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Astros Winter Leagues Weekly Recap

And we're back!  As promised, the weekly recaps are starting up.  I'm going to post these every Monday, it works best for me, so I hope that works for ya'll.  There is actually more going on than just the Arizona Fall League; the Venezuelan Winter League, Dominican Winter League, and even the Puertican Winter Leauge are going on as well.  So, we have a few more minor leaguers in action than the few I previewed the other week. 

Before I jump into the statistics over the past week, I want to discuss these other leagues for a brief (and I mean very brief) moment.  Some of our minor leaguers may end up performing very well, which will warrant some excitement, but it may not be as exciting as what some of you might think.  I mean this mostly for the Latin leagues, such as the Venezuelan Winter League.  The quality of competition varies from year to year.  There is really no way to know just exactly how competitive it is.  There are players that range from short-season leagues all the way up to rare cases of major leaguers.  There are also players who aren't even affiliated with a team.

As far as the AFL, some of our guys are possibly too young for the league, like Jay Austin, or too advanced, like Jack Shuck.

On to the stats!

Arizona Fall League

Jay Austin CF-3-29, 5 SO, 4 BB, 1 SB, 3 CS  I warned you about players being too young for the league.  He has just not been getting on base.  Plus, he's been caught stealing three times in four attempts.  He has gotten into eight games already, so the coaches are recognizing his talent.

Brandon Barnes OF-5-19, 4 SO, 1 BB  Being on the taxi squad really does limit your playing time, just five games so far.

Koby Clemens 1B-7-29, 8 SO, 0 BB, 2B, HR  He's getting the time, and he's hit for some power, but that strikeout rate is still bad.

Jack Shuck OF-7-20, 1 SO, 3 BB, 2B, 3B, 2 SB, CS  He's performing great at this point, and is showing that he really does have some good on-base skills.  The area that I want to highlight is his baserunning.  I've been keeping track of these games on and he has been very aggressive on the basepaths.  This is where he needed work and its already showing up.  Although, Shuckers is one of the older prospects in the AFL, so he should be performing well, and I think he got injured.

Kyle Greenwalt SP-2 GS, 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 SO, 1 BB  He's had one bad start and one good start.  After seeing his pitch selection during games, I'm a bit lower on Greenwalt.  He doesn't throw his secondary pitches nearly enough.

Matt Nevarez RP-4 G, 4 IP, 2 H, 3 SO, 1 BB, SV Nevarez got the first save opportunity for the team and he locked it up nicely.  His fastball velocity is inconsistent so far, but he can run it up to the mid 90s.

Patrick Urckfitz RP-3 G, 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 SO, 1 BB  They are using him and he's done decently.

David Carpenter RP-2 G, 2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 SO, 2 BB  He does have a solid fastball that is legitimately in the mid 90s based on Pitch F/X.


Venezuelan Winter League

Edwin Bellorin C-6-27, 2B, HR, 6 SO, 2 BB

Federico Hernandez C-2-7, 2B, 2 BB-He probably raised his stock with his late season surge in AA.  A good showing here will help out.

Drew Locke OF-7-32, 2B, 3B, HR, 5 SO, 4 BB, SB-Nice!

Ozzie Navarro IF-5-21, 2 2B, 2 SO, BB, SB

Freddy Parejo OF-2-6, 2B, 2 BB

Wladimir Sutil SS-1-5

Gabriel Garcia RP-4 G, 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 SO, BB-He needs some work since he missed most of the season on suspension for PED use.  He could be a nice prospect.

David Martinez P-1 G, 1 IP, SO

Dominican Winter League

Tommy Manzella-0-3-Just one alarms...

Enerio Del Rosario-1 G, 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, BB, SO

Jailen Peguero-1 G, 1 IP, 2 SO

Polin Trinidad-1 G, 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, HR, SO-Ouch, stock falling!

Puertican Winter League

Bubbe Buzachero-1 G, 1 IP, 2 H

Luis Cruz-1 G, 1 GS, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 SO, 2 BB