Okay, we have a lot to talk about, so let's just jump right into the moves, shall we?
- Jordan Lyles and Dallas Keuchel are moving up to Houston. The corresponding roster moves haven't been announced, but I'm going to guess one of them rhymes with "Sick Sankiel Seleased."
- Carlos Correa was hit by a pitch and pulled from the game. He is not on the Disabled List right now, and X-rays were not deemed immediately necessary. He will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. These are the kinds of things that tend to nag, though. I always think back to when Chris Johnson got hit on the hand in Round Rock in 2009 and seemingly missed seven seasons as a result.
- Jason Stoffel and Carlos Perez went to Oklahoma City.
- Austin Wates was activated.
- Max Stassi and Zach Johnson went to Corpus Christi. Let the Max Stassi era begin. Meanwhile...
- Rafael Valenzuela was released. Which isn't as surprising as it is just kinda sad. Even if guys are organizational depth, there's just something kinda depressing about them getting released midseason. Then again, I'm a sentimental fool. Sue me.
Honestly, it makes it sound like Zack Wheeler has never won a baseball game before, but moments before yesterday's start, he decided he'd try squaring his shoulders to the plate more, and bam! Number one pitching prospect!
Now where were we? Right, the Astros minor leagues.
In 2012, the Oklahoma City Redhawks swiped 34 bases in the month of June, their biggest single month total of the season. After last night's game, their April 2013 total stands at 35, including 15 over their last 4 games. And that also includes Jonathan Villar stealing home plate. That happened. You can't say it didn't, because it did.
Speaking of the RedHawks...
Here's a thing: Trevor Crowe, Marc Krauss, Jake Elmore, Jonathan Villar, and Jimmy Paredes are a combined .326/.406/.517/.923 this season, and that includes Villar's slow start. They also have a combined 10.93% walk rate versus a 15.11% K-rate. And they're a combined 27-for-38 in steals.
Class of '11
Two members of the 2011 Corpus Christi Hooks were on the field at Whataburger yesterday: J.D. Martinez was on hand to begin a rehab assignment following his DL stint after spraining his right knee; and Jacob Goebbert was back, after being traded to Oakland for Travis Blackley.
What's the Opposite of a Golden Sombrero?
Ryan Dineen drew four walks in the River Bandits game today. I don't know the terminology for this. If it was strikeouts, it would be the golden sombrero. Is it a different type of hat? I'm not current on my haberdashery; perhaps the golden fez? The jeweled beret? The resplendent tam o'shanter? I'm going with the Goldsteinian fedora. That'll stick for now. Congratulations to Ryan Dineen on his Goldsteinian Fedora. Joe Sclafani came close to joining him, but wussed out after three walks.
What Happened Was...
Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA) - There wasn't a lot not to like about Jarred Cosart's night on the mound. He threw 93 pitches, 57 of them for strikes. He struck out 6 over 5.1 innings and walked two. He allowed just one earned run. All told, he was very effective, and he earned the win, improving his record to 3-0 on the season, with a 2.63 ERA as the RedHawks beat the Nashville Sounds (MIL), 4-2.
- LF Trevor Crowe - 1/3, 3B, BB
- 3B Jimmy Paredes - 1/4, 2B, R
- 1B Marc Krauss - 2/3, HR, R, RBI, BB, K, CS, PO
- DH Brett Wallace - 1/3, 2B, R, BB, K
- SS Jonathan Villar - 1/4, R, 2 K, SB
- RHP Jarred Cosart - 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
- RHP C.J. Fick - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- LHP Kevin Chapman - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 K
- RHP Josh Zeid - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- 2B Ben Orloff - 2/4, K, CS
- C Rene Garcia - 1/4, RBI, K
- CF George Springer - 0/2, BB, 2 K
- DH J.D. Martinez - 0/3
- RF Domingo Santana - 0/3, 2 K
- 1B Erik Castro - 1/2, R, BB, K
- SS Jiovanni Mier - 1/3
- RHP Jake Buchanan - 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
- RHP Carlos Quevedo - 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- LHP Alex Sogard - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
LF Jake Goebbert - 2/4, K
- 2B Delino DeShields, Jr. - 1/4
- SS Nolan Fontana - 2/4, 2B, R, K
- CF Andrew Aplin - 1/3, 2B, BB
- RF Preston Tucker - 1/3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
- 1B Telvin Nash - 0/3, BB, 2 K
- C Tyler Heineman - 1/3, BB
- LF Brandon Meredith - 0/4, 3 K
- DH Chris Epps - 0/3, 2 K
- LHP Luis Cruz - 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
- LHP Thomas Shirley - 1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
- LHP Theron Geith - 2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- CF Teoscar Hernandez - 2/5, 2B, 3 R, RBI, BB, 2 K, SB
- SS Carlos Correa - 2/3, 3 R, RBI, BB, HBP
- 1B Jesse Wierzbicki - 3/6, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, K
- DH Roberto Pena - 2/5, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI, K
- 3B Ryan Dineen - 0/2, R, 4 BB, 2 K
- 2B/SS Joe Sclafani - 2/3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB
- C Jobduan Morales - 2/5, HR, R, 5 RBI
- RF Terrell Joyce - 2/4, 2B, R, RBI, BB, 2 K
- LHP Joe Bircher - 4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
- RHP Vincent Velasquez - 2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
- Six years after this video was taken, this man is a consensus Top 3 draft choice.
- Have you ever seen someone look more uncomfortable holding a bat? And yet, occasionally he accidentally does something pretty nice with it. anyway. Athlete.
- The Astros almost have to draft Mark Appel so that a National League team doesn't take him and make him bat.
- Mark Appel was 17 once. So was I. So were you. We all have that in common. Isn't America wonderful?