Houston Astros Minor League Recap: 7/16/13

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Only two games in the Houston system yesterday, but both were down-to-the-last inning affairs.

True Blue, Baby I Love You

Ronit Shah, a regular over at the SB Nation Dodgers blog, True Blue LA, has put some work into writing up profiles of some of the Lancaster Jethawks players, beginning with Delino DeShields. You can read his profile here. Watch for more to come on these pages over the next few weeks.

WhataBurger! What a Place!

From now through August 12, at USA Today, fans can vote on the best minor league ballpark. A few Astros affiliate parks are up for the honors: Oklahoma City's AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, Quad Cities' Modern Woodmen Park, and Corpus Christi's Whataburger Field. My personal favorite park, which shall remain nameless, wasn't included. But head on over and vote. You can vote once a day for the remainder of the voting period.

Cosart Pitches and Talks a Good Game

Jarred Cosart has had his share of detractors, on this blog and elsewhere. But no one can deny his ability. This season in Oklahoma City, he's generated 2.48 groundouts per flyout, and opposing hitters are hitting just .213 against him. He's got a cool 93 strikeouts in 93 innings. The downside, as we all know, is that he's also walked 4.84 batters per nine innings. But if this article on MiLB.com is to be believed, he's got the right attitude about the challenges he's faced this year.

"I'm hoping to keep the momentum going," said Cosart. "I told them I'd do whatever they need me to do, go down and work on whatever they wanted. They said to just keep throwing, keep on my schedule, get some innings. I don't know when I'll get back up there. It would be nice to get there on the 23rd when my next start is supposed to be, but we'll see what happens."

There are worse things you can be than a strikeout pitcher who walks a lot of guys. After all, Chuck Finley put up 55.9 fWAR over 17 seasons. It remains to be seen if Cosart will follow along a similar path, but it's not entirely out of the question.

What Happened Was...

Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA) - All-Star Break

Corpus Christi Hooks (AA) - Max Stassi homered in yesterday's game - his second game in a row and the third of six with a home run - to lead off the sixth inning, in which the Hooks batted around and scored six runs. Along with the run Preston Tucker singled home in the first inning, Corpus Christi carried a 7-0 lead into the 7th, which promptly dwindled. The Midland RockHounds (OAK) rallied for five runs in the final three innings, but it wasn't enough to pull out the win as Corpus Christi won, 8-5.

Corpus Christi: 13-12, 2nd (2.5 GB) - Texas League South

  • CF Drew Muren - 1/3, 3B, R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, K
  • C Rene Garcia - 3/5, R, K
  • DH Max Stassi - 1/4, HR, R, RBI, BB
  • LF Preston Tucker - 2/4, RBI, BB
  • 1B Erik Castro - 2/5, HR, R, 2 RBI, K
  • RF Domingo Santana - 0/3, R, 2 BB, K
  • RHP Ross Seaton - 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
  • LHP Pat Urckfitz - 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Andrew Robinson - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Jorge De Leon - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Lancaster Jethawks (A+) - Off

Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Off for a breather before today's showdown between Lance McCullers and Zach Eflin.

Tri-City ValleyCats (A-) - Off

Greeneville Astros (Rk) - Off

GCL Astros (Rk) - Jose Solano belted his third home run in five games as the GCL Astros took on the GCL Pirates and some familiar names - Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire. With a 3-2 lead heading into the ninth inning, the Astros trotted Erick Gonzalez out to the mound. But after walking Ulises Montilla to open the frame, Gonzalez allowed Adam Landecker to reach via a throwing error on Gonzalez himself. Landecker would come around to score on another error - this time on Luis Reynoso. After issuing another walk, Gonzalez was pulled with a tie game, 3-3. But Zachary Dando wouldn't fare much better in relief, as he walked the first two batters he faced (including Meadows with the bases loaded) and gave up another run on a McGuire single before recording the final two outs via strikeout. The Astros went down in order in the bottom of the inning, losing 6-3.

GCL Astros: 11-9, 2nd (2.5 GB) - Gulf Coast League Northeast
  • CF Jason Martin - 1/4, 2B, R, K
  • 3B Alex Gonzalez - 1/3, R, K, SB
  • 2B Jose Solano - 1/4, HR, R, RBI
  • RHP Francis Ramirez - 4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
  • LHP Kevin Ferguson - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Juan Santos - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Chris Munnelly - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Erick Gonzalez - 0.1 IP, 0 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, E
  • RHP Zachary Dando - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
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