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Astros Monday Minor League Recap

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HOUSTON - JULY 30:  Chris Johnson #23 of the Houston Astros doubles in the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Minute Maid Park on July 30 2010 in Houston Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - JULY 30: Chris Johnson #23 of the Houston Astros doubles in the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Minute Maid Park on July 30 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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There were some great pitching performances, most notably, Kyle Greenwalt's gem IN Lancaster of all places.  A lot of swinging strikeouts is always nice to see from young pitchers. 

But, I want to discuss a little about this blog post from 'Cats Corner.  It's a very interesting read about advanced fielding statistics and what to do with fielding statistics in the minors.  As I'm sure you know there is only one advanced metric for the minors, and thats the very inaccurate and unreliable Total Zone.  So, this brings up another way to evaluate a team as a whole.  Many of you are already familiar with it, it's called Defensive Efficiency Rating.  While it doesn't necesarily help us evaluate an individual's defensive ability, but it can help us draw some conclusions.  They applied the outcome for Tri-City's rating to what they know as far as seeing the players perform on the field.  While, we don't actually get to see much on the field, we typically do have scouting reports on some of the players at every level, so we can then reason an approximate idea of how the remaining players on the field. It's a very innacurate way, but there's not much else we can do since TZ ratings aren't released until after the season.

Round Rock won 11-7

  • Polin Trinidad (5.02)-5 1/3 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
  • Roy Corcoran (4.83)-1 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
  • Angel Hernandez (.400)-2-5, 2 SO
  • Drew Locke (.282)-4-5, 2B, HR
  • Chris Shelton (.286)-1-5, 3 SO
  • Matt Kata (.281)-1-3, 2B, 2 BB
  • Collin DeLome (.248)-2-5
  • Ozzie Navarro (.273)-1-4, 2B, BB, SO
  • Edwin Maysonet (.249)-3-5, 2 2B, SO
  • Edwin Bellorin (.197)-3-5, SO

Corpus Christi won 8-2

  • Jeremy Johnson (4.09)-2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO-Outing ended early due to delay.
  • Bubbie Buzachero (0.00)-3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
  • Tommy Manzella (.429)-2-4, 2 B
  • Albert Cartwright (.273)-2-5, SO
  • J.D. Martinez (.326)-3-5, 2B, HR, SO-Dude can flat out hit!  I can't wait to formulate my top Astros prospect list after the season ends!
  • Koby Clemens (.258)-1-4, 2B, BB, SO
  • Freddy Parejo (.361)-2-5, SB
  • Jonathan Gaston (.259)-2-4, 2 SO

Lancaster won 6-2

  • Kyle Greenwalt (5.70)-9 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR-This the type of game that provoked Orem to write an article earlier in the season to see if he's an under-rated prospect! I can't wait to see what he can do outside of the California League.  This game was even in Lancaster!
  • Lee Cruz (.356)-2-4, HR
  • Brian Pellegrini (.301)-2-4, HR, SO
  • David Flores (.275)-2-3, BB

Lexington won 6-4

  • Zachary Grimmett (3.59)-7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR-This is what I envisioned when I clamored to get him into the rotation!  That is a great start!  All seven on those stikeouts came on swinging strikes, I really want a scouting report on him.
  • Jimmy Paredes (.289)-3-5, 2B, SB
  • Jake Goebbert (.275)-2-4, 2B, BB, SO
  • Ben Heath (.286)-2-4, SO
  • Aaron Bray (.258)-1-3, 2B, BB, SO
  • Barry Butera (.077)-1-3, 2B
  • Brian Kemp (.233)-2-4, SO

Tri-City won 7-0

  • James Robinson (3.27)-5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO-Thats what I wanted to see from the GT Yellow Jacket!  Three swinging strikeouts!
  • Adam Champion (3.26)-2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO-I didn't realize how big he was, 6-7, 230!  Thats a big lefty!
  • Kike Hernandez (.288)-3-5, 2B, HR, SO
  • Michael Kvasnicka (.236)-1-4, 2B, BB, 2 SO
  • Frank Almonte (.196)-2-4, SO
  • Adam Stanley (.172)-3-4

Greeneville lost 13-2

  • Ricardo Batista (6.44)-2/3 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO-Ouch!
  • Marcus Nidiffer (.314)-1-3, HR-That's his eleventh for the season, not bad for an undrafted FA!
  • Rafael Valenzuela (.255)-1-3, 2B, SO
  • Jonathan Merritt (.196)-0-4, 2 SO
  • Chris Wallace (.331)-1-3, 2 SO

GCL Astros lost 9-4

  • Danilo Del Rio (5.23)-5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR-Great start if you ignore those four unearned runs.  This just shows how poor the fields are and how raw the defenses are.  Five of those strikeouts were swinging!
  • Juan Mojica (3.24)-2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO-All three of those strikeouts were swinging!
  • Garen Wright (.217)-1-4, 2B-He is one massive leadoff hitter, he's 6-3, 230!
  • Jordan Scott (.255)-2-4, SO
  • Jose Vargas (.237)-1-4, 2B, SO
  • Ryan Ditthardt (.337)-1-4, 2B

DSL Astros

  • Box score remains unposted.