Saturday, August 5, 2017

August Astros MiLB Roster Moves/Transactions

Ongoing list of August Astros MiLB Roster Moves and Transactions

8-18: C Jose Carrillo assigned to the GCL from the DSL
8-18: OF Ramiro Rodriguez assigned to the GCL from the DSL
8-18: OF Jonathan Lacroix placed on the GCL 7-day DL
8-15: RHP Yoanys Quiala (Corpus Christi) activated from the suspended list
8-15: C Eduardo de Oleo assigned to Fresno from Buies Creek (had been on rehab assignment at GCL)
8-14: LHP Reymin Guduan optioned to Fresno from Houston
8-14: RHP Jordan Jankowski designated for assignment
8-14: SS Alex DeGoti assigned to Buies Creek from Fresno
8-14: RHP Cy Sneed assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
8-14: C Max Stassi called up to Houston from Fresno
8-14: RHP Gabriel Valdez placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL
8-14: RHP Cesar Rosado placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL
8-14: 3B Wander Franco assigned to Quad Cities from the GCL
8-14: SS Ozziel Sanchez-Galan assigned to the GCL from Buies Creek
8-13: 1B/OF Spencer Johnson assigned to Corpus Christi from Fresno
8-13: IF Colin Walsh assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
8-13: OF Rico Noel assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
8-13: RHP Kevin Hill assigned to Buies Creek from Corpus Christi
8-13: C Trent Woodward (Corpus Christi) activated from the DL
8-13: OF Jonathan Lacroix (12th round pick) assigned to the GCL
8-13: RHP Fredis Guerrero assigned to the GCL from the DSL
8-13: RHP Freylin Garcia assigned to the GCL from the DSL
8-12: SS Reid Brignac placed on the Fresno 7-day DL, retroactive to 8-11
8-12: LHP Ashur Tolliver (Fresno) released
8-12: RHP Forrest Whitley assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek (official on 8-17)
8-12: LHP Cionel Perez assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek (official on 8-15)
8-12: RHP Josh James (Corpus Christi) activated from the suspended list
8-12: LHP Sebastian Kessay (Buies Creek) released
8-12: RHP Carson LaRue assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
8-12: RHP Abdiel Saldana assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
8-12: RHP Cesar Rosado (Quad Cities) activated from the DL
8-12: LHP Nathan Thompson assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
8-12: LHP Kit Scheetz assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
8-12: RHP Dustin Hunt assigned to Tri-City from Quad Cities
8-11: IF/OF Marcos Almonte (Quad Cities) activated from the DL
8-11: SS Osvaldo Duarte placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL
8-11: RHP Ronaldo Marrero assigned to the GCL from Tri-City
8-11: RHP Jairo Solis assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
8-11: LHP Maikel Sepulveda assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
8-10: RHP Andrew Thome assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
8-10: OF Jon Kemmer placed on the Fresno 7-day DL
8-10: RHP Yoanys Quiala (Corpus Christi) suspended for an undisclosed number of days
8-10: RHP Angel Heredia (Corpus Christi) sent to GCL on a rehab assignment
8-9: IF Tyler White optioned to Fresno from Houston
8-9: C Eduardo de Oleo (Buies Creek) sent to the GCL on a rehab assignment
8-9: LHP Adam Bleday assigned to Tri-City from Greeneville
8-9: RHP Leovanny Rodriguez assigned to Tri-City from Greeneville
8-8: SS Ozziel Sanchez-Galan assigned to Buies Creek from the GCL
8-7: C Carlos Canelon assigned to Corpus Christi from Tri-City
8-7: C Bernardo Heras assigned to Tri-City from Corpus Christi
8-5: RHP J.B. Bukauskus assigned to Tri-City from the GCL
8-5: RHP Chad Donato assigned to Greeneville from the GCL
8-5: C Garrett Stubbs assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
8-5: SS Alex DeGoti assigned to Fresno from Buies Creek
8-5: 1B A.J. Reed optioned to Fresno from Houston
8-5: 3B J.D. Davis called up to Houston from Fresno
8-5: C Juan Centeno recalled to Houston from Fresno
8-5: C Bernardo Heras assigned to Corpus Christi from the GCL
8-5: Ozziel Sanchez-Galan (GCL) activated from the suspended list
8-5: OF Cesar Cortez (GCL) activated from the suspended list
8-4: RHP James Hoyt recalled to Houston from Fresno
8-4: OF Rico Noel assigned to Corpus Christi from Fresno
8-4: OF Rico Noel assigned to Fresno (picked up from the Atlantic League)
8-4: RHP Jordan Jankowski optioned to Fresno from Houston
8-4: C Trent Woodward (Corpus Christi) sent to the GCL for a rehab assignment
8-4: RHP Gabriel Valdez activated from the Quad Cities DL
8-4: IF/OF Marcos Almonte placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL, retroactive to 8-1
8-4: RHP Matthew Merrill assigned to the GCL from Greeneville
8-4: SS Ozziel Sanchez-Galan (GCL) suspended for an undisclosed number of days
8-4: OF Cesar Cortez (GCL) suspended for an undisclosed number of days
8-2: RHP Elieser Hernandez activated from the Buies Creek DL
8-2: OF Carmen Benedetti assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
8-2: OF Luis Payano assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
8-1: RHP Jordan Jankowski recalled to Houston from Fresno
8-1: OF Drew Ferguson assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
8-1: 1B/OF Spencer Johnson assigned to Fresno from Buies Creek
8-1: RHP Kevin Hill assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
8-1: RHP Josh James (Corpus Christi) suspended for an undisclosed number of days

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, August 4, 2017

Let's finish up one game and play another in the Gulf Coast League!

Iowa 5, Fresno 4

W- Aaron Brooks (6-9)
L- Mike Hauschild (5-2)
S- Dillon Maples (2)

Fresno home runs: J.D. Davis (5, 26 season; solo in 4th)

The Cubs took control with 4 runs in the 5th, and Fresno had almost no opportunities to tie or take the lead; they only had three baserunners in the last four innings.

Mike Hauschild went 6 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 6. Jacob Dorris allowed a hit in a scoreless 7th and Brendan McCurry worked around a couple of hits to throw a scoreless 8th.

J.D. Davis, in his last minor league game for the foreseeable future, opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st and smacked a solo homer in the 4th inning. Fresno got two in the 5th as Drew Ferguson scored on an error following a Juan Centeno bunt single. Centeno ended up scoring on a Jon Kemmer groundout. Davis (solo HR, 2 RBI) and Tony Kemp (3B) had 2 hits apiece on the evening.

Rogelio Armenteros faces Rob Zastryzny in game 3. First pitch is at 7:08.

Corpus Christi 3, Frisco 2

W- Kevin Hill (1-0, 3-1 season)
L- Shane McCain (2-2)
S- Riley Ferrell (1, 3 season)

CC home runs: None.

Both teams scored in one inning apiece. The Hooks' scored more runs in the inning in which they scored, so they won. Sometimes baseball can be pretty simple to figure out.

All three Corpus runs came in the 7th as they were able to capitalize on a bases-loaded situation. Ryne Birk put the Hooks on the board with an RBI single and Rico Noel put them in front with a 2-run single. Garrett Stubbs finished 2-4 on the night.

Franklin Perez went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits and struck out 3. Kevin Hill threw 2.2 scoreless innings in his Texas League debut, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 1. Riley Ferrell threw 1.1 innings for the save, striking out 3.

Alex Winkleman will take on a rehabbing Tyson Ross tonight. First pitch is at 7:05.

Carolina 9, Buies Creek 6

W- Jordan Yamamoto (5-3)
L- Cionel Perez (2-1, 6-4 season)
S- Nate Griep (21)

BC home runs: Alex De Goti 2 (4, 7 season; 2-run in 2nd, 2-run in 4th)

After both teams emerged tied at 6 following a frantic stretch between the 2nd-4th innings, the Mudcats managed to break the tie with runs in the 6th, 7th, and 9th.

Brett Adcock and Cionel Perez pitched 4 innings apiece. Adcock allowed 6 runs on 5 hits while striking out 5, and Perez allowed 2 runs (1 earned), a solo homer, walked 1, and struck out 4. Sean Stutzman allowed a solo homer and struck out 2 in the 9th.

Buies Creek scored their 3 runs in the 2nd with 2 outs in the inning. Randy César kept the inning going with a double and scored their first run on a Carmen Benedetti double. One batter later, Alex De Goti smacked his first 2-run homer of the game. Jake Rogers hit an RBI single in the 3rd, and De Goti launched his second 2-run homer of the night in the 4th inning. De Goti finished 3-3 to account for half of the Carolina Stros' hits; Benedetti scored on both of De Goti's blasts.

The series now shifts to Carolina for the last two games. Ryan Hartman goes up against Kodi Medeiros at 5:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 11, Burlington 4

W- Yohan Ramirez (3-4)
L- Luis Madero (0-1)
S- Carlos Sanabria (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos completed the sweep. They absolutely dominated the Bees in 2017, finishing up the season series with a 12-1 record. In this game, they were up 11-0 after the 7th inning.

Gabriel Valdez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 scoreless innings. Yohan Ramirez was the first man out of the Quad Cities bullpen and walked 3 while striking out 4 over 4 scoreless. Carlos Sanabria pitched the last 3 innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5.

The Banditos scored their first two runs on sac flies: Troy Sieber opened the scoring with one in the 1st and Ray Henderson hit another in the 2nd inning. They got a pair in the 5th on a Ronnie Dawson RBI double and a Chuckie Robinson RBI single.

Quad Cities turned this one into a laugher with 5 in the 6th inning. Luis Payano and Dawson hit RBI singles, and then a wild pitch allowed Payano to score. Abraham Toro ripped a 2-run double. Chas McCormick capped off the onslaught with a 2-run triple in the 7th.

Dawson (2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, SB), Toro (2B, 2 RBI), Payano (RBI, 2 R), and Josh Rojas (R) all finished with 2 hits on the night.

The River Bandits welcome Beloit to Modern Woodmen park for a 4-game series this weekend. Ronel Blanco will take on Matt Milburn in the opener, which starts at 6:35.

Tri-City 4, Brooklyn 2

W- Ben Smith (4-2)
L- Jose Carlos Medina (1-4)
S- Brandon Bielak (1)

TC home runs: Jake Adams (8, solo in 6th)

The ValleyCats got a strong performance from their bullpen as they took this series from the Cyclones.

Corbin Martin hit his first speed bump of sorts; he went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer) and struck out 5. Ben Smith walked 1 and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless, and Brandon Bielak pitched the last 4 innings, allowing 2 hits and fanning 5.

Bryan De La Cruz and Jake Adams scored two runs apiece. De La Cruz scored the first run of the evening on a Colton Shaver groundout in the 1st. Adams doubled to start the 2nd and scored on a single from Andy Piñeda. Adams, who went 2-3, whacked a solo homer in the 6th. De La Cruz finished 3-4 on the night; he doubled with two outs in the 7th and scored the final run of the evening on a Jonathan Arauz single. Arauz went 2-5 in this one.

Tri-City will start a 3-game series with the Aberdeen Ironbirds tonight at 7:00 Eastern.

Danville 6, Greeneville 3

W- Dilmer Mejia (2-3)
L- Gerardo Bojorquez (3-2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros dropped this series by the same scoreline: 6-3.

Greeneville scored a pair in the 5th on errors; Wilson Amador came home after a blunder following a Gilberto Celestino single and Cody Bohanek scored on an errant pickoff throw. Ruben Castro had an RBI single in the 6th. Celestino went 2-5 with a triple to extend his hitting streak to 7 games; this was his third straight 2-hit game.

Gerardo Bojorquez threw 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Jheyson Caraballo allowed 2 runs on a homer, 4 other hits, walked 1, and fanned 3 in 3 innings, and Dariel Aquino struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Hansel Paulino takes the mound as the Appy Astros look to avoid the sweep. He'll face Jasseel De La Cruz at 6:00 Eastern.

From July 30: GCL Astros 11, GCL Nationals 1

W- Maikel Sepulveda (3-3)
L- Jhonatan German (0-2)

GCL home runs: Orlando Marquez (1, solo in 8th), Juan Piñeda (1, 2 season; solo in 9th), Ronny Rafael (1, 4 season; 2-run in 9th)

This game was suspended due to rain with the Astros up 1-0 heading into the 2nd. After play resumed, it was all GCLstros.

Juan Piñeda scored the first run of the game back on Sunday on a Carlos Machado groundout. Machado scored the first run after the restart on an Angel Tejeda sac fly in the 4th inning. Wander Franco ripped an RBI double in the 7th and scored on a Hector Martinez single. Orlando Marquez smacked a homer to start the 8th. Piñeda launched one to start the 9th, and that's when the floodgates opened. Franco scored on a wild pitch, Machado scored on a balk, and Tejeda scored on another wild pitch. Ronny Rafael capped off the day with a 2-run blast.

J.B. Bukauskas came back on to pitch 3 more innings to complete his pro debut. He went 4 innings and allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Austin Kerns worked around 3 hits to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out 1. Maikel Sepulveda pitched the last 4 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits and walked 2.

GCL Astros 1, GCL Nationals 0

W- Chad Donato (2-1)
L- Malvin Peña (0-2)
S- Saul Martinez (1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Palm Beach Stros only had 2 hits, but they scored the only run of the regularly scheduled contest.

Chad Donato allowed 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 5 innings of work. Saul Martinez completed the shutout by allowing a hit and striking out 2 in the final 2 innings.

Enmanuel Valdez drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in the only run of this game. Carlos Machado and Jonathan Matute both singled.

DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Royals 2

W- Renny Ugarte (1-0)
L- Braulio Nuñez (0-1)
S- Christopher Javier (2)

Blue home runs: Anthony Rodriguez (2, solo in 8th)

Renny Ugarte allowed 3 hits and struck out 2 over 5 shutout innings. Oscar Severino was the first man out of the Blue team bullpen and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in 3 innings. Christopher Javier worked around a couple of walks in the 9th to finish the game.

Kendy Moya scored the first run of the day on a passed ball in the 3rd inning. Anthony Rodriguez added an RBI single later in the inning. In the 6th, Rodriguez scored on a sac fly from Brandon Benavente and Wilyer Abreu scored on another passed ball. Rodriguez, who finished 3-4, capped off the day with a solo homer in the 8th.

DSL Pirates 6, DSL Astros Orange 5

W- Kleiner Machado (2-1)
L- Christian Mejias (1-2)

Orange home runs: None.

Team Orange scored 3 in the 7th to take the lead... and the Pirates responded by scoring 3 in the top of the 8th to re-take the lead.

The Orange team went 8-8 in stolen base attempts in this game, with Fildex Perfecto (6) and Deury Carrasco (19) stealing 2 apiece. Perfecto stole home for the second time this year in the 2nd inning. Jose Carrillo hit into a fielder's choice that scored Marco Van Der Wijst in the 6th inning. Sean Mendoza singled to lead off the 7th, stole 2nd (15), and scored on a Gerry Castillo double. Castillo advanced to 3rd on an errant pickoff throw and scored on Freudis Nova's single. Nova stole 2nd (8) and scored on Carrillo's RBI single. Jose Alvarez (4) and Renaigel Martis (6) also stole a base for Team Orange. Mendoza and Perfecto finished with 2 hits apiece.

Jose Alberto Rivera went 4 innings and allowed an unearned run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Ronny Garcia struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 5th. Christian Mejias was next, and he allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 2.2 innings. Cristofer Melendez walked 2 in 1.1 scoreless innings of work.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Chad Donato, RHP, GCL Astros: W (2-1), 5 IP, 7 H, BB, 5 K
Saul Martinez, RHP, GCL Astros: Save (1), 2 IP, H, 2 K

Anthony Rodriguez, IF, DSL Astros Blue: 3-4, 2B, solo HR (2), 2 RBI, 2 R
Renny Ugarte, LHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (1-0), 5 IP, 3 H, 2 K

Alex De Goti, IF, Buies Creek
3-3, 2 2-R HR (4, 7 season)

Jake Adams' photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Bryan De La Cruz's photo taken by Bryan Green.
Jake Adams, 1B, and Bryan De La Cruz, OF, Tri-City
Both players scored all 4 of Tri-City's runs on Friday.
Adams: 2-3, 2B, solo HR (8), 2 R
De La Cruz: 3-4, 2B, 2 R

Brandon Bielak's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Tri-City ValleyCats bullpen
6 IP, 2 H, BB, 6 K
Ben Smith: W (4-2), 2 IP, BB, K
Brandon Bielak: Save (1), 4 IP, 2 H, 5 K

 Photo by Rich Guill
Cionel Perez, LHP, Buies Creek
L (2-1, 6-4 season), 4 IP, H (solo HR allowed), 2 R (1 ER), BB, 4 K

Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers: W 3-2 @ Frisco
9 IP, 8 H, 2 R (1 ER), BB, 7 K
Franklin Perez: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 K
Kevin Hill: W (1-0, 3-1 season), 2.2 IP, H, BB, K; Texas League debut
Riley Ferrell: Save (1, 3 season), 1.1 IP, 3 K

Yohan Ramirez, RHP, Quad Cities
W (3-4), 4 IP, 3 BB, 4 K

Ronnie Dawson, OF, Quad Cities
2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, SB (13); 13-game hitting streak

Friday, August 4, 2017

Getting to Know Quad Cities 1B Troy Sieber

There's always at least one player on a team that really stands out for being approachable and engaging, a player who just loves to talk baseball. Troy Sieber is that guy. I first met him last season in Greeneville (TN) shortly after he was drafted by the Astros in the 24th round out of St. Leo College (FL), and I knew that I'd enjoy talking with him. My chance came in late July when I caught up with a very talented Quad Cities River Bandits team.

Troy Sieber - July 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen

First a little background from Quad Cities Manager Russ Steinhorn on Sieber, "He's been here (since late June). They had a lot of good things to say about him in Extended (Spring Training) about the work he put in and the adjustments he made. Very physical player. Primary first baseman. He's been working on trying to drive the ball more and he's got a handful of home runs and doubles and RBI's so you can tell the work he's put in."

Steinhorn continued, "He's always in the office, asking questions and trying to figure out his approach at the plate. He's always putting in extra work in the cage so he does do a good job of getting his work in, but also of being a good clubhouse guy at the same time. He's been a good addition all around."

My first question to Sieber was to clarify something that I had read about him possibly being drafted as a catcher. He responded, "The funny thing is that I did just a little bit of catching bullpens on the side in college, but I never really caught any games and then, when I got drafted, I got drafted as a first baseman, but my contract says 'Catcher.' So my contract shows primary position is catcher when I've never caught a game in my life, just bullpens."

When I suggested he could possibly be an emergency catching backup despite playing first base exclusively to date, Sieber laughed and quickly said, "I don't think so. I don't ever see myself catching in a game. I would need a lot of practice for sure. That's the hardest position on the field. But the time that I spent catching in the bullpen, I realized that I have a lot of respect for those guys because it's such a brutal position, the beating they take and stuff. It's really hard. I have got a lot of respect for these catchers because you're constantly worrying about blocking the ball and you're calling the whole game, where first base, you're only really worried about hitting. There's nothing else you really have to worry about. It's a lot calmer at first base."

I asked Sieber to give a scouting report on himself. "I think the scout would say that I hunt fastball. That's the pitch that I like to hit early in the count. I'm always hunting fastball. I'm never really sitting on the off-speed pitch. Depending on the count, when I get to two strikes or something, I'm going to adjust. I'm hunting fastball, and I like to drive the ball the other way. So like left-center field I would say is where the power is," said Sieber.

As he continued, Sieber got into the nitty-gritty of his approach and what he's working on, "I would say something that I need to work on is just recognizing the changeup earlier and driving the ball to right field better. That's kind of what I'm working on here. Because in college ... it was all fastballs and breaking balls away. So I kind of just got so used to hitting the ball to left field that when I hit the ball to right, I tend to roll over some, so I'd like to backspin the ball more to right field and just adjust to the changeup better because I realize here, that's the pitch they like to go to. They like to throw the changeup and get me to roll over on it so that's something that I'm working on here with the hitting coach."

Characterizing his biggest strength defensively, Sieber said, "On ground balls, just blocking it up. I'm big into not letting the ball get by me. As a first baseman, especially when there's nobody on, I like to block the ball up. I don't want it to get by me at all. I know the pitcher's going to be there. He's going to get over so, if it's a ball that's hit hard, I don't mind sticking my chest out and stopping it so I can flip it to the pitcher. So I'd say that my strongest suit is blocking the ball over there." He plans to work on his speed and agility in the offseason to help him defensively as well as with his baserunning.

In talking about his season, Sieber really got into the weeds regarding his plate approach, "I'm happy with how (the season is) going. Like I said, I want to work more on driving the ball, but I'm happy with how it's going. There's adjustments that I've had to make already, and every day it's a different adjustment." When he first got to Quad Cities, opposing pitchers really didn't have much information on him so he was initially getting a lot of fastballs in, but that soon changed and so did Sieber.

"Coming from Division II baseball and then (Rookie League) Greeneville, I've always let the off-speed pitches go, because not all of those guys could throw those off-speed (pitches) for strikes. So I'd always let them go and I'd get myself into a 2-0, 3-1 count so I could get the fastball I wanted to hit. But here I realized they can throw those off-speed (pitches) for strikes early in the count. It's just really about recognizing earlier in the game, like before my at-bat what they're doing to the guys before. So I watch [Josh] Rojas or another lefty Ronnie [Dawson]. I like to watch them and see what the pitcher is throwing them. Like yesterday in the game, my first at-bat, he threw me a 1-0 changeup, he threw Rojas a 1-0 changeup and Ronnie a 1-0 changeup so I knew coming into the next at-bat, he got me 1-0 and he threw a changeup. It was a ball that I hit to right field. So it's just finding the tendencies because the pitchers like to do the same things over and over again with the counts so getting used to that is something that I want to work on, just the game within the game. There's little things like that that I need to learn and pick up on those things just to help me out with hitting," said Sieber.

Sieber is from south Jersey near Delaware ("I live right on the Delaware River. It's nice."), but he enjoys spending his offseason in Florida at St. Leo College near Tampa where he went to school. "That whole Florida area is nice. I like it down there. In the fall, the weather's beautiful. I'll go back to my school, practice with them, hit and workout. So it's nice."

Getting the opportunity to scrimmage with his old team will also help Sieber get some extra reps, something that he realizes is valuable to his development and something he missed out on in earlier years. "I've played baseball my whole life and I played in college for three years but, talking to most of the guys (from the States), they've all played summer ball somewhere. They've gone to the Cape Cod League, somewhere. I've never played summer ball before. So our coaches like to give me some crap about it just because it's a lot of at-bats that I've missed. It was nice to just kind of relax in the summer, but now looking back at it, I wish I would have played summer ball just to get more reps under my belt."

Sieber will also work toward finishing his degree over the offseason. A major in criminal justice, he plans to take several online classes toward that end. "I'm close to finishing up. I just didn't want to take any (classes) during the season just because I wanted to focus on the season and nothing else. Once the offseason starts, I'll take some online. I actually went back to school right after Greeneville (last year) and that's when I got invited to Instructs [Fall Instruction League] so I had to drop out of those classes and do them online."

We ended the interview talking about the immense talent on the Quad Cities team. Sieber said, "The talent here is unbelievable. Everybody can hit the ball well. Being in college, I was so worried about trying to win and getting big hits all the time. And here I realized, just do your job. There's no point of trying to do too much. Don't go outside of my game. Just stay within the game because everybody can hit the ball. You have hitters like Daz [Cameron] and Ronnie; those guys are such good hitters. Watching Ronnie hit ... I love his swing ... he's a left-handed batter, big kid and he can drive the ball to every part of the field. When I see him hit the ball out to left field, it's really nice because a lot of the time, you see a guy pulling the ball for home runs, but when you see a guy like him that can hit the ball out right-center, left-center, it's really a nice thing to watch. And for a guy that big that has such good speed, it's just ... he's a really good player. It's awesome to watch for sure. You don't see that very often."

Sieber is enjoying the competition in the Midwest League, "It's definitely a different kind of baseball. But it's fun. It's really competitive and all the guys are really good." And Sieber is holding his own with that competition as his work to re-define his approach is really starting to pay off. Since mid-July, he is hitting .293/.423/.517 with four doubles, three home runs, 12 RBI and a very nice ratio of 13 walks to 15 strikeouts. With his hard work and great mental approach to the game, he will bear watching as he continues to move through the system. And if you just want someone to sit down with and talk baseball, he's your guy for that too.

Thank you for your time, Troy, and best of luck as the season continues.

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Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, August 3, 2017

Let's play two in the Dominican again!

Fresno 8, Iowa 1

W- Kevin Comer (5-3)
L- Jen-Ho Tseng (4-1)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (16, 2-run in 7th)

Neither team scored in the first four innings, but the Grizzlies broke through emphatically with 6 runs in the 5th inning.

Drew Ferguson walked to spark the rally, advanced to 3rd when Alejandro Garcia reached on a botched force attempt, and scored the first run of the night on Tony Kemp's RBI single. Jack Mayfield followed with an RBI single of his own, and Preston Tucker smacked a 2-run triple. Tucker came home on a J.D. Davis sac fly. Jon Kemmer reached on an error, stole 2nd, and scored on a Reid Brignac single. Kemmer smacked a 2-run homer in the 7th to bring in the final runs of the game. Kemp finished 3-5, while Mayfield, Davis, and Brignac all had 2 hits on the night.

Dean Deetz allowed 3 hits, walked 5, and struck out 6 over 4.1 scoreless innings. Kevin Comer was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and allowed an RBI single, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings. Dayan Diaz allowed a hit and fanned 2 over 2 scoreless, and Jumbo Diaz struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Mike Hauschild goes up against Aaron Brooks at 7:08.

Corpus Christi 4, Frisco 1


W- Cy Sneed (9-5)
L- Collin Wiles (8-9)

CC home runs: Ryne Birk (2, 10 season; solo in 5th)

Cy Sneed turned in a solid performance on the mound to start a new series as he allowed 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 over 7 shutout innings. The Roughriders spoiled the shutout with a run following an error that Andrew Thome committed in the 9th. Thome pitched the final 2 innings and allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Dex McCall ripped a 2-out double in the 2nd and scored the game's first run on a Ryne Birk RBI single. Birk struck again in the 5th when he launched a solo shot. Jon Singleton hit a 2-out single in the 6th and dashed home on a Colin Walsh double. Ramon Laureano doubled in the 8th and scored on an error that allowed Kyle Tucker to reach. Birk finished 3-4 on the night.

Franklin Perez takes on Pedro Payano in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 5, Carolina 4

W- Carlos Sierra (2-1)
L- Eric Hanhold (6-3)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros coughed up the lead in the 6th, but they managed to pull themselves together and ended up walking off with the win.

After drawing a one-out walk in the 3rd inning, Stephen Wrenn scored the first run of the night on a botched double play attempt that saw Taylor Jones reach safely. In the 4th, Myles Straw hit an RBI single and Wrenn hit into a fielder's choice that scored Anibal Sierra. Wrenn drew a bases-loaded walk in the 8th to tie the game at 4. Anthony Hermelyn ripped a double with one out in the 9th and scored the winning run following Randy César's single.

Hermelyn finished 2-5 and was the only player in the Buies Creek lineup with a multi-hit game. Carmen Benedetti went 0-2 in his Carolina League debut, but he also drew a couple of walks and scored a run.

Elieser Hernandez allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 3.2 innings. Sebastian Kessay was the first man out of the Buies Creek bullpen and went 1.1 innings, allowing a run on a wild pitch, a double, walking 1, and striking out 1. Erasmo Pinales came on for the 6th but only got 2 outs; he allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 1. Justin Ferrell was next; he allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3 in 3 innings. Carlos Sierra recorded a strikeout to end the 9th inning.

Brett Adcock goes up against Jordan Yamamoto in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 9, Burlington 8

W- Salvador Montaño (5-2)
L- Adrian Almeida (0-3)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos squandered a 6-2 lead but found a way to escape with the win. It wasn't easy, but they did it.

Quad Cities scored in 7 out of the 8 innings in which they were on offense. Ronnie Dawson singled to lead off the bottom of the 1st and scored the first run of the night on a Daz Cameron sac fly. Osvaldo Duarte ripped an RBI triple in the 2nd. Kristian Trompiz, who scored on the triple, ripped an RBI double in the 3rd. Dawson hit an RBI single in the 4th and Trompiz drew a bases-loaded walk in the 5th.

Burlington scored 4 in the 7th to tie the game. Chas McCormick got a run back and put the Banditos back in front with a sac fly in the bottom of the inning. The Bees scored twice in the 8th to take the lead and Quad Cities responded with 2 of their own to regain control. Abraham Toro-Hernandez walked to lead off the inning, and then Duarte laid down a bunt. An error allowed Toro to score the tying run and Duarte made it all the way to 3rd. Chuckie Robinson put Quad Cities back in front with an RBI single. He finished 3-5 with a couple of doubles. Trompiz, Duarte, Dawson, Troy Sieber, and Daz all had 2 hits on the night; Trompiz reached in all 4 of his plate appearances; he walked twice and also stole a base. He has 5 stolen bases with Quad Cities and 20 on the year.

Cristian Javier went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 7. Robert Corniel came on for the 7th but bore the brunt of Burlington's assault; he allowed the 4 runs on 3 hits and walked 3 while only getting one out. Salvador Montaño pitched the last 2.2 innings and allowed 2 runs, an RBI single (the other run scored on a groundout), walked 4, and struck out 2.

Quad Cities and Burlington will wrap up their series at 6:35 as Gabriel Valdez takes on Justin Kelly.

Tri-City 3, Brooklyn 1

W- Juan Robles (1-1, 2-1 season)
L- Nicolas Debora (0-4)
S- Kit Scheetz (2)

TC home runs: None.

Juan Robles and Kit Scheetz held the Cyclones hitless for 8 innings until they broke through against Scheetz.

Robles walked 4 and struck out 2 in 5 innings of work. Scheetz took over for the last 4 and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 3. Walter Rasquin snapped the no-hitter by tripling to lead off the 9th.

Colton Shaver opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 4th. Adrian Tovalin tripled in the 6th and scored on a wild pitch that Jake Adams drew a walk off of, and Bryan De La Cruz hit an RBI single in the 9th.

Corbin Martin faces David Peterson in the series finale. First pitch is at 6:40 Eastern.

Danville 6, Greeneville 3

W- Jaret Hellinger (2-1)
L- Bryan Abreu (1-3)

Greeneville home runs: None.

A 6-0 lead proved to be too much for the Appy Astros to overcome.

They got a couple in the 3rd on a Cody Bohanek RBI single and a Brody Westmoreland sac fly. Gilberto Celestino finished 2-4 with an RBI triple in the 7th. Wilson Amador went 2-4 with a double and scored a run.

Francisco Villegas struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 1st inning. Bryan Abreu bore the brunt of Danville's assault, which included a 5-run 3rd inning. He allowed 6 runs on 4 hits (3-run homer), walked 4, and struck out 1. Adam Bleday stopped the bleeding by throwing 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing 5 hits, walking 1, and striking out 8. Ian Hardman allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless. Bleday is now on a 17.1 inning scoreless streak.

Gerardo Bojorquez starts game 2 of this series. He'll face Huascar Ynoa at 7:00 Eastern.

GCL Mets 8, GCL Astros 7

W- Kyle Wilson (1-1)
L- Carlos Pimentel (1-1)

GCL home runs: None.

The Palm Beach Stros scored 6 in the 8th to take a 7-4 lead, which allowed them to sna.... 

They thought that they were going to snatch a victory, but the Mets spoiled those plans by scoring 4 in the bottom of the 9th to walk off with the win.

Jairo Solis allowed 4 runs (3 earned, 1 inherited runner charged to him) on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7 in 3.2 innings of work. Brendan Feldmann was the first man out of the GCLstros bullpen, allowing a hit and striking out 2 in 1.1 innings. Javier Navas allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 over 3 scoreless. The Mets won it with 1 out in the 9th by scoring 4 (2 earned) off Carlos Pimentel, who allowed 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Jonathan Matute went 2-3 with a couple of RBI singles. Carlos Machado went 0-3, but he managed to drive in a run on a bases-loaded walk in the big 8th inning and also scored twice. Bernardo Heras had a 2-run single in the 8th.

DSL Astros Blue 6, DSL Rays1 2

W- Manny Ramirez (1-0)
L- Rafael Prensa (0-5)

Blue home runs: None.

Yorbin Ceuta, Anthony Rodriguez, and Wilyer Abreu drove in 2 runs each. Ceuta finished 2-2 and also scored twice.

Flaer Gonzalez allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 4 innings. Manny Ramirez threw 3 innings out of the bullpen and allowed an unearned run, a hit, walked 1, and struck out 5. Bryan Solano finished with 2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 2.

Game 1: DSL Astros Orange 12, DSL Rays2 0

W- Asael Uribe (1-2)
L- Dauris Lopez (1-4)

Orange home runs: Freudis Nova 2 (4, solo in 1st, 2-run in 2nd)

Big day for Freudis Nova as he posted the first multi-homer game of his career. He finished 3-4 on the day, as did Euclides Chavez, who drove in 3 runs as well.

Asael Uribe allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 8 over 5 shutout innings. Yulian Frontado allowed a hit and walked 1 in the final 2 innings.

Game 2: DSL Astros Orange 2, DSL Rays2 1

W- Hecduar Barcenas (1-0)
L- Luis Duran (2-2)

Orange home runs: Gerry Castillo (1, 2-run in 6th)

This game was called in the top of the 7th due to rain.

Gerry Castillo's homer was the difference as Team Orange swept the doubleheader. He finished 2-3 in game 2.

Carlos Perdomo went 4 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 4, and fanned 4. Hecduar Barcenas allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 2 innings.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

DSL Astros Orange pitchers: W 12-0 vs. DSL Rays 2 in game 1 of doubleheader
Asael Uribe: W (1-2), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 K
Yulian Frontado: 2 IP, H, BB



Photo from MLB Pipeline
Freudis Nova, IF, DSL Astros Orange
3-4, 2 HR (4), 3 RBI, 3 R in game 1 of doubleheader
1-3 in game 2 of doubleheader
Gerry Castillo, C, DSL Astros Orange
2-3, 2-R HR (1) in game 2 of doubleheader

Kit Scheetz's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Tri-City ValleyCats pitchers: W 3-1 @ Brooklyn
9 IP, 2 H, ER, 6 BB, 5 K
No-hitter through 8 innings
Juan Robles: W (1-1, 2-1 season), 5 IP, 4 BB, 2 K
Kit Scheetz: Save (2), 4 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Cy Sneed, RHP, Corpus Christi
W (9-5), 7 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, K

Ryne Birk, 2B, Corpus Christi
3-4, solo HR (2, 10 season), 2 RBI

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Adam Bleday, LHP, Greeneville
4.2 IP, 5 H, BB, 8 K
Has not allowed a run in his last 17.1 IP

Cristian Javier, RHP, Quad Cities
6 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Kristian Trompiz, IF, and Chuckie Robinson, C, Quad Cities
Trompiz: 2-2, 2B, 3 RBI, R, 2 BB, SB (5, 20 season)
Robinson: 3-5, 2 2B, RBI

Thursday, August 3, 2017

July Astros MiLB Standouts: By the Numbers

So many stars, so little time!!! Looking at the Astros farm system for July by the numbers ...

Ronnie Dawson - July 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen


  • 390: Number of days between the date RHP Chad Donato was drafted in the 2016 11th round and the date of his first professional start (Donato underwent TJ surgery on 7/1/16)
  • 66.7: Percentage of base runners caught (6 of 9) by Buies Creek C Jake Rogers
  • 61.5: Percentage of base runners caught (8 of 13) by DSL C Nerio Rodriguez
  • 61: Runs scored by Fresno in a 4-game series in Las Vegas from 7-17 thru 7-20; included 66 hits and 19 home runs
  • 53.3: Percentage of base runners caught (8 of 15) by Quad Cities C Chuckie Robinson
  • 43: Hits by Quad Cities OF Carmen Benedetti, to lead the Astros affiliates
  • 37: Strikeouts by Buies Creek RHP Forrest Whitley (in 22.1 IP), to lead the Astros affiliates
  • 29: RBI by Fresno 1B A.J. Reed, to lead the Astros affiliates
  • 26: Runs scored by Quad Cities OF Ronnie Dawson, to lead the Astros affiliates
  • 25: Walks drawn by Fresno OF Preston Tucker, to lead the Astros affiliates
  • 24 Games: Hitting streak by Fresno IF/OF Tony Kemp (from 6-22 thru 7-19)
  • 20: Percentage of inherited runners allowed to score (2 of 10) by Corpus Christi RHP Ryan Thompson
  • 19: Hits collected by the Buies Creek 'Stros, including 5 home runs, on 7-4
  • 18: Walks issued by the DSL Astros Orange team on 7-20 (only in the DSL!); the DSL Pirates scored 13 runs on only 5 hits in that game
  • 14 Games: Hitting streak by Buies Creek 2B Ryne Birk (from 6-29 thru 7-13); promoted to Corpus Christi a few days later
  • 14: Stolen bases by Quad Cities IF Kristian Trompiz, to lead the Astros affiliates
  • 13: Home runs hit collectively by the Astros affiliates in 8 games on 7-15 (with 3 grand slams, 1 each by Fresno's Tyler White, Corpus Christi's Jack Mayfield and Quad Cities' Troy Sieber)
  • 12: Wins in a row by the Fresno Grizzlies (from 6-23 thru 7-4); also had 8-, 4- and 5-game win streaks in July
  • 11.1: Percentage of inherited runners allowed to score (1 of 9) by Corpus Christi RHP Nick Hernandez (including stranding bases loaded twice)
  • 11: Home runs hit by Fresno IF Jack Mayfield, to lead the Astros affiliates
  • 11: Number of games it took Greeneville OF Patrick Mathis to collect his first professional home run, a grand slam, on 7-14
  • 10: Strikeouts in 5.2 shutout innings for Buies Creek RHP Forrest Whitley on 7-15
  • 9: Doubles hit by Quad Cities C Chuckie Robinson, Corpus Christi OF Ramon Laureano and Corpus Christi OF Jason Martin, to tie for the Astros affiliates lead
  • 8.2: No-hit innings pitched by Corpus Christi LHP Alex Winkelman, broken up by a single from Frisco 2B Andy Ibanez
  • 6: Home runs hit by the Fresno lineup on 7-17 (including a grand slam from OF Jon Kemmer)
  • 6: Home runs hit by the Fresno lineup again on 7-18
  • 6: Home runs hit by the Fresno lineup yet again on 7-20
  • 5: Runners caught stealing by DSL Astros Blue team C Nerio Rodriguez; as a bonus, he also hit a home run in the game, making history



  • 5: Perfect innings by GCL RHP Tanner Duncan in his first two outings after signing as a non-drafted free agent with the Astros
  • 5: No-hit innings (plus 9K) in High A debut for RHP Forrest Whitley on 7-3
  • 5: Hits from Quad Cities OF Carmen Benedetti on 7-3
  • 5: Hits from Corpus Christi OF Ramon Laureano on 7-9
  • 5: Starts from RHP Rogelio Armenteros for Fresno in July
  • 5: Wins from RHP Rogelio Armenteros for Fresno in July
  • 4: Triples hit by GCL (now Greeneville) 1B Jose Benjamin, to lead the Astros affiliates
  • 4: Scoreless innings out of the bullpen from Fresno LHP Kent Emanuel in his AAA debut
  • 3: Stolen bases by Tri-City OF Andy Pineda in one game on 7-7
  • 3.1: Perfect innings of relief by GCL RHP Juan Corniel on 7-12
  • 2: Perfect innings with 5K by GCL RHP Corbin Martin in his pro debut on 7-14
  • 2 HR Game Club: Fresno C Max Stassi (7-3); Buies Creek 1B/OF Spencer Johnson (7-4); Tri-City DH Reid Russell (7-6); Quad Cities OF Ronnie Dawson (7-7); Corpus Christi IF Jack Mayfield (7-15); Fresno SS Reid Brignac (7-17); 2 HR in the same inning for Quad Cities OF Ronnie Dawson (7-19); Quad Cities IF Josh Rojas (7-19); Fresno OF Jon Kemmer (7-22); Fresno 1B A.J. Reed (7-20); Tri-City 3B Adrian Tovalin, including a grand slam in his first game following a promotion to Tri-City (7-24); Fresno 3B J.D. Davis, including a grand slam (7-25)
  • 1.2: Innings pitched by former Astros first rounder Jio Mier for the Las Vegas 51s on 7-17 (yes, he's an infielder); allowed only one run out of the 22 scored by Fresno that night
  • 1: Hit allowed by Tri-City RHP Tyler Ivey, RHP Diogenes Almengo, LHP Carlos Hiraldo (1 H) and RHP Reggie Johnson in a 10-inning shutout of Vermont (7.1 innings with no hits) on 7-31
  • 1: Inside-the-park home run for OF Stephen Wrenn on 7-3, the first for the Buies Creek/Fayetteville franchise
  • 1: Steal of home by the perfectly named Fildex Perfecto (DSL) on 7-8
  • 1: Cycle for GCL 1B Jose Benjamin in only four at-bats in a rain shortened game (double in the first, triple in the third, home run in the fifth and single in the sixth)
  • 1st Game at Tri-City/1st Walk-Off Grand Slam: Tri-City DH/1B Colton Shaver wasted no time, collecting his first grand slam (a walk-off) in his first game following his promotion to the level
  • 1: Shrimp (Walk-off Walk) by Tri-City 1B Jake Adams in extra innings on 7-31
  • 0: Percentage of inherited runners allowed to score (0 of 9) by Quad Cities RHP Dustin Hunt
  • 0: Hits by the Tri-City lineup against Staten Island on 7-29 😢


Brendan McCurry - April 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen


  • 0.00: ERA for Fresno RHP Brendan McCurry in 11 bullpen appearances (15.1 IP)
  • 0.00: ERA for Tri-City RHP Reggie Johnson in 8 bullpen appearances (14.0 IP)
  • 0.00: ERA for GCL/Tri-City RHP Corbin Martin (2017 2nd round pick) in 4 games/2 starts (13.0 IP)
  • 0.00: ERA for DSL RHP Luis de Paula in 6 bullpen appearances (11.2 IP)
  • 0.47: ERA for DSL/GCL RHP Nivaldo Rodriguez in 5 games/2 starts (19.1 IP)
  • 0.64: ERA for DSL RHP Fredis Guerrero in 4 games/3 starts (14.0 IP)
  • 0.73: ERA for Greeneville/Tri-City/Quad Cities RHP Jesus Balaguer in 7 bullpen appearances (12.1 IP)
  • 0.75: ERA for DSL LHP Denilson Lugo in 4 games/1 start (12.0IP)
  • 0.79: ERA for GCL/Tri-City RHP Brandon Bielak (2017 11th round) in 4 games/1 start (11.1 IP)
  • 0.82: ERA for Quad Cities LHP Salvador Montano in 7 bullpen appearances (11.0 IP)
  • 0.84: ERA for Corpus Christi/Fresno RHP Jacob Dorris in 7 bullpen appearances (10.2 IP)
  • 0.93: ERA for Quad Cities/Buies Creek RHP Kevin Hill in 5 games (19.1 IP) 
  • 1.35: ERA for GCL (Rehab)/Buies Creek RHP Elieser Hernandez in 5 games/4 starts (20.0 IP)
  • 1.42: ERA for Buies Creek LHP Sean Stutzman in 5 games (12.2 IP)
  • 1.61: ERA for Quad Cities RHP Abdiel Saldana in 5 games/4 starts (28.0 IP)
  • 1.62: ERA for GCL/Tri-City LHP Kit Scheeetz (2017 NDFA) in 5 games/3 starts (16.2 IP)
  • 1.64: ERA for Buies Creek/Corpus Christi RHP Ralph Garza in 6 bullpen appearances (11.0 IP)
  • 1.72: ERA for Tri-City LHP Parker Mushinski (2017 7th round) in 6 games/1 start (15.2 IP)
  • 1.74: ERA for Buies Creek LHP Ryan Hartman in 5 games/3 starts (20.2 IP)
  • 1.74: ERA for DSL RHP Ernesto Jaquez in 4 games/2 starts (10.1 IP)
  • 1.80: ERA for Greeneville RHP Leovanny Rodriguez in 5 games/4 starts (25.0 IP)
  • 1.85: ERA for Buies Creek RHP Jorge Alcala in 5 games/4 starts (24.1 IP)
  • 1.93: ERA for Tri-City LHP Nathan Thompson in 6 games (18.2 IP)
  • 1.93: ERA for Fresno RHP Mike Hauschild in 3 games/3 starts (14.0 IP)


Ryan Hartman - July 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen


  • 0.385: WHIP for GCL/Tri-City RHP Corbin Martin (2017 2nd round pick) in 4 games/2 starts (13.0 IP)
  • 0.500: WHIP for Tri-City RHP Reggie Johnson in 8 bullpen appearances (14.0 IP)
  • 0.600: WHIP for GCL (Rehab)/Buies Creek RHP Elieser Hernandez in 5 games/4 starts (20.0 IP)
  • 0.621: WHIP for Quad Cities/Buies Creek RHP Kevin Hill in 5 games (19.1 IP)
  • 0.699: WHIP for Buies Creek RHP Jorge Alcala in 5 games/4 starts (24.1 IP)
  • 0.711: WHIP for Buies Creek LHP Sean Stutzman in 5 games (12.2 IP)
  • 0.720: WHIP for DSL LHP Antonio Pujols in 4 games/1 start (16.2 IP/2.16 ERA)
  • 0.771: WHIP for DSL RHP Luis de Paula in 6 bullpen appearances (11.2 IP)
  • 0.786: WHIP for DSL RHP Fredis Guerrero in 4 games/3 starts (14.0 IP)
  • 0.833: WHIP for Quad Cities RHP Carson LaRue in 4 games/3 starts (18.0 IP/2.00 ERA)
  • 0.895: WHIP for Greeneville RHP Humberto Castellanos in 5 games/1 start (19.0 IP/2.37 ERA)
  • 0.913: WHIP for Fresno RHP Brendan McCurry in 11 bullpen appearances (15.1 IP)
  • 0.938: WHIP for Tri-City RHP Colin McKee in 5 games (16.0 IP/3.38 ERA)
  • 0.947: WHIP for DSL RHP Christian Mejias in 5 games/3 starts (19.0 IP/2.84 ERA)
  • 0.968: WHIP for Buies Creek LHP Ryan Hartman in 5 games/3 starts (20.2 IP)
  • 0.971: WHIP for GCL/Tri-City RHP Brandon Bielak (2017 11th round) in 4 games/1 start (11.1 IP)
  • 0.973: WHIP for Greeneville/Tri-City/Quad Cities RHP Jesus Balaguer in 7 bullpen appearances (12.1 IP)
  • 0.985: WHIP for Buies Creek RHP Forrest Whitley in 5 games/4 starts (22.1 IP/3.22 ERA)


Carmen Benedetti - July 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen


  • 1.108: OPS for DSL OF Ramiro Rodriguez (22 games)
  • 1.066: OPS for Quad Cities OF Ronnie Dawson (26 games)
  • 1.054: OPS for Fresno OF Jon Kemmer (23 games)
  • 1.048: OPS for Fresno 1B A.J. Reed (24 games)
  • 1.038: OPS for Tri-City/Quad Cities 3B/C Abraham Toro-Hernandez (26 games)
  • 1.029: OPS for Greeneville/Tri-City DH/1B Colton Shaver (21 games); 2017 39th round pick
  • 1.021: OPS for GCL/Greeneville 1B Jose Benjamin (21 games)
  • 1.015: OPS for Quad Cities OF Carmen Benedetti (28 games)
  • .648: SLG for Fresno 1B A.J. Reed (24 games)
  • .635: SLG for GCL/Greeneville 1B Jose Benjamin (21 games)
  • .627: SLG for Corpus Christi/Fresno IF Jack Mayfield (28 games)
  • .618: SLG for Quad Cities OF Ronnie Dawson (26 games)
  • .609: SLG for Greeneville/Tri-City DH/1B Colton Shaver (21 games)
  • .607: SLG for Tri-City/Quad Cities 3B/C Abraham Toro-Hernandez (26 games)
  • .603: SLG for Fresno IF Tyler White (17 games)
  • .598: SLG for Fresno OF Jon Kemmer (23 games)
  • .533: OBP for DSL OF Ramiro Rodriguez (22 games); he struck out twice while walking 18 times in July
  • .492: OBP for Quad Cities OF Carmen Benedetti (28 games)
  • .468: OBP for DSL IF/OF Ronaldo Urdaneta (21 games)
  • .468: OBP for GCL IF Jonathan Matute (17 games)
  • .456: OBP for Fresno OF Jon Kemmer (23 games)
  • .448: OBP for Quad Cities OF Ronnie Dawson (26 games)
  • .440: OBP for DSL OF/IF Kendy Moya (20 games)
  • .411: BA for DSL OF Ramiro Rodriguez (22 games)
  • .402: BA for Quad Cities OF Carmen Benedetti (28 games)
  • .373: BA for Quad Cities OF Ronnie Dawson (26 games)
  • .365: BA for GCL/Greeneville 1B Jose Benjamin (21 games)
  • .359: BA for DSL IF/OF Ronaldo Urdaneta (21 games)
  • .356: BA for Fresno OF Jon Kemmer (23 games)

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A combination of rain and off days made it a quiet night on the farm.

Let's play two in the Dominican Republic!

Fresno was off

Dean Deetz will start the first game of a 4-game series in Iowa at 7:08.

Corpus Christi and San Antonio was postponed

Due to rain and poor field conditions. The Hooks' next trip to San Antonio will be August 26-28, so this game will probably be made up then.

Corpus Christi's roadtrip continues with 4 in Frisco. Cy Sneed will take on Collin Wiles in game 1, which starts at 7:05.

Buies Creek and Wilmington was canceled

Due to rain. As this was the last scheduled regular-season meeting between both clubs, this game will not be made up.

The Carolina Stros will start a 4-game, half-and-half series with Carolina; the first two will be at home. Elieser Hernandez faces Marcos Diplan at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 5, Burlington 3

W- Jesús Balaguer (1-0, 2-1 season)
L- Ty Barkell (1-6)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos got 3 in the 7th to take control of this one.

Dustin Hunt started it off by allowing 3 runs on 3 hits (solo homer), walking 4, and striking out 7 in 3.2 innings. Lucas Williams and Jesús Balaguer both threw 2.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Williams allowed 4 hits, walked 4, and fanned 2, while Balaguer allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2.

Osvaldo Duarte doubled to start the bottom of the 3rd and put Quad Cities on the board when he scored on a Ronnie Dawson groundout. Daz Cameron drew a walk in the 4th and proceeded to steal 2nd (23) and also took 3rd because he stole on a wild pitch. He'd score on a Kristian Trompiz RBI single.

Josh Rojas tripled to lead off the 7th and Trompiz joined him on the bases after getting plunked. Rojas scored the tying run on Ray Henderson's single. Trompiz, who moved to 3rd on the play, scored the go-ahead run when Duarte hit into a fielder's choice. Dawson followed with an RBI single that brought Henderson home. Dawson finished 2-4 on the night.

Cristian Javier takes on former Aggie Andrew Vinson at 6:35.

Brooklyn 6, Tri-City 3

W- Darwin Ramos (2-3)
L- Parker Mushinski (3-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats got some late runs, but a 4-0 deficit after 2 innings proved to be too much to overcome.

Parker Mushinski and Hunter Martin both threw 2 innings. Mushinski got the start and allowed 4 runs on 6 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 1. Martin allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. In the middle, Alex House threw 4 perfect innings and struck out 3.

Corey Julks put Tri-City on the board with his 8th-inning RBI single. In the 9th, Bryan De La Cruz beat a double play attempt and Gabriel Bracamonte scored. J.J. Matijevic finished 2-4 and ripped an RBI double to bring in another run in the 9th. Andy Piñeda also went 2-4 on the evening.

Juan Robles faces Jake Simon in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville was off

The Appy Astros will start a 3-game series with the Danville Braves at 7:00 Eastern.

Game 1: DSL Rays1 4, DSL Astros Blue 0

W- Aldor Rodriguez (3-3)
L- Jose Antonio Hernandez (2-2)
S- Luis Medina (2)

Blue home runs: None.

Yeuris Ramirez's single was the Blue team's lone hit in game 1.

Jose Antonio Hernandez went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Luis Garcia was the first man out of the bullpen in game 1 and threw 2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 5. Jonger Ochoa allowed a run, a hit, walked 3, and struck out 1 in the 7th.

Game 2: DSL Astros Blue 8, DSL Rays1 1

W- Antonio Pujols (3-1)
L- Franklin Dacosta (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

Team Blue got even by pummeling the Rays in game 2.

Rhandall Sanchez hit two sac flies and an RBI double. Leonardo Gonzalez finished 3-4 with a couple of RBI singles and a stolen base (9). Kendy Moya, Wilyer Abreu, and Anthony Rodriguez all finished with 2 hits and an RBI; Abreu and Rodriguez also scored 2 runs apiece, while Moya stole his 9th base of the season.

Antonio Pujols went 5 innings and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. Angel Matos walked 1 and fanned 1 in the last 2 innings.

DSL Rays2 3, DSL Astros Orange 1

W- Heriberto Ventura (2-1)
L- Fredy Medina (2-2)
S- Rodolfo Sanchez (3)

Orange home runs: None.

Sean Mendoza finished 2-4 with an RBI single in the 2nd inning and also stole a base (14).

Wender Oberto walked 1 and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless. Ernesto Jaquez and Fredy Medina both threw 3 innings, with varying results. Jaquez allowed a hit and struck out 4. On the other hand, Medina allowed 3 unearned runs, a hit, walked 4, and struck out 2.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Ernesto Jaquez, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 3 IP, H, 4 K

Antonio Pujols, LHP, and Angel Matos, RHP, DSL Astros Blue
Pujols: W (3-1), 5 IP, 3 H, unearned run, 2 BB, 6 K in game 2 of doubleheader
Matos: 2 IP, BB, K

Leonardo Gonzalez, OF, DSL Astros Blue: 3-4, 2 RBI, R, SB (9) in game 2 of doubleheader

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Alex House, RHP, Tri-City
4 IP, 3 K; perfect outing

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
J.J. Matijevic, UTIL, Tri-City
2-4, 2 2B, RBI

Ronnie Dawson, OF, Quad Cities
2-4, 2B, 2 RBI

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Jesús Balaguer, RHP, Quad Cities
W (1-0, 2-1 season), 2.2 IP, H, BB, 2 K

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Day games galore to start off a new month.

Omaha 9, Fresno 1

W- Jake Junis (3-5)
L- Kent Emanuel (1-1, 6-6 season)
S- Pedro Fernandez (1)

Fresno home runs: Tony Kemp (9, solo in 3rd)

Rough start to a new month for the Grizz.

Tony Kemp homered to lead off the 3rd for Fresno's only run; it was also their only extra-base hit of the day. Drew Ferguson pinch-hit for Kemp in the 8th and singled in his first AAA plate appearance.

Kent Emanuel... had a tough day, and I'll leave it at that. The one hit that Jacob Dorris allowed in his 2 innings was a solo homer to Cheslor Cuthbert in the 6th. Dorris struck out 1 in his outing. Ashur Tolliver worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th, striking out 1.

Fresno has Wednesday off. They'll begin a 4-game series in Iowa on Thursday.

San Antonio 7, Corpus Christi 3

W- Eric Lauer (3-2)
L- Framber Valdez (4-3, 6-6 season)

CC home runs: None.

A 6-0 deficit proved to be too much for the Hooks to overcome.

Framber Valdez allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 9 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 5 in 5.1 innings. Ralph Garza Jr. pitched 2.2 innings and allowed one hit, a solo homer hit by Stephen McGee. Garza also struck out 3 in his time on the mound.

Kyle Tucker scored Corpus Christi's first run on an error in the 6th. Jason Martin added another run with an RBI single. Martin went 2-3 and hit another RBI single in the 8th inning. Jon Singleton also finished 2-3 on the evening.

Josh James takes the mound for the series finale. He'll go up against Cal Quantrill at 7:05.

Buies Creek 6, Wilmington 1

W- Forrest Whitley (3-1, 5-4 season)
L- Cristian Castillo (6-8)
S- Sean Stutzman (2)

BC home runs: Alex De Goti (2, 5 season; solo in 4th)

Forrest Whitley rebounded from a rare off night and the Carolina Stros busted this one open with a 4-run 5th inning.

Whitley allowed a run on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 in his 5 innings. Sean Stutzman finished things off by striking out 2 over 4 perfect innings.

Both teams scored a run in the 2nd inning; Buies Creek's came on an error. Randy César stole 3rd and the errant throw allowed him to trot home. Alex De Goti's solo blast in the 4th put them back in front.

Myles Straw sparked the big 5th inning with a one-out infield single. Stephen Wrenn also hit an infield single and they both advanced on the ensuing error. Yordan Alvarez walked to load 'em up for Jake Rogers, who proceeded to rip a 2-run double. Taylor Jones followed with a sac fly, and César hit an RBI single to bring in the last run of the evening. César and Wrenn had 2 hits apiece.

Elieser Hernandez will face Collin Rodgers in the series finale. First pitch is at 6:35 Eastern.

Quad Cities 6, Kane County 3


W- Carson LaRue (11-4)
L- Connor Grey (0-1)
S- Abdiel Saldaña (2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos doubled up the Cougars to earn a split in the series.

Carson LaRue went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Abdiel Saldaña finished it off by allowing a run on 4 hits and fanning 8 over the last 4 innings. The 8 strikeouts are a new career-high for Saldaña.

Quad Cities got off to a fast start with 3 in the 1st inning: Ronnie Dawson singled to lead off the afternoon and scored the first run on a Chuckie Robinson groundout. Troy Sieber followed with an RBI single and he wound up scoring on a sac fly. In the 6th, Dawson hit a sac fly and Carmen Benedetti followed with an RBI single. Daz Cameron provided some insurance with an RBI single in the 9th.

Dawson (2B, RBI, R), Benedetti (RBI, R), Abraham Toro-Hernandez (2 BB), and Daz (RBI, R) all finished with 2 hits on the day. Sieber reached in all five of his plate appearances, going 3-3 with a double and a couple of walks. Dawson now has a 10-game hitting streak.

The River Bandits are back home and they'll start a 3-game series with Burlington at 6:35.

Tri-City 5, Vermont 0

W- Luis Ramirez (1-2)
L- Brian Howard (0-1)
S- Colin McKee (3)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats posted two straight shutouts to take this series from the Lake Monsters.

Nathan Thompson started it off by allowing 2 hits, walking 3, and striking out 3 in 3.1 innings. Luis Ramirez was the first man out of the Tri-City bullpen and went 2.2 innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 1. Colin McKee completed the shutout by allowing 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4 over the final 3 innings.

Corey Julks scored the first run of the day on an error following a Jonathan Arauz single in the 2nd inning. Arauz, who made it to 2nd base on the Vermont gaffe, scored on a Kyle Davis double. Davis came around to score on Carlos Canelon's RBI single. The ValleyCats got two more in the 7th on a pair of sac flies from Bryan De La Cruz and J.J. Matijevic. Arauz finished 2-4 on the afternoon.

The ValleyCats will start a 3-game series in Brooklyn at 7:00 Eastern.

Burlington 7, Greeneville 0

W- Connor Mayes (3-0)
L- Tim Hardy (0-2)

Greeneville home runs: None.

All three games in this series were blowouts. The Royals, unfortunately, won two of them.

All four Appy Astros hits were doubles. Gilberto Celestino had two of them; the other two belonged to Frankeny Fernandez and Reiny Beltre. Celestino now has a 5-game hitting streak.

Leovanny Rodriguez allowed 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 over 5 shutout innings. The Royals went off on the Greeneville bullpen. Tim Hardy went 2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (2-run homer) and walked 1, while Johsson Arias allowed 4 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in the 8th.

After a day off, Greeneville will begin a 3-game series with Danville on Thursday.

GCL Marlins 8, GCL Astros 3

W- Alberto Guerrero (1-1)
L- Kyle Serrano (0-1)

GCL home runs: Wander Franco (3, 8 season; solo in 5th)

A couple of big innings from the Marlins doomed the Palm Beach Stros on Tuesday.

Kyle Serrano made his professional debut, which did not last long. He got 2 outs in the first, both via strikeout, but also allowed 4 runs and walked 4. Only one of the runs was earned, and three of the runs scored after he departed. Juan Pablo Lopez was the first man out of the bullpen and allowed an unearned run on a single and struck out 1 in 2.1 innings. Nivaldo Rodriguez allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and struck out 4 in 2 innings. Saul Martinez, Devin Raftery, and Austin Kerns all pitched a scoreless inning. Martinez worked around a hit and a walk and recorded a strikeout in the 6th. Raftery walked 1 and struck out 1 in the 7th, and Kerns tightroped out of a bases-loaded jam (2 walks and a hit) in the 8th, striking out 1.

Enmanuel Valdez tripled to start the game and scored the first run of the afternoon on Juan Piñeda's groundout. Wander Franco finished 3-4 and drove in the other two runs with a double and a solo homer.

DSL Astros Blue 3, DSL Marlins 2

W- Angel Ortega (2-1)
L- Juan Borges (1-1)
S- Jervic Chavez (3)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team edged the Marlins with a run in the 7th to break a 2-2 tie.

Both teams scored their two runs in the 4th; Team Blue got theirs on an error that allowed Yeuris Ramirez to score and a sac fly from Leonardo Gonzalez. Wilyer Abreu broke the tie with an RBI single in the 7th inning. Ramirez and Abreu both finished with 2 hits on the day.

Jean Reyes allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and walked 1 in 3.1 innings. Diosmerky Taveras got the final two outs of the 4th, working around a walk to do so. Angel Ortega followed with 3 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 1, and striking out 2, and Jervic Chavez allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the final 2 innings to earn the save.

DSL Astros Orange 4, DSL Cubs1 3

W- Fredis Guerrero (3-0)
L- Riger Fernandez (0-2)
S- Luis De Paula (4)

Orange home runs: None.

The Orange team snatched a win from the Cubs by erasing a 3-0 deficit in the late stages of this game.

Fildex Perfecto ripped an RBI triple in the 6th to put Team Orange on the board and Sean Mendoza tied the game with a 2-run single. Deury Carrasco scored what turned out to be the winning run on an error in the 9th inning. Mendoza finished 4-4 and also stole a couple of bases (13). Ramiro Rodriguez went 2-4 with a stolen base (7) and scored a run.

Elian Rodriguez went 2.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Fredis Guerrero tagged in to throw 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 3, and striking out 5. Luis De Paula threw a 1-2-3 9th to get the save.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

DSL Astros Blue bullpen: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K
Diosmerky Taveras: 0.2 IP, BB
Angel Ortega: W (2-1), 3 IP, H, BB, 2 K
Jervic Chavez: Save (3), 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K

DSL Astros Orange bullpen: 6.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Fredis Guerrero: W (3-0), 5.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Luis De Paula: Save (4), IP; 1 groundout, 2 fly ball outs

Sean Mendoza, UTIL, DSL Astros Orange: 4-4, 2 RBI, R, 2 SB (13)

Tri-City ValleyCats pitchers: W 5-0 vs. Vermont
2nd consecutive shutout
9 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 8 K
Nathan Thompson: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K
 Luis Ramirez: W (1-2), 2.2 IP, 2 H, K
Colin McKee: Save (3), 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K

Photo by Bryan Green
Wander Franco, 3B, GCL Astros
3-4, 2B, solo HR (3, 8 season), 2 RBI

Photo by Bryan Green
Leovanny Rodriguez, RHP, Greeneville
5 IP, 4 H, BB, 7 K

Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 6-1 @ Wilmington
9 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 8 K
Forrest Whitley: W (3-1, 5-4 season), 5 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 6 K
Sean Stutzman: Save (2), 4 IP, 2 K; perfect outing

Randy César, 3B, Buies Creek
2-4, 2B, RBI, R, SB (3)

I'm fairly sure that Carson LaRue is in the first picture.
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: W 6-3 @ Kane County
9 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, BB, 14 K
Carson LaRue: W (11-4), 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K
Abdiel Saldaña: Save (2), 4 IP, 4 H, ER, 8 K (career-high)

Troy Sieber, 1B, and Ronnie Dawson, OF, Quad Cities
Sieber: 3-3, 2B, RBI, R, 2 BB
Dawson: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R; currently on 10-game hitting streak

Jason Martin, OF, Corpus Christi
2-3, 2 RBI singles