Houston Astros Minor League Recap: 5/21/14

Captain Correa takes a day off striking fear in Astros fans everywhere. Immediately removes said fear by homering in his first plate appearance back.

An article about Carlos Correa has been making the round on twitter and in the comment sections of various TCB articles and gamethreads, but I am going to go ahead and link it here for those who haven't already seen it. After reading that, your fandom of Correa probably just got turned to 11.

Correa comes here to the Denny's every morning and orders the same thing: an egg-white vegetable omelet, side of fruit, side of seven-grain French toast. His orange juice arrives at the table before he has to ask.

"Generous tipper, great guy," the manager, a man by the name of Saint Martinez, said after Correa leaves the restaurant. "And you know what? He leaves me tickets to every home game for me and my kids. Every home game, if I go to will call, I have tickets. I'm a single parent, I raise my kids, and they love baseball and they became fans of him."

If that's not enough to make you think Correa is the coolest kid ever. Check out this unplanned speech he gave after members of the Quad Cities River Bandits received their championship rings in Spring Training:

"I want to talk to the players. When I went back to Puerto Rico in the offseason, everywhere I went, everywhere I go, I talk about this team. I talk about this team because the chemistry, the atmosphere in the clubhouse was incredible. ... You guys were my family. ... And when we got to the playoffs ... I got to the ballpark and looked at you guys, and I was like, 'We're going to win this for sure.' And we did. We did because we wanted it. So what I want to bring with this is, that's how you create championship teams, from the bottom to the big league level. ... If you guys keep the same atmosphere and the same dedication to each other, picking up each other, that's how we're going to create our organization."

That's a kid that gets it. Remember all of those "intangibles" that scouts talk about? That's 80 grade in my book. Captain Correa will lead us to victory!

By the way, did you enjoy that awesome photoshop of Carlos Correa above? Of course you did. Now, click here and follow TCB's own Ryan Dunsmore. The man is the Carlos Correa of photoshop here!

Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA) - Asher Wednesday turned into Asher "Winsday." Asher Wojciechowski made his first 2014 start since straining his lat that occured all the way back on Febraury 1. It went well. He threw 66 pitches in 4 innings with 41 of those going for strikes. The return of Asher adds even more depth to the ridiculous amount of pitching depth this farm boasts. He's on 40-man roster, so if Asher can prove his health and continue to pitch well, he could be a candidate to make an appearance in Houston this year if a starting pitcher is needed for any reason. Jonathan Meyer had 2 hits, including a double, pacing the Redhawk offense which had another good outing (7 hits, 7 BBs, 6 Ks). They provided six runs to help lead the way to victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (MIA).

Oklahoma City: 26-21, 1st in Pacific Coast League American Northern

  • 1B Jon Singleton - 0/4, R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • LF, Domingo Santana, 1/3, R, RBI, 2 BB, 1 K (over his last 136 plate appearances, Domingo has a 24.1% K rate and a BB rate of 11.3%)
  • C Max Stassi - 0/4, K
  • 3B Jonathan Meyer, 2/3, 2B, RBI
  • SS Enrique Hernandez, 1/3, 2 R, 1 BB (just keeps improving that stock)
  • 2B Ronald Torreyes - 0/3, RBI
  • Asher Wojciechowski - 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 5 K, 66/41 Pit/Str, 0/5 GO/FO
  • Paul Clemens - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Chia-Jen Lo - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K
  • Kevin Chapman - 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Corpus Christi Hooks (AA) - Corpus jumped out to a 6-0 lead after putting up a 2-spot in the 2nd and a 4-spot in the 5th. The offense was paced by Preston Tucker who had 3 hits including an opposite field homer. Here's a gif of said homer.

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Matt Duffy, Rene Garcia, and Delino Deshields each also had mult-hit games, but the true stud of the game is Thomas Shirley. The LHP went 6 innings of 1 hit ball with 5 Ks and 0 BBs. Shirley is 25 years old, but he's had some injuries in his history that have kept him from being promoted at a normal rate. Not including this game, he's carrying a 9.94 K/9 with a 2.59 BB/9. The pile of arms in the Astros farm continues to grow more and more.

Corpus Christi: 24-21, 3rd in the Texas League South
  • CF, Delino Deshields - 2/5, R, K
  • 2B, Nolan Fontana - 1/4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K (Fontana has really turned it up lately, and his wRC+ is up to a whopping 144, but he is doing it on a fairly unsustainable .394 BABIP. Just keep that in mind if he struggles soon.)
  • RF, Andrew Aplin - 0/5, 2 K
  • 1B, Matt Duffy - 2/5, 2 R, K
  • LF, Preston Tucker - 3/5, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • DH, MP Cokinos - 1/4, RBI, BB
  • C, Rene Garcia - 2/5, R, HR, 2 RBI
  • SS, Jiovanni Mier - 1/4, R
  • 1B, Telvin Nash - 0/4, 4 K
Lancaster Jethawks (A+) - This game was back and forth, but the Bakersfield Blaze won on a walkoff homerun in the bottom of the 10th inning. Bakersfield has the best overall record in the Cal League, so Lancaster lost an opportunity to narrow the small gap between the two clubs. Captain Correa homered in his 1st plate appearance to shush all people concerned about him having a day off yesterday. Teoscar Hernandez continue his torrid streak. He's carrying a .929 slugging, not OPS, over his last 6 games.

Lancaster: 27-21, Tied for 1st in the California League South
  • DH, Anthony Kemp - 1/4, R, BB, K
  • CF, Teoscar Hernandez - 2/5, R, 3B, RBI, 2 K
  • SS, Carlos Correa - 2/5, R, HR, 2 RBI, K
  • 3B, Rio Ruiz - 0/3, 2 BB
  • 1B, Bobby Borchering - 1/5, 2B, K
  • RF, Dan Gulbransen - 1/3, R, 2B
  • LF, Jordan Scott - 1/4, 2B, RBI, K
  • 2B, Carlos Perdomo - 0/4
  • SP, Kyle Westwood - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  • RP, Gonzalo Sanudo - 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RP, Juan Minaya - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K, 1 HR
Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - This game started a bit rocky for Kevin Comer as he gave up a triple and a double to start the game. Burlington put up a 2 spot in the 1st and 3rd, but the best offense in the Midwest league began to chip away (I'm going to let the Quad Cities twitter account take over here)...
Didn't see that coming did you? The game was suspended after the 6th inning due to a power outage. What stinks is that the game is going to be resumed in Burlington.

Quad Cities: 21-23, 5th in the Midwest League
  • CF, James Ramsay - 1/3
  • 1B, Conrad Gregor - 1/2, R, BB (please hit some
  • C, Brian Holberton, 2/3, 2 R, 2B
  • RF, Brett Phillips, 1/2, 3B, 2 RBI, K
  • LF, Ronnie Mitchell, 1/2, R, HR, RBI
  • SS, Thomas Lindauer, 2/3, RBI
  • SP, Kevin Comer - 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 K, 4/6 GO/AO
  • RP, Albert Minnis - 1.0 IP, 3/0 GO/AO
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