Houston Astros Minor League Recap: 5/28/14

Otto Greule Jr

Young baby 'Stros score many runs. Older baby 'Stros score zero.

Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA) - 3 hits are all the Redhawks could muster against the Omaha Storm Chasers (KCR). It's a shame too, because Rudy Owens decided that AAA is pretty easy since getting a taste of the bigs. Rudy went 6.2 only allowing 4 hits, walking 0 (my favorite), and striking out 7. He also looked the most like a biker of any player in the game.

Josh Zeid promptly gave up the lead in the 8th after allowing a triple and a single. Kevin Chapman also allowed a run, but it wasn't earned. Chapman walked the second batter he faced. Carlos Perez allowed a passed ball that got the runner to 2nd. That runner then scored on a throwing error by Enrique Hernandez. Those 2 errors in the 8th were 2 of the 3 on the evening by the Redhawks on what was a very forgettable night defensively and offensively.

Matt Duffy made his AAA debut at 3rd base. Duffy is a career .296/.375/.473 hitter in his minor league career. He's always been a little old for his level, and he's never been on any prospect sheets. However, Duffy has done nothing but hit at all of his stops. It will be interesting to how he plays at the AAA where it will be the first time he's an "age appropriate" prospect.

Redhawks shutout 2-0.

Relevant Redhawks tweet(s)

Oklahoma City: 29-25

  • CF Austin Wates - 1/4, SB (13 of 13 in SBs this year in only 22 games played)
  • RF LJ Hoes - 2/3, BB, K
  • 1B Jon Singleton - 0/2, 2 BB
  • LF Domingo Santana - 0/4, 3 K (he's going to do this from time to time)
  • 2B Kike Hernandez - 0/3, BB, SB
  • CF Adron Chambers - 0/2, BB
  • SS Gregorio Petit - 0/3, K
  • 3B Matt Duffy - 0/3, K
  • C Carlos Perez - 0/3
  • SP Rudy Owens - 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
  • RP Bobby Doran - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • RP Kevin Chapman - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Corpus Christi Hooks (AA) - Another shutout offensively for the young 'Stros offense. The offense mustered 3 hits and 5 BBs. They were 0 for 5 with RISP. Delino Deshields Jr. and Joe Sclafani paced the team each with a hit and a walk. Arkansas' (LAA) pitching dominated.

Brady Rodgers had a good enough outing to get a win, but failed to get one (another reason wins/losses are really really dumb in evaluating a pitcher). Andrew Robinson is having a nice little season so far. He pitched the final 2 innings adding 2 Ks to his very good 28:8 K/BB ratio.

Not much else to say. This was a very "meh" game that I watched almost all of on MilB.TV.

Tweet(s) of the game because the game was kind of terrible:

Corpus Christi: 27-25

  • CF Delino DeShields - 1/3, BB, CS
  • 2B Nolan Fontana - 0/4, 2 K
  • 3B-LF Joe Sclafani - 1/3, BB
  • RF-1B Preston Tucker - 0/3, BB
  • DH MP Cokinos - 0/2
  • PH-DH Leo Heras - 0/1, BB, K
  • LF - Chris Epps - 1/2
  • 3B - Jonathan Meyer - 0/2
  • SS - Jiovanni Mier - 0/1, BB
  • 1B Telvin Nash - 0/1, K
  • PH-RF Andrew Aplin - 0/2, K
  • SP Brady Rodgers - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
  • RP Travis Ballew - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
  • RP Andrew Robinson - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K

Lancaster Jethawks (A+) - Well, the first 2 games stunk, but never fear Captain Correa is here! The hero was just a triple shy of the cycle and drove in 4 runs to help lead the Jethawks to a 6-2 victory over the Lake Elsinore Storm (SDP). I, personally, am not going to gush over Correa's night. I'm going to let the eye witnesses from twitter do that for me.

I think those show just how special Correa's night was.

Kent Emanuel had a very nice outing which is good to see after getting knocked around in his last outing. Lance McCullers came in and closed the door with 6 Ks.

All of the talk about what the Astros are doing and how they are doing it always makes me come back to this team. Luhnow talked about creating "waves of talent." This team is a tidal wave. Hopefully, the Astros will already be in starting to contend when most of these prospects come ashore, but when this wave lands, things will be good in Houston.

Lancaster: 32-22

  • 2B Tony Kemp - 2/4, 3 R, BB, 2 K
  • CF Ruben Sosa - 3/4, R, RBI, K
  • SS Carlos Correa - 3/4, R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI
  • DH Rio Ruiz - 0/3, BB, K
  • 3B Carlos Perdomo - 0/4
  • RF Danry Vasquez - 0/4, K
  • 1B Conrad Gregor - 2/4
  • C Jobduan Morales - 0/4, 3 K
  • LF Jordan Scott - 1/4
  • SP Kent Emanuel - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
  • RP Lance McCullers - 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - The River Bandits ran all over the Beloit Snappers (OAK). They were 8 of 8 on stolen bases with Chan Moon being 4 of 4 himself. Ronnie Mitchell had himself a day. Chase McDonald also went yard. This team is the offensive juggernaut of the Midwest League despite not being loaded full of can't miss prospects. Brett Phillips added a single early in the game on a nice opposite field liner. Phillips_single_medium

Here's also a nice crisp single off the bat of James Ramsay who's trying to go all Andrew Aplin-like with 10 BBs to 6 Ks over his last 10 games.


Chris Lee struggled by giving up 2 long balls despite striking out 6.

Tweet(s) of the game are a couple showing the beauty of Modern Woodman Park. It seems like a great place to catch a game:

Quad Cities: 26-26

  • CF James Ramsay - 1/3, R, 2 BB
  • 2B Chan Moon - 3/5, R, RBI, K, 4 SB
  • RF Brett Phillips - 2/4, 2 R, 2 RBI, K
  • DH Chase McDonald - 1/4, HR, 3 RBI, K
  • 1B Jon Kemmer - 1/4, R, BB, K, SB
  • C Brett Booth - 0/3, BB, SB
  • LF Ronnie Mitchell - 3/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, SB
  • 3B Jack Mayfield - 0/4, K
  • SS Thomas Lindauer - 1/2, R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, K, SB
  • SP Chris Lee - 4.2, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR
  • RP Patrick Chistensen, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 2 K
  • RP Andrew Walter, 2.0 IP, BB, 2 K
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