Saturday, July 8, 2017

Astros Farm Report: 7-8

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

STANDINGS

Collectively, all of the Astros MiLB affiliates went 34-26 over the last week. Of the full season affiliates, Quad Cities has done the most to improve their stock, winning seven straight games and claiming sole possession of first place. Fresno slipped a bit; after taking 12 in a row, they lost the next three games and dropped one game further behind Reno (D'Backs) in the standings. Buies Creek's 5-2 record for the week was enough to propel them to a tenuous first place standing for the second half, only a half game in front of the Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers). And, following a rough trip to Arkansas, the Hooks are back home, hosting the Arkansas teams. Their 3-4 week dropped them to third place in the second half standings, but they are 2-1 in the current homestand and are looking to build on that.

As to the short season teams, the Appy League Greeneville team has been rocking and rolling from 3rd place to first (only a half game in front of the Elizabethton Twins) by going 6-0 for the week. The more advanced Tri-City team has not fared as well; their 3-4 week has dropped them another game behind in the standings, but they are on a two-game win streak. Both the Gulf Coast League (1-5 for the week) and the Dominican Summer League Orange Team (0-6 for the week) have had less than stellar weeks, but the DSL Blue Team's 5-2 record for the week was enough to take them from a tie for third place in the division to a tie for second place.

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE/PACIFIC NORTHERN DIVISION
AAA Fresno 2nd 47-41 .534 7.0GB L3

TEXAS LEAGUE/SOUTH DIVISION
AA Corpus 2nd 41-44 .482 9.0GB W1 (Overall)
AA Corpus 3rd 7-8 .467 2.0GB W1 (Second Half)

CAROLINA LEAGUE/SOUTHERN DIVISION
HiA Buies Creek 2nd 47-39 .547 1.5GB L1 (Overall)
HiA Buies Creek 1st 10-6 .625 -.-GB L1 (Second Half)

MIDWEST LEAGUE/WESTERN DIVISION
LoA Quad Cities 1st 49-35 .583 -.-GB W7 (Overall)
LoA Quad Cities 1st 12-4 .750 -.-GB W7 (Second Half)

NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE/STEDLER DIVISION
SSA Tri-City T-3rd 7-10 .412 4.0GB W2

APPALACHIAN LEAGUE/WEST DIVISION
Rk+ Greeneville 1st 11-4 .733 -.-GB W6

GULF COAST LEAGUE/EAST DIVISION
Rk GCL Astros 4th 4-6 .400 2.5GB L2

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE/NORTH DIVISION
FRk DSL Orange 8th 10-20 .333 9.5GB L6

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE/NORTHWEST DIVISION
FRk DSL Blue T-2nd 18-12 .600 1.0GB W2

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

MLB.com release regarding the Astros International Signings

7-7: RHP J.B. Bukauskus (1st round pick) signed (assigned to the GCL)
7-7: C Michael Papierski (9th round pick) signed (assigned to Tri-City)
7-7: RHP Kyle Serrano (10th round pick) signed
7-7: RHP Brian Bielak (11th round pick) signed
7-7: RF Jonathan Lacroix (12th round pick) signed
7-7: OF Andres Santana (29th round pick) signed
7-7: RHP Ralph Garza assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
7-7: OF Bryan de la Cruz assigned to Corpus Christi from Tri-City
7-7: RHP Kevin Hill assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
7-7: RHP Robert Corniel assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
7-7: RHP Dayan Diaz optioned to Fresno from Houston
7-7: RHP Casey Coleman (Fresno) released
7-7: LHP Brian Holmes (Fresno) released
7-7: RHP Andrew Thome assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
7-7: RHP Jacob Dorris assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
7-7: OF Chas McCormick (21st round) assigned to Buies Creek from Greeneville
7-7: RHP Jesus Belaguer (23-year old Cuban signed by the Astros in April) assigned to Tri-City from Greeneville
7-7: LHP Yeremi Ceballos (DSL) placed on the 7-day DL
7-7: RHP Christopher Javier (DSL) placed on the 7-day DL
7-6: RHP Jordan Jankowski activated from the Fresno DL
7-6: RHP Nick Hernandez assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
7-6: RHP Erasmo Pinales assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
7-6: RHP Lucas Williams activated from the Quad Cities 7-day DL
7-5: RHP Joe Musgrove recalled to Houston from Fresno
7-5: LHP Ashur Tolliver optioned to Fresno from Houston
7-5: C Trent Woodward placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
7-5: LHP Luis Ramirez assigned to the GCL from Tri-City
7-5: RHP Jheyson Caraballo assigned to the GCL from Greeneville
7-5: RHP Elieser Hernandez (Buies Creek) sent on a rehab assignment to the GCL
7-5: C Ihan Bernal assigned to Corpus Christi from the GCL
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan OF Wilyer Abreu
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan OF Yimmi Cortabarria
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan OF Yefri Carrillo
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan OF Abraham Castillo
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan OF Frankln Pinto
7-4: Agreed to terms with Brazilian OF Victor Mascai (also listed as Victor Coutinho)
7-4: Agreed to terms with Mexican RHP Valente Ballozo
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan RHP Luis Garcia
7-4: Agreed to terms with RHP Flaer Gonzalez
7-4: Agreed to terms with Dominican RHP Alfredi Jimenez
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan RHP Jairo Lopez
7-4: Agreed to terms with Dominican LHP Cristofer Mezquita
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan LHP Ricardo Leon
7-4: Agreed to terms with Dominican SS Enmanuel Morillo
7-4: Agreed to terms with Dominican SS Junior Marte
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan SS Javier Bermudez
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan C Carlos Hurtado
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan C Richard Toro
7-4: Agreed to terms with 3B Marco Van der Wijst (assigned to the DSL 7-7)
7-4: RHP Tyler Ivey assigned to Tri-City from the GCL
7-2: Signed 20-year old Dominican RHP Flaer Gonzalez (assigned to the DSL 7-6)
7-2: Signed 18-year old Venezuelan RHP Hecduar Barcenas
7-2: Signed 19-year old Dominican RHP Alex Blanco (assigned to the DSL 7-7)
7-2: Signed 17-year old Dominican RHP Jose Betances (signed for $300K per Baseball America); assigned to the DSL 7-7)
7-2: Signed 18-year old Dominican RHP Ernesto Jacquez (assigned to the DSL 7-7)
7-2: Signed 17-year old Dominican RHP Manny Ramirez (assigned to the DSL 7-6)
7-2: Signed 16-year old Brazilian RHP Heitor Tokar (No. 50 per Baseball America/listed as 6'7" 250#!!!)
7-2: Signed 17-year old Dominican RHP Diosmerky Taveras (assigned to the DSL 7-7)
7-2: LHP Framber Valdez assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
7-2: RHP Rogelio Armenteros assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
7-2: RHP Forrest Whitley assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
7-2: RHP Cesar Rosado assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
7-2: RHP Matt Ruppenthal (17th round) assigned to Tri-City
7-2: RHP Cristian Javier assigned to Tri-City from Buies Creek
7-2: RHP Juan Robles assigned to Tri-City from Greeneville
7-2: LHP Francisco Villegas assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-2: RHP Jheyson Caraballo assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-2: OF Carlos Diaz (14th round) assigned to the GCL
7-2: RHP Brendan Feldmann (NDFA) assigned to the GCL
7-2: LHP Ashur Tolliver recalled to Houston from Fresno
7-2: RHP Josh James placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
7-2: RHP Charlie Morton on rehab assignment to Corpus Christi
7-1: OF Carmen Benedetti activated from the Quad Cities 7-day DL
7-1: OF Bryan de la Cruz assigned to Tri-City from Quad Cities
7-1: LHP Reymin Guduan optioned to Fresno from Houston
7-1: RHP Dayan Diaz recalled to Houston from Fresno
7-1: RHP David Paulino (Houston) placed on the restricted list

Other draft picks and non-drafted free agents who have signed but haven't been assigned to a team yet: RHP Corbin Martin (2nd round) and RHP Peter Soloman (4th round) plus four of the six players whose signings were announced on July 7th. Six players (out of 42 total) went unsigned at the July 7th deadline; the highest round of those unsigned was the 23rd round.

The Social Media post with info on both draftees and non-drafted free agents is here and all players who have currently signed are indicated in bold.

NEWS AND LINKS

In case you missed it, I checked in on the June Astros MiLB standouts here and I looked at the early Dominican Summer League standouts here.

Baseball America had this insider only take on Franklin Perez's work to tweak his slider.

Friend of the blog LHP Josh Hader got his first major league win against the Yankees last night.


Astros Minor League Recaps (Two Days)

Results for Thursday, July 6, 2017

Salt Lake 10, Fresno 5

W- John Lamb (2-0)
L- Dean Deetz (1-3, 5-5 season)

Fresno home runs: D.J. Fisher (19, 2-run in 1st)

Salt Lake seized control early with a 6-run 2nd inning.

No Fresno pitcher went more than 2.2 innings. Dean Deetz allowed 6 runs on 6 hits (grand slam), walked 3, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. Tyson Perez allowed a hit and walked 1 over 1.2 scoreless innings. Jordan Jankowski worked around a double to throw a scoreless 4th inning. Reymin Guduan went 2.2 innings, allowing an unearned run on 2 hits and striking out 3. Kevin Comer allowed a run on 3 hits in 1.1 innings, and Ashur Tolliver allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer) and struck out 1 in the 9th.

Tony Kemp tripled to lead off the 1st and scored on a Jon Kemmer single. D.J. Fisher followed by clubbing a 2-run homer. Kemp added an RBI single to his ledger in the 2nd and Alejandro Garcia ripped an RBI double in the 9th following a Reid Brignac triple. Kemp (3B, RBI, R), Kemmer (2B, RBI, R), and Brignac (3B, 2 R, SB) both finished with 2 hits Thursday night.

Northwest Arkansas 9, Corpus Christi 4

W- Richard Lovelady (2-0)
L- Alex Winkelman (0-4, 2-4 season)

CC home runs: Ramon Laureano (5, solo in 1st), Jack Mayfield (8, 9 season; solo in 4th), Jon Singleton (15, solo in 8th)

The Naturals got some separation with a 4-run 8th inning.

Corpus got a pair in the 1st on a Ramon Laureano homer and a Garrett Stubbs force out that scored Kyle Tucker. Jack Mayfield and Jon Singleton launched solo shots in the 4th and the 8th, respectively. Laureano finished 3-4 on the evening.

Akeem Bostick went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (solo homer) and struck out 5. Alex Winkelman was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen and allowed 6 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Riley Ferrell struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Buies Creek 3, Myrtle Beach 0

W- Ryan Hartman (1-3, 4-4 season)
L- Justin Steele (6-5)
S- Hector Perez (2)

BC home runs: Spencer Johnson (5, 8 season; solo in 2nd)

The Carolina Stros wrapped up this series with the Pelicans with a shutout victory.

Ryan Hartman and Hector Perez joined forces to keep Myrtle Beach off the board. Hartman allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in his 5 innings, while Perez finished it off by allowing 3 hits, walking 3, and fanning 5 over the final 4 frames.

Spencer Johnson opened the scoring with a solo shot in the 2nd inning. Alex De Goti hit an RBI single in the 4th and scored the final run of the night on a Ryne Birk sac fly. Jake Rogers went 2-5, while Myles Straw stole his 24th base of the season.

Quad Cities 13, Kane County 3

W- Ronel Blanco (3-2, 3-3 season)
L- Mack Lemieux (3-3)
S- Carson LaRue (1)

QC home runs: Wander Franco (5, 3-run in 4th)

The Banditos romped their way to a sweep of the Cougars.

Quad Cities put up crooked numbers in all of their scoring innings, leading 5-1 after the 2nd and then busting the game open with 6 in 4th.

Marcos Almonte scored Quad Cities' first run on an errant pickoff throw in the 1st inning. Daz Cameron ripped an RBI triple and scored on a Wander Franco single. Carmen Benedetti hit an RBI single in the 2nd and Daz added a sac fly to his ledger.

Ray Henderson doubled to lead off the 4th and then Tyler Wolfe and Marcos Almonte joined him on the bases after drawing walks. Benedetti brought them all home with a double. Josh Rojas walked, and Wander Franco launched a 3-run homer. Wolfe ripped a 2-run double in 6th to bring in the final Quad Cities runs.

Ronel Blanco went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 8 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Lucas Williams struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 6th, and Carson LaRue allowed one hit, a solo homer to Adam Walton in the 9th. He struck out 5 in his 3 innings.

Tri-City 13, Brooklyn 0

W- Patrick Sandoval (1-1, 1-2 season)
L- Jake Simon (0-2)
S- Colin McKee (2)

TC home runs: Reid Russell 2 (2; solo in 6th, 2-run in 8th), J.J. Matijevic (1, solo in 1st), Jake Adams (3, 3-run in 3rd), Kyle Davis (2, 3-run in 6th)

The ValleyCats dominated the Cyclones in all facets of the game on Thursday.


Everyone in the lineup had a hit. Reid Russell turned in his first career multi-homer game as a pro, while J.J. Matijevic hit his first pro homer. 

Patrick Sandoval and Colin McKee combined to hold Brooklyn to just 3 hits. Sandoval allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 8, while McKee walked 2 and fanned 5 over the final 4 innings.

Greeneville 6, Johnson City 5 in 11 innings

W- Willy Collado (1-0)
L- Robert Calvano (0-3)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros earned the sweep by scoring 4 in the bottom of the 9th to force extras and walking off with the win in the 11th.

Chas McCormick went 3-3 and opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd inning.

Brody Westmoreland and Colton Shaver walked with one out in the bottom of the 9th and they both advanced a base on a wild pitch. Roman Garcia came through with a 2-run double and scored on a single from Adrian Tovalin, who came on as a pinch-hitter. Martin Figueroa, who walked after Garcia's double, scored the tying run on an error.

Cody Bohanek pinch-ran for Tovalin after his single and stayed in the game at shortstop and won the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th. Shaver, who walked to lead off the inning, scored the winning run.

McCormick also stole 2 bases, giving him 3 on the year. Figueroa (2B, 2 R) and Joan Mauricio both finished 2-4.

The one run that Hansel Paulino allowed in his 6 innings came on a solo homer from Carlos Rodriguez in the 4th. Paulino allowed one other hit, walked 1, and fanned 7. Cole Watts pitched 1.2 innings, allowing 4 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3. Willy Collado allowed a hit and struck out 5 in 3.1 scoreless.

GCL Cardinals 11, GCL Astros 10 in 10 innings

W- Patrick Dayton (1-0)
L- Chauncey Nuñez (0-1)

GCL home runs: Richard Slenker (2, solo in 6th)

The Palm Beach Stros scored 3 in the top of the 9th to take the lead, only to see the Cardinals tie the game with a run in the bottom of the 9th. They re-took the lead with a run in the 10th, but the Cardinals ended up walking off with the win.

Hector Martinez (2 R) and Bernardo Heras (2 2B, R) both finished with 3 hits on the day. Jose Benjamin tripled and drove in 3; he was one of four GCLstros who finished with 2 hits. Richard Slenker (2B, solo HR) and Jonathan Matute went 2-2, while Nathan Perry finished 2-4.

Juan Corniel went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 6. Luis Ramirez allowed 4 runs on 4 hits and walked 1 in the 5th. Johsson Arias was next and he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 3, and fanned 2 in 3 innings. Chauncey Nuñez allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings.

DSL Astros Blue 10, DSL Braves 3

W- Flaer Gonzalez (1-0)
L- Willians Vasquez (1-2)

Blue home runs: None.

Yorbin Ceuta (RBI, 2 R, 2 SB) and Angel Tejeda (2 RBI, R) both finished with 3 hits on the day. Ronaldo Urdaneta went 2-5, scoring 3 runs and stealing a base (11). Ceuta's two steals give him 8 on the season.

Renny Ugarte allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4 in 4 innings. Flaer Gonzalez and Manny Ramirez (yes, that is really his name) both made their pro debuts and they both pitched 2 scoreless innings. Gonzalez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3, while Ramirez walked 1 and struck out 2. Nathanael Ventura came on for the 9th, but he only got one out via strikeout and allowed 2 runs, walked 3 and hit two other batters. Jonger Ochoa got the last two outs of the game, striking out 1.

DSL Indians/Brewers 8, DSL Astros Orange 7

W- Daniel Acosta (4-0)
L- Fabricio Reina (0-2)
S- Ricardo Velasquez (1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team scored 5 in the 7th to take the lead... only to see the Brewdians regain control with 3 in the 8th.

Team Orange got a couple of RBI singles from Renaigel Martis and Kelvin Perez in the 2nd inning. Martis got plunked to lead off the 7th.

Sean Mendoza singled to join Martis on the bases and they both moved over a base following a wild pitch. Michael Garcia walked to load the bases for Deury Carrasco, who came through with a 2-run single. Garcia ended up scoring on a wild pitch. An errant pickoff throw allowed Carrasco to move to 3rd and another bad pickoff throw allowed him to score. Jose Alvarez went 3-5 and drove in the final run of the inning with a single.

Christian Mejias allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 5 innings. Fabricio Reina had a rough 2.1 innings, and I think I'll leave it at that. Fredy Medina pitched 1.2 innings, allowing a hit and striking out 2.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Christian Mejias, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 3 K

Photo from Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.Net
Quad Cities River Bandits offense: W 13-3 vs. Kane County
Carmen Benedetti: 4-5, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R
Wander Franco: 3-5, 3-R HR (5), 4 RBI, 2 R
Ray Henderson: 2-4, 2 2B, 3 R
Lucas Williams: IP, 2 K
Carson LaRue: Save (1), 3 IP, H (solo HR), ER, 5 K

Photo from Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.Net
Tri-City ValleyCats: W 13-0 vs. Brooklyn
Reid Russell: 3-5, 2 solo HR (2), 3 RBI, 3 R
J.J. Matijevic: 2-4, solo HR (1), 3 RBI, 2 R
Kyle Davis: 2-4, 2B, 3-R HR (2), 2 R
Patrick Sandoval: W (1-1, 1-2 season), 5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 8 K
Colin McKee: Save (2), 4 IP, 2 H, 5 K

Hansel Paulino's photo taken by Bryan Green
This is Willy Collado's mugshot on MiLB.com.
Hansel Paulino, RHP, and Willy Collado, RHP, Greeneville
Paulino: 6 IP, 2 H (solo HR allowed), ER, BB, 7 K
Collado: W (1-0), 3.1 IP, H, 5 K

Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 3-0 @ Myrtle Beach
Ryan Hartman: W (1-3, 4-4 season), 5 IP, 2 H, BB, K
Hector Perez: Save (2), 4 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 5 K

His mugshot on MiLB.com
Chas McCormick, OF, Greeneville
3-3, RBI, 2 SB (4)


Results for Friday, July 7, 2017

Reno 8, Fresno 5

W- Matt Koch (1-1)
L- Kevin Comer (3-3)
S- Jimmie Sherfy (12)

Fresno home runs: Tony Kemp (4, solo in 3rd), Teoscar Hernandez (8, 2-run in 4th)

The Grizzlies have dropped three straight following a 12-game winning streak. Reno scored in six consecutive innings to take the opener of this series.

David Martinez went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2. Aaron West allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (solo homer) and struck out 1 in the 5th inning. Kevin Comer went 2 innings and allowed 2 runs, a hit, walked 2, and struck out 1. Andrew Thome and Jacob Dorris made their PCL debuts on Friday; Thome allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and struck out 1 in the 8th, while Dorris worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Tony Kemp put Fresno on the board with a solo shot in the 3rd, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. Jon Kemmer kept the line moving with a single. He then advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch and scored on a Tyler White single. Teoscar Hernandez whacked a 2-run homer in the 4th and White added a sac fly to his ledger in the 5th. Colin Moran went 3-4 with a double. Kemp (solo HR) and Kemmer (2 R) both finished 2-5.

The Grizzlies wrap up the first half of their season with a doubleheader starting at 5:05 Pacific. Rogelio Armenteros takes on Eric Jokisch in game 1, and Kyle Smith faces Braden Shipley in game 2.

Corpus Christi 5, Northwest Arkansas 2

W- Brock Dykxhoorn (3-4)
L- Jake Kalish (0-3)
S- Ryan Thompson (4)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks got a small measure of revenge on the Naturals by taking the series from them at Whataburger Field after they were swept out of Springdale. They took control of this game with 3 in the 6th inning.

Ramon Laureano doubled to lead off the bottom of the 1st and scored the first run of the game on a J.D. Davis sac fly... all the way from 2B. Davis singled to lead off the 6th and put Corpus in front by scoring on a Jon Singleton double. Jack Mayfield followed by ripping an RBI ground-rule double. He wound up scoring when Arturo Michelena grounded into a force out. Davis doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the 7th. 

Laureano (2B, R), Davis (2B, RBI, 2 R), Mayfield (2B, 3B, RBI, R) and Michelena (RBI) all had 2-hit nights.

Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer Brock Dykxhoorn turned in his best outing of the year, allowing an unearned run on 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 8 in 7 innings. Andrew Walter allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings, and Ryan Thompson got a popout to end the game.

Yoanys Quiala will start the first game of a 3-game set against Arkansas at 7:05. He'll go up against Lindsey Caughel.

Down East 7, Buies Creek 1

W- Richelson Peña (5-4)
L- Matt Bower (3-4)

BC home runs: Spencer Johnson (6, 9 season; solo in 8th)

Matt Bower fell victim to the longball on Friday night as the Wood Ducks took him deep 3 times.

Bower allowed 7 runs on 7 hits (3 solo homers), walked 1, and struck out 5 in his 4 innings. Sebastian Kessay and Erasmo Pinales picked him up by restoring some order to this game. Kessay allowed 3 hits and struck out 6 in 3 innings, and in his Carolina League debut, Pinales struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th. 

Spencer Johnson spoiled the shutout with a solo shot in the 8th. After hitting just 2 homers in his first two months (33 games) with Buies Creek, Johnson has sent 4 out of the park in the first week of July. He does have 4 triples, though. The blast was Buies Creek's only extra-base hit of the night. 

Jorge Alcala has turned in a couple of solid outings in a row and he'll look to keep the momentum rolling as he starts tonight's game. He'll face Jacob Shortslef at 6:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 6, Clinton 2

W- Abdiel Saldaña (5-1)
L- Ljay Newsome (4-8)
S- Cionel Perez (2)

QC home runs: Ronnie Dawson 2 (10; solo in 3rd, solo in 6th)

The Banditos topped the LumberKings on Friday behind a strong showing on the mound from Abdiel Saldaña and a show of force at the plate from Ronnie Dawson.

Saldaña allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. Cionel Perez finished the game, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, walking 2, and striking out 1 over the final 4 innings.

Quad Cities scored a run in each of the first three innings. Carmen Benedetti scored the first run of the game in the 1st when Wander Franco beat a double play attempt. An error was also given on the play. Josh Rojas hit an RBI single in the 2nd, and Ronnie Dawson launched his first homer of the evening in the 3rd. Dawson smacked his second solo homer in the 6th inning, and Troy Sieber hit a 2-run single in the 7th. Dawson reached in all four of his plate appearances, going 3-3 with a walk.

César Rosado makes his first start for the River Bandits tonight. He'll take on Danny Garcia at 6:35.

Tri-City 2, Aberdeen 1

W- Reggie Johnson (2-0)
L- Josh Keaton (0-1)
S- Jesús Balaguer (1, 2 season)

TC home runs: Luis Payano (1, solo in 3rd)

One night after romping their way to a 13-0 victory, the ValleyCats came out on top in a tighter affair.

Matt Ruppenthal worked around a couple of walks in order to throw a scoreless 1st, striking out 2. Nathan Thompson went 2.2 innings and allowed the Ironbirds' only run on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Reggie Johnson got the win after throwing 4.1 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out 2 along the way. Jesús Balaguer got the save in his TC debut, striking out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Luis Payano whacked a solo homer in the 3rd to open the scoring. Kyle Davis led off the 7th with a double, advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored the go-ahead run on Connor MacDonald's single. Payano's homer and Davis's double were Tri-City's only extra-base hits of the game.

Juan Robles starts game 2 of this series against TBA at 6:05 Eastern.

Greeneville 3, Kingsport 1

W- Francisco Villegas (2-0, 3-0 season)
L- Aaron Ford (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros edged the K-Mets with a pair in the 9th to break a 1-1 tie.

Cody Bohanek doubled to start the game and scored the first run of the game when Gilberto Celestino ripped a double. Celestino walked to lead off the 9th, but two quick outs made things a little dicey. He scored the go-ahead run on an error following a Colton Shaver infield single. Shaver, who made it to 3rd, ended up scoring on a wild pitch. Bohanek finished 2-4 on the night.

Felipe Tejada allowed an unearned run on 4 hits and struck out 5 in 5.2 innings. Francisco Villegas allowed 2 hits and struck out 3 in 3.1 innings to get the win; he has yet to issue a walk in 14.2 innings between Greeneville and the GCL.

Leovanny Rodriguez takes on Garrison Bryant in game 2. First pitch is at 6:30 Eastern.

GCL Marlins 10, GCL Astros 1

W- Miguel De Los Santos (1-0)
L- Chad Donato (0-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Palm Beach Stros fell behind 5-0 after the first half-inning and never posed a serious threat in this game.

Chad Donato got 2 outs in the 1st and allowed 3 unearned runs (2 inherited runners charged to him), walked 1, and struck out 1. Jheyson Caraballo and Javier Navas pitched 3 innings apiece; Caraballo allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits (solo homer) and struck out 3, while Navas allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. Brendan Feldmann walked 1 and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings, and Carlos Pimentel worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Orlando Marquez doubled to lead off the 3rd and scored the GCLstros' only run on an Alfredo Angarita groundout. 

DSL Astros Blue 13, DSL Braves 0

W- Nivaldo Rodriguez (3-0)
L- Servando Hernandez (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team dominated the Braves in all facets of the game on Friday.


Four pitchers combined on the shutout. Nivaldo Rodriguez allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 5 innings of work. Angel Matos allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 6th. Diosmerky Taveras went 2 innings and allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Alex Blanco struck out 2 in a scoreless 9th; an error allowed a Braves batter to reach against him.

DSL Indians/Brewers 9, DSL Astros Orange 8 in 12 innings

W- Melvin Mendez (2-1)
L- Luis De Paula (1-1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Brewdians scored a pair to condemn Team Orange to a 7th consecutive defeat.

Gerry Castillo went 3-6 with a 2-run single in the 6th and scored a run. Ramiro Rodriguez finished 2-5 with 2 runs scored and drove in a run with a groundout in the 7th. Deury Carrasco's two hits were doubles.

Elian Rodriguez went 2.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2. Cristofer Melendez was the first man out of the Orange team's bullpen and went 2.1 innings, allowing 2 runs on a groundout and a wild pitch, walking 5, and striking out 4. Jose Betances allowed a run on a balk, hit 2 batters, and issued a walk. Betances was called for two balks in his pro debut. Ernesto Jaquez allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings, and Luis De Paula allowed the tying and winning runs in the 12th, both of which were unearned. De Paula went 3.2 innings and also allowed 2 hits, walked 4, and struck out 2.

Friday's Stars

Once again, all photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

DSL Astros Blue: W 13-0 vs. DSL Braves

Nerio Rodriguez: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R
Yeuris Ramirez: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R
Kendy Moya: 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI
Nivaldo Rodriguez: W (3-0), 5 IP, 2 H, BB, 7 K

Reggie Johnson, RHP, Tri-City
W (2-0), 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 K

Ronnie Dawson, OF, Quad Cities
3-3, 2 solo HR (10)

Photo by Bryan Green
Abdiel Saldaña, RHP, Quad Cities
W (5-1), 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 6 K

Their mugshots on MiLB.com
Greeneville Astros pitchers: W 3-1 @ Kingsport
9 IP, 6 H, unearned run, 8 K
Felipe Tejada: 5.2 IP, 4 H, unearned run, 5 K
Francisco Villegas: W (2-0, 3-0 season), 3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 K

Buies Creek Astros bullpen
4 IP, 3 H, 8 K
Sebastian Kessay: 3 IP, 3 H, 6 K
Erasmo Pinales: IP, 2 K; Carolina League debut

Jack Mayfield, IF, and J.D. Davis, 3B, Corpus Christi
Mayfield: 2-3, 2B, 3B, RBI, R
Davis: 2-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R

Brock Dykxhoorn, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (3-4), 7 IP, 2 H, unearned run, BB, 8 K

Tony Kemp, 2B, Fresno
2-5, solo HR (4)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Dominican Summer League Astros: Early Standouts

The Dominican Summer League Astros Orange and Blue Teams are a little over one month into their seasons. Let's check in on who the early standouts are ...

OF Angel Tejeda - .347/.479/.480 in 21 games
.347 BA: 18th in the league
.479 OBP: 2nd in the league
.959 OPS: 8th in the league

1B Anthony Rodriguez - 24 games
.434 OBP: 14th in the league
22 Walks: T-6th in the league

SS Deury Carrasco - 26 games
.427 OBP: T-20th in the league
22 Walks: T-6th in the league
11 Stolen Bases: T-7th in the league

OF Ramiro Rodriguez - .324/.405/.529 in 19 games
.529 SLG: 8th in the league
.934 OPS: 15th in the league

SS Ronaldo Urdaneta - .315/.425/.461 in 22 games
22 Runs: T-12th in the league
11 Stolen Bases: T-7th in the league

OF Ronny Rafael - 12 games (promoted to the Gulf Coast League 7/1)
3 Home Runs: T-9th in the league

2B Kendy Moya - 22 games
19 Walks: T-19th in the league

RHP Diosward Gonazlez - 25.2 IP (6 games/4 starts)
1.75 ERA: Highest ranking ERA of qualified DSL Astros pitchers at 31st in the league
1.013 WHIP: Highest ranking WHIP of qualified DSL Astros pitchers at 36th in the league

RHP Jairo Solis - 2.73 ERA/1.063 WHIP in 6 games/4 starts (26.1 IP)
28 Strikeouts: T-15th in the league

Other pitchers with particularly good starts, but not enough innings to qualify as league leaders:
RHP Renny Ugarte: 1.72 ERA and 1.021 WHIP in 4 games/2 starts (15.2 IP)
RHP Nivaldo Rodriguez: 0.43 ERA and 0.952 WHIP in 5 games/3 starts (21 IP)
LHP Antonio Pujols: 1.42 ERA and 0.842 WHIP in 5 games/1 start (19 IP)
RHP Luis de Paula: 0.90 ERA and 1.110 WHIP in 8 relief appearances (10 IP)
RHP Ronaldo Marrero: 1.47 ERA and 0.709 WHIP in 4 games/3 starts (18.1 IP) prior to his promotion to the Gulf Coast League

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Salt Lake 19, Fresno 7

W- Daniel Wright (4-4)
L- Casey Coleman (3-5)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (14, 3-run in 1st), A.J. Reed (14, solo in 6th)

Well... all good things must come to an end. The Grizzlies' 12-game winning streak came to a close in rather unceremonious fashion.

Both teams scored 3 in the 1st; Fresno's 3 came on Tyler White's 14th home run of the season. In the 4th, Reid Brignac hit an RBI single and Juan Centeno scored when Tony Kemp hit into a fielder's choice. A.J. Reed smacked his 14th homer of the year to start the 6th, and Preston Tucker whacked an RBI triple in the 7th. Reed, Kemp, and Colin Moran all had 2 hits on the evening.

The Grizzlies pitchers.... well, they did not have a banner evening. I'll leave it at that.

The Grizzlies and Bees will wrap up their series at 7:05 Pacific as Dean Deetz faces John Lamb.

Corpus Christi 5, Northwest Arkansas 2

W- Kent Emanuel (4-5)
L- Corey Ray (5-5)

CC home runs: Ramon Laureano (4, solo in 3rd), Kyle Tucker (8, 17 season; solo in 5th)

After dropping 5 straight to the Arkansas clubs, the Hooks have taken the last two over them.

Collin McHugh's rehab continued. The two runs he allowed came on a homer hit by Samir Dueñez in the 4th inning. He allowed 2 other hits and struck out 5 in his 3.2 innings. Kent Emanuel shut it down with 5.1 scoreless, allowing 5 hits, walking 1, and striking out 7.

Ramon Laureano opened the scoring with a homer to start the bottom of the 3rd.  Later in the frame, Kyle Tucker scored on a Jon Singleton groundout and J.D. Davis came home when Jamie Ritchie hit into a fielder's choice. Little Tuck launched a solo homer in the 5th and capped off the evening with an RBI double in the 8th. He (2B, solo HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB) and Laureano (solo HR, BB) both finished with 2 hits and 2 runs scored on the evening.

Game 2 of this series features Akeem Bostick on the mound. He'll face Foster Griffin at 7:05.

Myrtle Beach 8, Buies Creek 7

W- Dakota Mekkes (1-0)
L- Nick Hernandez (0-1)
S- James Norwood (6)

BC home runs: Myles Straw (1, solo in 1st)

Nick Hernandez has been excellent all season for the Carolina Stros, but he toiled through a very uncharacteristic poor outing as the Pelicans got to him for a pair of runs in the 8th. Buies Creek got a run back in the 9th but couldn't get the tying run across.

Franklin Perez went 4.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 12 hits (11 singles and a solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 4. Sean Stutzman was the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2.1 innings. Hernandez threw 1.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Myles Straw wasted little time in getting things started; he led off the game with a homer. Later in the inning, Anthony Hermelyn added an RBI single that turned into a double play on the bases; Yordan Alvarez was thrown out at the plate trying to score another run and Hermelyn was cut down trying to sneak into 2nd base. In the 4th, Alex De Goti hit an RBI single and Straw added an RBI single to his ledger; an error on the play allowed Anibal Sierra to come home with another run. Hermelyn ripped a double and wound up scoring on a wild pitch in the 5th. Alvarez hit a sac fly in the 9th to cut the deficit to one run, but that was as close as Buies Creek got to tying the game.

Straw (solo HR, 2 RBI, 2 R) and Hermelyn (2B, RBI, R) both finished 3-4 on the night. Ryne Birk and Stephen Wrenn (2B) had 2 hits and scored a run apiece.

Ryan Hartman takes on Justin Steele in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Quad Cities 3, Kane County 0

W- Carlos Sanabria (4-2)
L- Ryan Atkinson (2-4)
S- Erasmo Pinales (6)

QC home runs: Josh Rojas (3, solo in 2nd)

The Banditos extended their winning streak to 5 games with a shutout. They only had 3 hits, but they also scored the only runs of the game.

Josh Rojas smacked a solo homer in the 2nd and Chuckie Robinson ripped a 2-run double in the 6th. Tyler Wolfe's single was the only other Quad Cities hit.

Carlos Sanabria didn't have the cleanest outing, but he didn't allow any runs. He allowed 2 hits, walked 5, and struck out 5 over 5 shutout innings. Devon Carr and Erasmo Pinales completed the shutout with 2 scoreless innings apiece. Carr allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1, while Pinales allowed a hit and fanned 2.

The Banditos look to sweep the series at 6:35. Ronel Blanco faces Mack Lemieux, a distant relative of NHL legend Mario Lemieux.

Brooklyn 10, Tri-City 1

W- Gunnar Kines (1-2)
L- Carlos Hiraldo (0-2)

TC home runs: Miguelangel Sierra (1, solo in 7th)

The ValleyCats were buried early as they trailed 7-0 after the first two innings.

Miguelangel Sierra's solo shot in the 7th was Tri-City's only scoring play. Bryan De La Cruz went 2-3 with a triple.

Carlos Hiraldo only recorded one out in the 1st with a strikeout. He also allowed 5 runs on 7 hits. Diogenes Almengo was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen and went 3.2 innings, allowing 2 rusn (1 earned) on 5 hits and striking out 4. Hunter Martin went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Parker Mushinski was next, and he got 2 outs in the 8th, allowing a run on 2 hits, walking 3, and striking out 1. Ben Smith got the last out of the 8th with a strikeout and then threw a 1-2-3 9th, getting a popout and two groundouts.

Patrick Sandoval starts the series finale. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 7, Johnson City 3

W- Humberto Castellanos (1-0, 2-0 season)
L- Edwar Ramirez (1-2)

Greeneville home runs: Adrian Tovalin (2, 2-run in 1st), Colton Shaver (1, solo in 2nd)

The Appy Astros got outhit 10-6, but they blew the Cardinals out of the water in the run column, which, last I checked, determines the winner of a baseball game.

Adrian Tovalin launched a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 1st to put Greeneville on the board and in the lead. Colton Shaver smacked a solo homer in the 2nd and added a 2-run single to his ledger in the 5th inning. Two batters before Shaver's single, Tovalin scored on an Oscar Campos sac fly. Campos scored on a Joan Mauricio groundout in the 7th. Shaver finished 3-3, accounting for half of Greeneville's hits on Wednesday.

Three pitchers appeared for the Appy Astros and all of them allowed one run during their time on the mound. Gerardo Bojorquez allowed 5 hits, walked 4, and struck out 1 in 4.1 innings. Humberto Castellanos allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 3.2 innings, and Ian Hardman allowed a hit, walked 3, and fanned 2 in the 9th.

Hansel Paulino takes the mound as Greeneville looks for the sweep. He'll face Alvaro Seijas at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros 7, GCL Nationals 2

W- Elieser Hernandez (1-0, 3-3 season)
L- Jhonatan German (0-1)
S- Tanner Duncan (1)

GCL home runs: None.

Elieser Hernandez did well in his first rehab appearance and the Palm Beach Stros went off for 6 in the 4th to seize control.

In his first appearance since May 10 for Buies Creek, Hernandez allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 6 innings. Tanner Duncan brought it home, allowing a run on 3 hits and striking out 2 in the final 3 innings.

Ronny Rafael ripped an RBI double in the 2nd to open the scoring. He reached on an error to open that big 4th inning.

Rafael scored the first run of the bottom of the 4th when Alfredo Angarita hit into a fielder's choice. An error on the play allowed Angarita to move to 2nd and Orlando Marquez to take 3rd. Juan Piñeda got plunked to load the bases, and Marquez ended up scoring on a wild pitch. César Cortez followed that up with a 2-run single. Cortez advanced to 3rd on an error that allowed Hector Martinez to reach and came home on a Carlos Machado single. Jose Benjamin walked to reload the bases and prompted a pitching change. Rafael went down on strikes, but Marquez hit an RBI single in his second plate appearance of the inning. Machado and Marquez both finished with 2 hits on the evening.

DSL Athletics 10, DSL Astros Blue 6

W- Miguel Alvarez (1-0)
L- Freylin Garcia (0-4)

Blue home runs: Ronaldo Urdaneta (2, 2-run in 7th)

The Blue team fell behind 8-1 but put up 5 runs in the final 3 innings to make the score a little more respectable.

Yorbin Ceuta walked in the 1st and scored the Blue team's first run on an error. Ronaldo Urdaneta went 2-3 and launched a 2-run homer in the 7th, and they got an RBI single in the 9th from Angel Tejeda and a 2-run single from Yeuris Ramirez, who went 2-4.

Freylin Garcia allowed 5 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Jean Reyes got 2 outs in the 4th, allowing 3 runs on 2 hits, walking 3, and striking out 1. Oscar Severino allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walked 6, and struck out 4 in 3.1 innings, and Christopher Javier walked 2 over 2 scoreless.

DSL Rangers1 10, DSL Astros Orange 3

W- Darel Torres (1-0)
L- Jose Alberto Rivera (1-2)

Orange home runs: None.

Team Orange scored 3 in the 1st, but the Rangers 1 ended up outscoring them 10-0 the rest of the way.

Jose Carrillo went 2-4 and opened the scoring with an RBI single. Jeury Castillo drew a bases-loaded walk and Carrillo came home on a wild pitch. Freudis Nova went 3-4.

Jose Alberto Rivera allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 4 hits (grand slam), walked 4, and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Jairo Solis pitched 4.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Ronny Garcia got the last out of the 8th.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Ronaldo Urdaneta, IF, DSL Astros Blue: 2-3, 2-R HR (2), 2 BB

Carlos Sanabria's photo taken by Bryan Green
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers
Carlos Sanabria: W (4-2), 5 IP, 2 H, 5 BB, 5 K
Devon Carr: 2 IP, H, BB, K
Erasmo Pinales: Save (6), 2 IP, H, 2 K

His mugshot on MiLB.com
Colton Shaver, 1B, Greeneville
3-3, solo HR (1), 3 RBI; first pro HR

Kyle Tucker, OF, and Ramon Laureano, OF, Corpus Christi
Tucker: 2-3, 2B, solo HR (8, 17 season), 2 RBI, 2 R
Laureano: 2-4, solo HR (4), 2 R

Elieser Hernandez, RHP, GCL Astros (rehab)
6 IP, 3 H, unearned run, 2 BB, 4 K

Myles Straw, OF, Buies Creek
3-4, solo HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 R

Kent Emanuel, LHP, Corpus Christi
W (4-5), 5.1 IP, 5 H, BB, 7 K

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Astros MiLB July Roster Moves and Transactions

So many transactions and roster moves, I can't even ....

JULY ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

MLB.com release regarding the Astros International Signings

7-17: LHP Dallas Keuchel sent to Corpus Christi on a rehab assignment
7-16: RHP Mike Hauschild activated from the Fresno DL
7-15: RHP Jheyson Caraballo assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-15: RHP Peter Solomon (4th round) assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-15: LHP Kent Emanuel assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
7-14: RHP Brandon Bielak (11th round pick) assigned to the GCL
7-14: RHP Peter Solomon assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-12: OF Chas McCormick assigned to Quad Cities from Buies Creek
7-12: RHP Franklin Perez assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
7-11: OF Andres Santana (29th round pick) assigned to the GCL
7-11: LHP Patrick Sandoval assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
7-11: LHP Kristopher "Kit" Scheetz (NDFA - Virginia Tech) assigned to Tri-City from the GCL
7-11: RHP Peter Solomon (4th round pick) assigned to the GCL
7-11: OF Nestor Muriel (GCL) released
7-11: LHP Cionel Perez assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
7-11: C Raymond Henderson placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL
7-10: OF Drew Ferguson placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
7-10: SS Osvaldo Duarte activated from the Quad Cities 7-day DL
7-9: RHP Matthew Merrill assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-8: C Randy Vasquez assigned to Buies Creek from Tri-City
7-8: LHP Luis Ramirez assigned to Tri-City from the GCL
7-8: RHP Nivaldo Rodriguez assigned to the GCL from the DSL
7-8: RHP Corbin Martin (2nd round pick) assigned to the GCL
7-8: RHP Jairo Solis assigned to the GCL from the DSL
7-7: RHP J.B. Bukauskus (1st round pick) signed (assigned to the GCL)
7-7: C Michael Papierski (9th round pick) signed (assigned to Tri-City)
7-7: RHP Brian Bielak (11th round pick) signed
7-7: OF Andres Santana (29th round pick) signed
The next two picks were reportedly signed according to press reports, but are not showing as official on the Astros draft page as of 7/14.
7-7: RHP Kyle Serrano (10th round pick) signed
7-7: RF Jonathan Lacroix (12th round pick) signed
7-7: RHP Ralph Garza assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
7-7: OF Bryan de la Cruz assigned to Corpus Christi from Tri-City
7-7: RHP Kevin Hill assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
7-7: RHP Robert Corniel assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
7-7: RHP Dayan Diaz optioned to Fresno from Houston
7-7: RHP Casey Coleman (Fresno) released
7-7: LHP Brian Holmes (Fresno) released
7-7: RHP Andrew Thome assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
7-7: RHP Jacob Dorris assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
7-7: OF Chas McCormick (21st round) assigned to Buies Creek from Greeneville
7-7: RHP Jesus Belaguer (23-year old Cuban signed by the Astros in April) assigned to Tri-City from Greeneville
7-7: LHP Yeremi Ceballos (DSL) placed on the 7-day DL
7-7: RHP Christopher Javier (DSL) placed on the 7-day DL
7-6: RHP Jordan Jankowski activated from the Fresno DL
7-6: RHP Nick Hernandez assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
7-6: RHP Erasmo Pinales assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
7-6: RHP Lucas Williams activated from the Quad Cities 7-day DL
7-5: RHP Joe Musgrove recalled to Houston from Fresno
7-5: LHP Ashur Tolliver optioned to Fresno from Houston
7-5: C Trent Woodward placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
7-5: LHP Luis Ramirez assigned to the GCL from Tri-City
7-5: RHP Jheyson Caraballo assigned to the GCL from Greeneville
7-5: RHP Elieser Hernandez (Buies Creek) sent on a rehab assignment to the GCL
7-5: C Ihan Bernal assigned to Corpus Christi from the GCL
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan OF Wilyer Abreu
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan OF Yimmi Cortabarria
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan OF Yefri Carrillo
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan OF Abraham Castillo
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan OF Frankln Pinto
7-4: Agreed to terms with Brazilian OF Victor Mascai (also listed as Victor Coutinho)
7-4: Agreed to terms with Mexican RHP Valente Ballozo
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan RHP Luis Garcia
7-4: Agreed to terms with RHP Flaer Gonzalez
7-4: Agreed to terms with Dominican RHP Alfredi Jimenez
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan RHP Jairo Lopez
7-4: Agreed to terms with Dominican LHP Cristofer Mezquita
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan LHP Ricardo Leon
7-4: Agreed to terms with Dominican SS Enmanuel Morillo
7-4: Agreed to terms with Dominican SS Junior Marte
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan SS Javier Bermudez
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan C Carlos Hurtado
7-4: Agreed to terms with Venezuelan C Richard Toro
7-4: Agreed to terms with 3B Marco Van der Wijst (assigned to the DSL 7-7)
7-4: RHP Tyler Ivey assigned to Tri-City from the GCL
7-2: Signed 20-year old Dominican RHP Flaer Gonzalez (assigned to the DSL 7-6)
7-2: Signed 18-year old Venezuelan RHP Hecduar Barcenas (assigned to the DSL 7-8)
7-2: Signed 19-year old Dominican RHP Alex Blanco (assigned to the DSL 7-7)
7-2: Signed 17-year old Dominican RHP Jose Betances (signed for $300K per Baseball America); assigned to the DSL 7-7)
7-2: Signed 18-year old Dominican RHP Ernesto Jacquez (assigned to the DSL 7-7)
7-2: Signed 17-year old Dominican RHP Manny Ramirez (assigned to the DSL 7-6)
7-2: Signed 16-year old Brazilian RHP Heitor Tokar (No. 50 per Baseball America/listed as 6'7" 250!!!)
7-2: Signed 17-year old Dominican RHP Diosmerky Taveras (assigned to the DSL 7-7)
7-2: LHP Framber Valdez assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
7-2: RHP Rogelio Armenteros assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
7-2: RHP Forrest Whitley assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
7-2: RHP Cesar Rosado assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
7-2: RHP Matt Ruppenthal (17th round) assigned to Tri-City
7-2: RHP Cristian Javier assigned to Tri-City from Buies Creek
7-2: RHP Juan Robles assigned to Tri-City from Greeneville
7-2: LHP Francisco Villegas assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-2: RHP Jheyson Caraballo assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
7-2: OF Carlos Diaz (14th round) assigned to the GCL
7-2: RHP Brendan Feldmann (NDFA) assigned to the GCL
7-2: LHP Ashur Tolliver recalled to Houston from Fresno
7-2: RHP Josh James placed on the Corpus Christi 7-day DL
7-2: RHP Charlie Morton on rehab assignment to Corpus Christi
7-1: OF Carmen Benedetti activated from the Quad Cities 7-day DL
7-1: OF Bryan de la Cruz assigned to Tri-City from Quad Cities
7-1: LHP Reymin Guduan optioned to Fresno from Houston
7-1: RHP Dayan Diaz recalled to Houston from Fresno
7-1: RHP David Paulino (Houston) placed on the restricted list

The Social Media post with info on both draftees and non-drafted free agents is here and all players who signed are indicated in bold.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fresno 5, Salt Lake 4

W- Reymin Guduan (5-4)
L- Brooks Pounders (1-2)
S- Brendan McCurry (2)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Tacos/Grizzlies set a franchise record with their 12th consecutive victory.

Both teams scored in the same three innings. The difference in this game was the Tacos outscoring the Bees 2-1 in the 2nd.

Tyler White put Fresno on the board with a sac fly in the 1st inning. They got 2 in the 2nd on a Juan Centeno RBI groundout and a sac fly from Reid Brignac. After Salt Lake took a 4-3 lead with a couple of runs in the top of the 7th, Colin Moran put the Tacos back in front with a 2-run single in the bottom of the 7th. Moran (2 RBI), Preston Tucker (3B, R), and D.J. Fisher (2B, R, SB) all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Trent Thornton went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7. Tyson Perez was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and went 1.1 innings, allowing an unearned run on 2 hits. The run he allowed was an inherited runner that scored. Reymin Guduan got the final two outs of the 7th via strikeout and also allowed an unearned run on 2 hits. Brendan McCurry walked 1 and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless.

Casey Coleman faces Daniel Wright in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Corpus Christi 4, Arkansas 1

W- Framber Valdez (1-1, 3-4 season)
L- Justin DeFratus (2-5)
S- Andrew Thome (6, 7 season)

CC home runs: Garrett Stubbs (4. solo in 6th)

Framber Valdez was excellent in his second Texas League start and helped the Hooks avoid getting swept completely out of the state of Arkansas.

Framber went 6+ innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 9; the run was an inherited runner that was charged to him. Ryan Thompson allowed 2 hits and fanned 1 in 1.1 innings, and Andrew Thome allowed a hit over 1.2 scoreless to get the save.

Garrett Stubbs and Arturo Michelena both finished 3-4 and they both scored twice. Stubbs scored the first run of the evening on a Dex McCall single in the 2nd inning. Michelena scored his first run on J.D. Davis's sac fly in the 5th. Stubbs started off the 6th inning by launching a homer, and Michelena singled to lead off the 9th, then scored the final run of the game on a wild pitch; he made his way around the bases all because of wild pitches.

Hopefully the Hooks will have some better luck when the Arkansas teams come to Whataburger Field. Collin McHugh's rehab continues as Corpus starts a 3-game set with Northwest Arkansas. He'll face Corey Ray at 7:05.

Buies Creek 12, Myrtle Beach 3

W- Howie Brey (1-2)
L- Ryan Kellogg (3-6)

BC home runs: Spencer Johnson 2 (4, 7 season; solo in 4th, solo in 9th), Eduardo de Oleo (5, solo in 2nd), Stephen Wrenn (3, 6 season; 2-run in 3rd), Jake Rogers (5, 11 season; solo in 7th)

The Carolina Stros provided some fireworks on the field with 19 hits, 5 of which were home runs, on the Fourth of July.


Brett Adcock went 4.2 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 7; the run was inherited runner that was charged to him. Howie Brey tagged in for 2.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 2. Ralph Garza Jr. walked 1 and struck out 3 over the final 2 innings.

Franklin Perez gets the start in game 2 of this series. He'll face Michael Rucker at 7:05 Eastern.

Quad Cities 5, Kane County 4 in 10 innings

W- Salvador Montaño (2-2)
L- Jefferson Mejia (1-1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos clawed back from an early 3-0 hole to force extras, only to see Kane County regain the lead with a run in the first extra frame. Quad Cities was unfazed and ended up walking off with the win.

Chuckie Robinson ripped an RBI double in the 4th to put Quad Cities on the board, Daz Cameron scored on an error in the 5th, and Carmen Benedetti, who was credited with an RBI on the error, drew a bases-loaded walk in the 7th to tie the game at 3.

Jonathan Arauz and Benedetti walked to lead off the bottom of the 10th, but Robinson flew out and Troy Sieber struck out, which suddenly put the comeback bid in jeopardy. Ronnie Dawson kept the game alive with a walk to load the bases for Josh Rojas, who tied the game with a walk. Daz sent the crowd home happy with a walk-off single to bring Benedetti home. He finished 3-5 with the walk-off RBI single, a double, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base (18). Benedetti scored twice and walked twice. Arauz went 0-2 but drew 3 walks.

Yohan Ramirez went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits, walked 5, and struck out 4. Dustin Hunt allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless innings. Salvador Montaño pitched 3 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6.

Carlos Sanabria will take on Ryan Atkinson in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:35.

Tri-City 9, Brooklyn 5


W- Reggie Johnson (1-0)
L- Connor O'Neil (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats saw an early 3-0 advantage vanish almost instantaneously, but they seized control with 6 runs in the 8th.

Kristian Trompiz put TC on the board first with a 2-run double in the 1st and came around to score on a Randy Vasquez single. Vasquez's RBI single would be the ValleyCats' last scoring play until they erupted in the 8th inning.

Vasquez kicked off the rally with a 1-out single, then advanced to 3rd on an error following a Reid Russell infield single. Miguelangel Sierra followed with an RBI double. Luis Payano came on to run for Russell and scored on a Jake Meyers sac fly. J.J. Matijevic got a free pass to 1st, and Bryan De La Cruz kept things moving by drawing a walk to load the bases for Connor MacDonald, who walked to bring Sierra in. Jake Adams followed with an RBI single, and Trompiz capped off the night with a 2-run single.

Vasquez finished 3-4 on the evening. Trompiz (2B, 4 RBI, R), De La Cruz (2 R), and Adams (RBI, R) all had 2-hit nights.

Tyler Ivey went 1.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1. Cristian Javier was tasked with getting Ivey out of a bases-loaded predicament in the 2nd, which he did without incident. Javier ultimately threw 5.1 innings, allowing a run on 2 hits and striking out 7. Ben Smith got the last out of the 7th and the first out of the 8th, walking 3 and striking out 1. Reggie Johnson pitched the last 1.2 innings, walking 2 and fanning 3 in his outing.

Carlos Hiraldo starts game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 4, Johnson City 1

W- Adam Bleday (1-0)
L- Franyel Casadilla (0-2)
S- Jesús Balaguer (1)

Greeneville home runs: Brody Westmoreland (3, 3-run in 1st)

Both teams only had one scoring inning, but the Appy Astros' 4-run 1st topped the Cardinals' single tally in the 3rd.

Brody Westmoreland clubbed a 3-run homer to open the scoring in the 1st inning. Greeneville's other scoring play was a bases-loaded walk drawn by Wilson Amador later in the inning. Amador also stole his 6th base of the season for the Appy Astros. Ruben Castro finished 2-4.

Bryan Abreu went 3 innings and allowed Johnson City's only run when Carlos Talavera hit a solo homer off of him in the 3rd. Abreu allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 4. Three pitchers followed Abreu out of the bullpen and they all threw 2 scoreless innings. Adam Bleday was first; he allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1. Dariel Aquino walked 1 and struck out 3, and Jesús Balaguer walked 1 while striking out 5.

Gerardo Bojorquez faces Edwar Ramirez in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Mets 5, GCL Astros 2

W- Jaison Vilera (1-0)
L- Juan Pablo Lopez (0-1)
S- Jose Sierra (1)

GCL home runs: Carlos Diaz (1, 2-run in 5th)

The Mets jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the 1st inning in this one.

Carlos Diaz hit a 2-run homer in the 5th for his first pro homer. Hector Martinez went 2-4.

Juan Pablo Lopez only got 2 outs in the 1st inning and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits while walking 2. Kit Scheetz allowed just 1 hit and struck out 7 over 3.1 scoreless innings. Brendan Feldmann and Carlos Pimentel both threw 2 innings; Feldmann allowed a run on 3 hits and struck out 1, while Pimentel allowed a hit and struck out 4.

DSL Athletics 4, DSL Astros Blue 0

W- Rafael Kelly (3-0)
L- Bryan Solano (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

Luis Coronel went 2-2. Nerio Rodriguez (2B) and Ronaldo Urdaneta had the other two Blue team hits.

Bryan Solano and Denilson Lugo both pitched 3 innings; Solano allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, walked 4, and struck out 4, while Lugo allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Jervic Chavez struck out 2 over 2 perfect innings.

DSL Rangers1 6, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Luis Rosario (1-1)
L- Asael Uribe (0-2)

Orange home runs: None.

Euclides Chavez went 1-4 and scored Team Orange's only run on an error following a Ramiro Rodriguez single. Rodriguez finished 2-4.

Asael Uribe pitched 3.1 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 6 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 3. Jesus Bernaez allowed a hit, walked 4, and struck out 4 in 4.2 innings. Mauricio Santana got 1 out in the 9th via strikeout and allowed 2 unearned runs and a single. Gustavo Almonte got the last 2 outs of the 9th.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Kit Scheetz, LHP, GCL Astros: 3.1 IP, H, 7 K
Carlos Pimentel, RHP, GCL Astros: 2 IP, H, 4 K

Framber Valdez, LHP, Corpus Christi
W (1-1, 3-4 season), 6 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB, 9 K

Garrett Stubbs, C, and Arturo Michelena, IF, Corpus Christi
Both were responsible for scoring all of the Hooks' runs
Stubbs: 3-4, 2 2B, solo HR (4), 2 R
Michelena: 3-4, 2 R

Cristian Javier, RHP, Tri-City
5.1 IP, 2 H, ER, 7 K

Kristian Trompiz, IF, Tri-City
2-4, 2B, 4 RBI, R

Photo by Bryan Green
Daz Cameron, OF, Quad Cities
3-5, 2B, walk-off RBI single, 2 R, SB (18)

Buies Creek Astros: W 12-3 @ Myrtle Beach
12 R, 19 H
Myles Straw: 3-6, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R, SB (23)
Jake Rogers: 4-5, 2B, solo HR (5, 11 season), 4 RBI, 2 R
Stephen Wrenn: 4-5, 2-R HR (3, 6 season), 4 RBI
Spencer Johnson: 3-5, 2 solo HR (4, 7 season)
Eduardo de Oleo: 2-5, solo HR (5)