Astros Tuesday, July 20 Minor League Recap

While the Astros were busy getting their heads bashed in, four out of seven of our minor league teams were indulging in sweet victory, including three out of four full season clubs.  Among recent storylines is Koby Clemens' sudden resurgence after a couple of relatively down months.

Won:

  • Round Rock, 11-9
  • Corpus Christi, 9-5
  • Lexington, 3-1
  • GCL Astros, 7-4


Lost:

  • Lancaster, 2-5
  • Tri-City, 5-9
  • Greeneville, 2-5

Best Performances

  • Brian Bogusevic (AAA), 1-for-3, 2 BB, SB.  So it turns out Bogey can get on base.  His .404 OBP in the last ten games is second only to...
  • Wladimir Sutil (AAA), 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB.  The walks are suddenly coming in droves for Sutil, who has a .469 OBP in the last ten games to lead the Express in that period.
  • Koby Clemens (AA), 1-for-2, 3 BB, K.  Koby's patience has always been a strength, which is good, because he's not going to hit for average at the ML level.  His ability to draw a walk allows him to have a solid on-base percentage anyway.
  • J.D. Martinez (AA), 1-for-4, HR, BB, K.  That was quick; four games and Martinez has already hit his first AA homer.
  • Jon Gaston (AA), 3-for-4, 3B, HR, BB.  A spectacular game for Gaston, not just because of the extra base hits, but also because he's still not striking out.
  • Ashton Mowdy (A+), 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K.  Patrick Urckfitz got pounded, but Mowdy put in a nice four innings.
  • Tanner Bushue (A), 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K.  After some poor starts and injury struggles lately, it's nice to see Bushue rebound like this.
  • Enrique Hernandez (A-), 2-for-5.  Apparently Hernandez just likes hitting singles.
  • Jacke Healey (A-), 1-for-2, HR, 2 BB.  The second game running that Healey has homered in.
  • Marcus Ndiffer (Rk), 1-for-4, HR, K.  I think he might just maybe should be promoted.
  • Telvin Nash (Rk), 2-for-4, 2B, 2 K.  Nash has had a nice run of games going, and he too might be ready to move up.
  • Mike Foltynewicz (Rk), 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K.  This wasn't a great performance, primarily because Folty gave up two homers, but I thought the good K/BB ratio was worth highlighting.
  • Brian Streilein (Rk), 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K.
  • Geber Suniaga (GCL), 2-for-2, BB, SB.
  • Garen Wright (GCL), 2-for-2, BB, 2 SB.
  • Chan Moon (GCL), 0-for-0, BB, 2 SB.  Moon walked then stole second and third base.  His walk rate in the tiny amount of playing time he's gotten is spectacular; he has walked 7 times in 19 plate appearances.  I'm not sure why he's playing so little, because he's a high profile prospect who has produced well in his 8 games.
  • Jose Perdomo (GCL), 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K.  Another one where I wanted to highlight an outstanding strikeout-to-walk ratio despite iffy results.  The three earned runs brought his total to four on the season; in 26 IP, Perdomo has 30 strikeouts, 8 walks, and a 1.38 ERA.

Goats of the Day

  • Polin Trinidad (AAA), 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 0 K.  Ouch.  I still think they should try Trinidad as a LOOGY, because I doubt he has a chance to make the majors in any other capacity.
  • Brandon Barnes (A+), 0-for-4, 3 K.  Barnes narrowly avoided the sombrero, and so did...
  •  Kody Hinze (A), 0-for-5, 3 K, and...
  • Ryan Humphrey (Rk), 0-for-4, 3 K.  Fair is fair, let them all be goats.
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