Astros Monday Minor League Recap

I don't know if you missed David's pregame write-ups for the yesterday's minor league games, but if you did, go read them.  They were excellent pre-cursors for all of the games last night.  He also highlighted a few hot streaks as well as some cold streaks.  Although, Erick Abreu's scoreless streak ended, there were some nice performances on the farm.  Most notably, Koby Clemen's power was on full display last night.  The 17 year old short-stop from the Dominican Republic who is playing in the Gulf Coast League, Jose Luis Fernandez, is playing out of his mind already.  Keep in mind that most Dominican born players play at least a full season in the Dominican Summer League before stepping foot in America.  That's why the Dominican Academy was such a big deal.  It allows for international players to play there instead of the GCL because most aren't ready for American professional baseball.  But, this kid is playing here and playing exceptionally well.  He is definitely someone to keep an eye on. 

Round Rock won 11-6

Andy Van Hekken pitched six and two-thirds innings and allowed five (all earned) runs on six hits, four walks, and three strikeouts.  T.J. Burton pitched one inning and allowed just one hit and struck out one.  Brian Bogusevic went 3 for 4 with a double, walk, and a stolen base.  Tommy Everidge went 2 for 5 with a homerun.  Ramon Vazquez went 1 for 2 with a double and two walks.  Collin DeLome went 2 for 4 with a double.  Yorman Bazardo went 1 for 1 with a double.

Corpus Christi lost 10-9

Henry Villar's first start for CC is one to forget.  He gave up seven runs, all of which were earned, in just one inning.  Jailen Peguero pitched two and two-thirds innings and gave up just one hit and one walk while striking out four.  Erick Abreu's scoreless streak ended during his two innings of work where he allowed just one (earned) run on two hits, one walk, and four strikeouts.  Jhon Florentino went 2 for 4 with a walk.  Koby Clemen's homerun drought ended with his 2 for 4 performance that included, not one, but two homeruns, a walk, and a strikeout.  Jonathan Gaston went 2 for 5 with a double and a strikeout.  David Cook went 2 for 4 with a double, walk, and two strikeouts.  Michael Affronti went 2 for 4 with a double, homerun, a walk, and a strikeout. 

Lancaster lost 5-0

I thought Leandro Cespedes was a pretty decent starter and pitched about as well as he would in Lancaster, so I thought he should have started out in CC.  Although he returned to Lancaster primarily as a reliever.  He started yesterday and pitched five and a third innings.  He allowed three (two earned) runs on seven hits, one walk, and struck out six.  The offense only picked up a total of three hits, one from each; John Curtis, Andrew Simunic, and Brandon Wikoff.  None of the hits were extra-base hits.  Simunic also picked up the only walk and stolen base.

Lexington lost 10-2

Robert Donovan struggled in his three innings by allowing six (earned) runs on eleven hits (two homeruns) and one walk to go with his two strikeouts.  Jose Trinidad continues to be one of the best relievers in Lexington with four scoreless innings where he allowed just one hit and no walks while striking out three.  Jose Altuve went 2 for 3 with a walk.  Aaron Bray went 2 for 4 with a strikeout.  Jio only went 1 for 4 with a strikeout and a stolen base.

Tri-City lost 9-6

Murillo Gouvea only lasted two-thirds of an inning in his start.  David Martinez was solid in four relief innings but was unlucky as he allowed two unearned runs on three hits one walk and four strikeouts.  Jason Chowning pitched two-thirds of an inning in his pro debut with one hit and one strikeout.  Enrique Hernandez went 1 for 3 with two walks and a stolen base.  Michael Kvasnicka went 1 for 3 with two walks and two strikeouts.  Ben Heath went 1 for 3 a homerun and one walk.  Daniel Adamson went 1 for 4 with a triple and two strikeouts. 

Greeneville lost 7-2

Ruben Alaniz went six innings and allowed just two (earned) runs on seven hits, including a homerun.  He allowed just one walk but also only struck out one.  Marcus Nidiffer went 2 for 4 with two strikeouts.  Chris Wallace went 1 for 4 with a double with two strikeouts.  The slugging Telvin Nash went 1 for 4 with a strikeout and his first homerun of the season. 

GCL Astros won 12-8

Danilo Del Rio got hit around pretty bad in his five and a third innings.  He allowed eleven hits ,including a homerun, and one walk that led to seven earned runs while striking out three.  Matison Smith pitched two scoreless innings and allowed just one hit while striking out three.  Edwin Maysonet went 1 for 6 with a double.  Joshua Magee went 1 for 4 with a double and a strikeout.  Geber Suniaga went 3 for 4 with a triple and a strikeout.  Ryan Ditthardt went 2 for 5 with a strikeout.  Jose Vargas went 2 for 5.  Kyle Redinger went 1 for 3 with two walks.  Jose Fernandez went 3 for 4 with three doubles!  The kid is ridiculous!  Ernesto Genoves went 0 for 2 with two walks. 

DSL Astros won 7-5

I get excited about some of the pitching prospects in the lower minors, many of which are in the DSL.  That includes Leonardo Alayon who has put together a few decent to solid outings.  On Monday, he pitched five and a third innings and allowed three (earned) runs on seven hits, one walk, and struck out five.  Luis De La Rosa went 4 for 5 with two triples!  Fredwin Campusano went 3 for 5 with a double and a strikeout.  My favorite hitting prospect in the DSL, Yonathan Mejia, went 1 for 5 with a homerun and two strikeouts.  The prospect in the DSL with the best first name, Franny Polanco, went 2 for 5 with a double, strikeout, and a stolen base.  Carlos Alcantara went 1 for 4 with a double and a strikeout.  Jose Solano went 2 for 4 with a strikeout and a stolen base.

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