was the first man out of the Orange team's bullpen and went 3.1 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4. Christian Mejias allowed 6 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Luis De Paula was next and he allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1 in 1.1 innings. Gustavo Almonte issued a walk and got the final out of the 9th inning.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

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

J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
2-5, 2-R HR (19), 3 RBI, SB (4)

Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 2-1 vs. Potomac
9 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Franklin Perez: W (4-2), 5 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K
Ryan Hartman: Save (1, 2 season), 4 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 5 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Ronel Blanco, RHP, Quad Cities
3 IP, 2 H, 4 K

Ronnie Dawson, OF, Quad Cities
2-4, 2B, solo HR (8), 2 R

Photo by Bryan Green
Hansel Paulino, RHP, Greeneville
5.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Adrian Tovalin, 3B/1B, Greeneville
2-4, solo HR (1), 2 RBI

Juan Pablo Lopez's photo from El Debate
GCL Astros pitchers: W 4-0 @ GCL Nationals
9 IP, 5 H, BB, 10 K
Juan Pablo Lopez: 4 IP, 4 H, BB, 2 K
Francisco Villegas: W (1-0, 2-0 season), 4 IP, H, 7 K
Carlos Pimentel: IP, K

Carlos Machado, OF, GCL Astros
2-4, solo HR (1), 2 RBI

Friday, June 30, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thursday marked the first time this season that the entire Astros organization, from the big league club all the way down to its two DSL affiliates, was in action.

The pitchers in the system absolutely balled out.

Fresno 8, Albuquerque 0

W- Joe Musgrove (1-0)
L- Sam Howard (1-1)

Fresno home runs: D.J. Fisher (18, 2-run in 6th)

The Grizzlies got a 1-hitter to sweep the Isotopes for their 7th straight victory, their longest of the year. They finished this homestand with a 9-3 record.

Joe Musgrove excelled in his return to AAA as he allowed just 1 hit, walked 2, and struck out 7 over 7 shutout innings. Ashur Tolliver walked 2 and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless innings to finish the shutout.

Teoscar Hernandez scored the first run of the evening when Preston Tucker beat a double play attempt in the 4th inning. Fresno busted this one wide open with 7 runs in the 6th.

Teoscar went down on strikes to begin the inning, but Colin Moran ripped a double and Big Tuck followed with a triple. Juan Centeno kept the line moving with an RBI single. Reid Brignac struck out for the second out of the inning, but Jon Kemmer drew a walk to keep things going. Tony Kemp followed with a 2-run triple and Tyler White brought him home with a single. D.J. Fisher capped off the evening with a 2-run blast.

Everyone scored except for Brignac, who unfortunately missed out on the party. Kemp finished 3-5 on the night, while Colin Moran (2B, R) and Tucker (3B, 2 RBI, R) both went 2-4.

Fresno will start the first of a 4-game series in Sacramento at 7:05 Pacific. Casey Coleman will take on a rehabbing Madison Bumgarner.

Northwest Arkansas 9, Corpus Christi 8

W- Emilio Ogando (5-5)
L- Kent Emanuel (3-5)
S- Pedro Fernandez (1)

CC home runs: Drew Ferguson (7, solo in 6th), Kyle Tucker (7, 16 season; solo in 6th)

The Hooks nearly erased a 9-2 deficit. The operative word here being "nearly."

Drew Ferguson and Kyle Tucker launched back-to-back solo shots to start the 6th inning. Corpus got 2 more in the 8th on an RBI double from Jon Singleton and a Jack Mayfield RBI single.

Ramon Laureano and Tony Nuñez both singled with 1 out in the 9th; Ferguson would add an RBI single to his ledger, then Little Tuck singled to load the bases, which prompted the Naturals to make a pitching change. J.D. Davis greeted Pedro Fernandez with an RBI single, then Singleton drew a walk to score Ferguson. Mayfield hit a sac fly to bring the Hooks to within a run. Unfortunately, Jamie Ritchie grounded out to end the game.

Kent Emanuel went 4 innings and allowed 6 runs on 9 hits (2-run homer), walked 1, and struck out 2. Andrew Walter was the first man out of the Hooks bullpen and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and struck out 2. Jacob Dorris stopped the bleeding by allowing 2 hits and striking out 4 over 2.1 scoreless.

Collin McHugh will make his season debut against Corey Ray in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 3, Carolina 2

W- Cristian Javier (1-0)
L- Quintin Torres-Costa (6-3)
S- Justin Ferrell (1)

BC home runs: Spencer Johnson (2, 5 season; solo in 2nd)

The Carolina Stros took the series from the Mudcats despite surrendering the only crooked number of the game.

Futures Game participant Yordan Alvarez ripped an RBI double in the 1st to put Buies Creek on the board first. Spencer Johnson launched a solo homer in the 2nd, and Taylor Jones broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the 7th. Randy César went 2-4, making him the only player on either side with a multi-hit game. Myles Straw became the first man in the system to steal 20 bases; his 3 steals give him 22 on the year.

Brett Adcock and Cristian Javier both pitched 4 innings. Adcock allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 7. Javier allowed 2 hits and struck out 6. Justin Ferrell struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th inning to get the save.

Buies Creek will begin a 4-game series with Potomac on Friday at 7:00 Eastern. Franklin Perez will face Luis Reyes.

Quad Cities 4, Wisconsin 0

W- Carlos Sanabria (3-2)
L- Thomas Jankins (3-6)
S- Salvador Montaño (2)

QC home runs: Chuckie Robinson (7, solo in 7th)

The Banditos took the series with a shutout in the finale.

Carlos Sanabria started it off by allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 7 over 5 innings. Yohan Ramirez went 3.1 innings and walked 5 while striking out 2. Salvador Montaño struck out the last two Wisconsin batters to complete the shutout.

Troy Sieber doubled to lead off the 5th and scored the first run of the game on Daz Cameron's triple. Chuckie Robinson started off the 7th with a homer. Ray Henderson ripped an RBI double in the 8th, and Daz added an RBI double to his ledger in the 9th. Daz and Ronnie Dawson both finished 2-4 on the night.

Carson LaRue will start the first of a 4-game series in Burlington. First pitch is at 6:30.

Tri-City 2, Connecticut 0

W- César Rosado (1-0)
L- Brad Bass (0-1)
S- Colin McKee (1)

TC home runs: None.

There was only one scoring play in this game, and it belonged to Tri-City. Reid Russell ripped a 2-run double in the 2nd inning for the only runs of the evening.

César Rosado has allowed virtually nothing in his first two appearances of the season. He followed up 5 no-hit innings in his first start with 5 more shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 7. Colin McKee got knocked around a bit in his first two appearances, but he got himself in the saddle by completing the shutout, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3 over the last 4 innings.

The ValleyCats and Tigers will conclude this 4-game series at 7:05 Eastern.

Greeneville 5, Johnson City 3

W- Gerardo Bojorquez (1-0)
L- Edwar Ramirez (1-1)
S- Willy Collado (1)

Greeneville home runs: Cody Bohanek (2, 2-run in 1st), Wilson Amador (1, solo in 3rd), Oscar Campos (1, solo in 6th)

The Appy Astros bashed 3 homers to even up their series with the Appy Cardinals. Both teams scored the same amount of runs in the same innings, but Cody Bohanek's 2-run blast in the 1st inning was the difference.

Both teams scored 2 in the 3rd inning; Greeneville's 2 came on a solo homer from Wilson Amador and an RBI single from Brody Westmoreland. Both teams also scored a run in the 6th; Oscar Campos whacked a solo homer for Greeneville's tally. Bohanek and Amador both finished with 2 hits on the evening. Chas McCormick went 3-4 with 2 doubles and scored a run.

Noel Pinto allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 1.2 innings. Gerardo Bojorquez was the first man out of the Appy Astros' bullpen and went 3.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits, walking 2 and striking out 1. Jesús Balaguer walked 1 and struck out 6 over 2.2 scoreless. Ian Hardman got 2 outs in the 9th via strikeout, but Johnson City also loaded the bases on him with a hit and a couple of walks. Willy Collado got Hardman out of the mess and secured the win.

Cole Watts faces Alvaro Seijas in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 5, GCL Mets 4 in 10 innings

W- Humberto Castellanos (1-0)
L- Eric Villanueva (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Mets tied the game and took the lead in the first extra frame.... but the Palm Beach Stros wound up walking off with the win with 3 in the bottom of the 10th inning.

The GCLstros were actually on the wrong end of a perfect game for the first 5 innings. Hector Martinez changed all of that by walking to lead off the bottom of the 6th. Bernardo Heras followed with their first hit of the day, a single. Ozziel Sanchez-Galan opened the scoring with an RBI double. Juan Piñeda followed with a sacrifice fly.

Martinez started off the bottom of the 10th in scoring position. He advanced to 3rd on a balk and scored on another single from Heras, who was then lifted for Alfredo Angarita. Sanchez-Galan walked and Piñeda got plunked to load the bases. Jonathan Matute hit a sac fly to score Angarita, and an error meant that everyone was safe. Sanchez-Galan scored the winning run on another error. Heras finished 2-3 on the day.

Tyler Ivey, the Astros' 3rd-round pick a couple of weeks ago, allowed a hit, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 2 scoreless innings. Kit Scheetz, an undrafted lefty from Virginia Tech, allowed 3 hits and fanned 6 over 3 scoreless. Chauncey Nuñez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 scoreless; he also signed as an undrafted free agent out of high school. Nuñez went to Doral Academy in Miami, where he was teammates with Astros' 29th-round pick Andres Santana. Humberto Castellanos pitched 3 innings and allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and struck out 4.

DSL Astros Blue 2, DSL Rays1 1

W- Nathanael Ventura (2-1)
L- Jhoanbert Cedeno (1-2)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team only scored in one inning, but it was the last inning, so they ended up walking off with the win.

Kendy Moya hit a 1-out single in the bottom of the 9th. With the Blue team down to their last out, Brandon Benavente came through with an RBI double to tie the game. Leonardo Gonzalez came on to run for Benavente and scored the winning run on a single from Ronaldo Urdaneta. Moya finished 2-3.

Jean Reyes allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4 over 5 shutout innings. Oscar Severino allowed an unearned run on an error, a single, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 3 innings, and Nathanael Ventura walked the bases loaded in the 9th but escaped unscathed, striking out 1.

DSL Astros Orange 12, DSL Rays2 0

W- Jairo Solis (1-1)
L- Jose Lopez (1-2)

Orange home runs: Freudis Nova (1, 3-run in 3rd)

Team Orange absolutely dominated the Rays 2 in all facets of the game on Thursday.

Jairo Solis, Jose Alberto Rivera, and Fredy Medina joined forces on the first-ever no-hitter for the DSL Orange team. Solis walked 1 and fanned 5 over 5 innings, Rivera walked 2 and struck out 1 in 3 innings of work, and Medina struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Fildex Perfecto finished 3-4 with a bases-loaded walk in the 1st inning and scored twice. Renaigel Martis went 2-6 with an RBI single in the 1st and scored twice. Sean Mendoza had a couple of RBI singles and also scored two runs, and Freudis Nova smacked a 3-run homer in the 3rd inning, the first of his professional career.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Jean Reyes, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K

DSL Orange no-hitter!
Jairo Solis, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: W (1-1), 5 IP, BB, 5 K
Jose Alberto Rivera, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 3 IP, 2 BB, K
Fredy Medina, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: IP, 2 K

Follow Freudis Nova on Twitter @FreudisNova
Freudis Nova, SS, DSL Astros Orange
1-3, 3-R HR (1), 2 R
Fildex Perfecto, OF, DSL Astros Orange
3-4, RBI, 2 R 

Photo from MilB.com
Cody Bohanek, SS, Greeneville
2-4, 2-R HR (2), 2 R

Photo from MiLB.com
Jesús Balaguer, RHP, Greeneville
2.2 IP, BB, 6 K
Kristopher "Kit" Scheetz, LHP, GCL Astros
3 IP, 3 H, 6 K

 
César Rosado's photo taken by Bryan Green
Tri-City ValleyCats pitchers: W 2-0 @ Connecticut
9 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 10 K
César Rosado: W (1-0), 5 IP, 2 H, 7 K
Colin McKee: Save (1), 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Daz Cameron, OF, Quad Cities
2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

All photos from MiLB.com
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: W 4-0 @ Wisconsin
9 IP, 2 H, 7 BB, 11 K
Carlos Sanabria: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K
Yohan Ramirez: 3.1 IP, 5 BB, 2 K
Salvador Montaño: Save (2), 0.2 IP, 2 K

Brett Adcock's photo from MiLB.com
Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 3-2 vs. Carolina
9 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 15 K
Brett Adcock: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 7 K
Cristian Javier: W (1-0), 4 IP, 2 H, 6 K
Justin Ferrell: Save (1), IP, 2 K

Jacob Dorris, RHP, Corpus Christi
2.1 IP, 2 H, 4 K

Kyle Tucker's photo taken by Bryan Green
Drew Ferguson, OF, and Kyle Tucker, OF, Corpus Christi
Ferguson: 2-3, solo HR (7), 2 RBI, 3 R
Tucker: 2-5, solo HR (7, 16 season), 2 R

Ashur Tolliver's photo from MiLB.com
Fresno Grizzlies pitchers: W 8-0 vs. Albuquerque
Joe Musgrove: W (1-0), 7 IP, H, 2 BB, 7 K
Ashur Tolliver: 2 IP, 2 BB, K

Tony Kemp, 2B, and Preston Tucker, OF, Fresno
Kemp: 3-5, 3B, 2 RBI, R
Tucker: 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI, R

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Let's play two in Connecticut!

Fresno 8, Albuquerque 5

W- Trent Thornton (5-2, 6-4 season)
L- Barry Enright (4-2)
S- Kevin Comer (3)

Fresno home runs: Reid Brignac (8, 2-run in 2nd)

The Grizzlies stormed out to a 7-1 lead after the first 3 innings. Albuquerque managed to cut into that lead and got to within two runs, but the early cushion was enough to get them the win.

D.J. Fisher put Fresno on the board with an RBI triple in the 1st inning. One batter later, Colin Moran ripped a double to bring him home. Reid Brignac launched a 2-run homer in the 2nd, and in the 3rd, Max Stassi hit an RBI single and Alejandro Garcia added a 2-run single. Moran tripled to lead off the 8th and scored on a Teoscar Hernandez single. Moran went 3-3 on the night, while Brignac finished 2-3.

Trent Thornton went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. The one hit that Brendan McCurry allowed in his 2 innings of work was a solo homer to Ryan McMahon in the 7th. McCurry also struck out 4. Dayan Diaz and Kevin Comer allowed a hit and struck out 2 in a scoreless 8th and 9th, respectively.

Joe Musgrove looks to right the ship in his return to Fresno. He'll take on Sam Howard as Fresno concludes its homestand at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks kick off the post-All-Star Game portion of their schedule with a tour of Arkansas. Kent Emanuel gets the start in the first game of a 3-game set with Northwest Arkansas and he'll face Emilio Ogando at 7:05.

Buies Creek 2, Carolina 1

W- Framber Valdez (2-3, 2-4 season)
L- Kodi Medeiros (3-6)
S- Ralph Garza Jr. (3)

BC home runs: None.

Yordan Alvarez was the offense, and Framber Valdez dominated on the hill for the Carolia Stros.

Framber pitched a career-best 8 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out a career-high 11. Ralph Garza struck out 2 in a scoreless 9th to get the save; an error allowed Lucas Erceg to reach. Garza also uncorked a couple of wild pitches that allowed Erceg to move to 3rd, but he punched out Isan Diaz to end the game. I didn't mean punch out in the Rougned Odor sense of the term; he struck out Diaz.

Alvarez drew a bases-loaded walk in the 3rd and ripped an RBI double in the 5th to put Buies Creek in front. Anibal Sierra was the only man on either side with a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a run scored.

Justin Ferrell gets the start in the series finale. He'll take on La Grange native Trey Supak at 7:00 Eastern.

Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities 2 in 13 innings

W- Daniel Brown (3-1)
L- Dustin Hunt (0-6)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos tied the game in the 8th and took the lead in the 11th, but the Timber Rattlers hit back for a run of their own in the bottom of the 11th and wound up walking off with the win.

Forrest Whitley pitched 5.1 innings and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 6. Kevin Hill struck out 4 over 3.2 scoreless; one runner reached on an error in the 8th. Dustin Hunt went 3.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, walked 4 (1 intentionally), and struck out 3.

Wander Franco put Quad Cities on the board with an RBI single in the 8th inning. Ronnie Dawson got plunked to begin the 11th, and Bryan De La Cruz drew a 1-out walk to join him on the bases. Dawson proceeded to steal 3rd (8) and scored on a wild pitch. Franco finished 2-5 on the night.

Quad Cities and Wisconsin will finish up this series at 7:05 as Carlos Sanabria faces Thomas Jankins.

Game 1: Connecticut 3, Tri-City 1

W- Jose Vasquez (1-0)
L- Ricardo Castro (1-1)
S- Wladimir Pinto (1)

TC home runs: None.

Both teams scored in the same inning in game 1. The Tigers, however, scored more in their half.

The only two Tri-City hits in game 1 were singles from Kristian Trompiz and Randy Vasquez; Trompiz scored the ValleyCats' only run when Andy Piñeda grounded into a double play.

Ricardo Castro went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Ben Smith worked around a couple of walks to throw a scoreless 6th, striking out 2.

Game 2: Connecticut 10, Tri-City 3

W- Brandyn Sittinger (1-0)
L- Luis Ramirez (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The Tigers busted game 2 open with 3 in the 4th and 4 more in the 5th to sweep the twinbill.

Tri-City scored a run in each of the first three innings: Jake Adams opened the scoring with a sac fly in the 1st, Connor MacDonald scored on an error in the 2nd, and J.J. Matijevic hit an RBI single in the 3rd. Matijevic went 3-4 in game 2. Corey Julks was 2-2 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base (3).

Tri-City's pitchers.... had a rough time in game 2. Honestly, that's really all that needs to be said. Brush it off and try again, guys.

Game 3 of the series starts at 7:05 Eastern.

Johnson City 6, Greeneville 3

W- Jake Walsh (1-0)
L- Tim Hardy (0-1)
S- Jacob Patterson (1)

Greeneville home runs: Roman Garcia (1, 2-run in 6th)

The Appy Astros' bats were stuck in the mud on Wednesday.

Roman Garcia launched a 2-run homer in the 6th, his first as a professional. Martin Figueroa hit an RBI single in the 8th. Gilberto Celestino finished 2-3 with a stolen base (2). Chas McCormick went 2-4 and has a hit in each of his first 4 games as a pro.

Tim Hardy allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Adam Bleday was the first man out of the Greeneville bullpen and went 1.1 innings, allowing 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 5 hits. Bryan Abreu was next, and he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 4 innings. Dariel Aquino walked 1 and got the last two outs of the 8th.

Noel Pinto faces Edwar Martinez in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

DSL Marlins 11, DSL Astros Blue 2

W- Eliezer Rodriguez (1-1)
L- Denilson Lugo (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

Well, at least they didn't get shut out.

Rhandall Sanchez spoiled the shutout with an RBI single in the 9th. Yorbin Ceuta went 2-3 and scored on a wild pitch soon after Sanchez put the Blue team on the board.

Denilson Lugo went 3.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Bryan Solano allowed 2 unearned runs, a hit, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings, and Jervic Chavez went 2.2 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 1.

DSL Cubs1 19, DSL Astros Orange 8

W- Keiber Arredondo (1-1)
L- Jesus Bernaez (1-2)

Orange home runs: Renaigel Martis (1, solo in 5th)

Maybe that 8-run 9th from the Cubs 1 on Tuesday was a sign of bad tidings to come for Team Orange.

Gerry Castillo ripped an RBI double in the 5th and cleared the bases with another double in the 6th. Jose Carrillo finished 3-5 and hit an RBI single in the 5th. Deury Carrasco and Luis Barajas also finished with 2 hits on the day.

Team Orange's pitchers struggled. I think I'll just leave it at that. Kelvin Perez, who is normally a catcher, worked out of a bases-loaded situation to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Gerry Castillo, C, DSL Astros Orange: 2-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI

Buies Creek Astros pitchers
W 2-1 vs. Carolina
9 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 13 K
Framber Valdez: W (2-3, 2-4 season), 8 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 11 K
Ralph Garza Jr.: Save (3), IP, 2 K
Valdez: set career highs in IP and K in a single appearance

Photo from MiLB.com
Buies Creek Astros offense, aka Yordan Alvarez, 1B/OF
1-3, 2B, 2 RBI; responsible for both Buies Creek scoring plays

Forrest Whitley, RHP, and Kevin Hill, RHP, Quad Cities
Whitley: 5.1 IP, 4 H, unearned run, 4 BB, 6 K
Hill: 3.2 IP, 4 K
Corey Julks' photo taken by Robert Witt
Follow J.J. Matijevic on Twitter: @TweetinJ_23
Corey Julks, OF, and J.J. Matijevic, OF, Tri-City 
Julks: 2-2, 2 R, 2 BB, SB (3) in game 2 of doubleheader
Matijevic: 3-4, RBI in game 2 of doubleheader

Reid Brignac's photo taken by Kiel Maddox
Colin Moran, 3B, and Reid Brignac, IF, Fresno
Moran: 3-3, 3B, RBI, 2 R
Brignac: 2-3, 2B, 2-R HR (8)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Appy Astros sweep!

Fresno 6, Albuquerque 3

W- Kyle Smith (1-0, 3-1 season)
L- Matt Flemer (2-6)
S- Tyson Perez (3)

Fresno home runs: D.J. Fisher (17, 3-run in 1st), Tyler White (12, solo in 5th)

Charlie Morton had a very nice outing as he continues to work his way back to full strength.

Morton allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 4 scoreless innings. Kyle Smith got the next 4 innings and did alright until he ran into trouble in the 8th. He allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits and struck out 1. Tyson Perez struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th for the save.

The Tacos got a 3-run blast from D.J. Fisher (17) in the opening frame and got 1 each in the 4th, 5th, and the 6th to come away with the victory. Reid Brignac smacked an RBI triple in the 4th, Tyler White launched a solo homer in the 5th, and Preston Tucker brought in Fresno's final run of the night with an RBI single in the 6th. Brignac (3B, RBI), Tony Kemp (2B, R), and Colin Moran (2B) turned in 2-hit performances.

Trent Thornton will take on Barry Enright in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Texas League All-Star Game

The South All-Stars erupted for 7 runs in the 4th to run away with a 10-3 win.

Drew Ferguson started in RF and went 2-3 with 2 walks and scored a run out of the leadoff spot. J.D. Davis got the start at 3B and went 2-4 with a 2-run single in that massive 4th inning. Jon Singleton went 0-4 as the starting 1B, and Garrett Stubbs, who started at catcher, hit a bases-clearing triple in the 4th and scored twice.

Rogelio Armenteros got the start and allowed a 2-run homer to Chuck Taylor, one of 3 hits that he allowed in the 1st inning. He struck out 2.

Corpus Christi returns to action on Thursday in Northwest Arkansas.

Carolina 6, Buies Creek 5 in 15 innings

W- Eric Hanhold (5-2)
L- Sebastian Kessay (4-2)
S- Quintin Torres-Costa (1)

BC home runs: Alex De Goti (1, 4 season; solo in 3rd), Stephen Wrenn (1, 4 season; 2-run in 9th)

Stephen Wrenn smacked a 2-run homer to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th and that's how the game remained until the Mudcats broke through with a run in the 15th.

Both teams scored 2 runs in the 3rd; Buies Creek got theirs on an Alex De Goti solo blast, and then Myles Straw followed with a triple and walked home after a balk was called. Straw, who finished 3-7 with a stolen base (18), added an RBI single to his ledger in the 8th. Wrenn connected for his first Carolina League homer to tie the game with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th. Jake Rogers finished 2-4 with a double and scored on Wrenn's homer.

Matt Bower went 2.2 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Howie Brey was the first man out of the Carolina Stros bullpen and threw 3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits (solo homer), walking 1, and striking out 3. Sean Stutzman followed with 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3. Not sure why he's in Buies Creek when he's been doing relatively well in Corpus; it was probably just for him to get work during the Texas League All-Star break.

Anyway, Nick Hernandez was next and he struck out 7 over 4 perfect frames. Sebastian Kessay allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 innings.

Buies Creek and Carolina will continue their series at 7:00 Eastern as Framber Valdez faces Kodi Medeiros.

Quad Cities 6, Wisconsin 5

W- Gabriel Valdez (2-0)
L- Miguel Sanchez (2-4)
S- Erasmo Pinales (4)

QC home runs: Ronnie Dawson (7, solo in 4th)

Erasmo Pinales had a nice outing of the bullpen and the Banditos got a run in the 6th to break a 5-5 tie.

Wander Franco opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Ronnie Dawson started off the 4th with a homer. Quad Cities got 3 in the 5th after Gabriel Bracamonte scored on a wild pitch. Dawson then added an RBI single to his ledger and Franco scored on an error. Jonathan Arauz scored the go-ahead run on another wild pitch in the 6th inning.

Arauz (HR shy of cycle, 2 R) and Dawson (solo HR, 2 RBI) both finished 3-5 on the day, while Franco went 2-5.

Gabriel Valdez went 6 innings and allowed 5 runs on 9 hits (2 solo homers), walked 1, and struck out 4. Erasmo Pinales shut it down over the last 3 innings, walking 2 and striking out 2 for the save.

Forrest Whitley will take the mound in game 3 of this series. He takes on Zach Brown at 7:05.

Tri-City was off

The ValleyCats will play a doubleheader to start a new series in Connecticut with game 1 beginning at 6:05 Eastern.

Greeneville 8, Bristol 5

W- Juan Robles (1-0)
L- Domingo Robles (0-1)
S- Ian Hardman (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros scored in 6 of 9 innings and withstood a 3-run 9th from the Pirates to earn the sweep.

Austin Kerns allowed a run on a double and struck out 1 in the 1st inning. Cole Watts allowed 2 hits and walked 2 in 2 scoreless innings. Juan Robles tagged in for 5 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 9. Willy Collado got 2 outs in the 9th, but he also allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and walked 1. Ian Hardman walked the first man he faced to load the bases but got the last out of the evening with a strikeout.

Both teams scored a run in the 1st; Greeneville's came on a Brody Westmoreland RBI double. Chas McCormick ripped a 2-run double in the 2nd inning. Gilberto Celestino scored on an error in the 4th. The Appy Astros got RBI singles from McCormick in the 7th and another from Joan Mauricio in the 8th. Cody Bohanek ripped an RBI double and came around to score on a Frankeny Fernandez single in the 9th inning.

McCormick (2B, 3 RBI, R), Bohanek (2B, RBI, 2 R), and Roman Garcia (2B, 3B, R) all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Tim Hardy will start the first of a 3-game series in Johnson City. He'll face Franyel Casadilla (I'm suddenly hungry) at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Marlins 14, GCL Astros 9

W- Karl Craigie (1-0)
L- Johsson Arias (0-1, 0-2 season)

GCL home runs: Richard Slenker (1, 2-run in 5th)

The Marlins got 4 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to seize control of this one.

Vicente Sanchez finished 3-4 and scored 3 runs. Richard Slenker hit a 2-run homer in the 5th for his first pro home run. Juan Piñeda (2 RBI) and Enmanuel Valdez had 2 hits apiece. Orlando Marquez drove in 2, while Ihan Bernal and Hector Martinez both drove in a run.

Jheyson Caraballo allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 3 innings. The bullpen.... struggled, and I think I'll leave it at that. Tanner Duncan was the only GCLstros pitcher to turn in a scoreless outing, striking out 2 over 2 perfect innings.

DSL Astros Blue 7, DSL Marlins 4

W- Christopher Javier (2-0)
L- Franklin Brioso (0-2)
S- Oscar Severino (1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team took advantage of 5 Marlins miscues on Tuesday.

Ronaldo Urdaneta stole 2nd base in the 2nd inning and scored thanks to a couple of errant throws. In the 3rd, Yorbin Ceuta smacked an RBI double and trotted home on an Anthony Rodriguez triple. Rodriguez wound up scoring on a balk. Nerio Rodriguez doubled and eventually scored on an error that allowed Urdaneta to reach. In the 5th inning, Rhandall Sanchez drew a bases-loaded walk to score Anthony, and Nerio scored on a wild pitch.

Ceuta finished 4-5 on the day, while the Rodriguezes both finished with 2 hits.

Angel Macuare allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 1st inning. Christopher Javier was the first man out of the bullpen and allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 3 scoreless. Nathanael Ventura got 2 strikeouts in the 5th and allowed a single; the runner eventually scored on a wild pitch. Ventura also issued 2 walks and hit another batter. Antonio Pujols allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and fanned 2 in 3 innings. Yulian Frontado got the last out of the 8th. Oscar Severino worked around a couple of hits to finish the game, striking out 1.

DSL Astros Orange 12, DSL Cubs 10

W- Diosward Gonzalez (2-1)
L- Yovanny Cruz (1-1)
S- Luis De Paula (2)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team stormed out to a 12-0 lead and then had to withstand a massive charge from the Cubs that included an 8-run 9th inning.

Diosward Gonzalez allowed 3 hits and fanned 4 over 5 shutout innings. The bullpen almost suffered a meltdown of epic proportions, but Rafael De Paula finally managed to get that elusive final out.

Jose Carrillo didn't have a hit, but that didn't prevent him from scoring 3 runs. The first run came on a Michael Garcia groundout in the 2nd inning. Fildex Perfecto drove in the first of 5 runs in the 3rd with a double. Perfecto scored on a Freudis Nova single. Nova wound up scoring on an error, and then Luis Barajas and Garcia followed with an RBI single and a sac fly, respectively.

Team Orange scored 3 in the 5th on RBI singles from Garcia and Sean Mendoza and an RBI double from Renaigel Martis. Garcia hit a 2-run single in the 6th and Mendoza hit another RBI single later in the frame.

Mendoza went 3-4 out of the #9 spot in the order, while Martis (2 2B, RBI, R) and Alvarez (2B, RBI, 3 R) had 2 hits apiece.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Yorbin Ceuta, SS, DSL Astros Blue: 4-5, 2B, RBI, R
Sean Mendoza, IF, DSL Astros Blue: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Juan Robles, RHP, Greeneville
W (1-0), 5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 9 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Chas McCormick, OF, Greeneville
2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R

Erasmo Pinales, RHP, Quad Cities
Save (4), 3 IP, 2 BB, 2 K

Ronnie Dawson, OF, Quad Cities
3-5, solo HR (7), 2 RBI

Sean Stutzman, LHP, and Nick Hernandez, RHP, Buies Creek
Stutzman: 3.1 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K
Hernandez: 4 IP, 7 K; perfect outing

Myles Straw, OF, Buies Creek
3-7, 3B, RBI, R, SB (18)

Derek Fisher, OF, and Tyler White, IF, Fresno
Fisher: 3-R HR (17) in 1st)
White: solo HR (12), 2 R

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Former Astros Playing Independent/Foreign Baseball (2017 Edition)

Several more former Astros have shown up playing independent league and foreign league baseball. I'm updating my April post and adding a few select stats (as of 6/26-ish). If you know of a former Astro who didn't make this list, leave a comment and I'll make updates.

Conrad Gregor - April 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

JAPAN CENTRAL LEAGUE

Chunichi Dragons
LHP Raul Valdes (Astros 2014)

JAPAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
1B/DH Japhet Amador (2013-2014 Astros farm system)
IF Kaz Matsui (2008-2010 Astros)

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks
RHP Dennis Sarfate (2007 Astros)
It is Sarfate's 7th season playing in Japan; he has a 1.01 ERA and 0.788 WHIP in 27 bullpen appearances.

Chiba Lotte Marines
3B Matt Duffy (2011 20th round pick; 2011-2016 Astros system)
OF Jimmy Paredes (2010-2013 Astros system)

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
3B Brandon Laird (2012-2013 Astros system)

KOREAN BASEBALL ORGANIZATION

LG Twins
RHP Henry Sosa (2011-2012 Astros system)
Sosa is in his 6th season with the KBO.

SK Wyverns
IF Danny Worth (2016 Astros system)

Nexen Heroes
LHP Andy Van Hekken (2008-2011 Astros farm system)
Van Hekken has spent the last 6 years playing in Korea and Japan.

MEXICAN LEAGUE

Acereros del Norte
OF Willy Taveras (2004-2006 Astros system) - .304/.378/.483 in 69 games

Bravos de Leon
RHP Matt Nevarez (2009-2011 Astros system)

Leones de Yucatan
OF Leo Heras (2013-2016 Astros farm system) - .328/.404/.484 in 66 games

Pericos de Puebla
LHP Travis Blackley (2013 Astros system)
IF Nate Freiman (2012 Rule 5 draft pick; didn't stick with team)

Rieleros de Aguascalientes
RHP Jose Valverde (2008-2009 Astros) - 2.06 ERA/1.195 WHIP in 35 appearances

Rojos delAguila de Veracruz
Fernando Nieve (2001-2008, 2011 Astros system) - 2.45 ERA/1.057 WHIP in 28 appearances
Shockingly, Nieve is only 34 years old.

Saraperos de Saltillo
RHP J.C. Gutierrez (2007 Astros)
RHP Felipe Paulino (2003-2010 Astros system)
Had been playing for the Sugar Land Skeeters until his contract was purchased by Saltillo.

Sultanes de Monterrey
RHP Oscar Villarreal (2008 Astros)
C Luis Flores (2015 Astros farm system)
RHP Edgar Gonzalez (2012-2013 Astros)

Toros de Tijuana/Bravos de Leon
RHP Gera Sanchez (2012-2013 Astros farm system)

Vaqueros Union Laguna
IF Anderson Hernandez (2010-2011 Astros system) - .313/.359/.464 in 72 games
OF Brad Snyder (2012 Astros farm system)
IF Diory Hernandez (2012 Astros farm system)

CZECH REPUBLIC

Draci Brno
OF Terrell Joyce (2012-2014 Astros farm system) - .337/.404/.531 in 27 games AND a 3.27 ERA/1.545 WHIP in 6 bullpen appearances

ITALY

Fortitudo Unipol Bologna
LHP Rudy Owens (2012-2014 Astros system) - 5-1 in 8 starts, 1.15 ERA and 0.974 WHIP

Tommasin Padova
IF Carlos Perdomo (2013-2016 Astros system)
IF Luca Martone (2010-12 Astros system)

ATLANTIC LEAGUE

Bridgeport Bluefish
RHP David Carpenter (2011-2012 Astros) - 1.69 ERA/0.938 WHIP in 28 appearances
RHP Zac Grotz (2015 28th round pick, 2015 Astros farm system)

Long Island Ducks
LHP Eury de la Rosa (3 appearances with Fresno in 2016)
IF Nate Freiman (2012 Rule 5 draft pick; didn't stick with team); contract purchased 4/29 and sent to Mexican League
IF Marc Krauss (Part of 2012 Chris Johnson trade, 2012-2014 Astros system)

Lancaster Barnstormers
LHP Tommy Shirley (2010 9th round pick; 2010-2016 Astros farm system)

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
OF L.J. Hoes (2013-2015 Astros) - signed 6/23

Sugar Land Skeeters
RHP Travis Ballew (2012-2015 Astros system) - signed 5/13; released 5/23
RHP Mitch Talbot (2003-2006 Astros system)

York Revolution
OF Michael Burgess (2013 Astros farm system)
RHP Jay Gause (2014 10th round pick; 2014 Astros farm system)

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION

Cleburne Railroaders
RHP Kyle Westwood (2013 13th round pick; 2013-2015 Astros farm system) - released 5-25

Gary Southshore Railcats
RHP Jorge de Leon (2006-2014 Astros system) - placed on the DL 5-16; released 6-22

Kansas City T-Bones
1B Chase McDonald (2013 12th round pick; 2013-2016 Astros farm system) - traded to Sussex in the Can-Am League 6-22
C Christian Correa (2015-2017 Astros system) - signed 5-16; contract purchased by the Rockies 6-4 (currently playing for the Boise Hawks)

Lincoln Saltdogs
LHP Zac Person (2015 9th round pick; 2015-2016 Astros farm system) - released 6-9

St. Paul Saints
RHP Mark Hamburger (2013 Astros farm system) - 2.94 ERA/1.212 WHIP in 8 starts

Sioux City Explorers
LHP Bryan Radziewski (2014 9th round; 2014-2016 Astros farm system) - inactive
RHP Kevin McCanna (2015 13th round; 2015-2016 Astros farm system)
RHP Alex White (2014-2015 Astros system)

Sioux Falls Canaries
LHP Joe Bircher (2012 10th round pick, 2012-2013 Astros farm system)

Texas Airhogs
RHP Jared Mortensen (Rule 5 draft pick in December 2016; appeared in 3 games for Fresno in April 2017) - signed 6-9, released 6-11 and re-signed 6-21
LHP Michael Freeman (2015 7th round; 2015-2017 Astros farm system) - signed 5-19

Winnipeg Goldeyes
OF Reggie Abercrombie (2008 Astros)
LHP Mitch Lambson (2011 19th round pick; 2011-2015 Astros farm system)
RHP Daniel Minor (2012 9th round pick; 2012-2105 Astros farm system)

Here's an interview that the Goldeyes did with Daniel Minor upon his signing.


CAN-AM LEAGUE

Les Capitales de Quebec
RHP Keegan Yuhl (2014 35th round; 2014-2017 Astros farm system) - signed 5-31; released 6-19

New Jersey Jackals
1B Conrad Gregor (2013 4th round pick; 2013-2016 Astros farm system) - .328/.451/.552 in 36 games

Ottawa Champions
RHP Austin Chrismon (2013 26th round pick, 2013-2015 Astros farm system)
IF Albert Cartwright (2007 36th round pick, 2007-2010 Astros farm system) - inactive

Rockland Boulders
C Marcus Nidiffer (2010 Astros farm system) - .284/.384/.490 in 29 games

Sussex County Miners
OF Jay Austin (2008 2nd round pick, 2008-2012 Astros farm system) - .336/.408/.458 in 33 games
1B Chase McDonald (2013 12th round pick; 2013-2016 Astros farm system) - traded from the Kansas City T-Bones in the American Association 6-22
RHP Eric Peterson (2014 37th round; 2014-2017 Astros farm system) - signed 5/28; released 5/31

Trois-Rivieres Aigles
RHP Chris Murphy (2015 24th round pick; 2015-2016 Astros farm system) - placed on DL 6-20

FRONTIER LEAGUE

Joliet Slammers
OF Edwin Gomez (2012-2013 Astros farm system) - .298/.380/.470 in 38 games
LHP Luis Cruz (2008 9th round; 2008-2015 Astros farm system) - signed June 9th
In three starts for Joliet, Cruz is 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA and a 1.000 WHIP.

Schaumberg Boomers
RHP Kyle Westwood (2013 13th round pick; 2013-2015 Astros farm system) - signed 6/3

Traverse City Beach Bums
3B  Bobby Wernes (2015 30th round; 2015-2016 Astros farm system) - Wernes was signed by Traverse City but never played for them as he was subsequently picked up by the Rockies organization. He is currently playing for the Asheville Tourists in the South Atlantic League.

Washington Wild Things
OF Justin Garcia (2015 17th round pick, 2015-2016 Astros farm system) - released 5/7
OF Hector Roa (2012-2016 Astros farm system)

PECOS LEAGUE

White Sands Pupfish
2B Cristopher Luciano (2014-2016 Astros farm system)

PACIFIC ASSOCIATION

Vallejo Admirals
RHP Sammy Gervacio (2005-2011 Astros system)

San Rafael Pacifics
C Ricky Gingras (2012 18th round; 2012-2014 Astros farm system)