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Actually defending Domingo Santana (and other notes about CC players)

I was happy to read Irish Pete's post about Domingo. But the tenor of the conversation seemed to imply that he's having a bad season. In fact, he's having a good season. With tonight's HR, he's 5th in the league in HRs, and 10th in slugging. Granted, there's only 8 teams in the league, but only Springer had a higher SLG% for eligible Hooks.

Yes, he's K'ed 120 times in roughly 400 PAs. That's about 30%. His average is below .250. He's also on pace to surpass his HR total from last year when he was at Lancaster. And he absolutely stunk for the first three weeks after he came back from his injury.

He hasn't dominated the league, but it's not as though he's "struggled" unless we also want to say that Springer has "struggled" to make contact. I think where Domingo goes in April will depend on the kind of offseason he has. I imagine he'll play in the AFL and if he improves over the offseason, it's not out of question to promote him. Maybe they'll want to see two good months, but maybe they'll declare him ready.

Some other statistical observations: Castro has bad age, but give the guy credit for overcoming a terrible April. He's shown real power, with a SLG just behind Santana at .458. While Valenzuela and Z. Johnson lost out in the #s game, Castro is fighting for his life in a system that's becoming cut-throat. And nobody's talked about his .808 OPS in the Texas League. I'm not ready to say he has a future with the club, but I bet he makes somebody's 40 man by 2015.

Meanwhile, there's Kike Hernandez. I'd like to see him and Chan Moon as a dancing DP combo, and I'm impressed with the pop in his bat, but his age is the only thing in his favor right now. Delino could get called up any day and there's Tony Kemp not far behind. We've been rooting for him for awhile, hoping for the next Altuve. A .285 OBP doesn't cut it.

Tucker is getting a little luckier. His BABIP was around .250 last week before some more hits started dropping. I did brashly predict 40 HRs if he stayed at Lancaster a whole year. He has 23 on the season, and his BB and K rate haven't budged since the promotion. This is a 7th rounder. I have to think that he's knocking on the door for top 10 prospects in the offseason, esp. if he ends the season with 30 HRs. It's only 34 ABs, but his OPS is .918 against lefties. These are the good Texas League lefties.

Also, I know it seems like Duffy and Meyer are in some kind of steel cage match where the loser gets voted off the island, but I see these two vying for the AAA spot next year. Meyer is younger than Jio, and he's actually shown he can hit AA pitching. Remember, the Astros 3b depth is probably the weakest of any position. If Matty D doesn't work out, it's a long time before Rio Ruiz would be ready. Meyer's almost two years younger than Duffy, and his defense has played up in AA. Neither are getting near a top 20 list, but the point here is to notice some guys putting up nice seasons.

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