Oklahoma City (62-50)
When Justin Maxwell was traded to the Royals, most of us had the same thought "ZOMG SPRINGER", but Luhnow swiftly hosed the fanboys down:
Jeff Luhnow on Springer and Singleton: "They're Triple-A and that's where they'll stay for now."— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) July 31, 2013
Although it's completely unnecessary for the Astros to rush their prospects, I believe George Springer is ready. He certainly has holes in his game – the swing-and-miss factor isnt't going away – but he's 24 years old, and proven himself at every level in the minors.
We've seen Jon Villar make an impact on the ML level with his speed and defense. George Springer will do the same, and then some. Whether he got the call now or in September, fact remains: the excitement level is going to be through the roof when Mr. Springer makes his Astros debut.
Jonathan Singleton, on the other hand, doesn't look quite ready. In 44 games at OKC, he's slashing .196/.303/.311, with a Telvin Nashian K rate. Brooks took a deeper look into Singleton's struggles earlier this month, highlighting his inability to make contact with pitches outside the zone as the potential root of the problem. A few weeks later, he hasn't really improved with the bat.
The good news: Singleton is stil only 21. He's young for AAA, and the Astros aren't in a position where they need to rush him. Maybe the 50-game suspension will result in a lost year for Singleton's development. I doubt we see him in Houston any time soon.
- Trevor Crowe - 3-4
- George Springer - 1-5, K
- Brandon Laird - 1-5
- Jimmy Parades - 1-4, K
- Marwin Gonzalez - 1-4, 3B, 2 K
- Jon Singleton - 1-3, BB, K
- Carlos Perez - 3-3
- Wade LeBlanc - 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 7/3 GO/AO
- Jason Stoffel - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO
Corpus Christi (65-45)
Max Stassi is getting ridiculous. In his last 28 games, he's slashing .362/.418/.838, with 14 home runs. On Wednesday, he hit another home run, and he was just a double from the cycle. This is a catcher known for his DEFENSE. While this type of offense is unsustainable, it's definitely an exciting outburst. Stassi's calling cards are his defense and above-average power. If he can just stay healthy – something he's had problems with – and make enough contact to showcase that power, he's going to be a plenty-useful ML catcher someday.
Meanwhile, David Martinez has tied Jason Hirsh (ew) for the most wins in Corpus Christi history (13), with plenty of season to go.
David Martinez picks up his 13th win of the season, tying Jason Hirsh (2005) for the #cchooks single-season franchise record.— Greg Rajan (@GregRajan) August 1, 2013
The soon-to-be 26-year-old right-hander is having an amazing year for Corpus. He doesn't walk anybody, but the advanced stats indicate he's been more lucky than unlucky. I don't think Martinez will ever be worthy of a ML rotation spot, but maybe he'll carve out a bullpen spot for himself. Regardless, great season he's had.
- Ronald Torreyes - 2-5
- Preston Tucker - 0-4
- Max Stassi - 3-4, 3B, HR
- Jonathan Meyer - 2-3, K
- Jio Mier - 0-4, ERROR
- David Martinez - 7.1 IP, 7 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 K , 8/4 GO/AO
Aaron West is a perfect example of why it's impossible to evaluate the performances of starting pitchers in Lancaster. All you need to know is that he's striking out nearly nine batters per nine innings, walking less than two batters per nine, and has a FIP under 3.00. I can't wait until he departs the launching pad.
Lancaster, by the way, is where newly-acquired prospect, Kyle Smith, will be assigned. Good luck, Kyle. You're going to need it.
- Delino DeShields Jr. - 2-5, 3B, CS, ERROR
- Nolan Fontana - 3-4, HR, BB, K
- Andrew Aplin - 1-2, 2 BB
- MP Cokinos - 1-4, BB
- Tyler Heinieman - 1-5, K
- Matt Duffy - 2-2, HR
- Joe Sclafani - 1-3, 2B, BB
- Aaron West - 2.1 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/AO
- Kenny Long - 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/2 GO/AO
Quad Cities (59-46)
Speaking of newly-acquired prospects, Danry Vasquez – the return for Jose Veras – went 3-5 in his QC debut, including a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. What a debut. Bobby Borchering ended up driving in Carlos Correa later in the inning to complete the comeback win.
Mark Appel officially made his longest professional start on Wednesday, lasting 4.2 innings. For the consensus best player in the draft, he hasn't dominated the lower levels like most had hoped. Anyone concerned? I'm not.
(Josh Hader – the third piece in Bud Norris deal – will report to Quad Cities).
- Teoscar Hernandez - 1-5, 2B, K
- Danry Vasquez - 3-5, HR
- Carlos Correa - 1-4, 2B, BB
- Bobby Borchering - 2-5, 3 K, SB
- Rio Ruiz - 1-4, 2B, K
- Mark Appel - 4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 7/3 GO/AO
- Gerardo Sanchez - 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 5/1 GO/AO
- Mitchell Lambson - 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/2 GO/AO
Tri-City has lost six straight games.
- Chan Moon - 1-5, 2 K
- James Ramsay - 0-4, K
- Conrad Gregor - 0-3, 2 BB, K
- Ronnie Mitchell - 1-2, 2 BB
- Evan Grills - 3 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 5/3 GO/AO
- Kevin Comer - 2.1 IP, 0 H, 2 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 2/3 GO/AO
- JD Osbourne - 0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
- Juan Santana - 0-3, BB, K
- Tyler White - 3-4, 2B
- Brian Holberton - 0-3 BB, K
- Chase McDonald - 1-3, BB, 2 K
- Ariel Ovando - 1-3, BB, 2 K, ASSIST
- Thomas Lindauer - 1-3, BB, K
- Frederick Tiburcio - 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 8/2 GO/AO
- Krishawn Holley - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/0 GO/AO
- Gonzalo Sanudo - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO
GCL Astros (17-16)
The GCL scored 18 runs in just FIVE INNINGS. The game was called due to "rain". When I was in Little League, I believe they referred to "rain" as the "skunk rule", but I'll let bygones be bygones.
- Jason Martin - 1-3, 3B, K
- Javaris Reynolds - 2-2, 2 BB
- Yonathan Mejia - 4-4
- Luis Reynoso - 2-3, BB, SB
- Jacob Nottingham - 1-3
- Ydarqui Marte - 3-4, HR, K
- Yoel Silfa - 2-4, HR, K, ERROR
- Luis Ordosgoitti - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GO/AO
- Joe Musgrove - 2 IP, 4 H, 6 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 4/1 GO/AO
DSL Astros (26-24)
- Luis Payano - 2-4, 2B, ERROR
- Arturo Michelena - 2-4
- Hector Roa - 2-4, HR
- Jean Estrella - 2-3, 2B, BB, CS
- Marlon Avea - 2-2, 2 2B
- Harold Arauz - 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 7/5 GO/AO