Astros Thursday, July 22 Minor League Recap

Another day?  Another recap.  Sorry I'm late this time.

It was a dry day for prospects down on the farm.  A lot of players had decent, average performances; a single here, a walk or two there, but not much which stands out.

Won:

  • Round Rock, 12-8
  • Lexington, 3-2
  • Greeneville, 3-0

Lost:

  • Corpus Christi, 2-5
  • Lancaster, 4-5
  • Tri-City, 0-3
  • GCL Astros, 0-2

Best Performances

  • Wladimir Sutil (AAA), 4-for-5, 2B.  Sutil is still on a hot streak, and he's brought his batting line up to .275/.356/.343 since he joined the Express.  Speaking of hot streaks...
  • Brian Bogusevic (AAA), 2-for-5, 2B.
  • Yordany Ramirez (AAA), 2-for-5, HR.  Ramirez and his .553 OPS barely qualifies as a prospect anymore, but credit where credit is due.
  • Jack Shuck (AA), 1-for-3, 2 BB.  Shuck's stock has been falling lately, so it was a good time for him to have a solid game like this.
  • Koby Clemens (AA), 2-for-4, HR, BB, K.  His .270/.413/.603 line in July has inched him back up toward that arbitrary .900 OPS boundary line on the season; one more game like this, and he'll likely be over it.  I'd like to highlight his 14.5% walk rate on the season; it's an improvement over last year, and that patience will help him a lot when he reaches the big leagues, since he will always struggle to hit for average.  The best case for Koby might be a sort of Adam Dunn-lite, with better defense.  Here's hoping.
  • Jay Austin (A+), 2-for-5, 2B, K.
  • Brandon Barnes (A+), 2-for-4, BB, 2 SB.  Barnes is up to .825 OPS on the season.  If we weren't so stacked with outfielders at the upper levels, he probably would have been moved up to AA ball by now.
  • Ross Seaton (A+), 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K.  This isn't a bad Cal League line, I suppose.  Would like to see more strikeouts from Seaton.
  • Rene Garcia (A), 2-for-4, 2B.
  • Jose Cisnero (A), 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K.  We don't talk about Cisnero much, but he could be an intriguing sleeper prospect.  His strikeout rate is fantastic, at over a strikeout per inning.
  • Murillo Gouvea (A-), 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.
  • Ruben Alaniz (Rk), 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.
  • Danilo Del Rio (GCL), 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.

Goat of the Day

  • Andy Van Hekken (AAA), 5.2 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 4 BB, 3 K.  As I said, it was a dry day for the farm system.  There weren't a lot of notable prospect performances... but there weren't a lot of terrible ones, either.

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