Astros Minor League Recap: August 14, 2012

HOUSTON - AUGUST 08: Brandon Barnes #39 of the Houston Astros singles to right field for his first major league hit against the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park on August 8, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Washington defeats Houston 4-3. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Not an overly busy day for the minor leagues last night with Greeneville, Tri-City, and Lancaster all having days off. Tri-City is off for their All-Star break which has five ValleyCats participating in the game today. Participating in the game is Tyler Heineman (C), Austin Elkins (2B), Aaron West, Brian Holmes, and Blake Ford. Catcher Joduan Morales who is with Lexington now and Andrew Aplin who is with Lancaster also made the team but won't be able to participate.

One of the few notables for last night is Hector Roa Jr. since he hit one of only two home runs in the minor leagues last night for the organization (Mike Hessman hit number 30). He also hit a double. I point this out because he signed this year and has already been hitting the ground running for the DSL team. Most of the time you don't see them play that season, remember waiting for Ariel Ovando to debut? Overall, his numbers aren't impressive with just a .698 OPS over 24 games, but they are trending up. Over the last 10 games, he owns a .973 OPS with a .289 batting average, .341 OBP, and a .632 SLG. That SLG is that high because a triple, two doubles, and more importantly, three home runs. That gives him four bombs on the season in just 24 games! Remember, we are talking about a 17 year old kid! Just a few years ago when the new Dominican Academy just opened, the teams top HR hitter topped out with two. Yeah, two home runs in the whole season. This kid is second on the team in less than half the games as the leader.

The downside is this kid doesn't draw walks at this point. He has just four on the season and three are in the last ten games. He also strikes out a lot but that rate has gone down too. So, he may actually have good plate discipline as he adjusts to pro ball. The other downside to Roa is that he doesn't have a true defensive position yet. He's played in RF, LF, 1B, and DH so far and was playing 3B prior to being signed. That will be a focus for him in the academy, but he's young enough to figure that out while his bat carries him.

Oklahoma City RedHawks lost 8-5

  • Jose Cisnero-2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2/1 GO/AO, 54 pitches
  • Sergio Perez-3 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 6/1 GO/AO
  • Jose Valdez-1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO-WHAAAT? Yep, four strikeouts
  • J.B. Shuck CF-3-5
  • Matt Downs DH-1-5, 2B, SO
  • Mike Hessman 1B-1-4, HR, SO
  • Marc Krass RF-2-4, SO

Corpus Christi Hooks lost 5-2

Lancaster JetHawks: Off

Lexington Legends lost 4-3

  • Chris Devenski-5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO, 2/3 GO/AO
  • Thomas Shirley-3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 SO, 3/1 GO/AO
  • Chan Moon 2B-2-5, 2 SO, SB
  • Brandon Meredith DH-0-1, 2 BB, SO
  • Justin Gominsky CF-0-1, 3 BB, SO

Tri-City ValleyCats: All-Star Break

Greeneville Astros: Off

GCL Astros won 11-10

  • Kyle Hallock-1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2/0 GO/AO
  • Enderson Franco-5 IP, 12 H, 6 R< 6 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 2/3 GO/AO
  • Ambiorix De Leon-1/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
  • Gera Sanchez-2 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3/1 GO/AO
  • Brett Phillips CF-1-3, 2 BB, SB
  • Darwin Rivera 3B-2-5, SO
  • Edwin Gomez 1B-2-4, SO
  • Alfredo Gonzalez C-3-4, 2B, SO
  • Yoel Silfa 2B-2-3, 2B, SO

DSL Astros won 7-5

  • Juan Hernandez-3 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 4/2 GO/AO
  • Harold Arauz-1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
  • Luis Reynoso SS-1-4, 2B, 2 SO
  • Mesac Laguna CF, 1B-1-3, 2B, BB
  • Hector Roa DH-2-4, 2B, HR, SO
  • Johan Tomas De La Cruz RF-1-3, 2B
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