Friday, April 20, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Thursday, April 19, 2018

Organization sweep!


Fresno 10, Las Vegas 8

W- Matt Ramsey (1-1)
L- Jacob Rhame (0-1)
S- Brendan McCurry (3)

Fresno home runs: A.J. Reed (1, 2-run in 9th)

Um... wow. The Grizzlies looked like they were about to get blown out of the ballpark until they scored all ten of their runs in the final three innings to stun Vegas.

Rogelio Armenteros got knocked around in his three innings as he allowed 5 runs on 8 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 4. Andrew Thome was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and threw 2.1 innings; the one scoring play he allowed was a 2-run homer to Zach Borenstein. He allowed one other hit, walked 1, and struck out 2. Buddy Boshers worked around a hit to get the last two outs of the 6th.

James Hoyt, Matt Ramsey, and Brendan McCurry each worked an inning. Hoyt had the bases loaded on him in the 7th but managed to work out of trouble, striking out 2. Ramsey struck out two in a 1-2-3 8th. McCurry struck out the first two men he faced in the 9th but the last out proved to be elusive as the 51s scored a run thanks to a hit batter and a pair of singles. Fortunately, McCurry pulled himself together and finished the game by striking out David Thompson.

Tony Kemp put Fresno on the board with an RBI single in the 7th. Fresno rattled off 4 runs in the 8th, all with two outs. Kyle Tucker singled to lead off the inning and Tyler White joined him on the bases after getting hit by a pitch. A.J. Reed grounded into a double play, but J.D. Davis kept the inning alive with an RBI double. Jon Kemmer followed with an RBI triple and Garrett Stubbs brought him home with a single. Tony Nuñez and Tony Kemp walked to load the bases for Drew Ferguson, who came through with an RBI single to make this a 7-5 game.

White singled to lead off the 9th and Reed launched a home run to tie the game. Kemp put the Grizzlies in front with an RBI double and then a passed ball allowed him and Stubbs to score. Stubbs went 4-5 on the night. Kemp (2B, 2 RBI, R) and Davis (2B, RBI, 3 R) both finished 3-5, while Kemmer finished 2-4 with his RBI triple.

Kent Emanuel will start the series finale and he'll face P.J. Conlon at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 5, Frisco 3

W- Sean Stutzman (1-0)
L- Joe Filomeno (0-1)
S- Riley Ferrell (1)

CC home runs: Taylor Jones (1, solo in 5th)

The Hooks got a pair of runs in the 8th to break a 3-3 tie and came out on top in their first tussle with Arlington's AA affiliate.

Brock Dykxhoorn allowed a couple of runs on 5 hits (solo homer), walked 3, and struck out 3 in 5 innings of work. Sean Stutzman went 2.2 innings and allowed a run on a groundout, a double, walked 3, and struck out 3. Riley Ferrell issued a couple of walks and struck out two over the final 1.1 innings to record the save.

Myles Straw got plunked to lead off the game. He went on to steal second (10) and scored the first run of the night on a Carmen Benedetti RBI single. Taylor Jones doubled to start the 4th and came around to score on a single from Alex De Goti. After the Roughriders scored twice in the 4th to tie the game, Jones struck again in the 5th when he whacked a solo homer off Collin Wiles to put Corpus back in the lead. He drew a walk with one out in the 8th and ended up scoring the go-ahead run when Randy César swatted a double into the right-center field gap. César, who went 3-4, scored a crucial insurance run on Jamie Ritchie's single. Jones finished 2-3 and scored three of the Hooks' five runs in this game.

Ryan Hartman takes on Wes Benjamin in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 8, Carolina 4

W- Carson LaRue (1-0)
L- Nattino Diplán (1-1)

BC home runs: Ronnie Dawson (2, solo 3rd), Chuckie Robinson (1, 2-run in 7th)

Four runs on Buies Creek. Feels like it's been a while since that's happened. No matter, a late uprising gave them their sixth consecutive win.

Buies Creek scored twice in the 3rd as Ronnie Dawson led things off with a homer and Kristian Trompiz hit an infield single to score Abraham Toro. They scored all four of their runs in the 7th with two outs to take control. Josh Rojas hit a one-out single, advanced to second on a Toro groundout, stole third, and scored on a Chas McCormick double. Osvaldo Duarte followed by lashing an RBI triple to tie the game, and Chuckie Robinson put the Carolina Stros in front by clubbing a two-run homer. Duarte ripped a two-run double in the 9th to seal the deal. He, along with Dawson (solo HR, 2 SB), Robinson (2-R HR), and Aníbal Sierra all finished with two hits on the night.

The Carolina Stros wreaked havoc on the bases on Thursday as they went 6-7 in stolen base attempts. Dawson (6) and Rojas (9) stole two apiece while Robinson (1) and Toro (2) each had one.

Brandon Bailey allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 9 in 4 innings of work. The Mudcats tagged Jesús Balaguer for 3 runs on 4 hits (2-run homer) in the 5th. Balaguer also issued a walk and struck out 1 in the inning. Carson LaRue allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 over the final four innings.

Brett Adcock faces Braden Webb in game 2. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities 2, Peoria 1 in 10 innings

W- Colin McKee (1-0)
L- Thomas St. Clair (0-2)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos finally got to play baseball again! Nine innings was not enough to determine the outcome of this game, but fortunately, the River Bandits wasted little time in wrapping this game up thanks to a run in the first extra frame.

Four pitchers combined to allow one run and one hit while striking out 18. Parker Mushinski allowed that run on a passed ball, a single, walked 3, and struck out 8 in 4 innings. Robert Corniel struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 5th. Luis Garcia then tagged in for 3 no-hit innings; he walked 1 and struck out 6. Colin McKee walked 1 and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless to get the victory.

Marcos Almonte lashed an RBI double in the 2nd to open the scoring. Let's fast-forward to the 10th. Mike Papierski started the inning as the man on second and Almonte didn't see a pitch because he was intentionally walked. Roman Garcia got hit to load the bases, but it was a scary moment as Thomas St. Clair's pitch hit him in the head and knocked him out of the game. Corey Julks ended up taking his place on first. Papierski had a passed ball that resulted in Peoria's only run... and he scored the winning run for Quad Cities on a wild pitch. Almonte's RBI double was the only extra-base hit in this game for either side.

César Rosado will start the first of a five-game series in Burlington. He'll face Jeremy Beasley at 11:30 AM. Today is the only day where one game will be played; Quad Cities and Burlington will play a doubleheader on Saturday and another one on Sunday to make up a couple of postponed games during the River Bandits' previous trip to Burlington.

Thursday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Parker Mushinski's and Luis Garcia's photos are their mugshots on MiLB.com.
Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers: W 2-1 vs. Peoria
10 IP, H, unearned run, 5 BB, 18 K
Parker Mushinski: 4 IP, H, unearned run, 3 BB, 8 K
Robert Corniel: IP, 2 K
Luis Garcia: 3 IP, BB, 6 K
Colin McKee: W (1-0), 2 IP, BB, 2 K

Garrett Stubbs, C, J.D. Davis, 3B/1B/OF, and Tony Kemp, 2B/OF, Fresno
Stubbs: 4-5, 2B, RBI, 2R
Davis: 3-5, 2B, RBI, 3 R
Kemp: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R; go-ahead RBI 2B in 8th

Taylor Jones, 1B, and Randy César, 3B, Corpus Christi
Jones: 2-3, 2B, solo HR (1), 3 R
César: 3-4, go-ahead RBI 2B in 8th, R

Ronnie Dawson, OF, Chuckie Robinson, C, and Osvaldo Duarte, 2B/OF, Buies Creek
Dawson: 2-3, solo HR (2), 2 SB (6)
Robinson: 2-4, go-ahead 2-R HR (1) in 7th, SB (1)
Duarte: 2-5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, R

Brandon Bailey's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Brandon Bailey, RHP, and Carson LaRue, RHP, Buies Creek
Bailey: 4 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB, 9 K
LaRue: W (1-0), 4 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Former Astros in Independent/International Leagues (2018)

There are several former Astros already playing internationally or who are slated to play with the Indy League clubs that start up between late April and mid-May. I'll update this post with any late additions I see as the independent baseball season gets closer. If you see any former Astros or former Astros farm hands that I missed, leave a note in the comments and I'll include them in my next update.

Each year MLB affiliates pick up players from independent baseball. Last year, RHP Kevin McCanna (Astros 2015 13th round pick; 2015-2016 Astros farm system) started his season with the independent Sioux City Explorers club, but was picked up by the Diamondbacks organization and 1B Conrad Gregor (Astros 2013 4th round pick; 2013-2016 Astros farm system) was picked up by the Red Sox from the New Jersey Jackals. And 3B  Bobby Wernes (Astros 2015 30th round pick; 2015-2016 Astros farm system) had signed with the Traverse City Beach Bums, but was picked up by the Rockies organization before playing a single game for the Bums. There are several players on this list that could very well make their way back into affiliated baseball ... I wish them all the best of luck!

Jio Mier - April 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

JAPAN CENTRAL LEAGUE

Yakult Swallows
OF Nori Aoki (2017 Astros)

JAPAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
1B/DH Japhet Amador (2013-2014 Astros farm system)

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks
RHP Dennis Sarfate (2007 Astros)
It is Sarfate's 8th season playing in Japan.

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
3B Brandon Laird (2012-2013 Astros system)

Saitama Seibu Lions
IF Kaz Matsui (2008-2010 Astros)

KOREAN BASEBALL ORGANIZATION

Doosan Bears
OF Jimmy Paredes (2010-2013 Astros system)

LG Twins
RHP Henry Sosa (2011-2012 Astros system)
Sosa is in his 7th season with the KBO.

MEXICAN LEAGUE

Diablos Rojas del Mexico
RHP Gonzalo Sanudo (2013-2016 Astros farm system)
C Carlos Corporan (2011-2014 Astros)

Guerreros de Oaxaca
RHP Arcenio Leon (2005-2012 Astros farm system)

Leones de Yucatan
RHP Paul Clemens (2011-2014 Astros system)
OF Leo Heras (2013-2016 Astros farm system)
OF/2B Ruben Sosa (Astros 2011 23rd round pick; 2011-2014 Astros farm system)

Olmecas de Tabasco
RHP Cesar Valdez (2016 Astros farm system)

Pericos de Puebla
LHP Mitch Lambson (Astros 2011 19th round pick; 2011-2015 Astros farm system)
C Bernardo Heras (2016-2017 Astros farm system)

Saraperos de Saltillo
LHP Raul Valdes (Astros 2014)

Sultanes de Monterrey
RHP Edgar Gonzalez (2012-2013 Astros)

Tecolotes de los Dos Loredos
IF Anderson Hernandez (2010-2011 Astros system)

Tigres de Quintana Roo
OF Jason Bourgeois (2010-2011 Astros)

Toros de Tijuana
RHP Hector Ambriz (2012-2013 Astros)
RHP Gerardo Sanchez (2012-2013 Astros farm system)
3B Jio Mier (Astros 2009 1st round pick; 2009-2015 Astros farm system)

ATLANTIC LEAGUE

Lancaster Barnstormers
IF Rico Noel (2018 Astros farm system)
LHP Tommy Shirley (Astros 2010 9th round pick; 2010-2016 Astros farm system)

York Revolution
1B/OF Michael Burgess (2013 Astros farm system)
RHP Zac Grotz (Astros 2015 28th round pick, 2015 Astros farm system)
RHP Jay Gause (Astros 2014 10th round pick; 2014 Astros farm system)

New Britain Bees
LHP Kevin Chapman (2012-2016 Astros system)
RHP Sam Gervacio (2005-2011 Astros system)
RHP Mark Hamburger (2013 Astros farm system)
LHP Andy Van Hekken (2008-2011 Astros farm system)

Long Island Ducks
LHP Ashur Tolliver (2017 Astros system)

Pennsylvania Road Warriors
LHP Luis Cruz (Astros 2008 9th round pick; 2008-2015 Astros farm system)
C Marlon Avea (2011-2016 Astros farm system)
OF Edwin Gomez (2012-2013 Astros farm system)

Somerset Patriots
LHP Brett Oberholtzer (2011-2015 Astros system)

Sugar Land Skeeters
RHP Jared Mortensen (Astros Rule 5 draft pick in December 2016; appeared in 3 games for Fresno in April 2017)
RHP Felipe Paulino (2003-2010 Astros system)
RHP Mitch Talbot (Astros 2002 2nd round pick; 2003-2006 Astros system)
OF Luke Scott (2004-2007 Astros system)
OF Willy Taveras (2004-2006 Astros system)

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION

Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks
RHP Travis Ballew (Astros 2012 23rd round pick; 2012-2015 Astros system)
LHP Sebastian Kessay (Astros 2013 22nd round pick; 2013-2017 Astros farm system)

Gary Southshore Railcats
RHP Daniel Minor (Astros 2012 9th round pick; 2012-2105 Astros farm system)

Sioux Falls Canaries
LHP Joe Bircher ( Astros 2012 10th round pick, 2012-2013 Astros farm system)
IF Tyler Wolfe (Astros 2016 39th round pick; 2016-2017 Astros farm system)

Winnipeg Goldeyes
OF Reggie Abercrombie (2008-2009 Astros system)

Kansas City T-Bones
C Christian Correa (2015-2017 Astros system)

Sioux City Explorers
OF Jay Austin (Astros 2008 2nd round pick, 2008-2012 Astros farm system)

Texas Airhogs
LHP Michael Freeman (Astros 2015 7th round pick; 2015-2017 Astros farm system)

CAN-AM LEAGUE

Ottawa Champions
RHP Austin Chrismon (Astros 2013 26th round pick, 2013-2015 Astros farm system)

Rockland Boulders
RHP Ryan Deemes (Astros 2015 36th round pick; 2015-2017 Astros farm system)
C Marcus Nidiffer (2010 Astros farm system)

Sussex County Miners
LHP David Rollins (2012-2014 Astros farm system)
C Martin Figueroa (Astros 2017 32nd round pick; 2017 Astros farm system)

Trois-Rivieres Aigles
RHP Chris Murphy (Astros 2015 24th round pick; 2015-2016 Astros farm system)
C Anthony Hermelyn (Astros 2015 4th round pick; 2015-2017 Astros farm system)

FRONTIER LEAGUE

Schaumberg Boomers
RHP Kyle Westwood (2013 13th round pick; 2013-2015 Astros farm system)
On the suspended list

Washington Wild Things
OF Hector Roa (2012-2016 Astros farm system)

Windy City Thunderbolts
RHP Devin Raftery (2016-2017 Astros farm system)

Evansville Otters
LHP Austin Nicely (Astros 2013 10th round pick; 2013-2016 Astros farm system)

River City Rascals
RHP Reggie Johnson (2016-2017 Astros farm system)
RHP Lucas Williams (Astros 2016 40th round draft pick; 2016-2017 Astros farm system)

Lake Erie Crushers
LHP Ben Smith (Astros 2014 17th round pick; 2016-2017 Astros farm system)
(Pro debut was delayed due to recovery from Tommy John surgery followed by a battle with Burkitt lymphoma)


Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Wednesday, April 18, 2018

One team having a day off and another team being unable to play yet again resulted in a light slate on the farm.

Buies Creek sweep!



Las Vegas 2, Fresno 1

W- Corey Taylor (1-0)
L- Reymin Guduan (1-1)
S- Jacob Rhame (1)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (5, solo in 6th)

The Grizzlies held the 51s to one hit... and lost.

Tyler White's solo home run in the 6th represented the lone Fresno run. Drew Ferguson singled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

Cy Sneed walked 4 and struck out 7 over 6 shutout innings. Reymin Guduan pitched the final two innings and allowed the one hit... a two-run home run hit by Bryce Brentz. Guduan also issued a walk and struck out 4.

Rogelio Armenteros will start game 3 of this series. He'll face Corey Oswalt at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi was off

The Hooks will start a four-game series in Frisco tonight at 7:05. Brock Dykxhoorn will face Collin Wiles.

Buies Creek 9, Myrtle Beach 0

W- Brandon Bielak (2-1)
L- Jose Paulino (0-2)
S- Justin Ferrell (1)

BC home runs: Aníbal Sierra (2, 2-run in 2nd), Luis Payano (1, solo in 6th)

The Carolina Stros rattled off 7 runs in the 2nd to cruise to a sweep. In this current five-game winning streak, they've shut out their opponent four times.

Osvaldo Duarte reached on an error with one out in the 2nd inning and advanced to third on a Chas McCormick double. One batter later, Luis Payano opened the scoring with an RBI single and McCormick also scored thanks to an error on the play. Carlos Canelón followed with a single, and Aníbal Sierra launched a three-run homer to blow this game open. Two batters later, Ronnie Dawson drew a walk, stole his way to third, and scored on an Abraham Toro single. Troy Sieber brought Toro home with an RBI double, although he was thrown out at third to end the inning. Sierra doubled with one out in the 4th and came home on a Josh Rojas single. Luis Payano capped off the night with a solo shot in the 6th, his first home run of the season.

McCormick (2B, R), Payano (solo HR, 2 RBI, 2 R), Canelón (2B, R), and Sierra (2B, 3-R HR, 2 R) all finished 2-4 on the night.

Brandon Bielak and Justin Ferrell combined on a four-hit shutout. Bielak allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 5 in 5.2 innings, while Ferrell allowed a hit and fanned 6 over the last 3.1 innings to complete the shutout.

Brandon Bailey will start the first of a four-game series against the Carolina Mudcats. He'll take on Cameron Roegner at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities and Peoria was postponed

Due to inclement weather. This game will be made up at a later date, presumably when the Chiefs return to the Quad Cities May 25-28.

These two teams will wrap up this series at 6:35, weather permitting.

The Banditos have been postponed for the fifth time this season. The April 8 game in Cedar Rapids that was postponed will be made up on May 16.

Wednesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Brandon Bielak's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 9-0 vs. Myrtle Beach
9 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 11 K
Four shutouts during current five-game winning streak
Brandon Bielak: W (2-1), 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K
Justin Ferrell: Save (1), 3.1 IP, H, 6 K

Aníbal Sierra's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Aníbal Sierra, SS, and Luis Payano, OF, Buies Creek
Sierra: 2-4, 2B, 3-R HR (2), 2 R
Payano: 2-4, solo HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 R

Cy Sneed, RHP, Fresno
6 IP, 4 BB, 7 K

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fresno 11, Las Vegas 4

W- Trent Thornton (1-1)
L- A.J. Griffin (0-2)

Fresno home runs: Drew Ferguson (1, 2-run in 1st), J.D. Davis (1, solo in 7th)

Fresno wasted little time in imposing their will on this game with an 8-run 1st inning.

Tony Kemp walked to lead off the game and Drew Ferguson followed by whacking a two-run homer to open the scoring. The inning suddenly looked like it was on the verge of stopping there because Kyle Tucker popped out and Tyler White lined out, but A.J. Reed walked to keep the inning moving. He advanced to third on a J.D. Davis single and scored on a Jon Kemmer single. Stubbs stole second and Jack Mayfield worked a walk to load the bases for Kemp, who hit a two-run single. Ferguson capped off the early onslaught with a two-run triple.

That triple would be the Grizzlies' last scoring play until the 7th, when Davis launched a solo homer. Stubbs capped off the evening with a two-run double. Davis (solo HR, 3 R) and Kemp (2 RBI, 2 R, SB) had three hits apiece, while Ferguson (3B, 2-R HR, 4 RBI) and Stubbs (2B, 3 RBI, R, SB) both finished 2-5.

Trent Thornton went 5.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 2 hits, walked 4, and struck out 3. Andrew Thome was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and got the last two outs of the 6th; he allowed a hit, walked two, and struck out one. Buddy Boshers struck out two in a 1-2-3 7th but ran into trouble in the 8th as a single and a couple of walks loaded the bases. Jacob Dorris took ownership of the last two innings and although he issued a bases-loaded walk that allowed one of Boshers' runners to score, no further damage was inflicted. Dorris walked 3 and struck out 3 in his two innings of work.

Cy Sneed faces Chris Flexen in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Arkansas 6, Corpus Christi 2

W- Chase De Jong (1-1)
L- Framber Valdez (0-1)
S- Matt Festa (1)

CC home runs: Nick Tanielu (2, solo in 7th)

The Hooks managed to cut their deficit to one run in the 7th, but the Travelers scored twice in three consecutive innings to foil their bid to sweep the series.

All three Corpus runs came in that 7th inning and pulled them to within one, at 4-3. Nick Tanielu led off the inning with a homer to put the Hooks on the board. Randy César followed by drawing a walk and one batter later, Jamie Ritchie ripped a double to bring him in. Ritchie wound up scoring on a wild pitch that Stephen Wrenn swung at and missed. He and Tanielu both finished 2-4 on the night.

Josh James allowed 4 hits and struck out 7 over 5 shutout innings. Framber Valdez tagged in for 3 innings but got roughed up to the tune of 6 runs on 9 hits; he also issued a walk and struck out 2. Brendan Feldmann worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 2.

Corpus Christi has the day off. Tomorrow, they'll kick off the Texas League iteration of the Lone Star Series with a four-game set in Frisco. Brock Dykxhoorn is scheduled to face Collin Wiles.

Buies Creek 6, Myrtle Beach 2

W- Ronel Blanco (1-0)
L- Ryan Kellogg (0-1)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros' shutout streak went by the wayside... their winning streak did not. After the Pelicans scored first, Buies Creek finished the game on a 6-1 run.

Hector Perez allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 4, and struck out 7 in 4.2 innings. Ronel Blanco tagged in for 3.1 no-hit innings, walking 1 and striking out 4. Kit Scheetz allowed a run on a sac fly, a double, and issued a walk in the 9th.

Buies Creek took the lead with a 3-run 6th inning that very nearly ended up scoreless, thanks to a double play. Ronnie Dawson kept the inning alive by drawing a walk and moved to third on a Josh Rojas single. Rojas stole second (4) and Abraham Toro got hit by a pitch to load the bases for Troy Sieber, who came through with a two-run single. One batter later, Toro scored on a wild pitch. Another wild pitch in the 7th allowed Kristian Trompiz to score, and in the 8th, Chas McCormick ripped an RBI double, and he came around to score on a single from Trompiz. Sieber and McCormick had two hits apiece.

Brandon Bielak will face Jose Paulino as Buies Creek looks for the sweep. First pitch is at 7:00 Eastern.

Peoria 6, Quad Cities 2

W- Zach Prendergast (2-0)
L- Yohan Ramirez (1-1)

QC home runs: None.

It all went horribly wrong for the Banditos late as the Chiefs scored all six of their runs in the top of the 8th inning to seize control. At least they finally got to play baseball again after being forced to take the weekend off because the weather is stupid.

Quad Cities scored their two runs without utilizing a hit to do so in either instance. Cody Bohanek scored the first run of the evening when he stole home in the 1st inning and Adrian Tovalin was plunked with the bases loaded in the 3rd.

Cristian Javier allowed a hit, walked 4, and struck out 6 over 4 shutout innings. Carlos Hiraldo bridged the gap between Javier and Yohan Ramirez by throwing a 1-2-3 5th in his season debut. Ramirez threw two scoreless innings to start off his night, but everything unraveled for him in the 8th. Ultimately, he allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 in 2+ innings. Carlos Sanabria took ownership of the 8th, but did not fare much better. In addition to allowing the two runners he inherited from Ramirez to score, he allowed three more runs (all of which were unearned) on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2. Cole Watts worked around a couple of walks to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out one.

Parker Mushinski will take on Jake Walsh in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 6:35.

Tuesday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Tony Kemp, 2B/OF, Drew Ferguson, OF, J.D. Davis, 3B/1B/LF, and Garrett Stubbs, C, Fresno
Kemp: 3-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB (5)
Ferguson: 2-4, 3B, 2-R HR (1), 4 RBI; all 4 RBI came in 1st inning
Davis: 3-5, solo HR (1), 3 R
Stubbs: 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, R, SB (2)

Josh James, RHP, Corpus Christi
5 IP, 4 H, 7 K

Hector Perez, RHP, and Ronel Blanco, RHP, Buies Creek
Perez: 4.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 4 BB, 7 K
Blanco: W (1-0), 3.1 IP, BB, 4 K

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Monday, April 16, 2018

Fresno sweep!


Fresno 7, Reno 6

W- Mike Hauschild (1-1)
L- Taylor Clarke (1-2)
S- Brendan McCurry (2)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (4, solo in 1st)

Well, things got rather harrowing in the 9th, but the Grizzlies managed to escape, and as a result, they swept the Aces out of the Central Valley.

Mike Hauschild was dealing in his 6.2 innings as he allowed a run on 5 hits while striking out 8. Matt Ramsey got the final out of the 7th with a strikeout and then threw a 1-2-3 8th with a groundout sandwiched in between a couple more strikeouts. Chris Nunn faced three men in the 9th and failed to record an out; instead, he allowed 3 runs on three hits (solo and 2-run homers). Brendan McCurry took ownership of the 9th and managed to close out the game, even though he allowed a two-run homer to Marcus Littlewood that cut Fresno's lead to one run. The homer was the only hit he allowed; he also walked the first man he faced.

Tyler White smacked a solo homer in the 1st to open the scoring. All four of his home runs this season have come against the Aces. The Grizzlies got a pair of two-run singles from J.D. Davis and Tim Federowicz in the 3rd to put them in the driver's seat. In the 8th, Federowicz lashed an RBI double and Drew Ferguson drove in the last Fresno run of the afternoon with an RBI single.

Federowicz finished 3-4 and drove in three. Ferguson (RBI, R) and Davis (2B, 2 RBI, 2 R) had two hits apiece; Ferguson is now on a nine-game hitting streak and has recorded a hit in all but one of the games he has played this season.

Trent Thornton will get the start as the Grizzlies start a four-game series in Las Vegas. He'll face A.J. Griffin at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 9, Arkansas 0

W- Ralph Garza Jr. (3-0)
L- Spencer Herrmann (1-1)

CC home runs: Nick Tanielu (1, 2-run in 1st)

The Hooks dominated the Travelers in all facets of the game. Maybe the presence of the World Series trophy was a little extra motivation?

Cionel Perez and Ralph Garza Jr. both threw 4 scoreless innings. Cionel allowed 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 6, while Garza allowed a couple of hits and also fanned 6. Erasmo Pinales got two flyouts and a groundball out in the 9th to complete the shutout.

Nick Tanielu kicked things off by launching a two-run homer in the opening inning, his first of the year. Corpus blew this game open by turning a bases-loaded, no out situation in the 3rd into five runs.

After Arkansas starter Spencer Herrmann loaded the bases, the Travs went to their bullpen. Carmen Benedetti greeted the new pitcher, Scott Kuzminsky, with a two-run double. Randy César reached on an error to re-load the bases, and Ryne Birk followed with an RBI single. Lorenzo Quintana grounded into a force out that allowed Benedetti to score, and César scored on an Alex De Goti groundout. Benedetti ripped an RBI double in the 6th and César capped off the evening with an RBI single in the 8th.

Myles Straw went 4-5 with a triple. Yordan Alvarez (2B, 3 R), Benedetti (2 2B, 3 RBI, R), and César (RBI, R) all turned in two-hit games. De Goti was the only player in the lineup to not record a hit, but he still played a role in that big third inning with his RBI groundout.

Josh James will get the start as the Hooks look for the sweep and he'll be opposed by Chase De Jong. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 3, Myrtle Beach 0

W- Abdiel Saldaña (2-0)
L- Matt Swarmer (0-2)
S- Jorge Alcala (1)

BC home runs: None.

Make it three straight shutouts for the Carolina Stros.

Abdiel Saldaña and Jorge Alcala kept Myrtle Beach off the hit column for 7.1 innings. Saldaña walked two and struck out two over 5 innings, while Alcala allowed the one hit and fanned 7 over the last four innings to complete the shutout.

Ronnie Dawson doubled to lead off the bottom of the 1st and scored the first run of the evening on a Josh Rojas double. Dawson walked with one out in the 8th and eventually scored on an Abraham Toro double. Toro scored the final run of the evening on a Chas McCormick single.

Dawson (2B, 2 R, SB [2]) and Toro (2B, RBI, R) both finished with two hits on the night.

Hector Perez will start game 2 of this series. He'll face Keegan Thompson at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities was off

Hopefully, they'll get to play baseball again. The River Bandits will begin a three-game series in Peoria tonight at 6:35. Cristian Javier will take on Winston Nicacio.

Monday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Jorge Alcala's photo taken by Bryan Green.
Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 3-0 vs. Myrtle Beach
9 IP, H, 2 BB, 9 K; third consecutive shutout, no-hitter through 7.1 IP
Abdiel Saldaña: W (2-0), 5 IP, 2 BB, 2 K
Jorge Alcala: Save (1), 4 IP, H, 7 K

Ronnie Dawson, OF, Buies Creek
2-3, 2B, 2 R, SB (2)

Corpus Christi Hooks pitchers: W 9-0 vs. Arkansas
9 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 12 K
Cionel Perez: 4 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 K
Ralph Garza Jr.: W (3-0), 4 IP, 2 H, 6 K
Erasmo Pinales: IP, 1 GO, 2 FO

Carmen Benedetti, OF, Corpus Christi
2-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R

Mike Hauschild, RHP, Fresno
W (1-1), 6.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 8 K

Tim Federowicz's photo is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
J.D. Davis, 3B/1B/LF, and Tim Federowicz, C, Fresno
Davis: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Federowicz: 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R

Monday, April 16, 2018

Astros Farm Report: 4/16

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

WISHING A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

Chas McCormick - July 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen

4/16: RHP Nivaldo Rodríguez (21)
4/19: OF Chas McCormick (23)
4/21: RHP Justin Ferrell (24)
4/21: LHP Ryan Hartman (24)
4/21: LHP Cionel Pérez (22)
4/22: RHP Bryan Abreu (21)

TWEET OF THE WEEK


ROSTER MOVES/TRANSACTIONS

4/14: LHP Carlos Hiraldo assigned to Quad Cities from extended spring training
4/14: RHP Brendan Feldmann assigned to Buies Creek from Fresno
4/13: 1B Yuli Gurriel (Houston) activated from the DL (Corpus Christi rehab assignment)
4/12: RHP Luis Garcia assigned to Quad Cities from extended spring training
4/12: RHP Cesar Rosado (Quad Cities) assigned to Tri-City (probably a roster management move)
4/12: 3B/1B J.D. Davis (Houston) optioned to Fresno
4/10: RHP Brendan Feldman assigned to Fresno from extended spring training
4/10: RHP James Hoyt (Fresno) recalled to Houston

ASTROS MILB DISABLED LIST

4/7: C Eduardo de Oleo (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
4/5: RHP David Paulino (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
4/5: RHP Ryan Thompson assigned to Fresno (starting the season on the 7-day DL)
4/5: DH Randy Vasquez (Quad Cities) placed on the 7-day DL
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

FRESNO (Pacific Coast League)
1st 8-5 .727 -.-GB W5

CORPUS CHRISTI (Texas League)
3rd 5-5 .500 2.0GB W1

BUIES CREEK (Carolina League)
T2nd 6-5 .545 1.0GB W2

QUAD CITIES (Midwest League)
8th 2-5 .286 4.0 GB L1
(The River Bandits schedule has taken a hit with all the bad weather. They've already had four postponed games!)

ASTROS MILB STANDOUTS FOR THE WEEK

Through the first 11 days of the season, there have already been a few players whose work has really stood out ..

FRESNO
OF Drew Ferguson - 10G .405/,522/.595
IF Jack Mayfield - 11RBI in 10G
LHP Kent Emanuel - 0.82 ERA/0.636 WHIP in 2 starts
LHP Reymin Guduan - 0.00 ERA/0.955 WHIP in 4 appearances (7.1IP)

CORPUS CHRISTI
OF Carmen Benedetti - 8G .333/.471/.444
OF Yordan Alvarez - 10RBI in 9G
OF Myles Straw - 8SB and 10BB in 10G
RHP Brock Dykxhoorn - 1.17 ERA/1.174 WHIP in 2 games/1 start (1BB:10K)
RHP Josh James - 2.25 ERA/0.750 WHIP in 2 games/1 start (2BB:16K)

BUIES CREEK
IF Josh Rojas - 11G .289/.426/.447
RHP Carson LaRue - 0.00 ERA/0.828 WHIP in 2 starts
RHP Corbin Martin - 0.00 ERA/0.800 WHIP in 2 starts
RHP Abdiel Saldaña - 0.00 ERA/0.889 WHIP in 2 games/1 start
RHP Justin Ferrell - 0.00 ERA/0.522 WHIP in 3 appearances (7.2IP)
RHP Jesús Balaguer - 0.00 ERA/0.529 WHIP in 2 appearances (5.2IP)
LHP Kit Scheetz - 0.00 ERA/0.923 WHIP in 3 appearances (4.1IP)

QUAD CITIES (only 7 games played due to weather)
OF Bryan de la Cruz - 5G .316/.381/.421
OF J.J. Matijevic - .542 SLG in 6G
RHP Yohan Ramirez - 0.00 ERA/0.800 WHIP in 1 start

PLAYERS TO WATCH

I plan to feature one player each week who bears watching (we'll see how long this lasts when I get super busy with travel and interviews this season). Today's player is LHP Kent Emanuel.

Kent Emanuel - April 2017
Photo by Jayne Hansen

I missed the boat on Emanuel when writing up my post on left-handers to watch over the offseason. I certainly hadn't given up on Emanuel, but his 2017 season was fairly lackluster (5.72 ERA/1.745 WHIP and 12.8 H/9 in 116.1 innings between AA Corpus Christi and AAA Fresno) so I didn't include him in that post. But apparently, he had a very good Spring Training which opened some eyes and has gotten off to a very good start in Fresno this season as well (0.82 ERA/0.636 WHIP in 2 starts). With an absolute dearth of lefty pitchers in Houston, it will be extremely interesting to see how Emanuel progresses and whether or not his stock continues to rise. Emanuel was drafted by the Astros in the third round in 2013 and he will be 24 in June.

NEWS AND LINKS

This Athletic ($) post on minor league pay was first published on April 4th, but I just now got a chance to read it. It is an excellent and well-dissected piece from Levi Weaver refuting Rob Manfred's stance on minor league pay and (deservedly) calling B.S. on it. Unfortunately, none of the minor league ballplayers who follow me can actually read it because they can't afford the subscription to the Athletic.

Corbin Martin is getting off to a good start.

Will Murphy, who I knew as the Lancaster JetHawks Assistant GM, is writing a great series about his journey working in minor league baseball. Here's Part I on finding his first MiLB job with the Modesto Nuts and Part II on his experiences getting ready for his first MiLB Opening Day. I can't wait for the next installment!!

And for another aspect of the MiLB life, check out this great advice for baseball WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends) who are just entering the life.

FORMER ASTROS UPDATE

Nick Tropeano - May 2013
Photo by Jayne Hansen

Checking in today with RHP Nick Tropeano. Drafted by the Astros in the 5th round in 2011 out of Stony Brook University (NY), Tropeano was ranked as high as #9 in the Astros system by Baseball America (2013) prior to being traded (along with C Carlos Perez) to the Angels for C Hank Conger in November 2014. Tropeano was working to become an established part of the Angels rotation in 2016 when he was sidelined by Tommy John surgery in August of that year. It was a long slog back for him, but Tropeano made his first appearance for the Angels since July 18, 2016 on April 12th and pitched 6.2 scoreless innings in that start. On a personal note, Nick (or "Sweet Nicky" as I called him back in the day) was one of the nicest, most genuine people I've had the pleasure to meet in my time covering the Astros minors. We at WTHB wish him all the best (except when he's pitching against the Astros).

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

Learn about the first girl to play Little League in the 1950's (podcast or transcript if you prefer).

Alyson Footer talks with former USA Women's Baseball team members as part of her coverage of the Trailblazer Series.



Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, April 15, 2018

Shutouts! A walk-off win! Another postponement!

Fresno 5, Reno 0

W- Reymin Guduan (1-0)
L- Joe Krehbiel (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Alejandro Garcia (1, 3-run in 7th)

Both teams combined to post 13 zeroes on the scoreboard, but the 7th inning stretch seemed to have infused some energy into Fresno's bats as they busted this game open with four runs in the 7th and one more in the 8th for good measure.

Tyler White walked to lead off the 7th, moved to second on a Jon Kemmer single, and scored the first run of the day on a Garrett Stubbs RBI single. One batter later, Alejandro Garcia whacked a three-run home run. Kemmer doubled with two outs in the 8th and scored the final run of the day on an RBI single from J.D. Davis.

Three Grizzlies pitchers combined on a one-hitter. Kent Emanuel started things off and he allowed the one hit while striking out 3 in 6 innings of work. Reymin Guduan walked two and struck out three in two innings, and Jacob Dorris completed the shutout by striking out one in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Mike Hauschild will start the series finale. He'll take on Taylor Clarke at 11:05 AM Pacific.

Corpus Christi 10, Arkansas 7 in 11 innings

W- Riley Ferrell (1-1)
L- Stephen Perakslis (0-1)

CC home runs: Yordan Alvarez (2, walk-off 3-run in 11th)

The Travelers scored two in the 8th to tie the game. Nine innings was not enough to decide the outcome of this game, so the Whataburger Field crowd got their first taste of that moronic rule. They ended up going home happy after Yordan Alvarez obliterated a Stephen Perakslis offering in the 11th.

Alex Winkelman went 4 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 inherited runners charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Sean Stutzman technically pitched 3 scoreless innings... but the two runners he inherited from Winkelman both scored. He allowed an RBI single, walked three (one of which came with the bases loaded), and struck out one. Kevin Hill and Riley Ferrell both pitched two innings; Hill allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1, while Ferrell allowed two unearned runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Corpus opened the scoring in the 2nd inning with a pair of two-run doubles from Jamie Ritchie and Ryne Birk. Carmen Benedetti hit a two-out single in the 5th and wound up scoring on a wild pitch. This was the Hooks' last scoring play until the 10th; in the meantime, the Travs scored twice in the 8th to tie and scored in the 10th to take the lead.

Taylor Jones started the bottom of the 10th at second, but he got lifted for Myles Straw, who scored the tying run on a Nick Tanielu groundout. Randy César started the 11th at second base, but he was erased on a fielder's choice. Alex De Goti flew out for the second out, so it all came down to Ryne Birk, who kept the game going with a single. Stephen Wrenn followed with an RBI single to tie the game, and one batter later, Alvarez won it with his homer.

Benedetti finished 3-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases (3). Birk (2B, 2 RBI, R) and Tanielu (RBI, R, 2 BB) both had two hits on the day.

Cionel Perez will take on Spencer Herrmann at 7:05. The Commissioner's Trophy will also make its appearance in Corpus Christi.

Buies Creek 5, Salem 0

W- Corbin Martin (1-0)
L- Bryan Mata (1-1)
S- Carlos Sierra (1)

BC home runs: Ronnie Dawson (1, solo in 3rd)

The Carolina Stros took the series by shutting out the Red Sox in each of the final two games.

This 5-0 game was a three-hitter. Corbin Martin allowed 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 6 in 6 innings, and Carlos Sierra allowed one hit over the final three innings to complete the shutout.

Ronnie Dawson opened the scoring by leading off the bottom of the 3rd with a home run. Chuckie Robinson and Chas McCormick ripped RBI doubles in the 5th and Abraham Toro capped off the scoring with a 2-run single in the 6th. Dawson finished 3-5 and was the only player on either side to record a multi-hit game.

Abdiel Saldaña will start the opener of a three-game series with Myrtle Beach. He'll face Matt Swarmer at 7:00 Eastern.

Quad Cities and Burlington was postponed again

Due to rain. This game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on April 22.

Quad Cities will have Monday off. They'll start a 3-game series in Peoria on Tuesday.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Corbin Martin's photo taken by Don Carson.
Buies Creek Astros pitchers: W 5-0 vs. Salem
9 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 K
Corbin Martin: W (1-0), 6 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K
Carlos Sierra: Save (1), 3 IP, H

Ronnie Dawson, OF, Buies Creek
3-5, solo HR (1)

This is his mugshot on MiLB.com.
Yordan Alvarez, LF/1B, Corpus Christi
Walk-off 3-R HR (2)

Carmen Benedetti, OF, Corpus Christi
3-4, 2 R, BB, 2 SB (3)

Ryne Birk, 2B, Corpus Christi
2-6, 2B, 2 RBI, R

Fresno Grizzlies pitchers: W 5-0 vs. Reno
9 IP, H, 2 BB, 7 K
Kent Emanuel: 6 IP, H, 3 K
Reymin Guduan: W (1-0), 2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K
Jacob Dorris: IP, K