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Astros Wednesday Minor League Recap

The poll is over and this format wins out.  Thanks to Timmy and Jordan Sams for some suggestions.  Unfortunately, I will only be able to meet Timmy's.  Sorry Jordan!  But, if there are any other suggestions, let me know and I'll see what I can do. 

I forgot to do this in yesterday's post, so I'll put it in this one.  Mike Newman released his Mid-Season All-Scouting Team-The Pitchers the other day.  Our Tanner Bushue was the fifth ranked starting pitcher.  We've said before he is a solid prospect with plenty of upside and projection but he is no Jordan Lyles.  He's more raw and has a lower ceiling than Lyles did at this point in his career.  Bushue's fastball isn't the best at this point and lacks great velocity.  Newman says that it is around 87-88 when he saw him and we've seen from Levine that its more like 89-90.  Either way, its not optimal but  that's where projection comes in.  He has plenty of room to fill out and will likely have a fastball in the low 90s when its all said and done.  Newman also calls Bushue's curveball as a potential plus which is extremely nice. 


  • Corpus Christi 6-2
  • Tri-City 5-2
  • GCL Astros 4-3
  • DSL Astros 4-2


  • Round Rock 4-2
  • Greeneville 5-4
  • DSL Astros 5-4
  • Lancaster 14-10

I didn't finish up the Lancaster section so I will finish it at some point in the morning and update it.  Sorry guys.

Editor's Note: Updated for Lancaster now.  Be sure to see what Albert Cartwright did!  It's pretty ridiculous!

Top Performances

  • Matt Kata (AAA)-1-4, HR-I know clack hates seeing this guy make any list, but he hit a home run
  • Chris Shelton (AAA)-1-4, HR-That's a pretty good way to come back after not playing since May
  • Henry Villar (AA)-5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO-More walks with more strikeouts please.  But, if you keep the runs down like that, I'll take it.
  • Jonathan Gaston (AA)-2-5, SO-Keepin that solid July going.
  • J.D. Martinez (AA)-0-2, 2 BB-No hits but an OBP of .500 for a game is nice.
  • Kody Kirkland (AA)-1-2, HR, 2 BB, SO, SB-I'm not a big fan of a 27 YO Indy League signee who plays at a level of AA but we didn't really have anyone else who can play the position. 
  • Lou Santangelo (AA)-2-3, BB
  • Jay Austin (A+)-3-4, 2B, BB, SO, SB-This is great news being that all three hits came off of lefties which is who he's struggling against.
  • Brian Pellegrini (A+)-0-3, 2 BB, 2 SO-Not a great performance, but not a terrible performance since he drew two walks. 
  • Lee Cruz (A+)-1-4, 2B, BB
  • Albert Cartwright (A+)-3-4, 3 3B, SO, BB-Yeah, you read that right, he hit three triples!  Player of the Day by far!
  • Brandon Wikoff (A+)-3-4
  • Wilton Infante (A-SS)-2-4, SB
  • Tyler Burnett (A-SS)-1-4, 3B
  • Mike Kvasnicka (A-SS)-2-4, 2B-That average is creeping up!
  • Buck Afenir (A-SS)-2-4, SO
  • Daniel Adamson (A-SS)-2-4, SO
  • Jake Buchanon (A-SS)-5 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
  • Michael Ness (A-SS)-2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO
  • Ricardo Batista (Rk)-5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR
  • Ricardo Garcia (Rk)-2-5, 2 2B, BB, SO, SB
  • Telvin Nash (Rk)-1-4, HR, SO-Yeah, he hit another homerun...he's been messing with Jay Austin on Twitter about catching up to him and now he has.
  • Jose Fernandez (GCL)-1-5, 3B, 2 SO
  • Danilo Del Rio (GCL)-7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO-Twitter ramblings rumor that this performance could vault him into Farmstro's Five.
  • Jose Montero (DSL)-4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO-The 17 YO has been the most impressive starter in the Dominican and he's making me excited with strikeout numbers for someone so young.
  • Xavier Baso (DSL)-4.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO-He's the best reliever but he pitches the innings of a starter.  I'm guessing he'll eventually be a starter.
  • Raymer Lopez (DSL)-1-5, 2 BB, 2 SO, SB-Those two walks are nice.
  • Luis De La Rosa (DSL)-4-7, 2B, 3B, SO


POOR-formances of the Day

  • Ozzie Navarro (AAA)-0-4, 2 SO
  • Shane Loux (AAA)-6 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR-Thats called being hittable.  Somebody tell Ed Wade bad results in AAA don't translate to good results in the majors, no matter how much expereince in the bigs you have.
  • Robert Donovan (A+)-3.1 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO-He was regressing in Lexington and now...
  • Mike Modica (A+)-.1 IP, 5H, 6 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO-Thats bad...
  • Andrew Simunic (A+)-1-5, 3 SO
  • Jamaine Cotton (Rk)-.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO-It was his run that lost the game in extra innings.
  • Pedro Feliz (Rk)-0-6, 4 SO-Thats a bad night.
  • Chris Wallace (Rk)-1-4, BB, 3 SO
  • Carlos Mojica (Rk)-1-4, 3 SO
  • Jose Vargas (GCL)-0-5, 2 SO
  • Frederick Tiburico (DSL)-1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO
  • Ydarque Marte (DSL)-0-5, BB
  • Jose Solano (DSL)-0-7, SO, BB