Monday, May 21, 2018

Astros Farm Report: 5/21

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


Garrett Stubbs - April 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen

5/26: C Garrett Stubbs (25)
5/27: OF Leonardo González (18)


5/20: IF J.D. Davis recalled to Houston from Fresno
5/20: IF Cody Bohanek assigned to Fresno from Quad Cities
Note: This is undoubtedly a short-term assignment to fill in at Fresno, but speaks volumes about the Astros faith in Bohanek handling himself well and providing solid defense.
5/20: RHP Juan Robles assigned to Quad Cities from extended spring training
5/19: C Chuckie Robinson (Buies Creek) activated from the DL
5/18: 1B Roman Garcia (Quad Cities) activated from the DL (since 4/25)
5/18: RHP Tanner Duncan assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
5/17: LHP Chris Nunn assigned to Corpus Christi from Fresno
5/17: IF Nick Tanielu assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
5/17: SS Anibal Sierra assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
5/16: OF Jake Marisnick optioned to Fresno from Houston
5/16: IF/OF Tony Kemp recalled to Houston from Fresno


5/16: LF Yordan Alvarez (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
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
4/5: 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 (Tommy John)
4/5: RHP Jose Luis Hernández (Buies Creek) placed on the 7-day DL


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

FRESNO (Pacific Coast League)
🠉1st 27-17 .614 -.-GB W2

🠉2nd 25-18 .581 2.0GB W1

BUIES CREEK (Carolina League)
🠋T2nd 23-19 .548 1.5GB L4

QUAD CITIES (Midwest League)
🠋2nd 23-19 .548 -.-GB L2



SS Antonio Nunez: 5 games, .438/.471/.500
3B J.D. Davis: 4 games, .400/.471/.800, hit for the cycle
C Tim Federowicz: 5 games, .333/.474/.800
3B Tyler White: 6 games, .333/.429/.542
OF Jon Kemmer: 6 games, .304/.385/.696
OF Kyle Tucker: 5 games, .286/.375/.571
1B A.J. Reed: 6 games, .263/.462/.737, 3 HR, 7 BB

RHP Rogelio Armenteros: 1 start, 1.59 ERA/0.882 WHIP, 5.2 IP
RHP Trent Thornton: 1 start, 0.00 ERA/0.545 WHIP, 3.2 IP
RHP Matt Ramsey: 3 bullpen appearances, win, 0.00 ERA/0.500 WHIP, 6 IP, 1 BB:11 K
LHP Reymin Guduan: 2 bullpen appearances, 0.00 ERA/0.500 WHIP, 2 IP


IF Josh Rojas: 6 games, .480/.500/.680, 3 SB
3B Randy Cesar: 6 games, .462/.481/.731, 11 RBI
OF Myles Straw: 7 games, .391/.481/.435, 6 SB
1B Taylor Jones: 7 games, .333/.400/.519

LHP Cionel Perez: 2 games (1 start), 2 wins, 1.93 ERA/0.536 WHIP, 2 BB:14 K, 9.1 IP
LHP Ryan Hartman: 1 start, win, 0.00 ERA/0.790 WHIP, 1 BB:11 K, 6.1 IP
RHP Justin Ferrell: 2 bullpen appearances, win, 0.00 ERA/0.900 WHIP, 3.1 IP


OF/IF Osvaldo Duarte: 5 games, .389/.450/.444
IF Alfredo Angarita: 5 games, .300/.364/.350

RHP Hector Perez: 1 game, 0.00 ERA/0.250 WHIP, 4 IP
RHP Abdiel Saldana: 1 game, win, 0.00 ERA/1.000 WHIP, 4 IP
RHP Jorge Alcala: 1 start, 1.80 ERA/0.600 WHIP, 5 IP


IF Miguelangel Sierra: 8 games, .355/.412/.516

RHP Carlos Sanabria: 3 bullpen appearances, win, save, 0.00 ERA/0.429 WHIP, 2.1 IP, 5 of 7 inherited runners stranded
LHP Parker Mushinski: 1 start, 0.00 ERA/0.600 WHIP, 5 IP
RHP Leovanny Rodrigruez: 1 game, win, 2.25 ERA/0.750 WHIP, 4 IP (Quad Cities debut)
LHP Patrick Sandoval: 1 game, win, 0.00 ERA/1.154 WHIP, 4.1 IP


Osvaldo Duarte - May 2018
Photo by Jayne Hansen

OF/IF Osvaldo Duarte is another player I neglected to include in my offseason series on players beyond the top 30 that bear watching, the reason for that being Duarte had a really awful season in 2017, starting with his 28 games with High A Buies Creek and for another 47 games after being demoted to Low A Quad Cities in mid-May. Granted he did miss almost a month in the middle of the season on the DL (reportedly for a hand issue) and had his season cut short in early August as well, but a .192/.282/.308 batting line makes it hard to see a way forward for any player. Fast forward to 2018 and a healthy Duarte is getting into a groove with High A Buies Creek. After a somewhat lackluster April, Duarte is hitting .304/.347/.464 in 18 games in May. Even more importantly, Duarte is once again enjoying baseball and it shows both on and off the field. Duarte was originally signed by the Astros for $110,000 in July 2013 out of the Dominican Republic. At the time of his signing, he was cited for his speed, quick twitch athleticism, strong arm and quick simple swing.


In case you were wondering, if RHP Forrest Whitley reports to Corpus Christi as expected following his 50-game suspension, that will make the game on Tuesday, May 29th (at Springfield) the first game for which Whitley will be eligible to pitch. The first home stand he will be eligible for will start June 5th.

Steve Batterson with a nice piece on Quad Cities LHP Parker Mushinski.

It was getting kinda hard to ignore just how hot J.D. Davis has been, huh, Houston?

The Grizzlies new ownership group isn't going to wait until the offseason to make park improvements.

Hooks OF Myles Straw talks base stealing.

And in case you missed any of these, here are my recent interviews (three more to come soon!):

LHP Brett Adcock (Buies Creek)
SS Alex De Goti (Corpus Christi)
1B Taylor Jones (Corpus Christi)
RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (Corpus Christi)


Kevin Comer - June 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

RHP Kevin Comer, orginally drafted by the Blue Jays out of Senaca High School (NJ) in the first round in 2011, came to the Astros in August 2012 as the PTBNL in the huge 10-player July 2012 trade between the Astros and the Blue Jays and spent five years playing in the Astros system before becoming a minor league free agent in November 2017. Later that month he was signed to a minor league contract with the Tigers and given an invitation to spring training. Following spring training, Comer was assigned to the AAA Toledo Mud Hens where he has appeared in 15 games (one start), going 1-0 with three saves, a 2.21 ERA and a 1.082 WHIP and six walks to 22 strikeouts in 20.1 innings. The Mud Hens did this interview with Comer recently for Mother's Day.


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