Astros Minor League Recap: August 20, 2012

HOUSTON,TX- APRIL 9 : Relief pitcher Fernando Abad #58 of the Houston Astros grimaces after giving up a two run RBI in the seventh inning to the Florida Marlins in a MLB baseball game on April 9, 2011 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The Marlins won 7 to 5 . (Photo by Thomas B. Shea / Getty Images)

Lets talk about Jonathan Singleton and his late season power surge. I mean an OPS of 1.050 over his last ten games deserves to be talked about right? It's making me love him as a prospect even more. Had his recent surge not happened, my impressions of Carlos Correa may have put him above Singleton. But, he is launching the ball again, so I'm flipping back and forth on the who is the better prospect.

In those last ten games, Singleton has hit .310 with three doubles and four home runs. He's struck out 13 times but has walked five times. His OBP is .383 and his SLG is .667 over those games. He's just killing the ball!

On the season, his line is .282/.391/.493 which brings his OPS to .884. We have to remember that he hasn't even turned 21 yet and his ISO is .211. That's just a ridiculous number for a 20 year on AA. Another ridiculous stat for a 20 year old in AA, try a 15.4 BB%. Yes, that is also accompanied by a 23.4 K%, but it's very impressive to have that kind of plate discipline and that kind of power.

The MiLB batting stats for the Texas League isn't working right and keeps telling me there's an error, so I can't pull up how he ranks. But, his 18 home runs on the season ranks pretty high. His walk total ranks pretty high. And, his batting average ranks pretty high. This is a special prospect, but he needs his time. The power is going to continue to develop for him and it may not be so crazy to put that 30 HR tag on him in the future. His K% isn't terrible, but it won't allow for him to close to .300 in the majors since his BABIP is .347. He does drive the ball which could help him keep it high, but even at a 19.6 LD% won't keep it that high.

Oklahoma City RedHawks won 5-2

Corpus Christi Hooks won 7-1

Lancaster JetHawks won 6-0

  • Blair Walters-6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 SO, 7/3 GO/AO, 95 pitches
  • Chia-Jen Lo-2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 3/2 GO/AO, 13 pitches
  • Kenny Long-2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
  • Delino DeShiels Jr. 2B-1-4, 3 SO, SB
  • Jiovanni Mier SS-2-4
  • Andrew Aplin CF-1-4, 2B, SO
  • Domingo Santana DH-2-4, 2 SO
  • Roberto Pena C-1-3, 2B, SO
  • Grant Hogue RF-1-3, 2B

Lexington Legends: PPD

Tri-City ValleyCats won 11-0

  • Joe Bircher-6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 4/4 GO/AO
  • Euris Quezada-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2/0 GO/AO
  • Scott Zuloaga-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Blake Ford-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Joe Sclafani SS-2-4, 3B, BB, SB
  • Neiko Johnson 3B-0-2, 2 BB
  • Preston Tucker RF-1-5, HR-6 HR
  • Jesse Wierzbicki 1B-2-5, 2 SO, SB, CS
  • Austin Elkins 2B-2-4, 2B, 2 SO
  • Emilio King CF-2-4

Greeneville Astros lost 8-4

  • Lance McCullers-3 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR, 3/1 GO/AO-Mike Newman said his fastball was hit hard and threw a lot of breaking balls
  • Brad Propst-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
  • Kevin Comer-3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 2/1 GO/AO-Astros Debut
  • Terrell Joyce LF-2-4, HR, 2 SO-His 6th HR
  • Ariel Ovando DH-1-4, 2B, SO
  • Jose Fernandez SS-2-4, SO
  • Ernesto Genoves C-1-4, HR

GCL & DSL Astros: OFF

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