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Astros Monday Minor League Recap

Shave it! You're my favorite player, but SHAVE IT!
Shave it! You're my favorite player, but SHAVE IT!

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the website Scouting the Sally, especially since a few of us reference the site fairly often.  Mike Newmann from STS, posted a scouting report of Tanner Bushue last week and I've just failed to post the link on here.  I tried puting it in the Friday Link Post, but for some reason it wasn't working out and it wouldn't let me.  But, the report is very promising in that it gives solid hope of him being a major league starting pitcher.  He gives a ceiling a little lower than what many of us would like, as a number four, but does say a guy with Bushue's make-up over achieves and could be better than that. 

His report gives velocity readings at 87-88 which is what Levine gave us from his trip to Lexington.  Although, Levine got his from the 2-3 MPH slow stadium gun.  Newmann got his from his own personal gun that isn't slow.  So, in the start that Newmann saw, Bushue's velocity was a little down which is expected for first year pitchers.  It was interesting that Newmann kept mentioning that Bushue was billed up as a power pitcher with a fastball around 94 coupled with a hammer curve.  I don't remember seeing reports like that and thought his fastball was around 90 anyway, so I don't walk away from this report disappointed as some might who had heard those rumors. 

Newmann also talks about Bushue's work ethic in pre-game and how much work he's puting into his changeup although he does mention that Bushue didn't throw it in the game.  He also says that his curve is inconsistent but shows promise of an above average pitch.  The curve reminds me of reports on Jordan Lyles last year.  Bushue is no Lyles though in that he doesn't throw as hard nor does he have the outstanding changeup. 

The report does give a lot of positive in that there is tons of talent left in him to develop which is really great.  It also really lets me know that Bushue still is very raw.  I really fear for him though as he possibly moves to Lancaster next year.

Round Rock lost 23-5...Pitchers surrendered 25 hits...

  • Andy Van Hekken (4.52)-2 IP, 9 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 2 HR
  • Gary Majewski (6.36)-2 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR
  • Brian Esposito (0.00)-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO-Showed his versatility!
  • Jack Shuck CF (.307)-4-5, SB
  • Drew Locke RF (.287)-2-3, 2B, 2 BB
  • Matt Kata 3B (.275)-3-5, 2B
  • Collin DeLome LF (.226)-2-5, HR, SO
  • Edwin Maysonet SS (.246)-1-4, HR, BB

Corpus Christi won 4-2

  • Bubbie Buzachero (4.79)-5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO
  • Matt Nevarez (3.53)-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO
  • Jonathan Gaston CF (.249)-2-4, 2B

Lancaster won 8-2

  • Robby Donovan (6.25)-6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO-Five groundouts to just two flyouts.  This start showed some real solid improvement from Donovan...I like it!
  • Kyle Godfrey (3.20)-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
  • Jay Austin CF (.261)-0-5, 3 SO
  • Lee Cruz DH (.355)-2-5, SO
  • John Curtis C (.260)-2-5, 2B, SO
  • Mike Ori 1B (.288)-3-3, 2 2B, BB
  • Bryce Lane RF-LF (.357)-1-3, 3B

Lexington won 14-1

  • Jose Cisnero (3.83)-6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO-Eleven groundouts to just three flyouts.
  • Brenden Stines (3.52)-3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO
  • Jimmy Paredes 2B (.284)-2-5, BB, SO
  • Jio Mier SS (.239)-2-4, 2B, BB
  • Jake Goebbert LF (.287)-2-3, 2B, BB
  • Kody Hinze 1B (.275)-1-3, HR, 2 BB, SO
  • Renzo Tello RF (.223)-2-4, 2B, SO
  • The box score is messed up so I can't tell you if anyone stole a base.

Tri-City won 5-4

  • Jake Buchanan (3.88)-5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO-Five groundouts and no flyouts!
  • Brandt Walker (3.16)-1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO
  • Jorge De Leon (0.36)-3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO
  • Jason Chowning (3.38)-3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO
  • Ben Orloff 2B (.298)-2-5, 2 BB
  • Austin Wates CF (.375)-1-5, 2B, 2 BB
  • Chris Wallace DH (.184)-1-6, 2B, BB, 3 SO
  • Adam Bailey LF-RF (.209)-3-7, SO
  • Marcus Nidiffer 1B (.317)-2-6
  • Mike Kvasnicka RF (.227)-2-5
  • Jacke Healey SS (.167)-1-6, HR, 2 SO

Greeneville lost 8-6

  • Euris Quezada (5.83)-5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO-That's why I still hold out for this guy.
  • Phillip Rorabaugh (4.91)-1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3 HR-You think the manager thought at any point that he should have pulled him?
  • Jonathan Merritt SS (.246)-3-5, 2 2B, HR, SO
  • Rafael Valenzuela 1B (.288)-2-5, SO, SB
  • Telvin Nash DH (.262)-1-5, HR, 3 SO
  • Carlos Mojica C (.205)-1-5, 2B, 2 SO
  • Ricardo Garcia 2B (.246)-2-3, SB
  • Emilio King RF (.214)-1-4, 2B