Monday, May 14, 2018

Astros Farm Report: 5/14

Catching you up on the latest Astros MiLB news ...

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

Ronnie Dawson - May 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

5/18: C Carlos Hurtado (17)
5/18: LHP Kit Scheetz (24)
5/19: OF Ronnie Dawson (23)
5/19: RHP Christian Mejias (19)

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

5/14: RHP Carlos Sierra assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
5/14: RHP Robert Corniel assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
5/14: RHP Leovanny Rodriguez assigned to Quad Cities from extended spring training
5/13: RHP Brendan McCurry (Fresno) activated from the DL
5/11: DH Randy Vasquez (Quad Cities) released
5/11: 1B Angel Tejeda (Gulf Coast League) released
5/11: RHP Chauncey Nunez (Gulf Coast League) released
5/11: OF Ronny Rafael (Gulf Coast League) released
5/11: RHP Matthew Merrill (Gulf Coast League) released (37th round 2017 draft)
5/10: SS Miguelangel Sierra assigned to Quad Cities from extended spring training
5/10: LHP Cole Watts (Quad Cities) released (31st round 2017 draft)
5/10: 2B Marcos Almonte (Quad Cities) released
5/10: C Gabriel Bracamonte (Quad Cities) released
5/9: C Orlando Marquez assigned to Buies Creek from extended spring training
5/9: C Eduardo de Oleo (Fresno) activated from the DL
5/8: OF J.J. Matijevic assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
5/8: RHP Justin Ferrell assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
5/8: OF Jonathan Lacroix assigned to Quad Cities from extended spring training
5/7: RHP Andrew Thome (Fresno) activated from the DL

In addition, OF Wilson Amador and RHP Juan Corniel were both released, according to the latest installment of Baseball America's Minor League Transactions. Both players spent 2017 with Greeneville.

ASTROS MILB DISABLED LIST

5/12: RHP Akeem Bostick (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
5/12: 3B Adrian Tovalin (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
5/11: C Garrett Stubbs (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
5/9: IF Jack Mayfield (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
5/8: RHP Kevin Hill (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
5/4: RHP Francis Martes (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
5/3+/-: RHP Gerardo Bojorquez had TJ surgery per Instagram post
5/2+/-: OF Patrick Mathis out for approx. 6 weeks per Instagram post
4/26: RHP J.B. Bukauskas (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
4/25: 1B Roman Garcia (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
4/5: RHP Ryan Thompson assigned to Fresno (starting the season on the 7-day DL); according to Instagram Ryan has had surgery, but I don't know whether or not it was TJ
4/5: RHP Edgardo Sandoval (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
4/5: RHP Matt Ruppenthal assigned to Quad Cities (starting the season on the 7-day DL)
4/5: RHP Ángel Heredia (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
4/5: RHP Nick Hernandez (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
4/5: RHP Jose Luis Hernández (Buies Creek) placed on the 7-day DL

ASTROS MILB STANDINGS
Up and down arrows represent increase/decrease in win percentage over the prior week.

FRESNO (Pacific Coast League)
🠋1st 23-15 .605 -.-GB W2

CORPUS CHRISTI (Texas League)
🠋2nd 20-16 .556 5.0GB W2

BUIES CREEK (Carolina League)
🠋1st 22-15 .595 -.-GB L1

QUAD CITIES (Midwest League)
🠋2nd 19-15 .559 1.0GB L1

ASTROS MILB STANDOUTS FOR THE WEEK

Abraham Toro - May 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Since I've been traveling, I won't be posting standouts for the week. HOWEVER, please let it be known that Abraham Toro was only hitting for a .217 average when I got to Myrtle Beach to watch the Buies Creek Astros on Friday so I decided to wait until he was in a better groove at the plate before I interviewed him. In his next three games, he hit .692/.733/.846 to raise his average to .266. I would like to claim responsibility for his almost 50 point jump in average, but I believe it's just that he's a really good player. I plan to interview him as soon as possible after I finish writing up my other interviews. Honestly, I love having the dilemma of which of the many really good players I should interview next. That wasn't a problem back in the early days!

FORMER ASTROS UPDATE

Elieser Hernández - August 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

UPDATE: As I surmised in the below post, Hernández did indeed finally make it to the show three days later on May 10th. He allowed only two hits over two innings. His second appearance on Sunday wasn't quite as successful as he allowed one run in his only inning of work, but he has yet to walk a batter and his former Astros teammates are very excited for this baby-faced major leaguer.

[Original Post from May 7th] You may remember that RHP Elieser Hernández was claimed by the Marlins in the December 2017 Rule 5 draft despite never having pitching an inning above High A in the Astros system. After putting up some impressive numbers in Spring Training for the Marlins, Hernández was sidelined when his wisdom tooth surgery resulted in an infection. Following one rehab start in early April, Hernández was back on the shelf for a couple more weeks with a broken nail. He has now made three additional rehab appearances with mixed results and will likely be recalled by the Marlins soon. It will be interesting to see if the 23-year old Venezuelan can stick or if he will be offered back to the Astros.

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