LAKELAND, FL - MARCH 02: (L-R) Carlos Corporan #71 Jose Monzon #98 Jimmy Paredes #69 and Oswaldo Navarro #26 of the Houston Astros warm up prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 2, 2011 in Lakeland, Florida. The Astros defeated the Tigers 6-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
I'm ready for another wave of promotions! But, this time I want it to be in the upper levels with guys like JD Martinez, Dallas Keuchel, and Xavier Cedeno getting promoted. JD is the main one I want promoted so he can get a month and a half of time in AAA before possibly getting a September call-up. I know this will probably spark more debate about whether he needs it or not, and I'm not saying he does, I'm just saying it will make the transition easier. His power is showing up and it seems the adjustments in his swing have worked out and have been made. So, lets see it in AAA.
Keuchel had a bad start last night, but he's still been dominant for awhile. Cedeno goes tonight, so we'll see if he continues his strong season. I'm really tired of the AAA rotation with guys like Brad Hennessey getting starts and getting demolished.
I want to mention Jimmy Paredes sudden improvements. It is exciting but I'm tempering my overall excitement for a larger sample size. His first three months were all below .700 OPS and now has a 1.142 OPS in the month of July. If he can keep this up, it will be very exciting for sure.
Oklahoma City lost 7-1
- Brad Hennessey-4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2 HR, 5/5 GO/AO
- Douglass Arguello-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO-Next lefty to be called up?
- Casey Fien-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
- Sammy Gervacio-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
- JB Shuck LF-1-2, 2 BB
Corpus Christi won 9-8
- Dallas Keuchel-5 1/3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 11/7 GO/AO
- Kyle Greenwalt-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
- Jonathan Villar SS-2-5, 2B, SO
- Jimmy Paredes 2B-2-4, 2 2B, SO, CS
- JD Martinez LF-2-4, HR, SO
- Chris Wallace C-1-4, HR, 2 SO
- Jimmy Van Ostrand DH-1-4, 2B, SO
- TJ Steele CF-2-4, HR
Lancaster won 13-6
- Jose Cisnero-6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 11 SO, 4/2 GO/AO-Another night where he was on!
- Wander Alvino-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
- Colton Pitkin-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
Lexington lost 4-2
- Ruben Alaniz-6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 8/2 GO/AO-I really like this guy.
- Ben Heath DH-2-4, HR-Hopefully he's turning his season around.
- Ben Orloff SS-2-3, 3B
Tri-City lost 4-3
- Juri Perez-4 1/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 4/3 GO/AO
- Garrett Bullock-1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
- Travis Blankenship-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
- Justin Gominsky CF-2-4, CS, PO
- Matt Duffy 3B-1-3, 3B
- Bubby Williams 1B-1-4, HR, 3 SO
Greeneville lost 7-0
- Luis Ordosgoitti-6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 10/2 GO/AO
- Luis Alvarez C-1-3, 2B, SO
GCL Astros lost 9-1
- Tanner Bushue-1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
- Fernando Abad-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
- Zachary Hardoin-2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
- Jarrod McKinney RF-2-3
GCL Astros lost 6-4
- Michael Feliz-3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 3 SO, 2/4 GO/AO
- Max Ayarza 2B-1-3, 3B, BB, SO
- Jean Carlos Batista SS-2-4, CS
- Alfredo Gonzalez C-2-3
DSL Astros lost 2-1
- Agapito Barrios-6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 9/2 GO/AO
- Franny Polanco DH-2-4