Houston Astros Minor League Recap: 8/15/13

Ryan Dunsmore

A pair of walk-off losses in Quad Cities and Greeneville, a pair of home runs by top prospects in Oklahoma City, and a Luhnow sighting in the desert.

Quick and dirty recap tonight...

Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA) - George Springer and Jon Singleton each had a home run, two walks, and zero strikeouts as Jake Buchanan scattered seven hits and a walk over 7.2 innings against the Tucson Padres (SDP). The RedHawks offense drew six walks over five innings off of Keyvious Sampson, the Padres' #16 prospect per MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. RedHawks win, 8-2.

Oklahoma City: 70-56, 1st - Pacific Coast League American Southern

  • LF Trevor Crowe - 2/5, R, K, SB
  • 2B Jose Martinez - 2/4, 2B, 2 R, BB, K
  • CF George Springer - 2/3, HR, R, 3 RBI, 2 BB
  • 1B Jon Singleton - 1/3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
  • SS Jimmy Paredes - 1/3, 3B, R, 2 RBI, BB, K
  • RF Che-Hsuan Lin - 1/2, RBI, BB
  • RHP Jake Buchanan - 7.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Corpus Christi Hooks (AA) - Since being called up from Lancaster in July, Jonas Dufek is 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA, 0.45 WHIP, 13 K, and 0 BB through 11 innings, after coming on in relief to help bail out starter Ross Seaton. Seaton left the game down 4-1, but the offense battled back in the 8th and 9th innings to overtake the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KCR) 6-5.

Corpus Christi: 31-22, 2nd (2.0 GB) - Texas League South
  • LF Preston Tucker - 3/4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, IBB
  • DH Max Stassi - 3/5, 2 2B, 4 RBI, K
  • RF Domingo Santana - 0/4, BB, 4 K
  • CF Drew Muren - 3/4, 2B, 2 R, K
  • RHP Ross Seaton - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, HBP
  • RHP Carlos Quevedo - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Jonas Dufek - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Lancaster Jethawks (A+) - Jeff Luhnow was on hand for his second game in a row at Lancaster, and broadcaster Jason Schwartz pulled him into the booth. Among the things they discussed:
  • George Springer: "We're not quite ready to [promote him] yet. I don't know if we will be this year. He's a big part of our plan next year; we're planning on having him in center field next year in Houston."
  • Kyle Smith. Smith was someone that Luhnow personally scouted in Florida, and someone he liked very much. On several near-trades last year, Luhnow asked for Smith as the return. This year, when the Royals told him that they'd give him Smith for Maxwell, he made the deal without hesitation. "Kyle doesn't wow you with his stuff, but ... he doesn't walk people. He gets people out. He's been very effective."
  • Sending pitchers through Lancaster: "I don't think it's something we need to avoid. Everyone who gets ... to the major leagues is going to face some adversity. I don't look at their ERA. I ask, 'Did they keep the ball low? Did they locate their fastball? Did they use their secondaries?' This is a good developmental league. If they succeed here, they can go and succeed in Corpus."
  • Joe Sclafani (who drew some "Ben Zobrist with speed" comparisons): "I'm impressed. From Dartmouth, obviously very smart. In Tri-City, the owner sat with me and said Joe was his favorite player. He has a lot of tools. He didn't get drafted high; he's not a big name. But sometimes these are the guys who play roles on championship teams because they do a lot of little things right. He's exciting."
  • Delino DeShields: "I'm excited. He's very young, and I'm glad he's finishing strong. It's going to be fun for him to go for his second straight title and position himself to be an everyday guy in Corpus next year."
  • Mark Appel: "He could pitch here next year. He could pitch in Corpus. He could pitch in Houston. We'll have to see what happens in the offseason."
  • On the draft: "We're not looking to get the top pick [in 2014], but it's pretty apparent we'll have a high pick."
Speaking of DeShields, today (Friday) is his birthday. Happy twenty-first, Delino. He didn't leave 20 particularly gracefully, with three errors and a pickoff of first base, but he did at least reach twice. Tyler Heineman did, as well, picking up a double and a triple on the night. The Inland Empire 66ers (LAA) offense, however, was just pesky enough to put Mike Hauschild & Co. down as the Jethawks just weren't able to get anything sustained and fell 8-2.

Lancaster: 33-20, 1st - California League South
  • 2B Delino DeShields - 2/4, SB, PO, 3 E
  • SS Nolan Fontana - 2/4, R, K
  • C Tyler Heineman - 2/4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, K
  • RHP Mike Hauschild - 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
  • RHP Tyson Perez - 1.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 HBP
  • RHP Gera Sanchez - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - With two outs in the bottom of the ninth in a 5-5 game, the Clinton LumberKings (SEA) were able to string together three consecutive hits off of Juan Minaya to walk it off, 6-5.

Quad Cities: 30-21, 2nd (3.5 GB) - Midwest League Western
  • 2B Tony Kemp - 1/3, R, 2 BB
  • RF Teoscar Hernandez - 1/4, 2B, 2 R, K, HBP
  • 1B Bobby Borchering - 2/4, HR, R, 4 RBI, 2 K
  • RHP Lance McCullers - 4.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Andrew Walter - 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Tri-City ValleyCats (A-) - The Connecticut Tigers (DET) scored once in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead, which would hold the entire game... until the ValleyCats scored one each in the 7th, 8th, and 9th. ValleyCats win, 3-1.

Tri-City: 33-23, 1st - New York-Penn League Stedler
  • SS Chan Moon - 1/4, 3B, R, K
  • 1B/3B Tyler White - 3/4, RBI
  • DH MIchael Martinez - 1/2, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB, K
  • RHP Adrian Houser - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Andrew Thurman - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Gonzalo Sanudo - 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Greeneville Astros (Rk) - The Astros had built up a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth against the Pulaski Mariners (SEA), but four runs in the bottom of that frame tied it up, and the Mariners won it walk-off style in the ninth, 5-4, spoiling some fairly good pitching performances by Chrisses Lee and Munnelly.

Greeneville: 33-21, 1st - Appalachian League West
  • CF Tanner Mathis - 1/4, BB, K
  • SS Juan Santana - 1/3, 2B, BB
  • DH Edwin Gomez - 1/4, IBB, 3 K
  • 1B/3B Angel Ibanez - 1/3, R, BB, HBP, K, 2 E
  • 2B Darwin Rivera - 0/3, R, 2 BB, K, E
  • RF Ariel Ovando - 1/3, R, BB, 3 K, CS
  • C Brian Holberton - 1/4, HR, R, 3 RBI, BB, 2 K, 2 PB
  • LF Wallace Gonzalez - 1/2, 2B, RBI, 2 BB
  • LHP Chris Lee - 5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, WP, HBP
  • LHP Sebastian Kessay - 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Chris Munnelly - 2.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
GCL Astros (Rk) - The Astros offense scored early and often, putting up runs in six of eight frames, including four three-run innings. Joe Musgrove pitched three scoreless innings in relief, allowing just a pair of hits, and Jean Batista (a double away from a cycle) and Jose Solano (four doubles!) each hit a home run against the GCL Yankees2 (NYY). Astros win a laugher, 14-5.

GCL Astros: 23-25, 3rd (7.0 GB) - Gulf Coast League Northeast
  • LF Jean Batista - 3/5, 3B, HR, 4 R, RBI, K
  • 1B Mesac Laguna - 1/1, 2B, R, RBI
  • 3B Jose Solano - 5/5, 4 2B, HR, 4 R, 5 RBI, E
  • RF Ydarqui Marte - 4/4, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, HBP
  • C Pedro Coa - 3/3, 2B, R, 2 RBI
  • RHP Jose Montero - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Joe Musgrove - 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
DSL Astros (Rk) - The DSL Dodgers (LAD) scratched together three runs against Victor Mesa in the top of the ninth to bring this game to 5-4, but Angel Heredia was able to come on in relief and slam the door on the final out, preserving the Astros victory.

DSL Astros: 34-29, 3rd (7.0 GB) - Dominican Summer League Boca Chica Northwest
  • RF Brauly Mejia - 2/2, 2B, R, RBI, HBP
  • 1B Hector Roa - 2/4, 2B, R, SB, CS
  • 2B Jean Carlos Cortorreal - 2/3, 2B, RBI, BB, K
  • RHP Elieser Hernandez - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP
  • RHP Victor Mesa - 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, WP

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