Saturday, June 24, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, June 23, 2017

This Yordan Alvarez cat looks promising.

Fresno 7, Sacramento 6

W- Tyson Perez (2-0)
L- Derek Law (0-1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies walked it off Friday night.

Mike Hauschild went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 5. Brian Holmes was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and pitched 1.1 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits, walking 3, and striking out 1. Kevin Comer threw 1.2 innings and allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1. Tyson Perez got a strikeout in a 1-2-3 9th.

Fresno responded to Sacramento's 3-run 1st inning with 3 of their own in the 3rd. Preston Tucker put them on the board with a 2-run single and Colin Moran hit a sac fly. Both teams scored a run in the 5th; the Grizz got theirs on a D.J. Fisher sac fly. Fisher scored on an A.J. Reed groundout in the 8th.

Max Stassi walked to lead off the bottom of the 9th and Alejandro Garcia came on to run for him. Tony Kemp joined Garcia on the bases by drawing a walk. They both advanced on a Tyler White sac bunt, and then Big Tuck got a free pass to 1st. Fisher went down on strikes, but Colin Moran came through with a walk to tie the game. One batter later, Teoscar Hernandez hit an RBI single to win it.

The top third of the Grizzlies order, which was Kemp (3 R, SB), White (R, BB), and Tucker (2 RBI), all finished with 2 hits on the evening.

Fresno and Sacramento will conclude their series with a doubleheader starting at 5:05 Pacific. Casey Coleman starts game 1 while Dean Deetz gets the nightcap.

Frisco 3, Corpus Christi 2

W- Shane McCain (1-1)
L- Rogelio Armenteros (2-3)
S- Reed Garrett (6)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks scored a pair in the 5th to take a 2-1 lead, but the Roughriders responded with 2 of their own in the top of the 6th. Corpus had a chance to steal it late, but they left the bases loaded to end the game.

Corpus Christi's 2 runs in the 5th came when Kyle Tucker hit into a fielder's choice that scored Jack Mayfield and an RBI single from J.D. Davis. They also missed an opportunity to do more damage in the 5th as they left the bases loaded. Davis and Drew Ferguson had 2 hits apiece.

Rogelio Armenteros went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 10 hits (9 singles and a double) and struck out 5. Sean Stutzman allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 1.1 scoreless innings. Ditto for Ryan Thompson, although he threw 2.2 scoreless innings.

Brock Dykxhoorn takes on Collin Wiles in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 3, Winston-Salem 0

W- Brett Adcock (2-3, 3-3 season)
L- Dane Dunning (3-3)
S- Nick Hernandez (8)

BC home runs: Yordan Alvarez (1, 10 season; solo in 4th)

Dane Dunning threw a complete game shutout against Buies Creek in last week's doubleheader. The Carolina Stros got even with him on Friday.

Brett Adcock, Justin Ferrell, and Nick Hernandez combined to throw a 3-hit shutout; each of them allowed one hit. Adcock went 5, walking 2, and striking out 5. Ferrell was the first man out of the bullpen and walked 1 while striking out 5 in 3 innings, and Hernandez worked around his hit to complete the shutout, striking out the side in the 9th.

Yordan Alvarez opened the scoring in the 4th with his first Carolina League home run, a solo shot. Jake Rogers went 2-3 with an RBI single in the 5th. Spencer Johnson also had a 2-hit game; he doubled in the 8th and scored the last run of the night on an error that also allowed Randy César to reach. Ryne Birk finished 2-4 with a double and scored on Rogers' single.

Franklin Perez starts game 3 of this series. He'll go up against Jimmy Lambert at 6:30 Eastern.

Quad Cities 7, Cedar Rapids 6

W- Yohan Ramirez (1-1)
L- Sean Poppen (5-2)

QC home runs: Daz Cameron (7, 2-run in 4th), Wander Franco (4, 2-run in 6th)

The Banditos nearly saw a 7-1 lead vanish, but they managed to hang on by the skin of their teeth.

Yohan Ramirez posted a nice start as he allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 5 innings of work. Carlos Sanabria went 1.2 innings and allowed an RBI double, walked 5, and struck out 2. Salvador Montaño allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 over 1.1 innings, and Erasmo Pinales had a rocky 9th inning, allowing 4 runs on 2 hits (3-run homer) and walking 2. Despite his ordeal, he still found a way to preserve the lead.

Bryan De La Cruz put Quad Cities on the board with his RBI single in the 2nd inning. Troy Sieber, who scored on that play, hit an RBI single in the 4th and came home on Daz Cameron's blast. Ronnie Dawson led off the 6th with a single and scored when Wander Franco launched a homer. De La Cruz hit his second RBI single of the evening in the 8th.

Chuckie Robinson (R, SB), Sieber (RBI, 2 R), and De La Cruz (2 RBI) all finished 2-4 on the night.

Carson LaRue takes on Domenick Carlini at 6:35.

Lowell 7, Tri-City 2

W- Denyi Reyes (1-0)
L- Ben Smith (0-1)

TC home runs: Jake Adams (1, solo in 2nd)

The ValleyCats were foiled in their bid to sweep their first home series of 2017.

Jake Adams smacked a solo homer in the 2nd inning to open the scoring. His first home run as a pro is also his 30th this calendar year. Adams led Division I with 29 homers for Iowa in the spring. Connor MacDonald hit an RBI single in the 3rd.

Cristian Javier pitched 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 4, and struck out 6. Ben Smith was the first man out of the TC bullpen and allowed 5 runs (4 earned, 3 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 4, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. Nathan Thompson didn't have any runs charged to him in his 3.2 innings, but he couldn't get Smith out of a bases-loaded quagmire unscathed. Thompson allowed 3 hits and struck out 7. Reggie Johnson struck out the side in order in the 9th inning.

César Rosado will start the first of a 3-game series against the Vermont Lake Monsters at 7:00 Eastern. He'll take on Oscar Tovar.

Bluefield 9, Greeneville 5

W- Randy Pondler (1-0)
L- Bryan Abreu (0-1)
S- Yonardo Herdenez (1)

Greeneville home runs: Juan Piñeda (1, 2-run in 9th)

Bluefield blew this game open with a pair of 4-run innings.

The Appy Astros scored twice in the 5th as Ruben Castro scored on a Juan Piñeda groundout and Carlos Machado scampered home on a passed ball. Machado ripped an RBI double in the 9th and one batter later, Piñeda launched a 2-run homer, the first of his career.

The bottom third of the order scored all 5 of Greeneville's runs; Castro and Machado scored twice, while Piñeda scored on his homer. Machado (2B, RBI, 2 R) and Brody Westmoreland both finished with 2 hits on the night.

Bryan Abreu went 4.1 innings and allowed 5 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 6. Jheyson Caraballo allowed 4 hits, walked 2, struck out 5, and allowed both of the runners he inherited from Abreu to score in 3.1 innings. Ian Hardman got the last two outs of the 8th and 1 out in the 9th, allowing 4 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and walking 2. Dariel Aquino got the last out of the 9th inning.

Gerardo Bojorquez takes the mound as the Appy Astros wrap up their first series of the year. First pitch is at 6:00 Eastern.

DSL Dodgers1 6, DSL Astros Blue 3

W- Joan Valdez (1-0)
L- Gustavo Almonte (0-2)
S- Luis Pasen (3)

Blue home runs: None.

The Dodgers 1 seized control with 4 runs in the 8th.

Both teams scored one run in the 2nd and the 3rd innings. The Blue team got theirs on a couple of passed balls: Nerio Rodriguez scored in the 2nd and Samir Caraballo did the same in the 3rd. Caraballo scored on Angel Tejeda's RBI single in the 5th. Tejeda finished 3-3 with a double and stole 3 bases.

Jose Antonio Hernandez allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 4 innings. Yulian Frontado tagged in to throw 3 scoreless, allowing a hit and walking 2. Gustavo Almonte allowed 4 runs, a single, and walked 4 in the 8th. He hit a batter with the bases loaded, allowed a sac fly, uncorked a wild pitch, and induced a force out in which a runner scored. Natanael Ventura worked around a hit batter to throw a scoreless 9th.

DSL Indians 8, DSL Astros Orange 6

W- Wuilson Meza (1-0)
L- Wender Oberto (1-1)
S- Luigence Thomas (1)

Orange home runs: None.

Giving up 6 runs in the 1st proved to be too much for the Orange team to overcome.

Team Orange scored 3 in the 1st on RBI singles from Euclides Chavez and Jose Alvarez and a sac fly from Jeury Castillo. Freudis Nova scored on an error following a Chavez single in the 5th. Speaking of Chavez, he added a sac fly to his ledger in the 7th. He doubled in the 9th and scored on a single from Jose Carrillo. Chavez went 3-4, while Nova went 2-4 and scored twice.

Wender Oberto got the start but only got 1 out. He allowed 4 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) on 2 hits and walked 2. Jervic Chavez allowed 2 runs, a hit, walked 3, and fanned 2 in 1.2 innings. Jairo Solis had the longest outing for the Orange team as he went 3.2 innings; the one run he allowed came on a homer hit by Jhon Torres. Solis allowed 2 other hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. The one run that Fredy Medina allowed in his 1.2 innings came on a homer hit by Henderson de Oleo in the 7th. Medina allowed one other hit and walked 4. Luis De Paula got the last two outs of the 8th.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Angel Tejeda, OF, DSL Astros Blue: 3-3, 2B, RBI, 3 SB (3)
Euclides Chavez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Jairo Solis, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 3.2 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Brett Adcock's photo from MiLB.com
Buies Creek Astros pitchers
W 3-0 @ Winston-Salem
9 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 13 K
Brett Adcock: W (2-3, 3-3 season), 5 IP, H, 2 BB, 5 K
Justin Ferrell: 3 IP, H, BB, 5 K
Nick Hernandez: Save (8), IP, H, 3 K

Juan Piñeda's photo taken by Bryan Green
Carlos Machado, OF, and Juan Piñeda, 2B, Greeneville
Machado: 2-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Piñeda: 1-4, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI; 1st career HR

Photo from MiLB.com
Yohan Ramirez, RHP, Quad Cities
W (1-1), 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Nathan Thompson, LHP, Tri-City
3.2 IP, 3 H, 7 K

Tony Kemp, 2B, Teoscar Hernandez, OF, and Preston Tucker, OF, Fresno
Kemp: 2-4, 3 R, SB (13)
Hernandez: Walk-off RBI single
Tucker: 2-4, 2 RBI; 9-game hitting streak

Friday, June 23, 2017

Astros Farm Report: 6/23

Checking in on Astros MiLB standings, roster moves, draft signings and more ...


Troy Sieber - August 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

STANDINGS

Collectively, all of the Astros MiLB affiliates went 21-16 over the last week. It's been a mixed bag for the full season affiliates with Corpus Christi having the best week (5-3) and getting out to a 2-1 start in the second half while Fresno (3-3 over the past week) has fallen yet another game further behind Reno in the standings. The River Bandits, who fell short in their efforts to win a first half wild card entry into the playoffs, and Buies Creek have both collected an L in their first games of the second half.

As to the short season teams, the DSL Blue team has raised its fortunes the most, going 4-1 over the last week and claiming first place while their Orange brethren have treaded water in the past week and remain tied for fourth place in their division. After getting rained out in their first game and falling in their second, Tri-City took the next two and are in an early tie for first as is the case with Greeneville, with the rookie level team winning their first and only game thus far. The GCL Astros will join in the fun with their first game scheduled for Monday.

AAA Fresno 3rd 35-38 .479 11.0GB L2

AA Corpus 2nd 36-37 .493 7.0GB W1 (Overall)
AA Corpus T-1st 2-1 .667 -.-GB W1 (Second Half)

HiA Buies Creek 3nd 37-34 .521 7.0GB L1 (Overall)
HiA Buies Creek T-3rd 0-1 .000 1.0GB L1 (Second Half)

LoA Quad Cities 3rd 37-32 .536 3.0GB L1
LoA Quad Cities T-6th 0-1 .000 1.0GB L1

SSA Tri-City T-1st 2-1 .667 -.-GB W2

Rk+ Greeneville T-1st 1-0 1.000 -.-GB W1

GCL Astros - First game scheduled for Monday, 6/26

DSL Orange: T-4th 8-9 .471 6.0GB W3
DSL Blue: 1st 10-6 .625 -.-GB W2

ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

Note: The Astros have been moving players back and forth to either Tri-City or Extended Spring Training as a means of managing their rosters. I won't be including those moves in this list if I believe that they are only being made on paper for roster management.

6-24: RHP Joe Musgrove optioned to Fresno
6-24: RHP Jordan Jankowski recalled to Houston from Fresno
6-24: LHP Sean Stutzman assigned to Buies Creek from Corpus Christi
6-24: LHP Devon Carr assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
6-23: RHP Dayan Diaz optioned to Fresno
6-23: LHP Reymin Guduan recalled to Houston from Fresno
6-23: OF Corey Julks (8th round) assigned to Tri-City
6-23: C Ruben Castro assigned from Tri-City to Greeneville
6-23: 1B Dex McCall assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
6-23: 1B Bryan Muniz (Corpus Christi) released
6-23: 1B/DH/OF Yordan Alvarez assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
6-22: 1B Jake Adams (6th round) assigned to Tri-City
6-22: 3B Kyle Davis (15th round) assigned to Tri-City
6-22: 1B Troy Sieber assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
6-22: RHP Carlos Sierra placed on the 7-day DL
6-22: 1B Taylor Jones assigned to Buies Creek from Quad Cities
6-22: RHP Charlie Morton (Houston) sent to Fresno for a rehab assignment
6-21: LHP Tim Hardy (18th round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: 1B Colton Shaver (39th round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: LHP Adam Bleday (27th round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: 1B Roman Garcia (19th round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: OF Chas McCormick (21st round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: OF Patrick Mathis (22nd round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: C Martin Figueroa (32nd round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: LHP Noel Pinto (34th round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: SS Cody Bohanek (30th round) assigned to Greeneville
6-21: 3B Adrian Tovalin (16th round) assigned to Greeneville
6-20: OF Derek Fisher optioned from Houston to Fresno
6-18: RHP Yoanys Quiala assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
6-17: C Eduardo de Oleo assigned to Buies Creek from Tri-City
6-16: SS Osvaldo Duarte placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL (retroactive to 6-14)
6-16: RF Carmen Benedetti placed on the Quad Cities 7-day DL (retroactive to 6-15)
6-16: RF Bryan de la Cruz assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
6-16: 3B Tyler Wolfe assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City

Plus, here are your 2017 Tri-City Valley Cats and Greeneville Astros (I've noted the assignment of this year's draft picks above).

Other draft picks and non-drafted free agents who have either signed or agreed to terms but haven't been assigned to a team yet: 2B JJ Matjevic (CB pick), RHP Peter Soloman (4th round), LHP Parker Mushinski (7th round), CF Carlos Diaz (14th round), RHP Matt Ruppenthal (17th round), 3B Richard Slenker (28th round), LHP Cole Watts (31st round), RHP Matthew Merrill (37th round), LHP Austin Kearns (NDFA), RHP Chauncey Nunez (NDFA), RHP Tyler Ivey (3rd round), C Nathan Perry (5th round), CF Corey Julks (8th round), RHP Hunter Martin (20th round), RHP Alex House (24th round) and OF Reid Russell (33rd round).

Astros County is tracking the signing bonuses here.

And Dustin has updated the Social Media post with info on non-drafted free agents here.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy Appalachian League Opening Day!

Sacramento 9, Fresno 3

W- Andrew Suarez (1-1)
L- Charlie Morton (0-1)

Fresno home runs: None.

The RiverCats went off after Charlie Morton finished his first rehab start.

The one run that Morton allowed in his 2 innings came on a solo homer hit by Justin Ruggiano in the 1st. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and fanned 1. Trent Thornton was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and unfortunately had to bear the brunt of Sacramento's onslaught. In 4 innings, Thornton allowed 8 runs (7 earned) on 9 hits (2-run homer), walked 2, and struck out 5. Ashur Tolliver stopped the bleeding with 2 scoreless, allowing 2 hits and walking 1. Aaron West threw a 1-2-3 9th.

Preston Tucker finished 2-4 and hit an RBI single in the 3rd. Tony Kemp went 3-4 with a 2-run single in the 5th.

Mike Hauschild starts game 2 of this series against Joan Gregorio at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 6, Frisco 5 in 11 innings

W- Andrew Thome (4-4, 4-5 season)
L- Royce Bolinger (0-1)

CC home runs: Jon Singleton (13, solo in 2nd), Kyle Tucker (5, 14 season; solo in 7th)

Frisco got 3 in the 8th to take the lead, but the Hooks pulled themselves together to tie it in the bottom half and walked off with the win.

Akeem Bostick went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and fanned 4. Alex Winkelman tagged in for 3 innings and allowed 3 unearned runs on 4 hits and struck out 5. Andrew Walter allowed 2 hits and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless innings, and Andrew Thome struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 11th.

Jon Singleton put Corpus on the board with a solo homer to start the bottom of the 2nd. Trent Woodward walked to start the 3rd inning and came around to score on a Drew Ferguson single. Ferguson, who advanced to 2nd on the ensuing error, scored when Kyle Tucker smacked a ground-rule double. Little Tuck struck again in the 7th when he took Shane McCain deep for a solo blast. Jason Martin beat out a double play attempt in the 8th and an error on the play allowed him to advance to 3rd. He scored the tying run on a Jamie Ritchie groundout.

Tony Nuñez walked to begin the 11th inning and moved to 3rd on a Ferguson single. Ferguson stole 2nd to eliminate the double play possibility. Tucker popped out, and J.D. Davis received an intentional pass to load the bases. Singleton drove in the Hooks' first run... and he drove in their last run with a sac fly to win the game.

Ferguson finished 3-5 on the evening, and the stolen base in the 11th gives him 15 on the year. Little Tuck (2B, solo HR, 2 RBI) and Jack Mayfield (SB) had 2 hits apiece.

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

Winston-Salem 6, Buies Creek 5

W- Jack Charleston (2-1)
L- Matt Bower (2-3)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros scored a pair in the top of the 8th to take the lead, but the Dash managed to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th, and they ended up walking off with the win.

Myles Straw singled to lead off the game and scored the first run of the evening when Anthony Hermelyn grounded out. Straw walked to begin the 3rd and scored on a sac fly from Jake Rogers. He hit a 1-out single in the 5th and scored on Hermelyn's single. Hermelyn ripped a ground-rule double to begin the 8th and came home on Randy César's RBI single. Spencer Johnson followed with an infield single and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Ryne Birk finished 4-5, while Johnson turned in a 3-5 night. Straw (3 R), Hermelyn (2B, 2 RBI, R), and César (RBI) all had 2 hits on the evening.

Framber Valdez allowed 3 unearned runs (1 inherited) on 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 3 innings. Howie Brey inherited a bases-loaded pickle from Valdez in the 4th and allowed one runner to score. He got a strikeout to end the 4th and worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out another batter. Matt Bower went 3.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits (solo homer) and struck out 2.

Brett Adcock gets the call in game 2 of this series. He'll take on Dane Dunning at 7:00 Eastern.

Cedar Rapids 4, Quad Cities 0

W- Eduardo Del Rosario (7-3)
L- Forrest Whitley (2-3)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos were stymied at the plate to open the second half.

Troy Sieber's double and Chuckie Robinson's single were the only Quad Cities hits.

Forrest Whitley pitched well but had to take the loss despite his efforts. He allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 4 innings. Dustin Hunt worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 5th. Gabriel Valdez pitched the last 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 2.

Yohan Ramirez faces Sean Poppen in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:35.

Tri-City 1, Lowell 0

W- Ricardo Castro (1-0)
L- Dakota Smith (0-1)
S- Luis Ramirez (1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats only had one hit, but they scored the only run of the game.

Miguelangel Sierra scored on a wild pitch in the 1st inning. Abraham Toro's 2-out single in the 6th was the lone Tri-City hit.

Ricardo Castro allowed a hit, walked 4, and struck out 3 in 5 innings of work. Felipe Tejada got 2 outs in the 6th, both via strikeout, but got himself into a predicament and left the bases loaded for Robert Corniel, who got a strikeout to end the inning. Corniel ended up allowing 2 hits and striking out 5 in 2.2 innings. Luis Ramirez worked around a walk to get the final two outs of the game, one via strikeout, in order to complete the shutout.

Cristian Javier takes the mound as the ValleyCats look for the sweep. He'll go up against Nick Duron at 7:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 13, Bluefield 6

W- Francisco Villegas (1-0)
L- Jose Nova (0-1)

Greeneville home runs: Brody Westmoreland (1, 2-run in 2nd)

The Appy Astros opened their campaign on a winning note thanks to a 4-run 2nd and a 6-run 5th.

Everyone in the lineup had a hit except for Enmanuel Valdez, who still scored a couple of runs. Reiny Beltre had a single on his line but didn't score.

Vicente Mota singled to lead off the 2nd and one batter later, Brody Westmoreland launched the first home run of Greeneville's season. José Benjamin and Oscar Campos followed with singles. Campos stole 3rd and Juan Piñeda walked to load the bases for Gilberto Celestino, who reached on an error that allowed Benjamin and Campos to score.

Westmoreland added an RBI double to his ledger in the 5th. Benjamin followed by hitting into a fielder's choice that scored Mota. Piñeda hit a 2-run single and scored on an error following a Wilson Amador infield single. Amador stole his way to 3rd and scored on a wild pitch. Mota scored for the third time on an errant throw from center field after Benjamin flew out in the 6th. Celestino scored on an error in the 7th and Mota capped off the evening with an RBI single.

Westmoreland went 4-5 and scored twice. Campos (2B, R, SB), Piñeda (2 RBI, R), and Mota (RBI, 3 R) finished with 2 hits on the night.

Juan Robles allowed 4 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6 in 3.2 innings. Willy Collado got the last out of the 4th and 2 outs in the 5th for his inning of work; he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and fanned 2. Francisco Villegas shut it down by allowing a hit and striking out 3 over 4.1 scoreless innings.

Bryan Abreu gets the start in game 2. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

DSL Astros Blue 4, DSL Dodgers1 3

W- Ronaldo Marrero (2-0)
L- Juan Morillo (0-1)
S- Christopher Javier (1)

Blue home runs: None.

Team Blue withstood a late charge from the Dodgers 1 and hung on for the win.

Denilson Lugo didn't allow a hit and struck out 3 while he was on the mound. However, he only lasted 2.2 innings and walked 6. Ronaldo Marrero tagged in to throw 4.1 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 4. Oscar Severino allowed an unearned run on a wild pitch, a single, walked 1, and struck out 2 in the 8th. Christopher Javier allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1 in the 9th. He still managed to pull himself together to secure the victory.

Yeuris Ramirez got plunked with the bases loaded in the 4th to bring in the first run of the day. Brandon Benavente scored on an errant pickoff throw in the 7th. The Blue team got 2 in the 8th as Ramirez got plunked with the bases loaded again, and a wild pitch allowed Angel Tejeda to score. Nerio Rodriguez and Samir Caraballo had 2 hits apiece.

DSL Astros Orange 9, DSL Indians 6

W- Jesus Bernaez (1-1)
L- Diarlin Jimenez (1-1)
S- Ronny Garcia (1)

Orange home runs: None.

Team Orange erupted for 5 runs in the 4th to take an 8-2 lead. The Indians dented that lead a bit, but the Orange team had enough of a cushion to work with.

Deury Carrasco doubled to lead off the bottom of the 1st and eventually scored the first run of the day on a wild pitch. Jeury Castillo added to the early lead with a 2-run double.

In that big 4th inning, Team Orange had 7 consecutive batters reach before the Indians could record an out. Carrasco and Freudis Nova hit RBI singles and they both advanced a base on a wild pitch. Euclides Chavez followed with a 2-run single. They ended up loading the bases but missed an opportunity to inflict even more damage. They didn't come away empty-handed, though; Jeury Castillo hit a sac fly. Michael Garcia led off the 8th with a double and scored on Freudis' 2nd RBI single of the day.

Nova finished 3-5 on the day. Carrasco (2B, 2 R), Chavez (2 RBI, 2 R), and Garcia (2B, 2 R) all finished with 2 hits.

Asael Uribe went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs, a hit, walked 3, and struck out 3. Jesus Bernaez was the first man out of the Orange team bullpen and threw 3.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits, walking 4, and striking out 3. Ronny Garcia allowed a run on a wild pitch, a single, walked 3, and struck out 2 in 2.1 innings.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Ronaldo Marrero, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (2-0), 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Freudis Nova, IF, DSL Astros Orange: 3-5, 2 RBI, R
Deury Carrasco, IF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Euclides Chavez, OF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R

Westmoreland's and Piñeda's photos taken by Bryan Green, Vicente Mota's photo from MiLB.com
Brody Westmoreland, 3B/1B, Juan Piñeda, IF, and Vicente Mota, C/1B, Greeneville
Westmoreland: 4-5, 2-R HR (1), 3 RBI
Piñeda: 2-4, 2 RBI, R
Mota: 2-4, RBI, 3 R

Photo from MiLB.com
Francisco Villegas, LHP, Greeneville
W (1-0), 4.1 IP. H, 3 K

Felipe Tejada's and Robert Corniel's photos from MiLB.com
Tri-City ValleyCats pitchers
W 1-0 vs. Lowell
9 IP, 4 H, 7 BB, 11 K
Ricardo Castro: W (1-0), 5 IP, H, 4 BB, 3 K
Felipe Tejada: 0.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 K
Robert Corniel: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 5 K
Luis Ramirez: Save (1), 0.2 IP, BB, K

Kyle Tucker, OF, Jon Singleton, 1B, and Drew Ferguson, OF, Corpus Christi
Tucker: 2-6, 2B, solo HR (5, 14 season), 2 RBI
Singleton: solo HR (13), walk-off sac fly
Ferguson: 3-5, RBI, R, SB (15)

Anthony Hermelyn, C, Buies Creek
2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Tony Kemp, 2B, Fresno
3-4, 2 RBI

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The A teams on their final night off made for a rather quiet night in the system.

Fresno was off

The Grizzlies start a 4-game series with Sacramento tonight at 7:05 Pacific. Charlie Morton will begin a rehab assignment and he'll take on Andrew Suarez. Morton has been on the DL since May 25 due to a lat strain.

San Antonio 7, Corpus Christi 4

W- Michael Kelly (7-2)
L- Kent Emanuel (3-4)
S- Trey Wingenter (5)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks were behind the 8-ball early, trailing 5-0 after 1.5 innings. This early deficit proved to be too much to overcome.

Corpus got a couple in the 2nd on a Garrett Stubbs RBI groundout and a Ramon Laureano RBI single. Jack Mayfield hit an RBI single in the 4th, and Kyle Tucker scored on an error following a J.D. Davis single in the 7th. Jon Singleton went 2-4 with a double and scored twice. Mayfield (2B, RBI, R, SB) and Jason Martin (2B, 3B) also finished with 2 hits.

Kent Emanuel went 6 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits (grand slam), walked 4, and struck out 2. The 2 runs that Jacob Dorris allowed in his 2 innings came on a 2-run homer hit by Noah Perio in the 7th. Dorris allowed 2 other hits and struck out 2. Riley Ferrell worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Akeem Bostick will start the first game of a 4-game set against Frisco. He'll go up against Ariel Jurado at 7:05.

Buies Creek was off

The Carolina Stros will begin a 4-game series in Winston-Salem at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities was off

Quad Cities welcomes Cedar Rapids to Modern Woodmen Park for a 4-game series. Game 1 starts at 6:35.

Tri-City 5, Lowell 4

W- Humberto Castellanos (1-0)
L- Joan Martinez (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats entered the win column for the first time in 2017 in walk-off fashion.

Patrick Sandoval turned in 5 solid innings, allowing a run on 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 8. The Spinners got to Leovanny Rodriguez in the 6th, though. Rodriguez only got 2 outs (both via strikeout) and allowed 3 runs on 2 hits and walked 2. Reggie Johnson got Rodriguez out of a bases-loaded predicament and went on to throw 2.1 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 3. Humberto Castellanos worked around a couple of hits to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Vicente Sanchez doubled in the 2nd and scored TC's first run of the season on an infield single from Andy Piñeda. Sanchez hit a sac fly in the 3rd and Piñeda followed with an RBI sac bunt. Frankeny Fernandez led off the 9th with a single and Ruben Castro ripped a double to join him on the bases. Sanchez went down on strikes, but an error allowed Piñeda to reach, and Fernandez and Castro scored the tying and winning runs.

Piñeda finished 2-3 and was credited with an RBI on what turned out to be the winning play. Troy Sieber (2B) and Castro (2B, R) also had 2 hits on the evening. Fernandez finished 3-4 and scored twice.

Ricardo Castro takes the mound in game 2. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

DSL Astros Blue 5, DSL Braves 2

W- Angel Macuare (1-1)
L- Jhonny Diaz (2-1)

Blue home runs: Brandon Benavente (1, 2-run in 8th), Ronaldo Urdaneta (1, solo in 8th)

This game was called with 1 out in the 9th due to rain. The Blue team broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of home runs in the 8th.

Both teams scored in the 3rd; Team Blue got their run on an Angel Tejeda RBI single. Kendy Moya scored on an error that allowed Anthony Rodriguez to reach in the 5th. Brandon Benavente whacked a 2-run homer in the 8th inning and Ronaldo Urdaneta went back-to-back with a solo blast. Tejeda finished 2-4.

The one run that Antonio Pujols allowed in his 4 innings came on a solo homer hit by Yenci Peña in the 3rd. He allowed 2 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 4. Jean Reyes and Bryan Solano pitched an inning apiece; Reyes worked around a hit and a walk to throw a scoreless 5th, striking out 1. Solano allowed a run on a groundout, a run, and walked 2. Angel Macuare allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2.1 scoreless innings.

DSL Astros Orange 6, DSL Indians/Brewers 3

W- Diosward Gonzalez (1-1)
L- Henry Garcia (0-1)
S- Luis De Paula (1)

Orange home runs: None.

Team Orange only scored in one inning and only had 4 hits. They had as many hits as they did strikeouts. They won anyway.

Carlos Perdomo allowed 4 hits and struck out 3 over 3 scoreless innings. Angel Ortega recorded a strikeout in a 1-2-3 4th inning. Diosward Gonzalez went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and struck out 2. Luis De Paula worked around a couple of walks in order to save the game.

The Orange team scored all 6 of their runs in the 8th without a hit. Only in the Dominican Summer League.

Freudis Nova got plunked to lead off the inning and Euclides Chavez drew a walk to join him on the bases. Jose Carrillo got hit to load the bases, and Jose Alvarez got plunked to bring Nova in for the Orange team's first run of the day. Jeury Castillo drew a bases-loaded walk, which prompted the Brewdians to make a pitching change.

Carrillo scored on a wild pitch. Gerry Castillo, who was at the plate at the time, eventually walked. While Michael Garcia was at the plate, Alvarez scored on a passed ball and Jeury scampered home on a wild pitch. Garcia ended up coaxing a walk. He then stole 2nd and Renaigel Martis walked to re-load the bases for Deury Carrasco, who walked to bring Gerry Castillo home.

Alvarez had 3 of Team Orange's 4 hits, all of which were singles; Carrasco had the other hit. Martis walked 4 times. Team Orange drew 12 walks on the day.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Antonio Pujols, LHP, DSL Astros Blue: 4 IP, 3 H (solo HR allowed), ER, BB, 4 K
Jose Alvarez, C/1B/OF, DSL Astros Orange: 3-3, RBI, R, 2 SB (3)

Patrick Sandoval, LHP, and Reggie Johnson, RHP, Tri-City
Sandoval: 5 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 8 K
Johnson: 2.1 IP, H, 2 BB, 3 K

Andy Piñeda's picture taken by Bryan Green
Frankeny Fernandez, OF, and Andy Piñeda, OF, Tri-City
Fernandez: 3-4, 2 R
Piñeda: 2-3, 3 RBI

Jack Mayfield, IF, Corpus Christi
2-3, 2B, RBI, R, SB (6)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Meet the 2017 Greeneville Astros

The Greeneville Astros start their season at home against the Bluefield Blue Jays at 7:00. 


But, before I introduce you to the Appy Astros, I would like to introduce you to the town of Greeneville, Tennessee.

Greeneville is located in the far reaches of East Tennessee, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The town prides itself on being the only "Greeneville" in the United States, as it was named for Nathanael Greene, a general in the American Revolution. Former President Andrew Johnson, Abraham Lincoln's successor, considered Greeneville to be his hometown.

In addition, the USS Greeneville, a submarine of the United States Navy, is named for the town.

The Appy Astros play their home games at Pioneer Park, located on the campus of Tusculum College, the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of Tennessee. They play in the Appalachian League's West Division, along with the Bristol Pirates, the Elizabethton Twins, the Kingsport Mets, and the Johnson City Cardinals.

Greeneville has been an Astros affiliate since 1999; they began in 1988 as a Phillies farm club and were originally located in Martinsville, Virginia before moving to Greeneville in 2003.

So now, let's meet the 2017 Greeneville Astros!

The roster is a mix of 2017 draftees along with players who are making the leap from the Gulf Coast League, a few who made cameos last season after spending most of 2016 in the complex leagues, and there are even some who have skipped the GCL altogether.

Of the 33 players currently on the roster, 25 are Hispanic (11 Dominicans, 5 Venezuelans, 3 Mexicans, 2 Mexican Americans, 1 Dominican American, 1 Puerto Rican, 1 Cuban and 1 Panamanian). The Astros have hit the international free agent market as hard as any team and it shows in Greeneville's roster composition. As I have said before, Oz Ocampo and his team have done an outstanding job in the IFA market and we are starting to see their efforts bear fruit, especially in the lower levels of the organization.

The biggest name in this contingent is probably Gilberto Celestino, a Dominican outfielder who signed for $2.25 million on July 2, 2015. Celestino isn't the typical Dominican bonus baby; the Astros were enamored with him after seeing his performances in youth tournaments. He's received critical acclaim for his defense in center as well.

One player who will be making the jump from the Dominican to East Tennessee is Enmanuel Valdez, who enjoyed a good debut season in 2016 after signing for $450,000. He did hit a wall after moving over to the DSL Blue team, but he certainly opened a few eyes within the organization.

Chas McCormick finished his college career as the PSAC's (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) hit king.

Juan Robles debuted in 2015 with a huge splash in the complex leagues and was rewarded with two appearances for Quad Cities. 2016 was a bit of a lost year for him, so he'll look to regain some momentum from his excellent debut season. Tim Hardy, the largest man on the roster, will be pitching in familiar surroundings; he played his college ball at Tusculum before the Astros picked him in the 18th round last week. Javier Navas excelled in his two years in the Dominican and that earned him a spot with the Appy Astros.

Bold - player bats/throws left-handed
Italics - player is a switch-hitter

Coaching Staff

In his first coaching job in the United States after starting his career in the Dominican Summer League, Danny Ortega will replace Josh Bonifay as the skipper of the Appy Astros. Ortega shared hitting coach duties with Omar Rosario on the DSL Blue team in 2016.

Erick Abreu and Ben Myers are moving up from the GCL. César Cedeño needs no introduction.

Manager: Danny Ortega
Pitching Coach: Erick Abreu
Hitting Coach: César Cedeño
Athletic Trainer: Ben Myers
Strength & Conditioning: Jacob Behara

Pitchers

Bryan Abreu - International free agent (DR), 2013; GCL/Greeneville
Dariel Aquino - International free agent (DR), 2013 (originally signed as an infielder); GCL/Greeneville
Johsson Arias - International free agent (DR), 2015; DSL Blue
Jesus Balaguer - International free agent (Cuba), 2017; pro debut
Adam Bleday - 27th round, 2017 draft (UPenn); pro debut
Gerardo Bojorquez - International free agent (Mexico), 2015; DSL Orange
Jheyson Caraballo - International free agent (Venezuela), 2015; DSL Blue
Willy Collado - International free agent (DR), 2016; DSL Orange/Blue
Ian Hardman - 36th round, 2016 draft (Seminole State, OK); GCL
Tim Hardy - 18th round, 2017 draft (Tusculum); pro debut
Javier Navas - International free agent (Venezuela) signed for $175,000 in 2014; DSL Blue
Hansel Paulino - International free agent (DR), 2014; DSL Orange/GCL
Noel Pinto - 34th round, 2017 draft (Connors State, OK); pro debut
Juan Robles - International free agent (Mexico), 2014; GCL/Greeneville
Francisco Villegas - International free agent (Mexico), 2015; DSL Orange

Catchers

Oscar Campos - International free agent (Venezuela), 2014; GCL/Greeneville
Martin Figueroa - 32nd round, 2017 draft (Rhode Island); pro debut
Orlando Marquez - International free agent (Venezuela), 2014; DSL Blue/GCL

Infielders

Reiny Beltre - International free agent (DR), 2014; GCL/Greeneville
Cody Bohanek - 30th round, 2017 draft (Illinois-Chicago); pro debut
Roman Garcia - 19th round, 2017 draft (San Diego); pro debut
Vicente Mota - International free agent (DR) signed for $7500 in 2015; DSL Orange
Juan Piñeda - International free agent (Panama) signed for $100,000 in 2015; DSL Blue/GCL
Colton Shaver - 39th round, 2017 draft (BYU); pro debut
Adrian Tovalin - 16th round, 2017 draft (Azusa Pacific) pro debut
Enmanuel Valdez - International free agent (DR) signed for $450,000 in 2015; DSL Orange/Blue
Brody Westmoreland - 30th round, 2016 draft (College of Southern Nevada, signed for $75,000); GCL

Outfielders

Wilson Amador - International free agent (DR) signed for $400,000 in 2013; GCL/Greeneville
José Benjamin - International free agent (DR), 2014; DSL Blue/GCL
Gilberto Celestino - International free agent (DR) signed for $2.25 million in 2015; DSL Orange/GCL
Carlos Machado - International free agent (Venezuela), 2014; GCL/Greeneville
Patrick Mathis - 22nd round, 2017 draft (Texas); pro debut
Chas McCormick - 21st round, 2017 draft (Millersville, PA); pro debut

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, June 20, 2017

El Paso 11, Fresno 7 in 10 innings

W- Logan Bawcom (1-3)
L- Reymin Guduan (4-4)

Fresno home runs: Jon Kemmer (9, 2-run in 2nd), Max Stassi (7, 3-run in 4th), Colin Moran (16, 2-run in 8th)

Colin Moran tied the game with his 2-run shot in the 8th... but the Chihuahuas went off for 4 in the first extra frame to regain control of the game.

All 7 Fresno runs came on the three home runs they launched on Tuesday; Jon Kemmer put them on the board with his 2-run homer in the 2nd. Max Stassi clubbed a 3-run shot in the 4th, and as mentioned above, Moran smacked a 2-run homer in the 8th to tie the game at 7. Teoscar Hernandez finished 3-5 with a stolen base (9) and scored a run; he's got a nice little 6-game hitting streak going. Kemmer (2-R HR, 2 R) and Preston Tucker (2B, R) had 2 hits apiece.

Kyle Smith went 4 innings and allowed 6 runs on 7 hits (2-run homer) and struck out 5. Tyson Perez allowed a run on a solo homer, two other hits, and struck out 1 in the 5th. Brendan McCurry worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 6th, striking out 1. Kevin Comer followed with 2 scoreless out of the bullpen, allowing a hit and fanning 1. Reymin Guduan pitched a scoreless 9th, but El Paso got to him and Jordan Jankowski in the 10th. In 1.1 innings, Guduan allowed 2 runs, both of which were inherited runners charged to him, on 3 hits and struck out 1. Jankowski got the last 2 outs of the 10th, but not before he allowed 2 runs on 3 hits (3-run homer; 1 run charged to Guduan).

Fresno has today off. They'll start a 4-game series with Sacramento on Thursday at 7:05 Pacific as Trent Thornton takes on Andrew Suarez.

Corpus Christi 6, San Antonio 1

W- Cy Sneed (6-4)
L- Charles Nading (0-2)

CC home runs: Kyle Tucker (4, 13 season; solo in 6th), Jon Singleton (12, 2-run in 8th)

Corpus erupted for 5 in the 8th to break a 1-1 tie; they scored the last 6 runs of this game.

Kyle Tucker put the Hooks on the board with a solo blast in the 6th inning and in the lead with a 2-run double in the 8th. Little Tuck then advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch and scored on a J.D. Davis single. One batter later, Jon Singleton launched a 2-run homer. Tucker (2B, solo HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) and Jack Mayfield both finished 2-4 on the evening.

Josh James didn't get any run support, but that didn't prevent him from turning in an excellent outing; he went 5 innings and allowed a run on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7. The Missions' only run came in the 1st inning, so he and Cy Sneed shut them out for 8 innings. Speaking of Cy Sneed, he went 4 innings and allowed a hit, walked 3, and struck out 4.

Kent Emanuel will start the series finale. He'll face Michael Kelly at 7:05.

Carolina League All-Star Game

The North beat the South by a final score of 2-0.

Myles Straw went 2-4 at the plate, while Nick Hernandez worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 8th.

Buies Creek resumes play on Thursday when they begin a 4-game series in Winston-Salem.

Midwest League All-Star Game

The West All-Stars came away with a 5-2 win.

Carson LaRue got the first two outs of the 8th via strikeout. Marcos Almonte and Chuckie Robinson both entered the game in the 5th. Almonte went 0-2 at the plate while Robinson popped out in his only plate appearance in the 8th inning. Yordan Alvarez and Enoli Paredes did not appear in this game.

The Banditos return to action on Thursday against Cedar Rapids.

Connecticut 9, Tri-City 0

W- Daniel Gonzalez (1-0)
L- Carlos Hiraldo (0-1)

TC home runs: None.

The ValleyCats began their 2017 campaign with a sputter. Connecticut removed all doubts regarding the outcome of this game with 5 runs in the 7th inning.

Kristian Trompiz went 2-3 with a double and 2 stolen bases (2, 4 season). Abraham Toro's double was TC's only other hit.

Carlos Hiraldo went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 5. Diogenes Almengo was the first man out of the ValleyCats bullpen and went 2.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits (solo homer), walking 3, and striking out 2. Colin McKee got the last out of the 7th, but not before he allowed the 2 runs he inherited from Almengo to score. McKee also allowed a 2-run single and walked 3. Ben Smith struck out 2 and hit a batter in a scoreless 8th.

Tri-City will play in front of their home crowd for the first time this season as they welcome the Lowell Spinners to Troy for a 3-game set starting at 7:00 Eastern.

DSL Braves 7, DSL Astros Blue 5

W- Willians Vasquez (1-1)
L- Nathanael Ventura (1-1)
S- Filyer Sanchez (1)

Blue home runs: None.

The Blue team held the Braves to 6 hits, but they lost in the column that counts.

Rhandall Sanchez and Ronaldo Urdaneta scored on wild pitches in the 5th inning. Urdaneta scored another run when he came home on a Samir Caraballo single in the 7th, and Yeuris Ramirez ripped a 2-run double in the 8th. Ramirez and Anthony Rodriguez had 2 hits apiece in this one.

Fredis Guerrero went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 3. Gustavo Almonte got 3 groundball outs in a 1-2-3 5th. Nathanael Ventura came on for the 6th but failed to record an out, allowing 3 runs (2 earned, all inherited runners charged to him) and walking 2. Nivaldo Rodriguez took ownership of the 6th and pitched the final 3 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4.

DSL Astros Orange 7, DSL Indians/Brewers 1

W- Jose Alberto Rivera (1-0)
L- Daritzon Feliz (0-3)

Orange home runs: None.

Team Orange led 5-0 after 2 innings and coasted to the win.

Jose Alberto Rivera struck out 3 in 5 innings; the one baserunner he allowed was the result of an error he committed. Freylin Garcia and Christian Mejias pitched 2 innings apiece; Garcia allowed a run on 2 hits and struck out 1, while Mejias allowed 2 hits and fanned 2.

Deury Carrasco doubled to lead off the 1st. He advanced to 3rd on a Freudis Nova single and scored the first run of the day when Euclides Chavez grounded out. Jose Carrillo followed with an RBI single to score Nova and Jose Alvarez also singled. They both scored when Jeury Castillo ripped a double. Carrillo hit another RBI single in the 2nd; Nova also scored on that play. In the 5th, Carrillo got plunked and scored on an error that allowed Jeury to reach. Carrillo capped off the day with another RBI single in the 7th.

Nova scored on all 3 of Carrillo's RBI singles. He and Alvarez both finished 2-3.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Jose Carrillo, C, DSL Astros Orange: 3-3, 3 RBI, 2 R
Freudis Nova, IF, DSL Astros Orange: 2-3, 3 R
Jose Alberto Rivera, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: W (1-0), 5 IP, 3 K
Freylin Garcia, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 2 IP, 2 H, ER, K
Christian Mejias, RHP, DSL Astros Orange: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K

Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers
W 6-1 vs. San Antonio
9 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 BB, 11 K
Josh James: 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Cy Sneed: W (6-4), 4 IP, H, 3 BB, 4 K

Kyle Tucker, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2B, solo HR (4, 13 season), 3 RBI

Jon Kemmer, OF, Fresno
2-4, 2-R HR (9), 2 R

Carson LaRue, RHP, Quad Cities
0.2 IP, 2 K in Midwest League All-Star Game

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy New York-Penn League Opening.... never mind.

The Astros' upper minors clubs got a little payback on their Padres counterparts.

Fresno 10, El Paso 4

W- David Martinez (4-7)
L- Bryan Rodriguez (1-5)
S- Brian Holmes (1)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (10, 2-run in 2nd), Colin Moran (15, 3-run in 4th), Max Stassi (6, 2-run in 5th)

The Grizzlies stormed out to a 10-2 lead after 5 innings and cruised to a victory on Monday.

Colin Moran got things started with a 2-run single in the 1st inning. A.J. Reed added a sac fly later in the inning. Tyler White saw his 11-game hitting streak come to an end on Sunday, but he wasted little time getting back on track with another multi-hit game. White launched a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning. Moran struck again in the 4th with a 3-run blast, and Max Stassi smacked a 2-run homer in the 5th.

White (2-R HR, 3 R), Preston Tucker (2B, 2 R), Moran (3-R HR, 5 RBI), and Teoscar Hernandez (R) all finished with 2 hits on the evening. Tony Kemp finished 4-5 with a stolen base (12) and scored twice.

The 2 runs that David Martinez allowed in his 6 innings of work came on a homer hit by Carlos Asuaje in the 2nd inning. Martinez allowed 5 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 3. Brian Holmes pitched the last 3 innings, struck out 2, and the two hits he allowed were solo homers to Jabari Blash and Ryan Schimpf.

Kyle Smith makes his second AAA start at 7:05 as the Grizzlies assume their Tacos alter ego in the series finale.

Corpus Christi 3, San Antonio 2

W- Yoanys Quiala (1-0, 6-1 season)
L- Chris Huffman (2-1)
S- Andrew Thome (5, 6 season)

CC home runs: Kyle Tucker (3, 12 season; solo in 1st), Jason Martin (3, 10 season; solo in 5th)

Yoanys Quiala had a solid Texas League debut and emerged as the winner.

Quiala went 6 innings and the only blemish on an otherwise fine night was a 2-run homer hit by Jose Rondon in the 6th. He also allowed 3 other hits, walked 1, and struck out 8. Ryan Thompson allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 2 innings, and Andrew Thome struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 9th to earn the save.

Kyle Tucker opened the scoring with a solo shot in the 1st inning. Jason Martin went 2-4 and drove in the other 2 Corpus runs with a 3rd-inning RBI single and a solo blast in the 5th.

The Hooks and Missions continue their series at 7:05 as Josh James faces Brett Kennedy.

Buies Creek is off until Thursday

The Carolina League All-Star Game will take place at 7:05 Eastern in Salem, Virginia. Buies Creek will begin the second half with 4 games in Winston-Salem on Thursday.

The Carolina Stros will be represented by Nick Hernandez, Franklin Perez, and Myles Straw. Yoanys Quiala was also selected to the South Division All-Star team, but he was just promoted to Corpus Christi.

Quad Cities is off until Thursday

The Midwest League All-Star Game will take place at Dow Diamond in Midland, Michigan, home of the Great Lakes Loons. The River Bandits will be represented by Yordan Alvarez, Enoli Paredes (who is currently on the DL), Carson LaRue, Chuckie Robinson, and Marcos Almonte. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Quad Cities kicks off the second half of their season with a 4-game series against Cedar Rapids beginning on Thursday.

Tri-City and Connecticut was postponed

Due to rain. This game will be made up on June 28 as part of a doubleheader.

New York-Penn League Opening Day, take two. The ValleyCats and Tigers will try again at 7:05 Eastern.

DSL Astros Blue 4, DSL Athletics 3 in 11 innings

W- Christopher Javier (1-0)
L- Enmanuel Sullivan (0-1)

Blue home runs: None.

The A's tied the game with a pair in the 8th, but the Blue team got the last word in with a run in the top of the 11th and escaped two bases-loaded jams in both extra frames to come away with the win.

Leonardo Rodriguez and Anthony Rodriguez both scored on an error in the 5th that allowed Yeuris Ramirez to reach. Yorbin Ceuta hit an RBI single in the 6th.

The complex leagues are experimenting with international rules in extra innings, which means that each team has a runner at 2nd base to start each extra inning. Kendy Moya was put on 2nd to start the 11th and he ended up scoring the decisive run on a wild pitch. Ronaldo Urdaneta finished 3-5 with 2 stolen bases (6) and scored a run.

Fabricio Reina went 4 innings and allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 1. Renny Ugarte was the first man out of the Blue team bullpen and threw 3 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out 2. Yeremi Ceballos allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the 8th, and Christopher Javier walked 3 (2 intentionally) and struck out 1 over 3 scoreless.

Both of Javier's free passes came in the 10th and loaded the bases. He kept the game tied. Intentionally loading the bases isn't a very sane thing to do... but it worked out for the Blue team. Javier had to work out of another bases-loaded predicament in the 11th despite getting two outs; a batter reached on a fielder's choice and then he plunked the next two guys. Again though, he found an escape and got that last out.

DSL Rangers1 14, DSL Astros Orange 10 in 10 innings

W- Felipe Ontiveros (1-0)
L- Fredy Medina (1-1)

Orange home runs: None.

The Rangers 1 got 4 in the 7th to tie and busted this one open with 6 in the first extra frame.

Jose Alvarez singled with one out in the 3rd inning. He advanced to 3rd on a couple of wild pitches and scored the first run of the day on a misfired pickoff throw. Renaigel Martis, who was at the plate while all of that unfolded, ended up walking. He then stole 2nd when Deury Carrasco struck out on what was ruled to be a wild pitch and scored on the errant throw down to 2nd. Carrasco advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch, and Freudis Nova drew a walk. They both scored on a Ramiro Rodriguez triple, and Jose Carrillo brought Rodriguez home with a sac fly.

In the 5th, Carrillo added an RBI double to his ledger and scored on an error that allowed Euclides Chavez to reach and advance to 3rd. Martis hit an infield single in the 6th and Jeury Castillo scored on the ensuing error. Alvarez finished 3-4 with 2 runs scored. Both of Carrillo's hits were doubles.

Cristofer Melendez allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 4 innings. Mauricio Santana pitched 2+ innings and had an inherited runner charged to him. He allowed a hit, walked 4, and struck out 3. Jervic Chavez went 2 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits and walked 1. Fredy Medina pitched 1.2 innings and was charged with all 6 Rangers runs (1 inherited runner also charged to him) in the 10th; all them were unearned. He allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Ronny Garcia issued a bases-loaded walk to the first man he faced, but struck out Rougned Odor for the final out of the 10th.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Jose Carrillo, C, DSL Astros Orange: 2-5, 2 2B, RBI, R

Ronaldo Urdaneta, IF, DSL Astros Blue: 3-5, R, 2 SB (6)
Renny Ugarte, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: 3 IP, H, 2 K
Christopher Javier, RHP, DSL Astros Blue: W (1-0), 3 IP, 3 BB (2 IBB), K; faced bases-loaded situations in 10th and 11th innings and did not allow a run

Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers
W 3-2 vs. San Antonio
9 IP, 5 H (2-R HR allowed), 2 ER, 2 BB, 11 K
Yoanys Quiala: W (1-0, 6-1 season), 6 IP, 4 H (2-R HR allowed), 2 ER, BB, 8 K
Ryan Thompson: 2 IP, H, BB, K
Andrew Thome: Save (5, 6 season), IP, 2 K

Jason Martin, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, solo HR (3, 10 season), 2 RBI

David Martinez, RHP, Fresno
W (4-7), 6 IP, 6 H (2-R HR allowed), 2 ER, BB, 3 K

Tyler White, IF, Colin Moran, 3B/OF, and Tony Kemp, 2B/OF, Fresno
White: 2-5, 2-R HR (10), 3 R
Moran: 2-4, 3-R HR (15), 5 RBI
Kemp: 4-5, 2 R, SB (12)
White has 2+ hits in 12 of his last 13 games.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Meet the 2017 Tri-City ValleyCats

The Houston Astros' short-season affiliates are getting ready to start their campaigns. First up... the Tri-City ValleyCats.


The Tri-City ValleyCats are members of the New York-Penn League and play at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, New York. The Tri-City moniker derives from its location in New York's Capital District, which consists of Troy, Schenectady, and New York's capital city, Albany. Why ValleyCats? That's because they are located in the Hudson River Valley.

This franchise began play in 1977 as the Little Falls Mets. The club relocated to Pittsfield in 2001, which was the first year that it became a minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros. In 2002, the club moved to Troy, so they're celebrating their 15th anniversary this year.

Joe Bruno Stadium will host the 2017 New York-Penn League All-Star Game on August 15.

The ValleyCats' website was recently updated with a new roster; this is what it looks like right now. Expect some 2017 draftees like Peter Solomon, Jake Adams, Corey Julks, and Parker Mushinski to enter the fold soon.

2016 5th-round pick Abraham Toro-Hernandez is making the transition behind the plate after playing third base in his draft year. Miguelangel Sierra burst onto the scene with 10 homers in Greeneville before hitting a bump after getting promoted to Tri-City late in the season. Connor MacDonald, the Aussie, also began to flash some power with the Appy Astros last season and he'll look to continue to build on a nice 2016 season.

There will be plenty of speed in the outfield with Frankeny Fernandez and Andy Piñeda; Fernandez stole 20 in 52 games with Greeneville, while Piñeda swiped 18 in 40 games between the GCL and Tri-City.

Cristian Javier has put up outstanding numbers in the complex leagues and Greeneville. Felipe Tejada had a breakout of sorts with the DSL Blue team and the GCL club and even spent a little time with Quad Cities to start the season, although he didn't get into a game. César Rosado also turned in a nice 2016 in the complex leagues and now he'll make the leap to upstate New York. Ben Smith continues to work his way back from Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The ValleyCats were supposed to open their season tonight in Connecticut, but that game got rained out. It'll be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 28.

So, I've rambled on long enough. Let's meet the 2017 Tri-City ValleyCats (for right now)!

Bold - player bats/throws left-handed
Italics - player is a switch-hitter

COACHING STAFF

The always-exuberant Morgan Ensberg will manage a team for the first time in his coaching career after spending the last four years as a special assignment coach and a roving instructor for the Astros. He will be joined by pitching coach Bill Murphy, who was at Greeneville last season. Hitting coach Jeremy Barnes is new to the Astros organization.

Barnes, a native of Garland, spent four seasons in the Phillies system after they drafted him in the 11th round in 2009 out of Notre Dame. The bulk of his time as a Phillies farmhand was spent in Class A, and he appeared in two games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2012, his final season in the system. He then moved on to independent ball and also had two stints in the Australian Baseball League with the Canberra Cavalry.

Manager: Morgan Ensberg
Pitching Coach: Bill Murphy
Hitting Coach: Jeremy Barnes
Athletic Trainer: Daniel Cerquera

PITCHERS

Diogenes Almengo - International free agent (DR), 2014; played with Greeneville in 2016
Humberto Castellanos - International free agent (Mexico), 2015; DSL Orange
Ricardo Castro - International free agent (Mexico), 2015; mostly with Greeneville, with 2 appearances in Tri-City and 1 with Quad Cities
Robert Corniel - International free agent (DR), 2012; DSL Blue
Carlos Hiraldo - International free agent (DR), 2013; Greeneville in 2016, made 3 appearances for Corpus Christi in May
Cristian Javier - International free agent (DR), 2015; GCL/Greeneville in 2016, made 1 appearance for Buies Creek on May 25
Reggie Johnson - Undrafted free agent (Hampden-Sydney College, VA), 2016; GCL/Greeneville in 2016, made 5 appearances with Quad Cities in April/May
Colin McKee - 18th round (Mercyhurst, PA), 2016 draft; Greeneville
Luis Ramirez - International free agent (Venezuela), 2014; Greeneville/Tri-City/1 appearance with Quad Cities
Leovanny Rodriguez - International free agent (DR), 2015; DSL Blue/GCL
César Rosado - International free agent (DR), 2014; DSL Orange/GCL
Patrick Sandoval - 11th round (Mission Viejo HS, CA), 2015 draft; Greeneville, made 1 appearance for Buies Creek on May 14
Ben Smith - 17th round (Coastal Carolina), 2014 draft; Tri-City/Greeneville
Felipe Tejada - International free agent (DR), 2015; DSL Blue/GCL
Nathan Thompson - 27th round (Oklahoma Baptist), 2016 draft; Greeneville

CATCHERS

Carlos Canelon - International free agent (Venezuela), 2014; DSL Blue
Ruben Castro - 19th round (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy), 2014 draft; Greeneville (throws right-handed)
Abraham Toro-Hernandez - 5th round (Seminole State, OK), 2016 draft; Greeneville
Randy Vasquez - International free agent (DR), 2015; GCL

INFIELDERS

Connor MacDonald - International free agent (Australia), 2012; Greeneville
Joan Mauricio - International free agent (DR), 2013; GCL (throws right-handed)
Troy Sieber - 24th round (St. Leo, FL), 2016 draft; GCL/Greeneville
Miguelangel Sierra - International free agent (Venezuela), 2014; Greeneville/Tri-City
Kristian Trompiz - International free agent (Venezuela), 2013; Lancaster/Quad Cities in 2016, spent May with Corpus Christi

OUTFIELDERS

Frankeny Fernandez - International free agent (DR), 2013; Greeneville
Luis Payano - International free agent (DR), 2012; Greeneville
Andy Piñeda - International free agent (DR), 2014; GCL/Tri-City
Vicente Sanchez - International free agent (DR), 2014; Greeneville

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, June 18, 2017

Astros vs. Padres in the upper minors!

El Paso 11, Fresno 5

W- Rafael De Paula (2-0)
L- Casey Coleman (2-4)

Fresno home runs: None.

Getting outhit 18-4 in a game is not exactly ideal.

Casey Coleman went 2.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits (solo and 2-run homers), walked 3, and struck out 2. Aaron West was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and went 2.1 innings, allowing 2 unearned runs on 4 hits and striking out 2. Brendan McCurry allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 1 in 2 innings. Ashur Tolliver was next, and he got 2 outs in the 8th, allowing a run on 2 hits and walking 1. Jordan Jankowski pitched the final 1.1 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3.

Juan Centeno opened the scoring with a 2-run double in the 1st inning. Teoscar Hernandez scored on an errant pickoff throw in the 6th, and Preston Tucker had a 2-run single in the 7th.

David Martinez faces Bryan Rodriguez in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

San Antonio 2, Corpus Christi 1

W- Enyel De Los Santos (4-3)
L- Brock Dykxhoorn (1-4)
S- Brad Wieck (5)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks threatened in the bottom of the 9th, but no cigar.

Jason Martin went 2-4 and drove in Corpus Christi's only run with a 6th-inning RBI single. The Hooks left the bases loaded to end the game.

Brock Dykxhoorn wasn't bad in his 5 innings, but he had to take the loss. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 3. Rogelio Armenteros struck out 3 over 4 perfect innings.

Yoanys Quiala makes his Texas League debut tonight at 7:05. He'll take on Chris Huffman.

Buies Creek 5, Winston-Salem 4 in 10 innings

W- Ralph Garza Jr. (2-2)
L- Jake Johansen (0-1)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros walked off with a win to avoid the sweep. They scored the last five runs of the contest after falling behind 4-0.

The one hit that Ryan Hartman allowed in his 3 innings was a solo homer hit by Luis Silverio. Hartman also struck out 3. Brett Adcock and Justin Ferrell pitched 2 innings apiece; Adcock allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1, while Ferrell allowed a hit and fanned 1. Nick Hernandez recorded a strikeout in a 1-2-3 8th, and Ralph Garza Jr. allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless.

Randy César scored Buies Creek's first run of the day on a Rodrigo Ayarza groundout in the 5th. Alex De Goti scored on a Jake Rogers groundout in the 6th. The Carolina Stros tied the game with 2 in the 8th on a pair of RBI singles from Rogers and César. De Goti scored the winning run on an error. De Goti went 0-2, but he scored 3 of Buies Creek's 5 runs on Sunday. César, Dex McCall, and Myles Straw all finished 2-4.

The Carolina League All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday in Salem, Virginia. Buies Creek will resume play on Thursday against the Carolina Mudcats.

The Carolina Stros will be represented by Nick Hernandez, Franklin Perez, and Myles Straw. Yoanys Quiala was also selected to the South Division All-Star team, but he was just promoted to Corpus Christi.

Quad Cities 5, Beloit 3

W- Abdiel Saldaña (2-1)
L- Yordys Alejo (2-2)
S- Kevin Hill (2)

QC home runs: Yordan Alvarez (9, 2-run in 3rd)

The Banditos won, but unfortunately, Cedar Rapids did as well, so the Kernels got the wild-card spot in the first half.

Both teams scored 2 in the 3rd; Quad Cities' 2 came courtesy of a Yordan Alvarez homer. Bryan De La Cruz scored the tying run in the 8th on an error that allowed Ray Henderson to reach, and Jonathan Arauz put Quad Cities in front when he scored on a Tyler Wolfe fielder's choice. Daz Cameron scored an insurance run on a wild pitch in the 9th inning.

Ronel Blanco went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Abdiel Saldaña was the first man out of the Banditos bullpen and went 3 innings, allowing an unearned run on 2 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3. Kevin Hill navigated out of some trouble to close out the game. He allowed a hit, a walk, and struck out 1 in the 9th.

The Midwest League All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday from Dow Diamond in Midland, Michigan, home of the Great Lakes Loons. The River Bandits will be represented by Yordan Alvarez, Enoli Paredes (who is currently on the DL), Carson LaRue, Chuckie Robinson, and Marcos Almonte.

Quad Cities returns to action on Thursday against Cedar Rapids.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Probably the first and only time I'll highlight someone who didn't have a hit.

Rogelio Armenteros, RHP, Corpus Christi
4 IP, 3 K; perfect outing

Photo from MiLB.com
Ronel Blanco, RHP, Quad Cities
5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Photo from MiLB.com
Yordan Alvarez, 1B, Quad Cities
2-R HR (9), 2 BB

Randy César, 3B, and Alex De Goti, IF, Buies Creek
César: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R
De Goti: 0-2, BB, 3 R