Monday, May 28, 2018

Astros Farm Report: 5/28

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

Cristian Javier - July 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

6/2: IF/OF Sean Mendoza (18)
6/3: RHP Chad Donato (23)

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

5/27: RHP Ralph Garza assigned to Corpus Christi from Fresno
5/27: RHP Trent Thornton (Fresno) activated from the DL
5/26: OF Gilberto Celestino assigned to Corpus Christi from extended spring training
5/26: IF Jack Mayfield (Fresno) activated from the DL
5/24: RHP Brock Dykxhoorn assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
5/23: C Garrett Stubbs (Fresno) activated from the DL
5/23: OF Jake Marisnick recalled to Houston from Fresno
5/21: RHP Ralph Garza assigned to Fresno from Corpus Christi
5/21: RHP Hecduar Barcenas (DSL) released (signed out of Venezuela in July 2017 for $10,000)
5/21: OF Leonardo Gonzalez (DSL) released (signed out of Venezuela in July 2016)
5/21: LHP Antonio Pujols (DSL) released (signed out of the Dominican Republic in September 2016)
5/21: 1B Jon Singleton (Corpus Christi restricted list) released (8th round 2009 Phillies draft; came to Houston in the July 2011 Hunter Pence trade)

ASTROS MILB DISABLED LIST

527: OF Carmen Benedetti (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
5/26: RHP David Paulino (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL (retroactive to the 25th)
5/22: SS Antonio Nunez (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
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
5/8: 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

I will be keeping track of all the releases, retirements, trades and signings for the 2018 season here.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

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

FRESNO (Pacific Coast League)
🠋1st 29-22 .569 -.-GB L2

CORPUS CHRISTI (Texas League)
🠋2nd 29-21 .580 1.0GB W2

BUIES CREEK (Carolina League)
🠉2nd 28-22 .560 1.0GB W1

QUAD CITIES (Midwest League)
🠉1st 28-22 .560 -.-GB W1

DSL ASTROS (Dominican Summer League)
Season starts 6/2/18

TRI-CITY (New York-Penn League)
Season starts 6/15/18

GCL ASTROS (Gulf Coast League)
Season starts 6/18/18

ASTROS MILB STANDOUTS FOR THE WEEK

Stats are for the week of 5/21 through 5/27.

FRESNO

OF Drew Ferguson: 7 games, .333/.500/.429
1B A.J. Reed: 7 games, .250/.464/.650 (Reed has drawn 17 walks to only 10 strikeouts in his last 15 games)

Also, C Garrett Stubbs has hit .375/.455/.750 in his first three games back after a two-week DL stint.

RHP Cy Sneed: 1 start, win, 0.00 ERA/0.250 WHIP, 8 IP (2 H, 0 BB, 7 K)
RHP Brock Dykxhoorn: 1 start, 1.50 ERA/0.667 WHIP, 6 IP (first AAA start)
LHP Buddy Boshers: 2 perfect bullpen appearances; 2.1 IP, 0 of 3 inherited runners scored
RHP Brendan McCurry: 2 perfect bullpen appearances, win, 2.1 IP, 0 of 2 inherited runners scored
LHP Reymin Guduan: 2 bullpen appearances; 0.00 ERA/0.667 WHIP, 3 IP

CORPUS CHRISTI

3B Randy Cesar: 7 games, .483/.483/.655
OF Stephen Wrenn: 7 games, .375/.464/.542, 4 SB
OF Myles Straw: 7 games, .346/.452/.423, 4 SB (31 SB through 48 games)

Also, Hooks catchers Lorenzo Quintana and Jamie Ritchie have hit a combined .333/.407/.625 for the week.

RHP Corbin Martin: 1 start, 0.00 ERA/0.261 WHIP, 7.2 IP (2 H, 0 BB, 9 K)
RHP Yoanys Quiala: 1 start, win, 1.80 ERA/0.400 WHIP, 5 IP
LHP Cionel Perez: 1 start, 1.93 ERA/1.071 WHIP, 2 BB:10 K, 4.2 IP
RHP Riley Ferrell: 3 bullpen appearances, save, 0.00 ERA/0.333 WHIP, 3 IP
LHP Chris Nunn: 2 bullpen appearances, 0.00 ERA/1.000 WHIP, 4 IP, 0 of 2 inherited runners scored
RHP Justin Ferrell: 2 bullpen appearances, 1.69 ERA/0.563 WHIP, 5.1 IP

BUIES CREEK

OF J.J. Matijevic: 7 games, .385/.393/.808 (2B, 2 3B, 2 HR)
OF Luis Payano: 6 games, .333/.391/.524
OF Ronnie Dawson: 7 games, .321/.321/.607
3B Abraham Toro: 8 games, .300/.344/.500

RHP Brandon Bailey: 1 start, win, 0.00 ERA/1.000 WHIP, 6 IP
RHP Hector Perez: 2 games (1 start), win, save, 1.00 ERA/0.667 WHIP, 9 IP
RHP Abdiel Saldana: 2 games (1 start), win, 2.00 ERA/0.889 WHIP, 9 IP
RHP Jorge Alcala: 2 games (1 start), save, 2.00 ERA/0.556 WHIP, 9 IP
RHP Jesus Balaguer: 1 perfect bullpen appearance, 3.1 IP, 0 of 3 inherited runners scored

QUAD CITIES

SS Jonathan Arauz: 7 games, .519/.567/.741
OF Jonathan Lacroix: 5 games, .417/.588/.583
OF Jake Meyers: 8 games, .364/.400/.576
OF Corey Julks: 7 games, .360/.448/.400

RHP Cristian Javier: 2 games (1 start), 0.00 ERA/0.500 WHIP, 10 IP, 1 BB: 18 K
RHP Yohan Ramirez: 2 starts, win, loss, 1.64 ERA/0.818 WHIP, 11 IP
RHP Leovanny Rodrigruez: 1 start, win, 0.00 ERA/0.400 WHIP, 5 IP
RHP Tyler Ivey: 1 game, save, 0.00 ERA/0.750 WHIP, 4 IP
RHP Juan Robles: 1 game, win, 0.00 ERA/0.900 WHIP, 3.1 IP (season debut)
LHP Adam Bleday: 2 bullpen appearances, 0.00 ERA/0.462 WHIP, 4.1 IP

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Justin Ferrell - August 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Here is what I wrote about RHP Justin Ferrell coming in to the 2018 season:
In each of the last two seasons, Ferrell started out in the rotation, but ended up relegated primarily to the bullpen later in the season where his stuff played up. In 31.1 innings as a starter in 2017, he had a 7.18 ERA, a 1.619 WHIP and 12 walks to 25 strikeouts. In 51 innings out of the bullpen, he had a 2.47 ERA, a 1.176 WHIP and 17 walks to 64 strikeouts. 2018 will be the fifth season for the 2014 36th rounder out of Connors State College (OK) and he needs to be challenged to AA. Put him in the Hooks bullpen and give him a chance to sink or swim by the Bay. Ferrell will be 24 next month.
Key: Leave him in the bullpen and challenge him to the higher levels!
Well, thankfully both the Astros and Ferrell appear to have listened to me (yeah, right). He started the season working out of the bullpen for Buies Creek and quickly earned the promotion to Corpus Christi where he has managed to swim along quite nicely so far. Between the two venues, he is 2-1 with two saves, a 1.65 ERA, a 0.732 WHIP and five walks to 36 strikeouts in 12 appearances (27.1 innings). He has allowed only one of seven inherited runners to score and has been equally effective in long relief and late-inning short relief. For the season thus far, batters are hitting only .158 against him.

NEWS AND LINKS

In case you were wondering, RHP Forrest Whitley's season debut was pushed back due to a minor lat injury. He is expected to join the Corpus Christi rotation in mid-June. If you're planning a trip down, be forewarned that there are only four home games in the latter half of June so options are somewhat limited.

MiLB.com has noticed that Quad Cities RHP Cristian Javier is a pretty good ballplayer!!

And ditto from MiLB.com for OF J.J. Matijevic!

If you want to vote for your favorite Grizzlies, here's your chance.

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

OF J.J. Matijevic (Buies Creek)
RHP Brandon Bielak (Buies Creek)
LHP Brett Adcock (Buies Creek)
SS Alex De Goti (Corpus Christi)
1B Taylor Jones (Corpus Christi)
RHP Brock Dykxhoorn (Corpus Christi, since promoted to Fresno)

FORMER ASTROS UPDATE

Luis Cruz - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

LHP Luis Cruz is on the ultimate road trip as a part of the independent Atlantic League's Road Warriors and, so far, the change of scenery has done him good! In 10 relief appearances, Cruz has a 0.59 ERA, a 0.783 WHIP and has allowed one walk to 18 strikeouts in 15.1 innings pitched. Cruz was originally drafted by the Astros in the ninth round in 2008 out of his San Juan, Puerto Rico high school and spent eight seasons in the Houston organization. I reserve a special place in my heart for Cruz who combined with Kyle Hallock on Mother's Day 2013 to toss a no-hitter for the Lancaster JetHawks. (I'm assuming that it was just for me since I was in attendance at that game.)

WE'RE COMING TO TAKE YOUR JOBS (WOMEN IN BASEBALL)

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