Monday, April 23, 2018

Astros Farm Report: 4/23

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


J.D. Davis - April 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

4/26: OF Franklin Pinto (17)
4/27: 3B/1B J.D. Davis (25)
4/28: IF Jonathan Matute (21)



Note that some of these moves to and from the GCL and Tri-City (teams which are not yet playing) are likely moves on paper only for the purposes of roster management. In addition, several Quad Cities pitchers were moved to give the team enough fresh arms for two double-headers over the weekend.

4/23: C/1B Kelvin Perez (Dominican Summer League) released
4/22: RHP Brendan Feldmann assigned to the GCL from Corpus Christi
4/21: RHP Humberto Castellanos assigned to Quad Cities from extended spring training
4/22: RHP Dariel Aquino assigned to Quad Cities from extended spring training
4/21: RHP Tanner Duncan assigned to Quad Cities from extended spring training
4/21: RHP Carlos Sanabria assigned to Tri-City from Quad Cities
4/21: RHP Robert Corniel assigned to Tri-City from Quad Cities
4/21: LHP Cole Watts assigned to Tri-City from Quad Cities
4/21: LHP Patrick Sandoval assigned to Tri-City from Quad Cities
4/20: RHP J.B. Bukauskas assigned to Tri-City from Quad Cities
4/20: IF Alfredo Angarita assigned to Buies Creek from extended spring training
4/20: RHP Cesar Rosado assigned to Quad Cities from Tri-City
4/17: RHP Brendan Feldmann assigned to Corpus Christi from Buies Creek
4/18: RHP James Hoyt optioned from Houston to Fresno


4/17: LHP Chris Nunn (Fresno) placed on the 7-day DL
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 HernĂĄndez (Buies Creek) placed on the 7-day DL


FRESNO (Pacific Coast League)
1st 13-5 .722 -.-GB L1

🠉T1st 10-6 .625 -.-GB W4

BUIES CREEK (Carolina League)
🠉1st 12-6 .667 -.-GB W1

QUAD CITIES (Midwest League)
🠉7th 5-9 .357 5.5GB W1


For the week of 4/16 through 4/23, here are just a few of the players whose work has really stood out ...


3B/1B J.D. Davis: 7G .448/.500/.724 2-2B 2HR 8RBI 3BB:5K
RHP Mike Hauschild: 2 starts/2 wins 12.2IP 2.13 ERA/0.868 WHIP 0BB:15K
RHP Matt Ramsey: 3 games/1 win 3.1IP 0.00 ERA/0.000 WHIP 0BB:8K

Plus, the catching duo at Fresno is on đŸ”„đŸ”„đŸ”„!

C Garrett Stubbs: 4G .444/.474/.611
C Tim Federowicz: 3G .500/.538/.583

And Tony Kemp had a great week as well, collecting 9 RBI!


OF Myles Straw: 6G .520/.581/.680 2-3B 4RBI 4BB:4SO 3SB:1CS
RHP Josh James: 1 start 5.0IP 0.00 ERA/0.800 WHIP 0BB:7K
RHP Ralph Garza: 1 relief outing 4.0IP 2H 0BB:6K

Also, IF Nick Tanielu slugged 1.000 in only four games (3HR 6RBI) while 1B Taylor Jones had a .950 SLG% in his five games (4-2B 2HR 8RBI).


SS Anibal Sierra: 7G .391/.462/.652 3-2B HR 5RBI 2BB:7K 0SB:3CS
OF Ronnie Dawson: 7G .333/.500/.583 2B 3B HR 3RBI 8BB:7K 7SB:0CS
RHP Abdiel Saldaña - 2 starts/1 win 10.2IP 0.00 ERA/0.656 WHIP 2BB:5K
RHP Ronel Blanco - 2 relief outings/1 win 4.2IP 0H 0R 1BB:6K 0-5IRS

Ronnie Dawson wasn't the only BC Astro who was scampering around the bases last week. IF Josh Rojas stole 6 bags for the week and is currently leading the system with 12 total.


Honestly, Quad Cities has gotten off to a very slow start with the bats this season. OF J.J. Matijevic had the best week at the plate, but only played in four games. He was .417/.563/.750 in those games. And C Michael Papierski managed a .600 OBP in his four games, drawing seven walks.

And it wasn't a very good week for starting pitching either with LHP Parker Mushinski arguably having the best week of the bunch. He made one start, allowing one unearned run on one hit and three walks while striking out eight over four innings.

However, the one bright spot for the week was the relief pitching. A number of pitchers did a great job, but I was most impressed with RHP Humberto Castellanos who was pressed into service with bases loaded in his Low A Quad Cities debut. Not only did he strand all three inherited runners, he allowed only two hits (no walks and no runs) while striking out five over 5.1 innings.


Jonathan Arauz - August 2016
Photo by Jayne Hansen

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 SS Jonathan Arauz. Here is what I wrote about Arauz in my Beyond the Top 30 series ...
Arauz is currently ranked by Baseball Prospectus at number 6 and by MLB Pipeline at number 23. After missing the first 50 games of the 2017 season on the restricted list (tested positive for a methamphetamine), Arauz was sent to Quad Cities where he hit a less than robust .220/.331/.276 in 36 games and was subsequently demoted to Tri-City for the remainder of the season. He hit .264/.341/.364 at the lower level. But keep in mind that he is a solid defender who only turned 19 toward the end of the 2017 season. Look for Arauz to start the 2018 season back with Quad Cities where he will try to catch up with full season A pitching.
The biggest key to Arauz's continued development as a top prospect is any improvement he can show with his hit tool at the higher levels. Through his first 13 games (tiny sample size alert!), he is hitting .283/.377/.326 with Quad Cities and has drawn seven walks to only six strikeouts. Although this is a very small sample size, it is a good sign for the 19-year old as he plays against players who are two to three years older than him.


Some sports actually pay their lower level players a livable wage. Hmmm, imagine that.

Some of the Quad Cities staff members helped restore a famous Iowa landmark. shows Corpus Christi's OF Myles Straw and 2B Ryne Birk a little love.

In case you missed this post on the Astros Cuban Contingent, I've updated it with the players stats through Saturday's games.

Checking in on the former Astros playing in Independent and International Leagues.


I have had many favorite players in the Astros system over the years and OF Teoscar HernĂĄndez has been one of them since before I ever set eyes on him. His stats when he played in the Dominican Summer League screamed 5-tool upside to me. And when I first saw him in action, he did not disappoint. I found him to be a very dynamic player on the field with a somewhat shy, quiet demeanor off the field (and a somewhat shy smile as well). But I digress.

Teoscar HernĂĄndez - April 2013
Photo by Jayne Hansen

As you probably recall, HernĂĄndez was included (along with OF Nori Aoki) in a July 2017 trade with the Blue Jays for LHP Francisco Liriano. He played 26 games with the Blue Jays as a September callup last fall, but did not break major league camp with an assignment to the big league club out of Spring Training this season. However, it didn't take long for the Blue Jays to recall him on April 13th. Since then, HernĂĄndez has been on a tear, hitting .343/.395/.743 (3 doubles, 1 triple, 3 homeruns and 10 RBI in his first 8 games). We at WTHB are happy to see him flourishing in Toronto and wish him nothing but the best!


Yeah, you're not going to keep girls and women out of baseball by threatening them with physical harm.

And, yes, the Tri-City ValleyCats will be seeing a female umpire this season.

I provided links last week to some of Alyson Footer's great work covering The Trailblazer series. Here is the final installment.

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Sunday, April 22, 2018

Let's play two in Burlington... again!

Corpus sweep!

Reno 9, Fresno 4

W- Troy Scribner (1-1)
L- Francis Martes (0-1)

Fresno home runs: Drew Ferguson (2, solo in 4th), Jon Kemmer (4, solo in 9th)

The Grizzlies and Aces both scored in four innings. Unfortunately, Reno managed to put up a few crooked numbers on their way to the victory and snapped Fresno's eight-game winning streak.

Drew Ferguson's home run in the 4th put Fresno on the board. Jon Kemmer added a run in the 5th with an RBI groundout and J.D. Davis drove in a run with his 6th-inning single. Kemmer also launched a home run in the 9th. Ferguson, Kyle Tucker, Davis, and Alejandro Garcia all had two hits on the day.

Francis Martes went 4.2 innings and allowed 6 runs on 11 hits (9 singles, a double, and a solo home run), walked 2, and struck out 3. Reymin Guduan was the first man out of the Fresno bullpen and threw 1.1 innings, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits (solo homer), walking 2, and striking out 3. Andrew Thome allowed 2 hits and recorded a strikeout in two scoreless innings of work.

Trent Thornton will get the start in the series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 11:35 AM Mountain.

Corpus Christi 8, Frisco 6

W- Cionel Perez (1-1)
L- Cody Palmquist (0-3)

CC home runs: Taylor Jones (2, solo in 3rd), Yordan Alvarez (3, 3-run in 8th)

The Hooks' Twin Towers of Taylor Jones (listed at 6-7) and Yordan Alvarez (listed at 6-5 but is probably the same height as Jones now) imposed their will as they helped fuel a sweep of Arlington's AA team. Jones racked up 8 RBI during the course of this series, while Alvarez drove in 7.

Randy CĂ©sar doubled to lead off the 2nd inning, advanced to third on a Ryne Birk single and scored the first run of the day on a Lorenzo Quintana double. Birk and Quintana came home when Myles Straw laced an opposite-field single. Jones clubbed a solo home run in the 3rd inning. His blast would be the last Corpus scoring play until the 8th; in the meantime, Frisco scored 4 in the 5th to tie and two more in the 7th to take the lead. The Hooks wouldn't trail for long, however.

Straw and Stephen Wrenn led off with walks and one batter later, Alvarez put Corpus Christi back in front by demolishing a Cody Palmquist offering. Quintana walked to lead off the 9th. He then proceeded to steal second and scored the final run of the game on an Alex De Goti single. Alvarez (3-R HR), Jones (solo HR), CĂ©sar (2B, R) and Birk all finished 2-4 in this game.

Alex Winkelman went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits while striking out 3. Cionel Perez tagged in for the final four innings and allowed a couple of unearned runs on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 4.

Framber Valdez will get the start tonight as Corpus welcomes the Midland RockHounds to Whataburger Field. First pitch is at 7:05.

Buies Creek 3, Carolina 1

W- JesĂșs Balaguer (2-0)
L- Cody Beckman (0-1)
S- Carlos Sierra (2)

BC home runs: Abraham Toro (2, 2-run in 8th)

Abraham Toro's two-run shot in the 8th broke a 1-1 tie in Buies Creek's favor as they took three of four from the Mudcats. The Carolina Stros have allowed 12 runs in their last eight contests.

Their other scoring play came way back in the 1st as Chas McCormick put the Carolina Stros on the board first with a sac fly to score Ronnie Dawson, who tripled to lead off the game. Toro also stole a base, his third of the season. He also got plunked twice, so maybe there was some frustration that he needed to release and he did so by whacking a home run to put his team in the lead.

Josh Rojas now has sole possession of first place in the system with 12 steals after his swipe of second in the 5th inning. AnĂ­bal Sierra finished 2-4 with a double.

Abdiel Saldaña allowed 5 hits and fanned 3 over 5.2 shutout innings. He has not allowed a run of any kind in his first 19.2 innings this season. JesĂșs Balaguer threw 1.1 innings and allowed a single, a run when he plunked Ryan Aguilar with the bases loaded, walked two, and struck out two. Carlos Sierra issued a walk and struck out three over two scoreless.

Buies Creek has the day off. On Tuesday, the Carolina League iteration of the Lone Star Series begins when they welcome the Down East Wood Ducks to Campbell U.

Game 1: Burlington 3, Quad Cities 2

W- Mitchell Traver (2-1)
L- Yohan Ramirez (1-2)
S- Brett Hanewich (1)

QC home runs: None.

A 3-run 1st inning proved to be enough for the Bees to get the win in game 1.

Bryan de la Cruz ripped an RBI double in the 2nd inning. Ditto for Jake Adams in the 3rd. Adrian Tovalin finished 2-3 in game 1.

Yohan Ramirez failed to get out of the 1st inning as he allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and walked two. Both of the outs he recorded came via strikeout. Humberto Castellanos inherited a bases-loaded jam from Ramirez in the 1st and got him out of further trouble. Castellanos went on to allow 2 hits while striking out 5 over 5.1 scoreless innings.

Game 2: Quad Cities 3, Burlington 2

W- Colin McKee (2-0)
L- Sean Isaac (0-1)
S- Tanner Duncan (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos and Bees ended up splitting both doubleheaders. This time, Quad Cities was on the winning end of a 3-2 game.

Cristian Javier went 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 5 (one intentionally), and struck out 5. Fortunately, his bullpen picked him up and three relievers combined to throw 4 scoreless innings. Colin McKee walked 2 and struck out 1 over 1.1 innings. Dariel Aquino got the last two outs of the 5th and the first out of the 6th; he also issued two walks and recorded a strikeout. Tanner Duncan pitched 1.2 innings; he issued a walk and all five outs he recorded came via strikeout.

Marcos Almonte's sac fly in the 4th put Quad Cities on the board. The Banditos tied the game in the 5th on Cody Bohanek's sac fly and took the lead when Corey Julks ripped an RBI double. Bryan de la Cruz finished 2-3 and was the only player on either side to have a multi-hit game in game 2.

Luis Garcia has turned in a couple of fine relief appearances since joining the River Bandits, but tonight, he will make his first start as Quad Cities opens a four-game series in Kane County. He'll face Matt Stapler at 6:30.

Sunday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

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Taylor Jones, 1B, and Yordan Alvarez, 1B/LF, Corpus Christi
Jones: 2-4, solo HR (2)
Alvarez: 2-4, go-ahead 3-R HR (3) in 8th

Abdiel Saldaña, RHP, and Carlos Sierra, RHP, Buies Creek
Saldaña: W (2-0), 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 K
Sierra: Save (2), 2 IP, BB, 3 K

Abraham Toro, 3B, Buies Creek
Go-ahead 2-R HR (2) in 8th

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Humberto Castellanos, RHP, and Tanner Duncan, RHP, Quad Cities
Castellanos: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 5 K in game 1 of doubleheader
Duncan (not pictured): Save (1), 1.2 IP, BB, 5 K in game 2 of doubleheader

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, April 21, 2018

Let's play two in Burlington!

Fresno 7, Reno 2

W- Mike Hauschild (2-1)
L- Taylor Clarke (1-3)

Fresno home runs: None.

The Grizzlies took the opener of their series with the Aces behind a solid night on the mound and when Reno cut their lead to one run, they got some timely offense to secure the victory.

Tony Kemp ripped an RBI double in the 2nd inning to put Fresno on the board first. They scored two more in the 3rd behind a pair of RBI singles from A.J. Reed and Garrett Stubbs. Jon Kemmer led off the 6th with a triple and scored when Kemp beat a double play attempt. The Grizzlies sealed the deal with 3 runs in the 8th inning on RBI singles from Kemp and Drew Ferguson and a sac fly from Kyle Tucker. Kemp finished 3-5 with a stolen base (6), while Stubbs and Ferguson had two hits apiece.

Mike Hauschild went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits (solo homer) and struck out 7. Brendan McCurry allowed 3 hits and fanned 3 over two scoreless innings, and James Hoyt recorded a strikeout in a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Francis Martes takes on Troy Scribner in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 1:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 10, Frisco 3

W- Brendan Feldmann (1-0)
L- Pedro Payano (1-1)
S- Yoanys Quiala (1)

CC home runs: Nick Tanielu (3, 2-run in 1st)

Corpus stormed out to a 7-0 lead after the first two innings and for the most part, had few complications with the Roughriders.

Myles Straw led off the game with a single, stole second, and advanced to third on an errant pickoff throw from Pedro Payano. Yordan Alvarez eventually drew a walk and they both scored when Taylor Jones smacked a double. One batter later, Nick Tanielu launched a home run to put the Hooks up 4-0 out of the gate. Straw singled again in the 2nd inning and scored on an error that allowed Alvarez to reach. Jones followed by ripping another RBI double and Randy CĂ©sar hit an RBI single. Jamie Ritchie ripped a two-run double in the 4th inning and Straw capped off the evening with his fifth hit of the game, an RBI triple in the 9th inning.

Alvarez was the only man in the Corpus lineup who failed to record a hit, but he managed to score twice. Jones, Tanielu, Ryne Birk, Ritchie, and Alex De Goti all turned in two-hit nights.

Akeem Bostick allowed a run on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5 in 3.2 innings. Brendan Feldmann was the first man out of the Corpus bullpen and went 1.1 innings, allowing 3 hits, walking 1 and striking out 3. Yoanys Quiala pitched the final 4 innings and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1.

Alex Winkelman gets the start in game 3. He'll face Brett Martin at 4:05.

Carolina 3, Buies Creek 0

W- Marcos DiplĂĄn (1-1)
L- Jorge Alcala (0-3)
S- Chase Williams (3)

BC home runs: None.

The Carolina Stros were shut out and their winning streak came to a close.

Chuckie Robinson had both of Buies Creek's hits.

Jorge Alcala pitched well, but the only decision he could take was the loss. In 5 innings, he allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 2, and struck out 6. Kit Scheetz threw 1.2 innings and the two runs he allowed came on a home run hit by former Aggie Ronnie Gideon. Scheetz allowed three other hits, walked one, and struck out four. Ronel Blanco struck out two over 1.1 perfect innings.

Abdiel Saldaña will take on La Grange's Trey Supak in the series finale. First pitch is at 2:00 Eastern.

Game 1: Burlington 5, Quad Cities 3

W- James Ziemba (1-0)
L- Tyler Ivey (0-2)
S- Austin Krzeminski (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Banditos scored in more innings... but the Bees scored more in their one inning as they took game 1.

J.J. Matijevic doubled in the 1st and eventually scored the first run of game 1 when he stole home as part of a double steal with Jonathan Arauz. Roman Garcia reached on an error to lead off the 2nd and scored on a sac fly from Jake Meyers. Garcia hit an RBI single in the 3rd. Matijevic and Gabriel Bracamonte had two hits apiece.

Tyler Ivey cruised through four innings before the wheels fell off for him in the 5th. He threw 4+ innings and allowed 5 runs (3 inherited runners charged to him) on 6 hits, walked 1, and struck out 5. Colin McKee took ownership of the 5th and although he technically threw a scoreless inning in which he struck out the side, he also allowed a bases-clearing double that resulted in three runs being charged to Ivey. Tanner Duncan got a couple of groundouts and a flyout in a scoreless 6th.

Game 2: Quad Cities 5, Burlington 4

W- Adam Bleday (1-1)
L- Jorge Tavarez (1-1)
S- Dariel Aquino (1)

QC home runs: Jake Meyers (1, 2-run in 5th)

Quad Cities erased a 4-0 deficit to earn the split.

Jake Meyers put the Banditos on the board in game 2 with a two-run blast in the 5th inning. All three of their runs in the 7th came with two outs. Meyers singled in between those two outs and scored on a Corey Julks triple. Julks scored the tying run on a single from Jake Adams, who rumbled home with the go-ahead run on a double from Jonathan Arauz. Meyers finished 3-3, while Julks had two hits in game 2.

Peter Solomon went 2.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits (solo homer), walked 4, and struck out 4. Adam Bleday restored order with 3.2 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 2, and striking out 7. Dariel Aquino worked around a walk to close out the game, striking out 1.

Quad Cities and Burlington will play another doubleheader today, with Cristian Javier taking the mound at 2:00 for game 1. Yohan Ramirez will take on Mitchell Traver in game 2.

Saturday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Myles Straw, OF, Taylor Jones, 1B, and Nick Tanielu, IF, Corpus Christi
Straw: 5-5, 3B, RBI, 2 R, SB (11)
Jones: 2-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R
Tanielu: 2-4, 2-R HR (3), 2 R

Tony Kemp, 2B/OF, Fresno
3-5, 3 RBI, R, SB (6)

Mike Hauschild, RHP, Fresno
W (2-1), 6 IP, 6 H (solo HR allowed), 2 ER, 7 K

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Jake Meyers, OF, Quad Cities
3-3, 2-R HR (1), 2 R in game 2 of doubleheader

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Adam Bleday, LHP, Quad Cities
W (1-1), 3.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 7 K in game 2 of doubleheader

Photo by Bryan Green
Jorge Alcala, RHP, Buies Creek
L (0-3), 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, April 20, 2018

Fresno 12, Las Vegas 4

W- Kent Emanuel (2-0)
L- P.J. Conlon (0-1)

Fresno home runs: J.D. Davis (2, 3-run in 4th), Jack Mayfield (4, 2-run in 4th)

An early onslaught on offense and a solid start from Kent Emanuel propelled the Grizzlies to the big win. Aside from losing a game in which they allowed one hit, Fresno scored in double digits in each of their three wins in this series.

The one run that Emanuel allowed in his 5.2 innings came on a home run hit by Phil Evans in the 2nd inning. He allowed three other hits and struck out 7. Jacob Dorris pitched 1.1 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits and issued a walk. Buddy Boshers and Matt Ramsey each pitched one inning. Boshers took the 8th; he got a strikeout and allowed a two-run home run to Bryce Brentz. One of the runs was charged to Dorris. Ramsey struck out the side in order in the 9th.

Alejandro Garcia opened the scoring with a two-run single in the 2nd and came home on Tony Kemp's single. The Grizzlies kept it rolling with four more runs in the 3rd on a Tim Federowicz RBI single, a Jack Mayfield two-run double, and another RBI single from Kemp. After Kyle Tucker and Tyler White singled and walked respectively to lead off the 4th, J.D. Davis whacked a three-run home run. Jon Kemmer drew a walk and came home when Super Jack smacked his homer.

Little Tuck (2B, 2 R) and Garcia (2 RBI) had three hits apiece. Davis (3-R HR, 2 R), Kemp (2 RBI singles), and Federowicz (RBI, 2 R) all finished with three hits on the night.

The Grizzlies' tour of Nevada concludes with three in Reno. Mike Hauschild will start the opener and he'll face Taylor Clarke at 4:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 11, Frisco 3

W- Ryan Hartman (1-0)
L- Wes Benjamin (0-2)
S- Kevin Hill (1)

CC home runs: None.

Corpus busted out for five in the 5th to take a 6-0 lead. After Frisco cut the lead in half with a 3-run 6th, the Hooks put them away by scoring the last five runs of the night.

Yordan Alvarez doubled with one out in the 4th and scored the first run of the evening on Taylor Jones' RBI double. The Hooks scored five in the 5th because they loaded the bases to start the inning and cashed in. Myles Straw hit a sac fly, then Stephen Wrenn walked to re-load the bases and prompted the Riders to make a pitching change. Yordan greeted the new Frisco pitcher, Jeff Springs, by clearing the bases with a double. Alvarez advanced to third on a wild pitch and Jones brought him home for the second time with a single.

Corpus responded to Frisco's lone scoring inning with a pair of RBI singles from Nick Tanielu and Ryne Birk in the 7th. They tacked on three more in the 8th for good measure as Myles Straw scored on an Alvarez groundout, while Jones and Birk added RBI singles.

Birk went 5-5 on the night. Jones (2B, 3 RBI, R) and Wrenn (3 R, 2 SB) finished with three hits, and Alvarez (2 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R, SB) and Tanielu (RBI single) had two hits apiece.

Ryan Hartman cruised through five innings, only to finish with a bare minimum quality start because Hunter Cole hit a three-run home run off of him in the 6th. Hartman also allowed six singles, walked one, and struck out four in his six innings. Kevin Hill walked one and struck out three over the final three innings to earn the save.

Akeem Bostick will start game 3 of this series. He'll take on Pedro Payano at 7:05.

Buies Creek 8, Carolina 2

W- Carlos Sierra (1-0)
L- Braden Webb (1-2)
S- Corbin Martin (1)

BC home runs: Josh Rojas (1, solo in 7th)

The Carolina Stros stormed out to a 7-2 lead after the first three innings and cruised to another win, their seventh in a row.

Brett Adcock went 4 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4. Carlos Sierra bridged the gap by throwing a scoreless 5th, working around a walk to do so. Corbin Martin shut it down with 4 dominant innings, allowing just one walk while striking out 8.

Chas McCormick opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st inning. Ronnie Dawson hit an RBI single in the 2nd; he then stole second base and came around to score on a Josh Rojas double. Osvaldo Duarte doubled to lead off the 3rd and scored on an error that allowed Kristian Trompiz to reach safely. Luis Payano joined him on the bases after getting plunked and they both scored on an AnĂ­bal Sierra double. Dawson brought Sierra home with his second RBI single of the game. Rojas, who finished 3-4, capped things off with a solo shot in the 7th. Dawson and Duarte had two hits apiece. Rojas is now on an 11-game hitting streak after starting the year 2-16 at the plate.

After finishing 6-7 in stolen base attempts on Thursday, Buies Creek was successful on all six of their attempts on Friday. Dawson (8) and Payano (2) stole two each, while Trompiz (5) and Rojas (10) also swiped a base.

Jorge Alcala faces Marcos DiplĂĄn in game 3 of this series. First pitch is at 5:00 Eastern.

Burlington 28, Quad Cities 7

W- Sam Pastrone (1-0)
L- CĂ©sar Rosado (0-1)

QC home runs: Jake Adams (1, 3-run in 9th)

The series continues with not just one, but two doubleheaders! The first pair is this afternoon. Game 1 will begin at 3, with Tyler Ivey taking on Simon Mathews. The second game features Peter Solomon on the mound for the Banditos as he faces Luis Madero.

Friday's Stars

All photos are from Jayne unless stated otherwise.

Photo by Don Carson
Corbin Martin, RHP, Buies Creek
Save (1), 4 IP, BB, 8 K

Josh Rojas, IF, and Ronnie Dawson, OF, Buies Creek
Rojas: 3-4, 2B, solo HR (1), 2 RBI, SB (10); 11-game hitting streak
Dawson: 2-5, 2 RBI, R, 2 SB (8)

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Yordan Alvarez, 1B/LF, Taylor Jones, 1B, and Ryne Birk, 2B Corpus Christi
Alvarez: 2-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R, SB (4)
Jones: 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R
Birk: 5-5, 2 RBI, R

Kevin Hill, RHP, Corpus Christi
Save (1), 3 IP, BB, 3 K

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Corey Julks, OF, Quad Cities
2-5, 3B, RBI, R, SB (3)

Kent Emanuel, LHP, Fresno
W (2-0), 5.2 IP, 4 H (solo HR allowed), ER, 7 K

J.D. Davis, 3B/1B/LF, and Jack Mayfield, IF, Fresno
Davis: 2-5, 3-R HR (2), 2 R
Mayfield: 2-4, 2B, 2-R HR (4), 4 RBI, 2 R

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 CĂ©sar swatted a double into the right-center field gap. CĂ©sar, 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 DiplĂĄn (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 AnĂ­bal 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 JesĂșs 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.

CĂ©sar 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
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 CĂ©sar, 3B, Corpus Christi
Jones: 2-3, 2B, solo HR (1), 3 R
CĂ©sar: 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
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


Yakult Swallows
OF Nori Aoki (2017 Astros)


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)


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.


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)


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)
IF Reid Brignac (2017 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/1B 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)


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)
RHP Andrew Thurman (Astros 2013 2nd round pick, 2013-2014 Astros farm system)

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


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)


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: AnĂ­bal 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 CanelĂłn followed with a single, and AnĂ­bal 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), CanelĂłn (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
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

AnĂ­bal Sierra's photo is his mugshot on
AnĂ­bal 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