Monday, June 11, 2018

Astros Farm Report: 6/11

Catching you up on the latest Astros MiLB news ...
After breaking the record, Randy is still on a roll with an active streak of 32 games.

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

6/11: RHP Ernesto Jaquez (19)
6/13: RHP Leovanny Rodriguez (22)

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

6/10: LHP Reymin Guduan (Fresno) recalled to Houston
6/10: RHP Jacob Dorris (Fresno) released (signed as a NDFA in June 2015)
6/10: RHP Andrew Thome (Fresno) activated from the DL
6/8: C Tim Federowicz designated for assignment
6/8: C Luis Barajas (DSL) released
6/8: 2B Jeury Castillo assigned to GCL from DSL
6/7: RHP Forrest Whitley (Corpus Christi) activated from the restricted list
6/7: OF Alejandro Garcia (Fresno) released (Cuban player signed in July 2015)
6/6: RHP Akeem Bostick (Corpus Christi) activated from the DL (placed on DL 5/12)
6/6: LHP Sean Stutzman (Corpus Christi) released (NDFA signed in June 2016)
6/6: 3B/1B/LF J.D. Davis optioned to Fresno
6/5: OF Chas McCormick assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
6/4: SS Jonathan Arauz assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
6/4: 1B Jake Adams assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
6/4: 2B Alfredo Angarita assigned to Quad Cities from Buies Creek

ASTROS MILB DISABLED LIST

6/7: RHP Carlos Sierra (Corpus Christi) placed on the 7-day DL
6/1: LHP Yeremi Ceballos (DSL) placed on the 60-day DL
6/1: RHP Carlos Quintero (DSL) placed on the 60-day DL
6/1: RHP Dariel Aquino (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
5/29: RHP Matt Ramsey (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
5/27: 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)
5/16: LF Yordan Alvarez (Corpus Christi) 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 38-25 .603 -.-GB W1

CORPUS CHRISTI (Texas League)
🠉2nd 37-25 .597 2.0GB W1

BUIES CREEK (Carolina League)
🠋2nd 34-28 .548 1.5GB L1

QUAD CITIES (Midwest League)
🠋 3rd 34-29 .540 3.0GB W2

DSL ASTROS (Dominican Summer League Northwest)
T7th 1-6 .143 5.0GB L5

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

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

ASTROS MILB TEAM STATS (FULL SEASON TEAMS)

FRESNO

Batting (through 63 games)
.292 BA: 2nd (out of 16 teams)
.374 OBP: 1st
.471 SLG: 3rd
.845 OPS: 3rd
128 2B: 3rd
25 3B: 3rd
70 HR: 4th
272 BB: 2nd
464 K: 14th
37 SB: Tied for 11th

Pitching (through 63 games)
4.24 ERA: 5th
1.31 WHIP: 4th
59 HR: 7th
210 BB: 11th
596 K: 1st

CORPUS CHRISTI

Batting (through 62 games)
.295 BA: 1st (out of 8 teams)
.366 OBP: Tied for 1st
.438 SLG: Tied for 2nd
.804 OPS: 1st
124 2B: 2nd
19 3B: 3rd
49 HR: 4th
218 BB: 2nd
472 K: 6th
90 SB: 1st

Pitching (through 62 games)
3.82 ERA: 2nd
1.39 WHIP: Tied for 2nd
41 HR: 7th
228 BB: 1st
549 K: 1st

BUIES CREEK

Batting (through 62 games)
.241 BA: Tied for 7th (out of 10 teams)
.319 OBP: 8th
.366 SLG: 7th
.686 OPS: 7th
102 2B: Tied for 3rd
16 3B: Tied for 2nd
38 HR: 7th
217 BB: 5th
505 K: 5th
86 SB: 1st

Pitching (through 62 games)
3.40 ERA: 1st
1.18 WHIP: 1st
41 HR: 5th
263 BB: 1st
608 K: 1st

QUAD CITIES

Batting (through 63 games)
.251 BA: 7th (out of 16 teams)
.338 OBP: Tied for 4th
.393 SLG: 3rd
.731 OPS: 4th
109 2B: Tied for 5th
23 3B: Tied for 1st
45 HR: Tied for 5th
236 BB: 6th
508 K: 11th
54 SB: Tied for 7th

Pitching (through 63 games)
3.16 ERA: 1st
1.31 WHIP: 3rd
26 HR: 16th
256 BB: 2nd
658 K: 1st

PLAYER TO WATCH:

Here is what I wrote about RHP Heitor Tokar in the offseason:
Although it is highly unlikely that I will get the opportunity to see Tokar until 2019 at the very earliest, I can't wait! Tokar, who only turned 17 in October, signed out of Brazil in July for $300,000. Baseball America had him as the #50 overall top prospect in the 2017 international class and called him an "enormous pitcher with a heavy build," an apt descriptor for a 6'7" (6'6" per Baseball-Reference) 250# pitcher (and that was when he was still 16!). Oz Ocampo of the Astros projects Tokar as a power starter with a fastball that is currently in the high 80's to low 90's, a solid changeup and two breaking pitches (curveball and slider) that he can throw for strikes. He is also said to have a nice repeatable delivery and advanced pitchability for his age. I expect him to start his season in the Dominican Summer League more due to his age than anything else.
As I surmised, Tokar started his season with the Dominican Summer League where he was given the Opening Day starter nod. In his first two professional appearances, Tokar has a 0.00 ERA, 0,240 WHIP and one walk to five strikeouts in 8.1 innings of work. And my irrational exuberance for this player continues unabated.

NEWS AND LINKS

Dustin has pulled together all of the social media info for the new draft picks here.

And Astros County does his usual great job looking at the Astros 2018 draft picks here, here and here.

Jake Kaplan also looks at the Astros first 10 rounds (paywall).

And in the off-chance that you missed it, Christian Boutwell looks at the Astros family connections in the draft.

Fresno RHP Josh James, my featured player from last week's Farm Report, has received some (well-deserved) attention from MiLB.com.

Sam Levitt talks with Hooks 1B Taylor Jones about some of his off-the-field interests.

As a follow-up to my former Astros feature on Braves RHP Mike Foltynewicz last week, FanGraphs looks at what has been working for Folty this season.

"Do we only care about little girls until we want to win baseball games?" Read this to see why many of us who were victims of childhood sexual abuse were extremely upset by those scoffing at our concerns over a potential draft pick.

And in case you missed any of these, here are my recent interviews:

OF Chas McCormick (Buies Creek, since promoted to Corpus Christi)
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 ASTRO UPDATE:

Jacob Nottingham - July 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

C Jacob Nottingham, originally drafted by the Astros in the 6th round in 2013 out of Redlands HS in Redland, CA, was traded to Oakland (along with Daniel Mengden) in July 2015 for Scott Kazmir. Oakland then traded Nottingham to Milwaukee for Khris Davis in February 2016. Nottingham received a brief 3-game promotion to the majors in April, but has spent the bulk of his season playing for the AAA Colorado Sky Sox where he has slashed .330/.400/.585 with seven doubles, one triple and five home runs in 26 games.

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